When Stacy Scroggins and Lawrence Palmer met for the first time in 2014, they both thanked the eHarmony gods. “He just seemed to have it right on paper,” Stacy says. “He had a great job, great personality, was attractive and seemed to be caring.” And Lawrence was pleased with her profile too. “I thought she was beautiful, and I liked what she had to say,” he says. So after a few messages were exchanged, the two decided to meet on Father’s Day at Hudson Grille in Midtown. “First date was great,” Lawrence says. “She was like, ‘Oh, you haven’t spoken to your father in two or three years, really? Call your dad right now.’ And I called my dad right there on the spot that day that she told me to. I didn’t get him, but I called him. I knew she was a good person on that first date.”

Stacy shined bright in her Carrie’s Bridal Collection dress. “All of their gowns are under $1,000 and are off the rack. So you literally walk in, try on your gown, and you turn around and walk out with it for under $1,000.” Adding, “The earrings, I literally bought the day before—don’t judge me—I ran to Dillard’s and got them,” Stacy says.

Stacy shined bright in her Carrie’s Bridal Collection dress. “All of their gowns are under $1,000 and are off the rack. So you literally walk in, try on your gown, and you turn around and walk out with it for under $1,000,” Stacy says, adding, “The earrings, I literally bought the day before. Don’t judge me — I ran to Dillard’s and got them.”

From left to right, Lawrence Palmer Jr. with his dad Lawrence Palmer Sr. and brother Nathan Palmer

From left to right, the groom, Lawrence Palmer Jr., with his dad Lawrence Palmer Sr. and brother Nathan Palmer

Mamma's Boy: Patricia Smith gets ready to give her son, Lawrence Palmer, away.

Mamma’s Boy: Patricia Smith gets ready to give her son, Lawrence Palmer, away.

After that encounter, things progressed quickly. “He’s a gentleman. He did what most guys don’t do,” Stacy says. “He picked up the phone and asked me out on a next date. But I happened to have two coinciding dates on the weekend. One guy invited me out to this dinner at this fancy Atlanta restaurant. And then Lawrence called. He asked me to go like putt putt or ice skate, and it caught me off guard. I was like, ‘Oh, he’s different. That sounds way more fun than going to sit at this fancy restaurant.’” So Stacy hung out with Lawrence again. “She was herself. She was down to earth, and it just felt natural. It progressed into a relationship from there,” he says.

Two-and-a-half years later, Lawrence, a report analyst at Turner and owner of Gauge Fitness, proposed to his Southern Alabama dream girl at the top of The Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View. It was there among friends and family that Stacy said yes to Lawrence and the 1.5-carat engagement ring he put on her finger.

Leslie Makinson, Stacy Palmer, and sister-in-law Jenny Scroggins strike a pose. The bridesmaids both wore ASOS dresses. “We found their dresses on ASOS, which I really loved,” Stacy says. “Leslie was actually pregnant and we couldn’t really fit her before the wedding because we knew she would have the baby. But ASOS has a quick turnaround time so we ordered four dresses and had them all shipped in different sizes. They found the one they liked and then shipped back the other ones—it was a perfect process for us.”

Leslie Makinson, Stacy Palmer and sister-in-law Jenny Scroggins strike a pose. The bridesmaids both wore ASOS dresses. “We found their dresses on ASOS, which I really loved,” Stacy says. “Leslie was actually pregnant, and we couldn’t really fit her before the wedding because we knew she would have the baby. But ASOS has a quick turnaround time, so we ordered four dresses and had them all shipped in different sizes. They found the one they liked and then shipped back the other ones — it was a perfect process for us.”

The groomsmen — (from left to right) Ashley Fludd, Brian Berger, Lawrence Palmer (groom) and Otis Smith — were fascinated with this little guy. “Nelson Makinson is our 2-year-old nephew,” Stacy says. “Lawrence and I started dating when he was born, so he holds a really special place in each of our hearts. He’s just really, really sweet.”

From there, it was time to plan a budget-conscious wedding. “Lawrence wanted this, I wanted that, and we went back and forth. We started doing research and were both just taken aback by how much things in the ten- to five-mile radius of Atlanta proper — Midtown, Downtown — cost,” Stacy says. “But we didn’t give up, and we said, ‘We’re gonna to do this and make it beautiful.’ Our three words to describe what we wanted our wedding day to be were elegant, sweet and intimate,” she says.

“I have a pretty large family, and we didn’t even invite half of them. For me, growing up in the Deep South, I broke a lot of etiquette rules, and I broke a lot of traditions that say you have to do this and you have to do that,” Stacy says. “I said, ‘I’m not doing it.’ This is what we want. This is how we want it to be. And it truly turned out to be one of the most magnificent days of my life,” she says.

“This lace here is from my mother’s sister, who I was named after. She passed away from leukemia. And that’s the lace from her gown that I held around my bouquet,” Stacy says. It was Stacy’s “something old” from the 1970s. “I just loved it,” she says. Stacy’s “something borrowed” was the broach in her hair from her sister Leslie. And the bride’s “something blue” was her garter.

“This lace here is from my mother’s sister, who I was named after. She passed away from leukemia. And that’s the lace from her gown that I held around my bouquet,” Stacy says. It was Stacy’s “something old” from the 1970s. “I just loved it,” she says. Stacy’s “something borrowed” was the broach in her hair from her sister Leslie. And the bride’s “something blue” was her garter.

Each table came complete with peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas, and white spray roses.

Each table came complete with peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas and white spray roses.

Magnificent indeed. The pair got married on Saturday, April 29, at Mayfair Tower in Midtown, where Stacy had lived for almost four years. She chose the luxury high-rise’s English-style garden as the main venue. “We did it on our terms, and we did it within a budget,” she says. “We did it in a place where we felt comfortable.” They spent less than $10,000 for their special day, and with just a $500 refundable deposit, the garden was theirs.

As for their price point, Stacy says, “We chose a photographer who wasn’t $5,000 and actually listened to what we wanted. He didn’t stick to any minimums or have any rules for us to follow. He just delivered! And we had a videographer who’s in his 20s. He had the eye and the skill and the knowledge. He made our wedding look like a million-dollar wedding on a very small-scale budget.”

The food included everything from vegetable crudité and a fruit tray to chicken skewers with white rice and beef tenderloin. To add a touch of Lawrence’s Jamaican heritage to the spread, rum punch was served as a beverage option.

The food included everything from vegetable crudité and a fruit tray to chicken skewers with white rice and beef tenderloin. To add a touch of Lawrence’s Jamaican heritage to the spread, rum punch was served as a beverage option.

“It was just a basic white icing yellow cake from Kara’s Bow on Top but it was beautiful,” Stacy says.

“It was just a basic white icing yellow cake from Kara’s Bow on Top, but it was beautiful,” Stacy says.

“We took a bite, the only bite each of us had and then Lawrence planted one on me.”

“We took a bite, the only bite each of us had, and then Lawrence planted one on me.”

That amount was just right for Lawrence because he wanted to stay focused on their future. He told his bride-to-be, “Let’s do a nice, simple wedding but still have some money remaining for us to purchase a home. We’re older, we’re going to start a family,” Lawrence says. So they pondered things. “And this is what I love about Stacy. If we sit down and speak about something and come up with a game plan, we both get on the same page. I’m so glad she was able to do that because most girls want a large princess wedding and she was like, ‘You know what? I’m not fancy.’”

Enjoying every minute of the moment, Lawrence and Stacy posed with Gauge Fitness members and good friends, Brandon Sadberry and Derrick Demones.

Enjoying every minute of the moment, Lawrence and Stacy posed with Gauge Fitness members and good friends, Brandon Sadberry and Derrick Demones.

“At the wedding, we incorporated ‘jumping the broom,’ which I had never heard of,” says Stacy. “My side of the family was probably like, ‘What are they doing?’ But that was an outward symbol of our cultural union,” she says. The African-American tradition, which was once set in place for slaves who weren’t allowed to legally be married, is still a custom today.

“At the wedding, we incorporated ‘jumping the broom,’ which I had never heard of,” says Stacy. “My side of the family was probably like, ‘What are they doing?’ But that was an outward symbol of our cultural union,” she says. The African-American tradition, which was once set in place for slaves who weren’t allowed to legally be married, is still a custom today.

Stacy, her brother Clay Scroggins, sister Leslie Makinson, and dad Bob Scroggins, cut loose in the 40- by 30-foot garden space. “My brother and dad love to dance,” Stacy says. They were jamming to “Electric Boogie.”

Stacy, her brother Clay Scroggins, sister Leslie Makinson and dad Bob Scroggins, cut loose in the 40-by 30-foot garden space. “My brother and dad love to dance,” Stacy says. They were jamming to “Electric Boogie.”

It’s family over everything for Clay and Jenny Scroggins, Lawrence and Stacy Palmer, and Stuart and Leslie Makinson. “Both my brother-in-law and my brother are ministers, so it was really special to have both of them tag team our ceremony,” Stacy says.

It’s family over everything for Clay and Jenny Scroggins, Lawrence and Stacy Palmer and Stuart and Leslie Makinson. “Both my brother-in-law and my brother are ministers, so it was really special to have both of them tag team our ceremony,” Stacy says.

As for the day itself, it was everything the Palmers wanted it to be and more. “It was just the most beautiful afternoon,” Stacy says. “People were just chillin’ and hanging, and the kids were running around. It was just fun.” Lawrence sums up their whimsical wedding day with few words. “I married my best friend on a gorgeous spring day surrounded by friends and family,” he says. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the first day of the rest of my life with my wife.”

Happily ever after starts now.

Happily ever after starts now.

We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of joy and happiness!

RESOURCES

Venue: The Mayfair Tower Garden
Videography: Marco Hernandez
Photography: Jeremiah Nehsahn — (678) 900-7761
Event coordinator: Alyssa Biasetti (friend)
Bride’s gown: Carrie’s Bridal Collection
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS
Men’s suits: Savvi Formalwear
Hair: Shelly Marshall-Hannibal — (404) 426-5102 or Instagram
Makeup: Mimi Humphries — (818) 312-4683 or Instagram
Invitations: Etsy
Bartender: Bailey’s Bartending
Easy Events Rental: Dave Owens
Florist: Danielle Yancey (friend)
Catering: Sandy Wise (friend)
Ceremony music: Pronda Few and Kristen Stanfill
Cake: Kara’s Bow on Top
Wedding favors: Plain Jane Designs or (706) 369-7006
Guest accommodations: Loews, Atlanta