Kelly Margueritte McDonald & Tate Weston Zeigler
June 18, 2016
We’ve heard it time and again—“every end has a new beginning” or “the best is yet to come.” Though these phrases can become shrouded in cliché, they’re anchored in time-tested truths only revealed when we look back over the seasons of our lives. Fortunately for Kelly McDonald, she didn’t have to look very far. After seven years as a teacher in Washington D.C., Kelly was leaving the first school she had ever taught in. Her last day was doomed to be a little dismal, something boyfriend Tate Zeigler was determined to alter. That day, Tate showed up at her apartment with a ring in hand, asking Kelly to be his wife. Not only did he include videos from friends and family giving entertaining marriage advice and their congratulations, he also transformed Kelly’s going-away party into an engagement party—hosted by the very friend who had introduced them.
Family Ties // Kelly McDonald and Tate Zeigler enjoyed a Raleigh wedding full of special touches, including her father’s cousin officiating the ceremony.
The couple’s ceremony and reception took place at the Pavilion at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the same day as Kelly’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary, and featured a giant lawn Jenga game as the wedding guest book.
The two recently purchased a home on James Island in Charleston, where Kelly is an ESOL teacher and Tate works for South Carolina Ports Authority.
AMARIS HAMES // AMARIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Nancy Kuhne & Adam “West” Lee
November 4, 2016
Rarely do we associate tragedy with happiness, but great beauty can blossom out of our sorrow—it’s one of life’s deepest mysteries. Nancy Kuhne and West Lee had both suffered serious loss, but through it they found each other and formed a friendship that withstood the test of time. After six years as close friends, a trip to Washington D.C. and a move back to South Carolina for Nancy changed everything. One calm summer evening, West sent Nancy and her friend out to dinner in Charleston while he plotted the perfect proposal. When they returned, Nancy was greeted by a trail of rose petals and pictures leading to her two dogs in wedding veils and West down on one knee. To avoid wedding planning pressure, they hosted a surprise ceremony and reception. When guests arrived at West’s parents’ Walhalla land for what they thought was an engagement party, they experienced a magical wedding instead. Nancy and West currently split their time between Columbia and Charleston, where West works with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Nancy is the director of development for Charleston’s Habitat for Humanity.
APRIL + JAMES // SIMPLY VIOLET PHOTOGRAPHY
Asheton Reid & Gary Piotrowski
December 17, 2016
Some of the best love songs have come from the hard-hitting melodies of ZZ Top, Aerosmith, and Journey. So it should come as no surprise that Asheton Reid, a true rock-n-roll aficionado, would find love at first sight. Gary Piotrowski and Asheton met through mutual friends, and after laying eyes on each other, nothing was ever the same. Almost three years after they started dating, a trip to Asheville found Gary and Asheton in the North Carolina Arboretum’s vibrant Quilt Garden. It was there, surrounded by lush greenery and colorful flowers, that Gary got down on one knee. Through joyful tears, Asheton said, “YES!” A rock-n-roll themed ceremony and reception were held at the Old Cigar Warehouse. The celebration was jam-full of tunes by ZZ Top, George Thorogood, and other rockers. Asheton and Gary reside in Greenville, where she is the owner of RockerBelles Boutique and he is a mechanical engineer with InTech.
Liz Hilliker & Robert Hodges
February 4, 2017
It might be a simple saying, but Robert Hodges’ third time meeting Liz Hilliker certainly charmed him. The two had crossed paths twice, each time consisting of polite small talk. Then one evening when Liz was hanging out with his roommate, Robert had to come to the rescue due to a lost wallet. On this third chance encounter, Liz and Robert hit it off right away, talking for the remainder of the evening. Ten months later, Robert asked Liz if she wanted to grab dinner in Brevard with a short stop by their favorite pasture. The sunflower-dotted field became the ideal landscape for Robert to ask Liz to be his forever, and they ended the evening in Greenville where their friends and family waited. The ceremony and reception took place at the Old Cigar Warehouse. The couple lives in Greenville, where Liz is a counselor at Carolina High School and Robert is the general manager of Soby’s on the Side.
ANGELA COX ZION // ANGELA ZION PHOTOGRAPHY
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