The Happy Couple

Rebekkah and Jackie

| July 31, 2013
For Rebekkah Epstein and Jackie Karam it was love at second sight
- Jonathan Boncek
For Rebekkah Epstein and Jackie Karam it was love at second sight

Rebekkah Epstein and Jackie Karam met about two years ago at Social. Rebekkah was intrigued right away by Jackie's humor and easy-going personality, but the timing wasn't right. "I was not in a place where I was ready to date yet," says Rebekkah. Four months later, the universe decided it was time for something to happen. The two ran into each other again, and within five seconds of talking, Rebekkah knew that Jackie was the one.

Fast forward to an unexpectedly eventful weekend. It was Sunday morning. Rebekkah and Jackie were now living together and got up to feed their dogs. Jackie wanted to make pumpkin muffins, and through an unanticipated series of events, the alarm system and smoke detector in the house both went off. "Long story short, we ended up having to call the fire department to disable it, because it was going off for like 30 minutes. Have you ever had an alarm and smoke detector go off for 30 minutes? Not fun," Rebekkah says.

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After the situation was remedied and the stress levels had evaporated with the smoke, Jackie suggested the couple take their dogs for a walk down at Charlestowne Landing.

"As we were walking, we started talking about alligators," Rebekkah says. "I was already frazzled by the smoke alarm, and Jackie's telling this story about how last time she was there, she had seen an alligator."

Sure enough, within 15 seconds, they saw an alligator. "I was like, this is not happening right now," Rebekkah says.

She was ready to turn around and go home, but Jackie convinced her to continue the walk. They turned a bend toward Rebekkah's favorite spot at Charlestowne Landing where you can see downtown Charleston. All of Rebekkah's friends and family were there, and before she knew what was happening, Jackie had gotten down on one knee and popped the question. Of course, Rebekkah said yes.

Since a legal marriage is not an option here in South Carolina, the couple will tie the knot in the Northeast sometime next July, but the ceremony and reception will be held right here in town. One of Rebekkah's close friends will be officiating, and their friends and family will get to attend. "The cool thing about the whole process is that we don't really have any preconceived rules to follow," Rebekkah says. "It doesn't have to be traditional."

Rebekkah and Jackie will be saying their vows at their friends' place on Johns Island on the water. So far, they have been looking into vendors and other things as part of the typical engagement process. Lime Catering will be providing the food, and the couple is trying to keep everything as simple and local as possible.

So far, the happy couple have not come across any negative attitudes. "We were at one point looking at a beach house, and the guy showing it to us was a real good ol' boy. We were hesitant to tell him the truth about us at first," Rebekkah says. When they did, he fully embraced their union. "Especially living here in the South, we try to be respectful of everyone's feelings, but we still have to be true to ourselves," she adds.

This wedding means a lot to Rebekkah and Jackie. Like any other couple, getting to commit in front of friends and family is an unforgettable moment. The wedding is not just a religious ceremony to the couple, but a real symbol of their commitment and love for one another.

"We hesitated as to whether or not to do this article. We aren't any different from any other couple. We have the same struggles and triumphs and arguments and great moments. While it's a little bit different, it's not really. We want to put ourselves out there and be in the City Paper, which is saying we're different. Everyone else does a marriage announcement in the paper, so this is our version!" Rebekkah says.

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Beautiful couple, with a beautiful attitude. I hope they continue to encounter the respect they give to others.

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Posted by Dee Pierson on July 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I love me some Jewish broads. Best of luck ladies!

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Posted by Ron Liberte on July 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Jewish Lesbian 's.....nice!

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Posted by throwEmback on July 31, 2013 at 6:39 PM

As Ron says, Jewish broads are great, but I must confess that I have no experience with Jewish lesbians.

I'm very happy for them, and would like to help celebrate by treating them to a delicious meal at the Folly Road Huddle Houseā„¢.

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Posted by Pronghorn on August 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I love these girls. :) I'm so excited and happy for them! Congrats Bekkah and Jackie! Free growler fill on me, girls!

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Posted by Karen Biggs Easterby on August 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I bet their parents are happy...

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Posted by Therealdan McKelvey on August 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

My cousin Jackie looks beautiful in the pictures. I am very happy for the two of them.

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Posted by Dan Edge on August 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM

They look like twins.

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Posted by Jaxx on August 2, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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