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Erin Hart & Jason Knicley
When Maryland native Erin Hart was scrolling through possible love matches on Match.com, she fell in puppy love—quite literally—with Jason’s profile, which starred a sweet photo of his dog, Seamus. Intrigued, she sent the fellow Baltimore resident a message, leading to a first date at a local bar. “And we haven’t stopped talking since!” she says. Two years later, Jason asked Erin to pack her bags and prepare for a long-weekend away to celebrate her birthday. The destination? Only upon arriving to the airport did he reveal to her they were headed to Charleston. After two days spent sightseeing in the city and relaxing on Folly Beach, where they were staying, Jason suggested that Erin spend an afternoon at the spa at the Belmond Charleston Place hotel—to which she happily obliged. Meanwhile, he and his sister (who, unbeknownst to Erin, had flown in for the day) prepped for a grand proposal. When Erin returned to the house, she found candles flickering and a box with two new dresses waiting for her. After slipping into one of the frocks, she followed the trail of candles to the house’s back dock, where Jason was waiting to propose. To cap off the day of surprises, Jason handed Erin an envelop, revealing that her dream venue—Magnolia Plantation & Gardens—had already been book for a May 14, 2016, wedding.
Photograph courtesy of the couple