Maya Merchlinsky & Sean Cawley

The Party of a Lifetime


Apr 6, 2019
Hollywood , South Carolina

Photo Credit

Kailee DiMeglio

Style Guide

Color Palette





The Proposal

We had a year of long distance from Auburn to Charleston. During one of my visits, he took me to The Angel Oak Tree and out to dinner at The Boat House. After dinner he suggested we take a walk on the beach. I knew something was up when I saw a Maryland, Auburn & South Carolina flag lining the path to the beach. Once we got to the beach I saw a white rose sticking out of the sand with a ribbon attached. As I got closer I saw 12 roses & ribbons with the dates & meanings of our most important days. We got to the last rose which had a ribbon saying “forever” with that days date. Next to the rose was a huge conch shell holding ring. Sean dropped down to one knee and asked me to marry him!

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In Preparation

The preparation for the wedding was surprisingly not stressful due to us knowing from the start that we wanted a long engagement. I graduated a few weeks after he proposed and we both want time to settle into our new home and city before jumping into wedding planning. We booked our venue almost 2 years out and we fell in love with Old Wide Awake Plantation quickly. Old Wide Awake had it all. We chose not to hire a wedding planner because Sean and I wanted our day to be OUR day. No matter how ‘go with the flow’ that meant. My favorite part of the prep was picking out my flowers! Our wedding colors were slate blue & blush. Being an agriculture major I was able to pick exactly which types of flowers, greenery, and foliage I wanted.

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© 2016 Kailee DiMeglio

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The Big Day

My favorite part of the wedding was the entire day! Sean and I thought of our wedding as one huge party and we stuck with that vibe the whole day. Our first look was special but as soon as we were ready for pictures it rained but I was still ecstatic & giddy. It was still perfect! We had the final four for the college basketball national championship streamed at our reception. Sports & Auburn is core to our relationship. We cheered for auburn then went right to dancing and partying. Another little touch I loved was our cake! Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE funfetti cake! We also had our dog Mason for pictures! He has been a huge part of our relationship & deserved a spot in it!

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© 2016 Kailee DiMeglio

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The Retreat

The honeymoon was a complete surprise! Sean booked everything and I didn’t know a thing until I got there. We ended up going to St. Lucia where we stayed at Serenity at Coconut Bay and spent our days on gorgeous beaches and nights explore the amazing town and eating some of the best food of our lives.

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Contributing Vendors


Kailee DiMeglio Photography




Old Wide Awake Plantation


Pretty Petals of Charleston


Honey’s Baking


Charleston Bay Gourmet


Vista Print


Seng Couture


VideoFilm Production



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