Emily & James
Emily and James grew up in the same hometown and were close family friends for many years.
Yet, as their childhood years passed, they lost touch. It wasn't until after college that Emily reconnected with James via Facebook. Following their first date, the couple spent nearly every waking moment together enjoying many fun-filled adventures. It was soon time for James, a First Lieutenant with the United States Marine Corps, to return to Quantico, Virginia where he was doing Infantry Officer Course training. Although it was a difficult goodbye, they both knew they were soulmates.
James took an officer training course in New Bern, NC and invited Emily down for graduation. Little did Emily know they'd take a detour. James walked Emily to the steps of the palace overlooking the Neuse and Trent Rivers. He explained that the Neuse and Trent Rivers were used as a place of commerce for pioneers and that he couldn't wait for them to start new adventures together as pioneers. Then, James got down on one knee and asked her to spend forever with him.
Held at Boxwood Estate, the couple planned for a “simply southern” wedding that displayed southern charm and elegance. They incorporated the colors of gold, ivory and beach glass blue.
Prior to the ceremony, the wedding party gathered around for pictures and prayer time. Additionally, Emily had a 'first look' with her dad.
“As soon as I saw my dad, tears streamed down my face as I knew he was getting ready to take the same hands he was holding and place them in my husband's hands,” remembered Emily.
“During the ceremony, we sang several worship songs, prayed, and conducted a unity candle lighting to signify the importance of Christ at the center of our marriage. A unique part of our wedding was the patriarchal blessing spoken by James' grandfather. He chose to provide a brief explanation of how we met and then provided us with several challenges to uphold together as one, unified couple. At the end of the ceremony, eight USMC sword arch members conducted a sword arch to officially welcome me into the Marine Corps community. This required a 'kiss to pass' and a 'light' tap of the sword.
“Our wedding day was everything we ever dreamed. To this day, James and I both say that we felt like we were in a fairy tale. Our wedding day will forever hold a special place in our hearts!”