Wow oh wow did we love receiving the link to these wedding day photos! We try not to pick favorites, but Margaret & Garrott's classically southern Birmingham wedding will always hold a special place in our hearts. A Bryan Photography absolutely killed it (per usual) with these photos, and we are so excited to share them with all of you! The lovely couple was married on July 9 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church with a reception following at The Club. Scroll down so you can have your own personal swoon moment...
We asked Margaret a few questions about their love story and she delightfully answered. We can't get enough of these love birds!
Q: How did you and Garrott meet?
A: Garrott and I met at a blues festival, of all places! I was living in a small town in the Mississippi Delta through my placement with Teach For America. Garrott was living in Memphis. One weekend, some friends and I decided to take a road trip to Helena, Arkansas for the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Garrott and I didn’t know each other, but we had a mutual friend. That friend, Nelson, invited Garrott to join our crew at the festival. Little did I know that the first person with whom I shook hands the night I got to Helena would be my future husband. Garrott and I instantly hit it off, and our conversation was more natural and comfortable than it had ever been with anyone else. I was instantly drawn to Garrott's outgoing nature, intellect and sense of humor. After schooling me in a Frisbee game, sharing his cup of festival food from the Louisiana gumbo cart, and dancing with me to some blues, Garrott knew he wanted to hang out with me beyond the weekend. Since he's a 90-year-old man in a 28-year-old's body, he took out a pen and notepad, wrote down my number and asked me on a date. We had our first date the next weekend, and the rest is history.
Q: What was your favorite part of wedding planning?
A: Oh, that’s easy – the bonding time with my mom. She and I live in different cities, so it was great to have an excuse to visit her more often and plan such a fun and happy event. My mom has FANTASTIC taste, which made things easy. We had a blast planning the invitations, flowers, music, food, etc. together. Mom was a superhero. She spent hours stuffing envelopes, logging wedding gifts and rsvp’s and handling the minute details. Throughout all of this, she constantly reminded me that all of this planning was just noise compared to what it was all about: being married to Garrott. My mom’s grounded mentality empowered me to focus my energy on my relationship with Garrott and my family over all of the “stuff.” She was a gem in the whole planning process, and I couldn’t have done it without her.
Q: Tell us about how you got engaged!
A: Garrott and I were one day away from celebrating our two-year anniversary back where it all began at the King Biscuit Blues Festival. The Thursday evening before we made the road trip back to Helena, Garrott proposed, and it was perfect. Garrott made reservations at my favorite restaurant in Memphis, The Beauty Shop. Since there was no particular occasion, Garrott played it off that we hadn’t been on a date in a while and he wanted to do something nice. We were about to leave early for a cocktail before dinner when Garrott said he needed to grab something out of his car. He came back in with a gorgeous bouquet that was sprinkled with sunflowers (my favorite), got down on one knee, and — after many sweet words — asked me, “Will you be my wife?” He later told me that he intentionally asked that instead of “Will you marry me?,” because he felt “Will you be my wife?” had more permanence to it. We immediately called our families and best friends, cried tears of joy and soaked in the moment before dinner. When we got to the restaurant, the waiter greeted us with two glasses of champagne and a warm "Congratulations!" We asked how he knew we were celebrating, and he told us that my best friend Merrye Summers had called ahead to make sure we had champagne waiting on us. It was so thoughtful! Garrott also brought a bottle of Caymus wine that he had been saving for a special occasion. I think he picked a good one!
Q: What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
A: My favorite part of the wedding day was how joyful it was. I felt so relaxed, peaceful and grateful the whole time. It’s beautiful to have everyone you love in one place to celebrate with you. Garrott and I were intentional to soak up the entire day – from our time with family and friends before the wedding, to the priest’s prayers in the church, to the dance party at the reception (shout out to our awesome band, Musical Fantasy!). It was also special having Reverend Chris Girata officiate our wedding. He was my youth leader at St. Luke’s Church when I was in Junior High, and he later went on to become the reverend of the church. When I was in college, Chris moved to Memphis and began preaching at Calvary Episcopal Church. About a year and a half ago, I moved to Memphis and started attending his church. It was a wonderful full-circle story. We were blessed to go through our marriage counseling with Chris in Memphis and then have him come back to St. Luke’s to officiate our ceremony in Birmingham.
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Vendor Team | Planning,Coordination, Design: Handley Breaux Designs | Photography: A Bryan Photo | Bride's Dress: Carriage House | Groom's Attire: Mr. Burch Formalwear | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaid Birmingham | Floral Design: Lagniappe Designs | Hair and Makeup: Kerri Bunn | Paper Suite: Southern Engraving | Cake: Sweet Magnolia's | Ceremony Venue: St. Luke's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: The Club Birmingham | Lighting & Draping: Design Productions LLC | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited Birmingham