It was an outdoor wedding in August in South Carolina, and it was HOT. But that couldn’t hinder Whitney and Jordan from having their gorgeous, perfectly southern summer wedding at the Reserve at Lake Keowee. Simply packed full of knockout details, this wedding is still one of our favorites we have seen photographed up there; just take a look at that “Best Day Ever” signage displayed as they made their way down the aisle as husband and wife—adorable! Brittany was on hand from the I Do crew for this Clemson loving couple as they celebrated in an elegant summer affair with understated shades of purple and champagne.
This wedding was a standout, and it was truly all in the details. Whitney and Jordan masterfully mixed elements of traditional, Southern, rustic, Clemson, and modern together in seamless style. We absolutely cannot rave enough about the bridesmaids dresses! The knee length, Dupioni silk Lula Kate two tone dresses had deep petunia purple skirts and white tops, accented with a ruffled sweetheart neckline. They were PERFECT for looking elegant and styled, but practical and modern, on a hot summer day. For another Lula Kate bridesmaid delight, check out Frances & Dan’s downtown Greenville summer celebration! We loved that Whitney selected a modern colorblock dress instead of a classic monotone; it was a striking choice. The girls completed the look with classic Southern Jack Rogers sandals and a strand of pearls. The men also beautifully fused classic Southern style and current trends in their gray suits with purple gingham bow ties. Every inch of Whitney looked like a ravishing Southern belle in the heirloom lace and satin gown that both her mother and grandmother had worn on their wedding days.
The details continued into the decor. The soft white bouquets carried by the bridesmaids were infused with pops of ombre purples, and tied with a gorgeous, flowing white ribbon that had each girl’s monogram in large purple interlocking script. Whitney’s coordinating white bouquet had small bursts of creamy, faintly gold tinted roses. They were subtle but gorgeous, and coordinated with the gold sandals and champagne sashes worn by her bridal party. The cafe lighting adorned reception tent was full of more delicious small touches that made a big impact. The tables held tall, contemporary, slender sterling silver vases. The vases were filled with elegantly draped traditional bouquets of mixed greenery with both eucalyptus and magnolia, white & antique hydrangeas, small white roses, baby’s breath and purple calla lillies.
Instead of traditional floral arrangements lining the aisle to the altar, the couple chose square burlap canvases. Situated every few rows, the canvases each held small sections from the passage 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, which outlines the selfless and truest nature of love. It was gorgeous, unique, and a intimate way to mix cool decor into the ceremony in a meaningful way. A large, beautiful cross served as the center focal point of the altar. The bride’s uncle served as their officiant, and delivered a heartfelt message before serving communion and pronouncing them man and wife!
We’ve already mentioned how much we loved the “Best Day Ever” sign at the end of the aisle that lead the way to the reception; and more burlap signage decked the reception tent, including the puzzle guest book, popcorn bar and signature drink stations. (By the way, their signature drinks were gone after only an hour into the evening!) We loved that even for their signature drink, the couple included a thoughtful touch. More than a welcome refreshing drink on a hot day, the drink held a story. In accordance with Southern folklore, the groom had come to the Reserve exactly one month before the wedding to bury a bottle of bourbon. The story goes that the bottle must be buried completely full, and upside down, in order to keep rain away on your wedding day. It worked like a charm—the day couldn’t have been more beautiful, without a cloud to be seen in the sky. He dug up his lucky charm and the couple enjoyed it with their bridal party as they got ready, and their guests enjoyed it later in the day as it was a featured ingredient in the signature drink, an Old Fashioned. After the couple cut their simple yet sophisticated three-tiered cake, the groom’s grandparents gifted the couple with a rocking chair that was once a wedding gift from several generations of grandparents back, a sweet family tie linking all the way back to 1905!
The couple made their grand exit through a tunnel of cheers and a blur of orange and purple pompoms. We loved this sweet exit: the pompoms were so festive and happy, they created the necessary fanfare for a grand sendoff. We could not have enjoyed this day packed with gorgeous and thoughtful details more. Don’t miss a single breathtaking image of each the fabulous detail from this very special day.
Florist: Statice Floral Couture :|: Hair|Makeup: Megan Diez Salon
Ceremony Musician|Reception Band: Kat Williams Music
Venue|Catering : The Reserve at Lake Keowee
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals :|: Cake: Kathy and Company
Photographer: Sabrina Fields Photography :|: Videographer: Fields Films
Transportation: Eastside Transportation Servcies