Kelly + Evans | Mar 30, 2019
Garden Inspired and a Special Late Night Snack
Soft and romantic, southern styled wedding with blush, peach and gold and a waterfront ceremony at The Millstone at Adams Pond in Columbia, South Carolina
Kelly and Evans met while they were both in school at Clemson University. They had mutual friends and would all hang out together often. It wasn’t until after college that the two started officially dating. Nearly three years later, Evans was ready to make it even more official.
The couple loves the outdoors and hiking so when they had a hiking trip planned in Greenville, Evans knew this would be the perfect time. While on the hike, they stopped at a waterfall and while Kelly was turned around walking towards it, Evans called her back and she found him there on one knee.
Another year and half later and the couple had planned the most perfect garden inspired, spring wedding. The waterfront ceremony spot and the open air tented reception space incorporated their love of the outdoors perfectly and enhanced their soft and neutral color palette of blush, champagne, gold and ivory.
“Our venue was awesome because my husband and I are big outdoorsy people and wanted to get married near the water and wanted to have the trees with the moss,” said Kelly. “I love neutral colors and am not big on super bright colors, so I chose to do all blush, champagne, gold, and ivory colors with a pop of greenery.”
While Kelly was inside putting the finishing touches on her bridal look, guests began to fill the ceremony chairs lining the patio that overlooked the water. At the front was a large arbor wrapped in ivory draping and so much greenery. A few blush and peach colored blooms popped against the greenery.
A string trio began to play,and Evans appeared, wearing a traditional black tux and a black bow tie. His groomsmen followed behind him in matching black tuxes and all took their places in front of the arbor.
Once all the tan colored bridesmaids took their spot opposite the groomsmen, everyone rose to their feet just as the bride stepped out onto the patio.
Kelly stunned in a cap sleeve, form fitting lace gown. The lace and beading on the sleeves flowed into the long train of the dress. The button detailing on the back was highlighted by the sheerness of the fabric. Her hair was pulled back to show off that detailing and the diamond chandelier earrings were the perfect accessory.
In one hand Kelly had a soft and romantic bouquet filled with white, blush and peach colored flowers all tied off with a hanging peach ribbon. In the other hand, Kelly hung on to her dad and walked with him down the aisle to meet her almost husband.
“The most anticipated part of our wedding day was probably just walking down the aisle,” remembered the bride. “I remember being so nervous, but so excited and ready to say I do.”
The ceremony was short but incorporated the couple’s strong Christian faith, which was important to them. The bride’s pastor from growing up officiated and helped the couple to pick out several scriptures that were read during the ceremony.
Once the couple was finally pronounced as husband and wife, they shared their first kiss and walked back down the aisle, this time together.
Guests were ushered to cocktail hour where they enjoyed a cocktail and some traditional southern bites –like chicken and waffles –while waiting for the couple and the bridal party to wrap up pictures. The cocktail hour was both inside and outside on the venue’s porch, overlooking the open air tented reception space.
When the couple and bridal party were finished with pictures, guests were invited down the steps of the porch and onto the brick patio that was lined with an open-air tent.
“The open-air tent with the greenery was a collaboration idea with my planner and florist,” the bride explained.“They both helped me come up with the idea to have an open tent so that we could see the mossy trees and still have some draping above us and string lights.”
Where the top of the tent should have been, instead there was drapery from every corner that came together in the center where there was a big cluster of greenery. Beneath the focal point of greenery was the focal point of the space, the cake in the center of the dance floor.
The four tiered, ivory cake was surrounded with greenery and decorated with two floral clusters, one on the top and one in between the bottom tiers. It was romantic, soft and garden-inspired, just like the entire day.
Around the cake were a variety of different types of tables, allowing for open seating and a more casual approach to the reception. There were some cocktail tables, some small rounds with wooden crossback chairs, some large rounds with crossback chairs, and our favorite –a few long, rectangular cocktail tables set with wooden crossback barstools.
All the tables were set with soft white linens and decorated differently. The round cocktail tables had simple gold mercury votives, while the rectangular cocktail tables had an arrangement in the center and gold candlestick holders and gold mercury votives. The round seating tables all had a similar blush, ivory and peach colored floral arrangements surrounded by a variety of candles.
The band started playing and the party officially got started. And when the sun went down, the room was lit by all the natural candlelight and the market lights lit up the dance floor.
When the band took a break, it was perfect timing because Chick-fil-A sandwiches were being served as a late-night snack for guests and it’s the best late night snack idea we’ve seen!
“I definitely enjoyed the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches passed out towards the end; they were a hit!” the bride said.“We love Chick-fil-A,and this was a great touch for all of our friends.”
After some refueling with chicken sandwiches, everyone headed back out onto the dance floor to dance the night away.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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