About the Bride
Shelby Dawn Kellum was born on July 1, 1991 in Memphis, TN to Terri Morgan and Brad Kellum of Covington, TN. She has one sister, Tiffany, one step-sister, Bailey, one step-brother, Tyler, and one half-brother, Ethan. Shelby was raised in Covington, TN. After high school, she moved to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis. Shelby has always known from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to help other girls be confident and overcome hardships. She has plans of owning of business that offers numerous ways to help high-school and college-aged girls who stuggle with low self-esteem. She is now on track to receive a Business Management degree/ Psychology minor in May 2014. She will then continue her studies with a Master's of Health Administration. Shelby is actively involved with the University of Memphis. She is a member of SHRM Professionalism First, and is the student assistant to the Psychology chair. In her free time, Shelby enjoys shopping, listening to music, spending time with her family and friends, and of course, being the best mommy she can be to Knox.
About the Groom
Matthew Thomas Yardley was born on November 26, 1989 in Everett, WA to Stephanie Taylor and Wayne Yardley of Marysville, WA. He is the only brother to six sisters: Lindsey, Mikayla, Kristina, Carissa, Cissilea, and Paige. When Matthew was tweleve years old, his family moved to Illinois where he continued to live until after high school. After moving to Hernando, Mississippi, Matt started his first semester at the University of Mississippi in 2008 as a Mass Communications major. Ultimately he majored in Criminal Justice:Homeland Security and minored in Pychology. Currently, he is working in Accountants Receivable at the Madison Group in Memphis, TN.
Matt and I met in March of 2010. A few weeks later, on April 9th, we went on our first date. Our first date was so memorable and describes us perfectly: hilarious, spontaneous, awkward, and spent just enjoying each other's company. We met in downtown, Memphis-I was, of course, almost an hour late. I didn't go downtown often and had no clue where I was going; I couldn't tell Matt that, though. I ended up parking several blocks away from where we had agreed to meet, Hardrock Cafe. Once I finally found Matt and the restaurant, we enjoyed a great dinner talking and laughing. Afterwards, we decided to take a walk. During the walk, we talked so much, we ended up even further from both the restaurant and my parking spot. We ended the night with him realizing just how far away I really did park when he insisted on walking me to my car. My secret was out. Humiliated, I volunteered to drive him back to his car. Even as soon as that very first date, I could tell Matt was going to be someone special in my life.
Over the next year, we dated off and on. Some days we thought we were better as friends and other days we wanted more. During one of our "off" times, I met someone else. I knew I loved Matt, but told myself the reason we never ended up together was because he was simply my "first love" and it just wasn't meant to be. Even our friendship ended after that. We rarely spoke (a simple "Happy Birthday!" or "I hope you're doing well!" was the extent of our once-very-close relationship) .
Last summer, I went through a very tough and unexpected time. I called Matt a few short hours after the tragedy because I knew if anyone could help me through this, it was going to be him. He was on vacation at the time, but ended up leaving his vacation three days early to be there for me. He rarely left my side, even during the times when I wanted to be alone. If he wasn't by my side, he was calling to check on me. Our close friendship quickly returned and a couple of months later, time was finally on our side and we were finally a couple.
"I am in love with my best friend!" and "I am finally marrying my best friend!" are the two quotes I find myself saying often. I can't imagine saying anything else. Matt is my best friend, my fiance, my "first love" and someone who knows me better than I know myself. I am a lucky girl.