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The Watermelon Queen and her Groom

Picture this . . .Benson, NC. You may not know Benson, but to me it embraces all that is Carolina ‘country’. Old farmhouses with a history. Fields of rye, hay, and cattle. 

This country farming town played backdrop to my most recent wedding of Stephanie and Scott. Scott the owner of a trucking company and his bride a former NC Watermelon Queen met through mutual friends and fell in love against some skepticism of some friends and family. Despite their age difference, Scott & Stephanie were committed to each other and making their relationship work and 2 1/2 years later landed themselves on a significant date, their wedding date: May 16, 2009. 

It seemed all too befitting to have a lovely and large country wedding. The Johnston County Agricultural Center which hosted the reception was equipped with a table specially dedicated to recipes for watermelons and sweet potatoes. With 250+ guests in attendance, the wedding was anything, but small.  But what you didn’t lose from this wedding was the sense of family and community that gathered around them. Their reception was adorned with a candy bar and the NC Watermelon Queen imparted a piece of her history with candied watermelon pieces at the candy bar.

The celebration ended with a jovial and crowd packed sparkler exit. To date, it is my best sparkler exit picture. 

Congratulation Scott & Stephanie. Hope you had a great time in Hawaii!

A special shoutout to Dan Glasgow for second shooting with me. You did a great job, Dan!

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