Lizzie and Chance married under the grand oaks at Brookgreen Gardens and their unique details are an inspiration. They had a painter on site to capture the wedding day on canvas (so cool!), a marble slab ice cream station (complete with waffle cones), striped straws for frosty glasses of lemonade, four flavors of cupcakes, word rocks, and more at this sweet, sunny garden wedding. And I am in love with Lizzie’s bouquet, which featured white anemones and was wrapped in her grandmother’s handkerchief and half-moon pin. Read below for more details and their charming story.
Before the Ring:
Chance and I met at our church. Chance served in the United States Army and was stationed in Seattle, Washington. One weekend at church, while Chance was on leave from Iraq, our pastor called Chance to the front so that we could pray for his deployment, when I saw him I leaned over to my mom and said “He is cute.” That was the first time I saw him and I never dreamed I would marry him one day! Several months later he returned to Seattle from two tours in Iraq, and contacted a woman he considers to be like a second mom, Ruth, and told her he wanted her to help him find a girl. Well, she and my mom decided to play match maker. Ruth e-mailed me Chance’s information and vice versa. I received an e-mail from Chance and a call later that night, and every day for 3 months until we met in person in November 2007. We began dating in December 2007, and the rest is history. I am forever grateful for the way all the dots connected for us; we could truly see God’s hand in every detail.
May 29, 2010 – we were in Cashiers, NC with my family at the family farm. Chance asked me to have a devotional with him that morning, which is not unusual, I suspected nothing and honestly had no idea he had even bought a ring! We finished the devotional and then we prayed together, and before he said “amen” he said, “And there is just one more thing…” I opened my eyes and he was on one knee and asked me if I would marry him. I was completely in shock and after crying for a minute out of pure happiness and excitement I said YES, of course!
Details of the Day:
I had a year to play with ideas and inspiration with my wedding planner. I wanted a traditional wedding with modern flares, clean and classic. I wanted aqua blue to be my main color, as it’s my favorite. I also used an accent of yellow/gold. Bridesmaids wore black dresses with aqua blue sashes. The flowers were very important to me, Blossoms did a fabulous job. My grandmother’s handkerchief and half-moon pin covered the stems.
My husband was in the military and so were 2 of his groomsmen, they all wore American Flag pins. My dad and I have a “secret” handshake we have done since I was a little girl, so after he gave me away we did our handshake. My husband’s grandmother and mine (our only grandparents still living) were unable to attend our wedding so we had two beautiful arrangements at the front in their honor.
We had black benches to get the Asian feel that we love as well as hanging lanterns with flowers and a ribbon at each bench. One of my most favorite things was the centerpiece tree Blossoms created in the middle of the reception tent to mimic a cherry blossom tree, it was so beautiful. My parents surprised me with the live painting at the reception, by Caitlin Beidler, the painting is something Chance and I will treasure forever!
Lizzie’s Advice to Future Brides:
I highly recommend a trusted wedding planner, I did not have a single worry on my wedding day, and knew everything I ever wanted and dreamed about would happen, and it did. I would re-live my wedding day every day! The little details make a big impact and mean the most to you and the people that attend. As the bride and groom, remember it is your day, you deserve to enjoy it and experience the most pure happiness without a worry in mind. Take it all in, and when it’s all said and done you can smile at how it was all perfect because you married your best friend and soul mate.
Photography: MCG Photography / Event Planner: Della Ramsey Weddings / Floral Designer: Blossoms Events / Venue: Brookgreen Gardens / Bride’s Dress: Watters / Cake: Incredible Edible Cakes / Cinema and Video: Hart to Heart Media / Lighting: Technical Event Company / Caterer: Austin’s Catering