Love in the Courtyard

Sarah + Kyle | Sep 1, 2019

Rustic, romantic wedding with jewel tones of blue, burgundy and gray at The Rutherford in Greenville, South Carolina. 


Kyle was Sarah’s very first date in the digital dating age. After meeting at a coffee shop and talking for three hours, they both left feeling that they had stumbled upon something very special.


Later on, while the two were in Asheville for a weekend getaway, Kyle got down on one knee and asked Sarah to spend the rest of her life with him. They spent the next night enjoying the new engagement, and soon returned home to a surprise party with all of their friends and families.


“I didn’t even miss a beat before saying yes!” Sarah said.


In a picturesque courtyard, rustic décor and a color palette of blues, burgundy and gray set the tone for a charming outdoor wedding. Wooden structures, exposed brick, fresh greenery and an abundance of florals created a dreamy setting for the couple’s perfect day.


“We wanted something that reflected us,” said Sarah, “there was not a definite theme or style that was written or expressed, just a goal of reflection and fun!”


Inside a gorgeous room with exposed brick, hardwood floors and natural light flooding in from large windows, the ladies pulled together their finishing touches. Once the bridesmaids were dressed in their gray and burgundy mismatched gowns, they eagerly awaited Sarah in her bridal look. As soon as her mother secured the last button, it was time for the big reveal.


Sarah looked absolutely beautiful in a long-sleeved gown with a lace bodice and a plunging neckline. Her hair was twisted into a low bun updo with a few tiny braids, and she wore a pair of dainty stud earrings. Since she wanted to put a twist on the typical white wedding dress, Sarah had a seamstress add light blue tulle under the skirt for a subtle pop of color.


“I never wanted a white dress,” the bride said. “I had always envisioned something a bit more colorful in a subtle way, nothing that was too out there, but something that did require a double-take.”


She completed the look with her mother’s veil, a pair of cream-colored glitter sneakers and a necklace with her father’s birthstone, which was one of her wedding gifts from Kyle. Her bouquet was full of garden roses, dahlias and hydrangeas, all in bright shades of pink, orange and red, held together with a burlap ribbon. Pinned on her bouquet was one of Kyle’s grandmother’s angel pins.


The most important detail of her dress was the train. After losing both of her grandfathers as well as her father, she didn’t want anyone to take the place of her dad by walking her down the aisle. So, she gathered a piece of clothing from both grandfathers and her dad, had them cut into hearts and placed on the train of her dress.


“This way I still had the three most important men in my life walk with me in some way down the aisle,” Sarah said.


Kyle looked effortlessly sleek in a dark gray suit and a light grey bow tie. He and his groomsmen wore white floral lapel pins, and his groomsmen wore polka dot bow ties to add a little something different. To round out the ensemble, they each wore shoestrings gifted by Kyle that represented their respective college colors.


“I have two favorites when it came to my look though: my watch and my jacket,” said Kyle. “Sarah gifted me a watch with my initials embossed in the strap, and my jacket was full of patches that represented people, animals and things I love.”


In a romantic courtyard, every detail was in place for a beautiful ceremony. At the end of a dark washed wooden walkway, a hexagonal arbor stood in front of gorgeous white drapery. The structure was decorated with fresh eucalyptus, white hydrangeas, coral roses and blue delphinium.


“It was not traditional white flowers,” said the bride, “there were a lot of different colors and textures used to really make the space have personality.”


The courtyard was accented by string lights hanging overhead, and dark wood Versailles chairs with white cushions were set in perfect rows for the guests. The entrance also added a unique touch to the space.


“This space already has a picture-perfect background and if you close the drapery it makes for a one-of-kind entrance,” said the bride.


As the guests arrived, a live musician played soft notes on the cello. To make the day even more special, the officiant was Sarah’s hometown pastor who was also friends with her father. Once Sarah made it down the aisle and was standing next to Kyle, the emotions really came through.


“One of Kyle’s first requests was that he did not want to see me until I walked down the aisle,” said the bride. “Kyle was nervous, and I was excited!


”The moment was especially emotional for her siblings, who smiled through the happiest tears. The ceremony was kept short and sweet, with traditional vows exchanged and an abundance of love to go around.


“We laugh about it now and talked about how precious that was to not only have our families involved, but truly how invested they were in seeing us coming together,” said the bride. “It made for the most special moment of wedding day!”


After Sarah and Kyle shared their first kiss as a married couple, they joined their wedding party for photos while the space was transformed into their dream reception.


As guests entered, they were invited to sign a framed Augusta National 2019 Masters poster that the couple bought while attending together for the first time. Right by the entrance on the patio, there was an oversized basketball tournament bracket style seating chart for the guests to locate their dinner spot.


“Kyle loves basketball and we started dating during March Madness,” Sarah said, “so we thought having a bracket as a seating chart would be a fun twist that also told a little bit about us!”


During the cocktail hour at the reception, the bride, groom and their guests mingled and sipped on signature cocktails that featured crafty names.


“We kept the bar fun and incorporated our furry friends by having signature cocktails named after our special dogs in heaven,” Sarah said. “Our cups were the perfect way to give our puppy Ollie a nod since she had to stay, but she wanted to say ‘I do too!’


”When it was time for the seated dinner, everyone made their way outside for a traditional Italian family style meal. The menu featured gnocchi (Sarah’s favorite), spaghetti (Kyle’s favorite) and large meatballs to be passed around. Since neither are a fan of cake, they served macarons instead.


“Kyle is from an Italian family and he really wanted our dinner to be a family style conversation building event,” said the bride.


At the family table, bridal party table and the head table, beautiful single stem arrangements, driftwood, multicolored vases and metallics decorated the tables, while the rest were left simplistic to have enough room for all the delicious food!


The tablescape was a beautiful combination of jewel tones. Each place setting had a light blue dinner plate, navy linen, gold flatware and a gold-rimmed glass. Kyle had handmade table numbers by etching them into South Carolina shaped cards, and there were place cards shaped like Kyle’s home state of Michigan, and Sarah’s home state of Georgia.


“I loved mixing textures with the wooden farmhouse tables from the family and bridal party with the rounds and square tables with majestic navy linens,” said the bride.


During the evening, a live artist captured the newlyweds and their guests at the reception dinner through the most special painting. The beautiful, cherished piece of art now hangs in the couple’s dining room!


On the patio under antique chandeliers, there was another lounge area with black wicker furniture and gray linen cushions. Over the area, a twinkle light wreath made by Sarah’s mom hung with photos of their loved ones who were looking over them on that special day.


Inside, metallic bird cages were suspended over the dance floor filled with lush flowers and greenery, perfectly matching the metallic silver linens and the stage front for the band. More single stem arrangements were placed throughout in small geometric vases with pampas grass. There was also a gorgeous lounge area with a vintage, gray linen loveseat. Behind it, there was a boxwood wall with dried flowers and a large sign reading “The Bakers,” creating the perfect Instagram-able moment.


Under bright blue and red lights, the band took charge of the night and kept everyone on the dance floor, dancing and laughing the night away.


Mid-dancing, a late-night pizza party happened and ended up being one of the couple’s favorite moments. Their last dance was the perfect way to end the night, it was just the two of them on the dance floor dancing to the song Sarah walked down the aisle to.


“It was just a full circle type of feeling,” said Sarah.


We wish these newlyweds a lifetime of happiness!


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