She was Cindy Lauper. He was a priest. They may not have seemed like a match made in heaven, but they were.
It was Halloween 2009 and Julie and Brian met through mutual friends at The Brick in Charleston. Brian knew right away he wanted to spend more time with this fun girl that had just moved back to Charleston, so he kept asking their mutual friend, Becca, to invite her out with them. After MANY lunches, they went on their first date to Theatre 99, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Brian proposed on February 15, 2014 (making Julie wait disappointingly through Valentine’s Day!) at the pineapple fountain after a treasure hunt that led her to all their favorite spots.
It sounds obvious to say, but the theme of their wedding day was LOVE. The love between Julie and Brian, of course, but also the love their friends and family showed for this amazing couple. The love between Julie’s parents (who looked like teenagers, and couldn’t take their eyes off each other!), the love between parents and children, the love between Julie’s brother and his girlfriend, sibling love, friend love – just LOVE!
Julie and Brian – Congratulations! I’m so glad to call you both friends. I am inspired by your love and the love your families have for you. I wish you the best as you navigate life…..together! Much love and thanks, Sarah
East Main Guest House was a charming backdrop for Julie, her bridesmaids, and her family to get ready for the big day.
Julie’s father made the ring box for the ring bearer to carry.
Julie’s beautiful dress was from David’s Bridal.
Julie’s shoes were Gianni Bini. Under a layer of the dress she tucked a handkerchief that was carried by her great great grandmother on her wedding day and by most of the women in her family. Her brother lent her the first four-leaf clover he picked for his girlfriend, Autumn. She wore a silver bracelet borrowed from her Aunt Debbie and a pearl hair accessory from her friend, Amber. Her something blue was her toe nail polish.
The diamond in the center of Julie’s ring was from her grandmother’s ring.
Michelle, a friend who rode the bus with Julie in elementary school, styled her hair.
Julie’s mom designed all the flowers for the day.
Glencairn Garden was the idyllic setting for their wedding ceremony. The landscape was beautiful with trickling fountains to set the mood.
We found a tree with their initials in it! (OK, just their first initials – but still pretty amazing!)
Then it was off to the City Club of Rock Hill for a perfect city central reception.
The desserts were all homemade – lovely and delicious!
The toasts were touching and funny.
When the DJ started playing ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys, the girls got a little crazy.
We recreated Julie’s mom’s favorite photo from her wedding.
They left the City Club as wedding guests showered them with bird seed.
Many thanks to this amazing team for making Julie and Brian’s day so special:
Venues: Glencairn Garden, City Club or Rock Hill, East Main Guest House
Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Patti Whitaker, Julie’s mom
Hair: Michelle Woods Hinson
Reception Event Coordinator: Margie Barnett
Day of Coordinator: Lanette Plyler
Catering: The City Club of Rock Hill
DJ: Christian Robles with Crackerjack Sound Decisions
Photographer: Sarah Goldman Photography
2nd photographer: Sarah Limehouse Batson
Cookies: Aunt Alice, Aunt Debbie, Jane, cousin Steven and Kristen, and her Nona’s bakery in Charlotte
Favors: Julie’s grandparents and Aunts
Ceremony music: Julie’s cousin, Hollie Dzierzanowski and Stefanie Schore
Officiant: Benj Lipchak
Sarah Goldman is a family and wedding photographer in Charleston and Columbia, SC. She is also available for weddings in Rock Hill.