est. 2008

Luke + Margaret’s Rustic DIY Southern Wedding {pt. II}

Mary Dougherty

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As Luke got down on one knee Margaret couldn’t help but let her emotions show. Of course, as soon as he mentioned stopping at the cabin she knew what was coming. The cabin was built by Luke’s grandparents and he couldn’t count the memories he had there. Now he would add to that library of memories by asking Margaret to be his wife.

Margaret could hardly believe what was happening, and on that chilly January day he asked her to marry him with the ring that his mom wore. She was stunned that his mom would decide to pass down her ring as an heirloom to them and took a moment before realizing she need to answer. Her anticipated yes broke the silence and they thought about how far they had come and where they were yet to go.

Had it really been 3 years since they drove down to North Carolina with friends and she ended up spending three days with his family? It was on that trip that they realized they were falling for each other and now three years later they were engaged. If there is one thing magical in the world it is falling in love. If there is anything better than falling in love it is staying in love, and Luke and Margaret have everything they need to do so.

Surrounded by family and friends and were married in the amphitheater at Andrew Jackson State Park in South Carolina. I felt privileged to be among those at the wedding and document the day that took place. If you need to catch up on part I of their wedding view this post, otherwise take a look at their wedding day, starting with the portrait I took of the two of them… lm_38lm_39

There were beautiful locations all around and this open grassy area was a favorite of mineluke+margaretlm_41

Margaret’s bouquet was expertly put together by Maura of Sassafras Flowers in Rochester, New York. lm_42lm_43lm_44

Luke’s wedding ring was a custom wood ring that I think looks amazing. I’m also looking forward to see how it ages with wear – maybe we can have a follow up post on that next year. lm_45lm_46

I love this b+w of them!lm_49lm_47lm_48lm_50lm_51lm_52lm_53lm_54lm_55

Time for the ceremony. The amphitheater was filled for the ceremony and amazing light followed the flower girls in as they came down the stairs. lm_56lm_57lm_58

Margaret was radiant as she entered with her dadlm_59lm_60

Luke’s dad officiated the ceremony which included heartfelt admonishment from three different couples close to Luke and Margaret. lm_61lm_62lm_63lm_64

look at that first kiss! It doesn’t get better than that. Luke and Margaret walked out of the amphitheater which made for a fun exit to photograph – it’s very different when there are stairs involvedlm_65lm_66

The drink and hor’dourve tables were set up at the back of the amphitheater, so guests mingled and dined while I took photos of the newlyweds. lm_67lm_33lm_34lm_68

among the drinks were homebrewed beer made by a friend; artfully labeled and enjoyed by all in mason jarslm_69

Luke and Margaret joined their guests for dinner who sat down and one of two very long tables to enjoy food and fellowship. lm_70

everyone helped themselves to homemade dessert at the dessert table which included cookies, cheesecake, and buckeyes ballslm_81lm_71lm_72lm_73lm_74

the party moved back in to the amphitheater where Luke and Margaret started off the dancing which continued from then well in to the night. lm_75lm_76lm_77
while the amphitheater was packed with dancers and the stars twinkled overhead and captured photos of both. It was a clear and gorgeous night that ended with a fabulous sparkler send off.


Congratulations again Luke + Margaret! View the complete set of images at their online gallery here and don’t forget to leave a comment on this post – I hope you enjoyed getting an in depth look at their unique day!

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