Photography by Be Light Photography
Karen Elizabeth Adam Spell from Hoover, Alabama, and Hunter Drew Kelley, also from Hoover, were united in marriage Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 at The Barn at Shady Lane in Birmingham, Alabama.
Hunter and Karen met when they were 16 at the high school they attended, Spain Park High School. Because they both love being outdoors, Hunter decided to propose to Karen while they were fishing on a boat at the hunting camp on May 6, 2016.
Hunter and Karen both knew they wanted a simple wedding with Southern charm, so it was no surprise when they fell in love with The Barn at Shady Lane. With its dark wooden walls, beautiful lighting and rustic feel, they knew instantly this was where they wanted to stand before their family and friends and became husband and wife.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a beautiful, strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice and gorgeous flowing skirt. Her veil was long and lined with intricate lace details. Hunter, Karen and all of the wedding party wore cowboy boots to complement their southern style.
The wedding was held outdoors under the wooden arbor on the gorgeous rock-built stage. Although it rained all day, thankfully it cleared up just in time for pictures and the ceremony, even leaving a beautiful rainbow behind. The aisle was lined with candles, mason jars and hydrangeas. With their wedding party by their side and the Chiavari chairs filled with hundreds of family and friends who were there to share and celebrate the beauty of marriage with the bride and groom, Hunter and Karen excitedly said, “I do!”
The reception, which was held inside the barn, was decorated with hydrangeas, mason jars, sunflowers, candles and pictures of the bride and groom. The guests ate barbecue from Jim ‘n Nicks for dinner.
The bride’s cake was a three-tiered cake, garnished with fresh flowers and two gold deer for the cake topper. The groom’s cake was a two-tiered cake that was decorated with deer antlers, shot gun shells and sprigs of greenery. Both cakes were displayed on beautiful wooden cake stands, which were handmade by the groom.
After dancing the night away with their family and friends, the bride and groom exited under sparklers with many cheers and applauses. They celebrated their marriage in Cancun, Mexico, and now reside at their home with their two dogs in Birmingham, Alabama.
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