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Meet Erin, Lee and Ethan.



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On October 29th 2016 at a cute little beachy resort called The Regatta Inn in Folly Beach South Carolina they will officially become a little family.

Lee is a pharmacist in Gastonia SC and Erin is a school teacher…they actually met the first time at 15!!!  where all kids go at 15… the mall lol.

Lee:  “I secretly  have always had a crush on her and we only met for like 30 min back then”

They went different roads in life and found each other again through mutual friends just a little over a year ago…Life has a funny way of taking us back down a path we should have taken before…but now it’s even sweeter! Both know what real love feels like now and they are not letting it go!


This little dude is some kind of lucky! <3


How he asked….

This story gets me!  Even now.  It’s how I know my niece will be well loved and cared for….

Erin lived in Burlington NC when they reconnected so they had a bit of a distance relationship for awhile. Not wanting that distance  to continue Erin decided to look for teaching jobs and an apartments in Gastonia to be closer…since it was an easier move for her with his job being so connected in Gastonia, but knowing how she has always been the one to make “changes” she was unsure of making the move only to be hurt…

Well not knowing…Lee already had the ring…and wanted to do things the right way by talking to her momma and daddy first but he could not let Erin go home to Burlington again knowing she was feeling like this..unsure of him and his intentions… so he excused himself and came back into the kitchen…and right then and there he proposed and said he would NEVER let her go if she would say yes…

It completely rocked her world!

Now that’s a man who knows how to win a girls heart…simple honest love and not wanting her for one second to doubt him or his love for her.

He is a KEEPER!


They are definitely anchored in love!  It’s my favorite saying and the basis of my business.

Hope Anchors the Soul Hebrews 6:19



We started our session at the beautiful Lake Bowen at my aunts house then moved to a sweet location.

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Ethan is the CUTEST thing ever!  I am so happy that he will be my great nephew very soon!  I think he knows just how lucky he is!


We moved on to a place that is WELL known in the Gaffney / Spartanburg area of SC.  Strawberry Hill.  They are a family owned peach shed  and strawberry fields that have been around since I was a teenager!  We had so much fun there…and the peaches well they are as sweet as ever.

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Yes he did Ethan!


There is nothing more beautiful than to see Old Glory flying all around in a place where God and Country still mean something! I am a die hard Southern Girl! I spent my summers growing up here and  loving this place… it’s values for Family, God and Country…and homemade peach ice-cream in the summer.  🙂

If you ever get close to Gaffney SC you must plug Strawberry Hill into your GPS and go by and see them!

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Erin and Lee I can’t wait for your wedding at The Regatta Inn, in Folly Beach SC in just a few weeks!

Thank you for trusting me with your special day!  We are gonna have a blast!


Aunt Mel

Anchored in Love.


Hebrews 6:19

Hope Anchors the Soul


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