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Hilton Head always in their hearts

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Couple travels to exchanges vows at Sea Pines

BY NICOLE CRAM | PHOTOS BY PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE

On a breezy day in May 2021, lifelong friends Jenna Hall and Joey Roberts exchanged vows on the 17th green in Harbour Town in front of family and friends who traveled from near and far to celebrate the happy couple.

“Charlotte is where we call home now, but Hilton Head will always hold a special place in our hearts,” said Jenna. 

It’s where Joey popped the question to Jenna, on a bike path in Sea Pines. 

“I pretended to crash my bike into a tree,” laughed Joey. “When Jenna walked over to help me up, I pulled out the ring.” 

“It was a complete surprise,” said Jenna. 

It was Jenna’s birthday weekend, so she thought they were just going on a bike ride, then meeting her mom and sister afterward. To her surprise, both Jenna and Joey’s families were waiting at a condo in Sea Pines to celebrate with the happy couple after the proposal.

Jenna and Joey have known each other since they were 11 years old. They grew up in Richmond, Va., and even “dated” in middle school for a brief period. 

After about a week, Jenna broke up with Joey over AOL Instant Messenger, as all great middle-school romances go.

Shortly after, Joey’s family relocated to Atlanta and Jenna remained in Richmond. They stayed in touch as friends for years, even through college. 

“Right after school I moved to Charlotte and Joey moved back to Atlanta,” said Jenna. 

During a visit to Charlotte for a PGA Championship tournament in 2017, the couple reconnected and started dating again. 

“I always knew were going to end up dating at some point,” said Joey. “We have always been such good friends; when you have a feeling like that, you just wait for the timing to make sense.” 

They dated long distance for a year, then Joey got a job offer in Charlotte. The couple moved in together, and the rest is history. 

Fast forward to May 2021 during a long weekend on Hilton Head where the couple came together to tie the knot. They knew that they wanted to be married on Hilton Head, as it was a mutual place they both love. Joey loves to play golf, so it was an easy decision to choose Harbor Town Golf Links as their wedding venue. 

They were married on the golf course followed by a reception at the Harbour Town Golf Links Clubhouse. 

“We got married on a Friday, which was actually not what we originally wanted,” said Joey. They had to push the wedding out from its originally scheduled date in October 2020 due to the pandemic. 

“Moving our ceremony was not a big deal to us,” said Jenna. 

Joey and Jenna described their wedding as laid back, which fits the couple’s style. 

“I would highly recommend a Friday wedding,” said Joey. “It’s nice to be able to relax and enjoy the Saturday after the wedding with the people you love.” 

On Saturday after the wedding they invited their guests to a big beach party in Sea Pines. 

“We’re big beach people,” said Joey. 

Their dads set up chairs and umbrellas outside of The Beach Club with a game area, snacks and coolers of beer. “It was such a great time,” said Jenna.

What’s next for the happy couple? One year after their big day, they’ve settled into married life in Charlotte with their chocolate Labradoodle, Hootie. 

“We try to visit Hilton Head as much as we can,” said Jenna. 

The island will always be a very special place to the couple.

Vendors

Band: Stee & The Ear Candy

Photographer: Photography by Anne

Hair: Freda Hair Salon

Dress: Winnie Couture (Charlotte)

Flowers: A Floral Affair 

Groom’s Cake: Custom Confections

Makeup: Bride’s sister

Catering: Harbour Town Yacht Club