This was a beautiful midweek celebration for Ashley and Greg and about 100 of their closest family and friends. It was a beautiful seasonal night at 128 South, a renovated 18th century space located in the historic VonKampen Building. Behind sits the South River View Deck, overlooking the Cape Fear River. It provided the perfect setting for their nuptials. A beautiful environment for this amazing couple.
For 5 years, our son Dennis practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with SBG East Coast, a mixed martial arts gym in Wareham, Mass. My brother in law partnered with Stephen Whittier to bring the education and instruction to kids of all ages as well as adults to the Southeastern Coast region of Massachusetts. As a parent observing these classes weekly, I was so impressed with the outfit not only for the martial art itself, but for the dedication of the coaches and staff manning the desk and the mats. It always amazed me that they all knew every child’s name and acknowledged them when entering the school. A trait I wish that I was as good. And for sure, the gratitude I have for the teachers of lessons and techniques my son learned from these people in the last five years. I see the benefits of his training with SBG in his daily routine…from his hand/eye coordination, self esteem, and discipline when it comes to his schoolwork and other projects. I will forever be grateful for the impact SBG made in our lives and for our son.
Among these coaches were also competitors. Before we left Massachusetts, I was excited to attend an event held at Tri-Force MMA, a venue that frequently holds regional and district events for both men and women. There were 12 fights on this night, and two involved athletes trained at SBG, by Stephen (black belt) and Jeff Perez, a ranking leader and fighter in the BJJ community. There are no words to describe the adrenaline felt running through my veins as I sat ringside watching and photographing these competitors.
Venue: Atalaya Castle, Huntington State Park, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Caterer: Carefree Caterers, Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Wedding Planner: Events on the Half Shell, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Florist: Greenskeeper Florist, Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Cake Baker: Coccadotts Bakery, Surfside, South Carolina
Music: Port City Irish Band
D.J.: Patrick Pake, DJ Professionals and Video, Morehead City, North Carolina