Having talked about her wedding day with her father since she was a little girl, Caroline Hopkins knew that the only place for her marriage was at the family’s farm.
Established in 1834 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the farm has been home to seven consecutive generations of the Hopkins family.
Caroline and Andy attended Presbyterian College. They didn’t date while there, but were as Caroline says, “acquaintances with many overlapping best friends.” It was only after each returned to Greenville after a few years that they serendipitously connected during the 2013 Fall for Greenville event while with friends at the piano bar, Jack and Diane’s. They began dating soon after.
While Caroline was out of town on business, a stealthy Andy met with Caroline’s Dad and asked permission to propose to Caroline. While out to dinner soon after, they crossed the bridge near the Peace Center leading to Larkin’s on The River where she thought they were headed to meet friends. Andy stopped mid-way and presented her with a velvet box that contained a monogramed necklace with a center “N” which reflected his last name. He then proposed with her paternal grandmother’s wedding ring. Of course she said, “yes!” and they then headed to Jack & Diane’s where friends and family were already waiting to celebrate.
Caroline and her dad, John, spent hours planning the ceremony site on the farm and eventually had a new structure, the Belvedere in the Woodland Garden, constructed for her nuptials. The belvedere is a short walk from the Pond Overlook where guests were assembled before the ceremony. They were led to the belvedere by bagpiper Nick Williams in tribute to John Hopkins’ Scottish heritage.
The celebration took place in June 2016 with a magnificent ceremony and reception. Guests were treated to brunch by the Pond Overlook; the ceremony in the belvedere; a walk through the pecan grove; a reception with the bridal party in the family home and then a scrumptious sailcloth-tented luncheon in the private gardens. The bride’s dream wedding was fully realized.
Andy is a Greenville High AP and honors U.S. history teacher and varsity football coach and an agent with the Fieldstone Realty Group. Caroline is a lawyer serving as an assistant solicitor with the 13th Circuit Solicitors Office. They reside in Greenville.