Haley Diane Adams met Patrick Grady Gilbreath in Destin, Florida during Spring Break. Admittedly, Haley reports she was "actually dating another guy" but knew she wanted "to get to know him better" right away, so "we became friends". Once Haley was no longer with her ex, Patrick began his pursuit. However, at the time Haley "was only wanting to be friends." For several months, Haley referred to Patrick as her "friend" "until my sister one day said, "Haley you're not friends, you two are dating! So from then on I claimed him as my boyfriend!"
Haley and Patrick share a life filled with love for one another and a love for adventure as well as traveling. Recounting the night Patrick uttered the words "I Love You", Haley reports, "we were in New Orleans..., it was New Years and we were there for the Alabama vs Ohio State playoff game. Him and I were taking pictures right before the ball dropped and my girlfriend, Whitney, was taking pictures of us and it was then that Patrick told me how much he loved me! I quickly said it back, of course, and we kissed as it turned the new year."
It was clear to Haley that "Patrick was the one when he came to Texas our senior year of college for Christmas. He met my entire family and my best girl friends from home and they absolutely loved him. They said that he complimented me and was my missing piece and I felt the same way!"
"After my ex and I broke up, they were overwhelmed with joy as they always told me I was with the wrong guy, so when they met Patrick they were overjoyed to see a man that treated me like I should be treated. It was such a relief to see so many of the people I love fall in love with the man whom I love!"
"My favorite thing about Patrick is how kind he is. He has been raised as the man of the house and that he is. He is the biggest motivator and protector and he would do anything to make me happy. He's filled with surprises and knows exactly what I want and need, sometimes more than I know myself!
The engagement came on November 11, 2016. "I was still living in Nashville, Tennessee at the time and Patrick called me and asked me if I wanted to go to a work Christmas party. I felt like it was a little early for a Christmas party as it was only November but I went with it. By this time we had been dating and have been talking about getting engaged for a while. The thought he was going to pop the question a couple times before the big day already."
"I then drove to Birmingham on November 11th and met him at his house. He was very nervous but I thought it was because it was a work event. We then drove to Vestavia Baptist Church and parked the car. We were the only car in the parking lot so I thought that was odd, but we have no ties to the church so I was still thrown off. He then asked me if I wanted to just walk around before the party started since we were early. I agreed and we walked to the edge that looked over the city of Birmingham."
"It was beautiful. He then asked if I wanted to live her with him, and I said well yes, that's the plan...and then he said, do you want to live here with me? Do you think you're going to love me forever? And I looked at him, and then he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!"
With the assistance of her mother and a month of coordinator, Haley planned the formal chic wedding of her dreams dated for August 19, 2017. The wedding ceremony took place at Southside Baptist Church with nearly 200 family members and friends present to witness Haley and Patrick commit their lives to one another. The celebration of their union followed at The Grand Bohemian.
One of Haley's memorable moments from their wedding day was "my Dad and I getting ready to walk down the aisle and him removing my blusher for me to see Patrick at the end of the aisle." What a special moment!
Gown- Bridal Bliss Homewood | Designer- Allure Bridal | Shoes- Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry- Saks Fifth Avenue | Tuxedo- Jos. A Banks | Glam- Misty Rockwell Cotter | Ceremony Venue- Southside Baptist Church | Reception Venue- The Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook | Live Artist- Joy Varnell | Flowers- Blessed by Blooms (Linda Kiracofe Bearden) | Photography- Laura Wilkerson | Videography- LIVEMORE Weddings (Evan Lanier) | Transportation- Vintage Auto Chauffeur | Month of Coordinator- Jayna Goedeche Designs | Invitations- Vera Wang | Band- The Flashbacks Show Band | Bridesmaids Dresses- Cynthia Wu Designs | Honeymoon- Sandals Grande St. Lucia