Ryan McLaughlin & Barrett Wood

October 20, 2018

Ryan McLaughlin freely admits to semi-crashing her work event. The then–New Yorker was visiting the Sunshine State in December 2016 to attend a pair of weddings when she decided to extend her stay at a company event in Naples, Florida. Ryan just happened to sit next to a couple visiting from Greenville, who told her that she’d be a perfect match for the wife’s brother, Barrett Wood. They called up Barrett that very night and, by the next day, the soon-to-be-newlyweds were exchanging a quick hug in the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort lobby before heading to dinner with Ryan’s boss. Following weekend visits to New York City and holiday treks to Ryan’s hometown in Nashville, Barrett popped the question to Ryan in front of both their families in that same Ritz Carlton—exactly a year to the day that they first met.

The couple said “I do” in downtown Greenville’s First Presbyterian Church, where Barrett had one more surprise waiting for his wife: a custom tuxedo liner crafted from black-and-white photos he gifted her on their wedding day. Their wedding was capped off with a “Party with the Woods” at Greenville’s historic Poinsett Club.

By Olivia Griffin Photography