PERSONALLY YOURS: My moment as mother of the groom

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

I have been on a journey for the past year and a half ... both emotionally and literally.

Mine began with joy and excitement when in July 2011 my son announced that he had asked his girlfriend of almost three years to marry him. She said "yes" in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris .

Brett and Elizabeth met during training for their new jobs in D.C. in 2008. She lived in upstate New York and he lived in Birmingham . Against the odds, they nourished, grew and maintained their relationship although many miles separated them.

I was impressed.

In anticipation of the marriage, my Southern born and bred son gave up all that was familiar and made the move to New York state for love ... and planning for the big day began.

Brett wanted the wedding to be held in Birmingham , where he has family and friends, but, of course, Elizabeth wanted the wedding to be in New York , where she has family and friends.

I went to bat for the bride, as I knew the wedding day belongs to the bride. Eventually Brett gave in and planning began in earnest.

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