Danielle + Jacob | Sep 16, 2017
Neutral tones of greenery, white and blush set the mood for a rustic-inspired, charming urban wedding at Larkin’s Courtyard in Greenville, South Carolina.
Danielle and Jacob first laid eyes on each other when they were both students at Furman University. She was a freshman and he was a junior, but it wasn’t until the end of her sophomore year that the two finally connected at a social event. Being part of a small college campus, word traveled that they both had crushes on one another.
“We immediately hit it off, and have been inseparable since,” Danielle recalled.
Jacob later proposed in front of Furman’s bell tower over Homecoming Weekend. While they were posing for a photo, Jacob got down on one knee and asked Danielle to spend the rest of her life with him!
On a perfect fall afternoon in South Carolina, a neutral mix of white, greenery and blush set the tone for a rustic and romantic wedding day. The urban atmosphere was brought to life both outside in the courtyard and inside in the venue with exposed brick, wooden accents and market lights.
“Our ultimate goal was to have an intimate wedding ceremony and reception with our closest family and friends inthe city where the majority of our love story had taken place,” said the bride. “We knew they would love the charm of downtown Greenville as much as we do.”
The morning began with Danielle and her bridesmaids, in their matching blush floral robes, lounging and sipping mimosas while the Cotton Rouge & Co. glam team worked their magic. Once the ladies were in their blush-colored gowns, it was time for Danielle to get dressed.
Her hair was twisted back into a half-up, half-down curled hairstyle, revealing a scalloped, lace V-neck cut bodice to her gown. The gorgeous gown had an open back with strappy detailing and a full tulle layered skirt. She added a satin ivory belt and a pair of dainty drop earrings, sparkling with crystals and pearls.
The ladies gathered outside for pictures with Red Apple Tree Photography. They each held a garden-inspired bouquet of dahlias, garden roses and ranunculus. Danielle’s bouquet had a special touch to it.
“The ribbon wrapped around my bouquet was a ribbon of lace taken from my mom’s wedding gown,” the bride sweetly recalled.
Meanwhile, Jacob dressed into a sharp, slim-fitting black tuxedo. He rounded out the timeless and sophisticated look with personalized cufflinks that were engraved with coordinates of their wedding ceremony, Danielle’s wedding gift to him. His boutonniere matched the garden bouquets with a combination of ranunculus and greenery.
As guests arrived at the courtyard, they were greeted by true rustic and romantic,urban charm. Market lights were strung overhead, and beautiful trees and planters were placed throughout the space. The iron arbor at the end of the aisle was decorated with white drapery and florals, adding magic to the space.
“The courtyard is tucked between two beautiful brick buildings, that has iron and wooden elements throughout the venue,” said the bride.
Upon entering the courtyard, guests were invited to write their names and messages of love for the couple in a special photo book. While a musical duo played on the cello and guitar from an iron platform above the entrance, guests took their seats and eagerly awaited the bride.
“The most anticipated moment was seeing each other for the first time on our wedding day when I walked down the aisle with my dad,” said the bride. “I’ll never forget the big smile on Jacob’s face when he saw me; it was so, so special.”
Once Danielle was standing in front of her groom at the altar, it was like they were the only two people in the world. She and Jacob had written love letters to one another prior to the ceremony and handed them to the officiant to read aloud that day.
“This was the first time that either of us heard what the other wrote –alongside all of our family and friends at the ceremony,” said the bride. “This was such a special, personalized touch to add to our wedding ceremony.”
After tears were shed and the two exchanged lifelong promises to one another, the newlyweds shared their first kiss amongst their closest friends and families.
Following the ceremony, the couple and their wedding party headed outside the venue. Meanwhile, guests made their way inside for the reception.
Exposed brick, natural wood ceiling beams and more market lights complimented the rustic and urban space. At the entrance, a beautiful wooden piano added to the warmth and ambience, serving as a table for gifts and framed photos.
White linens covered each round guest table with geometric glass, gold lanterns, candles and floral centerpieces on top. Each arrangement popped with assorted greenery, white dahlias and blush garden roses. At each place setting was a special wedding favor: a custom cookie designed to look like a caricature of the couple!
Once the wedding party arrived, Jacob led Danielle to the center of the floor where they shared their first dance as a married couple, sealing the moment with a kiss. Guests soon joined them for a whirl, and the band lit up the stage –keeping the party going all night long.
“Our absolute favorite part of the wedding reception was the dancing!” said the bride. “They were so engaging and even pulled myself and the bridesmaids up on stage for a few songs–we had a blast singing and dancing with them!”
The band took a pause for a round of champagne toasts before the cake was cut. Couture Cakes of Greenville had created a beautiful, three-tiered white cake that sat on a silver stand, decorated with delicate flowers and assorted greenery. Jacob even had a special cake himself!
“The groom’s cake was Furman’s logo with a bell tower made of Rice Krispy Treats –it was awesome!” said the bride.
Danielle, Jacob and their guests danced the night away, refueling on tasty cuisine including wild rice pilaf and bacon cheddar ranch sliders. When it was time for the party to end, guests closed out the night with sparklers in hand, creating a magical send-off for the happy couple who left the venue hand-in-hand, full of pure love.
We wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness!
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Red Apple Tree Photography
Couture Cakes of Greenville
Kathy and Company
Cotton Rouge and Company
The White Magnolia
Larkins Catering and Events
Steel Toe Stiletto
Danielle Baker, The Wedding Lady
Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Gage’s on Augusta
Rentals & Decor
Professional Party Rentals Inc.