Q. How early did you start planning? We started planning our wedding right after we got engaged – July 29. We got engaged in July and were married on Nov. 10. In just three short months we were able to bring together a beautiful outdoor wedding. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Q. What factors did you take into consideration when choosing a venue? We both knew we wanted an outside wedding and a rustic setting to go with our fall theme. We wanted something simple – yet elegantWe were also eager to have out reception at the same location as our ceremony so guests didn’t have to travel to a separate venue. After our first visit to Beaufort Proper we knew that it was the place. It was exactly what we had imagined.

Q. How did you add little touches of yourselves into your big day? One of the things that we wanted to do was recognize family members who have passed and wouldn’t be able to share our special day. So we placed pictures of them in a special spot so they could be a part of the wedding. We also had all of the groomsmen wear matching Carolina Panthers socks to recognize Matthew’s obsession with his favorite football team. It was fun because many of them like other teams. We also had a unity ceremony with sand – we poured orange and brown sand together, representing how two can become one and never be parted.

Q. What were the biggest challenges in planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge was the weather. I have always wanted an outdoor wedding and I was determined that the weather would not interfere. I checked the weather every day the week before and Lisa at Beaufort Proper had a plan B just in case, which was so helpful. The weather turned out to be beautiful and the temperature was perfect for our fall wedding.

Q. Are there things that you wish you knew ahead of time and didn't?

How fast the ceremony goes by! I was so nervous about the ceremony but it was literally over in the blink of an eye. I also wish that I had remembered to grab my bouquet before walking out and after being presented as husband and wife. I was so excited that I left my bouquet behind with the maid of honor.

Q. What advice would you give to brides and grooms in the process of planning their special day? Our wedding had glitches – as I’m sure all weddings do. But I wouldn’t change on single thing. No matter how hard you try to make it ‘perfect’ something is bound to happen. Odds are though, that nobody will notice. Brides and grooms take a breath and relax – your day will be special no matter what!

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