Compiled by Anne Leonard

Photography by Skylar Wyatt Photography

Who: Kelsey Heafner, insurance specialist, and Kenny Newton, lineman with Dominion PowerWhen: Sept. 12, 2015. Where: Currituck Gunning and Fishing Club, Knott’s Island, N.C. Guest List: Approximately 200 guests were mostly local or traveled from Florida, Georgia and Colorado. Where They Met: Kelsey and Kenny met years ago through her brother and other mutual friends. The Engagement: The couple booked a winter cruise, which set sail Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. “Our first stop was St. Thomas, which ended up being our favorite island. We spent the day snorkeling, relaxing on the beach and of course enjoying some rum punch,” Kelsey says. After a beautiful day in the Caribbean, they headed back to the room to get all gussied up for the ship’s “formal night.” “Kenny really wanted to go out to take pictures at sunset,” Kelsey recounts. Once they found the perfect spot with the best lighting on the pool deck, they handed their camera to a gentleman to do the honors. As he snapped the photo, Kelsey tells us, “Kenny dropped down on one knee! He said he forgot everything he planned to say, but that’s okay because I was so in shock I have no idea what he said at all—it was definitely the best surprise ever!” Wedding Wishes: Kelsey envisioned a simple, yet elegant, rustic-chic wedding. “I wanted all of my guests to feel comfortable. We really strived for it to be more of a party/celebration than a formal wedding. It was really important to us for everyone to have an amazing night dancing the night away and celebrating love.” What’s Next: “Right after we got back from our honeymoon Kenny surprised me with a puppy, Fischer. He has been keeping us busy for sure!” The couple plans to travel as much as they can and spend quality time with their family and friends before expanding their own family in the near future.

Venue: Currituck Gunning and Fishing Club, Knotts Island, N.C. Caterer: Frank Craft of Pungo Catering, Virginia Beach. DJ: Hey DJ!, Virginia Beach. Rentals: Affordable & Luxury Event Rentals, Virginia Beach. Videography: Cory Wright, Vision Quest Productions, Virginia Beach. Wedding Coordinator: Ashley Fussell and Danielle Ward with Soirees By Lauren, Chesapeake. Florist: Black Iris Floral Events, Virginia Beach.

Kenny and Kelsey at altar

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Baby’s breath-filled mason jars, white mason jar salt and pepper shakers and bright blue wine bottles adorned each table, which were all laced with elegant burlap and lace. Kelsey’s father cut the cedar wood planks.

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Wedding gown: All the Rage, Virginia Beach. “Ashley is amazing there—she knew exactly what I was looking for and pulled this dress to the side for me to try on first. I immediately knew it was the one!” Flower CrownBudgetWeddingBouquet (Etsy). Hair: Lynn Tilghman, Picasso Salon, Virginia Beach.

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Bridesmaids' Hair and Make-up: Heather and Kelle at Mosaic’s Salon, Virginia Beach. Dresses: All the Rage.

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Guests took home jars, which could be personalized with chalk. “I got the idea off of Pinterest. They took a lot of time and multiple craft days with my girlfriends,” Kelsey says.

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The couple set up old-fashioned candy dispensers to fund their Caribbean cruise honeymoon. 

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The card box, cutesy chair covers and sign worn by the ring bearer were from Etsy.

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Cake and cupcakes were provided by Gail Ferguson with King & Country Bakery, Virginia Beach. Cupcake flavors included chocolate, red velvet, almond and funfetti (Kenny’s favorite).

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“He worked on [the boat] up until the day of the wedding. We both love being out on the water, so it was something that we both loved.”

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“I thought for sure someone was going to catch my hair on fire! Kenny and I shared a last dance while everyone went and got their sparklers, so it was a really magical moment,” Kelsey says.

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