Anna Kunst & Christopher Deschenes
April 25, 2017
On Christopher Deschenes’s 25th birthday, he had little clue a serendipitous meeting would result in a life-altering gift— a reunion with his biological family, whom he had never met before. But this newly discovered familial connection would also lead Christopher to the best present of all, his future bride, Anna Kunst. Christopher was introduced to Anna through his half-sister, and the very night they met, he leaned over to his sister and whispered, “I’m going to marry that girl one day.”
Anna and Christopher spent the next four years falling deeply in love, and since Christopher knew for a fact he would marry Anna, it was only natural to take the next step to making this dream a reality. In the midst of Hurricane Joaquin at a Clemson football game, Christopher transformed his college gameday sign into a proposal, kneeling down in the rain and mud to ask Anna to be his. The wedding took place on a 300-year-old estate in Ireland, the couple’s ancestral home. The ceremony featured ancient Celtic wedding traditions, including a handfasting ceremony and plenty of Irish whiskey.
Irish Ayes // Anna and Christopher’s nuptials reflected their ancestral roots with a beautiful ceremony at Glouster House and Gardens, a 300-year-old estate in Brosna, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland.
Anna wore an elegant gown from The Poinsett Bride. The couple resides in Greenville, where Anna is a staff coordinator at New Horizon Family Health Services and Christopher owns a flooring business.
HALEY OZIER PHOTOGRAPHY
Katelyn Elizabeth Horn & Nicholas Williams
May 6, 2017
Some say love is a race to the finish line, but Katelyn “Katie” Horn and Nick Williams skipped the race altogether. The fun-loving couple met in Charleston two years ago, where they both decided to forgo the annual Cooper River Bridge Run and head straight to the festivities. Their instant connection prompted a few months of long-distance dating, but Columbia-resident Katie made the move to Greenville once she knew Nick was The One. In Greenville, the two bought a house together, and it was after a stressful week of moving that Nick offered Katie the key to his heart, with a diamond ring attached. The ceremony took place at Nick’s home church, Mauldin United Methodist, and the reception was held at the Westin Poinsett. Now settled in Greenville, Katie is a wedding planner at Katie Williams Events and an office assistant at Eller Tonnsen Bach Attorneys at Law, and Nick is a buyer at ZF Transmissions.
JENNIFER STUART PHOTOGRAPHY
Elizabeth Bomar & Wes Paul
May 13, 2017
College sweethearts Elizabeth Bomar and Wes Paul began dating their senior year at Presbyterian College, but chose to focus on careers before cementing their love in marriage. After eight years together, which included master’s degrees and house renovations, Wes was ready to pop the question, and knew just the place to propose. The couple had planned a vacation to Great Exumas, Bahamas, and it was in that exotic oasis Wes asked Elizabeth to be his forever. The ceremony and reception took place eight months later at the Bahama Beach Club on Treasure Cay, where 38 of their closest friends and family joined to celebrate. The intimate tropical setting was the ideal spot for the couple to begin their new life together. They now reside in Greenville, where Elizabeth is an adoption supervisor at Region 1 Adoptions, and Wes is a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
GABRIELLE MANNI SAWYER // ABACO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Elizabeth “Lizz” Gerrity & Robert Pingry
June 10, 2017
Lizz Gerrity’s and Robert Pingry’s romance is the classic tale of cheerleader falls for boy-next-door. Their meet-cute happened at a Purdue University football game, where Rob snagged Lizz’s number when she came to his section in the stands to encourage them to cheer. Fast forward five years, and Rob was ready to make his all-American sweetheart his wife. Pretending to have arranged a private dinner to get Lizz to the terrace, Rob eagerly dropped to one knee and asked her to be his forever. Lizz just as eagerly accepted. The ceremony and reception were held at Wyche Pavilion, the ideal setting to show-off to guests their beautiful new home city of Greenville. Lizz is a marketing supervisor at National Land Realty while pursuing her master’s at Clemson University, and Rob is an engineer at Koyo Bearings.
ANGELA COX ZION // ANGELA ZION PHOTOGRAPHY
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