Real Wedding: Lauren & Phil

Posted March 4, 2015

This wedding may have been held in a state park, but it was definitely not like going to summer camp! Lauren and Phil’s beautiful, woodsy, rustic day began in late May, tucked deep in the forest at Paris Mountain State Park just outside Greenville, South Carolina at the recently renovated Camp Buckhorn. Built with logs and rubble stone in 1936, Camp Buckhorn is a gorgeous destination for a small wedding’s location.

Elise was on hand to assist with this elegant, chic event. With the deep jewel-toned foliage surrounding Camp Buckhorn as a backdrop, the scene was perfectly set for an organic and strikingly gorgeous, natural wedding. Lauren’s chosen natural color palette of textured burlaps, white, greens and touches of wood elements was a stunning canvas for the striking cobalt blue floor length bridesmaids gowns. Lauren looked like a magazine ad for a vintage modern bride in her fitted, strapless lace gown and effortless gathered, low bun with sideswept bangs.

The bride entered the ceremony by going down an outside staircase leading to the ceremony. Her father was waiting at the bottom of the steps, and one would be hard pressed to think of a more touching father daughter moment than guests seeing him waiting for his little girl. The bride and bridesmaids bouquets were beautiful, loosely constructed and flowy, keeping with the feel of the flowers provided by Urban Florals inside the reception. We were delighted to work with Sophie Hopkins, who skillfully photographed each perfect moment for the couple.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and lawn games set just outside the Lodge (that housed both the wedding and reception). Inside the reception, Brick Street Cafe catered a delicious dinner, as well as provided the couple’s wedding cake. Brick Street is known for their legendary sweet potato cake; for another wedding catered by the sweet little cafe downtown, check out Meredith & Cole’s wedding on the blog. Guests dined on the fare at long banquet tables, which were set with burlap runners, adorned with wood boxes containing beautiful flowing flower arrangements. The tables were creatively thought out and decorated, at each place setting were round doilies with blue napkins, folded in a perfect bow. The couple were really invested in planning their day, and it showed in every detail of their thoughtful event. In addition to the perfect rustic decor, the couple created very cute signage and had picture frames that were dispersed throughout the room, making it feel very intimate. They were happy to be surrounded by so much love from their family and friends, and enjoyed every minute.

The bride & groom nixed the “grand exit” concept, and instead left the party en masse with their guests. The group moved across the grounds to an existing fire pit at Camp Buckhorn to continue the festivities. The evening had no time or travel restraints, as most of the guests stayed in the nine small, cozy cabins surrounding the reception venue. Guests had traveled from very far to attend the celebration, so the rentable cabins were an awesome, unique option available for this location. We love when a bride and groom go to such extents on behalf of their guests; offering the cabins made it really convenient and easy for guests to enjoy the evening fully and keep the party going! The bride & groom were very thankful for their guests sharing in their day, and we loved the opportunity to aid in this day. Cheers to Lauren & Phil!