Meredith + Brett | Jun 8, 2019
Garden themed wedding with a summer color palette of berry, blush, gold and emerald at The Barn at Sitton Hill Farm in Easley, South Carolina
After her brother’s successful experience finding love, Meredith decided to give online dating a go. She could not have had better luck, and ended up meeting the love of her life, Brett. He later arranged the perfect proposal at the Biltmore house, during a special sculpture exhibit in the gardens.
“Funny story –it also rained the day of the proposal, so we have many showers of blessings,” Meredith said.
They originally planned on the ceremony taking place outside, however “showers of blessings” quickly caused them to explore another option.
Inside a charming barn, rustic décor and a summer color palette of berry, blush, gold and emerald set the tone for a garden themed wedding. Since gardening is something both Meredith and Brett enjoy, they wanted their guests to be comfortable and feel as if they were sitting in a garden.
“We wanted our special day to be a celebration of love and time for family and friends to enjoy,” Meredith said.
Meredith and her bridal party spent the morning laughing and celebrating in their satin floral robes, getting glammed up for the big day. The ladies soon slipped on their emerald green, tea-length bridesmaid dresses, and eagerly awaited Meredith in her wedding gown.
When Meredith stepped out in her bridal look, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. She wore a sleeveless, bone-colored gown with a gorgeous bustle and V-neck lace bodice. The dress featured a delicate belt with pearl and crystal embellishments, and she pinned back her curls in a half-up, half-down style with a beautiful pearl hairpiece.
“My mom and sister-in-law helped me pick out a wedding dress,” Meredith said. “Our time spent together was very special to me, and we all new pretty much instantly knew which dress to choose.”
Meanwhile, Brett and his groomsmen put on their sleek gray suits, paired with emerald green bow ties and matching pocket squares. They each wore a boutonniere made of fresh greenery and a single, bright pink rose.
One of the most special moments for the couple was their first look together. As the couple stood back to back, Sara Touchet Photography joined them in a private room for their much-anticipated moment. When they finally turned around to face each other, they were the only two people in the world.
“It was an emotional and beautiful moment,” said Meredith.
They joined their wedding party for more photos outside in front of a beautiful residence, with the men holding clear bubble umbrellas and the ladies holding lush bouquets of fresh greenery and cream, pink and peach roses.
As guests arrived for the ceremony, eyes were drawn to the venue’s majestic pastures, forests, hills and a winding creek. Inside the charming barn, there were vaulted, wood beam ceilings and rows of delicate string lights hanging overhead.
At the end of the aisle, there was a large wooden arbor, built over several months by the groom, that really brought the couple’s garden vision to life. They added cream, bright pink and peach roses, gold twigs, mini button poms and greenery gathered from the bride and her parent’s yards. Behind the arbor, large glass windows allowed the view to serve as the dreamiest ceremony backdrop.
Before taking their seats, guests signed a wooden guest book that now hangs in the couple’s home as a perfect memory. Another special detail for Meredith was getting to wear her sister-in-law’s veil. It truly touched her heart as she placed the veil in her hair before the ceremony.
To begin the sentimental, religious ceremony led by their pastor, they had a family prayer. During the ceremony, friends and family members of the bride did special readings, and the bride’s father sang and played the guitar to one of the bride’s favorite hymns.
After Meredith and Brett tied a knot to represent their unity, they exchanged traditional vows and shared their first kiss as a married couple. The smiles in that room could have been seen from a million miles away!
“It was short and sweet, but sentimental,” Meredith said.
The space was reception-ready with rounds in ivory linens and rustic wooden crossback chairs. At each table, there were gold votive candles and glass vases along with the most beautiful DIY floral centerpieces. Each bundle of roses and fresh greenery was designed and arranged by the bride, her mother, her matron of honor and family friends.
At each place setting, there were rose-colored linens and a packet of wildflowers that read, “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” They also used elegant China plates that were finds of the bride’s mother.
For Meredith and Brett, their first dance was another very memorable moment since the groom’s mother, a dance teacher, helped them enjoy that special dance. Following the parent dances, they also had a special anniversary dance for their friends who share the same anniversary as them.
“We really enjoyed knowing we were married and sharing our first dance together,” said Meredith.
After spending some time on the dance floor, it was time for their families and friends to make a few heartfelt toasts and finally cut the cake. Sitting on an antique stand, the cake was a four-tiered, delicious masterpiece with textured white frosting and floral embellishments.
Once everyone had fulfilled their sweet tooth, the party took a break to play the shoe game. The newlyweds sat back-to-back, held one of their own shoes and one of the other’s, and answered different questions by raising a shoe to match the answer to that person.
Another unique touch was the massive Clemson flag they had for guests to take photos with. Being huge Clemson fans, the flag was a hit and the groom and two of his groomsmen even wore their National Championship rings!
Since it was really important to the couple to have everyone be present, they actually had a “robot granny” so that the groom’s grandmother could participate from Chicago. The mobile screen was even dressed in her wedding best!
The day was full of laughter, happy tears, dips on the dance floor and a whole lot of love. At the end of the night, Meredith and Brett’s loved ones gathered to send them off with their sparklers in the air, as the newlyweds raced hand-in-hand into forever.
We wish this beautiful couple a lifetime of happiness!
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