How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: I came to Atlanta as an Au Pair after my undergraduate degree in September 2012. Joseph moved to Atlanta that following January to start a new job in town. He had to travel to Puerto Rico a few times for work and came back to Atlanta from one of his trips on May 3rd 2013. I happened to go out that night to a bar in town, the same bar Joseph was headed to after he arrived from his trip. He just dropped of his suitcase at his apartment, put on a Grizzlies jersey over his button down shirt and came to the bar to watch the Grizzlies game. The bar is a little fancier and you aren´t allowed to just wear a sports jersey, which explains Josephs questionable outfit choice. I saw him walking by and pointed him out to my friend who thought Joseph looked silly in his button down shirt with the jersey on top. Later that night we all played Cornhole against each other and Joseph and I started talking. He told me about his previous trips to Europe and apparently he really liked my German accent.
Since that night in May 2013 there hasn´t been one day that we didn´t talk to each other. We managed the long distance between Germany and America when I had to go back to go to graduate school and we have been inseparable ever since.
How did he propose? : I visited Joseph from Germany in July 2017 and right before I had to go back, he booked us a spontaneous trip to Puerto Rico. This was my first trip down there and I was really excited to go for a few days. We arrived early on Saturday morning and had a great day. After dinner we came back to the room and I wanted to go to sleep since we´ve been up all day, but you could see the beach from our hotel room and Joseph begged me to go down there for one more drink. The beach was beautiful and there was nobody except us. I started playing in the water until Joseph stopped me, gave me the longest hug ever and got down on one knee. It was the most wonderful moment and I will forever treasure it. Joseph later told me that he wanted to propose to me in Puerto Rico, because this was were he came from the night he met me.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : We had so many wonderful people come to our wedding from Germany and everywhere in America. It was so awesome to hear people speak German and English all night. Our German family and friends tried to teach our American family and friends some German words and vice versa - I loved that so much!
What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: We tried to include both cultures and traditions into our wedding. Every sign, invitation was in both languages, so everybody would feel included. The most special design inspiration was that there won´t be any more distance between us, so we had a lot of globes and a worldmap as a guest book.
Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: Have fun doing it!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: Try to be open minded to suggestions and ideas other people might have and don´t think there is just one way or the highway. If plan A doesn´t work out, there is alwas plan B and C.
Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: I was in Germany during the whole wedding planning process and just came to the States three weeks before our wedding date. I was in constant contact with my Mother in Law and facetimed her almost daily. We got so much closer during this process and she was a huge help to me.
What made you choose Maggie Louise when searching for your gown? : I wanted to buy my gown in Germany, so I could have my mom and my friends there with me. I went to several different stores in Germany and in the Netherlands and felt really overwhelmed. I tried on a lot of gowns and didn´t love any of them. Some of my girlfriends in the States bought their gown at Maggie Louise and kept on telling me to go there, so while I came over to visit Joseph I did. I should have gone straight there and not wasted my time to go to all the other stores.
Tell us anything extra you'd like to share about your journey down the aisle + all that lies ahead. : When Joseph and I got engaged we didn´t know how we wanted our wedding to be like and I didn´t know at all what I wanted my dress to look like. I went to different bridal stores in Germany, the Netherlands and America before I made the best decission and scheduled an appointment with Maggie Louise! For some reason Molly knew what I wanted and she knew what would look good on me without seeing me ever before. Molly made everything so easy, fun and enjoyable and their customer service is just one of a kind. I will forever be so thankful for the whole Maggie Louise team, they took so much of my shoulders!
My wedding dress was more than I could have ever wished for. I felt so pretty and I felt like a new person.
I was able to dance all night in my dress, I climed up all the stairs around the Collierville Square, I had babies on my arm, carried my Au Pair familys children on my back and front, had vans for my bridesmaids in my pockets since it was so hot and peanutbutter crackers for me haha - it was perfect for every situation that day. I don´t know how Molly knew that I am so active and always in action and needed a dress that could do exactly that with me all day. The whole Maggie Louise team is so gifted and I am so thankful for them!
VENUE: The Quonset
PHOTOGRAPHER: Emily Frazier
FLORIST: Ena Fowler Floral Design
MUSIC: DeepBlu Entertainment
CATERER: Draper's Catering of Memphis
CAKE: Cupcakes from Confections and Connections
HAIR + MAKEUP ARTIST(S): Halo Salon
CALLIGRAPHY: Calligraphy by Carlydesignco,
SWEETS: Donuts by Gibson's Donuts