Joshua & Carllene
I met the love of my life while I was on active duty at Shaw Air Force Base, SC. We worked together and became really good friends before we decided to date. After one year, we decided to take a leap of faith, and ever since then, it's been absolutely amazing. I found my best friend and the love of my life.
Before we dated, he came over to my place to hang out. While we were discussing what we had to do for work the next day, he stopped me, look into my eyes and said, "I have a feeling you're going to be someone very special to me." My heart melted that night.
My husband and I decided to meet my parents in Panama and explore the country together. On the third day, we decided to do a coffee tour in a beautiful town called Boquete. We learned how the coffee was processed from the bean to coffee grounds. At the end of the tour, we had the chance to make and drink our own coffee. After several shots of espresso, we decided to go up a hill and take a picture with the mountains behinds us. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Second best day of my life apart from my wedding day!!
I only had three months of planning before the big day so the stress was real. I found this website on Instagram and ran into the 2nd love of my life, the Julie Dress. I WAS IN LOVE. I knew at that moment it was meant to be.
As I was searching on Wear Your Love Instagram page, there was another beautiful bride wearing the Julie Dress. I saw it, and it felt like it was perfect for me. I knew I had to get my hands on this dress.
I was so worried that I wouldn't be home in time for the delivery that I decided to pick it up myself at the USPS. When I held the box in my hands, my heart began to beat super fast. I sped home and opened the box immediately. IT WAS LIKE FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. The dress was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
I decided to do an elopement style wedding. So after the ceremony, we ate in a 4-star restaurant called the Red Stag. This restaurant is located inside the Bohemian hotel in Asheville, NC.
Since we didn't have the "typical" venue setting, we decided to do our wedding dance in private. Our wedding song is called Grow Old with You.
Photographer: Ashley Steffens
Ordained Minister: Katrina from Destination Elopements
Florist: Star Gazers
My favorite moment was hearing our vows. We both got so emotional!
DONT STRESS ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS! In the end, the most important thing is your love and commitment to one another. Everything else is second.
5 out of 5 stars.
Congratulations Joshua & Carllene Spurlock!
Wishing you the best today and always!
Carllene is wearing the Julie dress with V neck, open back, right side princess slit and ivory lining.
How did you come across Wear Your Love?
Pinterest! Years before Dylan and I were even engaged. I had pinned the Ellora dress and it had stolen my heart from the beginning. After getting engaged I spent months trying on gowns, enduring the uncomfortable moments of trying on dresses that everyone else wanted me to try on. I just couldn’t shake the Ellora from my mind, and I knew I had to have it.
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
The very first time we spoke. I can honestly say I knew I would marry him from the moment I met him. His soul spoke to mine.
Tell us about the proposal ...
Both of us could tell this was a once in a lifetime love. But I knew Ben would put too much pressure on the perfection of something like a proposal. So after a quick check with his friends and family, and most importantly with my girls, I decided to propose to him! I got a special t-shirt made, and wrote my proposal on a softball. Just before the start of his Friday night game Ben's brother and the umpire helped get Ben over to home plate so we could scoot out to the pitcher's mound and pitch him the ball. I am an incredibly shy person for speaking in front of crowds, so I was really nervous... but it was (almost) perfect, and he said yes! I had gotten his whole family there, including a few that never attend his games, so I am pretty sure he knew something was up. I do know he was still surprised though, not a lot of guys get their own special proposal!