We had so much fun working with Carrie and Mike! As you can see, it was a gorgeous day for their Cliffs at Glassy wedding at the Glassy Mountain Chapel. The reception was at the Glassy Mountain Clubhouse.

Quite the adventurous couple, Mike, a National Park lover, took Carrie for a 7 day excursion through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park with a ring burning a hole in his pocket the entire trip! The engagement ring, which he carried hidden in his backpack through airports, road trips, and even a 21 mile hike, finally made it on to Carrie’s finger when they arrived at Yellowstone the last day of the trip. What a great way to end their hiking adventure…with a promise to share the adventure of life together!

Mike, a Cincinnati, OH native and Carrie, a southern girl from Irmo, SC, make a perfect couple. Carrie and her mother, Susan (and obviously quite a few others) spent a tremendous amount of time making sure every detail from the flower arrangements to the place settings to the seating chart and everything in between were elegant and had a consistent style. Carrie loves vibrant colors which was evident in the decorations as well as her bridesmaids’ dresses.

For Kristina and me (David), it’s always helpful when the wedding day is well organized. It was a pleasure to work with Cynthia Phillips for the first time. She is a true professional and was a huge help to us making sure we had everything we needed to get the photos just right. Thank you Cynthia (and Dan)! It was also great to have Elise, (Carrie’s best friend and one of the Matrons of Honor) help us out with the photos on both the wedding day and with Carrie’s bridal portraits a couple weeks earlier. She really knows Carrie and how great she looks on camera. Thanks Elise!

Ceremony Venue: Glassy Mountain Chapel
Reception Venue: Glassy Mountain Clubhouse
Wedding Coordinator: Cynthia Phillips, Your Wedding Lady
Floral Designs: Patricia Kinley
Makeup and Hair: Cotton Rouge
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia from Poffie Girls
Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: The Dessy Group
Catering: Cliff’s Catering
Cake Artist: Cheryl Borowski, Tasteful Elegance
DJ and Entertainment: George Koury, Carolina Party Professionals
Officiant: Rev. Robert Miles, St. Michael Lutheran Church, Greenville, SC
Photography: David & Kristina Photography

This is a view of Glassy Mountain from the valley below. If you look really carefully, you can see where Glassy Mountain Chapel sits on the top right.

view of glassy mountain

The Cliffs at Glassy Clubhouse is beautiful in the spring.

The Cliffs at Glassy Clubhouse

Carrie’s Dad even helped handle the dress when we needed to take it outside and hang it up for a photograph. Thanks Les!

father holding daughter's wedding dress wedding dress and shoes bride's jewelry and purse

Carrie surprised her bridesmaids with these personalized Vera Bradley bags.

personalized Vera Bradley bags for bridesmaids' gifts bride putting on dress in bridal suite at Glassy Mountain Clubhouse bridesmaids helping bride get ready at the Cliffs at Glassy Bridal portrait of Carrie

Here’s Les being a good FOB (Father of the Bride) again and holding the bouquets for the girls while they helped Carrie with her veil.

father of the bride holding bouquets

Now it’s Dad’s turn to be in a photo!

Carrie with her parents bridesmaids in blue dresses with blue floral bouquets groom's mother pinning on boutinnere groom putting on cufflinks and tuxedo jacket portrait of Mike, the groom Mike with his parents

Yeah, the groom and groomsmen really do have it easy. Sorry girls!

groomsmen hanging out drinking beer before the wedding groomsmen behind the Cliffs at Glassy Clubhouse Mike and his groomsmen Glassy Mountain chapel ready for a wedding prayer before wedding cellist and keyboard player

This is what happens when you try to take a candid photo of the bridesmaids just before they process down the aisle…thanks ladies!

bridesmaids sticking out their tongues at the camera Mike just before walking down the aisle Carrie's dad kissing her on the cheek before walking her down the aisle

A handbell chimes the hour.
handbell chiming the hour of the wedding Carrie walking down the aisle at the Glassy Mountain Chapel dad gives bride away

I love the architectural beauty of the Cliff’s Glassy Mountain chapel with the stone archways and wood ceiling.The Cliffs at Glassy wedding chapel Mike and Carrie saying wedding vows flower petals on the aisle floor of the Glassy Mountain Chapel stone archway of Cliffs Chapel ring exchange and first kiss bride and groom walking up aisleMike and Carrie just after getting married beautiful view of the valley below Glassy mountain chapel behind wedding party Wedding party at Cliffs at Glassy Mountain Chapel bride and groom next to cross behind Cliffs at Glassy Mike holding his wife's hand after getting married bride and groom behind Glassy Mountain Clubhouse wedding party at the golf course at The Cliffs at Glassy

Like I said earlier, the guys really do have it easy…or at least they make it look that way.groomsmen drinking beer

The wedding guests got to enjoy cocktails the back deck of the clubhouse while we finished up pictures with the wedding party.

cocktail hour on the deck of Glassy Mountain Clubhouse ballroom at The Cliffs at Glassy Clubhouse

Guests wrote little messages on Jenga pieces on their way in the door. What a great alternative to a guest sign-in book.

guests write notes on Jenga pieces framed bridal portraits on display at wedding reception framed and matted table assignments display floral designs by Patricia Kinley

The MOB (Mother of the Bride), Susan did a great job creating the woodburned table numbers. She even stained them to create a woodgrain texture.wood burned table numbers

Patricia Kinley spent an incredible amount of time perfecting unique flower arrangements for each table and place setting.floral designs at place settings floral arrangements on cocktail tables guests in ballroom at Cliffs at Glassy

George Koury prompted guests to wave their napkins in the air to greet the married couple as they walked toward the dance floor for their first dance.bride and groom enter reception at Glassy Mountain Clubhouse first dance Mike and Carrie share their first dance

Colorful arrangements atop antique china adorned the place settings at the bride and groom’s sweetheart table. Again, great design work by Patricia Kinley.sweetheart table with antique china and unique floral designs Mike and Carrie at the sweetheart table bride and groom Cliffs at Glassy golf course

We had just enough time before the sprinklers came on for a few beautiful photos just before the sun set on the opposite side of the clubhouse.bride and groom at sunset after wedding at Cliffs at Glassy toast by father of groom best man toast

Ah, the stories that get told during toasts…you had to be there to fully enjoy. This story was pretty interesting to say the least…you can tell by the look on Elise’s face.maid of honor toast Carrie's sister gives toast wedding guests toast wine glasses

Susan (MOB) burned the wedding date into a piece of wood which we thought would be the perfect base to photograph the rings.
wedding rings on piece of wood with date burned in

The cake was designed by Cheryl at Tasteful Elegance.
cake by Tasteful Elegance Mike and Carrie cut their wedding cake bride dances with her father mother son dance bride dancing at wedding reception George Koury wedding DJ groom dancing with his college friends

Thanks George Koury for getting a shot of David & Kristina! We’re so rarely in a photo, I thought it would be fun to include this one here.David and Kristina Junker wedding photographers girls dancing at wedding reception bride and groom's last dance of the night sparkler exit at Cliffs at Glassy Mountain Clubhouse bride and groom in limo leaving their wedding reception at The Cliffs at Glassy

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