10 Oct Angela + Phillip | Engagement Photos

Tomorrow is the big day for Angela and Phillip and we couldn’t be more excited to watch them become husband and wife. They’ll pledge their love for one another at St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church and follow it up with a fantastic celebration with family and friends at The Barn at Shady Lane. It’s going to be a great day!

Check out their engagement photos taken by Eric & Jamie Photography and we’ve also included some fun Q&A to get to know this couple a little more.

Congrats you two… so happy for you both!

How/where did you meet and what did you do on your first date?

Angela: We met our freshman year at Auburn. I grew up here in Birmingham and Phillip in Spanish Fort/Fairhope. We were both attending a party with a group of our high school friends when we met. 

Phillip told me his name and I told him I could marry him since his last name was equally as fun as mine. I distinctly remember having a bread tie ring that night.

I’m not sure if we ever went on a “first date” but I have a lot of first memories. My best friend, Christina, and I happened to be in a biology class with Phillip’s roommate at the time. The first time we hung out after that party was the four of us grabbing lunch at Lupton’s in the Quad after class! Soon after that, me, Phillip, and my other best friend, Elizabeth, went to Applebee’s for dinner (this is what we always joke was our first date). We were fast friends after that! Our friend groups became close and we would cook Monday Night “Family” dinners at our dorms and hang out all the time! Phillip’s roommate also happened to be dating my roommate’s sorority sister, who led me to two of my best friends, now bridesmaids!

Phillip and I were best friends for years before we started dating. We would go to the grocery store, run errands, study at the park, take day trips to Ikea, and go to football games together. It wasn’t until after Phillip went to study abroad in Ireland one semester that we became more than friends. He realized he could never be that far away from me for that long with minimal communication ever again 😹😹😹. I also always joke that Phillip never asked me to be his “girlfriend” but I guess the transition happened sometime in all of our fun because I will soon be his “WIFE”. 

Describe your dream date…

Phillip: Our dream date is getting a break to relax and cook a nice meal, sit on the couch, and watch a movie.

Angela: I imagine our dream date will hopefully occur on our honeymoon! Being on vacation, nothing to worry about, enjoying time relaxing on the beach and eating delicious food. But honestly, swimming with the pigs is probably closer to my dream! Just add in some deer and I’d be set 🙂

Do you two have a favorite movie or song?

Angela: We are huge Harry Potter fans and debated having a Harry Potter themed wedding… I asked phillip if we could turn the barn into the Great Hall. You can imagine his response 😬😳. We have also probably seen every episode of NCIS more than ten times. 

What guilty pleasure do you share?

Angela: I somehow recently discovered how amazing Dairy Queen Blizzards are. We love to go get a Choco Brownie Extreme and Heath Blizzard. I can’t wait to enjoy one post wedding, I even googled the nearest DQ from Ross Bridge for wedding night😹

Tell us all about the proposal…

Phillip: Each year, Angela’s family takes a beach trip to Destin, Florida. After talking with Angela’s parents, I was able to get a photographer and have everyone in the family convince Angela we would be taking some family portraits on the beach. We were able to create some chaos and convince Angela that her and I needed to go ahead and leave to meet the photographer and the rest of the family would follow. I think, at this point, she was a bit suspicious but when we arrived the photographer waved to me (she wasn’t supposed to know who I was) and Angela got even more suspicious. We went with the photographer to scout some locations before the family arrived and once we found a nice secluded spot and taking a few “test shots” with the photographer, I turned to Angela. She had the biggest smile I think I’ve seen yet. I got on one knee and asked her to marry me. Shortly after, the family arrived and we all celebrated with some real family portraits before heading off to dinner.

Angela: Our proposal was exactly how Phillip described. He had to find a way to trick me and get me in real clothes with makeup on 😹 he knew I would want my entire family there so the best time was our beach trip. One of the funniest parts was the night before the actual proposal we had all gone to get ice cream after dinner. Phillip and I walked over to look at something away from everyone else and my niece (9 years old) screamed thinking we were getting engaged right then (with Phillip having ice cream spilled down the front of his T-shirt). Little did she know the actual engagement was happening the next night and she was not happy when she found out she wasn’t in on the secret! 

What do the two of you like to do together when you aren’t working?

Phillip: We enjoy cooking food and baking sweets together. We also like to spend time decorating our new home. 

Angela: We love when we are just able to relax and enjoy time in our house. Sitting on the couch and cuddling with our sweet pup, Leo, and cats, Sofia and George. 

What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding day?

Phillip: I’m looking forward to seeing all our friends and family and being able to enjoy our time with them. 

Angela: I’m so excited to see everything that we’ve been working on come together. We truly both had such a major part in planning this, it actually probably wouldn’t have gotten done without Phillip. Plus he puts up with all of my crazy requests. 

I’m most excited about our first look! This day has been a long time coming and I know we will be so ready to see each other by that time. It’s been so hard keeping my dress and everything a secret from Phillip but can’t wait to see what he thinks!

How did you know he/she was the one?

Phillip: Angela has been the most kind, caring and most selfless person I’ve known since the day we’ve met. She is strong and determined about the things she cares about most. Her dedication to family and friends is unrivaled. The funniest moments are when we can make eye contact across a group of people and immediately be thinking the same thing without saying a word and bust out laughing. Angela keeps me my feet on the ground when my head gets too high in the clouds. She’s always felt like home to me and I can’t imagine a better person to have by my side!

Angela: I remember back in college, sitting on my best friends bed, telling her that Phillip was  exactly the type of guy I wanted to marry. He was exactly what I wanted in a husband and a future father to my children. He could literally handle any situation and had an answer to every question. Any task or crazy idea I came up with, he would succeed beyond my expectations – he even agreed to foster two kittens at his own apartment since I already had two of my own. 

Most importantly, he loved my family like his own (anyone who knows me knows my family is my #1). Even in college, we would take my nieces with us everywhere. He never questioned or complained (even though that meant being more responsible at football games). I always thought we must look pretty funny, two young people (both extremely dark complected) with blonde hair, blue eyed girls. 

Phillip continues to exceed my expectations daily. I may not be the easiest person to put up with but he does it with a smile on his face. He always makes me feel like the smartest, most beautiful person around, encourages me daily, and loves me unconditionally. We cannot wait to FINALLY be married and continue to build this life together. 

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