Description: Description: Somewhere in the Middle

Shauna Godwin was just one of many future brides who have walked into South’s Clothiers at the Boone Mall in search of the perfect wedding dress.

Months later, following numerous consultations and fittings, Shauna had only to glance into a mirror to see that she had, indeed, found the perfect gown.

On Sept, 10, 2011, Shauna was a stunning bride adorned in her gown of diamond white satin as she exchanged vows with Adam Hamby on the lawn at the Taylor House Inn in Valle Crucis.

“It was an absolutely perfect day in every way” Shauna says.

Shauna chose to wear her grandmother’s wedding ring as her “something old.” Her dress was “new, she “borrowed” her grandmother’s champagne diamond necklace and she wore her “blue” leopard print Toms (shoes).

Her seven bridesmaids were attired in dresses of charcoal grey from South’s Dessy collection each in a different style to reflect her own personality

“My matron of honor was in black and everyone wore their own purple shoe,” Shauna says. The groom and his attendants were attired in black tuxedoes with charcoal gray vest and ties, also from South’s.

“Working with South’s was great,” Shauna says. “Carolyn was my main contact and she was fabulous, as always. Janet did all of my alterations. They were all very attentive and everything came together in a timely manner, as promised.”

The ceremony

Shauna describes her wedding as “more contemporary than traditional.”

“We asked Sam Calhoun to officiate,” she says. “After talking to us at length and learning about our relationship, he wrote the most wonderful ceremony. My two sisters, Haley and Gabby, read poems by Roy Croft and Mister Rogers.”

Sharing a varied musical interest, Shauna and Adam chose an eclectic selection of tunes for the occasion.

“We had everything, including reggae, rock, hip hop, country and Latin,” she says. “Pre ceremony music was classical; however, the bridal party arrived on a bus to ‘Double Dutch Bus.’ For the recessional, we had ‘All you need is love.”

Swing and jazz ruled the cocktail hour. “As the night progressed, it got louder with more contemporary, pop music,” Shauna says.

As a dancer and dance instructor, Shauna insisted on “lots dancing” including a clogging hoedown and an impromptu Zumba, with her mother and Vanessa Minton. “It was great,” she says.

The reception menu included smoked brisket and barbecue chicken prepared by her uncle, Steve Williams, from Texas.

“We grilled vegetable skewers and portabella mushroom caps, had a baked potato bar, salad and bread, catered by Bandana’s,” she says. “The cake was white with raspberry filling and white butter-cream, made by Nicole Palazzo of Sorrento’s Bistro. I also had an amazing vegan carrot cake from EarthFare.

Her flowers, from Shady Grove Nursery, were arranged by her mother, sister and a close friend.

“My bouquet included blue hydrangeas cut from my grandfather’s grave, which was very special to me,” Shauna says.

A color scheme of charcoal gray and dark purple was carried over into the reception. “We rented a large tent with tables, chairs and dance floor from Boone Rent-all.”

Once upon a time

Shauna and her groom were “officially introduced” by their close mutual friend, Elizabeth Hempfling. “It’s kind of wild how we actually met,” she says, “because we had crossed each other’s paths many times before.”

Adam’s father worked on her grandfather’s farm; they attended the same church camp one summer and they had the same circle of friends through high school. “I don’t think we had ever even had a conversation because we are total opposites.”

Adam likes to be outside hiking, camping and playing with their dog, Kona; he also likes sports. Shauna loves dance, theatre, Pilates and working out.

“He is a timber framer, I am a dancer,” she says. “He likes the country, I like the city. He tends to be quiet and to himself, I am wide open and sociable. He goes to bed early, I go to bed late/ one would never think that we would be compatible, but what we have is truly perfect. He is so supportive of my lifestyle and I , of his.”

The couple began dating Sept.3, 2007; Adam proposed Nov. 29, 2009. and the rest is history at least in the making.

Following “four wonderful years in New York,” she came home for a “temporary visit” or so she thought.

“I needed time with my family and friends,” she says. “I met Adam the week after I moved back. I was not looking for a date, a relationship and definitely not love. In fact, I turned him down at first, because I was scared to death that I actually would like him. I hate it when people say this, but since our first date (hiking Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway), we really have been inseparable.”

“I had no idea that I would meet the love of my life here in my hometown and discover what is really important in life,” Shauna says. ”I do miss the day to day grind of scrounging up enough money to survive in NYC, but I am so very happy.”

She’s living her “fairy tale,” she says, “the perfect place in the middle.”

Shauna is currently an instructor at Northwestern Studio and High Country Dance Studio, both in Boone, and at Xtreme Dance Company in Bristol, Va.

She is the coach of the Mini Mountaineers Dance Teams, choreographer of both the country Clogging Jamboree at Tweetsie Railroad and of Watauga High School’s spring musicals. She is the owner of Connected Dance Convention, The Miss High Country Pageant System and The Pilates Effect.

Shauna is also co-owner, with her mother, of The Dancer’s Corner Boutique in the Shoppes at Farmer’s Hardware.

As if all that’s not enough to keep her busy, she is preparing to graduate in May from Appalachian State University with a double major in dance studies and theatre performance.

Shauna is the daughter of James and Teresa Godwin of Boone and the daughter in law of David and Teonnie Hamby of Sparta.

She and Adam make their home in Boone.

Shauna’s advice to Future Brides:

“Every young woman deserves the chance to savor every moment of her wedding and not be stressed out,” Shauna says. “A good way to make sure that everything goes well is to choose reputable professionals to help you from start to finish.”

Once the decision has been made regarding vendors, Shauna recommends contracts with each party.

“But, also have more than one face to face conversation with the vendors and don’t count on the contract to spell everything out for you,” she says. “As your wedding day gets closer, have a thorough review with your vendors and everyone involved to ensure that everyone is on the same page.”

A good thing to remember, Shauna says, is “Just because you are on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t have the wedding of your dreams.”

Hers was “a super tight budget,” but she made good use of her resources and connections, she says.

“I sought the help of industry friends and took on a lot of do it yourself projects, with family help, of course.”

“There is a lot that you can do for and by yourself,” Shauna says. “You don’t have to be incredibly artsy or talented, just think creatively.

In addition to the professionals she mentioned earlier, Shauna expresses her gratitude to Air Haven and River & Earth Adventures, Joanna Page from Events by Elizabeth Ashley and Rachel Craig, hairstylist. “They all helped me have my perfect wedding. I am so appreciative of everyone who was there for us.”

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