Find Out How These Classmates Went From Hola to I Do
April 27, 2016
Southeast
RusticCountry ClubWinter Weddings
Want in on a little secret? SMP may have a thing for beautiful blush weddings (and believe me, that'll never fade) but right now we're hankering from some solid jewel tones. And Graham Terhune must've felt that craving because he delivered with this gem of a winter wedding. From the deep hues to a love story straight out of middle school Spanish class, these pics in our Vault have it all!
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From the Bride... I’m not a writer; more of a DIY crafter at best so humor me as I tell this story… Mike and I met in 7th grade Spanish class. The story goes that on the first day I was already in a desk when Mike walked into the class, he could see the back of my head and bee-lined for the desk behind the short blonde. “¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo Mike.” We were Spanish partners for the rest of the year. 

There was a solid seven years that Mike was regrettably stuck in the “amigo” zone. It wasn’t until college that I saw the romance in being understood and being accepted all in all. We dated junior and senior years before Mike commissioned into the Army following our graduation. And I had it bad for my best friend. But fresh outta school we were too young to get serious. The Army had Mike headed for Afghanistan and I moved to California for a design internship.

We both went our separate ways. And it was five years later that I made my bold move. It was 10:30 AM, I was living in Austin at the time, and I had a wild spontaneous idea, I texted Mike: “I’m single again… and this is your last chance before I get scooped up by a Texan.” Luckily he took me up on that offer; he asked if he could fly out the next weekend and take me out on a date - we were engaged nine months later.

The wedding planning was similar to our story in a sense… it was a slow burn. I fell in love with it over time, and it wasn’t until I finally had all my key vendors on lock that I really started enjoying the process. I had the vision of a moody burgundy mixed with bright whites, live greenery, and vintage brass. It goes without mentioning I also had a field day with the calligraphy brush and India ink and tried to letter anything with a flat surface that would sit still. For as hungry I was for the design details during the planning season, they all were a blurry beautiful haze on the wedding day. I married my forever person/favorite human and was absolutely humbled by all our people in one room that came to celebrate alongside us. And that was more than enough to focus on during our big day. We are stationed on the other side of the country from family and friends so our entire guest list traveled to our new home.

Favorite moments include our photos in the field (for the opportunity to calm down and catch some couple time), our unplanned first dance where I got weird, the time my dad dropped the mic after his toast, and our foursome family sing-along dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” My cheeks were sore from all the laughing and smiling all day. Having a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime honor and I would highly recommend it.

More North Carolina nuptials this way!