A spilled drink doesn’t usually lead to true love, but it did pave the way for Tiffany and Patrick Wilson to find each other.
Tiffany was on vacation with her family at a condominium in Orange Beach, Ala., in early July 2010. She was relaxing poolside when a boy accidentally knocked her drink over. During the ensuing apologies, she met Patrick, whose friend is the boy’s father.
“That led us to hanging out the rest of that weekend,” Tiffany said.
While they enjoyed their time together, Tiffany initially didn’t think their paths would cross very often afterwards.
“Me being from Bay St. Louis and Patrick being from New Orleans, I didn’t think we would see much of each other,” she said.
Who was she kidding? Bay St. Louis is less than an hour from New Orleans. This love wasn’t going to let a few miles get in its way.
“We kept in touch and took turns going to each other’s hometown every weekend. I moved to New Orleans in 2011, and we built a home in Madisonville, La., in 2015.”
On Labor Day 2016 weekend, Tiffany and Patrick were back in Orange Beach, this time as a couple. But they weren’t alone. Their families were there, too, as well as his friend and his son. The whole group went to Cobalt, Tiffany’s favorite restaurant in Orange Beach, where Patrick stunned her.
“He chose the city we met and my favorite restaurant in Orange Beach to propose and had our closest family and friends (including the young boy who knocked my drink over at the pool where we met six years prior) there to witness it!” she said.
Her Mississippi roots led Tiffany to choose Gulfport for the wedding – specifically, The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm.
“I have never felt more special than I did on my wedding day. To see how many people from out of town came in to celebrate our love for one another was amazing,” Tiffany said.
There was one member of the wedding party who made the day even more special.
“My Paw Paw was the man to walk me down the aisle,” she said. “He has dementia, but on that day he knew who I was, and that is a day I will always cherish in my heart.”
The newlyweds went to the Dominican Republic for their honeymoon and stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort & Casino.
A week later they moved to Nashville, Tenn., where Tiffany works as a cardiac sonographer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Patrick, a veteran of the U.S. Army, works as a delivery specialist at PFG.
Photographer: Julie Holmes Photography
Wedding planner: Susie Davis – A Plan to Remember
Ceremony venue: The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm
Reception venue: The Venue at Southern Oaks Farm
Florist: Pine Hills
Caterer: Cajun Gourmet
Makeup: Erin Gioe, Brittany Afkarian, & Allexx Neyland
Hair: Erin Gioe, Brittany Afkarian, & Allexx Neyland
Videographer: Take Two Video
Jewelry: J. Crew & Etsy
Shoes: Elegant Park
Wedding gown: Mae Me’s
Tux: Jos a Bank
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
Musician/Entertainment: D Play
Clergy/Officiant: Brandon Ladner
Rentals: ABC Rental
Transportation: King Limo
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Rehearsal: Dinner Patio 44