2018 Southern Bride

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6. “Never in my Dreams”



12. 23 Pieces of the Best Marriage

Advice EVER


14. A Picture Perfect Sign





26. For better, for worse


28. Finding the right ring








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Welcome to Cossart Design,

located on Carroll Street

in Historic Downtown

Perry! We specialize in

all things home, and

strive to make your

design experience

perfect. As part of

our unique store, we

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Bridal Registry, featuring an

expansive collection of

dinnerware and many specialized gifts, all curated

for today’s bride.

The registry experience at Cossart Design is

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choose from a wide array of items. Most brides

register for dinnerware, but also see the value in

registering at an interior design retail space because

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design. We can help design a beautiful space for

your family and your future.

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Designs and Casafina Fine European Home and

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A restoration of love

Saved from impending demolition, the Lilly Schoolhouse

in Lilly, Georgia has been a labor of love for local attorney,

Michelle Smith. The loving restoration has been a fouryear

project, that had a year-long delay last year due to the January

2017 tornadoes and weather that almost destroyed three years of

painstaking, historic restoration. Circa 1912, the Historic Lilly

Schoolhouse was built by Perry Green Busbee, Sr., the father of

Georgia Governor George Busbee. The school has a 150-seat

auditorium/theater, a large banquet room, and two period classrooms

with original chalkboards.

Rain damage from the January 2017 storms was not covered by the

insurance policy as rain was excluded. Disaster assistance with FEMA

and SBA, while promised by both bureaucracies never materialized,

since Lilly, Georgia was 30 miles outside of the disaster declaration.

Local delegations pleaded to have the disaster declaration amended

by FEMA, only to be told that such an amendment could only come

from the President. A letter to President Trump requesting assistance

could not unravel the bureaucracy.

Undeterred, Smith has continued the labor of love, starting

over last January repainting and reworking areas already restored.

Historic restoration is a slow process, as it is not enough to just make

an old building look new. Original colors of surviving paint are

matched, as well as original stain colors from surviving baseboard

and trim. Period lighting, curtains, and appropriate historic era

furnishings are just some of the details that make an old building go

back in time.

This is not the first time the Lilly Schoolhouse was almost

destroyed by water damage, as the school was in danger of being

lost completely by catastrophic roof damage due to water and rain

damage in the 1980’s. The upstairs auditorium was completely in


The entire front classrooms were almost completely lost due to

massive termite damage that obliviated entire supporting beams. So

as not to destroy the integrity of the original heart pine classroom

flooring, Smith insisted that the termite repair was done by crawling

under the school, and slowly taking up individual heart pine boards

to save and relay them after new supporting beams were constructed

underneath. At all times, the goal has been to save the integrity of the

building and to maintain its character and charm.

The Lilly Schoolhouse is not perfect, because construction in

1912 was not perfect. Defects and imperfections have been lovingly

preserved, including the original glass in an interior door that was

once an exterior door. The original craftsman built the door by hand

and squared out the opening by sight. The original out of square

opening, visible if you look close remains, to be true to the character

and charm of the building.

That door was built with love for the Lilly Schoolhouse some 100

years ago, and love should not be changed to fit in a square.

The Lilly Schoolhouse will open late summer or early fall 2018,

weather and rain permitting.

Lilly Schoolhouse


Circa 1912

Go back in time to the

Old Lilly Schoolhouse, Lilly, GA.

for your next event.

150 seat art deco auditorium

and 1900’s style classrooms.

Opening soon.


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in my


Story by Kristin Moriarty

Photos by Amber Phinisee

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Most girls, when growing up dream and fantasize about

their wedding day but that wasn’t the case for Courtney

(Walden) Enfinger until after she was engaged to her best

friend, Dusty. The two were married on Oct. 21, 2017 and

Courtney describes it as the most beautiful, fun, perfect day.

Enfinger grew up in Perry and graduated from Perry High

School in 2009, which also was the same year she began

dating her husband. Then on Cinco De Mayo, May 5, 2016 is

when Dusty proposed to her.

“We were headed to Las Vegas for his work trip,” Enfinger

said. “Unfortunately the day before we left, his job cut the

funding for it but we still ended up going. When we got to

Las Vegas we were walking through the Venetian and saw

that there were gondola rides and I thought ‘wow I would

really love to ride one of those’.

“The second to last day before our trip

ended he said let’s go have a

date night,” continued


It was Cinco

De Mayo

so I

thought we were going to eat Mexican, but no it

was the total opposite. Well he took me to go on that gondola

ride. While riding he told me to get out my phone and record

it, and as I’m recording he says I can’t exactly get down one

knee, he pops out the ring and then the question will you

marry me. It threw me off, but I was so happy.”

The couple previously went looking for rings, but made a

deal that she was to never know when he would propose. Not

long after Dusty proposed to her, she began planning their


“It was a whirlwind planning our wedding,” Enfinger said.

“I had never planned anything big like this in all of my life.

My matron of honor, Tiffany Pinkney, was such a huge help.

She would literally text me back at all hours of the day when

I needed help. I happen to be one of those girls growing

up who never fantasized about their wedding. So it was a

learning experience and took me just looking at different

pictures to figure out what he and I wanted. On the day of, it

absolutely all came together beautifully.”

The first thing the couple did after getting engaged

was they picked out a venue, which was Southern Bridle

Farm in Perry. Now the fun began for Enfinger when she

began looking for her dress. “One of my bridesmaids at

the time was living in Michigan and another one lived in

McDonough,” Enfinger said. “I had four bridesmaids total

and two of them were always with me, but when I found my

dress all were with me except one. We had planned to go up

to J. Andrews Bridal and I went there specifically for this one

dress. I just so happen to glance over at this other one and

it happened to be the one I chose. I tried it on, came out to

show my bridesmaids and said no doubt this is the one. We

had gone to a lot of places so I was thrilled to have finally

found it.”

Enfinger did not want the traditional white dress so the

one she chose was a champagne color. Her dress had a

sweetheart neckline, with tulle that had glitter and buttons

that laced the back. Next on Enfinger’s list was to pick the

colors of her wedding, which were black, gold, maroon,

forest green, bright and blush pinks.

“My husband’s tux had a gold vest and the groomsmen had

maroon,” Enfinger said. “My bridesmaids had glitter gold. My

caterers, Wayne and Lindy Smith of Beyond Expectations,

also took care of my flowers. We just did a mixture of

different kinds and the Smiths did a phenomenal job.”

On Oct. 21, 2017 Enfinger says she woke up at 4:30

a.m. with excitement. She said her and her husband kept

the tradition of not seeing each other until the day of the

wedding. Enfinger and her bridesmaids went out to eat

breakfast and she had special coffee cups made for them.

Then the process of getting ready began with hair and


“After I finished getting ready, it was time to have our first

look,” Enfinger said. “It was amazing. We had spent the night

at different houses the night before and we also didn’t text

or call each other, which was really hard. But it made it so

special for us. We then took our pictures and then it was time

to walk down the aisle.”

As instrumental music played, the wedding party walked

down the aisle, but when it was Enfinger’s time, she walked

out to “Falling Slowly” by Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard.

Enfinger’s stepfather Anthony Davis and uncle John Walden

walked her down the aisle.

The ceremony was simple with words of joining in

matrimony to exchanging their own vows to kissing each

other for the first time as husband and wife.

“We wrote our own vows and did not share with each

other until the ceremony,” Enfinger said. “Honestly I didn’t

know if he was going to be funny or serious, but it was

wonderful because we almost said the exact same thing.”

Enfinger shared her husband’s vows: “Courtney you are the

best friend I could ever ask for. You’re the most determined,

caring, and beautiful person I have ever met. You bring

light to any room you walk in and can always bring a smile

to my face. When I am with you I don’t have to believe in

myself because I believe that you believe in me. I love you

to the moon and back. I promise to be a loving husband, I

will always be there to kiss you in the morning and play with

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your hair at night. I vow to be a patient husband. When times are

tough I will be there as your rock for you to lean on. I promise

to be a faithful man. Your love is everything I could ask for and

more. And I wont even cheat when we play Uno. I promise to

provide you with warmth, when you touch me with your icy toes.

When you are happy I will be there to share your joy. When you

are sad I will be there to comfort you. I am going to stay here right

by your side for the rest of my life and do the best to keep you

satisfied. Nothing in this world can drive me away. I’ll be yours

until the stars fall from the sky, until the sun no longer shines and

until two is three, in other words until eternity. Love Dusty.”

Now the fun continues, the two held a reception after the

ceremony. Enfinger said they wanted to do something that would

surprise everyone as they entered the reception for the first time

as husband and wife.

“We spent weeks and week choreographing a fun dance,”

Enfinger said. “If anyone knows me they know that I don’t dance

and have two left feet. But we had our wedding party come out

to certain songs before we did. When we came out we danced to

Lean with it, Rock with It, Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) and ended

with Gangnam Style. It was so much fun.”

As the evening went on Enfinger and her husband had their

first dance, which was to Bruno Mars’ “My Life”. Enfinger danced

with her grandmother Priscilla Walden, who raised her as a child

and Dusty danced with his mother. The food for the evening

was chicken, barbeque and mashed potatoes that Enfinger said

everyone still talks about to this day. Their cake was three different

flavors and they had a cheesecake bar. The night came to an end

around 10 p.m. and Enfinger and her husband headed to their

home as a married couple.

“We did not go on a honeymoon right away,” Enfinger said.

“We plan to do that our first anniversary and we hope to go to

Japan. But the day was absolutely perfect and I wish we could do

it again.”

Enfinger said she knew her husband Dusty was the ‘one’ for her

not long after they started dating.

“I moved in with him within two weeks after we started dating,”

Enfinger. “I would have never ever done that, but something in

me said he is the one. While we were dating the best part of my

day was waking up before school talking to him on AOL instant

message and after school. I love everything about him, it’s hard to

just pin point one thing.”

“During the wedding planning there were so many times where

I tried to back out and tell my husband say hey lets just go to the

courthouse, but he said I want to celebrate my love for you. He

told me just to breathe and take one thing at a time and he helped

a lot too. And everything was perfect.

Courtney’s advice to newly engaged couples– “Give yourself

enough time to plan. Don’t feel like you have to rush. I was so glad

that I gave myself about a year and a half. But most importantly be

there for your partner. Communication is key. Always if you have

any type of problems talk it out because if you don’t that causes

more. I love my husband so much and can’t wait to see what’s in

store for us.”


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23 Pieces of the

Best Marriage

Advice EVER

(Collected Over 13 Years)

By YourTango Brides.com

When Ashley and I got married thirteen years ago, we were

young and in love, but we were also pretty clueless (me

especially)! Along the way, we’ve had so many people share

wise advice and life experiences with us, which has helped

guide our family through good times and hard times.

Through the years, I’ve been collecting some of the best

marriage advice others have shared with us (and some I

had to learn through my own mistakes). If you apply these

twenty-three principles below to your relationship, it could

make a life-changing difference in your marriage.

1. Choose to love each other, even in those

moments when you struggle to like each other.

Love is a commitment, not a feeling.

2. Always answer the phone when your husband/

wife is calling. When possible, try to keep your

phone off when you’re together with your spouse.

3. Make time together a priority. Budget for a

consistent date night. Time is the “currency of

relationships,” so consistently invest time into

your marriage.

4. Surround yourself with friends who will

strengthen your marriage. Remove yourself from

people who may tempt you to compromise your


5. Make laughter the soundtrack of your

marriage. Share moments of joy. And even in the

hard times, find reasons to laugh.

6. In every argument, remember that there won’t

be a “winner” and a “loser.” You’re partners in

everything so you’ll either win together or lose

together. Work together to find a solution.

7. Realize that a strong marriage rarely has two

strong people at the same time. It’s usually a

husband and wife taking turns being strong for

each other in the moments when the other feels


8. Prioritize what happens in the bedroom. It

takes more than sex to build a strong marriage,

but it’s nearly impossible to build a strong

marriage without it.

9. Remember that marriage isn’t 50/50— divorce

is 50/50. Marriage has to be 100/100. It’s not

splitting everything in half, but both partners

giving everything they’ve got.

10. Give your best to each other, not your

leftovers after you’ve given your best to

everyone else.

11. Learn from other people, but don’t feel the

need to compare your life or your marriage

to anyone else’s. God’s plan for your life is

masterfully unique.

12. Don’t put your marriage on hold while you’re

raising your kids or else you’ll end up with an

empty nest and an empty marriage.

13. Never keep secrets from each other. Secrecy

is the enemy of intimacy.

14. Never lie to each other. Lies break trust and

trust is the foundation of a strong marriage.

15. When you’ve made a mistake, admit it and

humbly seek forgiveness. You should be quick to

say, “I was wrong. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”

16. When your husband/wife breaks your trust,

give them your forgiveness instantly. This will

promote healing and create the opportunity for

trust to be rebuilt. You should be quick to say, “I

love you. I forgive you. Let’s move forward.”

17. Be patient with each other. Your spouse is

always more important than your schedule.

18. Model the kind of marriage that will make

your sons want to grow up to be good husbands,

and your daughters want to grow up to be good


19. Be your spouse’s biggest encourager, not his/

her biggest critic. Be the one who wipes away

their tears, not the one who causes them.

20. Never talk badly about your spouse to other

people or vent about them online. Protect your

spouse at all times and in all places.

21. Always wear your wedding ring. It will remind

you that you’re always connected to your spouse

and will remind the rest of the world that you’re

off limits.

22. When you have to choose between saying

nothing or saying something mean to your

spouse, say nothing every time.

23. Never consider divorce as an option.

Remember that a “perfect marriage” is just two

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A Picture Perfect Sign

Story by Donnell Suggs

Photos by Shannon Archibald

A picture is worth a thousand words and this one tells the story

of a blended family bonded by their individual stories and the power or lack thereof of the distances between us. Taken at the Retreat

at Southern Bridle Farms in Perry, the bride and groom, to the right at the top of a short staircase, are surrounded by their wedding

party. People came to contribute to the blessed union from far and wide. In some cases from as far as Colorado, in the most extreme

case from across seas. In order to pull off a twenty-two person wedding party it takes more than just a few invitations.

At the bottom of the staircase are five children; three boys in

grey suits and two girls in silver dresses. They were keys to the

union, more on that later, and very important to the wedding

itself. Two of the boys were junior groomsmen and the youngest

was the ring bearer. The girls were junior bridesmaids. “It was a

storybook wedding,” said Danielle Gates Welch of her wedding

to former United States Air Force veteran John E. “Jed” Welch

IV. “I wanted a beach wedding but our location was perfect.”

The Retreat was the first place she and Jed visited and there was

only one opening in the calendar. The venue is quite popular

and there are not always accommodations for couples looking

to get married there. “I’m a “sign” person and I wasn’t budging

on my day,” said Danielle who was set on getting married on

November 11, 2017, Veterans Day. “This was the big wedding

that we both wanted,” she said. Veterans Day is important to

both of the Welch’s. Danielle loves the number 11 and Jed knows

how important it is to recognize the sacrifice our military makes

every day.

Two of the groomsmen came to the wedding from Iraq.

“They took leave and paid thousand of dollars to fly over from

Baghdad,” said Jed about two really good friends that he made

while working as a contractor in the Middle East. “They were

both active duty, in fact everyone on my side was or is still in the


Jed joined the Air Force right out of high school. It may not

have been his first choice but it was most certainly a family-

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friendly decision. “I wanted to go to college but after I got

hurt my basketball scholarship interest dried up so I made the

decision to go into the military. It was not a stretch for Welch

to become a military man. In fact it was probably another sign.

Jed came up in a military family, “I’m third generation military,

it’s like the family business,” he said with a laugh. His father,

mother, and before them, his grandfather and great grandfather

have all served in the United States military at one point of

their lives. “All of my uncles on my dad’s side and both maternal

grandfathers as well,” added Jed who retired after 20 years of

service in 2014. “It’s just what we do.”

He played his high school basketball at Liberty High School

in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and over at the rival high school,

Freedom High School, another star athlete was also making a

name for himself on the gridiron, athlete and actor Dwayne

“The Rock” Johnson. Another “sign”: Danielle, like many other

women on the planet Earth, has an affinity for The Rock. “He’s

my celebrity crush,” she said. “Everybody loves The Rock,”

acknowledges Jed.

Danielle on the other hand was the exact opposite in regards

to how she grew up. Born in Florida, moved to Texas as a

teenager and then to Georgia, she’s a warm weather girl through

and through and has no connection to military life, except for

her having moved around the country before settling in Georgia.

The aspect of having to adapt to different situations and new

surroundings are something the Welch’s have in common.

Jed and Danielle use to take dates like these when they first

met almost three years ago. They were just friends then but

according to Danielle anyone that crossed their path just knew

that they were a couple, “I use to say ‘No we’re just friends’,” said

Danielle, a Florida native. “I believe you need to be friends first.”

“We met through mutual friends and we started dating and

became best friends,” added Jed, who grew up all over the

country due to his family’s involvement in the military. “He

won me over,” says Danielle about the friendship that ultimately

became her marriage, “and it grew from our friendship.”

The two came into their relationship slowly and carefully

after having both been married and having children. They were

determined to do things much differently this time around. “We

were both married at the courthouse the first time around so we

wanted to do this our way,” said Danielle. “I always thought it

would be cool to get married on November 11 and it worked out


Sometimes when the five kids are at school and the chores

around the house are done and there’s that little sliver of time

and space for the two of them, Danielle and Jed like to go to

lunch together. “Our days consist of running errands, fixing

things around the house, laundry and whatever the kids need

done,” said Danielle, who describes herself as a self-employed

full-time mom. “From 3pm on its homework, sports, whatever

they need.” At times a table for two at a local chain restaurant in

broad daylight in middle Georgia can feel like date night at a five

star restaurant in the city of lights. For two people that believe

heavily in getting back the energy that they put in, a break in the

action that is their everyday lives is well earned.

Every November 11(Veterans Day) from here forth will be

Danielle and Jed’s wedding anniversary; a day of celebration in

the Welch’s blended family.

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Three Beautiful Event V

Wedding & Event Venue

1251 Forest Hill Drive, Perry | 478-662-2568 | foresthillparkofperry.com

French Door Entry, Beautiful Archway,

Columns, Tables, Chairs & More

478-662-2568 foresthillparkofperry.com

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Venues in Perry, Ga.

Cherokee Pines

A scenic location with southern comfort

Weddings • Receptions • Meetings • Parties & More!

1000 Country Club Rd. 478•224•4653 cherokeepines.com

Indoor venue with 2 banquet rooms

and bridal suite, seating up to 200

Call today 478-662-2568

334 Lake Joy Road, Perry www.OccasionsAtLakeJoy.com

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Beautiful, unique, charming venues i

Planning a wedding can be the most exciting time

in one’s life; from picking themes to colors to

essentially where one plans to be wed. In regards

to picking a venue it is that special place where

two come together as one. The city of Perry

has become known as, “Where Georgia comes

together” and in Perry there are three unique

venues where two can come together as one.

Sara Barron is the manager of Cherokee Pines

Events, Forest Hill Park and Occasions at Lake

Joy. All three venues are locally owned by Marty

Myers. Barron said each venue is beautiful, unique

and charming in it’s own way and is ready to help

create special memories for others.

“Forest Hill Park does have a special place in my

heart because that is where my husband proposed

to me,” Barron said. “We were married there and

had our son’s first birthday party as well. I’ve

been manager for the park since 2012 and later

on when Cherokee Pines Events and Occasions

at Lake Joy opened I became manager of them

as well. So it’s not just a job to me it’s creating

memories. I have a lot of special memories with

the park so I love to create memories for others.”

Barron’s job is to reserve dates/book out the

facilities, create contracts and answer questions.

She said they are not on site at events, but are

always on call if the clients have questions.

Clients are responsible for set up and clean up.

Each venue has several options and amenities,

and bundle packages between the three venues

that are available to choose from.

By Kristin Moriarty

Journal Staff Writer


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in Perry

Forest Hill Park

“The park is located off of Main Street in

Perry at 1251 Forest Hill Drive,” Barron

said. “It is very unique, full of history and

has several different features unlike anything

else around here. Our chapel came from

Clinchfield and has records that go back

to the 1920s. It still has its original features

such as the wood flooring and windows. Our

steeple is one of the original ones from the

First Baptist Church in Perry. We also have

the Brian Bowen covered bridge, and a red

caboose, which was in service at one time.

This is another venue to where you can have

your ceremony indoors, outdoors or both.

The chapel can hold 90 for a ceremony and

60-65 for reception depending on setup.

If you have your ceremony or reception

outdoors it holds 125. Our chapel does have a

kitchen and changing rooms in the back. Our

caboose may be rented out as a changing area

as another option. There are so many options

available to accommodate your needs. The

clients are responsible for setup, a caterer

and cleanup. We do offer setup, but it is an


For more information with a list of amenities

and pricing go online to


or call 478-662-2568.

“There are so many

options available

to accommodate

your needs.”


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Cherokee Pines


“Cherokee Pines Events is located at 1000

Country Club Road in Perry,” Barron said.

“This is a venue to where you could have

your ceremony and reception indoors,

outdoors or both. There are several beautiful

spots on the property where you could have

your ceremony outdoors; the pond makes for

a beautiful background. Our banquet hall

is 1,400 square feet. If you choose to have

your ceremony in the banquet hall you can

seat 120, and with a reception you can seat

100. Additional reception tables can be set

up outside as well. We do have an on-site

caterer, which if you use them, you get a

discount. Our caterer can do anything you’re

looking for from hors d’oeuvres to plated

meals to buffet style. There is also a full

service bar.”

For more information and list of amenities

and pricing go online to www.cherokeepines.

com/events or call 478-224-4653

“This is a venue to where you could have your ceremony

and reception indoors, outdoors or both.

OOccasions at Lake Joy

“This is an indoor venue only,” Barron said. “It is 7,000 square feet that

accommodates two large banquet rooms, and bridal and groom suites. The

front room can seat 125 and the back room can seat 175. You can just rent

one room or both. Our front room also has a stage area. So we have had some

clients who used the front room for their ceremony and the back room for

their reception. We also have a kitchen, and tables and chairs are provided at

this venue. Again the client is responsible for setup, clean up and a caterer.”

For more information and pricing go online to www.occasionsatlakejoy.com or

call 478-662-2568.


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Bundle Packages and Rentals

“We do offer several bundle packages with our venues,” Barron said. “You could

have your ceremony at Forest Hill Park and reception at Cherokee Pines or

Occasions at Lake Joy. They are all within a short driving distance from each

other. From the park to Cherokee Pines is about a five-minute drive and from the

park to Occasions at Lake Joy is about a 10-minute drive. It’s also a good package

to have as a back-up plan with having your ceremony outdoors at the Park, you

can move it inside to the chapel and then have your reception at either of the two

other venues. We can create any kind of package for your needs. We also offer

rentals offsite. We have round

and rectangle white tables, white

folding chairs, and tablecloths.

We also have unique homemade

items such as large windows,

French door entryways, arches

and stages available for outdoor

weddings. All items were made

locally in Perry.”

For more information and list

of pricing go online to www.

foresthillparkofperry.com or call


“Let us create those

special memories

for you.”

All three venues are also available for birthday parties, baby showers, reunions, business meetings and more. Barron

said she has had several brides who have had their weddings at one of the venues and later came back for their baby

showers. When looking for a venue Barron said it’s important to set a budget.

“Have a set budget in mind before looking at venues because it can be overwhelming if you just go and look,” Barron

said. “After you have set a budget then pick out a date you want to have your wedding/event on and book in a timely

manner. For us our key dates/months that are really popular are March, May and October so if you want to have your

wedding then I would say book as soon as possible. But it is possible to book out venues in a short amount of time with

us. For example if you just got engaged in June and want to have your wedding in August it can be done.”

“We do have the most beautiful and unique venues in the middle Georgia area,” she went on to say. “We have had a

lot of great feedback from our clients

and we continue to grow and book

more and more each year. We are

featured on Wedding Wire and The

Knot and have also been awarded

Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice

Award for 2015, 2016 and 2017 as

well as Wedding Wire’s Editors’ Picks

in 2016. All of our venues are on

social media as well.“


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Lizzie Attaway

Photo by Ashlyn Cathey Photography

Amelia Baker

Photo by Joyful Portrait

Jordan Bennett

Photo by Ashley Gurley


Stephanie Bennett

Photo by Shannon Archibald


Michelle Bishop

Photo by A Blissful Moment


Olivia Blackwell

Photo by Ashley Zoltack Photography

Kaleigh Bohannon

Photo by Intriguing Elements


Teris Chapman

Photo by Keith Hammock


Brooke Davis

Photo by Steve Schroeder


Courtney Enfinger

Photo by Amber Malone

Rae Gentry

Photo by Ashley Zoltack Photography

Heather Glasscock

Photo by Jenny Loo Photography

Lindsay Golden

Photo by Shannon Archibald


Katie Hudgens

Photo by Mandi O’Connor


Hannah Jones

Photo by Christina Bankson


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Kayla Kell

Photo by Shannon Archibald


Danielle McCallum

Photo by Robert Lamb Photography

Morgan Minter

Photo by Shannon Archibald


Samantha Moss

Photo by Ali Harpe Photography

Sydney NeSmith

Photo by Brittany Rae Photography

Rey Payne

Photo by Aimee Sams Photography

Beth Register

Photo by Drift Away Photography

Cally Rogers

Photo by Sunny Lee Photography

Kinsley Smith

Photo by Ashah Photography

Morgan Turner

Photo by Shannon Archibald


Jennifer Weaver

Photo by Ashah Photography

Danielle Welch

Photo by Shannon Archibald


Taylor Williams

Photo by Shannon Archibald


Savannah Winn

Photo by Ali Harpe Photography

Crystal Zunino

Photo by Southern Style Photography

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902 Commerce Street | Perry, GA 31069

478-988-1595 | www.bridalsbygilbert.com


Bridal’s by Gilbert is a bridal boutique located in downtown Perry, GA.

The boutique opened June 2015 and has flourished ever since.

Owned by a local family of Perry,

the boutique offers a charm that

is hard to find anywhere else. The

owners are a warm & welcoming

mother-daughter duo, Maria and

Mary Margaret Gilbert, who love

what they do.

The idea of opening a bridal

boutique arose from Maria’s years

of experience within the wedding

industry, as the Gilbert’s also own

a photography business located

in Perry. “We were looking for

something to do together that

would complement the photography

in the same space. Receiving Best

of the Best for 2017 in the category

of Bridal and 2017 Georgia Bridal show best booth award were both such

humbling experiences for Bridal’s by Gilbert.

Brides from all over Georgia can’t get enough of this boutique, with brides

reaching from all over the southeast to internationally as far as Germany.

In the future the business plans to expand. For example the bridal boutique

not only offers wedding gowns, but also bridesmaids, tuxedos, flower girl,

exquisite jewelry & accessories, as well as a selection of gifts (now offered

online). The owners recently visited Venice, Italy where they purchased one

of a kind accessories for your wedding day and also discovered beautiful lace,

which will allow them to start their own line of veils. The Bridal’s by Gilbert

team is always looking for ways to make the boutique unique, by providing

items and services which cannot be found anywhere else.

If you are a bride looking for an experience like no other with helpful

consultants, caring owners & beautiful gowns look no further than Bridal’s

by Gilbert.

Our agency has served newlyweds and soon to be

weds of Houston county for over 45 years. The

importance of covering not only that magnificent

engagement ring but also protecting your soon to

be family’s future should be trusted to someone the

two of you can count on. Whether it is automobile,

homeowners, renters, manufactured home, or the

ever important choices of family protection for life

insurance, Lashley Insurance Agency and Allstate are

definitely an “I do”. Our agency has always provided

every customer with that part of the family feeling

that you and your spouse to be are going to want.

Remember to talk to us about making sure that that

new ring is protected!

Congratulations from all of us at

Lashley Insurance Agency, Inc.

112 A. Russell Pkwy

Warner Robins, GA 31088

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• Auto

• Home

• Renters Insurance

• 401k Rollovers

Kevin Lashley, Agency Owner

Lashley Insurance Agency, Inc.

Lashley Insurance Agency, Inc.

1112 A. Russell Pkwy

Warner Robins, GA 31088

Phone 478-922-3211 | Fax 478-923-0429


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From Overalls to Tuxedos,

Shane’s Rib Shack Has You Covered.

Delivery. Full Service. Day or Night. Big or Small. We’ve catered them

all, so we understand that no two events are alike. We’ll work with you to

make sure everything is just how you want it to be.

With Shane’s catering, all the delicious BBQ and down-home service you

expect from us is customized for your event!

We are proud to offer our signature barbecue and side dishes in four

different catering packages. We have party platter for our chicken tenders,

wings, and boneless. Everything from box luches to full catered spreads.

Our catering packages were designed to allow flexibility and a great

selection of choices that can be customized for your special day.We’ll

always show up on time, set-up your order, supply utensils and think of all

the little details, which will leave all your guest smiling and you plenty of

time to take in all the compliments.

So get ready to sit back,

relax and enjoy your wedding

by letting the professionals at

Shane’s Rib Shack take care of

the food!

Parties & Showers

Rehearsal Dinners

Wedding Receptions


1365 Sam Nunn Blvd., Perry, GA 31069 478-224-ribs (7427)

Engagement & Wedding Announcements

Look inside the Houston Home Journal

for your family and friends’ announcements!

To start your subscription:

Call 478-987-1823

Go Online www.hhjonline.com

or come by our office located at

1210 Washington St., Perry, GA 31069


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For better, for worse

For couple Crystal and Will, they honored this vow even before saying “I do”

In life everyone encounters things that they don’t like or don’t

understand, but it is up to us on how we handle it. Winston

Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big

difference.” And the love shown by William “Will” Zunino, IV

made a big difference in

Crystal Wisecup’s life.

Crystal was born

and raised in Warner

Robins. She graduated

from Northside High

School, which is where

she also met her future

husband Will Zunino.

The two met in Spanish

class where Crystal said

jokingly that he cheated

off of her work.

“At the time we were

just friends,” Crystal

said. “We didn’t start

dating until about five,

six years after high


After graduating

high school Crystal got

a degree in education

and began teaching at

Thomson Middle School

in Centerville. One day

not long after starting

at Thomson Middle

she said she saw Will

there, he was working for the Board of Education’s maintenance

department. The two reconnected and set up their first date.

“We were supposed to go to a football game, but he stood me

up,” she said laughing. “But I saw him again at work and we started

dating. Then after a month and a half of dating I was diagnosed

with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. I had a 13-centimeter

mass between my heart and chest cavity. It was a complete shock

to my family and I because we had no history of this. Actually the

doctors had told me that I had cancer for two to three years without

knowing it.”

Crystal was at Will’s apartment when she was experiencing pain.

She said that whole week she didn’t feel good and on Friday began to

have chest pain after she played basketball with one of her students.

“When I got to his apartment I had trouble eating, but I didn’t

think much of it,” Crystal said. “That night when he came back from

work he said if I couldn’t drink any milk he was going to take me

to the emergency room. I couldn’t, so he took me and that’s when

we found the mass. At the time we didn’t know if it was cancerous

because they transferred me from the Perry Hospital to Navicent.

I spent a week up there because they did several tests and biopsies.

Once those came back

is when they diagnosed

me with stage 2 non-

Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

The next week Crystal

went to the oncologist’s

office where she was told

she needed six rounds

of chemo. During that

same visit the doctor

told her that she would

lose her hair and that

there is a possibility that

she may not be able to

have children.

“I was so upset and

couldn’t believe this

was happening,” Crystal

said. “But Will takes me

outside, gets me in the

car and the first thing

that comes out of his

mouth is, “Does this

mean I have to shave

my beard”. He made

me laugh and I felt

better. My hair didn’t

start falling out until

the second round of chemo so I just decided that night to go to my

friend’s house to shave it. Well he really surprised me and shaved his

hair too. It really meant so much to me, I mean here we are hadn’t

even been dating this long and he was so phenomenal to do that.”

Crystal completed all of her treatments was in remission in May

2015. But when she first was in the hospital getting diagnosed, she

was pretending to be asleep one night when she overheard Will’s

mother Sylvia Zunino and Will talking about what kind of ring to

get in order to propose to her.

“Something about when you find that special person you just

know, it’s hard to explain,” Crystal said. “I didn’t freak out about him

wanting to propose and we had only been dating a month and a

half. But we did talk about it and I said I didn’t want him to propose

until I got my hair back. So on Christmas day in 2016 is when he

proposed. I was kind of thrown off but he was acting weird that

night. Some friends of ours, his sister, brother-in-law and nephew,

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Story by Kristin Moriarty

Photos by Southern Style Photography

& Danielle Crosby

we all went out to look at the Christmas lights

on Ball Street in Perry. He wouldn’t come near

me. I knew something was funny too because I

usually bring my camera and take pictures, but

he told me not to worry about it. Then we made

our way to the Christmas tree at the courthouse.

My nephew was running around and when I ran

around the tree there was Will ready to propose.”

Crystal and Will got married on April 14,

2017, which was also her dad’s birthday. The two

then had a big ceremony on Dec. 3, the day her

dad passed away in 2004.

“Before we were even engaged I had got my

wedding dress,” Crystal said. “I bought it the last

day of chemo. During my chemo they would get

me to plan out what I would do for my wedding

to help keep my mind of the pain. I was actually

fine until the last chemo treatment. I had severe

pain and then my eyelashes and eyebrows fell

out. I didn’t want to go out or do anything,

but my mom took me to this place they were

turning into a venue, which they also had a shop

and that’s where I got my dress.”

“But I love Will with all of my heart,” she

went on to say. “He makes me laugh no matter

what and makes the best out of any situation.

One time we were headed to Kroger and we

made it there, but I was so weak I couldn’t walk

anymore so we stopped at the Starbucks inside

and made a date out of it. Another time was I

went to chemo downstairs and couldn’t make

it back so he went and got food to make it

another date. He just has a big heart and I love

his humor. We’re both like two big kids. We had

a wonderful ceremony and we took it as a time

to honor all the people who couldn’t be there

like my dad, some of his family and Karma Lilly

Little who was a good family friend. She had

just passed, only seven years old from cancer a

couple of months before the wedding. It was a

beautiful ceremony celebrating our love and our

love for our family and friends.”

Once Crystal was in remission she decided

not to go back to teaching. Instead she went

back to school to become an oncology nurse and

is set to graduate May 2018. She said she wanted

to give to those fighting cancer love and support

like her nurses did for her.

“I love Will with all of my heart.

He makes me laugh no matter what and

makes the best out of any situation.”

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Finding the Right Ring

Story by Kristin Moriarty

Photos by Geoff Dale

Engagement rings, they

come in all shapes and sizes as well as

colors. So how does one decide what to get

when there are so many choices? Jeweler and

business owner Sam Satterfi eld of Satterfi eld

and Dempsey Jewelers said jewelry, more

specifi cally rings have come along way since

when he fi rst started in the late 80’s.

“When I fi rst started everything was in yellow

gold,” Satterfi eld said. “Then the next thing to

trend was white gold and platinum. Yellow gold

is starting to come back a little, but today what

we see trending is more of two tones for rings.

Also rose gold is becoming more popular. The

halo setting, where your solitaire is in the middle

and diamonds surrounding it, is also becoming

more popular. So we see many things trending

and of course there are endless choices on


and customizing that special ring.”

The cut of diamonds that is traditional and

still the most popular is the round brilliant cut.

Satterfi eld said the other cuts are princess, oval,

pear, cushion and radiant. He said there’s also

heart shape cuts as well. With so many options

he said it’s important before looking into buying

a ring to set a budget.

“Setting a budget is best because it can be a

little overwhelming if you just walk into a jewelry

store and not sure of what you want to spend,”

Satterfi eld said. “Diamonds are a precious gem

and are different than any other thing. I have

sold half-carat diamonds that cost more than

one carats. That’s due to the clarity and color of

the diamond. We see a lot of people who come

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in and have done

research on the internet and that’s

fi ne, but there is a lot of misinformation out there. My staff and

I are well trained and ready to help you. We take pride in

being a full service jewelry store. My business partner Van

Dempsey and I are both GIA (Gemological Institute of

America) certifi ed.”

“We have a full-time jeweler on staff with over 40

years experience as well,” he went on to say. “We

do everything in house custom fi t to your needs

and can have your order done within a day to

three days.”

Getting the right size of ring can be also be

tricky. Satterfi eld said they have the tools to size

one’s fi nger and it could vary depending on the

width of the band.

“We enjoy working with our current customers

and new customers,” Satterfi eld said. “We have

one of, if not the largest loose diamond selection

in the Middle Georgia area. We can customize

pretty much anything the customer wants. It’s a lot

of fun for us.”

GIA certified jeweler

Sam Satterfield

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