We never grow tired of a knock-your-socks-off meeting story, and this couple, who met on the job as firefighters, takes the cake. What kind of cake? Wedding cake of course, because they went from friends to roomies to a couldn’t-look-happier Bride and Groom at this country chic Braselton Stover House ceremony. Another detail that never goes out of style: wearing something meaningful on your wedding day. This Bride donned white ostrich skin cowboy boots under her gown because she vowed she would marry in them after her mom gifted her with a pair on her 16th birthday.  We Do Wedding Photography got all the money shots from these gorgeous garden I-Do’s, including the Bride spinning for joy in her big girl boots and it’s all here in the full gallery!

From the Bride… Brett and I first met at the fire house. We worked on different shifts at the same station, so we’d see each other every morning at shift change (he’d come wake me up every morning!). Our friendship grew over the passing months after a few weekend trips down to the fire academy for classes and eventually became such close friends we decided to move in together as roommates. From then on we did everything together! Grocery shopping, UGA football games, pumpkin carving, road trips, wine tasting and movie nights. We realized that we were becoming more then just friends. I fought it for the longest time because I didn’t want to chance losing such a wonderful friend, but Brett had a different plan. As one last power play for my birthday, he planned this awesome scuba diving trip to Florida. Once we landed, we were informed that there was going to be bad weather all weekend. Ever the Marine, Brett packed up all our stuff, rented a convertible and we drove all the way down to Key West were he surprised me by renting an unbelievable bungalow on a private island and took me out for a night on the town. We got home and I fought it for about a week longer but by the end of the month, I caved and we’ve been together ever since.

A year later (for my birthday — ha ha) on a Sunday afternoon, Brett looked at me and told me to pack a swimsuit because we were leaving for Mexico on Tuesday! We flew into Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where that night we had a private sunset dinner for two on the beach, and when we headed back up to your suite, a rose petal path lead into the bedroom, where my engagement ring sat on the bed in a pile of more rose petals. I turned around and Brett was on one knee, proposing! It was something out of a movie. :) We spent the whole next day swinging in a hammock on the beach, drinking mimosas and flew back home the next morning. (I bought a wedding magazine in the airport and started planning immediately!)

I knew I wanted a fun, elegant, country chic wedding. Big Cinderella dress, peonies and cream roses, burlap and lace, an awesome band that played country and southern rock, good southern cooking and of course…. fabulous photographers to capture it all! My mama bought me my first pair of ostrich skin cowboy boots for my 16th birthday, and ever since, I VOWED I would get married in white ostrich skin boots. So naturally that was one of the most important details on my list. The day I got them in the mail, I pranced and jumped and skipped around ALL night! The HUGE poofy Cinderella dress was next. All my bridesmaids, moms and grandmothers all came. I tried on a billion dresses and when I tried on the dress that I ended up picking, I walked out and EVERYONE started crying at once! We all just instantly knew that was the one. A few moments later after twirling around in the mirror, Brett’s mother pulled a box out of her purse and said, “These were Brett’s grandmother’s. She gave them to me, and now I’m giving them to you.” Inside was a beautiful pair of pearl earrings, which are the earrings I wore on my wedding day!

I got the beautiful, elegant, spring garden ceremony, and then the reception was a good ole fashioned southern barn party! Fried chicken, mason jars full of Georgia beer, a great band, tons and tons of sparkly lights, homemade wedding cake and EVERY SINGLE family and friend in my life was there, not to mention the best wedding party a couple could ask for and my DROP DEAD GORGEOUS GROOM! :) This day would not have been possible without their unconditional love, help and support. Looking back its overwhelming to see the pure LOVE that was shown to Brett and me just so that we could have this one special day.

Photography:  We Do Wedding Photography / Ceremony: Braselton Stover House in Braselton, Georgia / Reception: Clark Barn in Jefferson, Georgia / Floral Design + Wedding Coordination: Cantey Smith (A Family Friend) / Catering: Cornbread and Cavair Catering / Wedding Cake: Shirrley Smith (A Family Friend) / Band: Jimmy + Kara Chotas / Transportation: The Bride’s Grandpa’s 1962 Corvette / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal / Hair: Three-13 Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse