To Have and to Hold

Photos by Lang Thomas Photography

Shelly Overfield and Bradley Bringardner tied the knot at Louisville Country Club on Aug. 25, 2018. From the unforgettable proposal to the magical Italian honeymoon and every moment in between, it was a spectacular experience for the couple. Shelly recently shared all the details of their big day and what she recommends for those who are planning their own wedding.

How did you meet?

“We met back in high school – I went to Sacred Heart and Bradley went to St. Xavier – through a mutual friend,” Shelly explained.

When did you know Bradley was the one?

“There was no specific moment I can think of, but midway through college – both of us went to the University of Alabama – after we had been dating for a few years, we knew we’d end up together,” she said.

What’s the story of your engagement?

“We got engaged Sept. 30, 2017,” she recalled. “I had a feeling it was going to happen around Christmas of 2017, so I was very surprised the day he asked, which I loved! Bradley and I were supposedly going out to dinner that night with our friends Jake and Emily, who was the friend that introduced us back in high school. Little did I know, though, that going to dinner was just a cover and a good excuse for me to want to dress cute. When I arrived to Bradley’s condo before ‘dinner,’ I opened the door and in the distance, there he was with a ring box in his hand.

“The entire room was filled with candles and rose petals,” Shelly continued. “It was very romantic. I ran over to him with a look of shock on my face, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Then, right afterwards, my sister, my best friend and Bradley’s best friend popped out of the other room with champagne, and we had a quick celebration. I immediately wanted to FaceTime my family and closest friends, but Bradley let me know that my family was already waiting at his parents’ house to celebrate.

 “We got in the car to drive over to his parents’ house for what I assumed was going to be dinner/drinks with both of our parents,” she said. “When we drove there, more than 60 of our family (members) and closest friends were outside waving and cheering as we approached the house. He totally surprised me with an amazing engagement party with all of our loved ones and best friends. It was the perfect engagement in every way.”

Who assisted with planning the big day?

“My mom and I did a lot of the initial planning and design work, but we used Alicia Sarantis with Wedding Weekend Warrior to help execute the day,” Shelly explained. “Alicia and her team did a fantastic job.”

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

“Meeting with all of our amazing vendors was great,” she said. “They helped make everything so seamless and beautiful.”

What moment from the wedding stands out most in your mind when you look back on the day?

“(We loved) the cheers and energy from our wedding guests as Bradley and I made our grand entrance into the ballroom walking down the steps at Louisville Country Club,” Shelly affirmed. “It gave us both chills, and it was definitely a moment we will always cherish.”

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

“The Monday after the wedding, we left for the Amalfi Coast in Italy,” she said. “We stayed on the island of Capri and then the town of Positano. It was heavenly!”

What advice would you give to couples who are currently planning their wedding?

“It’s never a bad idea to seek guidance and advice from friends/family members who have planned weddings already,” Shelly recommended. “Their advice is invaluable. Also, just have fun and don’t let it stress you out!” V


Wedding Gown: Couture Closet, La Grange

Suits: Off-white dinner jackets from Joseph A. Banks, other pieces from Sam Meyers Formal Wear

Bridesmaids Dresses: Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique

Hair: Jessica Cramer, Calvin Mitchell Salon

Makeup: Nicole Grote, Artistry HD

Decor and Flowers: Country Squire Florist

Catering: Chef Daniel & team with Louisville Country Club

Photography: Lang Thomas Photography

Band: The Atlanta Allstars

Transportation: Miller Transportation and Todd’s Valet

Venue: Louisville Country Club

Officiant: Rev. Fred Klotter, Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Rings: Aesthetics in Jewelry, Jimmy Jackson

Invitations: Julie Diamond Invitations