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Diana + Jesse

 

“Like the Keith Urban song – we fell in love in a cop car. I was working at the District Attorney’s office and was at the Sheriff’s office to participate in a ride along to learn more about the entire criminal process. Deputy Riner requested “the redhead”, and the rest is history!”

Venue & Catering:  Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA
Wedding Coordinator/Florist:  Ellen Kirkland with assistance from Charlotte Bearden
Videographer:  Combat In the Wild, LLC 
Cake: Slice – Shannon Stubbs 
DJ:  Nightlife Entertainment – Justin Seymour
Hair & Makeup:  Charmed Salon & Spa – Jodi “Dee” Brynteson and Dana Wolfe
Bride’s Dress:  MoriLee by Madeline Gardner – Bridals by Gilbert in Perry, GA
Tuxedo Rental:  Bridals by Gilbert in Perry, GA
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Belsoie, purchased from Formally Yours in Lilburn, GA  
Officiant:  Milton Bayne – Bride’s Uncle
Second photographer: Jenny Prater

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Like father like son…

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and the star of the show…

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Of course we had to sneak out to get on the roof;)

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What was your first dance song?

“Yours (Wedding Edition) by Russell Dickerson”

  • How did you feel when you saw each other for the first time on the wedding day?
    “I thought that she was beautiful, her dress was beautiful, her veil was beautiful, and I was so happy to be there in that moment and on that day marrying her!” – Jesse
    I was so overwhelmed with emotion – tears immediately came to my eyes as soon as he turned around. I felt like it was such an important moment in our journey, and one we will remember and look back on for the rest of our lives.” -Diana
    What was the most memorable moment of the day?

    “My most memorable moment was the first dance. After all the planning and work toward our big day, being announced and going into our reception with all our friends and loved ones in the room, I felt like I could finally take a deep breath and it felt like we were alone in the room because all I could focus on was Diana.”  – Jesse 

    “My favorite moment was the first look – seeing the look on his face when he saw me in my dress for the first time. I will remember the look on his face for the rest of my life. Having those few minutes with just us was such a blessing and a quiet time on a crazy and exciting day! Close second – taking pictures on the roof at sunset and twirling around in my ball gown – I felt like Cinderella, which I think every little girl dreams of!” – Diana

    If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? 

     “No!” – Jesse 

    “No, it was an amazing day and if anything went wrong I never knew about it!!” -Diana

    Do you have any advice to other brides & grooms?

    “Wear comfortable shoes!” – Jesse 

    “Relax and enjoy the day. Regardless of what happens, you will still be married at the end of the day. Don’t sweat the small stuff because it doesn’t matter and you won’t notice or remember it! Delegate and get as much help as you can do you won’t have to stress about anything, especially day of!!” – Diana

     
    Where did you go on your honeymoon?
    “Turks & Caicos” 

Ellen + Cody

“Anybody who hears me and Ellen’ story probably thinks how crazy and random and unbelievable and lucky it is that were engaged…but God doesn’t think so. Proverbs 16:9 says “The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” and that’s exactly what happened. Both Ellen and I can see God’s providence all over our relationship from way before we even met. Let me explain… 

When Ellen was applying to nursing school, she wanted to go to Augusta, but through God’s sovereignty she ended up going to Georgia College in Milledgeville and rooming with Ashah.  Through Georgia College, Ellen did all her clinical and externships in Macon, and after graduation she got a job at the hospital and moved out here. (where Ashah was now living ).While living in Macon, Ellen and Ashah would run together now and then and keep in touch. 

I’m a Texan, born and raised, and never thought I would live outside of the greatest state ever. But just like with Ellen, God had a different plan in mind. After college I decided that I wanted to be a college basketball coach. While I wanted to stay in Texas, a coach who recruited my brother was now at Mercer University and through this I was able to get a graduate assistant coaching position for Mercer basketball. In June of 2015 I packed my bags, fully focused on my “career” and nothing else in mind…Well, just one other thing in mind.

Now Ashah’s best friend Michelle and her family went to the same church I grew up in (If you want that story on how that happened ask Ashah). In March of 2015, 3 months before moving out to Macon, I was shown a picture of this girl from Michelle that I “just had to meet” when I moved. (I later learned that Ashah had also showed Ellen a picture of this stunningly handsome man moving from Texas). Being a tough guy and all, on the exterior I was like whatever, maybe I will. I don’t like to be set up, I never had been and I never wanted to, but for some reason this was different, I really wanted to meet this girl. I mean, she was really cute in the picture I was shown.  

I’m really thankful Ashah didn’t waste any time in introducing us. On my 4thday in Macon, Ellen and I met at a movie, which was supposed to be a group setting, but by the open seats in the theater it ended up pretty much being a double date with Ashah and her husband Ben. Now Ashah and Michelle had kept telling me how “cute” Ellen was, but when I saw here for the very first time I realized “cute” didn’t do her justice. The only thing I could think of was “she is drop-dead gorgeous.” We had a really good time that night, but I wanted to take it slow and not freak her out so I didn’t ask for her number yet.

The second time we hung out with Ben and Ashah, 3 days later I asked Ellen for her phone number. After a couple days and texts later, I called Ellen and asked her out, where unbeknownst to us at the time, we both went on our last, first date ever.  We dated throughout the summer, and grew to love each other’s company and conversation more and more each day. We became “official” in mid August and our strong affection for each other grew into love.

I can’t pinpoint an exact time, but somewhere in the fall I knew I loved Ellen and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I started the ring shopping process in November and by February 2016 I had her ring.  With basketball season in full swing I had to wait until the season was over to propose. On Sunday, March 13th, I couldn’t wait any longer.  We both really enjoy the outdoors, and Ellen loves to watch the sun set. We had been out to the spot before, so I told Ellen we should go watch the sun set and then go out to eat. We went out to Lake Tobesofkee, laid a blanket out on the ground and were watching the sunset. I pointed out something along the shoreline and told her we should go take a look at it. After helping Ellen up, I got down on one knee, and when she turned around I asked her to marry me. She said yes! Seeing how evident God’s providence was in me and Ellen meeting, we can’t wait to get married and see what God has in store for us throughout our life and marriage.”

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Cody saw a leaf, grabs it off the tree & said look it’s like mistletoe! Haha!!!

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 OF course we had to do a remake;)

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Cody & Ellen, We love you both. We are so thankful to the Lord for y’all & I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE WEDDING!!!;)

 

Kelley + Stuart

“I met Kelley a few years ago at Longleaf Church where I’m on staff. I remember thinking that she was really cute and probably way too cool to date a guy like me. I would see her every few weeks at church or at movie nights, and after a few months, we started getting to know each other.

     Fast forward a few more months to her birthday – February 28, 2014. At this point, I knew I liked her – liked her enough to even go to her “Pure Barrety” before her birthday dinner! Which is kind of a big deal for me. I’m not really the Pure Barre workout type. At dinner I remember her flirting with me, and I remember thinking to myself, “You don’t have to flirt with me, I like you already!” So the next day I called her and with heart racing I told her I liked her and asked her out.

     That call began the first round of a relationship that unfortunately fizzled after a few months. Honestly, I just wasn’t a great boyfriend, and I was terrified of commitment. So I bailed. She was heartbroken (I later found out). But I felt like it was the right decision. Well at least for a few months until I finally came to my senses. She was something special, and I knew I had to get her back.

     At some point in July or August, I began to pursue her again – asking her to lunch, texting her, trying to find time to spend with her even though she seemingly wasn’t interested in another round with me. It was a challenge. Eventually I found myself opening up to her about the innermost part of me – things that no one else knew about me. It was terrifying and liberating all at the same time. And the most surprising thing happened. She in turn began to share with me things about herself that that she hid from everyone else! At that point I knew I had her back and that this time was going to be different.

     We started dating again in September 2014, and 2015 was the year we fell in love. I got to the point where I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without her, and all the fear and anxiety of commitment that had plagued me in the past just wasn’t there. I knew I wanted Kel to be my wife within a few months of that year, but I made myself wait to buy a ring at least until my brother got married that November. I think it was December when we talked about what she wanted in a ring, and in January I started shopping.

     I picked the ring up on February 8th which was a Monday, but I didn’t have a clue as to how I should propose. To be honest, I almost drove to her tennis match that evening to pop the question immediately. But I stopped myself. Not sure if she really wanted to be proposed to post-tennis match. So I came up with a plan. I like music and I’m an amateur video editor so I made a short video of all the pictures of the two of us from her Instagram put to the tune of Alexander Fairchild’s “Abc.” Even watching it now as I’m writing this makes my heart feel like it’s beating out of my chest. And so on February 10th, I came up with a ruse for us to eat dinner in Warner Robins (we both live in Macon) and then head to the church “to check on something.” The video was ready, the speakers were on, and the lights were down. We sat on the very back row and watched as our relationship unfolded according to her Instagram. We laughed and reminisced about the good times and the bad as we watched the screens (I later found out she thought I was just doing something sweet for Valentine’s Day). But at the end of the video, I got down on one knee and asked the biggest question of my life. And she said yes! It was like floating on air. We called our families and friends and drove back to her parents’ house to celebrate with them.

     Four months out from our wedding, I’m confident in her and in us. It’s the start of a brand new journey, but there’s no fear. There’s no anxiety. Just anticipation of what God has in store for us. We’re not perfect. We fight sometimes (mostly because I’ve done something dumb), but we love each other. And I can’t wait for that love to grow and blossom into a beautiful life together.”

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Kelley, I’m pretty sure your laugh is one of the best things ever…

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  • April 24, 2016 - 8:48 pm

    Alesia Evans - I love these two, not just because she is my daughter! They have a special love and I can hardly wait till they say “I Do”. Thank you Ashah for capturing this special moment!

  • April 24, 2016 - 9:31 pm

    Jill Butler Barrs - Gorgeous pic and adorable couple.

  • April 27, 2016 - 1:56 am

    Diane Daniel Strickland - Ashah, you have done it, again! Pure magic!!!