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This gorgeous garden wedding, brought to us by Jana Tyler of Magnolia Photography, is full of sweet moments and a bevy of delightful details! Here’s Jeannie, the lovely bride, to tell us more:

Nelson and I have been friends since we met each other in high school (almost 15 years!). We spent summers at the beach together, went to high school dances with the same group of friends (but not with each other), and picked on each other during school field trips and in the school hallways. Nelson and I stayed in touch throughout the years after high school. Nelson joined the Army and I went off to college, but we stayed in touch.

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As much as he planned for it be, our proposal was not very glamorous – which makes it so us! He was secretly planning a weekend trip for us to visit Charleston, go to dinner, hire a band – the works! But when my co-worker informed him that I was starting to suspect something, he panicked and decided to expedite his plan. It was a Monday afternoon when Nelson finally got his hands on my ring. He called my dad shortly after and asked for his permission to ask me to marry him.

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That night I got off work late and came straight home. When I walked inside I noticed my cat walking around with a white bow around his neck. Perplexed, I quickly took it off of him. I said hello to Nelson, and then worked out for a bit. When I was done, I laid on the ground to relax. I noticed Sampson come out of my room wearing the bow around his neck again! This time it had a tag on it that said “Will you?” and a ring was attached. Nelson shyly peeked out of the room and I just laughed because I was so excited, shocked, and sweaty all at the same time! I promptly called my parents to tell them the news and my dad chuckled and said “Well that was quick!”

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I tried not to go too over the top, but I was quite the DIY bride. Nelson and I both probably had a can of spray paint in our hands almost every weekend. I also designed and screen printed our wedding invitations. I designed all of our other stationary as well, but screen printing all of that was not a task I was as willing to take on. Our main goal for our wedding was for it to be as personable for everyone as possible. I also wanted to be as convenient as possible. For convenience, we had our outdoor garden wedding and reception in the same location.

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The most personable things we incorporated through our wedding was photographs. One of our party favors a print-on-site photo booth. Our place cards were photos of one (or both) of us with each of our guests throughout our lives. My mom’s place card was a photo of her and me when I was a little baby, my Uncle’s place card was a photo of him and me together when I was dressed up in my high school band uniform. Something else that a lot of guest really liked was our ceremony. We had a mutual high school friend that we’ve stayed in touch with marry us. The three of us came up with the entire script of the wedding together.

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Congratulations Jeannie &Nelson and thank you Jana for sharing! For more information about Magnolia Photography, please visit their website.

What do you think of today’s real wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

Photographer: Magnolia Photography
Jewelry: BHLDN
DJ: BTA Entertainment
Event Venue: Isaac Taylor Gardens
Caterer: The Chelsea Restaurant
Floral Designer: your perfect day


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