Meet the Cover – The Shirley Family

Stephen and Madison Shirley

By Anna Margaret Wilson

This Valentine’s Day, Our Town would like to introduce you to Stephen and Madison Shirley, along with their beautiful pups, Lou and Chance! 

Feb20 Sitting CMYK SMStephen and Madison both grew up in the area, but are fairly new to Paulding County. Madison grew up in Powder Springs while Stephen grew up in Lithia Springs and later moved to Acworth in high school. They attend One Baptist Church in Douglasville, where Madison’s dad is the pastor.

Stephen is an independent contractor for his family business, Around the House, where they install storm doors, security doors, and garage door openers. His parents started the company around 20 years ago, and Stephen has been working alongside his father since he was 8 years old.

Madison always knew she wanted to stay home someday when she had a family. She began working for the family business about a year after she and Stephen started dating; it just made sense! Madison now works full time from her home office scheduling jobs, giving her the freedom to stay home. They are both looking forward to what God has in store for their family business in the future.

Their two families have known each other since before Madison was born. Their older sisters went to elementary school together, connecting the families long before they knew they’d be family! Fast forward 20 years, Stephen showed interest in asking Madison out. Their sisters began dreaming of setting the two up, and just a few weeks later, Madison received a Facebook message from Stephen saying he would love to get to know her! Believe it or not, Stephen and Madison didn’t meet until their first date in December of 2016! 

Feb20 Inside pic CMYK SMOn Stephen’s birthday in 2018, the two planned to go shooting on family property to celebrate the day. At his birthday lunch after church that day, Madison kept teasing him that now that he was one year older, it was about time he popped the question! He was so nervous; he barely ate a bite of his lunch. Madison still didn’t suspect a thing, despite Stephen’s strange behavior on the drive.

They pulled onto the property, unloaded the truck, and before Madison knew it, Stephen was down on one knee! Before he could finish the sweet speech he prepared, Madison screamed “YES!” Stephen thought of everything, ensuring they would get to cherish their special day for the rest of their lives. Now they get to celebrate his birthday and the day he asked her to be his wife all in one!

It was a few months later in September of 2018 they chose their home in Dallas. They were so excited to find the perfect home right in the middle of everything they do and close to both of their families.

Feb20 Cover Balloon Face CMYK-SMStephen and Madison got married on March 16, 2019 at the “dreamiest” venue surrounded by their closest friends and family. It was everything they dreamt of and so much more!

Madison started doing makeup in high school for her friends going to prom and fell in love with it! She now does that in her free time, whether for proms, weddings, or any other events. Stephen loves working out and anything baseball related! He also adores his time spent with their pups, so one of the first things he does when he gets home from work is train with them! Both Stephen and Madison are summer loving people, so their favorite things to do are when it’s warm and sunny outside!

Their favorite part of marriage so far is just getting to do life alongside their best friend! “Marriage is SO FUN when you are doing it with your favorite person in the world. The week after we got home from our honeymoon, I would say, ‘This is like having sleepovers with your BFF every night!’” Madison recalled. 

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They plan on spending their first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife at home with a movie night, popcorn, and their favorite sweets! They have tickets to one of Stephen’s favorite singer’s concert the next day, ringing in a very special first Valentine’s Day for the both of them!