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A Summer Garden Ceremony and Dancing-Filled Reception

Hannah + Giffin | Jul 7, 2018

Dusty Blue with a Pop of Pink In This Garden Wedding at Separk Mansion just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina

When Hannah stumbled into Giffin’s fraternity’s philanthropy event in Spring 2013, neither expected it to be the day they would find their forever person. But Giffin’s wide brimmed dad-esque hat he was wearing that day made a lasting impression on Hannah! A few days later he asked her to a fraternity date party and the rest is history.
Flash forward a few years and the couple and their dog had a trip planned to Hilton Head; although Giffin had a little something else planned for that trip. Much to his dismay, after two failed attempts to find the dog friendly beach he wanted to propose on, third time was a charm (see their engagement session here!). 
It was the perfect summer day for a wedding. The ceremony was set up on the beautiful garden stairs underneath the pergola. Guests were welcomed by a DIY mirror welcome sign and program wedding fans – totally necessary for an outdoor July wedding!
At the ceremony site, there was draping which framed the pergola and a large arrangement in the top corner full of white and pink blooms and lots of greenery. 
It was the most beautiful spot to exchange “I do’s” and for the groom to see his bride for the first time.
“The most anticipated part of our wedding was walking down the aisle and seeing Giffin standing under the pergola,” said the bride. “We didn't do a first look and I was just so excited to see him up there ready to become my husband.”
Giffin looked very sharp in his navy blue suit and blue tie as he stood awaiting his bride. Hannah was absolutely stunning in her strapless sweetheart neckline ballgown. The beading detail on the top was to die for.
“When I went home for Christmas in 2017, my mom, my sister, and my best friend went wedding dress speed shopping,” said Hannah. “I wanted my dress picked out before I had to come back to Charlotte, so we had three days. I ended up choosing a strapless, beaded ballgown that was perfect for our wedding!”
Hannah kept her look clean cut with minimal jewelry and her hair pulled back. Her bouquet provided the perfect pop with the pink roses and hanging white ribbon. 
The pink flowers were the necessary pop of color against the lush green gardens and the dusty light blue bridesmaid dresses. The bridesmaids all had floor length chiffon dresses, but different style tops. The six of them each carried a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet with hanging blue ribbon. 
The groomsmen all looked similar to the groom in a navy blue suit, brown dress shoes and blue tie that matched the bridesmaid dress color perfectly.  
After the ceremony, guests were welcomed inside the mansion where the reception was held. The hardwood floors, the chandeliers and the grand staircase set the perfect romantic tone for the night. 
Guest tables were set with textured white linens, a light blue linen napkin and a hand written escort cards at each seat. Each table had a simple arrangement of white hydrangeas perfectly complemented with round mercury votives and a wooden table number. We loved the less commonly used silver chiavari chairs that finished out the look.
The head table was a long table lined with a greenery runner and a few more pink blooms and, of course, lots of candles!
Special touches around the room – like the large engagement photo, letter “L” wooden sign and small bouquet on the fireplace mantle really added that special touch to the room, all captured beautifully by Rebecca Hicks Photography
Another special touch? The choreographed first dance the bride and groom had been practicing for months!
“Another anticipated moment of our wedding was our first dance,” explained Hannah. “We went to three dance classes and had been practicing our choreographed dance for a couple months.”
After the couple shared their first dance, they enjoyed dinner and dancing and of course – cake!
The cake table was placed right by the grand staircase for the ultimate statement. The three-tiered white cake sat on a white pedestal cake stand and had the biggest cluster of pink and white flowers wrapped around it. It was *almost* too pretty to eat!
There was more dancing after cake and to end the night, the sweetest sparkler sendoff. There’s nothing better than a grand exit to celebrate the best night ever!
See more of Rebecca Hicks Photography’s work by clicking HERE.

Creative Team

Roots Catering

Blooms Floral Design

Sky's the Limit Bridal Sweets

Separk Mansion

Rebecca Hicks Photography

Shamrock DJ Service

NL Glam

The Bridal Shoppe of Wylie

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