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Claudia & Chris Hopkins - Fall 2023 Photo Contest Winners

Photos by Paige Elizabeth Photography

HOW THEY MET: We went to school together from elementary school through high school. It was small school so we were always acquaintances but didn’t become close friends until senior year when we had more classes together and both did swim team. We started dating at the end of senior year, unsure what we would do about college, but we ended up trying long distance and making it work.

THE PROPOSAL: Chris proposed in front of a Florida sunset while we were on vacation in April of 2022.

BEST PART: One of our favorite parts of the day was immediately after the ceremony. We went into the small room where we waited before the ceremony and celebrated with the wedding party and our families. It was very emotional and exciting and we were so glad to have a few minutes to celebrate with the people most involved in our wedding!

HARDEST PART: One snag in our wedding day was bustling the wedding dress. We had practiced this at the bridal store a month before the wedding but forgot to practice it closer to the day of the wedding. Several people from the venue and from the wedding party tried but couldn’t figure it out. Luckily my sister saved the day minutes before we had to walk into the reception and managed to get it bustled!

Outstanding Vendors:

Venue: The Tidewater Inn

Photographer: Paige Elizabeth Photography

Videographer: Just Hitched Films

Florist: Murdoch Florists

Cake: Blue Heron Catering

Ceremony Music: Two Rivers Chamber Music

DJ: Melted Wax Entertainment

Hair and Makeup: Studio Two Salon

Attire: Bridals by Elena, Revelry, Jos A. Bank

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