We're in love with this beautiful southern wedding by Charleston wedding photographer CLAY AUSTIN held at WINGATE PLANTATION. Maggie & Josh wanted their wedding to be different and full of meaning. "We did not want anything we had seen before or anything that went along with the trends. We wanted a wedding that clearly communicated who we were, what we were about, and the love and grace of Jesus Christ."
Clay tells us, "I loved being a part of this celebration!! The couple could not have been any more graceful and were full of an unmistakable admiration for each other! The prayer circle before the ceremony was one of the most powerful moments I have ever been a part of and I still get goosebumps just looking at those photos. The details were a perfect complement to the amazing surrounding and will definitely be a source of inspiration for any brides looking for rustic elegance!"
HOW DID YOU MEET? We met at church in the young adults class. Maggie grew up in East Cooper Baptist and Josh started going there soon after moving to Charleston with the Air Force. He was an old soul in the young adults and Maggie was "fresh meat."
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Clearly the church played a pivotal role in our relationship. One, it is where we met and two, it was where we grew. We were very involved in the church. Additionally, Maggie's father played a major role in the building of the church's new sanctuary. If there is anyone Maggie will listen to, it's her dad. In the fall, the Christopher Family was at every home Citadel football game. The Saturday's always start with a meal at Leon's Oyster Shop then to the Citadel Football game. Saturday, November 5th was no different. It was a week before Maggie's birthday and her grandmother was in town. Maggie was insistent that we go get her birthday present with her grandmother before the football game considering the store was downtown near the football stadium. So, we were leaving a little earlier than normal. As I said, Maggie's Dad was a huge part in the building and design of the East Cooper Baptist Church's sanctuary so that morning when her dad said they had to run by the church to drop off a piece of furniture and he needed her help. So of course, Maggie gladly goes. They get to the church and her dad tells her to go in the almost complete new sanctuary to find a specific person. Maggie walks in and sees Josh coming out of one of the pews. Maggie was in complete shock. Josh got down on one knee and asked her to marry him and she agreed with all her heart. Slowly her entire family and his family came out from there hiding spots all there to celebrate with them. We proceeded to Leon's and the Citadel game with the whole crowd. We went home after the game to find an engagement part with my best friends and family. It was the greatest day...aside from our wedding day of course.