I feel like I have sounded like a broken record this year with my weddings- but I seriously just have the best clients. I think all my weddings are special (they are!!) but this one just will always have a place in my heart. I actually met Shelby about 11 years ago. She was a freshman in high school and I was a teacher. I volunteered to help with the girl's softball team, and there is where I met Shelby. I eventually became the coach the next year and I was her coach for the next 2 years until I moved schools and then eventually quit to pursue C & D full time. We kept in touch over facebook and I randomly got reminded of the inside jokes from the girls (cuddle duds, and "get off my nuts!"). But it wasn't until she got engaged and reached out for help that we really re-connected.
I got to meet Maria at our first meeting and I can tell you that you could just tell the love that radiated from the two of them. They were so respectful of each other, quietly doting on the other, and always spoke of the other person in such high regard. I knew Shelby had found her person in life and nothing made me more happy. It is weird seeing someone as a young adult and speculating the life they will have - but actually getting to witness marriages, births, and major life moments is the biggest honor. I was so happy to not only help, but walk the small part of life with them.
Ok - I am going to just go cry that it has been 11 years (!) and I am marrying off another student of mine (Meredith was my first!). But before I do that - a little about the wedding! They decided on Starlight Meadows because Shelby really wanted a rustic wedding (and Maria said "whatever you want babe!") It was the perfect balance. Shelby's dad made these homemade pew markers from logs that were seriously so awesome! They had Blossom Floral Artistry string up lights in the barn and their ceremony backdrop was the old barn doors. Y'all - these doors are freaking amazing! By themselves they were awesome, but add Julie's floral vision and it was STUNNING! It was the perfect day - the weather could not have cooperated any more than it did. Both Brides were stunning and so uniquely them. Julie made custom bouquets for each based on their favorite flowers and style - such a neat detail to the wedding. Above and Beyond did just that - and the food was not only good, but the service was outstanding. Guests loved the hot drink bar and S'mores by the fire. It was truly a great night!
Shelby and Maria - Thank you SO much for allowing me to be a part of your special day. It meant more than you will ever know. I know the future holds great things for the two of you - the world needs more kind, loving, generous, and good souled people like yourselves!
Enjoy the gorgeous photos from Ryan Shedrick Photography!
Thanks to all our awesome vendors!
Photography: Ryan Shedrick Photography
Venue: Starlight Meadows
Planner: Dana with C&D Events
Florals: Blossom Floral Artistry
Rentals: Above and Beyond Catering
Caterer: Above and Beyond Catering
Music: Steel Impressions
Videographer: AO & JO Videography
Dessert: Cake and All Things Yummy
Hair: Tiffany Schoff
Makeup: Julie Robbins
Officiant: Meredith Parrish