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Dani and Macaine’s wedding at Triunfo Creek Vineyards has all that down-home charm and relaxed elegance currently making the vineyard wedding so appealing to the modern couple. The couple professed their vows under a sprawling tree and continued the celebration with a family style dinner on the lawn with all of their loved ones. Coordination was by Couture Events, florals by Mulberry and Moss and paper goods by Blot and Dot.  Natalie Schutt Photography was on had to capture all the details in these sunny, joyful images.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

When I got engaged I was on the search for MY dress. With so much at our fingertips these days via social media I went on so many pages, links, blogs, etc. I came across this dress that was so beautiful, and felt so much like me I could not get it out of my head. I had not yet heard of the designer, but discovered they were based in Australia. Originally I felt disappointment, but then began to do my homework. They had stock lists all over the world, but NONE in California. Still I wasn’t going to stop that easily. I called the designer, and told her how in love I was with the dress. She was so excited to tell me that she just began a partnership with a bridal boutique in my city and shipped the dresses to them that week! I was so excited and called the boutique and they told me the dresses would arrive that Tuesday.

Meanwhile, while all this searching was going on I had gone to different bridal boutiques and tried on many beautiful dresses. I found one that I actually said yes to the dress! It was gorgeous and I was so ecstatic about my find. BUT when I found out my online find was in my area I still made an appointment, and went in to try it on. It took me about 2 seconds to know that I had found the one. I luckily hadn’t bought the first one yet, and got to say yes to my absolute dream dress. I LOVED my dress, and most importantly felt so much like myself in it.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved getting creative, and thinking of new ways to incorporate things that were special to us.

My husband, Macaine, got ready with the boys in his parents RV on the site of our wedding. They played games, had beers, and laughed their way through the afternoon. He had a day that was so his style. Laid back, relaxed, fun, and casual. It was important to me to make sure he had a set up with his guys for the day that made him feel just as special, and excited as I would be with my girls. His mom gifted him a pocket watch that was from her father, Macaine’s grandfather who had passed away. It was one of the pocket watches he had saved to give to each of his grandsons on their wedding day. It was a very special gift for him to get, knowing his grandfather was still with him celebrating our day.

My girls and I got ready in the beautiful bridal suite at Triunfo Creek Vineyards. Playing music, drinking mimosas, and pouring love and support into one another. Some of my favorite memories of the day were getting to have that time with my girls. We each wore the robes I had gifted them when I asked them each to stand by my side as my bridesmaids.

We had a first look on our wedding day, not to save time for photos but because this was the biggest day of our lives and we wanted to feel the comfort, love, and protection of the most important person in the world to us. We were given that time to truly reflect on our emotions and prepare for the biggest commitment of our lives.

Walking down the aisle I was staring at my protector. The man who I have only seen cry once before be completely vulnerable as he was crying watching his future wife walk toward him. We view marriage as a promise under God, so we decided to have a moment to pray with one another taking communion as we were two individuals becoming one. Macaine and I wrote our own vows to one another being able to truly express our love and commitment to one another. We were not only sharing this with one another, but sharing it with the people we love and trust most. To have them hold us accountable for these promises we had made to one another.

Throughout the night we continued celebrating the marriage we had begun. We laughed as well as cried at the speeches our loved ones made. As they not only humbled us with love, but confirmed to us through other eyes why we knew we had found the one. We shoved cake in each others faces, and laughed at each others’ excitement. My grandparents led line dances to our small wedding of 230 people, and we danced the night away. Macaine is in love with dancing and I feared for my life as he came at me during the garter removal. Cheering so loud at the performance he had waited his lifetime to give. The only thoughts in my head were ‘Oh boy I love this man!’

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I think I would have to say the moment before I walked down the aisle and leading to walking down the aisle. It was such a surreal moment for me to reflect on the fact that I was about to commit my life to someone. I will never forget looking at my future husband and all the people we loved as I walked to him in the arms of my dad.

 

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

How we met was a somewhat of a process, and makes us laugh to this day. I was in High School, and went to visit my sister at College. As we were walking to one of classes I hear this guy yell out to her to come over and say hi. It was Macaine, who was one of her good guy friends in college. I met him then thinking he was this older college guy, but didn’t think much past that. After we met then it seemed that he was at a lot of the same things my family liked to do, and would always find us to say hi. Still throughout that time he was my sister’s friend, but he began to contact me directly. I’m talking only a few times a year, just check in and see how I was doing in life. It was always a joke from my friends that he was very interested in me, but waiting for the right time. A few years went by like that, and then we lost touch completely. 5 years from when I originally met him I ran into him at a concert. We got to talking and immediately clicked again. We both had to go as we were with other groups, but he asked if he could take me on a date when we got home and I said I think that could work. My phone got stolen at the concert, and about a week later I was able to get a new one. Two months went by, and I logged on to my Facebook page which I rarely checked. I found a message from Macaine saying he had tried to call me, but didn’t get connected. He left his phone number, and said to give him a call if I would let him take me on a date. I reached out to him and we set a date. Let’s just say from there there was no more disconnection. He was the best man I had ever met, and was always nothing but a gentleman. My life was forever changed.

Macaine has a family friend that owns a high rise in Long Beach. He had told me that this particular family friend was having a big birthday at the building, and gave me the date. I put it in my calendar and went on with my day. When that day came around we decided to go to dinner before and show up a little late to the birthday. We went to a beautiful steak house and had a wonderful date night before the party. We then drove over to the building, got out of the car, Macaine grabbed the gift he had got for him, and walked inside. We took the elevator up and got off at the top floor. We then had to go up a few stairs to get to the rooftop. We were mid random conversation as I was expecting to walk into a family friend’s birthday party. When we got to the top of the stairs and walked up to the roof I stopped and was very confused. I thought where is everyone? Did we get the date wrong?! Then I saw the path of flower petals and candle leading to bench. I was in total shock. Honestly I have never felt so speechless in my life. I looked at Macaine, and he just smiled at me. I was then realizing what was happening and had an extreme wave of excitement, love, and amazement! My future husband walked me to the end of the path, looked at me, and recited an amazingly thoughtful speech going over why I was the love of his life, and many other things but honestly there was too much excitement to remember. He then pulled a little box out of the present bag, and got on his knee. Nobody can explain the feeling you get at this moment, but it was a moment I will never forget. My best friend proposed to me and I said YES! He had photographers hiding and capturing it all. We then got to take some photos with them on the roof. They recommended we go down one floor to take more in this cool room. I was in La La Land, and said sounds good. We walked down one floor and opened the door and there screaming their hearts out were our closest friends and family! We got to celebrate and feel the love of the most important people in our lives. I married a good one ladies. He made my fairy tale come to life.

Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography // Coordination: Couture Events // Florist: Mulberry and Moss // Paper Goods: Blot and Dot // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Dress: Love and Lace Bridal and Tailor-Designer: Made with Love // Videography: Amari Productions // Catering: Above All Catering // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Desserts: Beverly’s Bakery // Veil: Elle Bridal Boutique // Hair and Makeup: Blushing Beauty // Grooms and Groomsman custom suits: Grooms Grotto // Groom and Groomsman Ties: My Tie Shop // Entertainment: Luxury Entertainment Group, DJ: DJ Rich Martinez  & Band: Westsiders // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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Cincinnati couple, Bailey and Landon, invited their family and friends to travel with them to Rancho Santa Fe, California to celebrate their nuptials at the bride’s family’s estate. Planned by White Lace Events, the details paid homage to the property— from Bailey’s modern take on a Spanish lace on her Hayley Page gown, to the hand-painted escort tiles, to the orange blossoms incorporated into the stunning florals by Compass Floral. With its coral palette and customized details at every turn, this wedding offers unending inspiration and it’s all captured beautifully by Shane and Lauren Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Landon: The aspect of our wedding that we appreciated most was the intimate setting in which we brought our families together for the first time. Having the wedding at the bride’s family’s property allowed us to create a beautiful, unique and personal atmosphere for everyone to meet, celebrate and enjoy the time together. White Lace immediately understood this vision and worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition and it was executed perfectly. We could not have been happier to bring our families together for the first time on that beautiful day.

Bailey: Like Landon mentioned, the most special part of the wedding for me was that it was a great chance for our families to meet each other and spend time together in a location that is obviously very special to me/my family in particular. Growing up we spent many vacations at the house in Rancho Sante Fe and some of my best memories were made in that backyard. When we were deciding where to have the wedding, it wasn’t even a question in my mind. All I could think of was the house and how I wanted both our families to enjoy it as much as I had growing up.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

After a decent amount of searching, I found my dress at Hyde Park Bridal in Cincinnati. When I tried it on I just kind of knew it was the dress. The lace was really unique to me–both romantic and kind of simple at the same time. It almost reminded me of a modern Spanish lace–which sort of fit the style of the house. I also loved the form fitting cut of the dress and the low back. The dress was everything I was looking for–simple, but unique, and fit the laid-back outdoor theme of our wedding. About a week before we flew out to San Diego for the wedding I decided to add the beaded sash to give the dress a little more definition and a touch of sparkle.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Landon: White Lace was exceptional in working with us to capture Bailey’s vision and assist in bringing all the pieces together. There were countless details put in place to capture that vision such as: the escort tiles which were chosen to emulate the style of the house, the flowers which were brilliant from Compass Floral and a perfect execution of what Bailey had in mind, even details such as the food choices of tacos added a personal touch for us. It is very difficult to point to specific details because we truly feel like every aspect of the day came together exactly as we would have hoped from the furniture, to the ceremony seating, to the dance floor. We also were incredibly impressed with DJ Thomas Giglio’s dinner playlist; he nailed it.

Bailey: There are a couple things that stick out in my mind as far as personal touches. First, we used to have an orange grove at the edge of the backyard. We used to love picking the oranges as kids and making fresh orange juice every day. The grove burned down in one of the big fires a few years ago, but the house and most of the rest of the property survived. Taya, our amazing florist, incorporated orange blossoms into Landon’s boutonniere, which I thought was really cool and brought back some great memories of the orange grove. Second, there are a lot of really cool Mexican tiles in various areas of the house, and we wanted to try to bring that detail into our wedding somehow. We ended up deciding to use some beautiful tiles as escort cards, which was a really unique detail to me. Lastly, Landon and I got engaged at our favorite taco shop in Cincinnati, so having tacos as part of the main course was a really special detail for us!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bailey: I think the most memorable part of the day for us was sitting in my old bedroom in the house right after the ceremony with some carne asada fries (which were AMAZING and very memorable in themselves!) and a margarita and letting it sink in that we were actually married. It’s so easy to get caught up in the pre-wedding planning and family time and hair and makeup and photos and everything else going on but having a few minutes to just sit down together–just the two of us–was really amazing.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Landon: Bailey and I met in college at Hillsdale College in Michigan. We started dating after graduation and got engaged after a year. We have been on and off long distance through dating and the engagement, so being married and getting settled into Cincinnati has been wonderful and we are very happy!

Bailey: Like Landon mentioned, we met in college at Hillsdale and started dated after graduation and dated long distance for 75% of our time together. We got engaged at our favorite taco spot in Cincinnati (Mazunte). It was a complete surprise to me. It was a Saturday and I was in my busiest time at work. I was really tired and hungry (and definitely not dressed for the occasion) when Landon picked me up from work around 3:00 and we headed to Mazunte for a late lunch/early dinner. When we first walked in I didn’t even notice that there was anything written on the giant blackboard in the back of the restaurant. When I noticed Landon had written “Bailey, will you marry me?” on it I was SO surprised–he got down on one knee in the restaurant and of course I said yes! Afterwards we had tacos and margaritas on the house. I love that Landon knew I wouldn’t want to be the center of attention in some fancy restaurant or crowded place and that he chose our favorite taco spot to propose.

Photography: Shane and Lauren Photography // Wedding Planner: White Lace Events // Florist: Compass Floral // Invitations: Smitten on Paper // Signage and Calligraphy: Twinkle & Toast // Venue: Private Residence // Bride’s Gown: Hailey Paige from Hyde Park Bridal // Hair Artist: Audra Rene // Make-up Artist: Beauty by Stacey // Cake/Desserts: Sweet Cheeks // Catering: MIHO // Officiant: Brian Tome – Cincinnati, OH // Ceremony Music: Angelica Strings // DJ/Band: Thomas Giglio // Rentals: Adore Folklore // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

 

Christina and Anthony celebrated their nuptials with a destination wedding in at Island Art and Taste in Athens, Greece. The couple tied the knot in front of all their nearest and dearest—literally 169 of 170 invited guests made the journey—in a waterfront ceremony and reception planned by Stella & Moscha. Cheery florals by Secret Garden and bold citron and pale pink stationery by Bright White add personality to the day and Elias Kordelakos captured all the happy moments. 

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What made the wedding special and unique?

At the very beginning of our “wedding planning” process, Anthony and I drafted up a guest list composed of around 170 guests, all very dear and close to our hearts, friends and family included. However we knew, as like most weddings, not all guests who are invited actually attend. Especially since ours was a destination wedding, we estimated the number of RSVP’d guests to range anywhere between 100-120 guests MAX! Lo and behold, 169 guests went all the way to Athens, Greece to be a part of our celebration. That for me makes our wedding so special. The feeling of loved ones surrounding us on our special day was beyond special. I will never forget all those who traveled far and wide just to be with us.

What made the wedding unique was the fact that the average age was around 28-30, so you can imagine how fun and crazy the crowd was. I have honestly never been to a wedding that had such a young vibe, where everyone was so comfortable (The attire was: No suits for men and no heels for women).

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

Oh, the gown! It was LITERALLY love at first sight. No one believes me when I tell them this story, but it was the first wedding dress I saw and the first wedding dress I tried on, and it was the last! I automatically knew it was the dress for me. The fit was perfect, the simplicity of it matched my style perfectly and it was effortless. I had my mother accompany me during my dress shopping adventure, and when I told her that I didn’t want to try on any other dresses she thought I was crazy. She begged me to at least compare it with another one, but I didn’t want to. I didn’t see the point. If I loved that dress, why would I want to cloud my judgment even more by having OPTIONS?! Thats the last thing a bride needs :) You can call me simple.

I found my beautiful Lazaro dress at Esposa, a local bridal boutique here in Lebanon. However, I wasn’t too fond of the veil that came with the dress so I opted for a veil designed by the brilliant Oscar de LaRenta, also purchased from Esposa.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

As a person, I am all about details and Anthony knows that about me. We wanted to make sure our guests were ALWAYS taken care of, especially since they were all in a country other than their own. We created personalized “welcome bags” where each guest had their name stitched on the front. With the help from our amazing talented wedding planners over at Stella & Moscha, we were able to distribute these bags to numerous hotels across Athens, since all of our guests were scattered along the Athenian Riviera. We split the bags according to gender. Women received items such as a compact mirror, travel size pink lip balm, travel size toothpaste/toothbrush, travel size comb, etc. The gents also received similar items but geared towards male products.

Another personal touch was reading our vows during the ceremony. Usually in Lebanon, where Anthony and I are from, writing and reading vows isn’t very popular. But we wanted to do something very special since we believe we have a very special relationship. Our ceremony was very unique, catered to our liking and comfort.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This answer might be a bit cheesy and cliché, but the most memorable part of the day was our first dance. The song we chose to dance to had so much meaning and history for us, it was a very emotional dance. And plus, it was the ONLY chance we had to be together during the whole day. So it was a pretty nice 3 minutes of peace and quiet for the newlyweds.

 

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Anthony and I have known each other for practically our whole lives. We were in the same school, same class for 9 years up until our high school graduation. However, we were always friends throughout all of those years. It wasn’t until the first year of university (yes, we even went to the same university!) where we started to click more, talk more and fall in love more, this was in 2007. Before getting engaged, we were together as boyfriend and girlfriend for 9 years, long time! It wasn’t until our Italian summer trip, just the two of us, where he proposed to me on one knee in a family owned winery in Tuscany on top of a hill with the most breathtaking view. It truly is a day I will never forget and I will forever cherish the intimate moment we had. He knows that I don’t like an audience, so what made it so precious was that it was just the two of us, and the Italian family running the winery, who of course joined in on the celebrations and were so excited for us.

Anthony and Christina – wedding highlights from Nikos Dimou on Vimeo.

Photography: Elias Kordelakos // Event planning & styling: Stella & Moscha // Flowers and Décor: Secret Garden // Stationery & Graphic Design: Bright White // Wedding Venue: Island Art and Taste // Pre-wedding Venue: Grand Resort Lagonissi // Videography: I like to movie it – Nikos Dimou // Letter Signs: The Letter Co // Wedding dress: Lazaro // Veil: Oscar de la Renta Bridal // Bridal shoes: Badgley Mischka // Wedding bands: David Nader // Groom’s attire: Gucci // Groom’s shoes: Tod’s // Bridesmaids’ Dresses & Groomsmen Attire: Custom Made // Bridal Makeup: Faceplace by Julia // Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Dimitra Manta // Wedding Cake: Choice // Jewelry: Falamank by Tarfa Itani // DJ: Hicham Salem // Live music: Sandra Clark, Sami Clark jr., Hanine Daou // Furniture: Zazoo Event Rentals // Art de la Table: White Lilac // Fire Fountains: Nanos // Light and Sound: Long Play

 

California couple, Julie and Chris, wanted to host a wedding that celebrated their love in the great outdoors of their home state. Clos LaChance Winery offered the perfect backdrop to the couple’s big day—golden California mountains, soft lighting around sunset and a warm evening for the patio reception. The wedding palette is neutral with hints of a lovely french blue and punchy coral in the florals by FVJ Luxuries. Julie’s WTOO gown is a scene stealer and her delicate hairpiece makes a romantic statement. The details and the glowing light of the afternoon California sun are all captured here by Retrospect Images.

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What made your wedding special and unique? 

I think our wedding was the perfect combination of everything that Chris and I love. We both grew up in California and loved the great outdoors. While we were planning our wedding, we both knew we wanted to host an outdoor wedding. We had the golden California mountains as the backdrop to our ceremony and enjoyed the warm summer night out on the patio with friends and family for our reception. The soft lighting around sunset and warm night with loved ones was exactly what we wanted.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it! 

I live in Northern California but my mom and Maid of Honor live in Southern California, so I made a trip down there to shop with them. I tried on a lot of white/ivory dresses but they didn’t really fit my personality. I ended up trying a WTOO by Watters blush skirt not really expecting much because I thought I didn’t want a two-piece dress or a blush dress (because it didn’t feel very traditional). But once I tried it on, I loved it, and tried on a few variations of corset tops to create a complete look. I ended up loving the final combination. It made me feel youthful and romantic which was what I was going for. I ended up purchasing the skirt at Trudy’s Bridal because it was easier for me to pick up, and happened to find a matching WTOO corset top at BHLDN and on sale!

What were some touches added to make your wedding personal? 

We asked Chris’s niece and nephew, our flower girl and ring boy to do a reading from Dr. Seuss’s O The Places You’ll Go. What made it extra special to us was that Chris and I met at the University of California, San Diego, where the main library is named Geisel Library after Theodore Seuss Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss”. It brought back a lot of memories of first meeting Chris, and the time spent there as college kids. It was also just really fun to hear them trying to pronounce words that they don’t know. I think our guests had a good laugh too.

Also since I’m a designer by trade, I designed all the signage and printed materials for our wedding. I’ve never actually planned events so it was really nice to see the vision in my head come to life. All those hours stressing over typography and color choices were well worth it in the end to see everything come together.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The whole day was extremely memorable. Everything flowed from one event to the next and before I knew it, it was over! I remember looking out during the reception feeling thankful to all these people who have shaped us one way or another. One of the more memorable parts of our day was when we asked our DJ to play 98 Degrees’ “I Do” as the last song. We had originally asked guests to give us suggestions on songs they wanted to hear and this was one of them. We ended the day doing a slow dance with our close friends creating a circle around us and serenading us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

Chris and I met in college during the summer of our junior year. I was at our mutual friend’s house cooking dinner and we had extra food. Our mutual friend called Chris over to eat and we just clicked! We got to know each other that summer since a lot of our friends either went home or were traveling. After graduating we both took up jobs in San Diego and moved in together and eventually moved up to Silicon Valley where we could both pursue our careers in tech. Chris finally proposed 9 years after we had first met. I kept telling Chris to tell me to wear makeup and dress nice, and have a photographer hiding in the bushes to document the event. But he ended up proposing on a hiking trail the second day of our camping trip in Big Basin Redwoods State Park after having not showered and in dusty hiking clothes. It was still the perfect proposal because it was the perfect place to do it, in nature among the redwood trees, just us two.

Julie and Chris from fritzyfied2 on Vimeo.

Photography: Retrospect Images // Wedding Coordinator: Kristin Murphy Clos LaChance Winery // Florist: Fredrick James FVJ Luxuries // Stationery: Minted // Venue: Clos LaChance Winery  // Dress Designer: WTOO // Hair & Makeup Artist: Quyen Nguyen Quyen Artistry // Jewelry Designer: Ben Amun // DJ: David Gomes Sound Wave Mobile DJ // Caterer: Clos LaChance Winery

 

Molly and Joe tied the knot with a classic celebration in Greenville, South Carolina. The ceremony at their local parish church was an especially meaningful location after the recent passing of the groom’s mother. Upstate I Do  planned a day was filled with traditional details—a black and white palette, soft and oversized white floral bouquets, and a ballroom reception filled to the brim with florals, greenery and live trees all by Katie Asire Flowers. The couple enlisted Olivia Griffin Photography to capture all the love and details of the day and we’re happy to share the images below.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Joe: We had our wedding at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, SC, which is a special venue to us for all sorts of reasons, but perhaps, most powerfully, as our parish church it is where we had my Mom’s funeral three months before our wedding. It is a beautiful church that is noble, simple, and directs the gaze of all who enter to things that are most important and most lasting: love, justice, courage, faith, and hope.

Having our wedding there – a place we go every week – allows us to relive our wedding experience each week while keeping in mind the powerful sentiments and memories of our wedding day throughout all the changes and chances of this life. We are very lucky to have someplace so beautiful as a regular part of our lives and it is a great everyday reminder of the vows we made to each other on our wedding day. Having our wedding there also allowed my Mom’s memory to permeate the day – she was never far from us while we celebrated because so many of our guests had last been in the church for her funeral Mass.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

Molly: My dress is the Erin gown by Modern Trousseau. I bought it at Hayden Olivia in Charlotte NC (Lauren, the best sales consultant ever!). I found it the first time I went shopping, although it is the opposite of what I thought I wanted. With my mom, sister, and best friend there to help, I tried on lots of options and knew right away that this was the one. I am a decisive (and often impulsive) shopper, so this was no exception.

My favorite thing about what I wore was actually my veil, which was a gift from my husband’s late mother.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Joe: The touches were mostly the people we had involved: the wedding was officiated by our pastor and friend, Fr. Jay Scott Newman; we had several other priests assist who have been a part of our lives, especially my childhood pastor, Msgr. Chet Moczydlowski. Molly’s uncle, who is a professional organist, played the prelude and Joe’s high school friend from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and professional cellist Wade Davis also played. We are good friends with a group of nuns who serve the very poor in rural South Carolina and one of them, Sr. Susanne, read the readings. I selected the music and all of it had some special meaning for us (i.e. it had been performed at other important family events, etc). Of course, having Molly’s family from Wisconsin, and even as far away as Australia, and my family and friends from Greenville (including my 8th grade math teacher) with us on our wedding day was hugely special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Molly: People aren’t kidding when they tell you that your wedding day is a blur — lots of happy tears. My favorite moment of the day was at the very end; we made our getaway on a golf cart that dropped us off at the back entrance of the hotel, so we walked back in, just the two of us on the way to the honeymoon suite. We stopped for a kiss in a back hallway of the hotel, and some random stranger passed by, commenting on how it was our wedding day and how in love we looked (especially to be kissing like that with no one around, not for a photo-op or anything). And I remember feeling like that was so true. I almost felt like I would burst with all the love and hope and happiness I felt.

“In a person’s lifetime there may be not more than half a dozen occasions that he can look back to in the certain knowledge that right then, at that moment, there was room for nothing but happiness in his heart.” – Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Molly: We met at Joe’s younger brother’s engagement party. Although Joe and I both attended Furman for undergrad, he was a couple years ahead of me, and we didn’t know each other during college. I did, however, know his brother Andy quite well. Fast forward a few years and Andy got engaged to my college roommate, Lindsey. All of our girlfriends from college threw the two of them an engagement party at Stellar in downtown Greenville, and of course Joe was there. All of the Waters men are extremely well-dressed, and Joe had on a sharp button down shirt with his monogram that night. In what I remember to be a very charming way, I commented on how he must be related to Andy because he is so handsome, and we ended up talking all night.

Joe knows that I love surprises more than anything, so he proposed in the most surprising and low-key way a couple of weeks after we took our first trip to Europe together (and visited London and Oxford and lots of romantic, picture-perfect type spots). We both took a Friday afternoon off work so we could duck out of town and head to Highlands, NC (Joe gave me a night at Old Edwards as a Christmas gift, but it took quite some time for us to coordinate our schedules) I was home at my apartment packing and getting ready to go, when Joe called to say he was going to stop by before running over to Jimmy John’s for a sandwich; as Jimmy John’s is across the street from me, this is a common occurrence. He came upstairs and asked me to grab lunch with him, and then said, “I just have one more question…” while reaching for his pocket and getting down on one knee. After he asked me to marry him (and after I recovered from my shock), I was overjoyed to say YES. And then we went to Jimmy John’s.

Photography: Olivia Griffin Photography // Planning, Design & Coordination: Upstate I Do // Florals: Katie Asire Flowers // Calligraphy: Katie Faikes Calligraphy // Reception Venue: The Westin Poinsett // Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church // Hair & Makeup: Belle-Maquillage // Cake: Sugar Magnolia Cake Boutique // Band: The Royal Suits // Live Painting: Meredith Piper Art // Rentals: Berbank Rentals / Professional Party Rentals / Industry Event Rentals // Transportation Southern Valet