February 2018 Weddings
Lauren Rubio & Justin Yon
October 7, 2017
Ever been on a double date, only to realize you’ve been paired with the wrong person? Lauren Rubio had a picture-perfect July evening with Justin Yon, romantic baseball fireworks included—except for the minor issue of her dating his friend, and he being there with another girl. Won over by his genuine personality and winning smile, Lauren wondered if Justin felt the chemistry, too, and a month later (after he’d asked Lauren’s original date for her number) they went out again, this time as each other’s dates. Justin proposed to Lauren two years later at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, fittingly under a sky exploding with New Year’s fireworks.
The two were married at The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel, which held special significance for the bride. Lauren’s father, Gus Rubio of Gabriel Builders, built the chapel when she was 14 years old. Since the mountaintop church was completed, Lauren knew if she was going to get married, it would be there, surrounded by its breathtaking sky and hillside scenes. The reception was held at the Cliffs at Mountain Park. Though both from the Upstate, Lauren and Justin now live in the Myers Park area in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lauren works in political development for Independent Women’s Voice, and Justin is a medical device sales representative at Universal Hospital Services.
Marielena Santos & Alex Holsonback
September 9, 2017
Food fights, real fights, unamused lunch ladies—school cafeterias are rarely the setting for a budding romance. But these two North Greenville Crusaders are the happy exception. Marielena Santos and Alex Holsonback met at a lunch table while studying at the Upstate university. Already a senior, Marielena assumed Alex, a freshman, wasn’t interested in dating up, but after a second encounter during a basketball game, their lunchroom love story was sealed. Four years later, Alex presented Marielena with the best birthday present a girl could ask for—a sparkling engagement ring after a date night of fine dining. She said yes, and the two were married at Champion Hills Club in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Marielena wore a WTOO dress from The White Magnolia, and Gateaux Cakes and Pastries designed the cake. Marielena and Alex now live in Mauldin, where she is a relocation coordinator at Coldwell Banker Caine, and Alex is a medical scribe
Jen Burrell Photography
Chase Holbrooks & Rebecca Kelley
September 30, 2017
The friend zone is tricky territory no potential suitor wants to dwell. It’s no man’s land, a frozen wilderness with few survivors, and only the very brave (or very hopeful) exit victorious. Chase Holbrooks camped out in Rebecca Kelley’s friend zone for a grand total of six years. The two had been close pals since early high school, and although Chase made his feelings known before they left school, Rebecca sidelined the relationship to sporadic coffee catch-ups. Content to wait for the icicles to thaw, Chase seized the opportune moment when Rebecca, a performer, headed to Cedar Point, Ohio, for the summer. Before she could protest, Chase had booked a flight to visit, and his bold barrage convinced the bride-to-be that best friends make even better life partners. Four months later, Chase left the friend zone forever when Rebecca said yes to his theatrical on stage engagement proposal. The two were married at Fred Symmes Chapel at the YMCA’s Camp Greenville. They live in Anderson; Rebecca is a performer at Centre Stage and Chase is a State Farm sales associate.
Taylor Cash Photography
Brooks Whitted & Eric Groetzinger
October 14, 2017
A planned trip to Australia is certainly one way to win over your bride-to-be, but the Land Down Under wasn’t quite over-the-top enough for Eric Groetzinger. No, this resolved Romeo not only whisked his girlfriend away to Sydney, but he surprised Brooks Whitted with a seaplane flight to a private island outside Rose Bay, where he proposed during a picnic lunch. The couple had met during their time at The Vanguard Group in Charlotte, and after two years of dating, Eric won Brooks’s heart forever with his elaborate Australian romancing. The wedding took place on the bride’s family plantation in Ninety Six, South Carolina. Brooks wore her maternal grandmother’s wedding gown, and her childhood minister performed the ceremony on the front porch of the family home. An afternoon reception followed on the front lawn. The couple now lives in Dallas, Texas; Brooks is a wealth strategy associate at UBS private wealth management, and Eric is a senior financial analyst at American Airlines.
Juan Carlos Garcia