Sarah’s father and Jay’s mother attended high school together in Columbia and both moved to Myrtle Beach in the 1970s. Though the couple knew each other’s parents, they didn’t cross paths themselves until 2010. The pair started dating and the rest is history. After five years together, Sarah and Jay had an early Valentine’s Day dinner at Art Burger in downtown Myrtle Beach, followed by the Fun Plaza Arcade, one of their earlier date spots. Sarah won a stuffed bear, and as the couple were leaving they passed a photo booth and Jay said, “Hey, let’s take a picture with your prize.” After four photos, Jay said “I have one more prize for you, because you’re my prize” as he pulled the ring from his pocket. The rest of the photos captured Sarah’s surprise at a proposal that night. The wedding weekend was held in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where the bride’s family has spent summers for 25 years. The décor was simple to incorporate the beauty of the natural surroundings. The bride surprised the groom, his mother and his aunt with gold bumblebee charms, a tribute to the groom’s late grandmother. Sarah and Jay live in Myrtle Beach.
Photograph by Scott Smallin