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Dream Come True

Our Editor shares the details of her dream wedding

  Since I was a little girl I have always imagined and planned my dream wedding. When I was five, I colored what I wanted it to look like. Everything was the perfect shade of light pink, even my dress! Now that I’m twenty-one, my dream wedding looks a little different, although I still found a way to incorporate pink. 

  My husband, Carson Hall, and I have been dating since we were teenagers and have been planning our future together since the beginning of our relationship. On November 6th, 2021, he asked me to be his wife. He took me to our piece of property saying that he had found where he wanted to build our forever home. He blindfolded me and guided me to the creek where he had a campfire with candles, blankets, tiki torches, s’mores, and a sign that said “will you marry me?”. 

  In my teen years, I occasionally worked at a wedding venue near my home and through that I met many amazing wedding vendors. One of them is Lisa Hankal of Hankal Events. She’s been planning weddings for over ten years and I knew that I wanted her to plan mine. While going over wedding details she told me that she had just bought a wedding venue, The Pine House in Trenton, SC. Carson and I visited for a tour and instantly fell in love with it! It’s a beautiful historic home surrounded by peach trees and one of my favorite parts is the herringbone brick aisle! 

  After securing a wedding planner and the venue, my next step was finding a photographer and videographer. I had previously worked with Aurora Adeleigh and loved their photography style. The husband and wife duo, Justin and Callie Cook, captured our day beautifully and were so much fun to work with.

  One thing I’m known for is being crafty. I love to learn and create new things. So, for our decorations, I wanted something personal. I decided to paint and distress mason jars and use them as flower vases on all the tables. The florals were all silk flowers and my family and friends helped me assemble them into bouquets (memories I’ll never forget). My favorite part about the flowers was being able to design and create my own bouquet and knowing that it will last forever. A very special part about my bouquet is where I tucked little blue flowers throughout it. Baby blue was my late grandma’s favorite color and it was very meaningful to me to have a part of her with me that day. 

  Our ceremony took place on the front lawn of the Pine House and our wedding party consisted of ten people, including Carson and I. Steve Hartman was our officiant, he is the Pastor at Kiokee Baptist Church, where I have attended my entire life. After we exchanged our vows, we walked together for the first time as husband and wife while our guests showered us with delicate bubbles. It truly was magical.

  For our first dance, Carson and I swayed to Forever Girl by Jon Langston, the song he played when he proposed to me. For favors, everyone received a bag with the ingredients to make s’mores and we had a photo booth where everyone could take home photos. Southeastern Exposure is a 1974 Winnebago camper that has been remodeled into a photo booth. It was a big hit! Not only did guests get to take their pictures, they also were able to leave a copy for us along with a message in a guest book. 

  Our wedding cake was four tiers and had three flavors, vanilla, strawberry, and lemon. It was decorated with textured white icing and florals. To accommodate my food allergies, Sinless Sweets created the cake dairy and gluten free. The groom's cake was inspired by my husband's love for woodworking. His family owns Joe Easler Cabinet Shop, originally started by his late grandfather, where he learned his carpentry skills. UBU Bakes made a delicious chocolate cake with buttercream frosting to look like the trunk of a tree.

Our wedding truly was magical and the best day ever thanks to our amazing vendors! Many memories were made that I will never forget. 


List of Vendors

Wedding Planner - Hankal Events

Venue - The Pine House

Hair Artist - Andrea O’Neill

Rentals - Party In A Tent

Photographer and Videographer - Aurora Adeleigh

Wedding Cake - Sinless Sweets

Groom’s Cake - UBU Bakes

DJ - Songster Productions

Photo Booth - Southeastern Exposure

Suit Rental - Simon’s Formal Wear