Carly Coyne & Justin Collier
Joyful Alabama Wedding
Sep 30, 2017
Birmingham , Alabama
Justin and I had a Saturday filled with our favorite things. It didn’t strike me as out of the ordinary since he’s such a planner. We started at the Pepper Place Farmer’s Market then grabbed brunch at one of my favorite places. We planned to go hiking later in the afternoon, which is one activity we love to share. There is a trail that I had been begging to take him to for the past year. He finally agreed. Little did I know that he had scouted the trail out the week before with some friends who would photograph the moment. He acted like he didn’t know where it was or how to get there. He was calm and patient. He walked me down the trail to a spot covered with rose petals and candles. I was still oblivious and thought it was for someone else. “How cute is this!?” I remarked. In the same moment, he handed me letter that lead to the question that I had always dreamed of hearing. So on that trail, on an inconspicuous afternoon, he asked me to marry him.
The very same evening we joked about when we would get married. Knowing we didn’t want a long engagement, we dreamed of an ambitious timeline. What we joked about that evening, we eventually set as the date. September 30th. We didn’t hire a planner but we were constantly blessed with support from our friends and family. Trust me, there were moments were it seemed impossible but God’s favor was evident in every step.
The Big Day
It’s hard to put into words. It was unexpectedly calm and peaceful. I can only surmise and believe that this was due to God’s favor and blessing. That day confirmed in our hearts that God had lead us to one another. There’s no experience that compares. Committing your life to one another surrounded by those closest to you. The ceremony was beautiful, the reception was a thrill, and the joy was overwhelming. “We did it!” was common phrase between us as we danced and laughed to one another.
We left the next morning after breakfast to travel down to Seaside, Florida. He rented us a carriage home just a block from downtown. We spent the week trying our best to act like locals and enjoying every moment.
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE
Arranged by the Mother of the Bride
Lovely Lettering Company