Logan + Thomas | Apr 8, 2017
Logan and Thomas met through mutual friends while attending college. Coincidentally, the following year, Thomas moved into the apartment across the hall from Logan and quickly became the honorary maintenance man to her apartment. Any time anything went wrong, her and her roommates would quickly go get Thomas. The two became close friends and one day it just clicked that there was more to the friendship. After attending Thomas’s fraternity formal in spring 2012, they made it official.
After graduating, the two moved in together in their city of Charlotte and bought a house together the following year. That’s when Logan became insistent on a proposal sooner rather than later. What she didn’t know is that Thomas already had the ring.
It was Christmas morning and the two were spending the morning alone opening presents at their house. Thomas was recording Logan opening all her presents and used the excuse that it was for her mom since it was their first Christmas apart, but it was really for another reason. Inside of a really big box, decoyed by a scale was a big wreath that read “will you marry me” with a big diamond in the middle of it.
Since Thomas was a former NCAA football player and Logan was a teacher, they settled on an April wedding – it was out of football season and during her spring break! Even though they lived in Charlotte, they decided to get married in Myrtle Beach around the corner from where Thomas’ parents just bought a house.
“We are from Charlotte, North Carolina and picked our venue because my in-laws had recently purchased a townhouse behind the golf course,” said the bride. “We loved the area and knew it was going to be close to our family for years and wanted to get married somewhere we can visit often.”
The bride already knew she wanted a light and airy wedding with soft colors. The petal pink, navy and gold wedding had a traditional and classic feel to it. Most importantly, it had so many special and meaningful touches throughout the day.
The morning started off with Logan and her girls getting primped and pampered. Her hair was done in a side swept curled ‘do and she nearly ruined her makeup with tears when her cousin surprised her with the last remaining piece of jewelry from her late grandmother who passed right before the engagement.
Once her makeup was retouched, Logan slipped into her classic, form fitting, strapless lace gown. It was stunning on the hanger and even more stunning on Logan.
“It was ivory lace with champagne underneath, a scalloped lace bottom and it had an English bustle to give it something extra,” Logan said. “It was one of those moments – surrounded by my mom and mother-in-law that when I put it on, I immediately knew and we all started crying!”
She had a pearl necklace from her husband’s grandmother that complemented her pearl bracelets and the ring from her great grandmother added a little more sparkle to her other handle; because, really you can never have too much sparkle!
Surrounded by her bridesmaids in petal pink long gowns, they helped Logan with the final touches of her veil and shoes.
While guests began to arrive for the ceremony, Thomas and Logan took a few minutes alone to exchange letters. They didn’t actually see each other, but instead stood around the corner from one another and read their handwritten words to one another.
Guests walked over to the ceremony site, which was a peninsula on the golf course surrounded by ponds and a bird sanctuary. At the front there was a wooden arch, built by the bride’s dad, wrapped with drapery and two oversized floral arrangements on each side. The back row of the chairs was draped with a greenery garland and that was really all that was needed to complement the natural setting.
Thomas took his spot at the altar, dressed in a navy suit, petal pink tie and cufflinks that were his grandfathers. It was so special to the couple that they could both wear items from their late grandparents, including their memory in that way.
Logan made the long walk from the clubhouse down to the ceremony site and as soon as she was in view, everyone rose to their feet. She carried a classic, tightly wrapped bouquet of pink and white hydrangeas, roses, peonies and hypericum berries.
It was important to the couple that the ceremony represent them so with the help of their officiant, they crafted a ceremony unique to them. They included a reading from the bride’s great grandmother’s Bible and did a wine box unity ceremony.
“We didn’t want the traditional candle unity or sand unity, so we did a ‘wine box’ where we each wrote a letter to open on our one-year anniversary that we sealed in the box during the ceremony,” explained the bride. “Our plan is to write one for our five-year anniversary and try to keep up that tradition; it’s a nice reminder knowing tucked away somewhere is a love letter from my partner.”
Meanwhile, inside the ballroom, the finishing touches were being put on the reception space. Round guest tables were set with floor length white linens and decorated with centerpieces of different heights. The flowers were a mix of white and pink with lots of greenery all bundled together in a gold vase. At each place setting was a gold charger sitting on top of a petal pink napkin.
Across the room sat a four-tiered white wedding cake. It had a horizontal textured icing and fresh flower clusters on the top, middle and bottom tiers. The cake was topped off with a Star Wars themed topper that read, “May the force be with us” since it was a running joke that Thomas wouldn’t marry Logan until she watched the movies – which she eventually did (just not all!).
As the ceremony ended, guests made their way inside to the done up ballroom to await the bride and groom’s grand entrance. When they arrived, they made their way to their sweetheart table that was draped with a petal pink floor length linen and draped with a beautiful magnolia leaf garland.
It didn’t take long for the fun to begin and all the big moments like first dances, parent dances and cake cutting just flew by. Luckily for Logan and Thomas, they had Carolina Wedding Films there to capture it all.
“I highly recommend investing in a good videographer,” Logan said. “Pictures are priceless but being able to live your day over and over in video is amazing!”
Logan and Thomas spent the night surrounded by all their favorite people, which is what was most important to them. Their day couldn’t have been more meaningful and personalized and it definitely a day they won’t ever forget!
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