John “Trey” Montjoy Trimble III planned a very romantic proposal for Julia Mays in Charleston, SC. Julia was sent on a scavenger hunt that included postcards that when put together, spelled out, “will you marry me?”
Although it poured when Trey popped the question at the beautiful Middleton Gardens, the couple couldn’t have cared less that they were soaked, and embraced with ring on hand. Trey’s parents and brother were hiding in the bushes with a video camera and joined the picnic celebration for the newly engaged couple.
Both Trey and Julia were born in Lexington, but Trey moved away at a young age. Julia spent most of her life in Lexington and the couple reconnected when Julia moved to Hilton Head Island.
Julia and Trey share a love of travel, so Julia and her mother wanted to be sure that travel was incorporated in the wedding details. They scoured Pinterest and Etsy.com for various travel-themed wedding ideas.
The couple married on July 9, 2016 at Christ Church Cathedral, a church that the the couple has family ties to. Julia grew up as a member of Idle Hour Country Club, which is where the reception was held.
Sentimental details were included throughout the wedding day, including monogrammed linen handkerchiefs that Julia’s stepmother purchased. Julia had “I do” monogrammed on the bottom of her wedding shoes and she wore Trey’s grandmother’s pearl and diamond earrings. Julia’s mother was able to find earrings that matched for the bridal party to wear.
“Getting ready with my bridesmaids was special because they helped calm any nerves I had about the day,” Julia say. “A moment from our wedding day that stand out was our ‘first look’ at Gratz Park with the entire wedding party. The ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was filled with lots of dancing and fun.”
Since the couple got married five days after the 4th of July, Julia had put Trey in charge of getting the sparklers for their exit at the end of the reception. By accident, Trey picked up firework sparklers instead of specialized smoke free wedding sparklers.
“As we walked through the sparklers, I thought my dress was going to catch on fire. We came through the other side coughing,” Julia says. “Although it wasn’t the best for pictures, it made for a funny story.”
While Julia says there is absolutely nothing she would change about the couple’s wedding day, she does recommend to other couple’s planning a wedding to take the time to enjoy the planning process.
“Even though we gave ourselves a year to plan, it all happened so fast,” she says.
For the Trimble’s honeymoon, the bride and groom moved to Europe for a year of travel. As software engineers, Trey and Julia were able work remotely and explore Europe the first year of their marriage. They shipped their motorcycle to Germany and traveled through Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Austria, Rejika, Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Croatia; Italy, Aux-en-Provence, Barcelona, Morocco, and lastly, all over Portugal. Anyone can follow their travel adventures on Instagram by searching for @nomadic.newlyweds.
Photographer: Christopher Michael
Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Cathedral
Reception/Catering: Idle Hour Country Club
Flowers: Patrick Howard & Ann Roughton
Bridal Gown: Bridal & Formal, Cincinnati
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Banks
Stationery: Daffodils Fine Stationary
Music: Sound off Mobile DJ