It was March 2014, Claudia and five girlfriends were on a weekend getaway in Nashville, Tennessee. The ladies were hanging out, taking pictures and updating their social media posts. Coincidentally, Jacob and five of his boys were celebrating a friend with a bachelor party that same weekend. As smooth and as confident as he could be, Jacob approached the group of ladies and uttered, "hey, there are six of us and six of you...are you girls going to stay on your phones all night or do you wanna hang out with us and have fun?" The ladies picked fun and Claudia spent the rest of the night talking, laughing and dancing with Jacob.
Due to timing and distance, Claudia and Jacob didn't date right away. However, in July 2016, while driving through Birmingham, Jacob randomly contacted Claudia inviting her to dinner and the rest is their story.
A memorable moment in their journey came for Claudia in October 2016. Exhausted from an extremely long day of moving, Claudia's best friend observed the way "I looked at Jacob." At the end of the day and feeling like she couldn't muster up the energy to finish another load, Jacob's intentions towards Claudia were clear. So clear that her best friend noted, "He's it! You never let a man take care of you like that or tell you what to do. You're going to marry him someday, and you don't even know it yet." Marry, indeed!
Claudia and Jacob filled their storybook with moments of sheer laughter, sport shooting, Sundays at TopGolf, movie nights with their three dogs, pizza and a good craft beer as well as philosophical and political debates and a great deal of team work. "We don't always agree." However, "we share a lot of the same values and have the same long-term goals for ourselves. We're a team. We always work together. He's my Spartan king and I'm his Spartan queen."
While on a beach vacation in honor of Jacob's 31st birthday and totally unbeknownst to Claudia, the time had come. Jacob's entire family as well as Claudia's mother joined the two for the weekend. "We all got dressed up to go out for his birthday dinner, when his mom said they had a surprise for me. They walked me out to the pier with my eyes closed and when I opened them, Jacob was on his knee."
The next chapter in Claudia and Jacob's love story will take place on October 6, 2018 at The Barn at Shady Lane. In a traditional, rustic inspired wedding filled with burgundy and navy accented by pops of gold, green and blush, Jacob and Claudia will exchange their I Dos. The day will be even more meaningful as Claudia will use her grandmother's antique crystal and glassware for the centerpieces off-set beautifully by elements of wood for Jacob and lanterns and greenery. The perfect mix of vintage, southern style! Here's to the next chapter!