Every now and then, you don’t meet that special someone at the right time. Luckily, even though this was the case for Jim and Carole, they found their way back to each other.
When they first met, Jim and Carole were in separate relationships with other people. They were introduced to each other when Carole’s cousin invited his old college roommate Jim and his date to Carole’s house for a visit. Everyone had a nice time and went their separate ways.
Thirteen months later, Carole was single and found herself with an extra ticket to an Alabama football game. Jim, who was also now single, decided to call Carole up. During the conversation, she asked if he would like to join her for the game. He agreed, and the two decided to meet in front of the Bryant-Denny Stadium. Carole remembers that, “Despite the crowd of over 100,000 people we finally saw each other and it was as if we had been together for years. Everything was so natural and relaxed we both knew something good was about to happen.”
Jim, understanding that to marry Carole was to marry her family, asked her two grown sons for permission and for their blessing to propose to their mother, which they gladly gave. On October 8, 2015, he got down on one knee and proposed to Carole.
The two were married on May 14, 2016 at Montevallo Presbyterian Church. Carole recalls that it was, “…a beautiful late spring day. The weather was perfect, sunny and in the upper 70’s.” The beautiful bride dressed in a timeless champagne colored gown, designed by Bella Couture, at the site of the reception, Fox & Pheasant Inn. The ceremony was opened at 2:00 pm by a French horn quartet, which was led by the groom’s sixteen year-old grandson. The bride’s three adorable granddaughters, ages three to six, served as bridesmaids. Within this traditional-style ceremony were solos of “The Prayer” and “The Lord’s Prayer”. When asked what her favorite part of the ceremony was, Carole confessed, “It is hard to name a favorite part of the wedding day, but I think it was the kiss! We kissed, and then kissed a second time, causing the minister to laugh out loud!”
After the ceremony, friends and family joined the couple to celebrate with them at Fox & Pheasant Inn (which also catered the event) at a reception that was pretty in pink, from the wide array of floral arrangements done by The Flower Shop, to the flowers on the cake designed by Publix. After the celebration, the two whisked themselves away to Joe Wheeler Lodge for the beginning of their honeymoon, and then skipped over to the legendary Niagara Falls in Canada.
Carole’s advice for brides-to-be is: “Make a list, check it twice, and share the responsibility of planning with your partner and other family and close friends. Don’t try to do it all yourself! Get enough rest before the wedding, because you’re not your prettiest when you’re tired! And then don’t sweat it. Enjoy your day!”