Tara and Rodney's wedding day took place at Traditions on Parris Island, in Beaufort, South Carolina. If you aren't familiar with Parris Island, it is actually the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. If you enlist east of the Mississippi, chances are you will train at Parris Island, and all female Marine recruits train here as well! (I didn't know this until I did some research, I think that's pretty cool!) Parris Island is beautiful and full of history. Before approaching the main gates of the island, you cross over the Broad River, which you can see gorgeous views of the waterway. Once on the island, it can get pretty tricky if you aren't good with directions (like me!). Traditions is at the far end of the island, and sits adjacent a tranquil marsh view.
The ceremony took place in a little, white gazebo outside, with roughly 6 or so rows of chairs to accommodate the small guest list. Tara had two bridesmaids dressed in gorgeous wine red floor length gowns, and her beautiful little girl as a flower girl dressed in an elegant white dress. Rodney had two groomsmen as well, dressed in gray suits, and they sure did look sharp! The weather was perfect, and for a February day, it wasn't cold the least! Tara was walked down the aisle by her father, and greeted her handsome groom, Rodney, at the gazebo. The ceremony was intimate and sweet, officiated by Wally Tedrick. I have photographed other weddings that Wally has officiated and they are always executed perfectly.
The reception was decorated in red and white! It was very elegant and classy. The caterers with Traditions did a phenomenal job with the food, cake and decor. The reception also included a great DJ, Donna Patrick, with Veteran's Pride Entertainment Services, and did not disappoint with the upbeat music to keep guests on the dance floor. A great DJ or band is key to a fun filled reception! Tara was even able to FaceTime with her grandparents who were not able to attend the day, we were able to include them in the memories though, which was a great little touch for their albu