A: Jonathan and I met through an online dating application: Bumble for the win! While online dating can be difficult at times, it was certainly worth it in this case. Jonathan and I’s story started somewhat awkwardly after I canceled our first date in order to go on another date with someone else I had previously met online. Fortunately, I changed my mind and rescheduled. Jonathan took a screenshot of those early exchanges, and loves reminding me. Our first lunch together was almost a disaster as well after I ended up being almost 3 hours late. Thankfully he waited for me and I am so grateful he did. We bonded instantly over our very late lunch and I remember being so impressed that he was a combination of everything you could want in a guy. We were able to bond more throughout the following year over our faith, our love for travel, and getting to do everyday life together. I opened his heart to the love of dogs and he opened mine to the idea of raising a family together. Our engagement story starts one year after our first date. I am slightly obsessed with Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia where wild horses run among historic ruins. Jonathan noticed this after hearing me talk about it constantly and telling him that I would love to take him there one day. We planned our one-year anniversary trip to Savannah where we hoped to take a ferry to the magical island. The week leading up to our anniversary looked pretty bleak, with Hurricane Dorian moving up the East coast but thankfully the storm passed in time for us to make the trip. Unfortunately, however, Dorian took out the docks at Cumberland island and it was closed to the public. I was heart-broken, but not as much as Jonathan, since he had been planning to propose to me there. Unknown to me, he had planned for months to create the perfect proposal among the ruins on Cumberland Island. He had found our Savanna photographer, Tori Bronston, and along with my little sister, had planned to surprise me with a magical day. Due to the storm, they had to come up with a complete change of plan the night before the big day after hearing that the island was inaccessible. Thankfully, Tori suggested to Jonathan that Wormsloe Plantation, with a backdrop of historic live oak trees covered in spanish moss, would make for a stunning proposal site. Jonathan convinced me that morning that we were going to the site simply to hike, but I had a hunch since he dressed up for the occasion. I was still stunned when he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!Best part was the paper ring he pulled out to propose with. I had made it on a flight a couple months before and used to “fake” propose to him. Half as a joke, but I was honestly just ready to plan a life with him. I thought he had thrown it away but he had been saving it for this moment! After I said yes he pulled out the real ring. But the truth is I would’ve married him with that paper ring! He then surprised me by having Tori there to capture the entire moment. I thought she was just a mom photographing her kids and still hadn’t realized she was there for us until after the proposal. The special moment kept getting better when I realized he had flown my little sister Katie in from Houston just to be with me in that special moment. I of course told him yes a million times!
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: It was all Positano, Italy! I picked the city for our elopement because of the amazing backdrop and rich colors it provided. Blue & white porcelain pottery covers the whole city and it is brightened by lemon trees everywhere you look. The only color I added was rose gold. I have always loved the look of the finish and Jonathan obviously knew that. I was so happy to see my engagement ring when he proposed was made of rose gold, just as I always wanted. I then added more rose gold with all of the jewelry I chose to go with my wedding ring! Also my shoes! I was obsessed with them. They were the perfect shade of Positano blue. Made by Badgley Mischka and covered in crystals!We legally signed our wedding documents in Alabama and then had my little sister preform our actual wedding ceremony in Positano so it would be personal to us. She ended up writing the sweetest ceremony I had ever heard.