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Simply Southern Elegance with Fashion, Food and Flowers

Eliza + Andy | Mar 2, 2019

Blush, cream and gold simple southern wedding with a glamorous and classic touch at Larkins Sawmill in Greenville, South Carolina

Andy and Elizamet in passing while she was at Wofford College. Two years later they reconnected and started officially dating. The couple was traveling back and forth between Greenville, where Andy lived, and Charleston, where Eliza lived. After a few months, Eliza had the opportunity to relocate with her job to Greenville and the rest was history. 

It was just another day, when Eliza got home from work and noticed red roses, two glasses of champagne and picture frames of her and Andy on the kitchen counter. As she looked around, Andy walked out and got down on one knee. After the private proposal, Andy surprised Eliza with all their friends waiting to celebrate with them downtown. 

When the wedding planning began, the bride knew her priorities were the three F’s: Fashion, food and flowers. Not only did she get her priorities straight, but she outdid herself in each! From her classic, princess look to the gummy bear favors in matching wedding colors, this simple and elegant southern wedding was on point. 

“Simply southern elegance was the theme for our wedding, I wanted to be able to look back at my wedding 50 years from now and still love the timelessness of our big day,” said the bride. “Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the color pink, so to keep with the simplicity I used a blush pink and paired it with cream and gold.”

The morning was spent prepping and primping as Eliza got ready with her ladies, all in the cutest matching PJs. After a quick toast and a private moment to read a handwritten letter from her future husband, it was time for Eliza to get dressed.

Eliza had found a dress that looked like it was meant for her and only her. She looked stunning in her Tara Keely short sleeve ball gown. It was beautiful, classic and timeless – everything she was aiming for. 

“With inspiration from Jackie Kennedy, Kate Middleton, and Grace Kelly, I choose a Tara Keely dress that suited my personality,” Eliza said. “With the lace at the top and big skirt, it made it timeless.”

She had her hair swept to the side and pulled back in a low ‘do, with a little volume to it, just as any Southern princess would. Cotton Rouge and Company nailed the beauty look! She accessorized her look with a simple pair of studs and white satin heels. The best accessory though was her veil. The cathedral length veil was made out of the lace from the wedding dress that both her mother and grandmother wore.

The bride grabbed her blush and cream peony filled bouquet and gave her bridesmaids a quick glimpse at her completed look before going to her first looks. Before she met Andy, she shared a first look with her dad and it completely melted our hearts. The look on her dad’s face said it all.

Andy was dressed in a classic black tux, waiting for his bride to appear. When she did, our hearts melted all over again. There’s nothing we love more than seeing a groom’s face when he sees his bride for the first time.

As guests began to fill the ceremony, the couple went their separate ways, only to see each other again at the end of the aisle! The processional began and the groomsmen, all in matching classic black tuxedos, took their places at the altar. The bridesmaids, in matching blush gowns carrying smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet, then took their spots.

Eliza entered the church on her father’s arms, her veil trailing behind her. A church ceremony had always been important to Eliza, so this moment meant the world to her. Even though she did not grow up going to this church, as luck would have it the priest ended up knowing some of her family, so it felt like it was meant to be.

As the ceremony neared an end, over at the reception venue, the finishing touches were being put on the space before guests started to arrive. The gold acrylic place cards were being set at each seat, the gold, blush and cream colored gummy bear favor boxes were placed, all the candles were being lit, and the koozies and cocktail napkins were arranged on the bar.

As guests arrived at the reception, the live band began to play and they were immediately wowed by everything. The lush flower arrangements in the center of each table, the long head table with a magnolia leaf runner, the string lights dipping from the ceilings; it was all breathtaking. 

Throughout the space, the couple found the sweetest ways to incorporate family memorabilia. There was all the parent, grandparents and even some great andgreat-great grandparent wedding pictures displayed on a table. The cake fork used was from the bride’s parents and some of the candlesticks were from her grandparents. The cake cutting set and cake plate were from the groom’s grandparents, and the champagne bucket from his parents. It was such a special way to include each piece of their family at the wedding. 

The night got underway and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The couple made their grand entrance and shared their first dance as husband and wife before sitting down to enjoy the most delicious dinner. Because food was another high priority, we can only imagine how delicious that meal was! 

After toasts, the couple walked over to their classically simple four tiered, white wedding cake for the cake cutting. Once that tradition was over, the band invited everyone out of the dance floor to officially kick off the party. They kept things going until the very end, when all the guests headed outside for the sparkler send off. No better way to end the night!

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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Creative Team

Cotton Rouge and Company

Kendra Scott

Men's Wearhouse
Calvin Klein
Tara Keely
Bella Bridesmaids
Alfred Sung
Kate Spade
The White Magnolia

East Coast Entertainment

Statice Event Design

ABS Cakes

Larkins Sawmill

Shelby Flinn

Mallori Ma Photography

Larkins Catering and Events

Katie Leigh Media

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