2023 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine

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Bride-to-Be Graces Cover Photo shoot makes for a trial run of her wedding day By Rebecca Padgett Frett Photography by Jennifer G Photography

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dorned in a wedding gown and a veil that flowed in the sea breeze, our cover bride, Maia Mae Billman, experienced a practice run of her own wedding day that was months in the future. On the beautiful beachfront at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Maia not only got to pose and play, but she also reflected on her upcoming nuptials. “There were many special moments throughout the day, but putting on a veil stood out most because it was the first time I’d seen myself in one,” Maia said. “It all became real at that point, which made me all the more excited about our wedding and marriage.” In September 2021, she became engaged to her fiance Chance Huff, whom she has known since high school. When the pandemic closed college campuses, both headed home to Santa Rosa Beach — Maia from Florida State University and Chance from Vanderbilt University. They reconnected and had to get creative with date ideas because many businesses were closed. “We played tennis, paddleboarded and spent hours just talking and reading on a dock in Grayton Beach,” said Maia. “We fell in love on that dock, and we both just knew we were meant for each other.” A year and a half later, Chance proposed on that very dock. A surprise celebratory dinner with both of their families followed. Maia will be using many of the cover shoot vendors at her own wedding, scheduled for October 2022. She enjoyed 20

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