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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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A letter & gift from Stu…

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It’s so cute how they both got each other watches!ashahphotography_8795ashahphotography_8789ashahphotography_8799ashahphotography_8800ashahphotography_8801ashahphotography_8802ashahphotography_8803ashahphotography_8812ashahphotography_8814ashahphotography_8809ashahphotography_8805ashahphotography_8815ashahphotography_8806ashahphotography_8816ashahphotography_8824ashahphotography_8811ashahphotography_8818ashahphotography_8820ashahphotography_8826ashahphotography_8821ashahphotography_8822ashahphotography_8823ashahphotography_8831ashahphotography_8825ashahphotography_8827ashahphotography_8828ashahphotography_8829ashahphotography_8830ashahphotography_8841ashahphotography_8842ashahphotography_8843ashahphotography_8844ashahphotography_8845

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Vendors

Second Photographer: Megan Goolsby

Location: Library Ballroom – Macon, Georgia

Hair: Jamie at Fridge Salon

Dress: BHLDN

Ceremony musicians: Seth Hardy & Alex Perry

DJ: Macon Nite Life

Catering: Kudzu Catering

Cakes: MV Kayk’s Creation

Florist: Petals, Flowers & More

Kellie + Blake

How did y’all meet?
“He is my brother’s best friend!! Whoops! ;)”

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It rained during some of their photos but they just rolled with it! I loved their attitude!

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Kellie’s brother was her man-of-honor:) So sweet!ashahphotography_8670ashahphotography_8671ashahphotography_8672ashahphotography_8673ashahphotography_8674ashahphotography_8683ashahphotography_8675ashahphotography_8676ashahphotography_8677ashahphotography_8678ashahphotography_8679ashahphotography_8680ashahphotography_8681ashahphotography_8694ashahphotography_8686ashahphotography_8688ashahphotography_8689ashahphotography_8691ashahphotography_8692ashahphotography_8693ashahphotography_8734ashahphotography_8735ashahphotography_8736ashahphotography_8696ashahphotography_8705ashahphotography_8697ashahphotography_8698ashahphotography_8700ashahphotography_8701ashahphotography_8702ashahphotography_8703ashahphotography_8704ashahphotography_8706ashahphotography_8707ashahphotography_8708ashahphotography_8709ashahphotography_8710ashahphotography_8711ashahphotography_8712ashahphotography_8713ashahphotography_8714ashahphotography_8715ashahphotography_8716ashahphotography_8718ashahphotography_8720ashahphotography_8721ashahphotography_8731

The Rad Gif booth was a HIT!!!

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Kellie’s brother giving the toast….

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  What was your first dance song?

“You (Wedding Song) by Jason Cassidy”

 

How did you feel when you saw each other for the first time on the wedding day?
“I was speechless when I saw Blake. I had butterflies and I was excited and nervous all at the same time. Since Blake serves in the Air Force, I never really got to see him all dressed up before the wedding because he was always in uniform but when I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around, I thought “Dang! My soon to be husband is HANDSOME!” but that wasn’t anything I didnt already know. 😉 “

What was the most memorable moment of the day?
“This is a tough one. Mama gave me bracelets that had the words from the book “Love You Forever” on them and that brought me to tears.. easily. Also, my first looks with Daddy and Blake were both so sweet and each of them brought me to tears. They were both very special in their own way and they each had very different but great reactions.. especially considering they didn’t expect to see a two-peice wedding dress when they turned around!! With my brother standing behind me as my Man of Honor, I will never forget him holding my bouquet and fluffing my dress during the ceremony while everyone laughed at him. Man of Honor duties, right?!”

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? 
“I wouldn’t have changed anything. Blake says he would bring a spare pair of boxers if he could do it again. Hahahaha :D”

Do you have any advice to other brides & grooms?
“Have a first look and be sure to enjoy every little thing!! I promise, you will not regret it. Blake and I went back and forth about it but we are so glad we did it in the long run. We got to share so many special moments together before the ceremony and we got our nerves out of the way beforehand. In the end, we were just as married and just as happy and that is all that matters!”

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to New Orleans on the way to Albuquerque.”
VENDORS

Ceremony Location: Pine Forest United Methodist Church

Reception Location: The Ice House

Florist: Luella – Mindy Lord

Hair: Gracie Ivey – J. Keyton Salon & Spa

Makeup: Robbie Wilkes

Dress: Watters

Shoes: AX Paris

Caterer & Cakes: Lori Thigpen

DJ: Judah Press Entertainment

Doug + Mary

“OK so I was looking on a friends Facebook page and as I was scrolling I saw a picture of the most beautiful man’s face that I had ever seen. I asked my friend who this gorgeous guy was and was he single, come to find out he was so I Facebook stalked him, lol I told myself “I’m gonna marry that man” almost seven years later here we are finally married!! Not the best story, but it’s my Cinderella story and he was my prince charming!!!” – Mary

Location: Old Governor’s Mansion – Milledgeville, Georgia

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Little sisters are the best…

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ashahphotography_8606ashahphotography_8611ashahphotography_8608ashahphotography_8609What was your first dance song?

“Someone to love” by Babyface”

How did you feel when you saw each other for the first time on the wedding day?
“Super excited overwhelmed by charm and unconditional love that we we’re about to cherish for the rest if our lives!!”  
What was the most memorable moment of the day?
“Walking down the isle to see my future husband looking so handsome and his gorgeous eyes looking into mine!”
 If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? 
 “Not a thing!!! Never!! No regrets!!”
Do you have any advice to other brides & grooms?
“Yes one thing.. There is no need to be nervous if you know that that’s the person you want to spend eternity with, have fun with it and cherish every moment!!!”