Rebecca + Eric | Jun 22, 2019
Rustic and elegant style meets lush greenery and fresh whites for the dreamiest wedding day at The Dairy Barn in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
When Rebecca was at a NASCAR race one day with close friends, she had no clue she’d meet the love of her life. Neither her nor Eric were frequent race goers, so it was a real testament to the idea that you can meet someone anywhere!
She and Eric later got engaged at her parent’s lake house, her favorite place in the world. Her sister and his brothers were hiding nearby to take pictures, and the rest of their friends and families were waiting at a nearby house to celebrate the beginning of a true fairytale.
A rustic backdrop combined with lush greenery and fresh white florals created a simple yet elegant setting for the most magical wedding day with southern flair.
“I love the Dairy Barn and I really wanted its beauty to shine through in the ceremony,” said the bride. “The dark wooded gambrel roof was one of my favorite parts of the ceremony.”
The bride spent the morning getting her hair and makeup done with her bridal party in their matching, baby pink satin pajamas. While Rebecca changed into her gown in another room, the ladies slipped into their gorgeous, blush sleeveless gowns.
As she came down the staircase, Rebecca’s bridesmaids were speechless. She showed off her stunning, form-fitting strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, intricate lace detailing and buttons down the length of the train. Her hair was delicately pinned half-up, allowing her blonde curls to cascade down her back. She completed the look with a pair of crystal drop earrings, white strappy heels with floral accents and a beautiful veil.
Meanwhile, the groom and his groomsmen suited up in custom blue suits with blush ties. On the inside of each jacket, there was a different patterned fabric and personalized embroidery. For Eric, his read “I do.”
As guests entered the venue through the floral covered entrance, eyes were drawn toward the tall, dark wooded ceilings and dangling string lights in the ceremony space. The neutral-colored florals popped against an abundance of fresh greenery. A bouquet of cream roses and white hydrangeas were placed on each end chair to create a whimsical walk down the aisle.
“The florals were absolutely gorgeous!” said the bride. “The arbors over the entrance and at the altar were breathtaking.”
Everyone took their seats and the bridal party took their places at the altar. Once Rebecca made it down the aisle to face Eric, there was no one else in the world. Surrounded by loving friends and family, the two held hands, said their vows and shared their first kiss as a married couple.
Following the ceremony, Critsey Rowe Photography captured the newlyweds and their wedding party in front of the stunning floral arbor. The groom and groomsmen wore boutonnieres that perfectly complemented the bride and her bridesmaid’s bouquets, full of greenery and assorted white flowers.
The mood was set for a chic and romantic reception. The event flowed between an all-white window-filled indoor space and a billowing white tent set outside. The tables had ivory tablecloths and wooden cross-back chairs, topped with votive candles and beautiful centerpiece arrangements that popped with pink peonies.
In the center of the bar, a gorgeous centerpiece in a white antique pot filled the space with myrtle, eucalyptus, peonies, garden roses and hydrangeas. More bundles of boxwood and greenery hung from the white linen drum lampshades, suspended over round tables. There were also high-top rounds and rectangular tables, which were the perfect contrast in the open space.
Outside, different crystal chandeliers hung from green garland all around the space. There were even lounge areas with plush navy, tufted sofas and ivory armchairs, fluffed with navy, cream and grey pillows. The area was complete with a gorgeous, gold-trimmed mirrored coffee table.
Under the tent, the open space in front of the band’s stage made the perfect dance floor. Cocktail tables lined the sides with soft grey linen, topped with more gold votive candles and smaller floral arrangements. For more seating throughout the space, there were four-sided, tufted brown leather armchairs, which were the most beautiful combination of rustic and chic.
Once the wedding party arrived, the newlyweds made their way outside to the dance floor for their first dance and parent dances, which was one of the more memorable moments for the couple.
“I think the first dance, father-daughter dance and mother-son dance were all very special to all four of us,” said the bride. “As nervous as we were, we all agreed that as soon as you got on the dance floor the rest of the room melted away and 200 people were no longer staring at you.”
As the band switched gears to kick off the night, the bride, groom and their guests couldn’t stay off the dance floor.
The guests sipped on Manhattans and spicy margaritas with gold monogrammed cocktail napkins, and snacked on warm biscuits, assorted fresh cheeses and shrimp in a clam-shaped ice display. They later satisfied their sweet tooth at colorful tiers of macarons and doughnuts.
While the new couple celebrated all night alongside their closest friends and families, a talented live artist worked her magic off to the side, showcasing a final piece that captured Rebecca and Eric during their first dance in sweeping pastel colors.
And as if the biscuit bar and donut tower weren’t enough, the couple had one last surprise in store for their guests.
“We had a food truck at the end of the night, and we sent everyone home with a cookbook we created with all of the food we served at the wedding,” the bride said.
After a perfect night of toasts, dancing and a lot of love, the guests gave the couple a magical send-off and went home with a very special gift.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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