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Smitten at sea

By Katie Toussaint | Photography by Project:Life Photography

Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012

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It was April 16, 2011, and they were late. Erin Snyder was busy getting ready for dinner while her boyfriend, Chase Morgan, was busier “rearranging” his suitcase in the closet of their room. It was their first day at sea on a cruise ship, and friends Brad and Emily were waiting at the piano bar.

Erin was rushing, but Chase tempted her onto the moonlit balcony with a glass of wine. He said he wanted to ease the stress of being late. “Chase always knows how to help me take in the good,” Erin says.

Moments later, he dropped to his knee and proposed. Chase pulled out the prize from his suitcase scavenging: a solitaire, princess-cut ring from Diamonds Direct.

“I completely forgot about being late,” Erin says, “or even that we had somewhere to be at all.”

The newly engaged couple met their friends downstairs – they knew Chase had planned to pop the question. Brad had even kept the ring in his suitcase so Chase would not have a chance at getting caught with it.

Friends are the very reason the two met two years before. Erin, a first-grade teacher in Clover, S.C., was set up with a finance professional by a parent assistant and friend in her classroom.

“Not being one to like blind dates,” Erin says, “I agreed to meet him in a low-key group setting.” She met Chase, and they instantly hit it off.

“He was just very down to earth,” Erin says. “He was very easy to open up to.” The moments and months that followed opened them up to more dates and discoveries of similarities, from family values to a passion for cheering on sports teams.

Although Erin and Chase’s romantic ventures often landed them in the roaring stands of Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Bobcats games, their wedding unfurled in a quiet church setting. “It reflected our thoughts on the value and importance of marriage,” Erin says of the traditional ceremony.

But tradition did not mean sacrificing personal touches. Erin chose TOMS for the bridal party’s footwear. “I didn’t want to buy something that I couldn’t wear again,” she says. So she slipped into comfortable, ivory wedges that matched her dress from New York Bride & Groom. Her bridesmaids, swathed in black, stepped into black TOMS flecked with sequins and glitter.

Erin floated down the aisle, her color scheme rippling with touches of black and green as designed by Serendipity Events. She and her bridesmaids carried bouquets mixed with varying shades of green roses and hydrangeas, offset by white sprays of anemone petals with black centers.

Split Second Sound kept the energy high at the country club reception – the newlyweds made their grand entrance to the rap beat of T.I.’s “Bring Em Out,” followed by their wedding party and the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” Throughout the day, Project: Life Photography was there to record the traditional and spontaneous moments of the event.

And the sweet feeling since the couple’s first meeting has lasted. It has drifted past their wedding through their honeymoon in St. Lucia, and through their first months of marriage.

“I feel like nothing has changed,” Erin says. “I feel like that’s a good sign that we’re always going to be the same kind of support system.”

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New York Bride & Groom
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Diamonds Direct SouthPark
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Music/Entertainment
Split Second Sound
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Photography
Project:Life Photography
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www.projectlifephotography.com

Rental provider
Connie Duglin Specialty Linen & Chair Cover Rental
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www.CDLinen.com

Wedding consultant
Serendipity Events, LLC
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