A fateful night in 2016 led to the start of a beautiful love story for Tiffany Brown and Wesley Ervin. While they thought they were simply enjoying Cinco de Mayo festivities with their friends, destiny had something else in mind. On their first date, the pair enjoyed dinner at Jackson’s Bistro in SoHo, followed by a fun and laidback night of bowling and video games. “It was a memorable night, and our companionship took off from there,” says Wesley. As they say, the rest is history.
Fast forward to July 6, 2019, when Wesley executed a dreamy proposal. Following a date-night cooking class at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, Wesley guided his bride-to-be to the rooftop terrace where their friends and family awaited their arrival. “As we were looking for a table, I noticed a private area with balloons. I then saw my father’s face, and I immediately knew what was about to happen,” says Tiffany. “I began to cry, Wes grabbed my hand, and he walked me over to the area. He handed me a bouquet of flowers, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect.”
To kick off their wedding planning journey, Wesley and Tiffany turned to the planning extraordinaires at Valia Rose Events —Joanna Sheppard and Jeneshia Abrams. “[They] executed the vision with perfection. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, they helped us reschedule an entire wedding that I’m convinced turned out far better than what the original date would’ve been,” says Tiffany. “Their talent, vision, knowledge, patience and dedication to their clients is unmatched.”
The grand, gorgeous wedding design was the culmination of Tiffany’s impeccable style and the knowledge Joanna and Jeneshia brought to the table. Throughout the planning process, Tiffany only had four requests. “I knew I wanted a venue with separate spaces for the ceremony and the reception, and a plated dinner was a must-have,” explains Tiffany. “It was also a must-have to have gorgeous flowers and a DJ that would make sure the reception felt like one big party for us and our guests.” From every thoughtful, intentional detail to the explosion of colors and flowers seen throughout the wedding day, this Birmingham wedding was a timeless, awe-inspiring celebration fit for an equally incredible couple.
Due to COVID-19, Wesley and Tiffany decided to postpone their May 16 wedding to July 24. “It was important to us that our guests felt safe, and we felt like pushing the date back was the safest thing to do,” says Tiffany. In addition to changing the date, the couple made the tough call to decrease their guest list by over 100 guests. To make their loved ones that couldn’t attend still feel connected to their special day, the Ervins livestreamed their ceremony on their wedding website. Additionally, masks were required throughout the night, hand sanitizer was abundant and tables were spaced apart from one another. With help from their amazing vendor team, even these added precautions were carefully curated and fit right into a beautifully cohesive design.
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After a sentimental and emotional exchange of vows, guests were invited downstairs for dinner, dancing and lots of celebration. The reception was absolutely stunning and meant more to Tiffany and Wesley than they could have ever imagined. “I think we can both agree that the reception was absolutely beautiful, and we had the time of our lives. We danced all night and celebrated with those that mean the most to us,” says Tiffany. “After so much stress due to COVID, the reception allowed us to take a sigh of relief, sit back and fully enjoy what the day meant for us.” And celebrate they did! Friends and family enjoyed a beautiful night full of great music, amazing food and, of course, delicious cake.
Tiffany’s best piece of wedding planning advice? “It is an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful time,” she says. “Pray together, openly communicate, do what works best for you and your significant other, and cherish each moment.”
Thankfully, in the year of cancellations and postponements, love is not canceled. Thanks for taking us through your gorgeous wedding day, Tiffany and Wesley! And thanks to Haley and Tony Minifield of YNOT iMages for the beautiful photos. Cheers to the newlyweds!
Ceremony venue, reception venue & catering: Park Crest Event Facility
Planner, linens & place settings: Valia Rose Events
Photographer: YNOT iMages
Flowers: Forever Wild Floral Company
Lighting & drapery: Design Productions
Make-up artist: Sylvia Pro Makeup
Hair stylist: Plush by Elace Minnifield
Transportation: Rob Conrad’s Classic Cars
Entertainment: B. Brian INC
Cake: Barb’s Cakes
Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations
Bridal salon: Bella’s Bridal
Groom’s attire: Miguel Wilson Collection
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