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2018 Southern Bride

Bridal magazine produced by the Houston Home Journal in Perry, Georgia.

“Never in my Dreams”

“Never in my Dreams” Story by Kristin Moriarty Photos by Amber Phinisee 6 Southern Bride 6-9 Cover story.indd 2 2/14/18 2:54:41 PM

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 Enfinger. 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 wedding. “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 makeup. “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 Southern Bride 7 6-9 Cover story.indd 3 2/14/18 2:55:10 PM

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