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A Garden Wedding, Inside and Out

Madison + Aaron | Mar 30, 2019

A blush, dusty blue and white wedding with rustic touches at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina

It was mug night at a local bar in downtown Charleston when Madison and Aaron met. Aaron had just graduated from The Citadel and Madison had just turned 21. The two hit it off and spent the night chatting. After that, everything moved very quickly and after eight amazing months together Aaron was ready to propose.

The couple was on a trip in North Carolina visiting Aaron’s family and took a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. They made a pit stop to take a hike at a spot called Carb Tree Falls. It was a long and cold hike, but it was worth it in the end when Aaron got down on one knee in the middle of the bridge right in front of the waterfall.

When it came time to plan the wedding, Madison knew she wanted a garden feel to the day. A lot of greenery combined with soft blush, dusty blue and white colors, and hanging lights brought that vision to life. Add in a rustic venue, a big oak tree and lots of wooden features and it was a dream come true.  

“I really wanted the wedding day to look like a garden,” said the bride. “I decided I wanted a lot of greenery and candles all while keeping everything very rustic.”

Madison and her girls spent the morning relaxing in their silk floral robes drinking mimosas. The bridesmaids all changed into their dusty blue mismatched dresses and piled into the bus that took them to the venue where Madison got dressed.

In the bridal suite, Madison put on her strapless lace gown. It had a sweetheart neckline and a nude undertone to it. 

“I found my dress at my first dress appointment. I fell in love and knew it was the one!” Madison said. “I tried on a few others but kept going back to that one, so from there I tried it on a final time and said yes to the dress that very day!”

The buttons that ran down the back of the dress were all buttoned up just before the cathedral length jeweled veil was situated into Madison’s low bun. The final touch was her Kate Spade bridal Keds that she laced up just before going to meet Aaron for their first look

Aaron stood surrounded by fresh flowers, natural water and Spanish moss filled trees wearing a simple three piece light grey suit and bowtie. When he turned around to see Madison walking toward him, nothing else mattered.

“The first look totally calmed our nerves before the ceremony and gave us a special moment for ourselves before being around all the guests,” Madison said.

After the intimate moment, the couple made their way around the grounds which truly felt like an enchanted garden. The bride’s bouquet fit right in with its lush roses, ranunculus and accenting greenery. 

Just as the couple went their separate ways before the ceremony, guests started to arrive and walked across the grassy field to the ceremony site underneath a large Spanish moss lined tree that overlooked the marsh. 

Two wooden barrels sat behind the last row and welcomed guests with an arrangement of white hydrangeas and blush and dusty blue accenting flowers with a wooden lantern in the center. Blush petals lined the aisle for an extra garden-y touch. 

The bridal party made their way down the aisle, followed by the cutest flower girl and ring bearers as the plantation singers sang in the background. 

“One of my favorite things though was the Plantation Singers that we had perform during the ceremony,” explained the bride. “It was so spiritual and so different than any other wedding I had seen or been in.”

Everyone rose to their feet as Madison and her dad walked down the aisle. She met Aaron at the end of the aisle and before they knew it, they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Cocktail hour was set up on the back patio that was lined with market lights. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails out of personalized cups that the couple still uses to this day! They dropped their cards off in the rustic wooden lantern and signed the Bible guest book. 

“I loved our guest book,” said Madison. “It was a Bible where our guests were able to sign by their favorite Bible verse. We will cherish that book forever!”

Inside, the finishing touches were put on the reception space. Guest tables were set with white linens and decorated with either a lantern, flowers and greenery or a wooden box filled with a garden style arrangement. 

In the center of the room was a long wooden farm table with wooden benches. Down the center of the table ran a greenery runner and some flowers tucked in throughout. Hanging over that table was really the showstopping feature of the room. Greenery, Spanish moss and string lights hung from the round chandeliers to really bring the outdoor garden feeling indoors. 

“My favorite part was definitely the hanging lights and greenery from the chandeliers in the venue,” remembered the bride. “That really just tied my vision completely together!”

Across the room was a dessert table for the ages. A whitewashed tiered stand was lined with cupcakes and dessert cups, and topped off with a small one tiered simple cake that had a singular blush rose on top. More cupcakes and mini desserts flooded the table. 

Guests filled the space just before Madison and Aaron made their official entrance into the party. Everyone spent the night eating, drinking and dancing. There was even a performance by a guitar playing groomsmen that the crowd went wild for! In the end, everyone gathered outside to send the bride and groom off with a sparkler send off. 

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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