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A Charleston Wedding with just a touch of Africa – Avery & Peter

Avery and Peter live in Uganda where they work with Ekisa Ministries – an organization that improves the quality of life for children with special needs. They had a perfect Charleston wedding yet still found ways to incorporate their “home” country and life – Peter’s Kenyan bracelet, a small elephant token in Avery’s details and even a special prayer during their ceremony.

Avery and Peter met a local restaurant – in East Africa. They lived 12 hours from each other but somehow a twist of fate forced the two into the same little African cafe. The two quickly fell in love and seven months later, Peter surprised Avery with a proposal. “Crazy, I know,” admits Avery. “In most situations, I would be fairly concerned if a couple only dated for such a short amount of time, but the only way I can explain our love story is that Peter and I just knew.”

“At the beginning of December, Peter gave me a bundle of envelopes—one for each day until Christmas,” says Avery, “and inside each envelope was a note where he told me a different reason he loved me. On Christmas Eve, I opened up the last letter from my little ‘advent calendar’ and in it, he went on and on about how he knew I was the one he wanted to spend his forever with. I woke up the next day to a phone call from him wishing me a ‘Merry Christmas.’ When I asked how he was he said, ‘Come downstairs and I’ll tell you.’ I left my room and ran down the stairs only to find Peter in my front yard. He had set up a table with flowers, music, lights, and pictures of our story so far. He walked me through each memory and photograph from the start of our story and then he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I said ‘Yes!’ and then we joined all of the children I work with for a celebration.”

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Photographer: The Happy Bloom // Venue: Legare Waring House // Floral Designer: Ooh Events // Makeup Artist: Pampered and Pretty // Apparel: Wedding Angels Boutique // Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Invitation Designer: Minted Wedding Planners // Dress Store: BHLDN // Caterer: Cru Catering

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