April 26, 2016
The Sonnet House was so excited when Anne + Joe chose us for their October wedding! We really enjoyed getting to know Anne and her family during their tour, and we can’t wait to get started planning. They recently teamed up with Cotton and Clover Photography, a local photographer that we have been dying to work with for years, for their engagement session and the results are too dreamy to describe. The e-sesh was done around various locations in downtown Birmingham including The Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
How did you and Joe meet? Joe and I both went to the same high school, although we didn’t get to know each other until college. We never would have dated in high school – Joe was a grade level above me and we had different groups of friends. My earliest memory of Joe is in 7th grade when we were on the same cross country team. There is a photo of us in our middle school yearbook standing next to each other in running gear (I was taller than him at the time). I had no idea that I was standing next to my future husband! During my freshman year and Joe’s sophomore year of college, we were fortunate enough to both choose Destin as our spring break destination. Joe and his friends were staying at a hotel down the beach from where my girlfriends and I were staying. Two of our friends were dating at the time, so we ended up hanging out on the beach together. Neither of us were looking for a relationship, however, the second we met again we felt as if our souls were old friends. Joe always says the moment he knew I was “the one” was when I jokingly told him that I was a mermaid while we were swimming in the ocean. We had our first date on the beach eating Chinese takeout and watching the stars. Since we both attending The University of Alabama, we were able to date the rest of the Spring semester. The rest is history!
How did Joe propose? Growing up I dreamed about going to New York City during Christmas. Joe and I had the opportunity to tour the city this past Christmas Eve while visiting his sister and her husband in Philadelphia. Once we arrived in New York City, I had a feeling that Joe was going to propose because he seemed nervous. He would get down on one knee to tie his shoes at the WORST times throughout the day, which stressed me out. In the afternoon, we split from his family to take a stroll alone in Central Park. I was expecting a proposal at this time but I didn’t get one. Instead, we left the park to meet his family outside of the Lincoln Center. On the way, we stopped to look at a Christmas tree that was adorned with unique, handmade ornaments. I found an ornament that read, “Anne, will you marry me?” I said yes and the public clapped and cheered. Joe’s sister hid behind a bush and got photos of the proposal. The day was magical and it is one that I’ll never forget.
Anne, what has been the most exciting part of the planning process so far? I’m enjoying planning the little details of the wedding. Picking out things like the wedding colors, the cake topper, and the guest book allows me to be creative. I’m excited to see everything come together.
Joe, what are you looking forward to the most on your wedding day? I’m probably most excited about seeing my bride in her wedding gown. I have dreams about her walking down the aisle, and I know they won’t compare to how beautiful she will actually be in person. I am ready to be stunned by her beauty. I am so ready to call her my wife.
Anyone looking at these photos would assume you two are models. How would you describe your style and do you think your wedding and reception will reflect it? I would describe our style as whimsical, yet elegant. I’m pretty sure that our wedding and reception will be a reflection of that. We love anything that has an antique or vintage flare, so The Sonnet House was a perfect fit!
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