‘I dos’ with a lakeshore view [Christin & Chris]

Christin Donaldson & Chris Burris 
Sunshower Photography

Wedding date 6.6.2015
Occupations She’s a registered nurse; he’s an industrial engineer.
Ages She’s 24; he’s 23.
Hometowns She’s from Charlotte; he’s from Birmingham, Ala.
Where they live now Augusta, Ga.
How they met At a retreat for Campus Crusade for Christ, now known as Cru, in May 2013 in Destin, Fla.

Sunshower Photography

Sunshower Photography

Where they got engaged At the state capitol building in Columbia, S.C.
Wedding in three words Christ-centered, celebration, unforgettable.
Color palette Coral and champagne.

First dance song “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban.
Favors Personalized hand soaps from The Marketplace, created by the local artisan group Fields of Hope. All profits were donated to the nonprofit, which helps victims of trafficking.

Sunshower Photography

Sunshower Photography

What made the wedding special “Having all of our friends and family together to witness the love Chris and I share for each other and, most importantly, for Jesus,” Christin says. Best part of the wedding day “The look on Chris’s face when he saw me come down the aisle,” Christin says. “He was trying so hard not to cry, and, in that moment, I felt such reassurance that this man would truly love me deeply everyday of my life.”

Advice for brides-to-be “Remember, at the end of your wedding day you will be married to the love of your life,” Christin says. “Everything else just adds to the occasion, so don’t get hung up on the little things.”
Advice for grooms-to-be “Make her set aside time each week to have a date night free from wedding talk,” Chris says.

Donaldson_Burris_Sunshower_Photography_BurrisBurrisSunshowerPhotographyLakeNormanWeddingPhotos1067

Sunshower Photography

Honeymoon Seven nights at Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort off the coast of Antigua.
Favorite date night Either a round of golf or a few hours of fishing on the lake.

Donaldson_Burris_Sunshower_Photography_LakeNormanWeddingPhotos258

Not your typical maid-of-honor gift: a piglet!

 FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS

Photography
Sunshower Photography
704-576-1795, sunshowerphotography.com

Wedding, reception, catering, rehearsal dinner
Peninsula Yacht Club
704-765-1043, peninsulayachtclub.com

Wedding dress, veil, headpiece
The Lily Rose
704-895-1007, lilyrosebridal.com

Bridesmaid dresses
Anjolique Bridal & Formal
704-892-6450, anjolique-bridal.com 

OTHER VENDORS

Event planner: Tina Staz of A Simple Affair Events/ Cake: Cakes by Melissa / Flowers: Bells & Blooms Florist / Hairstylist: Jessica Knox & Katie Fissel of Signature Style Hair Studio / Makeup artist: Cali Stott | Hair & Makeup Artistry / Dress designer: Watters / Veil designer: Erica Koesler / Headpiece designer: Eric Koesler / Bride’s shoes: Betsey Johnson / Bridesmaid dresses’ designer: Bari Jay / Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse / Tuxedo designer: Vera Wang / Invitations, stationery: save the dates from Minted; invitations from Papaya Papers / Cinematography: Reel Weddings / Music, entertainment, booking agency: Jeff Sheets of BK Productions / Rental providers: Cooke Rentals / Transportation provider: friend Alan Sipe, who served as captain of the boat they left in / Engagement ring: Southeastern Jewelers in Birmingham, Ala. /  Wedding rings: Hers is from Southeastern Jewelers; his is from Signature Jewelers / Wedding ring designer: His is Triton / Portrait location: Winghaven Gardens / Clergy: Pastor Farrell Lemings of Grace Covenant Church / Wedding night hotel: Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte / Bridal registry: Anthropologie and Bed Bath & Beyond / Travel agent: Mann Travel Agency