Lauren McKenzie Breland & Cameron Kirk Durham
October 8, 2016
What happens when a man with a cattle drive finds the love of his life? A truly (moo)ving proposal. Cameron Durham would not have met McKenzie Breland if their friends hadn’t herded them together. McKenzie, a student at Clemson University, and Cameron, who attended Piedmont Technical College, were introduced through mutual friends, and it didn’t take long for them to start dating. A year and a half later, Cameron decided to steer their relationship in a more serious direction. One sunny October afternoon, the groom-to-be insisted he and McKenzie stop to feed his father’s cattle before going out to lunch. McKenzie, while a tad suspicious, went along with the plan. As Cameron called the cattle out of the barn, one cow trotted out with “Marry me?” painted on its flank. A shocked McKenzie excitedly said yes to becoming Cameron’s wife, and the two celebrated at the beloved Belton staple Grits and Groceries.
Wedded Bliss // Cameron and McKenzie’s quiet ceremony at the Old Stone Church in Clemson was a sweet affair showcasing the couple’s simple, yet elegant style.
Not wanting anything extravagant, the pair decided on a simple ceremony at the Old Stone Church in Clemson with 40 of their closest friends and family. While the couple stressed simplicity, the beauty was heightened in the details. Electric City Blooms created a stunning bridal bouquet using an array of flowers in autumn colors, including oranges, deep reds, and light pinks. Guests enjoyed dinner at downtown Anderson’s fine-dining restaurant Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill. To conclude the evening on a sweet note, Tip Top Cake Shop provided a subtly elegant white wedding cake. The couple now lives in Belton, SC, where McKenzie is the Phonathon director for Clemson University and Cameron works for Silt Fence Installations.
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Lauren Davis & Ronald Krankowski III
August 27, 2016
Novelist Tom McNeal once said, “Distance means so little when someone means so much,” words that ring true for long-time couple Lauren Davis and Ronald Krankowski III. After dating throughout college at Clemson University, the two split upon graduation, as they were moving to different states. But after time spent apart, the two finally understood the Lauren-and-Ronnie team was meant to be, and that no distance could ever change that. One weekend, Lauren headed to New Jersey to visit Ronnie, not knowing her life was about to change forever. A dance enthusiast, Ronnie set up a studio on his porch complete with romantic music. As they danced, Ronnie whispered to Lauren the most important question he’d ever asked, and then got down on one knee. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Charles Ezra Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman University, and the reception was at the iconic Poinsett Club. The couple lives in New Jersey where Lauren is an E.R. nurse and Ronnie is a sales representative for Gallo Wine Company.
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Megan Sherard & Creed Campbell
August 13, 2016
No one expects you to marry your middle school crush—you know, raging teen hormones and all that jazz. But Megan Sherard and Creed Campbell are the uncommon exception. Knowing each other the majority of their lives, Megan and Creed attended high school and even college at Clemson University together. But after 8 years of dating, well, it was about that time. The proposal was a tropical affair, taking place on the white sands of Aruba. With the Caribbean Sea as a spellbinding backdrop, Creed’s knee hit the sand under the shade of one of Aruba’s iconic divi-divi trees. His proposal was greeted with an ecstatic “yes!” from Megan. The ceremony was held at Belton Presbyterian Church and the reception took place at Green Valley Country Club. The couple resides in Greenville, where Megan is a marketing and communications coordinator for the Greenville Chamber, and Creed is a project manager at Harper Corporation.
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Mary Grace Garabedian & Aaron George
October 15, 2016
Nothing says true love like an evening chock-full of music trivia. Mary Garabedian and Aaron George met one night at Aaron’s speakeasy in Charlotte, but it took several years just as friends—and one fateful night at trivia—to realize they belonged together. Four years of dating later, Aaron was ready to take the relationship to the next level. After he bailed on dinner one evening, Mary was pretty upset with him, not knowing his alternative plans. So when she returned home to find a candle-lined driveway and a poetic scavenger hunt leading her through the house, Mary was more than surprised. Aaron was waiting in anticipation under a lighted tree in their backyard with Champagne and a very important (non-trivia related) question. The couple was the first to say “I do” at Brewery 85, where they were surrounded by their closest friends and family. Mary and Aaron reside in Simpsonville, where she works for Net3 Technology and he is a director with KW Beverage. The couple has also started their own handcrafted wood-sign design business, Georges Gorgeous Goods, found on Instagram @georgesgorgeousgoods.
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