Meet Allison, our April Bride of the Month! Allison and her fiance Andrew are tying the knot on June 16, 2018, at The Wimbish House. Their engagement session through Piedmont Park was captured by Abby Breaux Photography, and it’s giving us dreamy fall flashbacks. We caught up with Allison to learn more about her wedding plans, and of course, get her to share her sweet love story.

The only story we love more than an engagement: Tell us how you met! Our story started under the oaks at Elon University in North Carolina. We must have passed each other dozens of times on those meandering brick paths, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that our lives finally intersected. Brought together by a mutual passion for science and innovation, we ended up on campus for the summer to pursue research projects. Sitting across from each other at the program’s opening luncheon, we had no idea what was in store for us. The next day the aspiring doctors met again at a local volunteer health clinic, but Andrew didn’t realize it. He went up to the tall, beautiful blonde he was working with and broke the ice with, “Do you go to Elon?” This moment will never be lived down. For Andrew, it was love at second sight. The rest of that summer was brimming with the excitement of new love. We played ultimate frisbee after work, carpooled to the clinic, and began falling hopelessly for each other. Our first date is hotly debated since holding doors and paying for nights out is apparently normal behavior for southern men, but by the end of that summer we were inseparable and knew we had something special.

After 1 unforgettable summer, 1 year together at Elon University, 5 years of long distance, approximately 1988 hours of goodnight phone calls, 64992 miles traveled, Andrew decided to finally make it official and propose

How did he propose?  Andrew proposed on Bald Head Island, NC. Earlier that day, hehad been acting very strange, so I decided to sign him up for a 5k on the beach, thinking he was stressed about an upcoming medical school test. Not wanting to say “no” to anything, he agreed, and begrudgingly ran a 5k through sand in hot and humid weather. But to my dismay, Andrew seemed more stressed after running. After a 5k and spending a day on the beach together, enjoying the surf, and playing bocce ball, he invited me for an evening beach walk before dinner. I was absolutely stunned and speechless when he got down on one knee at my favorite spot on the island. After I said “Yes!”, I was even more surprised to see our families smiling from a nearby gazebo. We both believe it was a magical evening are were blessed to have both of our families witness and celebrate with us.

Tell us about the wedding planning! What does your vision for the big day look like? Our vision for our wedding is an event that is elegant, classic, and intimate. We want to create an atmosphere that is both sophisticated and warm. We are using traditional and vintage decorations that also have specific meaning to our relationship. For example, as we met at Elon University, under the oaks, our guest book is That Tree, a photography on Oak Trees. Other personal decorations include framed gold photographs of wedding photos from the past three generations of our families.

What are some of the details you are most excited about? As Andrew was the Ballroom Dance Team Captain, he is most excited for the first dance and all of the dancing to come later in the evening. I am most excited about my Dad brewing all the beer for the wedding. As I got older, one of the best things was enjoying a beer with my Dad and talking. It means the world to me that my friends and family will also get to enjoy my Dad’s beer.

What has been the best part of the wedding planning process?  One of the best parts of wedding planning has been the tasting sessions for both the cake and the reception food. We both describe ourselves as “foodies” and love trying new types of food and different restaurants in the Atlanta area. Atlanta restaurants and catering companies make picking a caterer very difficult, since each tasting was unique and excellent in its own way. We decided on using Endive for our cocktail hour and reception, and Lush Cakery for our wedding cake. We hope our guests come hungry!

Tell us about your vendor search. What were you looking for and how did you find the perfect match? We started the photography search by first looking through different search engines and wedding websites. Andrew and I were both looking for a photographer that captured a couple’s personality and love for one another.  I met Abby Breaux and instantly connected. Andrew and I decided on Abby Breaux Photography, as we were impressed by Abby’s professionalism, talent, and her ability to capture love. Looking back on the wedding planning process and the engagement photos, we are very excited to have Abby Breaux capture our special day, as we know that we will have photographs that accurately portray our love, the wedding ceremony, and our friends and family as they celebrate our marriage.

Abby Breaux Photography is a wedding and portrait photography business based in North Atlanta and serves couples wherever their love takes them. Abby’s goal as a wedding photographer is to make this one aspect of the planning process simple. She believes photography is more than just images. It’s a real part of your day. Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience. Contact her to tell your story and celebrate alongside you!

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