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Lakyn + Hampton | May 5, 2018

Traditional church wedding followed by an elegant outdoor reception at a private estate in Blythewood, South Carolina 

Hampton and Lakyn met in high school but didn't start dating until their sophomore year of college. When he decided to propose, he had the perfect day planned - a day trip to his family’s beach house in Beaufort, topped off with a relaxing boat ride. They anchored at one of the sandbars to let their dog run around when Lakyn received the surprise of her life. 

“When I turned around to see if he was coming, he was behind me on one knee,” said Lakyn. “It was the ABSOLUTE best surprise!”

When it came to planning their big day, they wanted something that was very special and unique. They decided to host their wedding reception at Lakyn’s grandparents’ house - where her mother and stepfather had their own celebration 25 years ago!  

“We even chose to incorporate the oak tree in front of my grandparents’ house to use on our save the dates,” said Lakyn. 

Inside the bridal suite that morning, Lakyn slipped on her simple yet elegant, ivory A-line gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline. She added a feminine, off-the-shoulder lace attachment to the bodice, and a lace-trimmed veil to her classy low bun. Completing her bridal look, she wore a pair of crystal drop earrings and baby blue block heels with an embellished strap. 

Hampton looked dapper in a classic black and white tuxedo, paired with a boutonniere made from magnolia leaves and a single white carnation. His arrangement beautifully complemented the bridal bouquet, which was full of ivory hydrangeas, garden roses, carnations, silver dollar eucalyptus and succulent leaves. 

At the entrance of the church, the double doors were adorned with two vibrant green wreaths with ivory satin bows. Inside, the beauty of the church spoke for itself - so they added minimal, elegant decor including greenery, simple florals and candlelight.

The ceremony that followed was a traditional and emotional service, including a special reading by a close family friend, and a soloist that sang The Lord's Prayer. 

“It was important to Hampton and I both to have the ceremony within the church,” said Lakyn.  

After they exchanged “I Do’s,” the newlyweds and their wedding party gathered in the lawn for gorgeous photos. The bridesmaids looked effortlessly elegant in mist-colored high-neck gowns, while the groomsmen complemented them in classic black and white tuxedos.  

Under an enchanting sailcloth tent in Lakyn’s grandparents’ backyard, a stunning crystal chandelier hung directly over the dance floor, paired with strings of market lights. Leading up to the tent, there were paper bag candles illuminating a pathway, with two wooden planters at the entrance overflowing with luscious floral arrangements. 

Behind the band, there was a beautiful backdrop featuring a lattice-work design of fresh myrtle. On display behind the mist and ivory main bar, there was a brushed metal structure decorated with mixed florals, candles and glassware. 

Also, since the celebration landed on Cinco de Mayo, guests were greeted with refreshing margaritas served in mini Patrón bottles!

“We even had a super cute margarita trailer to serve specialty margaritas all night,” said Lakyn. 

The dinner tables and high-tops were clothed in mismatched patterned fabrics, all in soft neutral hues. There was also a wooden farm table with a wispy blush fabric runner, and a variety of rustic seating all around, including cane-back chairs. Each table was topped with an abundance of candlelight and either fresh green garland or a centerpiece full of ivory flowers and soft pink peonies. 

All throughout the evening, guests sipped on signature margaritas and bubbly, using monogrammed cocktail napkins. They indulged at the charcuterie table and enjoyed decadent Southern-inspired bites. While the wedding band brought the party to life on the dance floor, guests relaxed in surrounding lounge furniture including beige tufted loveseats paired with plush pillows and gold accent tables.

Their wedding cake was a four-tiered buttercream cake with ribbed frosting, delicate piping and lavish floral garnishes. After the cake-cutting, they surprised guests with a delicious takeaway. As Lakyn’s grandparents did on their wedding night 55 years ago, Lakyn and Hampton treated their guests with a parting gift of Krispy Kreme donuts!

“Each box had a special note of thanks explaining the significance of the donuts,” said Lakyn. 

At the end of the night, the couple drove off in a very special getaway car: a family friend’s '65 red corvette. The driveway was lined with fireworks, which truly lit up the night.

We wish Lakyn and Hampton a lifetime of happiness!  

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Creative Team

Chris Isham Photography

Washington Street United Methodist Church

The White Magnolia
Bill Levkoff - Bridesmaid Dress Designer
Granger Owings

Bonnie Brunt Cakes

Pout Salon Process Hair Studio

Southern Way Catering

The Momentum Party Band

Julianne Sojourner

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
By Farr

Meagan Warren Weddings

Rentals & Decor
La Tavola Fine Linens
Ooh Events
Skyline Tents

Southern Valet

Matt & Meredith Films

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