Love on the Range

January 2019
Written By: 
Ashley Daniels
Photographs by: 
Gene Ho Photography

The golf links connected Erin and Jimmy to the love of a lifetime

Erin Denise Melikian & James Edward Biggs
October 27, 2018 • 21 Main Events at North Beach

Golf played a big part of Erin and Jimmy Biggs’ early encounters and pivotal relationship movements.

The couple’s first meeting teed off during a golf provider getaway in Williamsburg, Virginia, where Erin worked for the golf and travel vacation company hosting the getaway that Jimmy, a golf course operator at Crow Creek Golf Club in Calabash, attended. Two years later, they met again at a golf travel show in Washington, D.C.

“I say he pursued me and he says I did,” laughs Erin. “I think it really was a mutual thing. After the golf show, we talked every day.”

And they even kept up a long distance relationship from Virginia to Myrle Beach for about a year, before Erin migrated south and the two continued to date for three and a half years.

Flash forward to Labor Day 2017, when Jimmy popped the big question after 100 holes of golf (played in one day). The golf marathon benefits Folds of Honor, of which Jimmy is captain for the Myrtle Beach Patriots team, a national campaign founded by fighter pilot and golf professional Dan Rooney. Almost 88 cents out of every dollar raised goes toward educational scholarships for families of fallen or wounded soldiers.

“At the end of our event, I was on the 100th hole tee box and thought, ‘This would be a great spot to propose,’ because the point at the clubhouse overlooking the Shallotte River is a beautiful setting,” says Jimmy. “What better time and place when finishing off our huge effort by asking the love of my life to marry me at this massive event that tripled in the number of professionals joining our effort and the crowds were huge? We barely finished with daylight. Both of our parents were there to see the finish and the proposal. Best moment of my life.”

Only Erin’s father knew of the game plan, as Jimmy had previously asked for his permission to marry his daughter.

“He was doing his speech, thanking everyone, congratulating everyone, and I was filming it all on my phone, when all of a sudden, he gets down on his knee,” says Erin. “Everyone cheered and I was so shocked I threw my phone in the bushes!”

The next big event for Jimmy and Erin would be the biggest one of their lives. Their wedding took place in North Myrtle Beach on October 27, 2018, in the courtyard of 21 Main Events at North Beach.

“The customer service at 21 Main made us feel welcome from the first time we walked in to check out the venue—and we didn’t even have an appointment,” says Erin. “It’s hard to put into words how special the day was; they do it all so well, with a bridal attendant on-hand.”

The color palette for the ceremony and reception was a beautiful tapestry of black, white and gold, with the wedding aisle edged with white rose petals, the cake brushed in gold, and touches of greenery woven into the centerpieces.

On a day that was unhappily overcast, the sun broke through the clouds right before Erin and her bridesmaids, in floor-length black gowns, walked down the aisle. Erin practically floated in an ivory princess ball gown.

“At the end of the ceremony there was an air cannon that shot out rose petals that I had set up as a surprise for Jimmy,” says Erin. “I can’t wait for that picture.”

Guests were treated to fruit skewers and champagne pre-ceremony, followed by trays of crab-stuffed mushrooms, lobster bisque shooters, tuna tartar on wontons, Swedish meatballs, caprese skewers, chicken cordon blue bites, chicken satay with peanut sauce, and steak crostinis during cocktail hour. The three-course dinner included Caesar salad with a parmesan crisp, shrimp and pepper jack risotto, and a choice of filet mignon, a center cut pork chop, French breast of chicken, grilled salmon or a vegetable Napoleon. The cherry on top was the wildly popular ice cream bar, complete with a variety of flavors and all of the best toppings that could be scooped into a waffle cone bowl.

“My advice to have your wedding day run smoothly is to pick a great team—and soak in the moment,” says Erin. “The only complaint I had was that the night went by too fast!”

The newlyweds, who had just returned from their honeymoon to Aruba when we interviewed them, are looking to move into a home in Myrtle Beach. Erin works as a territory sales manager for Altria Group and Jimmy is employed by Pine Lakes Country Club as general manager and head golf pro.

Key Vendors:

Venue: 21 Main Events at North Beach
Photographer: Gene Ho
Planner: Casey Jagde at 21 Main Events at North Beach
Dress: Fancy Frocks
Hair/Makeup: Bobby Pins & Blushing Brides
Cake: Buttercream Cakery
Florist: DG Senter Designs
Catering: 21 Main Events at North Beach
Entertainment: DJ Jake
Invitations: Charlotte + Lily