One of my most favorite parts about meeting with my clients before they have booked is the opportunity to hear how they met and how he proposed. These stories not only give me insight into how I can convey their love in still photography but well, I am a hopeless romantic and I just LOVE love. After all, who doesn’t love a good love story?! These stories not only make me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside but I really enjoy getting the opportunity to not just hear their story but to tell others about it as well.
When I met with Kelsey and Wez last fall I knew instantly theirs was a story that I could not wait to tell. Much like two of my other favorite Young Harris alumni clients, Sam and Kayla Walker, Wez and Kelsey met on the soccer field. He was there from South Africa to play soccer as the men’s goalkeeper and she was the goalkeeper on the women’s team. They often joke with each other that their love is in “safe hands” and from watching their interactions with each other, I wholeheartedly agree.
Near to far away, friends, family and loved ones traveled the world to have the opportunity to surround Kelsey and Wez as they said “I Do” at the Villa Christina in Atlanta, Georgia—and what a day it was!
Kelsey and Wez, thank you again for the opportunity to document a love that knows no boundaries. Watching your day unfold and having the chance to see over and over again how gentle and selfless you are to each other was such an amazing experience and I know everyone there felt the same way. Your wedding was perfect and I cannot think of a better way to spend your first day as husband and wife. Congratulations again you two! MUAH… Amber
Since Kelsey and Wez were having an outdoor spring wedding at Villa Christina’s garden, they knew that they did not want to compete with its natural beauty. Together with Joan Spinney of Atlanta Cottage Flowers, they created an elegant atmosphere that complimented Villa Christina’s already stunning venue.
Kelsey’s mom and best friends gathered in the bridal suite laughing, singing, toasting and preparing for the long awaited moment: when she stepped into THE dress.
Of course, I have to do a quick shout out to Kelsey’s makeup artist, Kallie Ingram, for being on standby the whole day to make sure Kelsey’s face was completely flawless. Have I told you lately how much you rock?!
Seriously, doesn’t she look AMAZING?!
Along with coordinating all the details of Kelsey and Wez’s BIG day, Atlanta Cottage Flowers also designed Kelsey’s lovely bouquet, ceremony and reception arrangements.
Since Wez and Kelsey decided to save their first look until the wedding we decided to sneak in a few shots of Kelsey and her girls and Wez with his guys before their guests arrived.
Speaking of their first look, I think all who were there were overwhelmed with emotion the moment they locked eyes. You know, “that” moment.
Officially Mr. and Mrs. Barnard!!
And, of course, shared some fun shots with their wedding party…
The fun continued at the reception where Kelsey and Wez shared their first dance as husband and wife to Craig David’s “Unbelievable”.
And, they were toasted (and at times roasted) by their family and friends…
Once again, the amazing team at Villa Christina outdid themselves with the delicious dinner and stunning cake. I think Kelsey & Wez really enjoyed it!
Then we (I may or may not have been dancing as well) danced the night away while DJ Mickey Nightrain created some of the best wedding mixes I have ever heard. Seriously, he was amazing!
As always, many thanks to the creative team for all of your hard work in making Kelsey & Wez’s dream wedding a reality.
Venue: Villa Christina
Floral, Design and Coordination: Atlanta Cottage Flowers
Makeup: Kallie Ingram
Catering and Cake: Villa Christina
DJ: Mickey Nightrain
Photographer: By Design Creations
2nd Shooter: Meridyth Thomas Photography