Meredith and Keith chose a gorgeous venue for their mid July nuptials last summer—we just recapped another lovely event at the very same location in our last post, in fact! The Reserve at Lake Keowee is not only a breathtaking property, it is also a place that the bride and her family hold especially dear. Meredith’s parents have a plot of land within the Reserve community, with plans to build their dream home for retirement there, where the family has enjoyed frequenting their ‘little slice of heaven’ for some time. On one of their earliest visits together, Meredith told Keith that she one day wanted to get married there. Our team couldn’t have been more excited to see those dreams come true, and be part of their beautiful day, and were delighted to see it featured in print this summer in the upstate magazine At Home, a Community Journals Publication.
The wedding was awash in the beauty of a perfect Carolina summer day. There was a feeling in the air of a big summer lawn party as guests celebrated the happy couple. They were surrounded by lush golf courses, a valley rolling green hills, beautiful homes, Lake Keowee, the hot summer sun sinking into a beautiful evening sunset, and a bright shining moon rising in its stead. The ceremony took place in the striking, intimate chapel on the grounds, with a reception following under an airy, summery white tent on the great lawn. The tent was strung with romantic string lights and the reception tables were decorated with scattered flickering votives and large lanterns—the decor was simply saturated with natural, pretty lights with touches of fresh green florals, which perfectly suited the existing natural beauty of their venue.
The wedding party was outfitted perfectly to match the occasion in their breezy neutrals. Cotton Rouge provided hair and makeup services, and the bride was stunning in her elegant, low chignon. Her form fitting sweetheart neckline gown was delicately covered in a sweet lace overlay, and was set off by her cathedral length veil complete with lace edging. The bridesmaids looked lovely in soft morning grey knee length dresses, with coordinating lace overlays to match Meredith’s gown. The men wore tuxes, and looked fantastically dapper!
The officiant that performed the ceremony traveled from Indiana just for this special couple. His gesture was very meaningful for the family, as he also married Meredith’s parents many years before. The emphasis on making the wedding an occasion for fellowship was clear- along with the minister, many of the guests were big family groups that had traveled from near and far to be there for the wedding. The couple each had five attendants, who were followed down the aisle by 2 adorable little flower girls throwing white rose petals and a sweet little bell ringing/ring bearer, all of whom were cousins of the groom. Three children Meredith babysat for several years handed out programs and greeted guests. The beautiful music during the ceremony was provided by family friends. Waiting outside the ceremony was a table set with the classic drink “Arnold Palmer” ready for guests to grab and enjoy as they made their way from ceremony to reception, which was the PERFECT idea for a July wedding! The emphasis on sharing the day with family and treasured friends was clear and added an endearing touch.
The reception was full of merrymaking, kicking off with a special song from the bride to the groom: “River Deep, Mountain High”. During the father/daughter and mother/son dances, other fathers + daughters and mothers + sons were invited to join as well. We loved this sweet idea; it was sweet to see all the parents and children moving through the crowd to find each other and join the honored couples on the dance floor. The reception band, The Neons, kept the party going long into the evening with a variety of Motown, R&B, and current dance music. The couple had thoughtfully provided Old Navy flipflops for dancers at the reception, which were a hit- guests couldn’t wait to literally kick off their shoes and dance!
The cake cutting held even more special family moments: After the newlyweds cut the cake, Meredith’s mother and two of her closest friends cut the the remainder of the mouth watering two tiered sweet potato cake. These 3 ladies have been trading off cake cutting duties at their children’s weddings—linking their families and most treasured memories together. After the cake was cut, guests were treated to their pick from a variety of other cakes: peanut butter, sweet potato, pineapple, coconut, and a chocolate raspberry. All these unexpected flavors were a hit with local southern and out of town guests alike.
When it was time to exit, a HUGE crowd still remained after rocking the dance floor for hours. They lined the sidewalk leading to the couple’s golf cart decorated with a “Newlyweds” sign and white streamers. The new Mr. and Mrs. took the long, walk amid a tunnel of sparklers with style and charm, pausing midway to kiss for the cameras! See more pictures of their lovely day below, taken by the dynamite team from Red Apple Tree photography (and for another wedding we had the pleasure of working with Keith & Crystal of Red Apple Tree Photography, check out Danni & Jason!)
Hair & makeup: Cotton Rouge :|: Ceremony & Reception Venue | Catering:
The Reserve at Lake Keowee
Florist: Twigs :|: Photography: Red Apple Tree Photography
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals :|: Transportation: Atchison