Ansley & Kevin’s Barnsley Garden wedding was an absolutely stunning event! Having a classic color palette of green & white with beautiful floral designs that incorporated large amounts of greenery created a timeless & elegant feel to their day! Many sweet details throughout the day personalized it to them perfectly as they took certain steps to ensure a safe and fun wedding day to celebrate with loved ones!
Ansley was Chancey Charm’s first official virtual planning client. They were originally thinking about a wedding in the Midwest, but then decided that they wanted to have it in Georgia, where Ansley’s parents reside.
Barnsley Gardens was a perfect venue, because the family had spent personal time there in the past and it had the mountain feel that Ansley/Kevin’s wanted. The couple got engaged in Yosemite, CA and described themselves as big travelers and adventure seekers. They wanted an elegant, but relaxed wedding. They knew they wanted lots of greenery, farm tables, wooden chandeliers. They also wanted to pay tribute to their family members who had passed away, so along with Anik (florist), we came up with a “memory stand” of greenery and their names/photos attached to the garland. As favors, we had personalized hand sanitizer made “straight outta quarantine” and face masks. Their late night snack was ice cream and pimento fritters. Ansley’s brother surprised them and played “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett on his acoustic guitar as she walked down the aisle. Ansley’s dad asked the DJ to play “Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock first as a joke and then start their actual song, which was “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Ansley and Kevin did not want to postpone their wedding, so we did everything we could to still have it safely. It was Barnsley Gardens’ first wedding since they had closed due to the pandemic. The entire wedding was supposed to take place outside, but unfortunately we had a big storm and we had to re-adjust our plans. Nonetheless, it was a beautiful wedding! – from the wedding planner
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
It all started with a friend from college receiving a gift box from her parents. Inside included some dorm goodies and hair chalk. We thought, “What better way to use this hair chalk than to ask our guy friends upstairs if we could use it on them!”. We immediately ran upstairs and I banged on the door. Our guy friends suite mate, which turned out to be Kevin, answered. Stunned and nervous, I asked, “Is Brandon and Adam here?”. Kevin answered, “Yeah?”, which in return I said, “Greeeeat!” and pushed past him, inviting myself and my girl friends inside. We tried to convince our guy friends to let us chalk their hair but we had no luck. Suddenly, we heard Kevin at the door say, “You can chalk my hair if you want…”. We looked over, shocked, and I stepped up excitedly saying, “Great! I’m Ansley! What color would you like?”. Kevin shyly answered, “I’m Kevin and I guess surprise me”. Who knew that blue hair would’ve led to meeting my best friend, soul mate and husband.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
Kevin and I had been together for 6 years before getting engaged. My parents had asked if we wanted to join them for my mothers birthday trip to Yosemite in the fall, which happened to be right on our 6 year anniversary. Little did I know that my parents and Kevin were coordinating a proposal the whole time. On the day of the proposal, at the top of Sentinel Point, Kevin got down on one knee and I started to freak out. Then he looked up at me and said, “What? I just have to tie my shoe!”. He had always joked that he was going to play this joke on me just like Jim had done it to Pam on The Office. I laughed and grabbed him saying, “WHAT! You better be kidding!”. Then I saw that he had pulled out a small box with my dream ring and officially proposed.
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
We met my freshman year of college and ended up not getting engaged until 6 years later. We considered getting engaged right after college but we were both starting our careers which were in two totally different cities. Instead we decided to wait until we were more established financially and in our careers before making the commitment. Waiting three years made it that much sweeter when he surprised me with a ring on our 6 year anniversary trip to Yosemite.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
This is pretty difficult to answer since there were so many parts that were so important to both of us. The most important part to us though was reading our vows. We decided to make our own vows to each other which ended up going perfectly. Kevin threw in a couple of funny parts which lightened the mood while also keeping it sweet and genuine to our relationship. Mine was a little more passion driven but I did throw in a few funny parts. The moment was so genuine and sweet between us, we both felt like nothing else matter in the world except the words he had picked out for me and I for him.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Over the years we have learned so much about each other and it is hard to just pick one favorite thing.
My favorite thing about Kevin is that he is a great problem solver and cook. He is extremely motivated to do his best in every aspect of his life. He will research for hours just to be sure that he understands how to do something. He is an amazing team player which is awesome for our relationship but also for his career too. Whenever I come to him for advice he will listen and help me problem solve until I can find a solution. On top of that, he is an amazing chef, which is prefect because I am not a very good cook. He has taught me so much when it comes to cooking utensils and recipes.
My favorite thing about Ansley is that she is extremely creative and adventurous. She is great at coming up with creative ways to make our house feel more like a home and even holidays seem more festive with her around. She is always having me try new things and be more adventurous. Whenever I try something new she is always filled with positivity and encouraging me to keep going. I would not have tried a lot of the things I have accomplished or experienced these past few years without her.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love is more than just the passion and butterflies you get when your significant other is nearby. It is much deeper than that. Love is sacrificing something that you want for the better of the relationship. Love is communicating when all you want to do is burry your feelings or troubles. Love is being vulnerable and the other person accepting who you are, baggage and all, then helps you become your best self. Love is more than what you see on TV. It can be difficult but in the end love wins over everything.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
My favorite part about planning the wedding was trying on all the wedding dresses. I loved trying on all the different kinds and finding the perfect one for the big day. As soon as I tried on the dress I knew it was the one. Seeing Kevin’s face at our first look confirmed that I had definitely chosen the perfect dress!
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
We had both lost loved ones very dear to us and wanted to honor them somehow at the wedding. We decided to have a stand that said “Forever in our hearts” with pictures of our loved ones around the sign. We felt like this was perfect was to commemorate their life and include them in the wedding.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
My advice is don’t compare your marriage/relationship to anyone else’s. Your bond with your significant other may look different then others around you. People will give you their advice or criticism but at the end of the day you need to do what is best for you and your significant other. -Ansley
My advice is that you learn how to communicate and compromise in your relationship. Learning how to do this early in your relationship will save you a lot of frustration down the road. -Kevin
Photographer: Jessica Gold Photography
Planner: Sofia Ocampo for Chancey Charm Atlanta
Wedding Submission Services: Published + Pretty
Venue: Barnsley Gardens
Hair/Makeup: Bristle and Bride
Attire: White Magnolia Boutique
Wedding Cake: Lush Cakery
Rentals: Crush Event Design
Florals: Anik Flowers
Catering: Barnsley Gardens
DJ: Judah Press