In 2018, Chelsea moved to Huntsville after accepting a job with a local nonprofit. One of Chelsea’s good friends from her hometown, Tyler Mann, told her about a guy named Tyler Payne who just sold this couple a beautiful home. He suggested the two go out and become friends. Chelsea agreed to go on a date but she was very nervous!
On the first date, Tyler showed Chelsea the model home he designed named “The Tyler”. The two enjoyed a leftover bottle of wine from the restaurant in the living room of this beautiful home and spent the remainder of the night sharing their personal goals and funny childhood stories with one another. Tyler and Chelsea still have this bottle of wine from their very first date alongside the wine bottles they shared on the night they got engaged. Chelsea was surprised at how
quickly she was drawn to Tyler’s kind heart, bright smile and bald head! She thought he was just the cutest! The two enjoyed many more dates together and later adopted two rescue beagles-Milo and Memphis who served as groomsmen on their big day.
Due to Hurricane Sally, Chelsea and Tyler had to move their beach wedding to Huntsville, Alabama just 5 days before their scheduled wedding date. Chelsea’s sister, Courtney Thompson, found a venue online and was amazed that it was actually available on such a short notice. In only 24 hours, Chelsea and Tyler found a new venue and thankfully did not have to cancel their wedding. Chelsea has worked in nonprofit since she was 16 and decided to encourage guests to donate to the Hurricane Sally Relief Fund since she and Tyler had already received many gifts! The couple wanted to create something positive from their cancelled beach wedding and pay it forward. Chelsea and Tyler also donated their wedding cake to a local clean up crew assisting with roof repairs and damages.
Chelsea Lane Yarber and Tyler Stewart Payne were married September 26, 2020 at 6:00 in the evening at Wedding Chapel on the Mountain in Huntsville with David Howard officiating.
The bride is the daughter David and Emily Yarber. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Traney Yarber and Mr. and Mrs. James Goins.
The groom is the son of Pat Payne and Susan Gurley and Dan and Debbie Ledlow. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Payne and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stewart.
The bride wore a white Allure gown from Promenade along with a veil handmade by her grandmother, Betty Goins, with stones from the bride’s mother’s veil. Her grandmother also made the bride’s garter from lace from the bride’s mother and groom’s mother’s dresses. She also wore earrings from Promenade and Badgley Mischa shoes from Shoetopia in Muscle Shoals.
Matron of honor was Courtney Yarber Thompson, sister of the bride, and maid of honor was Rebecca Long Hayes, Miss Alabama sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kellie Giles, Victoria Chittam, Julie Schlosser, and Sarai Bender. Flower girls were Anniston KateThompson and Victoria Chittams.
Best man was Adam Stults, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Tyler Mann, Derek Hardt, Kevin Kelsey, Jordy Taylor, and Matt Owens. Ring bearers were Aaiden Ross Yarber, Everett Richardson, and James Peyton Schlosser.
Wedding director was Kim Jimmerson. Floral designer was Susan Rowe. Music for the ceremony was provided by violinist Susie Shortt and guitarist and vocalist Alen Barlow. Caterer was Bubba’s Silver Spoon, who also made the wedding cake and groom’s cake. DJ Billy Barsfield, Susie Shortt, and Alen Barlow entertained guests at the reception. The bride’s mother made all the floral arrangements for the tables. Hair stylist and makeup artist was Madison Neal of WHNT News. Photographer was Abraham Rowe and videographer was Ace Eaton.
The couple is now residing in Athens. They are planning a honeymoon trip to Jamaica in 2021.
Photos by Abraham Rowe Photography