Chris and I met in May of 2016, went on our first date in July, and got engaged in October of the same year.
We eloped on November 30th, 2016.
We were officially married at the courthouse in downtown Charleston on a Wednesday morning just a few weeks following our engagement. We’d found an apartment, had an engagement ring, and we “just knew”.
We made the initial visit to the courthouse when we applied for a marriage license soon after Chris proposed in late October. After we received our copy of the application, we looked at it and saw one brief line of signature that made the difference in us being married or not. And both of us thought, "Seriously? It’s that easy?"
We both knew we’d never felt this way before, and it would be impossible to ever love anyone else this much. So we decided to get married at the courthouse.
Chris had his favorite five panel hat on. My hair was still wet from the shower, and I was wearing jeans. We pulled up to 100 Broad St., walked through security, when the guards said, “Y’all are heading to Marriage License Office, correct? No one else comes to court smiling that big."
We walked into the Marriage License offices with our portion of the license signed and told the clerk that we wanted to get married. No one else knew what we’d decided to do, and most people wouldn’t know until a few weeks later. We were still planning a wedding for December 16th, something simple, just a family friend’s backyard ceremony and a reception at a nearby brewery :)
My favorite photo of that day was taken by a stranger in the lobby.
And the wedding we were planning still happened! On December 16th we woke up in our apartment, got dressed in our wedding clothes, and went to take portraits with Olivia Rae James. We ran around downtown taking photos, got breakfast, relaxed, and later met about 50 friends and family members in a friend's backyard on James Island. A family who attends the church where Chris works, allowed us to use their backyard for our wedding. Another friend made benches for everyone to sit on, and Chris’s dad officiated the ceremony. Everyone came together and offered their love and assistance - which we say all the time - is one of the biggest reasons why we were able to get married so quickly. We are so so thankful for everyone who helped and attended our ceremony.
It’s not the shortest story of how we met and got married, but we love it, and it’s our story! We wanted to share all of this with you because a.) we love talking about it, and b.) for the sake of other couples, know that your wedding can look different... whatever that means to you. Big or small, traditional or non, far or near, land or sea, we love it all. We hope this encourages you to celebrate love.
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Happy Marriage Everyone!