Mari Claire Ouzts & Robert Hawkins


February 22, 2020

Mari Claire was moving into her home in Greenville when she found herself in need of a handyman, and a friend who was staying with Mari Claire offered to call Robert to come help. The couple dated for two years before he started planning the proposal. When Mari Claire and her father decided to visit her brother at The Citadel, Robert picked Charleston as a tailor-made setting. Mari Claire had lost her mom when she was two years old, and Robert chose a park in Charleston flanked from end to end with magnolia trees, in homage to her mother’s favorite flower. Under the guise of searching for food trucks, Robert lured his fiancée into the park, where he dropped to one knee. Their wedding was held at The Southern Bleachery, and just before the ceremony, Mari Claire had portraits taken wearing her mother’s gown, which needed no alterations. It was a perfect fit, much like Robert and Mari Claire themselves.

By Anna Duncan Photography