Carolina Bride

Playful At Heart

© Project Life Photography Brian & Melissa Powell
© Project Life Photography Brian & Melissa Powell

Nicole Woehl and A.J. Duer were high school sweethearts long before they were husband and wife. On a very typical evening, A.J. decided to take the next step. “I had picked up a ring and was making my elaborate plan to propose,” he says. “After two days of having the ring, I couldn’t take it anymore.” When Nicole and A.J. started planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to incorporate their playful natures, but also family and friends. “We worked hard to include everyone because family and friends are really important to us,” says Nicole. The couple was getting married on her grandparents’ 53rd anniversary, so they made sure to commemorate the special day. “We referenced the wedding in our programs and had the DJ introduce an anniversary dance for them,” she says. As a special way of remembering their wedding guests, the couple used a painted tree that everyone signed with their thumbprints. “It was a cool idea that our friend painted, and now we have something to keep forever,” says A.J.As a nod to their playful sides, A.J. purchased superhero T-shirts as a part of his groomsmen gifts. “Several of my friends are really into comic books and old cartoons,” he explains. “When Nicole was online, I saw a picture of these guys showing their T-shirts and I really liked the idea.” The guys took several pictures with their superhero tees peeking through their shirts. “It was like we had our very own Justice League,” she laughs.For their honeymoon, the couple further indulged their whimsical side and went to Disney World. “It was perfect for us because it allowed us to play and be silly all day, but have romantic dinners in the evenings,” Nicole says. “We had a blast.”Featured Vendors


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