Boxwood Manor Elopement|Pendleton, SC|Travis+Martina

Travis and Martina met at work in Texas. He would email her corny jokes and make her laugh every day. There’s a twist–her dad was his boss! Martina asked her dad what he thought about Travis, and he loved him, so they started dating! From what I know of this family, they are just so much fun, and these two could not have asked for better guests at their intimate wedding at the historical Boxwood Manor.

I met Martina in January and got to know her and Travis when Tucker and I had them over for dinner. Martina’s mom didn’t believe I would actually cook for them, but I made an easy vegetarian lasagna with pistachio vinaigrette and we talked about everything from vegetarian diet plans to the cup of Kool-Aid Travis’s dad always has with him. We laughed and talked about their story and their May wedding: aren’t these details beautiful? I so admire the amount of thought they put into everything, even for such a small wedding. Martina’s bouquet was made by her godmother for her own wedding 30 years ago, and the pearls were passed down to Travis’s mom. And check out those wedding bands–so unique!

 

Martina got ready upstairs, then we headed outside for some bridal photos. She was so beautiful and a little nervous, so when we had some extra time before the ceremony we decided to do an impromptu first look with Travis. He instantly made her laugh and calmed her nerves, and it was one of the best decisions of the day! Also note her “something blue”–that cute toenail polish!

Look at those smiles! {Even in the “snake pit!”} These two are such great friends! How did he ask, you ask? He surprised her with a trip to Colorado that he planned himself–she thought that surely that was the only surprise, but he thought she spotted the ring in his suitcase. They rode around the state on a motorcycle, he asked, and she said yes! What a fantastic trip!

I loved how spontaneous this ceremony was! They started when they wanted, laughed when they wanted, and Brenda Owen, Wedding Woman, did a lovely job. The little garden area was perfect for their 10 closest friends and family.

 

After many hugs and a few more photos, we headed downtown to the Lazy Goat–one of my favorites! The guests went inside for drinks while the newlyweds and I walked around a bit. THE most adorable couple!

The folks at the Lazy Goat did such a fabulous job decorating–they made this cool sign and added pretty flowers and candles to the table. I love that everyone at the reception could sit at the same table! My friend Christine, the pastry chef, made the cake, and Martina’s dad made the cake topper!

 

The smiles came so easily at this party! It was such a beautiful time for Martina and Travis to spend as their first moments as husband and wife–eating, drinking, laughing, and sharing stories with their loved ones.

Travis and Martina, I can’t thank you enough for inviting me into your intimate little wedding ceremony. It was one of the most beautiful I’ve seen, and it was an honor to watch your smiles as you spent the afternoon with each other and the others who love you. Anytime you want to include me in your new inside jokes, I’m in! I’d love to work with you again, whether it’s your anniversary, time to start a family, or just for fun! Congratulations on becoming the VanDusens; I wish you the very best and am so happy for you!

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