The Wedding Day

“Justin and I took a very relaxed and laid back approach to planning our wedding.  We really just wanted things to be simple and easy yet beautiful (of course!).  We decided to have a morning wedding with a brunch reception, which fit our personalities. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite part of the day. It was the best day ever, and looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. We were both so genuinely happy. If I had to pick something about the day that I felt made it different or special, it would be the time of day we chose to get married. We had a morning wedding and a brunch reception complete with mimosas, a waffle bar and donuts. When we started telling our friends and family, they thought we were crazy. However, the reason we picked that timeframe was so that we could spend our wedding day truly together. So many people get married at night and spend basically their whole wedding day apart from each other. We wanted to spend our wedding day together, and that’s exactly what we were able to do.” ~Evan Hines

Sarah Walters (of Plan My Wedding Day) was their wedding planner. Evan and Justine gave her their likes and dislikes, and she worked her magic to create a beautiful garden style venue. To accentuate the garden like style they had bright colored flowers. Because Evan and Justin’s wedding was earlier in the day they went with a brunch for their reception and they had donuts (a girl after my own heart). 

 

How They Met

 Justin and Evan met at Clemson, and they wear their colors proudly. They had a Finance class together, but the first time they ever spoke to each other was after their Finance final exam, at a bar, called TD’s in downtown Clemson. Justin sent her a Facebook friend request over Christmas break and a message about their final grades, after that they began their adventure together. Evan and Justin were wonderful to work with and we loved spending the day with them on their wedding day. 

 

What are They Up To?

 One of their favorite things to do together is getting in the car and driving around to explore. Evan said that most of the time they do not have a particular destination in mind when they drive. However, when they have a destination in mind they almost always take the scenic route even though it takes longer. They love the Blue Ridge Parkway – Justin proposed at the Craggy Gardens overlook.They are in the process of working on their very own fixer upper, and I quote,  “It’s a lot more work than tv makes it out to be! Lucky for me, Justin is very handy, so I can ‘supervise’.”It definitely looks easier on TV when fixing up a house, but we are so glad both of you are doing well. 

 

Get To Know Katie Cotton

Katie Cotton is an amazing makeup artist, who we love dearly. Working with her and her makeup artist is a blast, but most of all they give great service to the bride.  Katie took the time to give us some background information on her training and what inspired her to become a makeup artist. 

Katie began her professional career in Los Angeles. She did do wedding makeup while she lived in Los Angeles, but she worked mainly in the commercial and entertainment industry.   However, before she even began working as a professional makeup artist in Los Angeles, her roots started at the backstage in the theatre (and on stage as well) with her parents in the mid-west.  Her upbringing taught her a lot about working closely with fellow cast members to make the magic happen.  She learned so much from the theatre, and it taught her how to work closely with other vendors and building good relationships as well the ins and outs of makeup application for stage, photography, film, etc.  Katie said, it definitely developed her into the person and artist she is now  and thats definitely something she tries to bring and instill with her team as well. Her Los Angeles job helped give her the tools she needed to create her own company Cotton Rouge.You never know what job you will settle in, but the experiences along the way can teach you so many things about yourself and it can teach you how to work well with others.
 
 “I may be the owner, but there are a great many very talented artists on the team that truly make the company what it is.  Some of the artists even work on the backend (namely Latia and Jade) to help the office and management side of everything to run smoothly!  We care about our brides deeply, but we also care about our fellow vendors to make sure that we work closely with them to make the brides day run and smooth and flawless as we also want their makeup to look!” ~Katie Cotton
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Photographer: Red Apple Tree Photography;Planner: Sarah Walters, Plan My Wedding Day; Invitations and Stationery: Katy Campbell with Little Red Flag; Lettering for envelopes and signage: Sarah Macintosh; Flowers: Simple Stems; Wedding & Reception Venue: The Upper Room; Bridal Attire: White Magnolia Bridal ; Hair and Makeup: Katie Cotton; Jewelry & Accessories: family pieces; Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s; Ceremony Music: Annalisa Beninate; Officiant: Sam Hunter; Caterer: Good Life Catering; Beverage Services: Liquid Catering; Cake: Tessa Pinner; Donuts: The Donut Experiment on Augusta Rd; Reception Music: Collective Music Solutions (Erica Berg’s company); Rentals: PPR