Was it a sunny September day in 2014, or was it actually 1912? Maggie and Adam’s thoughtfully detailed wedding unified the past and present so beautifully that we couldn’t be absolutely certain.
Before we go any further, let us point out that the day had an abundance of cinematically-inspired touches. This darling pair drew inspiration from specific films such as Somewhere in Time (if you haven’t seen it, watch it now!), and from the absolute truth shared by all great stories of romance: that love is transcendent.
Looking as if she had walked straight off the silver screen in a Claire Pettibone gown of blush silk with a heavenly lace overlay and train, the bride completed her look with Rachel Simpson heels, a pearl-decorated headpiece and soft veil. A vintage ring, graciously loaned by her aunt, was of extra-special significance as it once belonged to the bride’s grandmother who had recently passed (the bride even had a darling framed photo of this dear lady, which you can see below!). The bridal bouquet, accented by a piece of the mother-of-bride’s wedding gown, was also adorned with cascading ribbons of light creams and pinks.
Prior to meeting in a nearby vineyard for a secluded first look prior to the ceremony (which is one of the photographer Jennifer Stuart’s all-time favorites), Maggie and Adam exchanged gifts. The groom provided her “something blue” in the form of a necklace delivered in an iconic Tiffany blue box. In keeping with the cinematic theme, Adam received a sweetly engraved pocket watch. Not to be outdone, the father of the bride gifted coins from 1912, another rod to the wedding’s film inspiration—each of these special moments skillfully captured by the videographer.
With the breathtaking views found at The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards forming the backdrop, the outdoor storybook setting fulfilled this couple’s dreams, as it did for Cody & Drew last May. When guests arrived at the Lakehouse, they discovered a gorgeous ceremony space with panoramic views. The dark reds, light pinks and soft greens of the décor popped against the blues provided by the water, mountains and sky.
Programs were distinctively displayed inside a red lantern with an antique feel alongside an “unplugged” ceremony request. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, “unplugged” implies that guests should turn off and put away all of their electronics and refrain from taking photos. This allows for everyone to be fully present and in the moment. It also lowers the risk of rogue flashes interfering with the images your photographer is trying to capture. As a bonus in this case, it helped craft a timeless ambiance.
An intimate wedding party was composed of three bridesmaids and three groomsmen; ideal for this small wedding. The ladies stunned in floor-length lapis blue dresses—the perfect accent to the natural autumnal surroundings—while the guys turned heads in their tuxedos featuring gray jackets with contrasting lapels. The groom was nicely distinguished in a classic bow tie.
Just steps from the lake and in front of a twig-composed arch romantically draped in seasonal flowers and berries, the couple exchanged their vows. The sublime “Theme from Somewhere in Time” swelled as the bride floated down the aisle, and a reading by the bride’s stepfather made for a meaningful addition to the ceremony. We don’t think there was a dry eye in the house!
Guests mingled inside the Lakehouse for a casual cocktail hour, enjoying drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres, and locating their escort cards hung from the branches of a small tree crafted by the florist. Handmade moss table numbers were displayed alongside the gorgeous, seasonal centerpieces in corrugated tin vases. Scattered votive candles added extra warmth and so perfectly reflected the incandescent glow of love radiating throughout the reception.
With the food stations open, the party really got started. Barbeque sliders with jalapeno slaw, fried chicken biscuits with green tomato aioli, shrimp and grits, and a mac ‘n cheese bar; whenever The Cliffs is catering, you know you’re in for a treat! Guests were also surprised by mini apple and peach pies with ice cream later in the evening—and were encouraged to put a bit of effort into getting the newlyweds to kiss, gathering direction from an adorable customized kissing menu set at each table.
Speaking of dessert, Maggie and Adam chose a scrumptious three-tiered carrot cake (lovely for early fall) with vanilla bean frosting from the fine folks at Buttercream Bakehouse. It was simple and elegant with two porcelain lovebirds at its crown. Well composed, heartfelt toasts from the father of the bride and best man followed the cake-cutting, and they didn’t disappoint! We feel the best man current side avocation in stand-up comedy is quite fitting.
After dancing the night away to an upbeat and eclectic mix of music, the magical evening came to a bittersweet close. Guests lined up at the dock to shower Maggie and Adam in rose petals as they boarded their getaway boat and sailed away on a sea of bliss.
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering: The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards
Hair + Makeup: Cotton Rouge :|: Officiant: Wedding Ceremonies by Kendall
Photographer: Jennifer Stuart Photography :|: Videographer: Artifice Films
DJ: ProsOnly Entertainment :|: Rentals: Professional Party Rentals
Florist: We Took to the Woods :|: Cake: Buttercream Bakehouse :|: I Do Crew: Allie | Sara B.