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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lake Wedowee Wedded Bliss

When Richie Smith asked Brittany Keling to marry him, they both new one thing for sure, they wanted to get married outdoors.
“We first thought we wanted to get married at Chimney Cove, but it was booked for the weekend we wanted,” Keling-Smith said. “So we went to Rice Pavilion and it was perfect.”
The couple exchanged wedding vows October 2, 2010 on the dock at Rice Pavilion.
“I thought it was going to be so hot and muggy that day,” Lisa Keling, Brittany's mother, said. “But, I was wrong. It was a perfect day with wonderful weather.”
Richie and Brittany had a very short engagement and relied on the help of family and friends to make their day magical.
“Our guests were really part of the event because we all had jobs to do to make it happen,” Lisa said. “We had so many things donated or given as wedding gifts that it really helped keep things in budget.”
There was no caterer for the event. Different friends and family provided the food that fed Brittany and Richie's 150 guests. Brittany and Lisa bought the flowers for the wedding at a wholesaler and had a friend arrange the bouquets for the bridal party. Simple arrangements of daisies were used as centerpieces on the reception tables.
“We couldn't have done any of this without the help of our family and friends,” Lisa said. “It also made the day memorable for everyone because they were a part of the festivities too.”
A professional photographer was not hired either. Lisa's dad Tony Mirabella, Richie's mom Tammy Woodard and a family friend took on the role of photographers for the event.
“Richie's mom has taken some photography classes and did an awesome job that day,” Lisa said. “Really our biggest expenses for the wedding were renting the place and Brittany's wedding dress.
“We got my dress from Susie Q’s (in Tallapoosa, Ga.) and my parents let me pick out my dress (within reason of course) because I wanted to look my best on our day,” Brittany said.
“Our wedding day was special because so many of our family and friends made the trip to be with us,” Brittany said. “Most of my family lives in Georgia and haven’t really been on Lake Wedowee before. So it was fun to have our wedding at such as beautiful place on the lake.”

To be included in next year’s Lake Wedowee Life wedding issue, please contact Kelly Caldwell at news@lakewedoweelife.com

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