Afton Nelson and Jamison Hiatt were married in August of 2021 in Charleston, South Carolina.
"Jamison and I met at church when we were 9 years old! We were friends almost instantly (but I always had a little crush on him). I finally mustered the courage to ask him to Elkin High School's Homecoming dance in 2015 . We dated throughout high school until our senior year. After high school, Jamison made plans to serve a two-year mission in Chile for our church and I went to college."
After serving his God, Jamison then decided to serve his country and decided to join the Navy. But first, these two got engaged.
Due to Covid and the Navy's timeline, the couple had a small, intimate and elegant ceremony at The Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Only parents, grandparents and family made up the guest list of ten (yes, 10). For those who weren't able to be there, the couple live-streamed a ring ceremony on their wedding website and during it, Jamison dropped the ring. Afton shared that it took everything she had not to burst out laughing.
According to the couple, there were many "tiny miracles" that occurred leading up to their wedding, from figuring out the scheduling to Jamison's grandmother's ability to make it to the ceremony. Everything worked in their favor!
At 5, Afton fell in love with Julie Andrews' wedding gown in The Sound of Music and continued to gravitate toward classic silhouettes, satin and simple elegance. Sure enough, even with an August wedding in Charleston, SC, she stuck with that choice and has no regrets. She looked incredible!
"I’m a sucker for buttons! I LOVE the buttons on the back of the dress! It adds a vintage vibe to the dress. The bodice has an interesting neckline, which I think adds to the elegance of the dress. It’s simple without being boring."
"No matter what dress I picked, I knew I wanted it to have sleeves. I wanted a dress that was modest without being matronly. Bridal Traditions went above and beyond to help me find the dress of my dreams. They even had extra fabric on hand to show me what the dress would look like with sleeves. Their service was excellent! They answered all my questions, helped me brainstorm solutions, and even made sure the dress was custom made to my specifications!"
The bridesmaids also purchased their dresses from BT and we loved the mix of blues in the dresses and bouquets.
We are so happy to have been a part of Afton and Jamison's day. Here's to many, many years of happiness!
*Photo credit: Emily Gibby Photography