Our Wedding Day

Jonathan & Chelsey

Y’all get ready for the overload.

We’ve waited our whole lives, and here’s just a peak at this incredible day that I can’t really even begin to fit within the spaces of this blog. I’ll likely come back to this post time and again over the next several months with a new revelation to add to the mountain of praise I have for Jesus getting me here— to the start of a new journey with a man who loves me through his surrendered heart to Christ, who loved him first.

When I “met” Jonathan (and I say met, because we actually graduated high school together in a small class of 74 people, yet somehow didn’t really know one another) a year and a half ago, I certainly wasn’t thinking we’d have one of “those stories.” I was 26 years old and found myself at our church’s youth camp that summer to help lead. I was excited for the week, ready to not think about anything but the girls I’d been given to minister to those few days. SO when Neal, our friend & pastor to the high schoolers, paired me with Jonathan, who’d last minute cancelled a fishing trip to say yes to Neal’s request to help (yep, he’s wonderful), I felt agitated at the distraction. I even pulled one of the women aside and had her pray with me, because the first night of worship all I was aware of was this Thor-of-a-man sitting a row behind me. How was I supposed to worship & lead day in & day out feeling so self-conscious?

Well, it ended up being a really lovely time. Jonathan & I shared time with our group, and I was able to really be present, which was just what I needed. Each morning a group of us would meet up to go for a run before the students began to stir, and Jonathan slowly made a friendly effort to know me by suggesting we continue to go for runs in our neighborhood once camp ended (we lived all of 2 miles from each other). And then, on the last full day of camp, on a 3-story waterslide dock, with me in my one-peice & camp life jacket, Jonathan decided to get personal.

“Are you dating anyone these days?” …he asked in a huddle of 3 or 4 middle school boys AND our associate pastor… way to put me on the spot, babe.

Fast forward 5 months, a firework show, a couple of motorcycle rides, and my short move to New Zealand later, and we realized our enduring friendship was growing into something more than our morning runs and occasional outings with family could contain. I worked up the courage to ask him to a friend’s wedding I’d received a plus one to, where I then asked Jonathan if we were dating, because my “yes” to our small-town community’s questions, just to make life easier than trying to explain this friendly courtship we’d cultivated, needed some validation before I got ahead of myself.

“I don’t know what else you’d call it,” he responded casually, sitting at a nearby table while the band cranked up some Motown. Easy enough.

In May he trekked down to Providence Canyon to propose to me (most perfect moment of life). We’d wanted to do something together for a while, and in the midst of wedding season I miraculously had a free Saturday. Jonathan asked his sister & her boyfriend along, and I didn’t think anything of it. I had my camera because I intended to scout the area to potentially visit again with a couple one day, and I used his sister as my model for compositions. When she suggested Jonathan & I climb up the rock for a photo, I showed her how to work my camera, totally unaware of what would take place. When I turned around to see him get on one knee, I couldn’t believe it!

“Will you be my angel, Chelsey Morgan?” I couldn’t stop giggling. I felt like I was floating. This was really happening.

I don’t remember the hike back up, apart from holding him close and talking sweetly as we made our way out of the Canyon. Afterwards we shared a picnic altogether, and I don’t know that I’ve ever been so happy in my life sitting there in total peace and joy. That feeling of quiet & simple intimacy… thank you, Jesus.

We got married this past November at our dear family friends’ home. I was able to get ready in my room at home, knowing Jonathan was just down the road in what would be my home that very night. We had an intimate ceremony in a pasture beside the house and had dinner afterward with our sweet family & friends in a tent in the backyard. We wanted the day to be a celebration of Jesus in our lives. It was him alone who gave us such a sweet story, and he had our path chosen for us all along. We’re both so grateful for the way he’s revealed himself through our relationship, giving Jonathan and I to one another as part of his perfect plan.

I want to share our day with y’all, and forgive me for the photo overload & additional comments, but it was truly one of those days you can swear you hear angels singing. Just so lovely, so darling, and a complete joy to experience!

Photographer: @charissacooper | Videographer: @jordanknightphotography | Paper goods: @oldcitymailroom | Dress Store: @thesentimentalistatl | Veil: @hermionedepaula | Shoes: @soludos & @bryrclogs | Ribbon: @honeysilksco | Florist: @gardenia.atlanta | Men’s Suit: @hstocktonatlanta | Rentals: @oconeeeventsinc & @blueeyedyonder | Caterer: @suninmybelly

If you’re scrolling on your phone, unfortunately the song won’t play alongside the site, but on a computer click play below for one of our wedding songs.

 
My engagement ring (favorite thing) was his great grandmother’s ring that he gave to me “because it represents a time that was simple & pure.”

My engagement ring (favorite thing) was his great grandmother’s ring that he gave to me “because it represents a time that was simple & pure.”

My aunt put together a brunch for me with all of the girls that morning. After doing my own hair & makeup and having a little time to myself I was able to enjoy an amazing spread with all of my girls downstairs. I felt like such a princess.

My aunt put together a brunch for me with all of the girls that morning. After doing my own hair & makeup and having a little time to myself I was able to enjoy an amazing spread with all of my girls downstairs. I felt like such a princess.

My custom veil had sweet nothings hand-stitched throughout the florals, including Que será será, from a song my mother used to sing to me when I was young.

My custom veil had sweet nothings hand-stitched throughout the florals, including Que será será, from a song my mother used to sing to me when I was young.

My grandmother & my mama wore the same dress on their wedding day. I chose to add buttons from their gown to my own as my way of keeping a peice of their dress with me on my own wedding day.

My grandmother & my mama wore the same dress on their wedding day. I chose to add buttons from their gown to my own as my way of keeping a peice of their dress with me on my own wedding day.

My Grandmother’s diamond. She passed away when I was a little girl, and they’ve kept it for me all this time.

My Grandmother’s diamond. She passed away when I was a little girl, and they’ve kept it for me all this time.

While I enjoyed my peaceful morning, sweet Jonathan was up and at ‘em with toting our chairs to our ceremony. He’s a selfless giver by nature, so there was no way I’d be getting him to relax that morning when there was work to be done on his account. I’m glad he got a little time to goof before the day really began.

While I enjoyed my peaceful morning, sweet Jonathan was up and at ‘em with toting our chairs to our ceremony. He’s a selfless giver by nature, so there was no way I’d be getting him to relax that morning when there was work to be done on his account. I’m glad he got a little time to goof before the day really began.

Those hands…

Those hands…

I went with Jonathan’s words to me at our engagement and wanted something “simple & pure.” We opted for a spot in a field belonging to a dear family that helped raise me. My mama was in the would-be aisle a day before snagging up any twig or weed that might pull at my veil. It was pouring rain at the time, but this day and this spot turned out to be perfect thanks to the Lord & her weed picking.

I went with Jonathan’s words to me at our engagement and wanted something “simple & pure.” We opted for a spot in a field belonging to a dear family that helped raise me. My mama was in the would-be aisle a day before snagging up any twig or weed that might pull at my veil. It was pouring rain at the time, but this day and this spot turned out to be perfect thanks to the Lord & her weed picking.

George played the instrumental to “Multiplied” by Needtobreathe as I approached the aisle. It’s always been a melody of high praise to me, and the sweetness of that sound as I drew near to our ceremony was too perfect.

George played the instrumental to “Multiplied” by Needtobreathe as I approached the aisle. It’s always been a melody of high praise to me, and the sweetness of that sound as I drew near to our ceremony was too perfect.

I couldn’t get this desire to walk to meet Jonathan out of my head. So much of me wanted to carve out a secret spot in the woods for just the two of us to say our vows, but my desire to have our families with us won out. So this walk to him with my Daddy was a really special moment for me. That anticipation was incredible!

I couldn’t get this desire to walk to meet Jonathan out of my head. So much of me wanted to carve out a secret spot in the woods for just the two of us to say our vows, but my desire to have our families with us won out. So this walk to him with my Daddy was a really special moment for me. That anticipation was incredible!

There’s nothing like this moment.

There’s nothing like this moment.

There’s nothing sweeter than joining in Communion just after your vows. We then shared Communion with our people, inviting our believing friends & family to take part and recognize their place as “our people” as we go forward into marriage. Being able to stand beside Jonathan and give the bread as he gave the wine was a treasure and such an emotional moment for me!

There’s nothing sweeter than joining in Communion just after your vows. We then shared Communion with our people, inviting our believing friends & family to take part and recognize their place as “our people” as we go forward into marriage. Being able to stand beside Jonathan and give the bread as he gave the wine was a treasure and such an emotional moment for me!

We chose “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury & “How Great Thou Art” as worship during our ceremony. Being where we were and realizing GOD had purposed it out of his love for us really got me down deep. How great he is for all he’s done in our lives to lead us to where we are today!

We chose “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury & “How Great Thou Art” as worship during our ceremony. Being where we were and realizing GOD had purposed it out of his love for us really got me down deep. How great he is for all he’s done in our lives to lead us to where we are today!

Jonathan’s dad ended worship by praying over us, which is something both Jonathan and I look back on loving so much.

Jonathan’s dad ended worship by praying over us, which is something both Jonathan and I look back on loving so much.

I opted out of having bridesmaids, because I wanted our ceremony to be simple & intimate. These girls right here share a lifetime bond of friendship with me, though, and it meant the world for them to be here to celebrate.

I opted out of having bridesmaids, because I wanted our ceremony to be simple & intimate. These girls right here share a lifetime bond of friendship with me, though, and it meant the world for them to be here to celebrate.

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Cheese & wine are kinda my thing. This cheese spread at cocktail hour was a big aesthetic choice for me & felt a bit like sharing part of my personality with our guests.

Cheese & wine are kinda my thing. This cheese spread at cocktail hour was a big aesthetic choice for me & felt a bit like sharing part of my personality with our guests.

I had too much fun planning for this table and reception design, and @gardeniaatlanta made it all come to life! My planner & friend @daniellehulsey was a huge huge part of seeing this all come together. I wanted our head table to represent what a smaller wedding feel would create. I feel like this table is so “me” I can’t even stand it!

I had too much fun planning for this table and reception design, and @gardeniaatlanta made it all come to life! My planner & friend @daniellehulsey was a huge huge part of seeing this all come together. I wanted our head table to represent what a smaller wedding feel would create. I feel like this table is so “me” I can’t even stand it!

We both cracked up when we saw this photo. This is so us.

We both cracked up when we saw this photo. This is so us.

Above you’ll see us force-feeding my brother. Harold was kind enough to share his birthday with us, so we sang happy birthday and shoved cake in his face. Here, you see the girl behind the cake. Mabry made my gluten free (and I think paleo, honestly) cake from scratch and blew us all away with how delicious it was…not to mention how gorgeous and perfect for our little dessert table! We served my mama’s cheesecakes as our main dessert, which Mama, our friend Amy, and I all made earlier that week.

Above you’ll see us force-feeding my brother. Harold was kind enough to share his birthday with us, so we sang happy birthday and shoved cake in his face. Here, you see the girl behind the cake. Mabry made my gluten free (and I think paleo, honestly) cake from scratch and blew us all away with how delicious it was…not to mention how gorgeous and perfect for our little dessert table! We served my mama’s cheesecakes as our main dessert, which Mama, our friend Amy, and I all made earlier that week.

We ended our night with toasts & a bonfire to warm back up. Perfect end to this perfect day. Not shown is Jonathan accidentally leaving my bags at the Shockleys and him having to trot back over at 5:00am and wake them up to retrieve them :) but that’s a story for another day…

We ended our night with toasts & a bonfire to warm back up. Perfect end to this perfect day. Not shown is Jonathan accidentally leaving my bags at the Shockleys and him having to trot back over at 5:00am and wake them up to retrieve them :) but that’s a story for another day…