Before heading to a friend’s birthday party in October 2015, Stephanie Smith had no intention of staying out late. She planned to celebrate for a few hours then get to bed early. But then she met Eric Wilmoth. He’d spotted her as soon as she walked into the bar, and several hours later the two were still talking. The party had ended, and most of Stephanie’s friends had called it a night already, but Eric and Stephanie had hit it off immediately. The connection was so strong that Eric made a bold move and invited Stephanie to attend a wedding with him. Stephanie says “love at first sight” is the only way to accurately describe the moment. She called her mom the very next morning and hinted that she might have found “the one.” Unbeknownst to Stephanie, Eric had also called his mom the next morning and had a very similar conversation. “We never stopped talking from then on,” Stephanie says. “We’ve seen each other every day since.”
Aside from a good sense of humor and fun-loving personalities, the couple shared a desire to settle down and start a family. So after about seven months of dating, Eric spontaneously popped the question on Mother’s Day of 2016. “He pulled over to the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, and he asked me to marry him,” Stephanie says. “He said he was going to wait, but he couldn’t.” Shortly after the engagement, Stephanie and her mom, who helped plan the wedding, fell in love with the scenic views and picturesque chapel at Top of the Rock and booked it for that November. Not wanting to overshadow the beauty of the venue, Stephanie opted for an all-white elegant and timeless theme. Today, Stephanie and Eric are busy taking care of baby Allison, who was born in August 2017. Stephanie is a stay-at-home parent, and Eric works at his family’s business, Ozark Mountain Energy.