Photographed by Liz Jordan Photo

Michael, of Florida, and Morgan, of South Charleston, met the first day of orientation at Savannah College of Art and Design and decided to start dating underneath the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

After graduating, Morgan apprenticed at the Coach Headquarters in New York. While there, Michael was in West Virginia working with Calvin Broyles Jewelers to design a custom engagement ring for Morgan. When Morgan returned to West Virginia to launch her own accessory brand, Michael proposed on December 23, 2015, while Morgan and her family were taking photos in front of the Christmas tree at the State Capitol.

The couple were married two years later in an outdoor ceremony at Little Creek Golf Course in South Charleston. The bride wore a cream full-length skirt designed in France with a white sleeveless bodice top that tied in the front with a bow. The bridesmaids carefully hand-picked individualized dresses from Ivor’s Trunk. The groom and groomsmen wore custom sport coats and silk/linen pants paired with matching belts and shoes from Tony the Tailor. The bride and bridesmaids carried hydrangea, rose, and anemone bouquets designed by Belle Manjong.

The bride walked down the aisle to “Isn’t She Lovely.” The couple designed their own garden party-themed wedding and reception. Each table had its own custom cake with flavors ranging from butter pecan to French vanilla to strawberry. In addition to the wedding cake, the custom groom’s cake was designed with a camera and a Morgan Rhea Jackie bag on top, representing the couple’s interests.

Their guests received personalized leather bracelets from Morgan Rhea, with the inscription on the outside that read, “There is nothing more artistic than loving people” and, on the inside, “Thanks for loving us! Morgan & Michael,” as well as handmade wooden thimbles made by Morgan’s grandfather. The couple reside in South Charleston.


Bride’s Parents
Kathi & Dean Richards
Groom’s Parents
Sally & Chris Beals
Photographed by
Liz Jordan Photo

The Boutique by B.Belle Events, Charleston
Bridesmaids’ Attire
Ivor’s Trunk, Charleston
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s attire
Tony the Tailor, Charleston
Wedding Coordinator
Sarah Plants, South Charleston
The Boutique by B.Belle Events, Charleston
Little Creek Golf Course, South Charleston
TG Patty Cakes, London, OH
Grooms Cake
Cakes by Appointment, Petra Vasale, Charleston
Tommy & Tevin Spurlock, South Charleston