Camille + Ryan | Sep 7, 2019
Cream, blush, green and navy created a simple garden style a tan intimate outdoor wedding at Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Camille and Ryan were both new residents at an apartment building in Charlotte. They meet for the first time in the elevator, then later at the pool. Before long, these neighbors made the move to something more.
When the couple traveled to Mexico for a friend’s wedding in October 2018, Ryan had a surprise waiting. He told Camille he’d signed the two of them up for a wine tasting and seemed determined to get there on time. Camille was hoping to take photos on the beach as they made their way there, but it turns out Ryan already had that covered.
At just the right spot and with the sun setting, Ryan got down on one knee as a photographer came out of hiding—not only did Camille get the photos she wanted, but also a proposal.
The couple decided on a simple and intimate outdoor wedding.
“Our inspiration for the wedding was to really focus on us as a couple, and our love and devotion to each other,” Camille said. “We wanted it to be a weekend to relax, have fun with those we love the most, and celebrate.”
The romantic blush, cream and navy colors worked perfectly in the garden setting while the fresh flowers and natural greenery enhanced the natural feel. And the fact that their venue looked like the European countryside didn’t hurt things!
“We wanted a relaxed vibe, but beautiful scenery and the venue fit into every box we could have dreamed of,” said the bride.“Therefore, we went with neutral colors, greenery and outdoor beauty”
The day began with some quiet time to get ready on the venue’s property. Cotton Rouge & Company gave the bride the natural and relaxed beauty styling she wanted. Her hair was swept into a loose updo, and her makeup featured earthy brown eye color and lush lashes to complement touches of color on her cheeks and lips.
Once her hair and makeup were done and her dressed pulled on, Camille’s mother and her maid of honor helped button up the dress. It was a sleeveless sheath gown with an illusion neckline and lace appliques that created a dramatic plunge effect. She completed the look with cream strappy heels, gold and crystal statement earrings,and a stunning cathedral-length veil with lace along the edge.
In another room of the venue, Ryan got dressed in his navy suit, blush-colored tie and boutonniere with dahlia and roses. Once he was dressed,it was time for the couple’s first touch.
Camille and Ryan held off seeing each other, instead they stood back to back while reading notes they’d written to each other.
Meanwhile, guests arrived at the venue and a rustic wooden sign guided them to a clearing on the property with a view of the vineyard and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.Wooden crossback chairs faced an asymmetrical arch decked out in flowers like delphinium, campanula, dahlias and garden roses and topped off with greenery.
“Flowers played a huge role in our wedding day as they were really the only decor we had,” said the bride.
The ceremony began and the small bridal party took their spots at the altar next to Ryan. Then, the cutest flower girl made her way down the aisle in a sequin and tulle gown, and matching flower headband with rhinestones. It made it all the more sweeter knowing it was Ryan’s daughter playing that role.
Camille was escorted down the aisle carrying a loosely arranged bouquet of seasonal flowers, including dahlias and garden roses in shades of peach, blush and cream. Seeing Ryan for the first time as she walked down the aisle was one the most anticipated moments of the day.
Another special part of the day was the fact that Ryan’s father was their officiant. He led them through their vows, a special kissing and exchanging of rings,and to their first official kiss as husband and wife.
While friends and family proceeded to the courtyard reception, Camille and Ryan roamed around the property, soaking in those first true newlywed moments.
The couple arrived at the reception where guests were enjoying signature his-and-hers cocktails.
“We did throw a few personal pieces into our day including the couple drinks,” Camille said.“A Moscow mule, my fave, and a whiskey/ginger, Ryan’s fave.
”As guests drank the cleverly named “Whiskey + Ry” and “Cam-Mule,” some enjoyed celebratory cigars, as well, before taking their seats for dinner.
Dinner was served at along family-style table next to the venue’s picturesque fountain. The table was set with a simple white linen and oval back wooden chairs. Down the center of the table was a greenery garland accented with blooms and metallic votives. Each seat included a place card and a menu card with a light green design, the latter tucked into a navy napkin. There was a trio of glasses –one for water, one for wine and one for champagne. All the necessities, if you ask us!
As guests watched on, Camille and Ryan shared their first dance and then cut their cake. It was a single-tier red velvet cake with white frosting accented with wisps of green, blue and gold, and dotted with gold “pearls” around the upper edge.
Friends and family were treated to sweets of their own. A donut wall playfully displayed a mix of flavors guests could enjoy now or take for later in a personalized to-go bag.
After showing off some moves with help from their band, Camille and Ryan left their guests on the dance floor to share a romantic last kiss of the day.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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