May 9, 2018
Kelsey and I met at UGA and survived PR Campaigns together. A huge smile spread across my face when I first saw her wedding inquiry in my email, because I remembered how full of joy and passion she was in college and knew she would be so much fun as a bride.
I was not wrong. It has been such a pleasure getting to know her and her now-husband, John. The couple met and became friends in middle school and after Kelsey hinted to John that he should ask her to Junior prom, they began dating and have been in love ever since! Knowing that their relationship has been growing and deepening for 15 years made it so special to watch them make vows together!
[See their engagement session here!]
I spend a lot of time talking to our brides about their wedding plans during the engagement period, and usually get a pretty good idea about the couples’ hopes and dreams. It was evident very quickly that Kelsey’s number one priority was that her friends and family (and even vendors) felt loved and valued and appreciated. Every detail her and John planned included their loved ones. From having the mother of the bride sing and a close friend paint the ceremony to Kelsey wearing her mom’s veil, her grandmother’s necklace, and John’s grandmother’s garter, they wove their family history throughout the wedding day.
The wedding also told their unique story. Kelsey + John became friends in French class in Middle School where they took a trip to a perfumery, and Kelsey wore that perfume for their big day in honor of so many years of friendship and adventures. They also created elements of fun and surprise with groomsmen wearing their sports teams socks, the groom surprising the bride with their first dance song and polaroids for the guests to leave old school notes and memories.
This couple had the biggest bridal party I’ve ever seen, and while big parties sometimes creates stress, it only added to the fun and excitement of the day. Kelsey’s bride tribe was in tears with her all day long and it was adorable to witness. Kelsey truly focused on the most important things – God, her family and friends, and the husband she was marrying! (She even realized in the middle of the day that she had forgotten to pick up the wedding cake! She just laughed and said they would share a cake jar instead! Seriously, this is my kind of bride!)
It really was a perfect day at Cloverleaf Farm, with a fairytale dress, gorgeous golden light, and an upbeat reception with plenty calling of the Dawgs. I wish we could relive this day again and again with them!
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Huffines – thanks for including us in your “people” on this amazing day! We look forward to seeing your life unfold with love and adventure!
Venue: Cloverleaf Farm | Wedding Planner: Heather Kohberger, A Divine Event | Florist: Jenny Carter, A Divine Event, Videographer: Hampton Road Studios | Cake Jars: Mitzi West, Southern Cake Jars | Caterer: A Divine Event | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Hair Artist: Rachel Surls | Makeup Artist: Ansley Johnson | Wedding Dress: White Magnolia, Designer: Hayley Paige