One of our favorite things about journeying with our couples throughout their season of engagement is hearing their story of how their relationship began. But, the unique thing about John + Kaylee, is that we have known about them for years!! John’s brother, Buddy, and his wife, Jill, are some of our greatest friends. So we had heard little pieces of John + Kaylee’s story here and there just by being with Buddy and Jill. But it wasn’t until last July 4th that we got to meet them together for the first time. I had asked Jilly numerous times prior if she thought they would get engaged and she would always say “yes, definitely”. And then I met them and I agreed, “yes definitely, but when?”.

Fast forward just four months later, John was heading back to Virginia Beach after being with his family for Thanksgiving. Kaylee was under the impression that they were going for a walk on the beach so that John could stretch his legs after a long drive. Little did she know there was a much more elaborate “secret” plan in place for their walk! And so many people were in on it!

They walked along the beach for a bit until they came to the spot that Kaylee’s parents had gotten engaged. In that very same spot, John got down on one knee and asked Kaylee to marry him. After many squeals (if you know Kaylee, you know “squeals” is an accurate word to describe this moment), she said YES. They celebrated with a picnic and wine on the beach followed by a fancy dinner party with a bunch of friends and family that had kept the secret so well!  

From the sweetest first look, to their Christ centered ceremony, and the most epic send off after their reception, John + Kaylee’s wedding day was the most perfect reflection of the two of them!! When I asked Kaylee how she envisioned her ideal wedding day months before their actual wedding the very first thing she said was “for our guests to feel loved”. And if I could describe their day as full of anything, it would most definitely be love!!

We loved working alongside Annamarie Akins & Katelyn James who photographed their day!


Venue – Big Spring Farm

Photographer – Annamarie Akins Photography + Katelyn James Photography

Wedding Coordinator – Carolyn Tolley

Flowers – Carbon & Salt

Chair Rental – MS Events

Tables, Tent, Stage – Gibson Rental 

Dishes + Flatware – Festive Fare

Band – The New Royals 

Catering – Chef’s Catering

Cake – Sweet Treats Bakery  


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Meet Ashley

A true sweetheart from Southwestern VA, Ash spent many Sundays after church sitting around the table with her grandparents, listening to stories about the “good ‘ole days”. A talented visionary with a true heart for people, she’s likely to be found reading, writing, and planning away.

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Annnnd I’m bawling!!! SUCH A GREAT JOB, Ash & Ty!!