Grand things may manifest in many different ways. November 21st was a day of “petite grandeur.” Such was the case with bride Wendy. Her Kiawah Island wedding was intimate (13 guests), yet exquisite.

Wendy is a petite package of determination and someone who makes things happen. This is a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. That kind of decisiveness is a huge attraction for me.

She was on the original team of Kiawah Island employees who built the Cassique Club. For those who may not know about the low-key splendor of Kiawah Island, suffice it to say, Cassique is its world-class golf facility. . . from the exquisitely manicured greens and fairways to the spectacular club house to the vast amenities it offers its members. . . it’s top notch. This bride/client was an integral part of all that.

Wendy managed to put together an intimate wedding in a couple weeks’ time. But that’s what people who know their resources and are prepared can do. And don’t get me wrong. . . this wedding and all the preparations were lovingly put together. . . not thrown together as “a couple weeks” may suggest. You see, this wedding was to be Wendy’s swan song from Kiawah. Her beloved, Mike, was to whisk her off to their new home in Texas.

But that’s what Love will do. It’ll turn your world upside down. Love will ask you to leave a job that your heart and soul are invested in; Love will ask you to take your only child out of her school and away from the friends she knows; but Love will also promise to lift you up and move you on to newer and better life situations. And for all this, Wendy did what Love asked.

This couple was special to me for several reasons. They represented new beginnings at a time traditionally thought of as “in the middle.” Also, Wendy’s groom was game for being airbrushed. You can tell from the photos, Mike does not appear to be wearing makeup, but simply has a nice, evened out skin-tone. I have a soft spot in my heart for the grooms who are willing to sit for the 5 minutes it takes to de-shine and airbrush them. Their photographers love them as well.

And speaking of photographers. . . Jennie Beard of JB Fresh Photography was a delight to meet and work with. She managed to capture so much of the emotion that saturated the air that day: Wendy’s farewell to her home and work-family, as well as the faith in what the future holds for her, her daughter Sidney, and Mike.

Houston will no doubt receive this new family with open arms. But Charleston will always love you, Wendy.

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