Couple says 'I do' at the top of the Harbour Town lighthouse

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comApril 27, 2013 

With the Harbour Town Yacht Basin spread out beneath them, Mirna Tomie and Danny Pegg, center, were married in a ceremony atop the Harbour Town lighthouse on Saturday. Here, the crowd -- including maid of honor Ana Peric, left, and best man Mike Crank, right -- applauds after officiant Keith Walston, far left, declares them husband and wife.

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For Danny Pegg and Mirna Tomic, it all started with a picture of a sunset four years ago.

On Saturday, just a few hundred feet from where Tomic took that picture in July 2009, the couple became man and wife while standing atop the Harbour Town lighthouse.

Tomic, who is from Croatia and was then an intern at the Sea Pines resort, was introduced to Pegg, a Michigan native, after she took her picture of the sunset. They quickly starting dating, continuing the relationship after she returned home following the end of her internship.

Pegg, the marketing director for Vagabond Cruises, even flew to China to see Tomic while she was part of the seven-month long 2010 World Expo.

"He flew all across the world for me," she said.

Pegg proposed in Croatia last summer. While the pair's relationship is inextricably linked to Harbour Town, Pegg said it clicked that the lighthouse should be their wedding spot after Tomic returned to the area to manager the Inn at Harbour Town.

Their jobs made them the first pair of Harbour Town employees to wed at the lighthouse in recent memory, according to Nadia Wagner, the lighthouse caretaker.

The lighthouse is a popular spot for weddings and engagements. Wagner said there are an average of 12 weddings and 30 proposals there each year.

Pegg and Tomic aren't done with wedding ceremonies just yet, though.

In two weeks, the couple and Pegg's best man, Mike Crank, will travel to Croatia for 10 days for a ceremony with Tomic's family, Crank said.

"We've always talked about going to Croatia," he said, "but since we worked together we couldn't take the same weeks off. We have that chance now."

The Croatian ceremony is expected to take place much closer to the ground.

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