the beginning: Auburn University
These two began their relationship at Auburn University band camp talking about the pros and cons of pork ribs versus beef ribs! Like true southerners, they debated which (pork or beef ribs) was better. They ended up by going on their very first date to a rib restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama. This cute couple may not have had a “glamorous” first date, but it was incredibly special because it marked the beginning of their life-long journey together. Before the two were separated by hundreds of miles when Collin went to law school in Michigan, he gave her a key that symbolized their commitment to each other. When Collin returned from school, the two went and visited family in Alabama around Christmas time. Collin managed to convince Shannon to take their beloved dog on a walk in the same park where the two went on their first hike together four years before. It was during that first trip that they carved their initials on a tree. When the three of them (Collin, Shannon and their dog Remy) went back to the park during Christmas time that Collin proposed. He romantically led her back to that tree with their initials and gave her a box with an engagement ring that only she could open with her one special key. Shannon said yes! This story is definitely one for the books and is yet another memorable stepping stone on the way to committing the rest of their lives to each other.
the ceremony: Jule Collins Smith Museum Lawn
This wedding was absolutely lovely! This Jule Collins Smith Museum wedding fit the couple so well as it provided a gorgeous backdrop for their union and beautiful venue for their celebration. Most importantly it was all in the city that they not only love, but where their love began! Although they don’t live in Auburn anymore, it was the perfect destination to start their lives as one together. They enjoyed their ceremony on the lush lawn of the Museum, with brown wooden chairs and beautiful arch perfectly decorated with field-like, but classic flowers. Collin and Shannon shared intimate hand-written vows to each other that brought both laughter and tears to each other and those who witnessed. I felt so blessed to get a front row seat to see the grins on their faces and hand-holding moments, their excitement to marry one another was contagious and obvious! A super special tradition that I have never seen before, was that they took a wooden box that holds a bottle of red wine and wrote each other love letters, which they sealed in the box and on their 10th anniversary they will get to open the box enjoying both the wine and letter reading. What a joy it will be on that anniversary!
the reception: Jule Collins Smith Museum
After the sunset ceremony, we headed indoors for dinner, dancing, and more. Thorne & Thistles did a wonderful and dreamy job with the floral decor all over the Museum. They laid floating flower arrangements in the fountain pool at the entrance to Jule Collins Smith Museum, hung delicate wreaths on the doors, created table centerpieces that were all a work of art – so different, yet all tied together with the theme of sterling silver flatware and hollowware. All of these things created a classic and vintage feeling that complimented Shannon’s one of kind wedding gown! Taylor Zorzi did a phenomenal job keeping everyone on their feet and under the twinkle-lit dance floor on the outside patio. Isn’t it romantic?! Enjoy this sweet wedding with this adorable couple!
Thanks the all of the vendors!
Venue: Jule Collins Smith Museum
Wedding Coordinator: Julie Bunkley with Invision Events
Florist: Thorne and Thistles
DJ: Taylor Zorzi
Cake Artist: Midtown Cakes