A Modern, Fall Wedding at the L

Parker proposed in my hometown of Dacusville, South Carolina on December 22nd, 2017 and it could not have been more sincere and perfect for us. Parker and I met five years before in Garden City, South Carolina while on spring break from Clemson University. I grew up in Dacusville, and family means everything to us. My entire family lives on a farm and we all gather every Sunday to eat lunch at my grandparents’ house. As soon as I met Parker I knew I wanted to marry him so my family’s approval meant everything. After Parker met my family for the first time, I decided to take him fishing in the pond behind our house. Parker did not catch a single fish but I caught a pretty nice size one.
After dating the rest of our college career, graduating from Clemson, living in different cities, I was BEYOND ready to get engaged. I spoke to my nana (also my best friend) on the morning of Saturday December 22nd 2017 and her advice was “Leah, you might need to move on.” Devastated, I tried to finish packing my bags for the trip Parker has planned for us to go to Asheville that day. Parker had mentioned that we needed to stop by my parents house to drop off their Christmas presents. Still disappointed by the advice my most trusted best friend had given me, I did not want to get out of the car when we parked. Parker parked next to the pond on my parent property and mentioned my mom had left something down here. He asked me to walk with him and as he guided me down toward the pond holding my hand he asked me, “Do you remember the first time I came to meet your family, you took me to this pond?” I replied reluctantly, “Yes?”. Parker began to tell me the story of how he fell in love with me. He said he knew I was the one from the day we met in Garden City on spring break. He remembered me bringing him to meet my family for the first time and while we stood on the dock fishing afterwards he knew this would be the spot where he would ask me to marry him. As I turned around to look at him, he pulled out a box from his pocket with the biggest grin on his face. The last thing I remember him saying was, “Leah, will you marry me?” of course I said “YES! Finally!” I jumped into his arm and immediately began crying tears of joy. The photographer hiding in the bushes came out and nearly scared me to death because she was covered in camouflage! Parker had secretly hired one of my favorite photographers to take our engagement pictures following the proposal.
Still trying to fully wrap my head around the fact we were engaged, I immediately wanted to call all my family members. Parker was still grinning ear to ear and he said “Why don’t we drive up to your parents house?” I was ecstatic to tell them the great news and prove my nana wrong! As we drove up the drive way all of Parker’s family and mine were waiting with balloons, big smiles and joyful tear filled eyes. My nana was waiting for me to get out of the car and her immediate response was, “I wanted to make sure you were extra surprised!” Later did I find out that Parker had not only asked for my parent’s permission to marry me but he had asked my grandparent’s as well since they are such a huge part of my life. I will never stop replaying this perfect day of special memories over and over in my head. The best things in life really are worth waiting for!

Leah & Parker were also married in Leah’s hometown of Dacusville, SC at the church she grew up in, with the reception following at the L in downtown Greenville. Leah’s vision for the wedding day was for it to be classic, sleek and romantic, which was achieved in all the timeless details that made up the day: navy suits for the groomsmen, the bridesmaids wore taupe, and the reception space was covered in white flowers, candles and string lighting to compliment the industrial interior. They decided not to see each other before the first look but opted for a “first touch” instead, and did not stop smiling from the moment they walked back down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs. McMillan. This fall wedding perfectly fit them, and it was so fun to see their big, loving families come together to celebrate them. The two now reside in Charleston, SC with their French bulldog, Linny – and are expecting a little girl!

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Photographer: Courtney Price Photography

Videographer: Salt Glass Media

Venue: Larkin’s L

Church: Cross Roads Baptist Church

Floral Designer: Twigs

Catering: Larkin’s

Cake: Kathy & Company

Band: Emerald Empire

Wedding Gown: Hayley Paige Bridal via Hayden Olivia Bridal

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie

Hair & Makeup Artist: Hannah McCall

Stationery Designer: Mac & Murphy

Transportation: Eastside Transportation

Anna Guin