Our MAGGIE LOUISE BRIDE, Mrs. Franklin!
She married the love of her life Cecil in a sweet ceremony at Junior League! Her timeless, classic Martina Liana ballgown was the perfect dress for Sarah + as you can see, showcased her beauty quite perfectly. Wishing you two the absolute best in this lifetime adventure as husband + wife!
How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story.: Both Cecil and I grew up in Memphis (actually only lived about a mile from each other) but did not meet until college. We meet through a sorority and fraternity event! After about a year or so of being friends we both realized we would like to maybe try this dating thing out ;) After 4 and a half years of dating Cecil asked me to marry him :) 1 year later I did!
How did he propose? : The University of Memphis holds a special place in both of our hearts. Cecil grew up around Memphis Tiger sports and we meet through the University of Memphis. It would only be right for our proposal to include Memphis as well! So, June of 2016 we were headed to what I thought was dinner with some friends. On the way we decided to drive through Tiger Lane (as we often did just for fun). He told me they were doing some work on the main entrance of the stadium and wanted to check it out before we went to dinner. I, being still so oblivious, got out with him and started making our way towards the front of the stadium. As we approached the front he started talking all sweet and romantic and at that moment it all hit me! The next thing I knew he was on one knee asking me to marry him. I was SO in shock and truly did not see it coming at all. And of course I said YES! After that we continued on to this "dinner" that we were supposed to have. Once we arrived we were greeted by many of our closest family and friends there to celebrate the best day of our lives thus far!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? : It is hard to say what the MOST memorable moment was bc the entire day was so wonderful and memorable! There are though 2 moments that really stick out to me...The first was the moment I starting walking down the isle. Cecil and I saw each other before so I felt like some of the pressure was off of me as I waited for the doors at the church to open. But the moment they opened I felt this incredible rush and all I could do was stare straight down that isle at Cecil (and maybe cry a little :) ). It was like no one else was in the room. We had dated for a while and had been engaged for a year but in that moment I all of the sudden saw him in a totally different way than I ever had before. I can't quite describe it but it was such an amazing and memorable moment on our wedding day! The next moment was leaving the reception and our getaway car door shutting. It was in that moment everything was quite, it was just the two of us (plus our driver lol), and I was actually looking at my HUSBAND. The whole weekend was so exciting, crazy, busy, and amazing but for the first time it was just us two. I loved every part of our day and I wouldn't have changed a thing!
What was the design inspiration or theme for your wedding? Why was this special to you as a couple?: Cecil and I both LOVE old houses and I especially love walking around the grounds of an old home and admiring pretty flowers, trees etc. There are so many wonderful old homes in Memphis that offer wedding services. I really wanted a place that most people had not been to before. Cecil and I spent alot of time around the university of Memphis and post college we both moved to places right near there. Therefore, the Junior League of Memphis was a house we passed often. I always admired the gorgeous front lawn that you can see coming down Central Avenue (probably one of my favorite streets in Memphis) and how old the house appeared. The day after we got engaged I knew that was where I wanted our reception! It just seemed to fit everything we both liked and not to mention was in the heart of the part of town that we spend our whole relationship. I knew I wanted a "garden" type theme with lots a greenery, hydrangeas, etc. and that is exactly what the junior league offered! It was perfect!
Best advice you received while planning for marriage or your big day.: "At the end of the day, no matter what, you both will be married". I tried to remind myself of this often throughout our planning process. Not everything went according to plan, I stressed about little things, I even stressed about big things! But at the end of the day none of it mattered bc what was most important was Cecil and I. That was the best advise I received and it not only helped throughout our wedding but it has also help within the first year of marriage!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding?: Try not to stress! "At the end of the day, no matter what, you both will be married". The moment to door closes and the two of you are whisked away to your honeymoon all of there little things will have not mattered!
Favorite part of the wedding planning process?: Watching our vision come to life! I was always pinning wedding stuff on Pinterest and getting ideas from other weddings I had been to so it was really cool to see this whole vision I created in my head come together.