After matching on a dating app in 2018, Medical University of South Carolina ICU nurse Nicole invited Josh, a Charleston County firefighter, to a friend’s birthday party. It was love at first sight, and the two moved in after dating five months. In May 2019 while visiting Nicole’s family, Josh asked her to marry him at the Castle Hill Inn Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island, celebrating with a surprise champagne brunch and later attending a concert by country singer Jordan Davis. The music-loving couple, who live on John’s Island, married at the historic Gadsden House downtown and held a courtyard reception featuring local indie group, The Midnight City Band.
Photographs by Cana Dunlap