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Personalized Rustic Elegance

Melissa + Carson | Jun 1, 2019

Blush and gold traditional wedding with a rustic elegance flare at Huitt Farms in Anderson, South Carolina

Melissa and Carson met in Ecuador of all places. They were both studying abroad in a program through Clemson, where they both attended at the time. They immediately hit it off and quickly realized they grew up only an hour apart and had a lot in common.

When they returned stateside, Carson officially asked Melissa to be his girlfriend while at the Carillon Gardens on Clemson’s campus. Two and half years later at that very same spot, Carson asked Melissa to be his wife. 

The couple planned the most beautiful late spring wedding with a rustic, elegant touch and personalizedthe day any chance they got. The blush and gold colors and lush florals brought the elegance, while the wooden accents and décor, and greenery added the rustic feel. 

“We wanted it to be traditional and very ‘us,’” said the bride. “We had some rustic elements while still keeping it very classy and elegant.”

Melissa and her bridesmaidsspent the morning in matching blush robes getting their hair and makeup done. Melissa kept her look soft and simple with a loosely curled half up, half down hairstyle and natural makeup. 

When she put on her lace and beaded sheath dress her whole look clicked. The V-neckline and peek-a-boo sheer back combined with the cathedral length veil to bring so much amazing drama to her look. 

“I wanted something traditional but still with a touch of flare and some unexpected elements,” Melissa explained. “I also wanted a dramatic look and went with a long train and an even longer lace lined veil that cascaded behind me beautifully.”

As guests entered the church to take their seats, Melissa and Carson were off sharing a special moment together. While they didn’t want to see one another before the ceremony, they did want a private moment together to read letters they wrote to one another. 

The emotion that Sara Touchet Photography captured during that moment as they stood back to back is unreal. 

After they parted ways, their guests were all seated and Carson headed into the church to take his spot at the altar with his grey suited and blush tie wearing groomsmen. The bridesmaids in a matching blush color followed behind to take their spots before Melissa made her way down the aisle on the arm of her mom.

The ceremony itself was very special and unique to Melissa and Carson. For starters, the bride’s childhood pastor officiated. On top of that, both Melissa’s mom and Carter’s dad stood at the altar with the couple throughout the ceremony to honor the close relationship they have with them. There were a few readings and hymns, including one dedicated to the bride’s late father. 

A cord ceremony was incorporated, as were personalized vows, which was one of the bride’s favorite moments. 

“We wrote our own vows and while I knew we were both nervous to recite those in front of everyone, that was my probably the part I was most excited for,” said Melissa. “Getting to profess publicly how I felt about Carson and getting to hear the carefully constructed vows he had written for me.”

After the couple exchanged their first kiss, they exited the church together, only to re-enter and escort their mothers out. It was such a sweet moment. 

Once everyone else exited the church, everyone was invited over to the reception. Guests were welcomed in to the covered patio of the barn. Cocktail tables were draped with blush linens and topped with an assortment of glass and gold candle holders. 

To keep guests busy, on the lawn were fun games like tic tac toe and cornhole that the bride and groom actually made themselves. 

By the entrance to the barn there was a rustic credenza with a wooden box on top where guests could write a note of well wishes and drop it in. Behind the box was a corkboard with blush pieces of paper, one for each table, letting guests know where to sit. 

As guests entered the barn, they were taken aback by the raw beauty that was inside. 

“At the reception, we wanted the decorations to be sweet and romantic, just all around very pretty,” the bride said. “We wanted everything to look very natural but also unique and well put together.”

The white shiplap walls made the space feel open and airy while the dark wooden ceiling beams and dark wooden chairs added the rustictouch. The hanging chandeliers and table décor brought elegance to the space. 

The round guest tables were all draped with a classic white linen and decorated with one of three different centerpieces. There was either a rustic wooden box of blush and white flowers, an elegant short trumpet vase with similar flowers or a trio of gold votive candle holders and greenery.

At each seat was a gold charger that sat on top of a blush linen napkin. On top of the charger was a white lace dollie to honor the bride’s grandmother who loved making them. 

After the couple wrapped up newlywed pictures together – and a visit from their favorite mascot – they joined their guests in the reception. They shared a choreographed dance to their favorite song and took their seats at the sweetheart table. The table was draped with a blush linen and was set with two wooden oval back chairs. Behind them was a backdrop the bride made herself with drapery and greenery hanging from it. 

Everyone enjoyed a mealfull of the couple’s favorite foods, including shrimp and grits, and loaded mashed potatoes. As if that doesn’t sound delicious enough, there was also a three-tiered white wedding cake – made by the groom’s sister none the less – cupcakes and cheesecake for dessert. Talk about a variety!

The rest of the night was spent dancing and enjoying the company of all their family and friends who came from near and far to celebrate with them. As guests grabbed a sparkler to head outside for the grand exit, they also grabbed a mint and package of matches that bride made herself. 

As the couple walked outside hand in hand, they couldn’t have been happier.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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