Garlyn and Dutch were married at the bride’s parent’s ranch in Lockwood, Calif. on May 3. The bride wore a lace a-line wedding gown with a tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair swideswept in a curly ponytail and birdcage veil, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of colorful garden roses. Notice they all wore cowboy boots? “These two have been together for many, many years,” Amanda McCullough of Hearts and Horseshoes Photography said. “It was the most amazing wedding filled with so much love.” And that it was! Guests were greeted with a wooden sign post that directed them to the ceremony and reception. In lieu of folding chairs, there was hay bales underneath a giant oak tree. The cutest flower girl and ring bearers processed down the aisle, complete with a red Radio Flyer wagon and two bow tie-collared pups. Following the exchanging of vows and rings, the newlyweds took off on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Dinner and dancing took place inside the barn lit with crystal chandeliers. “Her sister, Lacey, was the caterer, and her mom orchestrated and put together the tables,” McCullough said. They were decorated with mix ‘n’ matched linens, mason jar and spray-painted wine bottle centerpieces atop wooden slices, and “love is sweet, so take a treat” favor bags at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, cards were placed inside vintage suitcases. Even gifts were placed inside a clawfoot bathtub! Inspirational quotes were found throughout the night such as “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite,” and “Forever starts here.” Plus, family photos could be spotted hanging along the walls. “They are just the sweetest couple,” McCullough said.
Traci and Andrew were married at Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Md. on April 12. “Everything about Traci and Andrew’s tree-themed wedding fit their personalities and interests perfectly,” said Susie and Becky, the photographers. “Sometimes, brides want a natural look to the day, but Traci managed to create a natural feel also.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown with a keyhole back, accessorized with a pair of ballet slippers, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. The do-it-yourself bouquet was something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Notice all the family heirloom brooches? “Every guest received a stone upon arriving to the ceremony,” they said. “As the couple said their vows, they were asked to hold the stones and make wishes.” Rather than a traditional unity candle, they even planted and watered a tree to symbolize their marriage’s growing strength! “At the end, guests left the stones in the righthand compartment of the box, so the newlyweds could take home.” The reception followed underneath a framed tent. Tables were decorated with sage green linens, tall curly willow branch centerpieces accented with delphiniums, orchids, and heathers, and named after none other than different types of trees like Sycamore, Popular, and Birch. As the sun was setting, extra portraits were taken, and “Traci offered to kick off her shoes to walk through a stream,” Susie and Becky said.
Cindy and Ian were married at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on March 10. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with pearl earrings, necklace, and bracelet, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with a white tie and black Converse tennis shoes. The bouquet and boutonniere were handmade fabric flowers shaped ranunculuses and dahlias. As the sun set, the ceremony took place overlooking an immaculate water fountain, but following, the reception took place inside the courtyard decorated with gray table linens, tall centerpieces with mini chalkboard table numbers, and votive candles. How cool is their ombre cake? Guests enjoyed drinking and dancing underneath the cafe lights and sent the newlyweds off with bubbles as the night came to an end!
Rachel and Marcus were married at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, N.C. on July 13. The bride wore a off-white silk wedding dress with a v-neckline lined with ruffles draping over her shoulders, while the groom wore a gray suit, purple button-up, and sage green tie. “We were going for a neutral color scheme,” Rachel said. “We wanted the wildflowers, and the Blue Ridge Mountains to be the color!” After sharing their personal vows to each other, these two said, “I do” inside the dairy barn. Notice the dried flowers hanging from the rafters? We sure did! A chalkboard sign escorted guests to their seats and brewed cider on the back porch. “The tables were handmade by a friend of the owners from local wood,” she said. “It’s a very environmentally-friendly venue.” And the non-traditional cake was actually apple stacks topped with burlap bunting.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Michael and I met at Western Carolina University and lived in Asheville for a few years before moving to Greenville, S.C. Having our wedding outdoors in the mountains was extremely important to us. Hidden River offered the ceremony and reception site all in one property on a semi-functioning farm surrounded by mountains. The natural beauty of Hidden River stole our hearts from the first visit; it was the only venue we visited.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. I loved and slaved over making all of the fabric bouquets. I am an interior designer; I used old fabric memos for the flower rosettes. Making those was a labor of love knowing all of my bridesmaids can keep their bouquet as a memento after the wedding.
2. I loved the antique books placed on the tables as small centerpieces. Michael and I got engaged in the library at Western (it is a long story that drove this underlying theme to our invitations, save-the-dates and use of antique books as centerpieces). He chose the library to propose because four years earlier I had spotted him in the library a week before we official met and started dating.
3. The corn hole boards were a surprise collaborative gift from one of my bridesmaids and one of Michael’s groomsmen. Chris my bridesmaid built them, Jimmy and his wife Kristen painted them one gold and purple for Western Carolina and purple and orange for Clemson University (Michael is a huge fan of Clemson football). This was a very sweet and personal gift that added additional entertainment to guests at the reception.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
The moment I crossed the bridge to the ceremony site I felt like I was floating and needed to be caught by Michael when I reached the altar. It was such an overwhelming moment that I struggled to compose myself. It was a wonderful feeling to be so in the moment with love and happiness.