Julie + Mitchell | May 25, 2019
Warm and simple, navy and pink brunch wedding with a rooftop ceremony at the Old Bay Marketplace in Beaufort, South Carolina
Julie and Mitchell met during the second week of college through mutual friends. Coincidentally, they met almost exactly how Julie’s parents met. Mitchell went to Wofford College, like her dad, and she went to Converse College, like her mom. They were inseparable from that first meeting on.
Mitchell proposed in the spring of Julie’s first year of law school. The couple went for a hike and he proposed at an overlook with his grandmother's ring.
Once they started planning, the couple knew that it was important for their wedding to feel really personal. They also knew it was going to be really hot for a wedding in South Carolina at the end of May, so they decided to beat the heat with an earlier brunch wedding. It was perfect since Julie is an early bird anyways!
“I knew from the beginning that I wanted our wedding ceremony to feel really personal and our reception to feel like a festive brunch,” said the bride. “That meant southern breakfast food (we're both from South Carolina), mimosas and, of course, donuts. We knew a brunch reception was perfect for us because I'm an early bird. It was also a great way to beat the South Carolina heat!”
The day was simple with a southern, intimate feeling. The morning sun shined down on the rooftop ceremony space as guests fanned themselves down with heart shaped paper fans. The patio rooftop was lined with wooden folding chairs facing the altar that had two fern bushes on either side.
As guests took their seats, Julie and Mitchell were down below for their intimate first look. Mitchell stood out front of the Southern feeling building with its seashell pink walls and ivy wrapped archway. He wore a simple navy blue suit, but spiced things up with a light blue and blush paisley tie that matched his white and blush boutonniere.
Julie walked up behind him in her cream colored all lace A-line gown. It had the most detailed flowery lace detailing. She kept accessories to a minimum but added a pop to her look with blue suede heels. The side braided updo completed her look perfectly.
Once she tapped Mitchell on his shoulder, he turned around and the look on his face said everything. The couple then took the private moment to read their personal vows to one another.
“Because we did our vows alone, we felt comfortable making them on the long end and really personal,” the bride explained.
Mitchell headed upstairs to take his place at the front of the altar before Julie took her walk down the aisle. With her pink and white bouquet in one hand and her dad’s arm in the other, Julie headed down the aisle.
The couple designed their ceremony themselves. From the personalized (and shortened) vows they read to the meaningful readings, you could tell they took the time to make sure it would be something special.
“We designed our ceremony with the help of our officiant,” told the bride. “We wrote our ceremony vows and chose readings that are meaningful to us. We each picked a reading to reflect how we feel about the other person.”
As they were announced as husband and wife, Julie and Mitchell shared their first newlywed kiss and joined together to walk back down the aisle. They headed right back downstairs for a few more true newlywed pictures.
While the newlyweds enjoyed a few minutes to themselves, the guests all headed to the brunch reception. Everyone first stopped at the bar where they could get one of four beers, each one from a different location the couple had lived. The fourth one being a home brew from the bride’s father.
“My favorite detail of all was my dad's home-brew,” Julie said. “He brewed a special recipe for the wedding and we had custom labels printed for the bottles with Harriet's (our cat) face on them.”
Once guests ordered a beer or a mimosa, they found their seats on the open framed seating chart. String hung across the frame and cards for each table listing guest’s names were hung from the string using mini clothespins.
The room was warm and inviting, with the most fun touches. A cluster of white paper lanterns hung over the dance floor that was surrounded by round guest tables. A simple navy linen draped each table and in the center was an arrangement of classic white and pink flowers and greenery.
At each seat there was a crossword puzzle about the couple’s relationship that they created. Julie and Mitchell love doing crossword puzzles together over brunch, so they figured it would be a fun way to showcase their personality, while providing some entertainment for their guests!
Guests enjoyed southern brunch food of biscuits, chicken and waffles, and fresh fruit while doing their crosswords. And when they were ready for something sweet, they headed over to the donut display because no brunch is complete without donuts!
The couple enjoyed their festive morning with their favorite people and their favorite foods on what became their favorite day.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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