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Historic Church and Ballroom Wedding – Downtown Greenville, South Carolina – Bethany & Chris

Bethany and Chris’ first date was at a restaurant in Greer, South Carolina. There was an instant connection and major chemistry between them – they closed down the restaurant and both didn’t want the night to end. Chris proposed on Bethany’s birthday (4th July) – he orchestrated a big surprise. Her mother was in town from Tennessee visiting for her birthday. He had already talked to her on the phone and asked permission to marry Bethany. Her best friend came and picked her mum and her up to take them out to dessert for their birthdays since Bethany’s mum’s birthday was in July also. She asked her to stop by Starbucks on the way to get her free coffee of course not knowing what was about to happen. They waited in a long line and finally got the coffee. They made it to downtown Greer where their first date was and got ice cream at a new ice cream place, then, her friend asked if she wanted to walk to the park. Bethany thought that was a great idea since her mum had never been there before. As they were walking on the sidewalk towards the gazebo, she saw Chris in the gazebo and instantly knew what was about to happen – she got butterflies in her stomach and was filled with excitement and nerves as she walked to meet him.  He proposed in the gazebo and was shaking he was so nervous and tried to put the ring on the wrong hand! His family was all there hiding in the bushes and taking pictures. Afterwards, they had planned a birthday party with all of Bethany’s friends, but that turned into an engagement party where Chris invited all of his family too. Everyone was there to celebrate her birthday and their engagement!

Bethany and Chris were married at Grace Church Downtown in November 2017. The pastor clearly knew them very well and gave really amazing specific advice to each of them on how to succeed at marriage. Their reception was at the Hilton in Greenville on Haywood Road. There was some kind of comic con event going on at the same time and a couple of the characters requested to announce them as they walked in. It was a huge crowd pleaser!

When it came to wedding decor, they decided to use Betfavouriteavorite colour, turquoise. “My bridesmaids’ dresses were turquoise and the groomsmen wore black tux’s.  I love the combination of turquoise and black together. It really stands out and made the pictures look great!We had a very traditional Christian wedding. Our instrumentalists sang, “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin while we signed our marriage license and prayed together. We want to give all the glory to God and show everyone it was His great gift that brought us together to become one.”

“I had two plated ceremony arrangements on either side of the alter that included white and blue hydrangeas and some greenery that were on black iron stands. These arrangements were then moved into the reception and the flowers were placed in vases in two of the tables. The vases had LED lights which really made the flowers stand out. We used baby’s breath and white, green and blue ivory ribbon as pew markers in the church.At the reception, we had white tablecloths and hurricane lanterns as centrepieces at each table. There were vases filled with floater orchids in them and floater candles on top at each table. The chairs had white covers and then black ribbons tied in a bow on the back of each of them. We had a sweetheart table that was up front on a stage and it had greenery going across it down on both sides along with floating orchids in vases with floater candles on top. There was a gift table where we put a birdcage for cards to go in. There was a separate table for my cake. Blue orchids were placed on each tier of our cake going from the bottom left to the top right of the cake. Our cake topper was of a husband dipping his wife. We had a large chalkboard that was framed and had our welcome sign on it. We received lots of compliments on it.”

“The bridal bouquets were white hydrangeas and the boutonnieres were white roses tied with an ivory satin wrap. Florals were the least important part of my wedding. They are so expensive and not something I wanted to spend all my money on. The church where we had our ceremony was beautiful, so it didn’t really need much decoration. The church has huge white columns, lots of stairs, and a light green steeple. It also has stain glass windows along both sides.”

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Photographer: Sara Touchet Photography // Venue: Grace Church, Downtown Campus & HiltonSmoke on the Water // Hair Stylist: TJ’s Hair Creations // Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Cake Designer: Holly’s Cakes LLC // Floral Designer: Culpepper Designs // Makeup Artist: Beauty By Nicki // 

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