Barton-Kelly wedding


Mr. and Mrs. Burnis Dudley Barton of Marion, announce the marriage of their daughter, Chelsea Allice to Randy Hayden Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Howard Kelly of Hope Hull.

The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Alice Foster of Marion and the late Mr. Carnell Foster, Mrs. Sherry Barton of Marion, and the late Mrs. Betty Jean and Mr. Burnis Barton. She is the great-niece of Roy Barnett Jr. of Marion and the late Mrs. Inez Barnett. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Earl Barnes of Montgomery and the late Mrs. Joan Barnes, Mrs. Velma Kelly of Hope Hull, and the late Mr. Ralph Kelly.

Chelsea is a graduate of Marion Academy and Judson College. She resides in Tuscaloosa County and is employed by the University of Alabama as a television reporter and anchor for WVUA 23 News. Hayden is a graduate of Hooper Academy in Hope Hull and attended Shelton State Community College and Faulkner University. He is employed by Dixie Electric Cooperative in Montgomery as a lineman.

The couple’s Sept. 25, 2021, wedding was attended by 300-plus guests at Marion’s beautiful Donavan Inn, a farm owned by the bride’s family since the 1940s.The new Mr. and Mrs. Kelly were married in the September sunshine beneath a draped, floral arbor on the east side of the property by the Rev. Dr. Daniel Ingram Thornton, who led the congregation in singing “Amazing Grace” as the couple’s first act of worship. The bride’s great-uncle, Mr. Roy Alexander Barnett Jr., covered the Kellys in prayer after reading scripture from the book of 1 Corinthians.

The bride wore a custom, organza ball gown with horsehair hem by renowned bridal designer Heidi Elnora. Her eight attendants wore various styles of “Jasmine Bridal” gowns. The groom, groomsmen, and ring bearer were outfitted in tuxedoes from Tuscaloosa’s premier clothing store, Mobley and Sons.

After their Southern reception, the newlyweds honeymooned at a resort in St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados. They returned home to west central Alabama to start their lives together alongside their beloved St. Bernard, Gent.

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Barton-Kelly wedding