It’s been a long time coming, and we cannot wait to celebrate our wedding with you all. Our destination wedding will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, just a 5-hour drive from Atlanta. You should find all of the information you may need listed here on our website, with more details coming soon.
Leading up to this day, Addison suggested the idea of driving to Athens to watch a UGA game and to visit his youngest brother, Avery, who now lives and goes to school in Athens. I didn’t think anything was suspicious about this, as I always love going back to Athens. However, if you know Addison, you know that 9 times out of 10, he would prefer to sit at home and watch the game on our couch (and this was the UGA vs. Ball State game, after all). Nevertheless, we got up on September 9th and started to get ready to head to Athens. Before we left, my best friend and our roommate at the time, Hailey, came to say bye as she told us she was heading home to Monroe for the weekend. (I didn’t know it at the time, but she was trying to see if my outfit was up to par, to which I made her nervous as I was still wearing the UGA t-shirt that I had slept in.) As I was finishing doing my hair and makeup, Addison made a sound of disappointment after getting dressed and realizing that one of the buttons had come off the linen button-up he’d put on. Normally, Addison isn’t one to care much about what he’s wearing, so it was surprising to me that he chose such a nice outfit to wear to watch a Georgia game at a bar. It was also surprising to me that he cared much at all that he had to change his shirt. I took his cue and decided on wearing a long, black ribbed dress and sneakers instead of the other, more casual outfit option I was considering. Once we arrived in Athens, the plan was to see his brother Avery at his apartment and see if he was going to come with us to watch the game. However, when we got to Avery’s apartment, he told us that he wasn’t feeling well and was probably just going to stay back and watch the game. At this point, I was getting a bit more suspicious because I assumed that the main reason we were coming all the way to Athens was to hang out with Avery. So Addison and I got an Uber for just the two of us and headed to Paloma Park to watch the game. We sat at the bar and ordered pretzel bites (my favorite) and a couple of drinks. As the game went on, I started to notice Addison acting a bit strange, though he assured me nothing was wrong. The game ended (the Dawgs won 45-3, shocker), and Addison asked if I wanted to go for a walk on North Campus before we headed to Chuck’s Fish (our favorite) to put our name down for dinner, which was our plan for the rest of the day. I tentatively agreed, as it was almost 90 degrees out, but I followed him nonetheless. This is where I really started to notice something was off because instead of heading towards the arch and walking through North Campus, we effectively started walking past North Campus, walking on the sidewalk down Lumpkin Street. We reached the stairway to the Founder’s Garden and walked up, only to find one of our best friends, Hunter, standing there alone. At this point, the jig was up for me because why was Hunter in Athens alone (seemingly), and why wasn’t he watching the game with us if he had been here? What I actually didn’t notice, though, was that Hunter was there to sneakily pass off the ring box to Addison. He then led us around the corner and down the stairs into the founder’s garden toward the pond, where Addison turned to face me, got on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Even as I had become suspicious of this throughout the day, I was still overwhelmed with emotion and joy. Then, I saw one of my best friends, Caroline, had been hiding in the bushes photographing the whole thing, and I’ll forever be grateful that both of them got to be there with us, coordinating and capturing this day. We popped champagne and said goodbye to Hunter and Caroline and headed to Chuck’s Fish, where neither of us had any appetite. Afterwards, we headed to Monroe to celebrate at my parents’ house, where so many of our family and friends were waiting to celebrate us. It truly was the happiest and most special day.