Let me start with the back story on this Tiger wedding. Mark and I have known each other since my freshman year at Clemson University in South Carolina. I transferred into Graphic Communications and met him in my first class, which consequently was photography. Ever since then between internships, summers, and everything else that happens during college we have stayed friends. I can’t tell you how much Mark helped me get through those 12+ hour print runs.
Fast forward two years after graduation, through the wonders of facebook I saw he was engaged and of course was ecstatic for him. I offered to help shoot their wedding and next thing I know I was back in Clemson town marveling at all the things that have changed and stayed the same.
Mark met his lovely lady at the cheap seats which is an institution all its own at Clemson. The cheap seats is a bus parked at the baseball game with seating on the roof thereby being “cheap” seating at the baseball games.
Their wedding was unlike any wedding I have been to or photographed and was so Mark and Jessie. Mark started his day by sailing around Lake Hartwell. Jessie started her day with a breakfast brunch with all her bridesmaids. I was fortunate to have been in attendance at both. The groomsman dressed in and around the cheap seats bus. The grooms party was so much fun. They posed on Mark’s sailboat, the dock, and even took a spin on Lake Hartwell to capture the grooms party and Mark complete in their tuxes cruising on the water.
From Clemson students, cheap seat members, sailing club friends, and family the sanctuary was full of people to show love and support for the couple. After the ceremony, The wedding party took the Cheap Seats to Tillman and frolicked on Bowman field. Even though it felt like 100 degrees with the southern humidity, the group jumped, walked, and laughed through their portraits. The wedding party departed on the cheap seats and I was lucky to spend 25 minutes with the newly wedded couple taking photos around Clemson. After their portraits they drove off in a vintage white ford.
The reception was held at the Clemson Ramada Ballroom. The dance floor was packed at capacity. Everything went as planned from the first dance to Bob Marley to the cutting of the cake. There was even a special appearance by none other than the Clemson Tiger who trotted around the ballroom getting everyone into Tiger Spirit. He even caught the garter as the youth group all attempted to avoid coming in contact with it.
So to end my novel of a blog post—Best wishes to you Mark and Jessie! Have fun on your honeymoon in the Caribbean and can’t wait to share these photos with you when you return.