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One thing I love witnessing at weddings is the unabashed vulnerability of the couple and their guests, whether it’s a groom who just can’t contain his tears after first seeing his bride, or the emotion of the first look with the bride’s daddy. There is just something so beautiful about the raw emotions. I think that’s why I love this line from Molly and Kevin’s sweet secret letter so much. We Southern women are a strong (and strong-willed!) bunch, which makes Molly’s sweet vow to Kevin so romantic and vulnerable, all at the same time! She said “You are my leader and I will gladly follow wherever you go.” Oh my stars! I’m sure their ceremony at the beautiful Lowndes Groves Plantation was a joy to witness, and their reception looks like it was a blast, too!

Big hugs to Caroline Ro for sharing Molly and Kevin’s wedding with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. In April 2014, my sister, two bridesmaids, my mother-in-law, my mother, and I enjoyed two appointments and about 50 dresses. At the first shop, I tried on about 30. It was an amazing experience and I got very very close to saying yes to one, but then my mom told me I needed to attend both appointments before I decided. Thank goodness I listened to her, because the next morning, we showed up at White on Daniel Island. I was about 10 dresses in before I tried on the one. I knew right away that this was it, and so did my family. It’s true that you do get that feeling, “This is my dress!!!”

My wedding flowers were absolutely stunning, filled with chocolate orchids, eucalyptus, a white rose in honor of the Thayer women (these ladies all carried 13 white roses on their wedding days), white hydrangeas, purple hellebores, dusty millers (my favorite), and ivory ranunculus. My bouquet was wrapped in my grandmother’s blue handkerchief and I pinned a picture of each of our grandmothers to the stems.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Kevin didn’t want me to tell him what I was walking down the aisle to, so I surprised him with my processional to Gabriel’s “Oboe.” I chose this song because it reminded me of my grandmother. She loved her instrumental music and I remember sitting in the back of her car listening to it. She was so excited for our “big Southern military wedding.” Unfortunately, she passed away just a few short weeks before Kevin and I got engaged. She and my mother were my inspirations for our entire wedding.

We did not write our own vows, but our pastor had us write secret letters to each other prior to our wedding, and he read a few passages from each. We didn’t get to read the whole letters until right before we left on our honeymoon. My favorite line of Kevin’s was: “You have been, and will continue to be, the center and foundation of our relationship and household. Being the man of the household means nothing without a solid foundation”. Kevin’s favorite line that I wrote to him was: “You have taught me to give my heart fully and have made me realize that I cannot do this life without you. You are my leader and I will gladly follow wherever you go.”

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our pastor was amazing!! He is the pastor at Kevin’s church in Greenville, and we have known him for years. His passion and message brought out the true message of the day: commitment. Lowndes Grove was also amazing, and their staff, coupled with the location, made it a day we’ll never forget. The hand-rolled cigar bar was a huge hit with everyone and was an awesome way for everyone to take a break from dancing.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We prioritized the flavor rather than design. We kept the design simple, and chose a lemon cake with buttercream icing and red velvet with sweetened cream cheese icing. We cut the cake with Kevin’s Marine officer’s sword, which added our own little flair to the tradition.

Lowndes Grove Plantation was the first and only place we really looked. Kevin had been to a wedding there before, and, having grown up in Charleston, I knew how amazing of a place it was. The way the setting sun shined across the water and through the Spanish moss on the trees epitomized my mental picture of a Southern plantation. When it came to the food, we had good old Southern barbecue, shrimp and grits, bacon-wrapped scallops, and some great bourbon to bring it all together.

There are so many moments, but the most memorable was when Kevin and I were able to break away from everything and look over our wedding as outsiders. We followed the advice of some of our friends and have passed it on to all of our friends with upcoming weddings because it meant so much to us. We went all the way to the back of the tent and stood up on the brick ledge, holding each other close and just watched everyone having a fabulous time at this beautiful setting. It was magical, and the “snapshot” in time will remain with us forever!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Kevin and I met at Clemson University in 2007. He was the big bad senior, and I was the new freshman looking for fun and adventure. We were introduced during the Sigma Nu Mountain Weekend at Camp Wayfarer by my roommate, who knew him from high school. The moment I met him, I knew he was going to be someone special in my life, but of course, we were there with different dates! We saw each other occasionally after that, and I invited him to the Alpha Delta Pi Mallard Ball. Our on and off dating continued until 2011, when he returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan and I graduated from nursing school. After being separated by so many miles and for so many months, we knew we wanted to start taking things seriously. During his second deployment to Afghanistan, he called and asked me to move with him when he was to be reassigned to Quantico, Virginia when he returned home. We have been living in Fredericksburg, Virginia since November 2012. We bought our boxer puppy, Reagan, in February 2013, and I kept hinting to Kevin to make it official–I would tell Reagan in front of Kevin how jealous I was that he had the same last name as daddy! Kevin got the hint and proposed on January 24th, 2014!!!
Tell us all about the proposal! From Kevin: My plan: have a nice dinner, have some good convo, head back to the car, propose, go get a celebratory beer, and surprise Molly with all of our friends there. Throughout dinner, I blamed my fidgeting in my chair on being sick. The topic of conversation led to our friends who were recently engaged, which caused Molly to drop the bomb on me of “Well, I guess they know what they wanted…” Boom, the ring in my pocket got exponentially heavier while we continued to converse. Following dinner, we made our way back to the car to drop off our leftovers, and on the corner of the street, I pulled her close and told her how much I loved her and how much she meant to me. I then started to drop to a knee and grabbed her hand. Molly said, “Kevin, what are you doing? The ground is wet! What are you doing?” I pulled out the ring and asked her to marry me, to which she replied, “Kevin…what is that??? Who is that for?? What is that???” I asked the question a second time, to which she finally replied with a teary “YES!” We then went to get a celebratory beer from Capital Ale House, and Molly was surprised again with a tremendous cheer and applause from all of our friends who were waiting for us.
When did y’all get married? December 13, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $75,000-$100,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? From Kevin: The second I was allowed to turn around and see Molly coming down the aisle. Even as a US Marine, it took everything I had to not cry. She was so absolutely stunning as she made her way down the aisle that I was completely tunnel visioned. I can’t even remember the song that was playing for her processional.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Even if you are not very close with your soon-to-be mother-in-law, like I am with mine, get her involved. Invite her to your dress shopping appointments, fittings, bridal showers, etc. You won’t regret it, and she will never forget it. My mother-in-law is a mother to three boys, so doing all the girly things just made her year! Also, get a videographer. I fought my mom on getting one, but she insisted. I now watch our wedding video at least once a day!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Having known each other and been together for so long prior to marriage, we are ready for the ultimate big step: building our family! This is the reason we went to Africa for our Safari honeymoon–we asked ourselves prior to booking: what would we regret not doing before having kids? We had a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

Photographer: Caroline Ro / Videographer: Dock House Digital / Planner: Megan Chandler of Ooh! Events / Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation / Florist: Out of the Garden / Catering and Cake Baker: Fish / Rentals: Snyder Rentals and Ooh! Events / Lighting: Ooh! Events / Band: Men of Distinction from EastCoast Entertainment / Paper Products: Lydia’s / Bride’s Gown: “C207” by Allure / Hair and Makeup: Charlotte Belk / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Style 485” in Plum by Bill Levkoff / Ceremony String Trio: Classical Charleston

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  1. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Just a gorgeous wedding and I love the men in their uniforms!

  2. avatar Kimberly reply

    My beautiful daughter and now son in law are so lucky to now share a fabulous life together! The wedding day was filled with so many luscious memories for me! Everything was perfect.

  3. avatar Charmaine reply

    Grilled finger sandwiches … yes please.. Beautiful wedding

  4. avatar Charleston Wedding Videographer reply

    Such a beautiful day and beautiful couple. We were so honored to capture Molly & Kevin’s special day on film!

  5. avatar Jeffrey newton reply

    It was a beautiful wedding! Please tag us for the transportation :)

  6. avatar Megan Chandler reply

    So excited to see this stunning wedding shared! Love this couple!

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Y’all didn’t I say this wedding was amazing? Bright graphic details ruled the night at Katie + Max’s reception and most of them were handmade by the couple! Even their corn hole boards were designed by K + M and then painted by Emily Brown Lacroix at Merriment Events. Standing out from the crowd of plain white cakes is the couple’s three-tiered sweet concoction based on Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated.” Art-inspired desserts? They’re now a favorite in my book. Biggest hugs to Jodi Miller Photography for sharing this fun day with us!

P.S. Love the details of this wedding? Be sure to check out Courtney’s recent post on Revel — a Shopping Guide based on Katie + Max’s style!

What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? (From the groom) Finding an amazing photographer was tough. Katie and I both professionally work with lighting and photography, so you can imagine our expectations were pretty high. Luckily, we knew from the moment we saw the first few pictures from our engagement shoot, that we had found exactly the right photographer.
Favorite design element of your big day: We loved the cornhole boards, and just couldn’t believe how well they turned out. We did the design and Emily Brown Lacroix for Merriment Events painted the boards. They look so professional that I have a hard time believing that they weren’t bought in a store. Emily made large stencils from the design to paint the board. She color-matched the paint using swatches we had sent so that everything matched the colors we had been using for details in the wedding.
What was your reception like? We loved our reception! It was held under a Sperry tent in my parent’s front yard. It almost felt like a circus tent underneath, especially with all of the lights on. We chose to have a Southern comfort food buffet. Everything felt so open, and it was really easy to see everyone. After dinner, the band began to play. We didn’t have a dance floor, so everyone ended up dancing in the mud, which was awesome!
Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: We had three long tables that formed a U-shape. We chose to go simple with the white linens, and had many colorful details that popped out against them. Aside from the centerpiece floral arrangements, we made hand embroidered and stuffed muslin hearts for the place settings. Each one had a guest’s name printed on a little hot pink flag that was attached to the heart with a pin. We then made flags of a similar design and color to wrap around our blue striped paper straws. We designed some really colorful table numbers. For the buffet cards, we cut out the name of the dish from kraft paper and glued white paper behind it. We then finished it off by sewing a stitch around the edge of the paper. Toward the end of the evening, we were served mini pies. To embellish them, we made little hot pink flags again and wrapped them around toothpicks that stuck into the pies. One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the untraditional guest book. Instead of having guests sign a book, we thought it would be great if they signed a piece of art that we could display in our home. We bought a blank 18” munny, a vinyl designer ‘toy’, and painted a pattern onto it with our wedding colors. Using a munny also had significance to us because we love and collect vinyl art.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to remember to hold on to it. If your wedding doesn’t feel inspired, it runs the risk of being less memorable.
Describe your wedding cake: It was inspired by Damien Hirst’s “Albumin, Human, Glycated”. We substituted our wedding colors for the ones that were in his painting.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Making more movies, and pursuing our lifelong dream of relaxation, good music, good food and amazing friends and family.

Photographer: Jodi Miller Photography // Planner: Merriment Events // Designer: Merriment Events, the bride and groom // Venue: Kilmarnock, Virginia // Florist: Merriment Events // Wedding Cake Baker: The Buttercream Bee // Mini Pies: Sweetest Thing Bakery // Caterer: Mosaic Unique Events // Bride’s Dress: Ouma // Hair Stylist: Avenue 42 Designs // Makeup Artist: Avenue 42 Designs // Bride’s Shoes: Delman Shoes // Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. // Groom’s Fashion: Al’s Attire // Paper Goods: designed by the bride and groom, invitations and save the dates printed by Thousand Pound Press // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Skyline Tent Company, Festive Fare // Linens: BBJ Linen and Classic Party Rentals // Ceremony Décor: Honeycomb Balls from Devra Party Corp., glassine bags from Garnish // Reception Décor: Table number frames from Ikea, napkins printed by For Your Party, straws from Garnish, cornhole set from Cornhole Worldwide, painted by Merriment Events, munny from Kidrobot // Lighting: Skyline Tent Company // Band: Northridge booked via Sam Hill Entertainment

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    Honestly, one of my absolute favorite weddings EVER. I fell in love with it all over again going through this post!

  2. avatar Saukok reply

    I can’t get enough of this wedding, it’s so happy!! Thanks for the x-link to us, Nicole!

  3. avatar Shelley reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Love that handmade weddings are becoming so popular and brides n grooms are so involved!

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  5. avatar Jamie | Julia’s Poppies Design reply

    Wow!!! LOVE the use of color! So fun and cheery!!

  6. avatar Emily reply

    I love this wedding. It became the inspiration and jumping point for most of my planning. From the hanging lanterns to the flower girl pompoms, I loved the fun and colors.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! I’m SO glad you find this wedding inspiring – I can’t get enough of it, either!

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    These colors are great! Love the details.. and my favorite is the seat chart assignments!

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    Hi, my name is Amanda, I live in Brazil and am planning my wedding. I wonder what is the name of the print yellow table runner because I’m in love with her and I need to find it in Brazil to use in my decorating! This marriage is my starting point!

    Thank you!

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