Married | Michelle + Michael Say I Do at the Old Cigar Warehouse in Downtown Greenville

It seemed like yesterday, I met Michelle and Michale for frozen yogurt (so what if it was our dinner!), and we talked about their 2017 wedding.  It wasn't yesterday though, it was in 2015, and we discovered we lived in the same exact apartment complex just a few buildings over from where Ed and I were living while building a house.  We discovered we also all had engineering, and upstate New York ties.  I was officially excited. 

Time went a little slow in the beginning but then all of a sudden their wedding day was here!  A nice warm day in sunny South Carolina and these two were surrounded by fun, outgoing, and adoring friends and family. Michelle had planned every last detail, and everyone's schedule down to 15 minute increments.  Everything went perfectly and Michael was so shocked when he saw his bride emerge from the balcony and walk towards him to say I Do.  

Thank you so much Michelle and Michael, it was an honor for us to be part of your day! Congratulations! 

Married! | Melissa + Thomas Say I Do on Lake Keowee, SC

Melissa and Thomas both dedicate their lives to helping other people, when it came to planning their wedding, they were still in the habit of putting others first, especially family, and not following all of the standard timelines and checklists you find online. Some would gasp and say but the RULES say you need to book a venue a year in advance and a photography 9 months in advance and the DJ 8 months in advance and the "rules" go on. But for Melissa and Thomas, they both finally let others step in and help them create the most beautiful, homegrown wedding on Thomas's aunt and uncle's property on Lake Keowee, in just a few months. With a loving family on both sides they spent the week before the wedding prepping and visiting family and when I arrived on Saturday afternoon I was blown away. I had already been to the property and met their Aunt Grace who was so kind to let me walk around and scout things out, the property itself is gorgeous but when all of the details came together I was amazed, and so were Melissa and Thomas. The got married under a home made arbor of fall foliage and surrounded by fresh fall flowers. The said their vows in front of family who traveled near and far and their own family Anthony and Ella, the two sweetest kids ever! The family and friends then walked down a sweeping stone staircase towards the water where they set up a beautiful tent for a fantastic meal from Reeves Catering (they catered MY wedding reception, and their shrimp and grits are the best in Greenville!!) and some extremely energetic dancing. One of my favorite parts before the end was something I was warned about, but I had no idea the intensity of this family tradition until I saw a group of men carrying Thomas to the lake for his family "baptism" where they throw him in without any spare clothes in site. (To keep this PG-13 we left those pictures for Bride and Groom only ) This tradition, I was told, has been one that has stuck in the family since the 70s! They obviously have it down pat because they are even nice enough to remove watches, iPhones and other electronics, but I feel like that was a lesson learned, I don't know ;-)

When we left we almost felt like kids who had to go home and rest for the SATs, we wanted so badly to stay and dance some more with this completely magnetic family. But I think I convinced them to adopt me as a South Carolina family so i'll be seeing them Christmas morning ;-)

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To Melissa and Thomas, congrats, being a member of your family for a day was spectacular! Best wishes!

Caterer: Reeves Cake: Walnut Street Bakery DJ: The Wedding DJ Flowers: Flowers by the Lake

Married! | Laura + Michael Say I Do on Paris Mountain

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A fall wedding on a mountain. Dream worthy, right? Well add in a couple that is absolutely head over heels for each other and you've got something magical. Laura and Michael had been planning their wedding day for months and upon arriving on their big day, I finally got to see all of the little details they made together (including handmade paper flower bouquets, what?) and how it all came together with the rich, vibrant colors of fall. It may have been raining but we weren't paying attention to the weather, we were all in awe of how sweet these two were! Thank you so much for embracing the weather and being an absolute joy to work with and letting us spend your wedding day with you! Congrats Laura + Michael :)

Venue: The Hollow Paris Mountain DJ: Jumping Jukebox Catering: Holmes

Married! | Kristen + Erik Say I Do at The Westin Pointsett Hotel Downtown Greenville, SC

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It all started with a glass of wine and wedding planning when I met Kristen and Erik last year. They came to us from one of our lovliest set of people Amanda + Jack and we are so glad that they included us in their wedding day. From the start, Kristen and Erik both had a strong focus on the people included on their wedding day. On their wedding day it was more than apparent how grateful they wanted everyone to know they were for how each and every one of them have touched their lives. Let me give you an example... Normally the walk down the aisle is accompanied to a very slow paced song and the bride is racing against the beat to get to her soon-to-be hubby while still trying to see everyone. Kristen looked down every single row, at every single person as she walked down the aisle, giving everyone a silent 'thank you for being here' as Erik patiently waited and watched his bride come towards him. The whole timeline of the day was arranged so that they people around them would have the most amount of time to be with them, and enjoy themselves and each other. I think the day, although it flew by, was everything they imagined and they took advantage of every last minute with all of the people they love! We truly felt like part of the family all day, thank you so much Kristen + Erik for being so wonderful, we wish you years and years of happiness!

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