Not many first dates go as well as Lacey Whatley and Farra Alford’s did. In January 2016, mutual friends set the two up on a blind date, and the connection between them was instantaneous. In fact, Farra ended up joining Lacey for a family lunch the very next day!
As the couple learned more about each other and grew closer over the next year, a marriage proposal was on the horizon.
On the evening of October 19, 2017, Lacey was unexpectedly sent on what appeared to be a wild goose chase all over Birmingham, but it didn’t take long for her to realize what was going on. Farra had curated an elaborate scavenger hunt, sending Lacey to a variety of special places in Birmingham: their first date at Bamboo on 2nd, the site of their first kiss at The Grand Bohemian, where they said their first “I love you’s” at Farra’s house and finally back to Lacey’s house where Farra was waiting with a ring and a very important question.
Lacey said the ring had been on her finger for maybe five minutes, before the wedding planning ensued. “We were so ready to be married,” she gushes. “I knew I couldn’t wait and have the planning hanging over my head.” So the planning began immediately, starting with a call to Neillie Butler of Mariée Ami. With the date set and only four months to plan, Lacey says everything was smooth sailing.
Immediately after the ceremony, the couple greeted even more family and friends at the Birmingham Country Club to eat, drink and dance the night away. Upon entering the club, guests were transported into a romantic fairyland complete with soft twinkle lights strung from the ceiling, flowing white drapery and perfectly arranged white florals. The crowd dined on everything from oysters to beef tenderloin, stuffed potatoes and make-’em-yourself quesadillas from the wildly popular quesadilla bar.
Lacey credits the Mariée Ami team for executing everything so smoothly and according to plan. “We couldn’t have done it without them,” Lacey admits. “I had no idea how all my vision and dreams would come together, and they made it happen!”
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Wedding planner: Mariée Ami
Ceremony venue: Canterbury United Methodist Church
Reception venue: Birmingham Country Club
Photography: 509 Photo
Bridal shop: Ivory & White
Bridal dress: Lela Rose
Bride’s custom reception outfit: Katie Gilbert of Katherine Vier
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Chosen by each bridesmaid
Hair & makeup: Kerri Bunn & team
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Mr. Burch
Invitations, programs & menu cards: Allison R. Banks Designs
Flowers: Lagniappe Designs
Catering: Birmingham Country Club
Music: Jessie’s Girls
Cake: Barb’s Cakes
Guest accommodations: The Grand Bohemian Hotel
Bride & groom accommodations: Elyton Hotel
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