Fallin Nichols and Cory Hebb
said their Crystal Coast wedding vows in October 2013 at Dream Maker in Salter Path
This lucky couple received a breathtaking beachfront wedding, courtesy of our local Tourism Development Authority Board. Their winning Crystal Coast wedding included a beach ceremony at Dream Maker and a tented reception for 70 guests on the seaside lawn of the 7 bedroom oceanfront luxury home. The lovely couple and their guests enjoyed a night of food, fun and family as they celebrated with the newlyweds. The Hebbs then stayed at Dream Maker for the rest of the week, enjoying their secluded and lavish honeymoon cottage.
The event was coordinated by Zena Underwood, Event Director for Bluewater Weddings and Events. Photography by Casey Futrell Photography. Venue and accommodations provided by Bluewater Vacation Rentals and Real Estate. Wedding registry totaling $2,000 provided by Belk.
Their love story
Cory and Fallin, our winners for the Vows on the Beach Sweepstakes, couldn’t be any cuter of a couple. Their love is obvious to anyone who meets them and we are grateful to have been a part of their special day.
When we met them, they had been dating for more than two years. Fallin, originally from Nashville, Georgia, was enrolled at The University of Georgia. Cory, originally from Boonsboro, Maryland, has served in the Air Force since 1997. Alongside his two sons, Tristan and Canyon, from a previous marriage, the entire family was anxiously awaiting his return from deployment in late July 2013. When we selected them as the winning couple, we contacted Fallin first. She then extended the celebratory news to Cory from thousands of miles away via Skype. We were so touched to hear their enthusiasm and gratitude upon being awarded the wedding of their dreams, right here on the Crystal Coast. We asked for them to send us a little about “their story.” Fallin insisted that he write it, saying “he tells it way better than I do!”
Here is their story, in Cory’s words:
“Our story is amazing and kind of awkward in the beginning. I was going through a divorce and Fallin was recently out of a semi-serious relationship. A mutual friend of ours was having a Christmas party, which is where we first met. It almost didn’t happen. I was there with my sister who had a little too much to drink, so I had taken her home and came back to say my goodbyes. As I was walking out the door Fallin walked in with a few of her friends. When I looked over at her It was the sensation that seems like its only felt in the movies. I actually caught my breath. I asked my buddy who she was and normally am not the kind of guy that approaches women but I had to meet her if only to say “hi” and introduce myself. So I did just that, she started walking in as I was walking out, I stopped her in the kitchen told her that my name was Cory and that I was leaving but I had to meet her and get her name. We shook hands and that was it, she stayed for the party and I left. For the next three weeks my friends and I practically spent every spare minute at the restaurant where Fallin worked.
It was obvious she didn’t remember me so I figured my first impression wasn’t a lasting one and reverted back to the guy that doesn’t approach women. After three weeks of Fallin not saying a word to me I figured me stalking her was probably futile. In my mind if she wasn’t interested by now, me spending countless dollars on beer and not so great food wasn’t going to change her mind. So my friends and I stopped going to the bar, however, a few days later a buddy and me were going to the airport to pick up a friend and stopped for a quick bite and drink. As we were sitting there Fallin, out of nowhere comes up, sticks her hand out and says “Hi, I’m Fallin, you’re Shawn’s friend right”. I almost choked on my food. I stuttered a yes and shook her hand. She said she had saw me in there a lot and wanted to meet me. Then she went back to work without another word. My friend and I stared each other in awe. After so long of pathetically trying to meet her, she says hi on a day we stopped by for a quick sandwich. I told her it was nice meeting her and headed out the door.
Later that week my friends and I invited her and her friends over for some drinks. They came over and that night started a month of awkward moments and dates. I’ve never saw two people so uncomfortable with each other; it was like neither had ever dated before. This was the first time I had dated in about a decade so to say I was nervous was a gross understatement. So after a few troubled dates and seeing the inevitable end of our short relationship, one day I dropped Fallin off at her car after a movie. As I was walking back to my truck I knew it was now or never. I stopped, turned around, and walked straight back to her. She was about to get in her car when I said her name, when she turned around I kissed her. At that moment I think we both realized that we were both exactly where we were supposed to be. It was like instant love, knowing that you found “The One” without knowing yet how perfectly you fit together.
I’m about 9 years older than Fallin but I truly believe that she was made for me. She is an amazing woman. She has taken my two boys into her life as if they’re her own and loves and cares for them as such. As well, they love her…to the point that when I took her home to meet my family, while at the movies watching Magic Mike with the women of my family, Tristan, my oldest son picked out her engagement and wedding rings. He has very expensive taste but I honestly believe no other ring would look as good as that one does on her hand. She challenges me emotionally and intellectually and because of her I am the best version of me. We have our struggles; her being away at school and me still in the military and having to deploy but our love for each other hasn’t wavered the slightest bit. We are strong for each other and we are blessed.”