Garden glam


April 4, 2024

Kendra & Hunter Jones

Kendra and Hunter met in summer 2016 at a bar in Columbia, S.C., where they both attended the University of South Carolina. Friends initially, they began dating soon after. Six years later, Hunter proposed on Kendra’s birthday during a trip to Beech Mountain with friends. As everyone sang happy birthday and Kendra blew out the candles, Hunter got down on one knee.

At their wedding, Kendra was conflicted about whether to do a first look. The couple had dated a long time, and she wondered if waiting to see each other until the ceremony would be more special. Ultimately, they decided to do one, and it was their favorite part of the day. “It helps calm the nerves before walking down the aisle,” Kendra says. “It truly was a great moment, and I have no regrets.”

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden was the only venue the couple considered. They wanted to get married outdoors and appreciated the beautiful backdrop of the gardens. “It was the most perfect place for us,” Kendra says.

In choosing her dress, Kendra was drawn to the timeless style, detachable train and low back. Her wedding heels were short-lived — she took them off as soon as the ceremony was over. “I changed into slippers because my feet were hurting so bad from the night before,” Kendra says. “It was not planned, but they were so comfy I didn’t care!”

Doing what feels right for you and staying by your spouse’s side is most important on your wedding day, she advises. “The night goes by so fast, and looking back knowing you were with your spouse the whole time is the best feeling. I know it’s hard not to stress, but try not to. It seriously is the best day of your life … everything works out how it should.”

The Details:

Photographer | Alexandra Blackmon Photography

Venue | Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont

Planner | Ashton Chesnutt, Magnificent
Moments Weddings

Floral Design | Jimmy Blooms Floral Design

Dress | Lovely Bride

Makeup | Lovely by Lindsey, Huntersville

Bridesmaids Dresses | Birdy Grey

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | New York Bride & Groom

Caterer | Best Impressions Caterers

Cake | Edible Art Cake Shop

DJ | Jill Nigro, Carolina DJ Professionals

Stationery | The Knot

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