By Cynthia Ellingsen, Photography By Keni Parks


Over twenty-five years ago, Theresa and Michael Brock experienced love at first sight in World Civilization class at Tates Creek High. The stolen glances during class eventually led to an introduction at a house party, where they started dating. The two reconnected years later when one of Mike’s friends invited Teri to his forty-fifth birthday party as a surprise.
Teri and Mike got engaged on New Year’s Eve, 2015. They were driving to dinner when Mike pretended to have car trouble. He pulled off on a side street, checked for a flat, and asked Teri to hop in the driver’s seat and move the car forward. Instead of climbing out of the car, Teri hopped over the console and waited, wondering what on earth was taking him so long. She finally got out to check and found Mike down on one knee. As he asked her to marry him, she realized they were parked in front of the same house where they first met so many years ago. To maximize the nostalgia, they celebrated their engagement at Merrick Inn, the same restaurant where they always had dinner before the school dances. 
Teri and Mike were married on June 23, 2016 at Talon Winery. The day was filled with storybook drama: the skies were pitch black, a tornado watch went into effect, and Teri lost her ring in the 
gravel driveway of the vineyard! Yet, the couple was so ecstatic to finally start their lives together that they only saw the positives: the weather made for 
exciting pictures and the lost ring, a great story. Fortunately it cleared up after the rain and was a lovely evening.
The reception was a down-home, rustic event in the barn with gorgeous floral arrangements and tobacco cloths hung from the rafters. The delectable spread of southern comfort food included mini hot browns and chicken bite appetizers, with a hearty salad, beef brisket, mashed potatoes, and asparagus for the main course. There was plenty of sweet tea to go around, in addition to the Talon wine. Guests danced the night away to music from the eighties and nineties, with a healthy dose of Journey 
thrown in. The newlyweds shared their first dance to Journey’s “Faithfully”, which has always been their song.
Teri and Mike loved the playful spirit of their wedding. Teri’s brother kept photobombing the pictures, and he snuck a piece of cake long before the newlyweds. Danielle Pope, one of Teri’s coworkers, was determined to keep picking her up. Danielle is over six feet tall and Teri, just five foot one, so the recurring joke was nothing short of entertaining.
The evening turned sentimental with toasts from the newlyweds’ children. Teri and Mike have four children from their previous marriages, and their speeches were so special for the couple. Teri’s daughter, Shelby, also serenaded them with a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah”. Nash, Teri’s son, cracked everyone up by ending his toast with “God bless the Dallas Cowboys!”  
When Teri and Mike were asked what advice they would offer other couples planning a wedding, they said: “Do everything for your own happiness…it’s your day. If you want to get married in all neon—do it. It’s all over so quickly. Focus on just remembering it and being happy.”
Photographer: Keni Parks
Venue: Talon Winery
Catering: Dupree Catering
Cakes: Martine’s
Flowers: Best of Flowers 
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Geno’s
Rings: The Castle