Mariée Ami: Grace & Grant
Tell us a little about your story as a couple:
Grant and I met through mutual friends when I moved to Birmingham for graduate school after college. We actually were not crazy about each other initially but were forced to hang out a lot because we had overlapping friend groups. We eventually moved past our negative first impressions and became close friends. After living in the same city for several years, we finally started dating when Grant moved to Chattanooga for work. We did the long distance thing for about a year and a half and got engaged when Grant moved back to Birmingham (hopefully for good!).
What was your vision for your wedding?
I was never really the girl that dreamed about every single detail of her wedding, but the one thing I thought I knew for sure was that I wanted a warm weather wedding; however, Grant and I were both going through role changes at work and weren’t able to make any warm weather dates work unless we wanted to wait over a year! We ended up deciding on the coldest month of the year, January, which turned out so much better than I could have imagined, even though I will fully admit that I cried a few times when we first made the decision. Spring and Summer weddings are so popular, which really made a winter wedding feel unique and special in its own way. My favorite detail was the beautiful floral arrangements that felt very appropriate for winter with lots of branches and greenery mixed in with the flowers.
What was your favorite part of the planning?
The best part of planning was definitely having a wedding planner that kept me on task. My mom doesn’t live in Birmingham so I was making a lot of decisions on my own, but having a great wedding planner who I knew I could trust made the process so much easier. It also helped that Louise is a lot more organized than I am and sent lots of reminder emails so that the ball was never dropped!
What was your most memorable part of your day?
Every part of the day was memorable in its own way, but walking into the East room and seeing everything we had been planning for come together was really special. The most surprising part of the day was definitely the weather. I was so nervous we were going to have another infamous Birmingham Snowpocalypse, especially after schools and offices shut down earlier in the week for a potentially ice storm. The day of the wedding was sunny with a high in the 60s and could not have been more perfect!
If you could give another bride in the planning process any piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell a bride in the middle of planning a wedding to not get too bogged down in the details and to have someone who knows what they are doing help you. There are so many decisions that go into planning a wedding and having an expert to run things by is so incredibly helpful. Having been to several Mariee Ami weddings before I started planning, I trusted that they knew what they were doing which really allowed me to not get to swept up in every minor detail and just enjoy the process!