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Joe & Caroline Gemmell: October 1, 2017

Caroline and Joe prayed and waited patiently for years to find the ideal spouse, completely trusting in God’s Divine plan. His timing was perfect, and the two were introduced by mutual friends on August 23rd, 2015. The two instantly realized they shared an undeniable chemistry and love for family, adventure, travel, music, and Tennessee Vols football.

And so, the romantic, magical love story began…

After almost two years of dating, Joe proposed on May 5th, 2017. Caroline and Joe were completely in awe of the overwhelming love and support shown to them by family, friends, work and church families, and Caroline’s Junior League of Bristol TN/VA ladies!

The two tied the knot in a traditional double ring ceremony on Sunday evening at 6:30pm on October 1st, 2017 in an enchanting destination wedding that they both envisioned. The heartfelt intimate vows were exchanged at sunset on the beautiful beach of Hilton Head Island at the Palmetto Dunes Resort. The minister included Emily Barrett Browning’s poem “How Do I Love Thee,” one of Caroline’s favorites, as part of the nuptials. The couple was surrounded by immediate family members.

Caroline wore an ivory satin Casablanca gown with a tulle overlay. The strapless, fit and flare classic gown had a whimsical design with matching veil adorned in Swarovski crystals and pearls – perfect for their magical, dream wedding. Caroline carried a pale pink Donna rose bouquet. Joe wore a tailored navy Brooks Brothers suit. 

A private reception followed at The Dunes House. The couple and family shared a champagne toast, dined on surf & turf and delicious cake. The bride’s cake was strawberry flavored with cream cheese icing decorated with pink roses. The groom’s UT cake was decorated in traditional orange and white checkerboard and the Power T. The couple danced the night away.

Caroline and Joe spent the following week honeymooning in St. Lucia. Caroline is an Assistant Branch Manager with Eastman Credit Union. Joe is a Multi Regional Logistics Specialist II with Pilot Flying J. The couple and dog, Rocco, currently split time between Virginia and Tennessee.

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” Luke 1:45


Wedding/Reception Venue: Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC

Photography: Carrie Friesen Photography, Hilton Head Island, SC

Cakes: Cupcake Baked It, Ridgeland, SC

Florist: Coastal Florist, Hardeeville, SC 

Bridal: White Lace and Promises, Knoxville, Tennessee

Officiant: Rev. Dr. David E. Leininger, Hilton Head Island, SC

Hair and Makeup: Brides Side Beauty, Ridgeland, SC

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