That location is the end of the dock at the most perfect place in the world for Liz and her new wife, Ginny.
It is so important to them that they had it engraved in their engagement rings.
And when it came time for the two of them to get married, it was the only place they would think of having it. (And I have to say I know why. It may be the most beautiful place I have ever seen for a wedding!)
That is the location of Liz’s parents eco-lodge, Lofton’s Landing, in McClellanville, S.C..
The couple met when they worked together at Outward Bound’s Florida “At-Risk” program. What began as a friendship between co-workers soon deepened into love.
Liz knew that Ginny was the woman she wanted to marry. And she put a lot of time and strategy into her proposal.
For most people, a scavenger hunt is simply something fun for friends to do at a party. For Liz and Ginny, it was much more than that.
With the help of her brothers, Liz set up a scavenger hunt at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Ginny followed a trail of clues that contained map squares and and photos of the next clue, along with pictures of their friends and family.
As Ginny happily followed the clues, at the end she realized they spelled out: “Will you marry me?”
Liz was waiting at the end of the hunt with engagement rings and a box she had hand-made for Ginny. But these weren’t just any rings. They were custom-designed by Torch Fire Studio to contain the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for their eventual wedding.
Just as the scavenger hunt ended, the heavens opened and rain came pouring down. The engagement party sought shelter under a gazebo, where they enjoyed a picnic with champagne.
The couple decided to hold everything: their rehearsal, their reception and their wedding, at the eco-lodge.
At their ceremony, they exchanged Every Drop of Blood Wood rings by Minter and Richter.
Among family and friends, the couple danced their first dance as a married couple to “Ain’t No Ash Will Burn,” by Della Mae.
The wedding was capped by a pyro show of fireworks from Liz’s brothers from exactly 33.3° north 79.32° West.
The wedding holds many treasured memories for the couple, but it is easy for them to choose the best thing about their wedding.
“Being surrounded by friends and family,” Liz said. “It was an interracial, inter-generational, international, camping, lesbian wedding!”
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