Congratulations Mandy and David!

Mandy and David met in Chicago at their favorite restaurant bar, called Hopleaf.  As drinks turned into dinner, the two began to realize they had a lot in common (like the street they lived on!) He walked her home, and later she accepted his invitation of a second date! 

Their best date ever was a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Mandy said it was incredible because she felt like a kid again all day.

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The couple was multitasking in Michigan (dog sitting a pooch named Winston, and attending some friends’ wedding!).  The AirBnB that they would be sharing with 9 other friends wasn’t ready when the couple arrived, so they took the dogs for a walk across the Michigan Dunes.  After the dogs had gotten their fill of the Dunes, Mandy decided it was time to head back.  As she turned to leave, Dave called to her, “You forgot something!” Mandy turned around to see him on his knee! The couple headed back to the AirBnB where they got to celebrate with all of their friends!

We asked Mandy when she knew Dave was the one, and she said “I think I kind of always knew! Right from the beginning. It just felt right.”

The couple will be going to Italy on their honeymoon, eating up all the carbs and drinking up all the wine they can get their hands on! Congratulations Mandy and Dave! We are so excited to celebrate with you!

Congratulations Ashton and Hayden!

Hayden and Ashton met in high school.  The two were not exactly high school sweethearts, but rather high school best friends! It wasn’t until after graduation that the two began dating.  The couple is just so in tune with each other, and so happy to be getting married!

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Their favorite date of all time was a day trip up to Highlands, NC, which became the inspiration for Hayden’s proposal! He popped the question at Stumphouse Tunnel as a reenactment of the wonderful date they had a few years back!

In Hayden’s own words, “I knew my fiancé was the one when we talked about the future and I couldn’t envision it without her in it.” How sweet?!

The couple is hoping to go to Costa Rica for their honeymoon! Congratulations Hayden and Ashton! We are so excited to host your special day!

Congratulations Ellen + Dominic!

Ellen and Dominic will be celebrating their reception with us at The Old Cigar Warehouse in 2017.  The couple is so excited to be getting married, and we are so excited to host them on their special day!

e22ff910-c307-428e-a43c-0bb037d661cd-rt_autoDominic and Ellen are one of those couples that deserve their own romantic movie.  Ellen had been hearing about Dominic for years before even seeing his face! There was always something in the way people would talk about him that made Ellen feel like she needed to meet Dominic.  When she finally saw a picture of him, she had an overwhelming feeling that she already knew him.  In her own words, “I knew his face would be important to me. I know that sounds crazy, but it was like sitting in a movie theatre and watching a preview for an adaptation of your favorite book, when you didn’t know it was coming out. You recognize what you’re seeing even though you’ve never had a visual of it before.”

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Congratulations Suzannah + Justin!

Suzannah and Justin were fixed up by a mutual friend.  The two heard story after story about each other before finally meeting for a date.  They have been happily together ever since!

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Suzannah and Justin’s all time favorite date is the Virginia Wine Trail.  The Trail is deep in the hills near Charlottesville and laden with wine farms, estates, and a lovely polo field! Since the two are originally from Virginia, it was an extra special, sentimental afternoon!

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When Justin finally decided that it was time to propose, he planned out a romantic canoe ride which ultimately got rained out by Hurricane Joaquin.  Fortunately, Justin was quick on his feet and acquired tickets to one of their favorite band’s show in Asheville.  He popped the question that night in the middle of downtown!  What a romantic, personal moment!

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The couple is most excited to have all their favorite people from all across the country in one room together for an epic dance party!  They will be  jetting off to Maui for their honeymoon, and shortly thereafter looking for a new home together! 

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Congratulations Suzannah and Justin! We are so excited to host your speical day!

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Congratulations Brittany + Derek

Brittany and Derek met in college in 2010.  Brittany noticed him immediately, but couldn’t work up the courage to talk to him until about a month before class ended.  The introduction was finally made in a group setting, and the two ended up texting, which lead to talking, which lead to dating!

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Derek attempted to ask Brittany to be his girlfriend over the school radio, but she missed the show! She did hear about the romantic gesture in detail later, and said yes!

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Now the proposal was a total surprise.  On their 5th year anniversary the two took professional pictures, which is a common thing for the couple!  Brittany got her makeup done in downtown Anderson and picked out two different outfits to wear.  During the outfit change, Derek asked Brittany if she wanted to open her anniversary gift (a stunning heart necklace!) under which was the engagement ring! Derek got down on one knee outside the car and asked her Brittany to be his wife, she put it straight on her hand.  She forgot to say “yes” however, until Derek asked again for an answer!

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The couple will be going on a cruise to the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Grand Turk for their honeymoon.  What a great adventure for the newlyweds!

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Congratulations to the happy couple! We can’t wait to celebrate with you on your big day!

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Congratulations Kerri + Lee!

Kerri and Lee met in downtown Greenville one day.  Kerri was out with some of her friends when Lee walked by.  Kerri’s friends just so happened to know Lee, so introductions were made, the two hit it off, and the rest is history!

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After three years of dating, Lee decided to ask Kerri to marry him.  He took her to Falls Park in downtown Greenville.  As he got down on one knee, all of their family and friends emerged from behind some trees to watch the romantic moment unfold! Kerri was so dumbfounded that Lee had to ask her to marry him three separate times before she could wrap her head around the question and finally answer “YES!”

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The two will be honeymooning somewhere with a beach (per Kerri’s request).  Congratulations to the happy couple! We are so thrilled to help you celebrate your marriage!

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Congratulations Amanda + Corey!

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Amanda and Corey will be getting married in July 2017 at The Old Cigar Warehouse!

The two attended Seton Hill University together, both played lacrosse, and had the same mutual friends.  However, they didn’t officially meet and begin to get to know each other until the end of spring semester 2009 at a mutual friend’s get-together.  Was it “beer-goggles”? Was it love at first sight? We may never know.  Regardless, the two hit it off instantly, and managed to maintain a long-distance relationship for a while, then decided to go their separate ways for a time while Amanda moved back to Texas to start law school and Cory followed his passion for coaching in West Virginia.

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On October 26th, 2012, Amanda and Corey crossed paths again during Alumni Weekend and rekindled their relationship.  This began a three-year, long distance relationship that preceded their move to Greenville!

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FINALLY, Corey decided to ask Amanda to be his wife on Christmas day, 2015 via a romantic scavenger hunt.

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The two will be taking a long 4th of July weekend with their friends and family at a lake house.  Afterwards, the two will be honeymooning somewhere that is still TBD!

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Amanda and Corey, we cannot wait to celebrate with you on your special day! Congratulations!

Congratulations Brandi and Graydon!

Brandi and Graydon will be getting married at The Old Cigar Warehouse in April! We are so excited to host his beautiful couple and all of their family and friends for both their Ceremony and reception!

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Brandi and Graydon met online and immediately hit it off!  They bonded over their love of dogs! So, naturally they set up a doggie date at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.  It clearly went well, because a few weeks later they were dating!

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In Greydon’s words, “She was sweet, nice, and funny, loves Jesus, and has beautiful eyes. I couldn’t stop staring at her.” How cute is that!?  There is nothing sweeter than a couple so deeply in love.  2f0a6c3c-33ce-4ef2-b2fe-89d02638ada4-rt_auto-rs_325.jpg

Things kept going well and before long Greydon decided it was time to pop the question! On Thanksgiving day, he asked Brandi’s father for permission to marry his daughter, and got the a-okay!
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Shortly thereafter Greydon and Brandi took a trip to The Biltmore House where Greydon got down on one knee and asked Brandi to be his wife! Take a look at the shot from their engagement!d96885a1-b69e-4ae9-8bf1-32f5ad266f82-rt_auto-rs_325.jpg

Congratulations Brandi and Graydon! We are so thrilled to host your special day and to see where your life together takes you!

Congratulations Jessica + Thomas!

Jessica and Thomas met in downtown Greenville one night.  There was instant attraction, and the two immediately hit it off! Unknown.jpeg

We asked Jessica how she knew that Thomas was the one, this was her response! “I knew he was the one because he was the first man I could be myself around. I didn’t have to try to impress him all the time and I could just relax.” How sweet is that?  The fun-loving couple enjoys adventure (particularly a good hike!) but also loves trying out a good restaurant.

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Photography by The Mondays

Congratulations Katelin + Zack!

Katelin is a Boston native who decided to make the move down to Greenville.  One night at The Blind Horse Saloon, she ran into Zack and the two immediately hit it off! Katelin admits that she felt a bit out of her element that night, but is now obviously glad that she went!

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The couple’s favorite date that they have been on together was a music festival in Austin City.  They said it was the best time ever!

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Zack proposed December of 2015.  The two took their dog to a field (a regular occurrence for this couple).  This time, however, would be different.  While Katelin’s attention was elsewhere, Zack pulled out a ring and knelt down.  Katelin turned around to see him, and the rest is history!  What a perfect moment for this laid-back, wonderful couple!

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Katelin and Zack’s day will be relaxing, casual, and natural.  The couple wants to focus on the things that really matter (like family, food and drinks!). Congratulations Katelin and Zack! We are so excited for you both!

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Photography by Southern Jewel Photography