The inscription in Michael’s wedding band reads “6-27-14”, a date he won’t soon forget. It marks the day he and his lovely now-wife Emily tied the knot at Greenville’s iconic Old Cigar Warehouse. Natural, textured burlap and delicate lace accented the blush linens. Baby’s breath mixed delicately into the creamy whites and soft pinks in the florals. Hammered, aged copper serving stations held in iron supports were set atop rough wood pallets. The exposed brick and charming rustic feel of the Old Cigar Warehouse added to the ambiance that you could feel in the air. All these elements came together to set the stage for a beautiful, rustic, romantic June ceremony.
Rachel from the I Do Crew arrived to find Emily and her two attendants already set, looking stunning & fresh from hair & makeup with Katie Cotton of Cotton Rouge. Katie arranged Emily’s hair in soft curls, pulled halfway up. The relaxed, yet tailored style complimented her fitted sweetheart strapless gown, perfectly overlaid with lace applique. Her bridal attendants each chose a different, knee length style dress of the same light plum chiffon. The delicate material of their dresses looked picture-perfect set amid the earthy, natural tones in the decor. The dreamy mix of textures and colors were photographed beautifully by Simply Violet Photography. Simply Violet Photography also took stunning photos of another wedding that I Do was part of – check out Samantha & Chad’s wedding Photos for more examples of her great eye. Emily, whose father is deceased, was escorted down the sweeping staircase to meet her waiting groom by her Uncle Larry. It was a touching start to this couple’s ceremony. They took special measures to honor family members who could not be with them to share their day, including Emily’s father. They dedicated a memorial table to each person with collected items representing their remembered loved ones. We love when couples set aside a moment, or space, for honoring their loved ones; it is truly so touching to see the ways these cherished family members can be included in something as monumental in life as a wedding day, even if they are not physically present. The couple also set up a small display with a vintage wine box, which contained a bottle of wine and love letters to each other. This box served as a symbol to their guests, and themselves, representing their commitment to each other and their marriage for the years to come, even through the tough times. I Do was so impressed by these small, thoughtful details and the couple’s creativity in representing things that are important to them.
Following the ceremony, the guests headed to the cellar for hors d’oeuvres, and later a delicious meal from Holmes Catering. The couple had arranged for the DJ to play a trivia game after the bridal party was introduced with the guests while everyone filled their plates. (What a great and unique way to transition into party time!) Emily’s mother also arranged for the DJ to play a sweet song about fathers and daughters after cutting the beautiful tiered cake from Holly’s Cakes. The song, “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, was played after the traditional mother/son dance, and in place of a father/daughter dance. Emily’s Uncle Larry, followed by several other men in her family, all stepped in, taking turns to dance with her. There wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. What an amazing gesture this bride (and her guests!) will remember forever! After that memorable moment, the party really began! Everyone was on their feet dancing the night away until the couple’s sparkler send off later in the evening.
Emily and Michael, thank you for letting us be part of your day. It was truly one of a kind!