Brittney and Alex went to high school together, and although they had mutual friends, they never hung out much. They saw each other a few years after high school at a Halloween party, and Brittney loved that Alex was dressed as a Hershey’s kiss (a costume her mother once wore). “I approached him and took a picture with him to show my mom!” she remembers. She figured she’d never see him again, but four years later, they ran into each other at her work. “We finally hit it off and have been together ever since.”

Celebrating their four-year dating anniversary, Alex took Brittney back to the walking trail where they had their first kiss, got down on one knee, and pulled the ring box from his sock. “He had been walking the entire time with a giant ring box tucked into his sock under his pant leg,” says Brittney. “I immediately said yes!”

The bride says she definitely had visions of how the wedding would go. “I tried to plan for everything and think of every different scenario that might play out,” she explains. “One thing that I kept reminding myself of was to not really have too many expectations of how things will exactly happen, because the longer I envision things, the more likely something may not turn out exactly like I had envisioned. It was a great strategy, as I am very happy how things turned out.”

Experienced when it comes to planning large-scale events, Brittney says keeping organized wasn’t an issue. “I kept a timeline and checklist of when certain tasks should be complete. Once we hit a few months out, all of my free time was dedicated to securing last-minute details.”

The couple kept their ceremony short and sweet. ”Our ceremony told our story of how we met and fell in love and laid out where we saw ourselves in 50 years,” the bride shares. “It was very meaningful to Alex and me.”

The reception and ceremony were held at The Barn at Second Wind. “Alex was so sweet by ending the speeches with taking a moment to recognize my hard work in bringing my vision for our day to life,” says Brittney. “He was so impressed by how our reception space looked, and my heart melted when he took that moment to bring it to our family and friends’ attention. To be honest, the next day was a relief because I knew I didn’t have to wake up thinking about wedding planning.” 

—Darren Elms