Kelsey Kovacik & Jayson Osteen
July 28, 2017
When you know, you know, and Kelsey Kovacik knew her future husband was awaiting her when she packed her bags and hit the road for Greenville. While living in West Palm Beach, Florida, Kelsey felt a divine call to make South Carolina her home, confident the move would produce that special someone in her life. Kelsey’s faith didn’t disappoint, and shortly after she arrived, she met Jayson Osteen at Bridgeway Church. The connection was instant; Kelsey knew Jayson was the man she would spend the rest of her life with. When he learned Kelsey was a beautician, Jayson conveniently solicited a haircut, and the next year and half spiraled into New York Yankees baseball games, late-night dinner conversations, and the development of a strong partnership anchored in mutual faith. One night, expecting a dinner at Larkin’s to be a discussion with her sister about the future of their new business, The Beautiful Co., Kelsey was surprised when Jayson walked up to the table, knelt on one knee, and asked her to be his wife. Through tears of joy, Kelsey said yes. The wedding was held at The Upper Room, where 31 members of Kelsey’s family and many friends enjoyed a magical evening celebrating the newlyweds. Kelsey wore a gown from Carolina Traditions and held a bouquet from Shannon Reilly. The wedding was planned by Clever Fox Events. The couple now lives in Travelers Rest. Kelsey is a hairstylist and manager of The Beautiful Co., and Jayson is a personal trainer at The Kroc Center and a student.
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Brittany Chin and Trevor Jones
April 29, 2017
People go to the zoo for various reasons—to feed the farm animals, see the lions, and entertain wild toddlers for a few hours. But to find true love? Not unless your special someone is a giraffe named Tatu. To be fair, Brittany Chin and Trevor Jones didn’t attend the Sippin’ Safari to find their future mate, but even howling monkeys couldn’t stop the animal magnetism pulling Trevor and Brittany together. A first date at Trattoria Giorgio led to another and another, and six years later, Trevor engineered a proposal outside of Tupelo Honey in One City Plaza, where he completely surprised Brittany with a ring. Right before the ceremony on their big day, a false fire alarm interrupted preparations, causing the almost-groom to panic. But zoo love is meant to be, and Trevor and Brittany said their “I do’s” at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The couple resides in Greenville, where Trevor is a program manager and engineer at GE, and Brittany is a registered dietitian focusing on wedding wellness at her private practice Blush Nutrition.
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Dan Weidenbenner & Jenny Barton
August 5, 2017
When a man has a plan, it takes more than a compromised immune system to steer him off course. At least that was the case for Dan Weidenbenner, who threw his flu diagnosis to the wind, quite literally, when he hopped a plane to California to propose to his one-and-only Jenny Barton. Dan and Jenny met through her parents, but with Jenny based in Oakland, their relationship was forever on the friends list. That is until sparks flew at a cabin weekend with mutual friends, and a little over a year later, Dan was in air to Oakland with a ring, a proposal plan, and probably some Tamiflu. Being a nurse, Jenny tried to dissuade him from overexertion upon arrival, but ever determined, Dan carted her off to Muir Beach, where he finally pulled out the ring. Jenny said yes, and the two committed to love each other in sickness and health at Aska Farms in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The couple now lives in the Sullivan neighborhood in Greenville; Dan is the executive director at Mill Village Farms, and Jenny is a school and community nurse at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
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Rachel James & Daniel Sigrest
July 28, 2017
In an age of cynics, it can be difficult to believe in love, much less love developed through a digital platform. But not for Rachel James and Daniel Sigrest’s Tinder-based romance; from the second date the couple knew their cyber beginnings would lead to a beautiful reality. Rachel and Daniel dated long distance for a year, but managed to see each other on weekends despite the miles between. Finally, after settling in Greenville and adopting two puppies, Daniel was ready to make their love permanent. One evening when Rachel walked in and greeted her fur baby, she was shocked to find a diamond ring tied to its collar, and Daniel’s creative proposal was followed by a quick “yes!” The ceremony and reception were held at Zen, where the Greenville transplants welcomed out-of-town family and friends with a night of dancing and celebration. The two now live in Woodruff; Rachel is a physician, and Daniel is a medical device sales manager.
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