Amy & Kevin

Kevin and Amy met online. It was her last week of service and Kevin was just starting his. Amy was about to give up on the online dating scene and then saw Kevin’s profile. She decided to reach out and they started talking pretty consistently; about camping, hiking, their dogs, and their love for the outdoors. When Amy told Kevin her subscription was about to end, they decided to go ahead and meet up for coffee.

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I wasn’t sure what to think of Kevin at first. He was a nice guy, but definitely quirky! The more I got to know him, the more alike I realized we were. We balanced each other out in all the perfect ways. It wasn’t until our first camping trip together that I really completely fell for him!
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Kevin set up a geocaching adventure for the two of them at Grayson Highlands State Park, where they had had their third date. They had camped and hiked there several times on different occasions, so it wasn't out of the norm. Amy ended up finding the geocache and inside the container was a picture and note asking her to marry him!

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Our wedding day was incredible and more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for! I had originally wanted a destination wedding, so planning was different than I had anticipated. I was nervous on how everything was going to come together, but it all came together beautifully. The day went by quickly, but one of our guests told us to take ‘snapshots’ in our minds of moments throughout the night. I vividly remember the feelings from each part of the day, from getting ready, to saying our vows, and dancing the night away!
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Our wedding had a garden theme. It went naturally with our venue, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, and Kevin’s landscaping profession. When we went to tour the venue, Kevin was giddy over all the plant varieties and I loved the natural beauty! It was then easy to go with birdcage centerpieces, seed packet seating cards, and other natural and floral decor because of all that the botanical garden already offered!
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Our wedding colors were eggplant, sage green, and peach. My mom’s favorite color is purple and so naturally it became mine as well. I am a High Point University graduate, which ingrained purple into my life even further. The sage green and peach came as lighter colored accents with the garden theme wedding.
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The table numbers were the most unique element of the day! I had taken pictures from mine and Kevin’s childhood at different ages and put them with the correlating table numbers. So, table 10 had a picture of Kevin at 10 and me at 10. Even though we were living states apart at that point in our lives, it was neat to see us grow up together and have similar interests even miles and world apart!
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I would not have changed a thing about our wedding day! I was satisfied and thrilled with how the day went!
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CEREMONY/RECEPTION Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

PHOTOGRAPHY Leon Borders Photography

GOWN Downtown Bridal

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES David's Bridal

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR Jos. A Bank

INVITATIONS Bridesmaid's Custom Artwork

CAKE Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts

CATERING Above and Beyond Catering

FLOWERS Stella Floral Designs

OFFICIANT Giorgio Hiatt

HAIR/MAKEUP SERVICES Carla White Hair and Makeup

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT/LIGHTING High Impact Entertainment

PARTY RENTALS Party Reflections

VIDEOGRAPHY Scarlette Fox Films

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Nabib's Alterations

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Congratulations to these NearlyWeds!

Alex & Tyler

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Tyler surprised me by moving up my birthday celebration a day early. He surprised me at home with a glass of wine and told me he was going to get my birthday present…and came back with a ring! He had just picked up the ring less than an hour before and couldn’t wait any longer!

I was SO surprised! Although I have dreamed of this day for the last 7 years of our relationship, I was convinced he wasn’t going to pop the question until after he graduated PT school this coming December.

I immediately facetimed my mom and dad who live in Virginia! They were currently out driving doing errands at the time. My mom was just as convinced that it wasn’t going to happen until at least 2018 so when I held up my left hand, she screamed so loud my dad almost ran off the road!
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Photos by Xan Craven of Xan's Eye Photography www.xanseye.com


Madison & Rob

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We were at my parents’ house for Christmas along with my family. After we took a family group picture, he pulled me to the front and asked me to marry him. He had broken his femur two months before that, but still got down on one knee. 

I knew the proposal was coming, but didn’t know when or where it would happen. I wasn’t expecting him to ask in front of my whole family. My best friends were the next to get the news.
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Marguerite & Christopher

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We got engaged on a carnival cruise ship in the middle of the ocean in the Grand Cayman Islands. Chris had apparently been planning to ask me on the beach in Grand Cayman in front of all of his immediate family. We had signed up for a different excursion than them, (swimming with dolphins)…one thing on my bucket list! All day he was wanting to leave our excursion and go to the beach his parents were on. I didn’t understand why and kept saying let’s enjoy our day just the two of us on the beach we already paid for. I could tell everyone was annoyed with me but couldn’t figure out why! We then got back on the ship and were getting ready for one more family photo all dressed up. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but as we were getting ready Chris kept going back to his parents’ room for ‘indigestion medication’. Really, he was trying to figure out how to ask me since I ruined his beach propose! Well, it was our turn to take a couple picture. The photographer had me put my hand on Chris’s chest and his heart was beating a million times a minute! He was so incredibly nervous. The photographer wanted us to turn and pose with Chris’s hands wrapped around me and Chris got down on one knee. With the first tears I’ve ever seen in his eyes, he said, ‘Will you marry me?’ It was such a raw beautiful moment I will never forget it!
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Sami & Alex

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He asked me at the end of our military/family photo shoot that we were doing before he shipped out for basic training. I was shocked! I was not expecting it even a little. 

Other than your spouse-to-be, who was the first person you shared your exciting “We’re Engaged!” news with and why were they the first?: My mother, Paula, was the first person I shared the news with, as she is my go to person and both of us agree she is top of the list for all major news.
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Brittany & Matthew

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Matt popped the question in our hotel room after a night out in Nashville. He waited for me to go to the bathroom to ‘set the scene’ and when I walked out he had the song ‘HOLY’ by Florida Georgia Line playing. He always said that song reminded him of me and that’s when he asked.
When I walked out of the bathroom, I was oblivious to what was going on. Then, when he looked at me, I knew and I was so in shock. The first person I shared the news with was my mother. She’s always been my ‘go-to’ and best friend and was the first person to pop in my mind after it happened.
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Photos by J&A Photography


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Amanda & CJ

Amanda and CJ met when they were in high school together. They had the same group of friends, so were always around each other from time to time at some point. CJ graduated two years before Amanda, so they didn’t see much of each other after that. Their paths crossed again after Amanda graduated and they have been a power duo and unstoppable ever since.

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It was definitely love at first sight, at least for me anyways. I knew from the time I met up with CJ again after graduation that he was my soulmate and that I was going to fall head over heels for that boy. He had that spark about him that always made me feel like I was the only one in the room and he made every worry in the world disappear.
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We got engaged at a family New Year’s party on December 31st, 2015. He made a scrapbook with every picture that we had ever taken together and put our favorite love song quotes underneath every picture. At the end of the book was a white page that read, “Will You Marry Me?” He was on one knee behind me with the ring and was ready to propose. We had been together for six years before we got engaged, so of course it was the best day of my life up to that point.
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Amanda and CJ held their ceremony and reception at the beautiful Grandover Resort & Conference Center. Their colors were blush, navy and champagne gold. This was a trio that Amanda loved and were absolutely stunning when paired together.

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One of the most unique elements of the wedding ceremony was the chandelier in the middle of their altar. It was the perfect touch of elegance.

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My wedding day was filled with joy, excitement, and a LOT of nerves. Oh boy, there were so many nerves and different emotions. I was so excited and nervous to walk down the aisle and say, “I do”. The weather was perfect and we had all our closest friends and family there with us to be a part of our day. Everyone and everything looked absolutely amazing! The flowers and centerpieces for my tables were out of this world. To top it off, I got married to my best friend on the most beautiful day.
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TriadWeddings Magazine helped me so much with getting ideas for décor and foods that I wanted to have. It also helped me with do’s and don’ts for the big day. There’s not a single thing I would change about my wedding. Everything turned out wonderful. I would do it all over again tomorrow if I had the chance!
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CEREMONY/RECEPTION/CATERING Grandover Resort & Spa

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY Muir Photography

GOWN Bridals by Lori

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Group USA

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR Step and Style

INVITATIONS UR Invited

CAKE Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts

FLOWERS ABBA Design

OFFICIANT Matthew Smith

HAIR SERVICES Kenneth Taylor Salon

MAKEUP SERVICES Amber Harper

WEDDING PLANNING/COORDINATION Epic Event Planning

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Diarra Thompson/DJ Deneiro

PARTY RENTALS Southern Event Rental, Party Reflections

FAVORS Totally Wedding Koozies

PHOTO BOOTH Joy Squad

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Elizabeth's Bridal

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Kelly & Tyler

Kelly and Tyler met when they use to “cruise” down their main street with friends and show off their cars. They’d hang out at Starbucks and Cookout. Kelly was the new girl in town and once they met, it was love at first sight!

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It was a day after Easter and Tyler took Kelly to a favorite park where he had planned an Easter egg hunt for her with those little plastic eggs. He had written little notes and placed them in the eggs, and the last egg had the proposal in it!

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Held at Villa de l’Amour, Kelly describes their wedding day as ‘beautiful, a little hectic, a tiny bit stressful…but amazing to say the least’.

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Their colors were mint and grey, and eight bridesmaids and seven groomsmen were there to help them celebrate this special day.

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One of the most unique elements of our wedding was having my Mom walk me down the aisle.
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My venue’s assistant went above and beyond. She was absolutely amazing and helped in every way she could! Also, my photographer and her second shooter did amazing work; definitely ran around like crazy women getting every shot in every angle and really captured every moment!
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The only thing I would change about our day is I would have had it earlier, and on a Saturday rather than a Friday.
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CEREMONY/RECEPTION Villa de l’Amour

PHOTOGRAPHY Alayna Kaye Photography

GOWN CocoMelody

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES David’s Bridal

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR Black Tie Formals

INVITATIONS Hobby Lobby

CAKE Denise Watson

CATERING Thyme 2 Cater

FLOWERS Grace Flower Shop

OFFICIANT Steve Smith

HAIR SERVICES Jesse Jean Hallett

MAKEUP SERVICES Tiffany Tilly (Hair Logix)

WEDDING COORDINATOR Erika Poole

MUSIC/LIGHTING/PHOTO BOOTH Anything Music

CANDY BUFFET Cookies & Candy by Mother of bride

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Nabil Alterations

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