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REAL WEDDING March 2010
Hoodie Caldwell & Roscoe Whatley
January 30, 2010
Ceremony and Reception: Mountain Brook Country Club
Photography:
ARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY

So, they say when you meet “the one” you know. As far back as high school, Hoodie Caldwell had the feeling that Roscoe Whatley was the one she was supposed to marry when they were dating way back then. She even remembers writing him a letter telling him so when she was just sixteen. But, as usually happens, they went their separate ways during college. He’d told her he just knew they would get back together again after college… some day. They didn’t talk or stay in touch, but sure enough, years later at a traffic light in Mountain Brook, Roscoe found Hoodie again. They reconnected and their young instincts proved to be right. Roscoe Whatley was the man Hoodie Caldwell would marry. Here’s their real wedding story which included a special guest appearance by country music star Sara Evans!

The Back Story
This has probably happened to everyone at some point. Your best friend asks you to tag along so they can meet some guy (or girl) and you reluctantly agree. And then there “he” is… and you’re glad you came along. Hoodie and Roscoe initially met at the Wendy’s on Highway 280 back in high school; their best friends were hanging out and the two were thrown together. After a year of doing everything together, the two started dating. They went their separate ways during college, Roscoe telling her he was sure they’d reunite one day. As the story goes, they did. About a month after Hoodie got home from college, she was driving through Mountain Brook and her phone rang; Roscoe Whatley was on the caller ID. Curious as to what he wanted after such a long time, she was surprised to hear he had spotted her in traffic and was calling to see how she was. They arranged to meet for dinner the next night. Shortly after, Roscoe left on a trip around the world for seven months. They met back up in New York when he returned and both knew they were indeed back together.

The Proposal
During the next year, Roscoe’s job required that he travel back and forth between Birmingham and Chattanooga. Hoodie really liked the area and would often visit on the weekends. One particular weekend, as Hoodie was getting ready to leave, Roscoe called her and told her he had a meeting pop up and that she should wait a day to make the trip. What she didn’t know was that Roscoe was in the process of planning a surprise proposal and had driven back to Birmingham to get the ring--- Hoodie’s grandmother’s heirloom diamond engagement ring. The next day, Roscoe told her they were having dinner with friends up on Signal Mountain. On the way, they stopped at an overlook to take in the magnificent view. Hoodie turned around and found Roscoe on one knee, her grandmother’s diamond in hand.

Wedding & Reception Plans
A trip to Walgreen’s and six wedding magazines later, Hoodie had some ideas about what she wanted for her wedding. She felt like a classic Southern wedding with an untraditional twist would represent their style. A lovely soft ivory gown from Ivory & White in Crestline Village was pretty easy; it was one of the first two gowns she tried on. Next, rich purple gowns for the bridesmaids were selected from Bella Bridesmaids. The men wore classic black tuxedos from Mr. Burch in Mountain Brook. Janet Jackson and Ray Jordan from Flower Buds took the lead on the flowers using elegant white tulips, massive white peonies, and other white flowers which created a dramatic all-white floral design. Sweet Magnolia created the bride’s four-tier cake and the groom’s cake plus the sweets that filled the groom’s cake table. A martini bar with custom crafted libations, a sushi station, and a jamming dance band that had everyone on the dance floor for the entire evening was everything the couple wanted. A little old, a little new, and totally perfect! Two unusual things happened that night. First, a soft snow fell quietly as they danced into the night. While it didn’t stick, it was beautiful. Another memorable event was a guest appearance by Birmingham’s own country music diva Sara Evans. Sara actually sat in with the band and sang for the couple and their guests! How amazing to have Sara serenade you on your wedding day!

After a wonderful honeymoon in the St. Lucia, the couple is now settled into married life in Houston and enjoying their many gifts from The Gift Registry at Bromberg’s.

Thank you, Hoodie and Roscoe! We wish you all of the best for a long and happy life together. Thank you for sharing your wedding with us.


 

 

 





Hoodie & Roscoe’s Bromberg’s Gift Registry included:
Fine China: L’Object Aegean 
Casual China: Vietri Rosso Vecchio Dot and Villeroy & Boch New Wave
Formal Crystal: Pickard Aspen Mono Script