Kelby and Patrick’s wedding was a sweet reminder that family is a treasure, and that love really does carry us when we walk through life’s toughest seasons. This beautiful couple loves Jesus, one another, and their families, and that shone brightly during their wedding celebration.
Thank you Josh and Rachel Best for these beautiful images! Josh and Rachel are a husband and wife team based in Florida, but they love to travel all over the world. And they were so sweet to work with!
Kelby and Patrick had a wedding planned for December in the bride’s hometown in Florida, but life took them in a different direction. When a family illness became more pressing, they replanned the entire wedding—six months sooner, and in a different city! Kelby and her mom were absolute rockstars at assembling a brand new plan in a short period of time to make sure family was first. I was bowled over during the entire process by their beautiful and loving hearts, and it was such a joy to serve them.
Planning a wedding in a short period of time can put pressure on the venue search. When many venues book months and years in advance, it can be difficult to find the right place in time. Kelby and Patrick found the Hay House, and it turned out to be the perfect spot! If you’ve never been to the Hay House, you should absolutely book a tour. It is a piece of history, preserved and presented right here in Macon. The gorgeous antique finishes make this museum/venue a treat to be in. I can just imagine Jane Austen-esque dances in the ballroom and sitting for tea in the drawing room (yes, I know I am both historically and geographically inaccurate, but it just feels right!). Because they host so many events throughout the year, they also have a fabulously capable and helpful staff who know just how to make your event work. They were so great to work with, from seating charts to set up to break down. Just lovely.
Y’all know I am always going to talk about the food. Again with an accelerated timeline, Kelby and her mom initially came up against some trouble finding a caterer. In the end, they chose a delicious Southern-style menu from Honey Baked Ham. These folks know how to make scrumptious food, and the guests absolutely loved it! A carving station, green bean casserole, potatoes au gratin…yum. Plus their staff was so sweet! This was my first experience with their catering, and I have already called them for another event! Unexpected, but so tasty.
I love the fabulous vendors I get to work with in Middle Georgia, and that includes Joyce from Mulberry Weddings! The wedding-specific arm of Lawrence Mayer Florist in downtown Macon, Joyce is a joy to work with and loves to delight her brides! The flowers for the Hay House were both elegant and understated, perfectly complimenting the grand setting they were in. Not to mention they were so kind and flexible when our set up timeframe wasn’t as long as we’d hoped!
Kelby and Patrick opted for a more…auditory experience for their grand exit and chose to have guests ring cowbells as they walked out! How fun is that?! These tiny gold bells were a fantastic send off, and doubled as a take-away favor.
This sweet wedding was so fun because it was full of life, love, and joy. It was an honor to serve these two families! Congratulations again to Kelby and Patrick!