Emily Geyer & Brian Barbee
March 18, 2017
Love may be blind, but sometimes, you can be blind to love. Emily Geyer and Brian Barbee met during their early years at Clemson University. For the next three years, the two hung out occasionally and would run into each other while studying at the library, but the feeling was just amicable. Upon graduation, their unexplored relationship seemed over, until Emily bumped into Brian at a mutual friend’s wedding.
It was this unexpected reunion that opened their eyes to a new possibility. What started as late nights in the library turned into romantic weekend getaways and a connection much stronger than a college crush. After nine months of dating, Emily and Brian were enjoying a day in Asheville when they decided to detour to Max Patch Mountain, a rolling bald with stunning Appalachian vistas. It was on top of this overlook that Brian proposed to Emily, securing their future together.
The wedding was held at Edwards Road Baptist Church, where the couple said their vows under a chuppah in the same sanctuary where Emily spent her childhood Sundays.
Under Cover // Emily and Brian were wed beneath a chuppah, a Biblical canopy structure dating back to the Old Testament, which signifies the couple’s relationship with God.
Emily wore a Wtoo gown from The Poinsett Bride, and the reception was held at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts.
The newlyweds reside in Greenville, where Emily is a communications assistant at the Greenville County Museum of Art and photographer with Emily Barbee Creative, and Brian is a creative specialist at OOBE.
ANGELA COX ZION // ANGELA ZION PHOTOGRAPHY
Ashley Bennett & Craig Wence
March 18, 2017
Middle school is not typically the time of life we want to remember, but for Ashley Bennett and Craig Wence, this awkward period set the stage for their lifelong love story. The two were merely acquaintances as teenagers and lost touch while attending different colleges after high school. But fate chose a chance meeting in a crowd of thousands to merge their paths once more at a football game their senior year. The two dated while Ashley pursued her master’s degree, and upon graduation, Craig whisked her away to Europe to celebrate. While in Paris, right in front of the Eiffel Tower, Craig knelt down and asked Ashley to be his bride. The wedding and reception were held at Revel, where the groom and friends enjoyed a cigar bar and Ashley wore her grandmother’s ring for her something borrowed, blue, and old. The newlyweds live in Greenville, where Ashley is a nurse practitioner at Palmetto Greenville Urology, and Craig is an engineer with the Wood Group.
RED APPLE TREE PHOTOGRAPHY // KEITH & CRYSTAL CARSON
Lauren Brucke & Mack Patterson
April 1, 2017
When Upstate native Lauren Brucke landed a job in the Queen City, returning home to Greenville was not in her long-term life plans. But a few days before hitting the road for Charlotte, she met Mack Patterson at her going-away party. Immediately connecting, the two soaked up every moment together before Lauren left. They tried dating long distance, but after a year, Lauren recognized home really is where the heart is, and moved back to Greenville and Mack. It didn’t take long for the couple to find their ideal future home on 11 acres in Liberty, South Carolina, and it was on this very land that Mack proposed. The ceremony and reception also took place on the property, where guests witnessed the newlyweds exchange vows from salvaged church pews and an antique altar. At the reception, a Japanese maple was planted with soil from the bride and groom’s childhood homes, strengthening their bond with a reminder of their heritage. Lauren is a graphic design and marketing coordinator for the City of Greenville, and Mack is a nuclear operator at Duke Energy.
SASSYFRAS STUDIOS // LAUREN WAGONER & CHRISTEN LUCAS
Shelby Privett & Tommy Flinn
April 22, 2017
Shelby Privett and Tommy Flinn met at what they naively assumed to be a fun-filled happy hour with friends. In reality it was a pre-planned set-up by their mutual acquaintances. But it would take another hangout five months later for their friends’ ambitions to come to fruition with the promise of a first date, and a year of dating before Tommy planned his own special set-up. Thinking it to be a normal evening with their typical downtown stroll to snag some ice cream, Shelby was shocked to come home to a room lit with a hundred candles and flowers strewn everywhere. In the middle of the scene, Tommy was down on one knee, asking Shelby to be his, forever. The ceremony was held at Shelby’s childhood church and the reception took place on her father’s land in Hopkins inside a structure he built for the occasion. Shelby wore the veil her grandmother wore for her wedding, which has also been worn by her sister and mother. The couple now resides in Gower; Shelby is a recruiter with HTI, and Tommy is a commercial banking relationship manager at PNC Bank.
SOPHIE BRENDLE PHOTOGRAPHY
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