Mollie + Casey - Forsyth, Georgia Engagement

Mollie + Casey

"I cannot tell you the exact day or time I met Casey Stuart Chafin, but I can tell you that we became “Facebook friends” in February of 2013. One of my closest friends, Natalia, knew Casey from high school and introduced us sometime during our freshmen year of college. Georgia College was a small school in a small town therefore I saw Casey quite frequently and we were usually at the same parties together due to having a few mutual friends.

During the summer after my freshmen year I was renting a room at the Grove apartments (shout-out to Milly Parks for the most comfortable bed) since we had to be out of dorms, I needed to stay in town for a summer job, and the apartments we were moving into were not ready for us until August. I specifically remember sitting in the back of Casey’s truck one summer night in the Grove parking lot just talking about life, and how it was time I needed to learn how to cook a meal for myself using a stove and an oven. Being the giving person that he is, Casey agreed to ride with me to Kroger and help me grocery shop! On the way home from Kroger I got caught in the speed trap on 441 that winds down from a 55mph zone to a 45mph zone and was pulled over and handed an expensive speeding ticket, all while some guy I barely know sits in the passenger seat laughing at me.

Fast forward to the spring of 2014 when I needed a date for my sororities semi-formal and I asked Casey to go with me. Anyone that knows Casey knows that he is without a doubt one of the most genuine, kind, and trustworthy men around, so why not ask him? To this day, that was one of the most fun nights I have ever had! Casey brought me out of my shell and actually got me on the dance floor! If you know me you know that I sure cannot dance, but he managed to swing me around all night and I was able to keep up with him- somewhat.

This is where things get real interesting…

I graduated college in May of 2016 and moved to Macon ready for a fresh start. I was so excited to start my very first “real” job here in town. My sweet friends Karlee and Kyle wanted to meet for dinner to celebrate me having graduated and settled in my new house, so we decided to meet at The Brick, since they had just opened up a Macon location in addition to their Milledgeville franchise. Typical of the both of us, Karlee texted me and said they were running a bit late which was fine with me because I was too. I walked into the Brick, scanned the place for Karlee and Kyle and then froze when I saw Casey. He looked up, smiled, and waved at me, but I saw that he was (…..on a date….) and I all of a sudden got incredibly awkward. I had not seen Casey in a long time, nor had I thought about him, so there was no rhyme or reason to the way I acted but I had a very brief “Hi how are you? Yes I am fine. Okay see ya, gotta go” sort of interaction. The rest of the dinner with my friends I was just thinking about Casey and what I had just walked in on. I got up the courage to text Casey when I got home and apologize for the way in which I acted. Casey came over the following Saturday to catch up as friends since I was just laying on my couch doing nothing that day. It was that evening as I was listening to Casey chat about what he has been up to since the last time I saw him, in which I realized that out of nowhere I desperately wanted to know everything I could about this person that I never had a single thought about dating until that very moment. It was clear as day in my mind that there was something between us, whether Casey was feeling the same way or not. I kid you not- I excused myself, went to the bathroom, looked myself in the mirror and said “Mollie… you are falling for Casey Chafin. WHAT?” We had a drink at Bourbon Bar and strolled around downtown Macon and then all of a sudden we were holding hands as we crossed the street in the pouring rain! Sweet relief swept through me as Casey must have been feeling the same way (or maybe he was just being nice and did not want me to fall on the wet pavement…) Friends catching up turned into the most incredible “first date.”

It has been quite the journey dating, falling in love with, and now having the honor of saying yes to that man. I am overwhelmingly ecstatic to marry you, Casey!" - Mollie

Walnut Hill Farm Wedding - Courtney + Niles

Courtney + Niles

 "On a beautiful June day in 2014, the Durham Bulls were playing baseball and Duke provided tickets to the therapy department. I attended with friends, but after a while their numbers dwindled and my ride was about to leave. It was then that my date finally showed up, so I stayed to finish out the game. More friends left and soon I found myself sitting in an empty row with only my date beside me. The charming young man sitting behind me looked vaguely familiar and I wished to meet him properly. I suggested my date and I move up a row and just like that, Niles and I met. There were fireworks. No, really, at the end of every baseball game there are fireworks. But also the figurative ones. Niles asked for my number, while I was sitting next to my date (!), so I knew he was confident. When we later played shuffleboard, Niles smoothly made sure he and I were on the same side of the table. He asked my permission to ask me on a date, but I was the one to text him the next day. Our first official date was two days after we met and I knew right away that this one was different.

The relationship blossomed over the year, even though we lived 80 miles apart. We saw each other every single weekend that year. On one particular weekend in Marietta, GA, Niles suggested we walk his dog, Maddie, before the 5 hour drive home. Along this walk, Niles suggested we go stand on a dock, but the dock was filled with balloons and rose pedals in the shape of a heart. "We can't go on that dock! We'll ruin someone else's proposal!" I exclaimed. Niles pulled me closer and led me into the middle of the flowers. He got down on one knee and asked that simple question. I looked around to take in the scene - it was then that I spotted the hidden photographer, just like I had hoped there would be. This was not someone else's proposal site- it was mine."

Location: Walnut Hill Farm - Dalton, Georgia

Hair: Megan Crawford

Makeup: Chelsea Rancudo

DJ: Bunn DJ Company

Assistant Photographers: Candice Emerson & Aimee Carter

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Hiding Courtney when Niles drove by;)

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We had to sneak out in the middle of the reception to do a few sunset shots;)

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ashahphotography_7404ashahphotography_7405ashahphotography_7406ashahphotography_7407What was your first dance song?

"Die a Happy Man" By Thomas Rhett

How did you feel when you saw each other for the first time on the wedding day?
"We first saw each other when I walked down the aisle. I had a long walk from behind the building to the altar, but I kept my eyes on him the whole time, he was the only person that mattered in that moment. We were both holding back tears and smiling with our whole hearts. It was better than I had ever imagined."
What was the most memorable moment of the day?
"Niles and I both agree it was the first dance. It felt so humbling to have everyone witness this beautiful moment. I didn't look at the people around us, only at him, but I could feel their presence and their love. We swayed along to the tune, we mouthed the words, we embraced and kissed and laughed that the song felt longer than it ever had. I joked, "Well then, where are your dance moves?" And he whisked me into a dance step and twirled me and dipped me for a finale kiss. I couldn't stop smiling."
If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? 
"There were pieces of the day that possibly could have been organized better with more preparation and conversation, but nothing that we could have truly anticipated. It was beautiful and we would do it all again in an instant."
Do you have any advice to other brides & grooms?
"Any time something came up that seemed stressful or overwhelming, the best technique we used to combat that was to remember that at the end of the day we were still going to be married, and that's all that mattered. Enjoy the process and enjoy the day because you're getting MARRIED!" 
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Asheville, NC for a mini-moon