Mariée Ami: Emily & Brennan
Please tell us a little about your story as a couple.
Brennan and I are both from Alabama but first met after college in 2014 working in the same Senate office in Washington, D.C. I always thought he was the cutest... ever, and he tells me he felt the same way, but I never knew it. We remained friends for a couple of years until I eventually asked him to get drinks at an oyster bar one Sunday (yes, I asked him out), and the rest is history. He asked me to marry him at the same oyster bar where we met for our unofficial first date. We love D.C., but our favorite state is Sweet Home Alabama, and we can't wait to move back one day.
What was your vision for your wedding? Favorite detail?
I feel sure that the Mariee Ami crew could easily guess this, but my entire vision for our wedding was classic, modern white. When I say "white," I mean all white. No color, aside from small gold accents. That is exactly what the Mariee Ami delivered, and it could not have been more perfect. My favorite detail from our wedding was probably our dance floor chandeliers. At the very beginning of the planning process, I told the Mariee Ami team my vision for a heavily draped reception venue with a collection of crystal chandeliers over the dance floor, and they made my vision come to life in a way that was better than I ever envisioned.
My second favorite detail from our wedding was definitely my beautiful cake. As I mentioned, my style is very predictably classic. I have always been hesitant to choose anything (clothing, furniture, you name it) that's even remotely outside the box, so when I had my cake tasting with Barb's Cakes, I originally chose a very simple, classic design for my wedding cake. During the planning process, the Mariee Ami team and I decided that my cake should be a major focal point at the reception, and so I started thinking I might want something that drew more attention than the plain cake I'd originally selected. I ended up opting for a round, white, six-layer cake with each tier's edging "painted" with gold. It ended up looking very artistic and creative, which is typically opposite of my look, and I am SO happy I chose this route. I thought it provided a unique pop of creativity in my otherwise very classic themed reception. Barb is the BEST.
What was your favorite part of the planning?
I am such a planner, so the entire wedding planning process was a blast to me. While I did have a very clear vision of what I wanted our wedding to look like, I am not a detail-oriented person, so all I really brought to the planning table was my "big picture" idea. My favorite part of the entire process was ultimately seeing what the Mariee Ami team created out of my broad theme. Without our awesome planners, our wedding would have looked like a large, white blur. The details made it a dream come true.
I also really loved working with our fantastic floral studio Marigold. It was another time where I told someone my vision and was blown away when I saw it in action. I am so happy we chose Marigold Designs.
What was your most memorable part of the day? The most surprising part?
My favorite part of our wedding day aside from marrying Brennan was seeing so many of our favorite people in one place. I wish we could relive it again and talk to everyone more. It was such a special occasion where all the people we love most in the world were in the same room all because of us, and we were so humbled by the love and support shown to us that day.
My biggest surprise on our wedding day was learning that my husband is actually a mo-town singer. Our fantastic band, the Atlanta Showstoppers, pulled him on stage to sing with them briefly. He acted super embarrassed, but then he sang as well as anyone I've ever heard, so I'm pretty sure the embarrassment was just an act...
If you could give another bride in the planning process any piece of advice, what would it be?
My biggest piece of advice to brides in the middle of the wedding planning process is to trust your instincts and create the wedding you've always wanted. Brennan and I both always envisioned a very formal evening wedding, but initially I let other people (lovingly) talk us into a 3:00 p.m. wedding. We stuck with this plan for months and months, while the entire time I was completely not excited about the prospects of having a less-than-formal event. A couple of months before our wedding, I emailed Mariee Ami asking to change 100% of the timing to a late evening black tie wedding, and I am so happy we made that call. It ended up being exactly what Brennan and I had always wanted, and we should've gone with our instincts in the first place. It's your wedding - make it what you want! And if during the planning process you realize something feels off, don't be afraid to veer from the plan and change it.