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 The Gazette-Virginian
   Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thompson said her fiancé. Places
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Find Romance nature serves toofbalance these traits,”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lanning a wedding is a lot fun,       sity of Mary Washington with a M.Ed. in



  Outback Steakhouse Love At
‘It Was Just AboutFirst Date First Sight’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         just try to become overly             Middle School Education.
                                                                                                                                                                                               from page 2                                        However, both agree her happiness is                                                            He is employed as wedding man-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Be unforgettable on your an assistant day with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         consumed with the details. It’s a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ro- according to Brashear:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          (StatePoint) — Do you need morecontagious and often helps to brighten his                                                            ager for Virginia Foundation Seed Farm
                                                                                                                                                                                               will overcomein your life? For many Americans —
                                                                                                                                                                                                       mance any adversities we might          day.                                                                                            in Mount one of our employed as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                your hair styled byHolly, and she isbeauty experts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wonderful time to spend with your friends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         w Subjects and settings are being rede-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cheryl, Sharon, Lynda & Lauren
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When asked if romance offer is evolving.and family, as every party, shower or event in


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                                                                                                                                                                                               face inespecially women — the answer is “yes,” as fined: The they couldnovel advice
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the future.”                                                                           It’s                                            a sixth-grade U. S. History teacher at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to others longer simply a genre focused on your
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The romance novels, films and cable networks no thinking about getting married women honor will have all your favorite people
                                                                                                                                                                                                       couple had dated from May 2005                                                                                                          Richmond County Intermediate School in
                                                                                                                                                                                               until Februaryto the genrea few breaks in and planning a wedding, Franklin ad-more desir-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       devoted 2009, with continue to proliferate escaping into affairs or forging                                                      will work with you to achieve the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Warsaw.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in attendance.”
             By BEth ROBERtsOn                 University, which she completed in           of the sweetest moments of my life (the                                                                    and gain getting engaged                        able lives in traditional settings.
                                                                                                                                                                                               between, before in popularity. on Valen- vised, “Be open-minded with your fiance’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Corbin Rose Thompson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                exact look you desire! couple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Following their marriage, the
                 sTaFF WrITer                  2008. The couple would date almost four sweetest moment was when I first saw                                                                                                                              w Technology lot of romance everywhere:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Interestingly, while romantic fiction and concerns. A bringstimes Corbin
                                                                                                                                                                                               tine’s Day last year.                           ideas                                                                                           will reside in the Northern Neck of Vir-
                           By PAULA I. BRyAnt and a half years before their Aug. 2009wedding is a country-chic garden alter on our
                                                                      “Our vision for the   Pieter waiting for me at the                                                                               continues to flourish, the divorce rate is needs a technologies areto bounce romance
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I wanted to surprise Corbin with            just New sounding board spreading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tops In Hair Care
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ginia where they plan to stay “for a long


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         mily Miles and Pieter Visser met                          party,” Thompson said. “We’re hoping for good weather
                                                                                            wedding day).                                                                                      my proposal. I bought her ring in early is falling off. Although I try to offer sugges-impacting
                                                                                                                                                                                                       climbing and the marriage rate          ideas fiction to different platforms and                                                        time.”
         in 2005 when Pieter was wrap-                             on our wedding day,
                                                  “When I first met Pieter, I was re- so we can be married on the lawn outside the
                                                                                               Today the couple lives just                                                                                                                     tions, book lengths. It’s along with what-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       -- leading many experts to conclude that it’s often best to goall about accessibility, as
                                                                                                                                                                                               December and even brought it with                                                                                                                  “I find this area similar to South Bos-


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         ping up an MBA atas a quiet dinner together at Out-by his accent and also
                  hat began UNCG, and          ally intrigued      overlooking the water. Wecenter of the city of Utrecht, the fourth
                                                                                             will have a tented cocktail                                                                       me in my suitcase to Southand lonely hearts ever she chooses.”books are increasing in popu- graduate of Virginia TechCenterville Shopping Center,water and seafood,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ton but with more South Boston
                                                                                                                                                                                                       both happy couples Boston for            are electronic                                a 2007                              and a
Emily was a sophomore at High in Christiansburg has led 6 foot 8 and reception, featuring a string in the Netherlands with a
                  back Steakhouse Point        his height. He’s hour and I’m a foot         largest city trio for the cock-                                                                    Christmas. Things were very hectic thatromance. larity, suggests, “Try not to become prospective 2010 graduate of the Univer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       turning to fiction for a good dose of      Thompson changing where and how romance                                                            572-1763
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thompson added.
University.                                                        tail hour really loved
                  to a marriage proposal and upcoming May Emily. “I alsoand a live band for the reception. After the
                                               shorter,” adds                               population of about 300,000.                                                                       Christmas with visiting allis growing and chang- fiction wedding planning: budgets,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       And the genre itself of Corbin’s        consumed in is devoured.
                                               the fact that he reception we will depart by boat and spend the night which dates
   “We 1 wedding for Robert Tyler Franklin and Corbin Rose was really intelligent
        met while we were both out with                                                        “It’s a beautiful, old city                                                                                                                     colors, w Readers want more, faster:
                                                                                                                                                                                               family ing to encompassI all types of love stories, themes, music, food, etc. I some-The indus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and friends, and never found the
friends, and we dated for two and a half and obviously highly the Tides Inn in Irvington.” to Roman times, so you find
        Thompson.
           The pair had to return to the
months before hehas known each other for four came to the US toThe couple then plans to honeymoon in Kona, basis walking
Netherlands,” recalled Emily.Smyth Hall in anPieter “liked theHawaii. I have
        meeting in Room 234A “It was
                                               he years after
                                                   environmen-
                                                                   at motivated,” noting back
                                                                       play college tennis. yourself on a regular
                                                                    fact that               past houses and pubs which were built
                                                                                                                                                                                               right time to pop the question. science fiction and find myself pouring over the details, that
                                                                                                                                                                                                       such as those set against
                                                                                                                                                                                                       paranormal backdrops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “So after Christmas and New Year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               passed, IIndeed, nearly 50 percenta week-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               times try and technology are evolving so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Tyler has to bringableback down the public’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                           suggested that we take of all marriages appetitive faster and with more frequency.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               earth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       publishers are me to satisfy to                                                                                   Ed Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photography
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        tal science class sight.”
just about love at firstat Virginia Tech.                             “We’re excited to go
                                               (somewhat) curly hair and a good heart,scuba diving, deep sea fishing, settled,”
                                                                                            before Jamestown was even                                                                          end vacation toin divorceTech the Valen- rate is
                                                                                                                                                                                                       now end Virginia and for marriage                 w Changing values are fun, just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Planning a wedding is a lot ofimpacting story-
           “We started out studying 14                                                       around the island,” Thomp-
   After Pieter left, the two spent together for class andto him,” kayaking and sightseeing notes Emily.
                                               according           said Emily. “My                                                                                                                     dropping, according to at U.S. Census try notlines: Quick relationships are being glori-
                                                                                                                                                                                               tine’s Day. I planned our staythethe Inn         Bu- to become overly consumed with
months living in began seeing each other outside the class- follow him to the Nether-
        eventually different countries.        willingness to      son said.                   Today, she teaches English at Ho-                                                                       reau. Meanwhile, 74.8 million Americansdetails. alongwonderful time to A quick affair
                                                                                                                                                                                               at River Bend, about 15 minutes outside         the fied, It’s a with lasting ones. spend                                                                                      Wedding &
   “We room,” Thompson said. 8-12
        saw each other every                                          When                  geschool Utrecht, a their
                                               lands couldn’t have hurt.” asked if the couple was nervous aboutcollege located a                                                               of Virginia Tech. My one romance novel in 2008, your friends for lively reading for many, as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               with can make and family, as every
                                                                                                                                                                                                       read at least plan was to propose                                                                                                                                   Family Portraits
weeks,” added Emily. often joke about their first date. “I where did Pieter propose, the 25-minute bicycle ride from her home.
           She said they                          When and         upcoming special day,    groom-to-be asked, “How                                                                                    according to a where we first met               American values and customs change.
                                                                                                                                                                                               to Corbin in the room2009 InfoTrends survey.party, shower or event in your honor will                                     Bill, Susan & Drew Granger, Owners
   She even visited Pieter inwe were wearing. It was ashe surprised? be nervous about “My students range in age from 16-60,
        first remember what the Nether-        and was pretty can you                       something you feel so sure                                                                         in springThe romancespoke to one of my beyond all your favorite people in Bookscan figures,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           2005. I even genre is evolving      have      According to Nielsen atten-                                           Stephanie Crump, Manager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ask about our
        nice date for which was also her          “Pieter proposedabout?”in March 2008 and all want to become English teach-
lands in Oct. 2005,a college student,” she said of the Out-         to me                                                                                                                      formerbodice-rippers and historical fiction of years recent retail sales of romance were up seven
                                                                                                                                                                                                        professors and asked her to unlock dance,” she added.                                                  Let us take your
        back Steakhouse feast they enjoyed together. parents’ back His bride-to-be agreed. “Not really. I feel like Tyler
first time on an airplane. With sum-           on my                  deck, overlooking     ers,” she said.                                                                                    the doors to and Smyth, as it would bethe printed percent,parents are delighted with were
                                                                                                                                                                                                       past, the even moving beyond a             Both sets of while overall adult book sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Valentine Specials
mer school, sheshe is busy planning her upcoming “medium- and I have known each other for a long time,the treasury depart-
           Today, graduated a year early       the Staunton River, during a visit to           Pieter works at been                                                                            Saturday. into digital devices. Here are the hot- children’s choices fiction sales were flat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       page                                    their down and adult and eagerly await                     ideas and turn them
in order to move to the Netherlands ParktheLancaster.
        sized” wedding at Belle Isle State                         through good talked
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                                                                                            ment of an asset our love                                                                             “However, we latest trends in romance fiction, May wedding.
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in July 2006 ceremony and reception will take lot about getting married, so I wasn’t        called PGGM in Zeist, a small city near                               PHOTO By rHIannOn HOrsley    a little early, and the doors were still           “My parents think Corbin brightens                                                                                    www.edfraserphotography.com
Master of Mansion on the Rappahannock River.
        Air Literary Studies at Utrecht        exactly surprised, but it was still one       please see OUtBAck, page 3 Robert tyler franklin and corbin Rose thompson
                                                                                            their home.                                                 sIMPle reFlecTIOns PHOTOGraPHIc arT)
                                                                                                                                                                                               locked. At that point, I already had the        everyone’s day and look forward to her
                                                                                               Emily is the daughter of Shelton and   Mr. and Mrs. Pieter Visser                               ring loose in my pocket and realized I          becoming part of the family, Franklin said               Full Line of Designer



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “I                                                                       gangway at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     got to her house at around 8 a.m. that Saturday after helping to cook a stewhadthetrail of rose it)! Taylor then got down on one knee
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                                                                                              before the wedding, Tina Hoyle and Me-
                                                                                                                                              to make sure the weekend was special for
                                                                                                                                              them, too. I can’t even begin to tell you
                                                                                                                                                                                              DAncE
                                                                                                                                                                                                QUEstIOn                                                                                                              petals leading to I         GUIDELInEs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hyco Road Ruritan Club and woke her up. We exchanged our Valentine’s Day gifts. our patio and asked me to marry him. My eyes

       Snowball Dance
from page 7                                                                                   lissa put together a checklist in chronologi-
                                               of football conflicts as well as it is my birth-                                               how many of our guests have mentioned to        from page 4 page 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                     from                                                                                                                                         w all engagement submissions must be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      table, which was covered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     opened her present first, and after that I got down on one knee and asked her to marry              filled with tears, and I could barely say
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  typed, and received one week prior to
                                               day, so it made it extra special,” recalled    cal order for the wedding day of everything     us what a great a time they had the entire                                                                                                                               in rose petals and candles. following deadlines. engagements so much. He
time devoted to                                                                                                                                                                                                                              me. She had no idea.”                                                                                the ‘yes’ because I was shaking will
wedding planning                               Melissa. “And Taylor wanted it then so he      that needed to be done. The bride de-           weekend, which is exactly what we tried to              and buy at Gap, but I was ner-
                                                                                                                                                                                                When asked if the couple didn’t have time to                                                                     And Taylor had music           then pulled out a bottle of champagne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  published more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mitchell Thomas Martin II, recalling playing. I immediately not beand we toastedthan six months in Then

       First Date Leads
                                               would only have to remember one date           scribes the checklist as a wonderful tool be-   accomplish during our planning.”                vous about their upcoming special day,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      do it). I went back to my house after the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  his romantic proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          advance or less than twoour engagement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     weeks prior to the
   “Since our wedding was a “destina-          for both my birthday and our anniversary.      cause she could completely relax knowing                                                                 quickly and when I opened the door there
                                                                                                                                                                                              Martinmassage, replied, “Yes.”                                                                                                                    Tina and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  had a ton of questions… wedding date. her husband, who had been
tion” wedding, it was a little more difficult  The caterer/menu (we finalized the menu        that she was able to check on the status of     Melissa, did you find the                               was a trail admitted at times
                                                                                                                                                                                                His bride-to-beof rose petals leading to the hot                                                                                          w all hiding submissions must be typed,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where were you? Did you wedding in the woods, came down to the
in making some decisions because we            details and head count closer to the wed-      the wedding day activities and make sure                                                        she gets nervous “because it’s a bigaround the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      tub. There were candles lit                                                                                                               dock to celebrate with be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  play golf? How did you and only certain information willus! printed

       To May 29 Nuptials
                                                                                                                                              wedding gown you wanted                                                                                                                                                                     in the free write-up with a two-column
only saw our wedding spot once before          ding) and Palmetto Dunes had their own         everything was coming together. She also                                                                hot make.”
                                                                                                                                                                                              decision totub, rose petals floating in the water,                                                                  get to the dock? How did
we arrived for the wedding weekend,”           catering company, so that made that deci-      made a map of the house/beach ceremony          quickly or did it take awhile?                    The couple playing and a bottle of wine with on trucks and hang out with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photo. all submissions will be edited, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      music had dated over four             work                                                                  you C. the dress?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mitchell T. and Jeanette getMartin of Who              taylor’s version
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          must be received one week prior to the
recalled Melissa. “So we had to rely on a      sion easy as well.”                            area describing where everything should           “I went to several difference places, from    years before getting engaged last year friends and family. But we do like
                                                                                                                                                                                                      a tray of cheese and crackers. There was                                           Gretna.                  put the note on the dogs?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          four-month wedding anniversary date, or a
lot of emailing, phone conversations, and         The groom’s parents visited Hilton Head     be set up, which made it much easier            David’s Bridal to an upscale boutique in                                                      to do
                                                                                                                                                                                                      also a note that read: ‘Don’t worry about other things separately,” she
                                                                                                                                                                                              on Valentine’s Day.                                                                           And for Lewis, she doesn’t know all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “He answered         price will“I wasn’t too nervous about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     be provided for its publication.
                                  By PAULA I. BRyAntafter the location was decided to
just plain trust that everything would         shortly                                        for the catering company and the set-up         Charlotte,” said the bride. “ I found a dress     “I got to dogs. Daddy had already taken is quick to add. “He likes to restore
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the her house at around 8 a.m.        care                                         what her parents, Mark A. and Patti we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   my questions while           actual proposal itself as much as I was
work out. We had some pictures of GaZeTTe edITOr a catering company for the re-
                                     the       engage                                         people to get everything taken care of, also    that I ‘liked’ at every place I went, but I     that Saturday after helping to cookbath. Iantique chainsaws, and I like that I knew F. Lewis, would do without Taylor and I love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                danced to the music. him. “They
                                                                                                                                                                                                      of them. Relax and enjoy the a         will called Tina and told her to work                                                              nervous about the whole plan work-
house and outside, so we could do some of      hearsal dinner, which included out-of-town     relieving the bride of worry.                   hadn’t fallen in ‘love’ with that one special   stew atbe home from the golf course shortly.’and bowl in a league. I think this was
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Hyco Road Ruritan Club          out    tonight was the night that Taylor love him.” oysters, so he had a friend get a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fresh                                           ing out because I knew that Melissa


       W
                    hat began as on the        guests for the wedding.
the planning for the setup baseda date to a Snowball Dance in December                                                                        dress. My mother and I went shopping at         and woke her up. We exchanged our             gives our relationship aShe warned me not to 2005 graduateoysters in from the coast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A shipment of of Halifax County
                                                                                                                                                                                                         “I got into the hot bath and enjoyed      going to propose. good balance.”                                                             would be extremely inquisitive about
pictures.”                                        “We knew we upcoming
                    2004 has led to a marriage proposal andwanted to do a “low-coun-            the most fun aspect                           the Burlington Bridal Mart one weekend.                 the wine gifts. I opened her
                                                                                                                                                                                              Valentine’s Dayand cheese. About 30 minutes          jump to if they could I was going toHigh School, Martin currently grill, and we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               When asked conclusions. oroffer ad-              He steamed them on the attends                  what was going on throughout the day,
   The biggest time commitment on for Mitchell Thomasdinner and oyster roast in the
                    May 29 wedding             try” themed Martin II and                        of a beach wedding?                           There was another cute bride that was try-      present first, and after that I got down vice to be extremely disappointed. She told Old Dominion University where he is were
                                                                                                                                                                                                      later, our two dogs, Colby and Summer,       others thinking about getting         me     sat down for dinner. The oysters                but Tina came through for me in a big
Melissa’s part was making the custom
         Jessica Carol Lewis.                  backyard, so his parents found the Bluff-                                                      ing on dresses in the changing room beside               knee and asked her to marry
                                                                                                                                                                                              on one came running into the bathroom. They   married and planningTaylor just wanted toworking towards a civil engineering so he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   once again that a wedding, Mar-        do    wonderful. Taylor loves oysters,                way. I knew that whatever I did for the
wedding invitations.have knownspent other ton Oyster Company,after was referred
           The pair “I probably each           for over five years which                           “When Taylor and I first talked about      me, and we had very similar tastes in                                                                something fashion, me.
                                                                                                                                                                                              me. She had no idea,” Martin said re- andtin, in true groomspecial forsaid, “Hold
                                                                                                                                                                                                      immediately went for the cheese                                                    degree.kept on eating them until there was only proposal, I wanted to make something
every weekend for two monthsgrade in on to them by a friend of theirs to handle the
         meeting in the 12th working Dave Norris’ physics class.                                what ‘we’ wanted our wedding to be like       wedding dresses. After she would try on a       calling crackers, and Iproposalaround their off as long as you shower and got dressed up Lewis, also a I was beginning to get a little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                one left. 2005 HCHS graduate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       his romantic noticed to Jess,                  “I took a can.”                                                                           special for her. I initially was going to do
            and didn’t really want to go, but he knew I did, so he added
designing “He making our custom wedding Friday evening event,” asked the bride.                 (there was no ‘I’ in our discussions), our    dress, then I would try it on next, and vice    as he fondly callsaher. tied with ribbon. I took Lewis new dress. Taylor called and said 2008 graduate of Virginia Tech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is a irritated wondering when he was going
                                                                                                                                                                                                      necks was note                           And in my counseled, “Make sure                                                                  a scavenger hunt for her to find the ring,
invitations, but I thatawas our first date,” Lewis narrowed down the photographer and most important factors were the three “Fs,”
         me, and had great time doing it,         “I said recalling that Snow                                                                 versa. We were swapping wedding dresses           And he declares and read it. The note said: reallywas just leaving the golf course and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      off the note it was “her person-      you he know the person you are                      BS degree in crop put the envi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with a to finish eating! Heand soil last oyster        but I knew that it would be difficult to
         Ball Dance at the work,” added        DJ for the reception on the Internet and
so it was worth all the hard high school her senior year.                                       Family, Friends and Fun, so every decision    between our changing rooms. Those are           ality” that to the hall him to her, while
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘Go attracted closet and get dressed.marrying. Take home time and don’t Twenty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   would be your in 20 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I                                          ronmental sciences. I told him that I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on my plate, and                                pull that over on her. So, I had the idea
                                               from referrals,” she continued.
the bride. Today, she is busy planning her upcoming church wedding, “I spokeMitchellwe madeMartinthomas was based on these carol Lewis
                                                                                                                 II and Jessica three fac-    the types of experiences and memories                   will be home shortly and of           rush minutes passed and then another 20 He is employed atany more. He insisted that of getting Tina involved in order to get
                                                                                                                                                                                              she thought “he was funny,to take you out for a it.”                                              too full to eat B & B Consul-
         reception and honeymoon to Pigeon Forge, TN. each before deciding on them tors,” recalled Melissa. “A beach wedding
   “We tackled the big decisions very early    with a few of                                                                                  you make when going through the whole           course,romantic dinner.’ I put on my bathrobeBothminutesparents couldn’t him to see tants, Inc. as a CAD operator, I pried open the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I eat one more oyster so and she
                                                                                                                                                                                                       good-looking.”                               sets of past…so I called be                                                                 Melissa away from the house that after-
and quickly in thegoing to invite all our friends just asked a bunch of said
           “We’re wedding planning:            and and family,” Lewis questions to              is very laid-back but very intimate, so we    wedding process since everyone is so help-              and went to the hall closet. Inside more pleasedhe was. He told me to come down oyster,by Halifaxwasn’t anPublic in it
                                                                                                                                                                                                She agrees that their personalities the            where with their children’s           is employed but there County oyster                    noon. The day took a lot of planning and
                                               everyone United Methodist
where (Hilton Head Island, specifically Shady Grove I spoke to. I clicked immediately
         of their wedding to be held at                                                         wanted everyone to feel like they were on     ful, friendly and just plain excited! I must    compliment each the dress that I wanted to choices. the dock (our house is on Lake Wylie). .…there was ascience teacher.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      closet was other.                            to                                    Schools as a HCHS diamond ring inside the              setting up, and I only had a few hiccups
Palmetto Dunes Resort and the house at
         Church.                               with the photographer and couldn’t have          a vacation and not just at wedding. All our   have tried on at least 100 dresses that day.            buy from Gap earlier that day when I “They grabbed alike theirand headed to the Following their marriage, the coupleoyster
                                                                                                                                                                                                “We are a great compliment to each                 I love her sweater own,”                     oyster shell (Taylor had lined the              along the way. But in the end everything
3 Cat Boat as mentioned above), when           asked for a better choice. I felt like we had guests had to travel and make some sacri-        Finally, I found the ‘one’ that was perfect,    other. We like to do a lot of the I immediately
                                                                                                                                                                                                      was shopping with Tina. same          Martindock. of his parents, Stevesaw the dock reside in Virgilina where they inside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    said When I got to dock, I H.        will shell with felt and tied the ring                 turned out perfect!”
(this was easy because there was only                  please see DAncE, life.”
                                               been girlfriends our wholepage 5                 fices to get to Hilton Head, so we wanted     and I had to have it.”                          things – hunt, fish, ride four-wheelers, and Donna B. Short of Nathalie and                recently purchased a home.


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                                                                    MELIssA Ann BOsIGER AnD stEWARt tAyLOR cOUntRyMAn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HOW dO yOu
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 eacH OTHer?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We are really polar opposites in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a lot of ways, which I think helps us
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 complement each and makes us a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 complete unit (for a lack of a better
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 word), they agree.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    While Taylor is really laid-back and
                                                                                By BEth ROBERtsOn                     ing her plans for the day, and return-           day wondering the same thing.)                                                                                                                                                            even-keeled, Melissa is described as
                                                                                    sTaFF WrITer                      ing to Taylor’s house by boat with her              “I knew that she was special at that                                                                                                                                                   “like a little spark plug” (the energizer
                                                                                                                      dog, Colby, for the cookout. “Taylor and         initial meeting because she came over                                                                                                                                                     bunny). “so she keeps me pepped up



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 while I keep her in check,” he added.
                                                                           he marriage of Melissa Ann Bo-             Melissa hung out for most of the day             and just rolled with the punches at our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     at the end of the day though,
                                                                           siger and Stewart Taylor Country-          and evening, and the rest is history!” she       cookout. She knew absolutely no one but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 no matter how mad one makes the
                                                                           man was celebrated during a beau-          recalls.                                         fit in with about 30 people immediately,                                                                                                                                                  other, “all it takes is a little hint of a
                                                                    tiful Oct. 3 beach ceremony in Palmetto              “Who would have known that the love           like she had known us for years. Besides                                                                                                                                                  smile from either of us, and every-
                                                                    Dunes at Hilton Head Island, SC.                  of my life lived only a few hundred yards        her outward beauty, I was even more                                                                                                                                                       thing is all right,” they agree.
                                                                       The Rev. Michael Armistead performed           away from me, and we had never met               attracted to her inward beauty. I had                                                                                                                                                         Both like to cut up and have a
                                                                    the double ring ceremony at 5:30 p.m.             before?”                                         never met someone that was so compas-                                                                                                                                                     good time, so they try to keep every-
                                                                       The walkway to the beach was decorat-                                                           sionate and caring with such a zest for                                                                                                                                                   thing as light-hearted as possible.
                                                                    ed with candlelit lanterns and blue and           What qualities                                   life. I knew instantly when I met her                                                                                                                                                     One of the most important factors
                                                                    white hydrangea arrangements hanging                                                               that I had met someone truly special.”                                                                                                                                                    fostering the relationship is that they
                                                                                                                      attracted the couple?                                                                                                                                                                                                                      share a lot of common interests and
                                                                    from shepherd’s hooks.
                                                                       The story of the bride and groom’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        really enjoy doing things together.
                                                                                                                         “I was initially attracted to Taylor          how long have Melissa and                                                                                                                                                                     as for the things that one may
                                                                    meeting and their marriage is the stuff           because he was a charming, ‘true’ gentle-        taylor known one another?                                                                                                                                                                 not enjoy as much as the other, then
                                                                    of storybooks. It began with a chance             man,” recalled Melissa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    each will make sacrifices and do in
                                                                    cookout that changed their lives forever.            After the couple met on Memorial Day            “We first met on May 26, 2007, so we         had to do so was over Easter weekend          have it on the beach, so our first choice    pointed in the first place we went to, so       order make the other one happy,
                                                                                                                      weekend, they started having dinner a            have known each other for two years and        2009. Everyone knew that I was going to       was to get married in the Charleston, SC     we immediately eliminated it. When we

 POPPInG THe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 they advise. Both are passionate
                                                                    Meeting                                           few nights a week at Melissa’s house on          eight months,” replied Melissa.                have the talk with him, which made it a       area, but we found out that they have        went to the second place, it was pouring        about the outdoors and enjoy being
                                                                                                                      the back porch overlooking Lake Wylie.                                                          lot more difficult than I had anticipated     limitations on beach weddings,” recalled     down rain, so the wedding coordinator           outside as much as possible, and ob-



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                                                                       “We were introduced by a neighbor,             Then the dinner a few nights a week              how long did the couple date                   because her whole family was in town at       Melissa. “After it looked like Charleston    for the Palmetto Dunes Resort offered           viously both love being on the lake.
                                                                    Brad Morris, on Memorial Day Weekend              turned into dinner every night. “We                                                             her parents, and everyone kept a close        wasn’t going to work out, we started         to drive us by a vacation home that she            Both love to entertain and to be
                                                                                                                                                                       before taylor proposed?                                                                                                                                                                   around friends and our family, they
                                                                    2007,” began Melissa.                             talked and got to know each other over                                                          eye on me the whole weekend wondering         looking on the coast of North and South      had a wedding at the previous night.
                                                                       Brad had offered to let Melissa bor-           those dinners,” added Melissa. “I tell             “We had dated for almost two years           when our big talk was going to be. Not        Carolina for other wedding locations         Once we saw the house, we immediately           agree. as with the wedding planning,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 they have four important “F” factors
                                                                    row his riding lawn mower because he              everyone that I fell in love with Taylor on      before I asked her to marry me, but we         to mention everyone was kidding with          because of the logistics for our family      fell in love with every aspect of it, and its
 cOuPle recalls THeIr VersIOn                                       saw her cutting her lawn with a push              my back porch!!!                                 both knew very early on that we had            me the entire weekend about ‘the talk’.       and friends. The majority of our friends     location to the beach. It wasn’t ocean-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in their lives: Faith, Family, Friends,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Fun, and “we try to live each one
 OF HOW PrOPOsal HaPPened                                           mower, so reluctantly Melissa borrowed
                                                                    the mower even though she was almost
                                                                                                                         Taylor recalls that first meeting.
                                                                                                                         “I was obviously initially attracted to
                                                                                                                                                                       something very special together,” recalled
                                                                                                                                                                       the groom. “We had started talking about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was finally able to talk to her father
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      one on one without any distractions late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    live in Charlotte, NC, and my family is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    from South Boston and Taylor’s family is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 front, but it did have a private board-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 walk to the beach that was lined with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to the fullest.”

 Melissa’s version                                                  finished cutting her lawn because she             Melissa because of her beauty, and to            our future together in the fall of 2008,       Sunday afternoon once everyone had left,      from Marietta, GA, so the NC/SC coast        beautiful magnolia and palm trees.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ABOUt thE cOUPLE
                                                                    “felt guilty about not borrowing it since         this day I can still vividly picture the         and we knew it was just a matter of time       and obviously he knew what was about          was the most accommodating location             The house was seven bedrooms and


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The bride is the daughter of Mr.
             ne of my girlfriends, Tina Hoyle, who directed the     Brad was so nice and generous to offer it         first time I saw her playing that day with       before we made it official. “One of my         to happen. I was a little nervous at first,   for everyone. I mainly used the Internet     seven baths, so it was large enough for         and Mrs. John Bosiger of Halifax, and
             wedding, asked me to go to the mall with her on        to her.”                                          Colby in the lake over at Brad’s house           best friends is a jeweler so I began talk-     but once he said he would give his bless-     to search for places and spoke with a few    Taylor and Melissa’s immediate fami-            the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
             Saturday afternoon. We were shopping in J. Crew            When Melissa returned the mower               in her red bikini top and khaki shorts.          ing to him the first part of 2009 about my     ing to us, which was a huge weight lifted     people by phone. Most places provide         lies to stay in, which is something both        richard a. countryman of Marietta,
 at Southpark Mall when she suddenly told me that she was           to Brad’s house, the guys who lived next          My initial reaction was to pinch myself          timeline in getting the ring, etc. Melissa     off me, he offered one piece of advice to     their rates and catering menus on the        wanted. The backyard had a beautiful            Ga.
 feeling lightheaded and needed to sit down, so we found a          door to Brad were having a cookout.               because why in the world would this              was getting a little impatient with me         me for a long, happy marriage ….and           Internet. By looking at their rates and      flat grass area that was surrounded                Melissa graduated from Virginia
 couch in the center of the mall for her to rest on. While we       Brad introduced Melissa to Taylor, who            really good looking, cool, charming, little      to get engaged, but it meant a lot to me       that was: “She will always be right and       catering prices online, it was easy to       by large palm trees, had a swimming             Tech in 1999 with a Bachelor degree
 were sitting there, she told me that she needed to tell me         invited her over for the cookout.                 southern belle want to hang out with me!         to ask her father for his permission in        even if you think you are right, you          eliminate the wedding locations that         pool and hot tub, and a large screened          in architecture and in 2000 with
 something and passed me a sealed envelope. I asked, ‘What             Melissa recalls returning home, cancel-        (And to this day I still pinch myself every      person to marry her. The first chance I        aren’t. She will still be right!”             were too expensive or didn’t fit what we     in porch with a fireplace, TV, and an           a Masters in architecture. she is
 is this?’ She explained it was from Taylor and not her. She                                                                                                                                                                                                        were looking for.                            outdoor kitchen.                                employed with rodgers Builders,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Inc., in charlotte as a senior project
 told me not to jump to any conclusions, but that Taylor felt                                                                                                                                                         When and where                                   “I found two places in Hilton Head           “Taylor and I didn’t have to even say
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 manager.
 bad that he hadn’t proposed to me yet and wanted to do           Is thERE AnythInG yOU WOULD chAnGE ABOUt thE WEDDInG?                                                                                               did taylor propose?                           Island and one place in Folly Beach, SC      anything to each other because it was              Taylor graduated from appala-
 something nice for me to show me how much he appreci-              “I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” said the bride. “Our wedding was absolutely perfect! It was a truly fairytale                                                        and another location in Charleston, SC,      exactly what we had envisioned for              chian state university in 1996 with
 ated and loved me. I opened the card and read it, and I got      weekend in Hilton Head. If there is one piece of advice that is pretty obvious - but I would stress to brides – is to not forget that it is your      April 25th, 2009                            but it wasn’t on the beach. One of the lo-   our wedding,” recalled Melissa. “So we          a Bachelor of science in Business
 teary eyed. Taylor had set up for me to have a massage at        wedding weekend, and all the planning should be Fun. If at any point when you are planning a wedding it becomes not fun, then you                                                                 cations only had one weekend available       booked it right then and headed back            administration in Finance and Bank-
                                                                  should regroup and make changes to whatever (or whoever), so it becomes fun again. also, it doesn’t make you the dreaded “bridezilla” to
 4:00 p.m. because he said that I needed some stress relief. I                                                                                                                                                        Why did you choose                            in September, so I convinced Taylor to       home to Charlotte, NC the next day              ing. He is currently employed with
                                                                  politely say, ‘This is our day and this is how we want it on our day, and I hope you will be supportive of that.’ I’m not going to lie, there are
 looked at my watch, and it was already 3:30 p.m., so I quickly                                                                                                                                                       a hilton head wedding?                        take a Monday off work, and we planned       without even visiting the other locations       Bridgewater capital in charlotte.
                                                                  definitely going to be some stressful times throughout the planning process, as well as on the wedding weekend, but just try to remember
 ran out of the mall (there was a dress I wanted to go back                                                                                                                                                                                                         a long weekend to look at the potential      that we had planned to see.”                       Melissa and Taylor countryman
                                                                  that in the grand scheme of things - and no matter how stressful things may get — just try to have fun, because your wedding weekend is
                                please see QUEstIOn, page 9                                                                                                                                                             “We knew we wanted to have an               wedding locations. Our first stop on our                                                     reside at lake Wylie in charlotte.
                                                                  and should be one of the best weekends of your life, and it is something that you will remember forever.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      outdoor wedding and really wanted to          road trip was Hilton Head. I was disap-                please see stORyBOOks, page 8
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                                                                                                           Since the bride isn’t supposed to be seen
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                                                                                                                                                        them, too. I can’t even begin to tell you
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       time devoted to
       wedding planning
                                                       of football conflicts as well as it is my birth- lissa put together a checklist in chronologi-
                                                       day, so it made it extra special,” recalled
                                                       Melissa. “And Taylor wanted it then so he
                                                                                                        cal order for the wedding day of everything
                                                                                                        that needed to be done. The bride de-
                                                                                                                                                        how many of our guests have mentioned to
                                                                                                                                                        us what a great a time they had the entire
                                                                                                                                                        weekend, which is exactly what we tried to
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   me. She had no idea.”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           opened her present first, and after that I got down on one knee and asked her to marry with tears, and I could barely prior to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             table, which was covered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        typed, and received one week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in rose petals and candles. ‘yes’ because I was shaking so much. He will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And Taylor had music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the following deadlines. engagements
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               then pulled out a bottle of champagne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mitchell Thomas Martin II, recalling his romantic proposal we toastedpublished more than six months in
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                advanceourless than two weeks prior to the
          “Since our wedding was a “destina-           for both my birthday and our anniversary.        cause she could completely relax knowing                                                                Martin quickly replied, “Yes.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        massage, and when I opened the door there                                                                     had a ton of questions…                    her husband,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tina andwedding date. who had been
       tion” wedding, it was a little more difficult   The caterer/menu (we finalized the menu          that she was able to check on the status of     Melissa, did you find the                                  His rose petals admitted at times
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       only saw our wedding spot once before           ding) and Palmetto Dunes had their own           everything was coming together. She also                                                                decision to make.” in the water,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        hot tub, rose petals floating                                                                                 get to the dock? How did
       we arrived for the wedding weekend,”            catering company, so that made that deci-        made a map of the house/beach ceremony          quickly or did it take awhile?                             The couple bottle of over four
                                                                                                                                                                                                        music playing and ahad datedwine with                  work on trucks and hang out with              Mitchellyouand the dress?C. Martin of
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       recalled Melissa. “So we had to rely on a       sion easy as well.”                              area describing where everything should           “I went to several difference places, from    a tray years before getting engaged was year friends and family. But we do like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of cheese and crackers. There last                                                           Gretna. put the note on the dogs?                  four-month wedding anniversary date, or a
       lot of emailing, phone conversations, and          The groom’s parents visited Hilton Head be set up, which made it much easier                  David’s Bridal to an upscale boutique in        also a on Valentine’s Day. worry about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                note that read: ‘Don’t                         to do other things separately,” she              And for Lewis, she doesn’t know “I wasn’t too nervous about the
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       just plain trust that everythingBRyAnt          shortly after the location was decided to        for the catering company and the set-up         Charlotte,” said the bride. “ I found a dress   the dogs. Daddy had house attaken care a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I got to her already around 8              is quick to add. “He likes to restore                   my questions while and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             what her parents, Mark A. we Patti        actual proposal itself as much as I was
       work out. We had some pictures of the
                             GaZeTTe edITOr            engage a catering company for the re-            people to get everything taken care of, also    that I ‘liked’ at every place I went, but I     of them. Relax and enjoy the bath. Ito cook called Tina andchainsaws, and I like to work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                that Saturday after helping will a             antique told her that I knew                  F. Lewis, would do without him.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     danced to the music. Taylor and I love “They      nervous about the whole plan work-
       house and outside, so we could do some of       hearsal dinner, which included out-of-town relieving the bride of worry.                         hadn’t fallen in ‘love’ with that one special           stew at the Hyco Road Ruritan Club             out and bowl in a league. I think this
                                                                                                                                                                                                        be home from the golf course shortly.’ tonight was the night that Taylor was                         love him.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fresh oysters, so he had a friend get a           ing out because I knew that Melissa


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            planning for the setup based on the        guests for the wedding.
       thehat began as a date to a Snowball Dance in December                                                                                           dress. My mother and I went shopping at            “I got into the hot bath We exchanged ourgoing to propose.relationship a good balance.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and woke her up. and enjoyed                   gives our She warned me not to                   A 2005 graduate of Halifax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     shipment of oysters in from the coast. County     would be extremely inquisitive about
       pictures.”has led to a marriage proposal and “We knew we wanted to do a “low-coun-
           2004                                           upcoming                                      the most fun aspect                             the Burlington Bridal Mart one weekend.                 Valentine’s Day gifts. I minutes                  When asked if was could offer ad- steamed School, Martin currently attends was going on throughout the day,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the wine and cheese. About 30 opened her jump to conclusions. or I they going to             He      High them on the grill, and we            what
                                                       try” themed dinner and oyster roast in the
          The biggest time commitment on Thomas Martin II and
           May 29 wedding for Mitchell                                                                  of a beach wedding?                             There was another cute bride that was try-      later, our two dogs, Colby afterSummer, down vice to disappointed. She told me                                                                  is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sat Old Dominion University where he but Tina came through for me in a big
                                                                                                                                                                                                                present first, and and that I got be extremely others thinking about getting down for dinner. The oysters were
       Melissa’s part was
Jessica Carol Lewis. making the custom                 backyard, so his parents found the Bluff-                                                        ing on dresses in the changing room beside              on one knee the bathroom. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and asked her to marry
                                                                                                                                                                                                        came running into                                                                                                         a civil so he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               married and planning a wedding, Mar- working towardsoysters,engineering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        once again that Taylor just wanted to do     wonderful. Taylor loves                           way. I knew that whatever I did for the
        pair have known each other spent               ton Oyster Company, which was referred
  The wedding invitations. “I probablyfor over five years after                                            “When Taylor and I first talked about        me, and we had very similar tastes in           immediately went for the cheese and said re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                me. She had no idea,” Martin                   tin, special groom                    kept degree.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        something in true for me. fashion, said, “Hold on eating them until there was only proposal, I wanted to make something
       every the 12th for two in Daveworking on to them by a friend of theirs to handle the
meeting in     weekend grade months Norris’ physics class.                                              what ‘we’ wanted our wedding to be like         wedding dresses. After she would try on a               calling his romantic proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                        crackers, and I noticed around their to Jess, “I took a showeras you can.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               off as long and got dressed up                   I was also a 2005 HCHS graduate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     one left. Lewis,beginning to get a little         special for her. I initially was going to do
        didn’t really want to go, but he knew I Friday evening
  “He designing and making our custom wedding did, so he asked event,” added the bride.                 (there was no ‘I’ in our discussions), our      dress, then I would try it on next, and vice            as he note tied with ribbon. I took in my new dress. Taylor called and saidsureirritated a 2008 graduatehe was goingTech a scavenger hunt for her to find the ring,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             is wondering when of Virginia
                                                                                                                                                                                                        necks was a    fondly calls her.                          And Lewis counseled, “Make
       invitations, but I had adate,” time doing it,recalling that Snow the photographer and most important factors were the three “Fs,”
me, and that was our first      great Lewis said          “I narrowed down                                                                              versa. We were swapping wedding dresses         off the note and read it. Thewas “her person- wasyou really know golf course and are to finish eating! He put the cropoyster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   And he declares it note said:        he      just leaving the the person you              with a BS degree in last and soil envi- I knew that it would be difficult to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       but
       so it was worth all school her senior year. DJ for the reception on the Internet and
Ball Dance at the high the hard work,” added                                                            Family, Friends and Fun, so every decision      between our changing rooms. Those are                   ality” that attracted him to her, while
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Go to the hall closet and get dressed. I              marrying. Take your time and don’ton my ronmentalI sciences. that I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        would be home in 20 minutes. Twenty                  plate, and told him                       pull that over on her. So, I had the idea
       theshe is busy planning her upcoming church wedding, she continued. “Ithomas Martin II and was based on these three fac-
  Today,    bride.                                     from referrals,”          Mitchell    spoke      we made                                         the types of experiences and memories           will beshe thought “he take funny, and a minutes passed and then another 20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 home shortly to was you out for of            rush it.”                                        He is employed at B & B Consul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     too full to eat any more. He insisted that of getting Tina involved in order to get
                                                                                                                 Jessica carol Lewis
          “We tackled the big decisions very early
reception and honeymoon to Pigeon Forge, TN.           with a few of each before deciding on them tors,” recalled Melissa. “A beach wedding             you make when going through the whole                   course, good-looking.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                        romantic dinner.’ I put on my bathrobe          minutes Both sets of parents to see be I eat one more oysteraso I pried open the she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  past…so I called him couldn’t              tants, Inc. as CAD operator, and Melissa away from the house that after-
       and quickly invite all our friends and family,” Lewis said bunch of questions to
  “We’re going toin the wedding planning:              and just asked a                                 is very laid-back but very intimate, so we      wedding process since everyone is so help-      and went to     agrees closet. Inside the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Shethe hall that their personalities        more pleased with their children’s oyster,is employed by Halifax County Public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        where he was. He told me to come down                 but there wasn’t an oyster in it         noon. The day took a lot of planning and
                                                       everyone I spoke
       where (Hilton Head Island, specifically United Methodist to. I clicked immediately
of their wedding to be held at Shady Grove                                                              wanted everyone to feel like they were on       ful, friendly and just plain excited! I must            compliment that I wanted to
                                                                                                                                                                                                        closet was the dresseach other.                        choices.                                      Schools as a HCHS science teacher.setting up, and I only had a few hiccups
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to the dock (our house is on Lake Wylie). .…there was a diamond ring inside the
Church.Palmetto Dunes Resort and the house at          with the photographer and couldn’t have          a vacation and not just at wedding. All our     have tried on at least 100 dresses that day.               “We earlier that day when I
                                                                                                                                                                                                        buy from Gapare a great compliment to each                                                              Following had lined the oyster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “They love and headed to own,” oyster shell (Taylor their marriage, the couple the way. But in the end everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I grabbed a sweater her like their the                                                         along
       3 Cat Boat as mentioned above), when            asked for a better choice. I felt like we had guests had to travel and make some sacri-          Finally, I found the ‘one’ that was perfect,                                  a lot of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                other. We like to do immediatelysame
                                                                                                                                                                                                        was shopping with Tina. I                              Martin got toof his I saw the Steve H.shell with felt and in Virgilina where they turned out perfect!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             will reside tied the ring inside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dock. When I    said dock, parents, dock
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       (this was easy because there was only please see DAncE, pageour whole life.”                     fices to get to Hilton Head, so we wanted       and I had to have it.”                                  things – hunt, fish, ride four-wheelers, and Donna B. Short of Nathalie and                  recently purchased a home.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                            especially women — the answer is “yes,” as fined: The romance novel is evolving. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   face in the future.”                               When asked if they could offer advice
                                                                                                                                                                                                            romance novels, films and cable networks no longer simply a genre focused on women
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The couple had dated from May 2005           to others thinking about getting married
                                                                                                                                                                                                            devoted to the genre continue to proliferate escaping into affairs or forging more desir-                                                             you to County Intermediate School in
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   until February 2009, with a few breaks in and planning a wedding, Franklin ad-                  in attendance.”                                Warsaw.
                     By BEth ROBERtsOn                 University, which she completed in               of the sweetest moments of my life (the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and gain in popularity.                         able lives in traditional settings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   between, before getting engaged on Valen- vised, “Be open-minded with your fiance’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       exact look you desire!
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               Interestingly, while romantic fiction          w Technology brings romance everywhere:                                  Corbin Rose Thompson

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                      By PAULA I. BRyAnt                        “Our vision for the wedding is a country-chic garden                                                                                        continues to flourish, the divorce rate is New technologies are spreading romance
                                                       and a half years before their Aug. 2009          Pieter waiting for me at the alter on our                                                                     “I wanted to surprise Corbin with            just needs a sounding board to bounce                                                     ginia where they plan to stay “for a long


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                 mily Miles and Pieter Visser met      wedding.                                         wedding day).                                                                                              my proposal. I bought her ring in early         ideas off. Although I try to offer sugges-                                                time.”
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                 in 2005 when Pieter was wrap-           “When I first met Pieter, I was re-               Today the couple lives just outside the                                                                 December and even brought it with               tions, it’s often best to go along with what-                                               “I find this area similar to South Bos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Centerville Shopping Center, South Boston
            hat began as a quiet dinner together at Out-      overlooking the water. We will have a tented cocktail                                                                                         both happy couples and lonely hearts are electronic books are increasing in popu-
                 ping up an MBA at UNCG, and           ally intrigued by his accent and also            center of the city of Utrecht, the fourth                                                                  me in my suitcase to South Boston for           ever she chooses.”                              a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech and a    ton but with more water and seafood,”
            back Steakhouse in Christiansburg has led
        Emily was a sophomore at High Point
                                                              hour and reception, featuring a string trio for the cock-
                                                       his height. He’s 6 foot 8 and I’m a foot         largest city in the Netherlands with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            turning to fiction for a good dose of romance. larity, changing where and how romance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Christmas. Things were very hectic that            Thompson suggests, “Try not to become
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      572-1763
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   prospective 2010 graduate of the Univer-  Thompson added.
            to a marriage proposal and upcoming May           tail hour and a live band for the reception. After the                                                                                        And the genre itself is growing and chang- fiction is devoured.
        University.                                    shorter,” adds Emily. “I also really loved       population of about 300,000.                                                                               Christmas with visiting all of Corbin’s         consumed in wedding planning: budgets,
1 wedding for Robert Tyler Franklin and Corbin Rose           reception we will depart by boat and spend the night                                                                                          ing to encompass all types of love stories,       w Readers want more, faster: The indus-
           “We met while we were both out with         the fact that he was really intelligent             “It’s a beautiful, old city which dates                                                                 family and friends, and I never found the       colors, themes, music, food, etc. I some-
Thompson.
        months before he had to return to the
meeting in Room 234A Smyth Hall in an environmen- Hawaii.
                                                              at the Tides Inn in Irvington.”
        friends, and we dated for two and a half and obviously highly motivated,” noting back to Roman times, so you find
   The pair has known each other for four years after           The couple then plans to honeymoon in Kona,
                                                       he came to the US to play college tennis. yourself on a regular basis walking
                                                                                                                                                                                                            such as those set against science fiction and try and technology are evolving so that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   right time to pop the question.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            paranormal backdrops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “So after Christmas and New Year’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   times find myself pouring over the details,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            publishers are able to satisfy the public’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Tyler has to bring me back down to
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Indeed, nearly 50 percent of all marriages appetitive faster and with more frequency.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ed Fraser
        Netherlands,” recalled Emily. “It was
tal science class at Virginia Tech.
                                                         Pieter “liked the fact that I have             past houses and pubs which were built
                                                                “We’re excited to go scuba diving, deep sea fishing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   passed, I suggested that we take a week-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            now end in divorce and the marriage rate is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   earth.
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        just about love at first sight.”               (somewhat) curly hair and a good heart, before Jamestown was even settled,”                                                                                 end vacation to Virginia Tech for Valen-           “Planning a wedding is a lot of fun, just
   “We started out studying together for class and            kayaking and sightseeing around the island,” Thomp-                                                                                           dropping, according to the U.S. Census Bu- lines: Quick relationships are being glori-
           After Pieter left, the two spent 14         according to him,” said Emily. “My               notes Emily.                                                                                               tine’s Day. I planned our stay at the Inn       try not to become overly consumed with
eventually began seeing each other outside the class-         son said.                                                                                                                                     reau. Meanwhile, 74.8 million Americans fied, along with lasting ones. A quick affair                                                                            Wedding &
        months living in different countries.          willingness to follow him to the Nether-            Today, she teaches English at Ho-                                                                       at River Bend, about 15 minutes outside         the details. It’s a wonderful time to spend
room,” Thompson said.                                           When asked if the couple was nervous about their                                                                                            read at least one romance novel in 2008, can make for lively reading for many, as                                                                              Family Portraits
           “We saw each other every 8-12               lands couldn’t have hurt.”                       geschool Utrecht, a college located a                                                                      of Virginia Tech. My plan was to propose        with your friends and family, as every
   She said they often joke about their first date. “I        upcoming special day, the groom-to-be asked, “How                                                                                             according to a 2009 InfoTrends survey.          American values and customs change.                                            Bill, Susan & Drew Granger, Owners
        weeks,” added Emily.                             When and where did Pieter propose,             25-minute bicycle ride from her home.                                                                      to Corbin in the room where we first met        party, shower or event in your honor will
even remember what we were wearing. It was a pretty can you be nervous about something you feel so sure                                                                                                        The romance genre is evolving beyond           According to Nielsen Bookscan figures,                                             Stephanie Crump, Manager about our
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           She first visited Pieter in the Nether-     and was she surprised?                           “My students range in age from 16-60,                                                                      in spring 2005. I even spoke to one of my       have all your favorite people in atten-
nice date for a college student,” she said of the Out-        about?”                                                                                                                                       bodice-rippers and historical fiction of years recent retail sales of romance were up seven
        lands in Oct. 2005, which was also her           “Pieter proposed to me in March 2008 and all want to become English teach-                                                                                former professors and asked her to unlock dance,” she added.                                                 Let us take your                          Valentine Specials
back Steakhouse feast they enjoyed together.                    His bride-to-be agreed. “Not really. I feel like Tyler                                                                                      past, and even moving beyond the printed percent, while overall adult book sales were
        first time on an airplane. With sum-           on my parents’ back deck, overlooking            ers,” she said.                                                                                            the doors to the Smyth, as it would be a           Both sets of parents are delighted with
   Today, she is busy planning her upcoming “medium- and I have known each other for a long time, been                                                                                                      page into digital devices. Here are the hot- down and adult fiction sales were flat.                              ideas and turn them
        mer school, she graduated a year early         the Staunton River, during a visit to               Pieter works at the treasury depart-                                                                    Saturday.                                       their children’s choices and eagerly await
sized” wedding at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster.
        in order to move to the Netherlands
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                                                                                                           Emily is the daughter of Shelton and    Mr. and Mrs. Pieter Visser                                      ring loose in my pocket and realized I          becoming part of the family, Franklin said               Full Line of Designer


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