Love over pizza, is there anything better? Aubrey and Dan became friends while working at Mellow Mushroom where they were both servers. It wasn’t until the summer of 2014 when Dan asked Aubrey to hang out at the pool with some of his friends that they started considering dating. Though neither of them were ready to take the plunge they continued seeing each other. Keeping things casual they had a Harry Potter movie marathon (all the Potterheads rejoice!) where Aubrey asked Dan out. The weeks following they experienced so many milestones in their relationship; going to eat Chinese on their first date, sharing a first kiss a few days after and becoming an “official” couple.
Aubrey says, “We complement each other in the perfect way and challenge each other to become better versions of ourselves.”
They were engaged on December 22nd, 2017 in what resembled a winter wonderland. Dan took Aubrey to the Botanical Gardens Night of Lights where they had dinner and walked around to see the holiday light display. They are both very reserved and Dan didn’t want to make too much of a spectacle of their engagement since the gardens were packed with holiday visitors. Dan decided to wait until they got home from their evening, where they curled up in front of the Christmas tree and he popped the question.
Aubrey was a dream DIY bride and was able to craft many of the design elements herself. A self-taught designer, Aubrey explained that she wanted their venue to act as a blank canvas so that each detail they added would be personal. Dan who studied at the Art Institute was able to design their programs for the ceremony. Aubrey spent several months crafting the large tassel backdrop for their reception, the hexagon arch for their ceremony, as well as the macrame wrap for her bouquet and designed and hand painted our wedding invitations and envelopes. Being environmentally conscious was important for both Aubrey and Dan, they used borrowed rugs for their dance floor and biodegradable palm leaf plates and silverware.
As you can see DIY weddings are not for the weak hearted. Aubrey and Dan poured hours into the curation of their wedding and are so thankful for their families and church community who helped in the setup of their special day. After the sudden passing of Aubrey’s mother a few weeks before the wedding they made sure to include special touches in ode to her throughout the wedding. These included putting whoopie cushions on the ceremony chairs (her mother’s idea), including a sign in the chair her mother would have sat in at their ceremony, and wearing her mother’s diamond bracelet. Some of the most special moments from their wedding weekend were seeing family members who lived out of town. The two combatted many nerves on their wedding day. Aubrey recalls their first look, “we were both giddy and eager to actually be married.” Aubrey and Dan said the whole evening was pure bliss.
Shooting Aubrey and Dan’s wedding was such a special experience. Aubrey is my cousin and this was my first time shooting a family member’s wedding. I got to be there when she put on her wedding dress and capture special behind the scenes moments I wouldn’t otherwise see. Leading up to the wedding Aubrey and I were able to bond through the planning process and boudoir photo session. It was so inspiring to watch Aubrey design her wedding and hone in on her creative talents. The Fris wedding was magical and I feel privileged to have been a part of Aubrey and Dan's special day!
-Venue: Koury Farms
-Furniture rental: Milieu Decor
-Photobooth: Atlanta Photo Camper
-Food: Pure Taqueria
-Beer: Monday Night Brewery
-Wine: Trader Joe's
-Photography: Madison Hernandez Photography
-Wedding Dress: Formally Yours
-Hair and Makeup for me and bridesmaids: Salon Blush (Brooke Miller and Katie Ranft)
-Rings: Mia Donna
-Colored glass goblet rental: Borrowed and Blue
-Shoes: Kate Spade
-Bridesmaids dresses: ROOLEE
-Grooms Suit: Express
-Dessert: Simply Done Donuts
-Live Music for Ceremony: Blaine Tiller and Rebecca Harkey
-Sound: Matt Kreisher
-Bouquets: 3 Porch Farms (Lauryn Felts)
-Flower Arch for ceremony: Jess Spaulding