Here at #BlackSouthernBelle, we believe in the beauty of #love stories that center our families. Terri and Harry have been building up to this phenomenal moment for over ten years, solidifying their relationship with each other, and their loved ones. This gorgeous oceanfront ceremony highlights just how committed they are to one another, and how important the love of family is. It is our pleasure to share this #love story.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
September 12, 2015
Bride: Bennett College & Clark Atlanta University
Groom: Patrick Henry Community College
Greensboro, North Carolina
Bride: Atlanta, Georgia
Groom: Callands, Virginia
How did you meet?
We met on a blind date initiated by a mutual friend at The Chop House Restaurant in High Point, NC.
How long did you date?
We dated for nine years. We both had been married before so there wasn’t any pressure or rush. I waited for my children to both graduate from high school. Harry was patient, and loves them children as his own. For those of you who have ever gone through a divorce, stay encouraged. There’s life afterwards and love is on it’s way.
How did he propose?
Harry proposed to me over dinner at The Chop House restaurant with family and close friends. This was the same restaurant where we had our first date.
When did you know he was the one?
I knew that she was the one after about a year of dating. He was very consistent, caring, loving, goal-oriented, and everything else that I longed for.
What is the cutest thing he has done for you without you asking?
Harry does so much for me, I can’t just name one thing. He always looks out for me and goes above and beyond in everything that he does. I am so appreciative and blessed.
What is something you love about him that has completely changed your life?
He taught me how to trust again, how to love again and be loved. How to take care of me first and allow him to do the same.
What part of wedding planning made you crazy?
The only part that made me a little nervous was living so far away having to plan by email and phone. Sites like Wedding Wire and The Knot were very helpful in the process.
What part of wedding planning could you not live without?
Having professional and licensed vendors including a professional wedding planner. The process is much smoother when you have the right people on your side.
What was your first thought the day after your engagement?
“Oh Lord, am I ready for this again?” was my first thought. Then I thought “Ok, I’ve been single twelve years. It’s time to marry the man of my dreams.”
What was your favorite part about the ceremony?
My favorite part was the kiss, because it was the first display of affection towards the rest of our lives together as husband and wife. Seeing Harry attempting to peep at me before the ceremony was really cute as well.
What was your favorite part about the wedding?
My favorite part of the wedding was everything. I really enjoyed the intimacy and being stress free. Originally, we planned to on the beach for the entire wedding day. Due to a bit of rain, we moved the ceremony inside of the beautifully decorated #Omni Resort. As soon as we said “I do,” the clouds parted and we were able to move to the beach as planned.
Did you do any DIY? If so, what?
I did use my own linens and candles, but did not want to get too bogged down with making things since we were traveling.
Who were your wedding vendors?
Invites: U R Invited by Regina Greensboro, North Carolina
Flowers: Floral Designs: Gardenias
Bouquets: Flowers by Sue
Catering: H & R Prime Restaurant Omni Hilton Head Resort
Violinist: Two Strings
Dress: Adriana Patell
Rentals: Purely Decor
Wedding Planner: Weddings & Events by T. Michelle
Photographer: Photography by Anne
Videographer: Byrds Eyes Entertainment of Charlotte, North Carolina
Hair: Tamica Campbell of Pink Kotur Greensboro, North Carolina and Lacey Singleton of Upscale Hair Salon Savannah, Georgia
Makeup: Vernando Marshall of Savannah, Georgia
Wedding Officiant: Barefoot Weddings
What were your wedding colors?
Ivory, Blush, and Gold
What was your wedding theme?
Romantic Hilton Head Island Family Affair
What is your favorite part about being married to each other?
We are best friends. Waking up everyday knowing that we have each other’s support through the good times and bad is wonderful.
What did you learn about each other through the wedding planning process?
I’ve learned that Harry likes to take the backseat and let me do what I love. He didn’t question or voice his opinion much as he would typically do. He knew that it would be a memorable family event and trusted me to make the right decisions.
What #southern traditions did you do at your wedding?
Having the unity cross at our ceremony made it extra special. This was a representation of our southern roots and who we are as a family.
Did you have any southern food on your menu?
We had scrumptious southern style crab cakes–a popular Hilton Head Island entree. We knew that we could get some really good, fresh seafood being on the island. Thanks to the chefs at the H & R Prime Restaurant at the Omni Resort, the food was amazing.
What southern decor did you include in your wedding?
In the south, we love flowers and incorporated them in our wedding. Roses and hydrangeas are grown in our own backyards additionally we added my favorite flower: phalaenopsis orchids.
What did you love about being a southern bride?
I loved getting pampered all day, making lifelong memories with my children, and marrying my best friend. I absolutely loved being a bride, and if I could do it again with my husband I would.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Starling!
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