Samantha + Cody | Mar 12, 2020
Samantha + Cody | Mar 12, 2020
Intimate wedding with romantic florals and an abundance of greenery at a private estate in Aiken, South Carolina
Samantha and Cody were faced with a tough decision, as both their wedding date and COVID-19 were on the rise. Businesses and venues were closing down, so they made the call to push the celebration to an earlier date and make it an intimate family affair.
“They quickly moved it to a weekday as soon as they could,” said the photographer, “because they knew their dream wedding would have to look different than what they had planned.”
It wasn’t an easy decision, but the venue, invitation suite designer, florist and photographer all joined forces to make Samantha’s dream wedding still come true. Her fairytale day began inside the estate’s bridal suite where baroque-style furniture, hardwood floors and charming fireplaces breathed romance into the space.
In her wedding gown, Samantha looked absolutely breathtaking. She chose an off-white, fit-and-flare gown with a trumpet silhouette and full lace detailing. The sleeveless bodice showed off a sheer high neckline, with a built-in sweetheart neckline. Intricate lace work cascaded all the way down the train, while a row of buttons trailed down the sheer open back.
Her chocolate-brown waves were twisted into a half-up, half-down style with a hairpiece made from tiny white spray roses and greenery. To complete her bridal look, she secured her crystal teardrop stud earrings, just before adjusting the straps on her nude scalloped-edge patent leather heels.
Cody complemented her beautifully, sporting a sleek grey three-piece suit. He paired it with a blush and white striped tie with a matching boutonniere, made from a single blush rosebud and greenery.
Out on the estate’s lawn, guests were greeted by an antique gold mirrored sign reading “it was always you...Samantha + Cody.” The sign was framed with sprigs of seeded eucalyptus, which was the main element in the decor.
On a rustic wooden table next to the sign, there was a framed photo of the couple, a set of taper candles in antique brass holders, and a pair of gold-rimmed champagne flutes on a bed of seeded eucalyptus in a gorgeous brass serving tray.
Guests arose from their seats in rows of folding white garden chairs as Samantha proceeded down the aisle. She looked so graceful with her bridal bouquet in hand - a romantic, feminine arrangement of blush garden roses, cream spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and other fresh greenery.
“As their immediate family gathered and the ceremony began, I still saw the spark,” said their wedding photographer, “the gleam in their eyes.”
At the altar, created by two pedestals wrapped in luscious true blue and seeded eucalyptus and peeping roses, Cody took Samantha in his arms during the most sentimental moment. The service was full of more heartfelt moments, including the one where the couple read aloud the vows they’d handwritten for one another.
“As they said their vows, which they wrote themselves, they shared their first kiss as husband and wife, and proceeded with the most precious and romantic portrait session, I almost felt that each of them were more free,” said the photographer.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds posed for intimate photos beneath the swaying palm trees in front of the estate, as well as in the lawn where natural light was flooding in through the surrounding trees.
“There was a sense of complete joy, there was no pressure, no schedule to follow, just each other,” said the photographer. “Their spirits soared together and with every click of my shutter, it became the most real-life fairy tale.”
With their loved ones by their side, Cody and Samantha popped the champagne and poured some celebratory bubbly. They ended the day in the dreamiest way: clinking glasses as the sun set in watercolors behind them.
We wish Samantha and Cody a lifetime of happiness!
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