They were in trouble. A flashlight passed over Lauren Knox and Tim Nichols sitting on the John C. Calhoun monument in Charleston’s Marion Square, legs over the stone edge and a bottle of red wine uncorked between them. A security guard told them to get down and they dropped to the sidewalk, but the fun was just beginning.
A week earlier, Tim, a senior account manager, and Lauren, a makeup artist and esthetician, had met at a martini bar near Lake Norman where the two talked for hours. Two dates filled two more days and evolved into a weekend road trip with friends to Charleston.
Three years later, the couple followed the road back to Charleston to celebrate their anniversary. On July 4, 2011, Tim surprised Lauren with a room at their favorite hotel and a reservation at the same restaurant they had dined at the night they were caught on the monument. The proposal at the square sealed the sense of calm Lauren had felt at the bar, through that first trip, and into the years that followed.
She even carried it over to her wedding day: “I wanted it to be really relaxed,” she says, having done the makeup for plenty of stressful weddings. “I just wanted to sit back and soak it in.”
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The intimate ceremony she was looking for took place at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, where she walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” amid tones of pale buttercup yellow and white.
The reception the next weekend brought bigger bursts of friends and music. Tim sang a self-written song to his new bride, singing: “Let’s spend the day in, hide out to tomorrow.” Since then, their days spent together have been filled with contentment and excitement for the future. “I think that’s the best thing in the entire world,” Lauren says. “You know you’re married and that person’s not going anywhere.”
The Peninsula Yacht Club
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Diamonds Direct SouthPark
Rachel Fesko Photography
The Looking Glass, cake
Dimitra Designs, headpiece
Reed's Jewelers, rings
Pin Up Curl Studio, hairstylist
Dollface Skin & Makeup Lounge, makeup
Heartstrings Quartet, music
Diana Collins, clergy
Byron's South End, reception location
Creative Solutions, rental providers
Bella Loren Photography, photo booth
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