Friends and family gathered to celebrate Emily Elmgreen and Tripp Whatley, as they were honored with a dinner party celebrating their upcoming April marriage. Emily, the daughter of Beth Elmgreen of Denver, Colorado, and Diana and David Elmgreen, of South Pasadena, Florida, grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and moved to Auburn, Alabama after her May graduation from the University of Alabama. Tripp, who lives in Auburn, is the son of Margie and Carl Whatley. The dinner was an enjoyable way to introduce Emily to the parents of many of Tripp’s lifelong friends, as well as a fun time to enjoy new and old friendships.

Hosts for the evening were Judy and Mike Barranco, Sara and Chris Birdsong, Carrie and Roger Ingram, Laurie and Mark Jackson, Becky and Danny Mathews, Emily and Keith Newell, and Debbie and Alan Stanaland, all from Montgomery. Hosts from Prattville were Paula and James Carpenter and Amanda and Harry Kearley. Sara and Tyler Caldwell of Auburn, Mary and Dale Darnell of Pike Road, Laura and Danny Jennings of Lake Martin, and Jessica and Chris Whatley of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, also hosted the evening. Members of Tripp and Emily’s wedding party sharing the festive evening were Scott and Andi Barranco, Jake Clark, Clay Finkelstein, Shuford Armstrong, Kenny Davidson, and Andy Telofski. 

Lovely floral arrangements created by Becky Mathews decorated both indoors and out as guests enjoyed the friendly and comfortable atmosphere of Tammy’s Market in Pike Road. The weather was perfect for outdoor seating as guests visited while listening to the music and vocals of local artist, Wes Darnell. The menu began with everyone’s favorite appetizers of bacon wrapped Conecuh sausage bites and spinach dip with crackers, followed by a delicious dinner including grilled pork tenderloin, salad of baby greens tossed with fresh vegetables and fruit, macaroni and cheese, and green bean wraps. A dessert of rich chocolate brownies and delicate pecan tassies provided a sweet ending to the gathering.

Emily and Tripp will wed this weekend on the green at Moores Mill Club in Auburn. The Reverend Geoffrey Evans of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will officiate.