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November 3, 2022

Mr. & Mrs. Grunsky | Iron Oak Barn

Pendleton, SC Black Tie Barn Wedding

Samantha Young and Dylan Grunsky were married in Pendleton, SC at Iron Oak Barn, which is on the property of the Agricultural Museum of South Carolina. 

The couple met while Sam worked at the front desk of Dylan’s apartment complex. As his brother said, Dylan went to the office to complain a lot so that he could see her.

Dylan proposed to Sam before a Clemson football game a year ago. I had the honor of chatting and planning with Dylan for their proposal and then got to photograph it happen. It was such a fun and sweet moment with Dylan having all their closest family and friends there to celebrate right after he proposed in their favorite spot where they tailgate each year.

I got to meet them down in Charleston this past Spring for their engagement session, which was so beautiful and then got to spend time with Sam and her mom for her bridal session about a month before their wedding day.

The Wedding Day

On their big day, the weather could not have been more perfect. A beautiful Fall day, perfect for a wedding! 

Sam and Dylan were both calm and collected and having fun with their wedding party before the ceremony began. Sam and her girls got ready in the bridal suite on site and the guys arrived just a bit before the ceremony. Sam’s mom helped her into her dress and had a bridesmaids reveal after she was all dressed and ready.

Sam shared a first look with her dad and then with her brother, which were both super sweet moments. 

Once Dylan and Sam saw each other at the ceremony, they both had the biggest smiles. Immediately after their ceremony they shared private vows. During these moments, they both seemed to be completely at ease and just happy to be together. Their reception was full of fun and dancing. Sam’s parents surprised Sam and Dylan by hiring the Clemson Tiger to come celebrate with them! This was such a fun addition to their reception. 

Some of my favorite details from the day were sweet and sentimental moments. Sam surprised her mom on the day of her bridal portraits with re-purposing her veil to wear. That was a sweet surprise that Lauren wasn’t aware of. The veil was a beautiful extra touch to Sam’s amazing dress. Sam had a piece of her late grandmother’s apron sewed into a heart shape in her dress, a special way to have her grandmother with her on her big day. Sam’s beautiful shrug that she wore after the ceremony also belonged to her grandmother.

Special note to the couple:

Sam and Dylan, thank you for allowing me to capture your season of engagement and your wedding day. From your proposal, to engagement photos, to bridals, to your big day, I feel so honored to have been there with you through it all. You two are such a special couple and we loved getting to know you through this process. We wish you all the best in your life together!

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