Real Wedding: Shannon & TJ

Posted September 15, 2015

Shannon and TJ’s January wedding could not have been a more fabulous way to kick off the new year. To describe their wedding theme as simply “rustic” would be misleading, as this was no run of the mill ‘mason jar affair’. It was rustic done right, with sophisticated, chic details and a whimsically neutral color palette of silvery sage, light olive, neutrals and blush. The ceremony decor was AMAZING! Pallet wood walls at the altar made a gorgeous focal point as the couple to exchanged their vows. Coupled with expertly styled florals by ModFete, the effect was stunning and at the same time, quite intimate. 

The bride is a Southern Bride blogger (at, so of course she had perfectly planned so many thoughtful touches. One of our favorites was the tiny gold pinecone necklaces she gifted her bridesmaids. They looked lovely with their floor length silvery sage dresses and complimented the theme in such an understated way—and the pinecones tied into the stationery embellishments seen from invitation, to signage and programs, to favor tags! Shannon looked impossibly tiny in her exquisite dress. A sparkling jeweled belt around her teeny waist topped her full skirt of the most delicate chiffon tulle. Her chic half up-do was sideswept back into a loose, flowing braid. The effect was positively ethereal. 

The decor was positively spot on. The Huguenot Mill was completely transformed into a romantic retreat. The dining area laid out with a combination of long banquet tables paired with round dining tables in the center of the room absolutely glowed with soft gold tones everywhere. Guests enjoyed their five star meal by Larkin’s amidst shimmering champagne tablecloths and beaded gold chargers, complete with metallic handwritten font place cards, easy to spot gold table numbers, olive napkins and a runner of neutral & blush blooms filled out the sophisticated tablescapes. In addition to the lush table runners, ModFete also styled gorgeous floral chandelier installations on big, wide boards suspended overhead the lounge areas in the reception, as well as over the head table.

The reception was every bit as fabulous as the ceremony. Vintage styled furniture was brought in for the guest book and favor areas. The favor station was an adorable acknowledgement to the couple’s family; A “Spread the Love” bunting was draped over the miniature jars of “Sally Berry” jam made by the bride’s grandmother, Sally alongside a basket holding a mix of hand carved wooden spoons and spreaders made by a friend of the groom’s mother. The groom’s mother herself turns wooden bowls! The couple’s four tier cake was perched on a beautiful hand carved wooden pedestal she made by hand especially for the occasion. We loved the way this couple seamlessly incorporated little bits and pieces of things that were important to both of their families into their overall theme in such a charming way.

The central 360 degree bar served the couple’s signature drink during cocktail hour, a hot cider with spiced rum and cinnamon stick stirrers. Dual soft seating areas were placed close to both the bar and dance floor, providing guests a place to relax and take in the fun on the dance floor. (Like when Shannon’s Dad did the “gator” on the dance floor with his longtime frat brother friends!). After dinner Shannon and TJ cut into the cake, which was topped with the same cake topper her great-grandparents had on their cake in 1914! Such a family history this couple continued.

This party was hot, and the crowd was still going strong when the time came for the couple to leave. The couple made a romantic exit under a tunnel of sparklers into the misty cool January night. Since they were staying at the hotel right across the street from their reception venue, they snuggled close together against the chill and enjoyed an intimate moonlit stroll as the crowd cheered them on.

You simply cannot miss browsing through the selection of gorgeous images of Shannon and TJ’s wedding by Chris Isham. Keep scrolling for those, as well as a list of vendors the couple used in creating their positively perfect wedding! (Pssst! We LOVE working with Chris—not only is he talented beyond belief, but bonus: he’s a good friend! For more of his stunning work, check out another wedding we had the pleasure of working alongside him.)

Hair + Makeup: Cotton Rogue  :|:  Florist: ModFete  :|: Decorator: ModFete | I Do
Ceremony Venue: Redeemer Presbyterian Church  :|:  Officiant: Stefan Wiltz
Ceremony Musicians: WireWood  :|:  Reception Venue: Certus Loft
Photographer: Chris Isham  :|:  Videographer: Remedy Films
Cake: Buttercream Bakehouse  :|:  Band/ DJ: The Business 
Catering: Larkins  :|:  Transportation: Eastside Transportation | Elite Limousine 
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Industry Event Rentals | A Darling Day
I Do Crew: Alexandra | Heather