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We met on our first day of sign language class at Clemson. As semester-long partners, our conversations were limited to strictly signing, as students were not allowed to verbally speak during class. Months later, we began hanging out outside of the classroom and became close friends. Wyatt proposed in sign language one summer evening on the Greenville Liberty Bridge. I felt everything was normal on the ride down, but noticed that things started to get strange rather quickly when we got out of the car and the usually-calm Wyatt forgot to lock the car doors.
We then stopped to say hello to the man who had partnered us up years ago, and with that, our professor began to ask us questions in sign: How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? Wyatt and I both learned a great amount and recognized pockets of our relationship we needed to spend more time on. Three adjectives that describe the day are: I went to Katherine McDonald with a high-neck design fashioned in a neutral color in mind. What did the groom and groomsmen wear? Wyatt chose to gift his groomsmen with white dinner jackets. All the groomsmen kept things simple on the bottom with basic tux pants and tux shoes.
How did you spend the morning or afternoon before your ceremony? Wyatt and I chose to spend our entire wedding day together, as we felt like Palmetto Bluff was so special, we should enjoy every minute with each other and friends! We rode bikes and kayaked with dolphins. Wyatt also loved playing golf early in the morning with my younger brother, Miles. What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day? For me, it was the moment I walked into the chapel the morning of our wedding day and took a minute to sit in a pew and watch the flower arch being built.
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For Wyatt, it was the sweet few minutes together during our first look. Tell us a bit about your first dance.
Tell us about your grand exit. When staying at Palmetto Bluff, guests are given a bike to get them around the resort. I also saw an added perk in exiting in Converse and a comfortable white romper. Gotta stay true to self! What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Be kind and treat the other with patience if tensions ever rise when planning your wedding.
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And oh my, what a celebration it was! Tara and the team at Lowndes Grove worked together to create a dinner party feeling through estate tables, romantic chandeliers and low floral arrangements, then utilized modern lighting and a fun lounge area to create an upbeat space for dancing and more celebration. Save Facebook it Tweet it Pin it Dom is a big collector of matchbooks, so we had custom matchbooks made with our married monogram! Save Facebook it Tweet it Pin it Did you have a cocktail hour?
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If so, what was it like? Our cocktail hour was fantastic. As you entered the house, you saw a gorgeous old-fashioned champagne tower. There was also an oyster bar, cheese trays and delicious shrimp and grits in edible spoons. Save Facebook it Tweet it Pin it One of the biggest hits was a soup sampler we served as part of dinner.
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There were three different soups served together that people could not stop talking about: The split pea and gazpacho were served cold, so they were also refreshing. We wanted dinner to feel like a dinner party and then we wanted to create a much more upbeat atmosphere for the dancing part of the evening.
The two spaces were adjacent to each other and as dinner ended, the dancing tent with the dance floor and lounge floor was unveiled for all to see. I thought the idea of having individual cakes for everyone was so different, and also delicious. We had three different flavors: The cake tower that held them all looked perfect. This girl is ready for a party! We had rented an old Rolls Royce that had to cancel at the last minute so we ended up with a vintage green Lincoln coupe convertible and it was even better! We left through the house doors and ran through the sparklers to the car and drove off to everyone cheering.
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We went for a ride around the battery before heading to our after party. It was an amazing feeling to drive around the battery as every car we passed by honked and people were wishing us well. We were just trying to take it all in and enjoy the best night of our lives. And please enjoy this film of the day from Joel Serrato! We went back and forth on many different songs as we wanted as we wanted something that was a little upbeat. Favorite design element of your big day: My whole idea for dinner was to have the feeling of an intimate dinner party surround by friends.
That was executed with the long tables, lit candles, and the beautiful chandeliers hanging from the tents.
What was the funniest moment? During college, Tarah learned her craft interning with several design firms.
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Her passion for letterpress, hand calligraphy and innovative design gives Lettered Olive its creative edge. Julia Shuman Senior Graphic Designer As the lead graphic designer for Lettered Olive, Julia brings with her a strong background in advertising and branding. Unless it is a week that I am heading off to our NY office, in which I would go straight to airport instead.
I try to tweet once or twice a week. Not very good at that! Who has the time??!!! If in town, I leave the office at 5: The next two to three hours are absurd.. Honestly, by 9pm, I am exhausted and try to have a quick bath and bedtime. I sometimes quiet down with inspirational magazines and never have time for TV or books anymore these days!
And then, I do it all over again the next day. What is your favorite part about running your own business? I can do anything I want, anytime. What is the most challenging part? I have to make everyone—clients, employees, vendors, etc. Best moment of your career so far? Every time I see my visions come to life and every time I make a bride overwhelmingly happy.
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