Cooper Ballenger & Francisco Santiago


August 7, 2020

True high school sweethearts, Cooper and Francisco met during their sophomore year at Eastside High School. They dated for eight-and-a-half years before Francisco lured Cooper to the steel RiverPlace bridge in downtown Greenville, under the guise of meeting family for dinner. There, he asked her to be his bride. Returning to their roots in Taylors, the pair tied the knot at the Southern Bleachery with COVID-19 precautions in place, and one of Francisco’s sisters translated the entire ceremony into Spanish for his family. The couple now lives in Greenville, where Cooper teaches preschool and Francisco works in corrugated packaging.

By Red Apple Tree Photography