Jaclyn Rodriguez & Branson Lee

June 13, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina

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The First Encounter

Branson and I met while attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a bar, through a mutual friend. After we met, he called me and asked me out on a casual date for pizza. We were in the middle of finals, and I’m glad I decided to take that break from studying! We dated for one semester before I moved to Miami for a job. Branson still had another year of law school, and then did his postgraduate law degree in New York City. We continued to date long distance for two years before he proposed. He found a job in Atlanta, and I was able to transfer with my firm to their Atlanta office.

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North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern BrideThe Preparation

Preparing for the wedding was stressful even though it was a long engagement! Since I was really busy at work, I didn’t have a lot of time to plan. I went with every vendor recommendation my wedding planner suggested. I barely did any research, but everything turned out perfectly ! I also told my wedding planner that I love little details. She sent me a long email with little detail recommendations that fit my general theme. Since I’m not creative, but I know what I like when I see it, that was extremely helpful for me.

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

The Big Day

Everyone told me that something would go wrong the day of the wedding, but honestly, nothing did. I could not have felt more relaxed before the wedding! We had Paper Dolls come to the venue to do our hair and makeup. The stylists were so much fun and made me feel so relaxed. Everyone loved their hair and makeup and I think that made all the difference! I also ordered food and drinks to the venue. There was really little to think about the day of the wedding.

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North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

The Retreat

After the wedding, we took two weeks off from work and went to Santorini, Greece and Ravello, Italy on the Amalfi Coast for our honeymoon. We ate a lot, took cooking classes, went on a wine tasting and catamaran tour, rented ATVs and enjoyed some quality time with each another! We loved both Greece and Italy, but agreed that if we had to pick one place, we would choose Santorini. The views are out of this world!

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North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Greece, Italy, Honeymoon, Destination, Southern Bride

:: credits ::

photographerAaron & Jillian |

planner: Pure Luxe Bride | ceremony & receptionLowndes Grove Plantation | floristBranch Design Studio | catererFISH  | cakeFISH  |  rentals: EventWorks | hair & makeup: Salon Paper Dolls | gown: Rivini | invitations & paper: Paper Daisies | favors & gifts: Hanson Ellis | transportation: ACW Limo Service }

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