Thomie and Brian’s Magnolia Manor wedding was perfect in every way. Magnolia Manor is a new venue (sister to White Magnolia) for smaller, more intimate weddings. It is seriously a DREAM, and I hope to shoot more weddings there in the coming years. Glenda’s Flowers did an incredible job with the colorful blooms, and I could not stop photographing them. Thomie and Brian are down to earth and also very photogenic, may I add. I could relive this day over and over. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed documenting it!
How did you two meet?
I was in college between majors and trying to find a job. I had recently switched my major to construction management around the same time my sister told me that the residential home builder she worked for was hiring a part-time office runner, which was a perfect match for me at the time. I interviewed for the position and was hired the following week. On my first day at work, Brian was introduced to me and was the person who would train me for my new position. Sparks did not fly, to say the least. Neither one of us was even interested in each other at all. I then met Lindsay, who is Brian’s first cousin, and happened to also work at the same company. Lindsay and I instantly became best friends and spent the majority of our free time together. A year or so later, Lindsay started hinting around that she thought Brian and I would make a cute couple. It had never crossed my mind, a few nights later we were having a girls night after a few drinks I worked up the courage to text Brian “Hey,” being that it was 2 am he didn’t reply. That following Monday, as I was passing his office, he said, “Hey,” and I laughed. We ended up going to lunch, and everything just clicked. It felt as if we had known each other forever, and all the pieces just fell into place. A few dates later we were officially dating.
How did he propose?
Brian proposed to me in front of the fireplace in the first home; we were in the process of building. Brian told me he made dinner reservations for us at our favorite restaurant for our third anniversary. Brian picked me up, and on our way to dinner, he said he wanted to swing by and check on the house. When we got to our home, and I opened the front door, I was surprised with flowers and a handwritten letter. He then got down on one knee and shocked me by asking me to marry him!
Describe your wedding in three words
Romantic, timeless and vintage
Wedding color palette
First dance song
“Late to the party” by Kacey Musgraves
Favorite moments from your wedding day
– For me, being in the room with my dad before walking down the aisle talking about how nervous I was and him reassuring me. I felt this sudden rush of calmness as the doors opened; I first saw my mom’s smile that was beaming from ear to ear and then looking at the rest of our family and friends and my future husband at the end of the isle seeing everyone truly made me feel so loved.
– Having Brian’s brother marry us, Clint and his Wife Kate are such an inspiration to us it felt so fitting to have his brother stand up there with us and pray over us on our special day.
– Surprising Brian with a cake that looked like our pup, Nelson. He’s so loved by everyone in the family and by us I knew I had to have him at the wedding in some type of fashion.
– Leaving the reception with our friends and family waving sparklers. This is the most memorable part of our night as all the emotions hit us both.
Any advice for future brides?
Don’t stress the small things, everything will end up falling into place and having everyone close to you enjoying your wedding day will be so worth it.