One couple is about to receive a free wedding.

Representatives from UofSC announced the couple who just won the 40th University of South Carolina Love Story Wedding. Students in the wedding planning class chose Columbia natives Jillian Owens and Brian Morris as the recipients. It will be planned entirely by the students, and provided at no cost to the bride and groom, thanks to donations from local businesses.

Students selected Owens and Morris out of more than a dozen entries. According to a release, students chose the couple based on the emotional impact of their essay, demonstration of need for a free wedding, and the couple’s love for UofSC.

Their ties to the university helped Morris and Owens stand out against other entries. They met on the Horseshoe for their first date, and on their second anniversary, Morris proposed in the same spot. They also frequently walk their miniature dachshund, Douglas, on campus.

Owens is a South Carolina alumna and a digital marketing strategist with Augusta Sportswear. Morris, a Navy veteran, is a quality engineer with Hengst Automotive. The couple lives in Columbia.

The wedding will be in November, with the exact date and location to be determined soon by members of the wedding planning class. The total value of the wedding varies, but in most cases exceeds $30,000. Students have no budget, and make everything happen thanks to donations from community businesses.

The wedding planning class is part of the university’s hospitality management degree program, which is ranked No. 7 in the country. More information can be found at

Categories: Columbia, Education, Richland County

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