This wedding was definitely one for the books for us—full service planning, at a one of a kind location. The bride’s mother and sister were just as involved as the bride in the planning of her day, and it made for a dream team of communication; this was particularly clutch given that the event was to be held at the bride’s parents home in Hodges, SC. It was recently restored and listed on the national registry, and had lots of farmland surrounding it, making for the ultimate serene and pastoral setting for this celebration. The bride and groom wanted, overall, for it not only to look amazing, but be comfortable, laid back and one heck of a party. The entertainment was to be top notch, the food mouth watering, and decor outstanding. An ideal blend of rustic and elegant. No pressure, right?
So let’s start by talking about the decor setup first… Professional Party Rentals (our primary go-to here in the upstate for rentals) and Group Dynamics out of Charleston teamed up to supply the amazing chairs, tables, linens, tent and lighting for the ceremony, cocktail and reception areas. We also utilized some one of a kind, vintage furniture pieces from the family’s home to bring the indoors out, and add a true sense of sophistication and age to the event. Botanica Event Design really outdid themselves, with arrangements and details everywhere you looked! They also championed the cafe lighting for the cocktail area. The ceremony was held in the garden, with an oriental rug and sideboard as the main altar area— the drawers were pulled out, and the sideboard was filled with bud vases, old bottles and vintage tins holding a bevy of flowers on top and in the drawer. Definitely a showstopping, unique display for the ceremony!
The cocktail area was open air, set up directly behind the house, with cafe lights and a bar that was open the whole night (should guests look to find a quieter spot to gather and chat outside the party tent), and the tables were graced with Burlap-eqsue tablecloths. But the main event was definitely the reception tent. To keep the open air feel, we opted for an all clear tent (with the back side wall in white, to hide all the catering activity and band equipment), and kept the rustic but sophisticated element through a combination of farm house tables & benches interspersed with round dining tables set with cornflower blue linens topped with antique white lace-edged overlays. The florist was at it again, not only with the large arrangements for the food stations, but with unique floral arrangements and terrariums along the burlap runners of the farm tables and rounds. The caterer, Aberdeen Catery, is one of the most elegant, classically southern and full service that we have come across. They bring their own collection of stunning silver and china serveware for the different foods, and have antique (gorgeous) china for all the guests to use as they peruse from station to station. All the servers wear tux shirts, and custom cummerbund & bow ties—which only serves to enhance the feeling of formality, sophistication and elegance of the event. Mason jars were used in the shower invitations, and a touches of them were everywhere at the wedding as well—in floral arrangements, stamped on favors, hanging as lanterns—all very tastefully incorporated. There was also a bonfire set between the tent and the cocktail area, ringed with vintage quilt covered hay bales. This was the perfect setting to enjoy your favor (an individually packaged make-your-own s’more kit), warm up as the night cooled, or share a quiet moment with someone special.
The girls were dressed to kill—in navy floor length one shoulder dresses (the matron of honor, the bride’s sister had a different style which accented her adorable baby bump), and Charlotte was in what was easily my favorite dress of 2012. It was a lacy, sleek one shoulder backless number that made me want to go back in time and use it for my own wedding. Showstopping—and she 100% rocked it. The team from Cotton Rouge took fabulous care of the ladies and mother of the bride, both for hair and makeup. The fellas were looking handsome in their own right, with gray suits and navy ties. The boutonnieres were a nice, masculine combination of floral and herb elements—and the groom’s had a little something extra special. Since he apparently took so long to propose to Charlotte, the family had the saying with him: “Fish or cut bait”—meaning if you’re gonna do it, then get on with it already! So in honor of that little inside joke, they surprised him with adding a fishing lure to his boutonniere. I just love personal touches like that!!!
A pianist from Trio 864 played flawlessly for the ceremony and the moved out back on the patio to continue playing for the cocktail hour. The ceremony was conducted by the bride’s brother in law, who did a wonderful job and treated the responsibility with respect and honor, as a wedding ceremony should be 🙂 After a beautiful outdoor ceremony, the guests didn’t have to walk far for an equally as beautiful reception, where Soul Function Band took things to a whole new level of celebrating with their sets during the party—even giving the bride a turn at the mic to sing for the groom and their guests. As darkness fell, valet parking and parking escorts armed with flashlights ensured that guests traveled safely from the reception tent to their vehicles. The couple exited to a limo at the end of the evening, out the front door of the house and down the walk amid a tunnel of guests tossing birdseed and bird shaped confetti (the 2 colored biodegradable kind from Anthropologie. LOVE!) This was our first wedding worked with the amazing Josh Jones Photography, and we were over the moon getting the chance to work with him (and would lead to more opportunities, like this one the following spring!) The photo he took of the couple’s rings was one that had the whole community of wedding photographers green with envy. Stunning and creative… and that is how he captured the whole day. We are so thankful for the photos of the day he shared with us, that we can show off to you, dear readers!