Julie Levans, marketing manager at OrthoCarolina, and Colin Campbell, packaging engineer at RPM Wood Finishes Group, met as undergraduate students at Clemson University. Unfortunately, it would be tragic circumstances and a death of a friend that made them realize they were more than just friends.
Over the years, Campbell’s family home in Camden, South Carolina served as the gathering place to remember their lost friend and to celebrate milestones in the lives of loved ones. That’s why it was the perfect venue for their October 15, 2016 wedding.
Julie and Colin got engaged in Venice, Italy on New Year’s Eve 2014. After celebrating Christmas in Chicago with Julie’s family, they traveled to France and Italy to ring in the New Year with Colin’s family.
While going through security in London, Colin was asked to empty his carry-on bag. He became very flustered and Julie thought something was wrong. When they pulled out a very large box, she decided to walk away, as she assumed it was her Christmas present (it looked like a watch box). Colin thought the whole surprise was blown and was annoyed with the security agent, but Julie really didn’t know. She thought Colin’s sister would be getting engaged on the trip and never assumed it would be the two of them.
After spending a few days skiing in the French alps, they headed to Venice.
“On the last night of our two week trip, New Year’s Eve, Colin expressed an interest in going to the Punta Della Dogana, a spot with a great vantage point of the whole city,” Julie says. “We set out to visit the area with Colin’s sister and her boyfriend. There were no other people around, which is a rare thing in such a crowded city. Colin started to reminisce about our relationship and all of the wonderful times we spent together. He expressed how he could never imagine his life without me in it. After that, he got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. I quickly responded yes and had to pull my glove off so he could put the ring on my finger.”
After they got engaged, they went back to their hotel in Venice to call Julie’s family with the good news and to celebrate with a champagne toast. That evening, they went to a seven-course dinner in the heart of Venice. They ended the night in St. Mark’s square, watching the New Year’s fireworks.
Wedding in three words Timeless, beautiful, fun.
Color palette Burgundy and gold.
First dance song “Two Poor Kids” by Ruth B.
Favors Welcome bags filled with a welcome note, two mini wine bottles, custom wine glasses, an array of cheeses from Switzerland, handmade Italian chocolate bars, a cheese knife, crackers, a mini jar of jam, and a copy of Camden Magazine. Colin also designed and 3D-printed custom cufflinks for the groomsmen and fathers. Groomsmen were each gifted a pocket watch and bridesmaids received monogramed flannel button downs, custom bags, and jewelry.
Dream Come True The best part of the wedding day was the walk down the aisle. This was a moment Julie had dreamed about since the day she first saw the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet. As Julie walked down the aisle, Colin’s sister-in-law Megan sang “Everybody’s Free” by Quindon Tarver, from the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack.
Honeymoon St. Lucia for five days.
“We ordered 600 white pumpkins in different shapes and sizes from a famer in Boone, NC to use in our wedding décor,” Julie says. Although they wanted a fall theme, they didn’t want to use any orange or yellow in the color palette. “Instead, we used gold, burgundy, and white to pull in the sophisticated colors of fall. The not-so-sophisticated part was when we had to rinse off and wash all 600 of those pumpkins in the side yard.”
Advice from Julie: “Take a deep breath and trust your vendors. If you trust the people you hire, you can relax and know they are going to take care of everything”.
Advice from Colin: “My practical advice is buy, don’t rent suits. It’s the same price. My sentimental advice is don’t get caught up in the chaos; savor the moment and take in the gravity of the day.”
Photography: Amore Vita Photography / Planner: J. Leigh Events / Wedding and reception venue: Colin’s Parent’s Home – Formerly The Hobkirk Inn / Caterers: Aberdeen Catery / Cake: Publix / Flowers: Flowers Naturally / Hairstylist and make up artist: Cotton Rouge / Gown and veil: Ladies of Lineage / Gown designer: THEIA / Headpiece: Belk / Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid dresses: Bridesmaids picked their own dresses / Tuxedos: Bruce Julian / Invitations, stationery: Minted / Cinematography: Discovery Love Studios / Music, entertainment, booking agency: Finesse Band c/o East Coast Entertainment / Rental providers: Party Reflections / Engagement and Wedding Rings: Diamonds Direct / Clergy: Jerry Dreier / Rehearsal dinner: Food trucks at Colin’s parent’s home / Wedding night hotel: Springdale Hall / Bridal registry: Target and West Elm