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Southern Rustic Romance

Sara + Jason | May 10, 2019

Burgundy, navy and pink romantic wedding with a rustic style at Stone River in Columbia, South Carolina

Sara and Jason met years ago while cliff jumping in Ithaca, New York.  They went through a lot together before getting engaged. They both graduated from undergrad, Sara completed law school, they moved to South Carolina and started new jobs all while navigating their relationship.   

Jason had the proposal all planned out.  The couple was supposed to get Sara’s parents and sister from the airport two days before Christmas.  Mother Nature did not want to cooperate, and the flights were canceled due to a snow storm. So, an impromptu change of plans meant Sara’s family arrived early Christmas morning instead. Jason proposed after they opened gifts on Christmas morning. 

When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew they wanted to keep things simple and fun. They kept the style rustic and romantic with burgundy, navy, soft pinks and lots of greenery.

“We love to surround ourselves with fun and energetic people, and we tried to capture the feeling at the wedding,”explained the bride. “The theme was ‘rustic,’ although a lot of the touches were greenery, light flowers and candles.”

The day got officially underway once Sara got dressed in her thin strapped sheath gown. The low V-neck and scoop back showed off just enough to still be tasteful. There was a faint stitched pattern to the dress that gave it the right kind of style. It may not have been the dress she imagined for herself, but it could not have looked better on her. 

“My dress was the complete opposite of how I envisioned my wedding dress, but I loved it,”Sara said.   

Paired with her low do that left a few curled pieces framing her face, the look was super romantic.

She carried an all-white bouquet filled with greenery and so much texture to give it that rustic feel. She put in her veil and went to see her future husband for the first time that day.

The couple couldn’t have picked a better spot for their first look. Jason stood in his three-piece navy suit and blush tie on a bridge overlooking the water. He turned around and his jaw nearly hit the floor when he saw his bride.

After spending some alone time, the couple went their separate ways, only to meet back up again at the altar. 

Guests grabbed a fan program – because the heat is no joke in the south, even in the spring – and began to fill the outdoor ceremony space. With the stone walkway, the tall trees that surrounded it and the water in the distance, nothing else was needed to be make the space beautiful.

The groomsmen, in their matching three-piece navy suits and burgundy ties took their spots while the bridesmaids in their matching burgundy dresses made their way down the aisle. After the flower girl lined the path with white petals, Sara and her dad appeared.

The ceremony was short and sweet, exactly as the couple wanted. The officiant was a family friend the bride had known ever since she was little, so it was special to have someone meaningful in that position. Sara and Jason sealed the deal with a kiss and headed back down the aisle.

Everyone then headed inside to get the party started. They were greeted with exposed wooden pillars with brick bases, a statement brick fireplace and so many thoughtful details that made the space special and personalized.

Inside, there was open seating with each ivory round table decorated with a trio of glass sitting on top of a rustic wooden slab. Two of three glasses were filled with white and soft pink flowers, while the third was filled with water and a floating candle. 

There was a reserved head table lined with a burlap runner that was topped with dusty greenery and several clusters of a floating candle, wooden candle and bud vase arrangement trio. Also, scattered around the room were navy blue covered cocktail tables tied off with a burlap bow for that rustic touch. 

A lot of the signage around the room was thanks to the bride’s matron of honor. It added a fun touch to the space, especially knowing it was all made by someone so important. Other personalized touches were the homemade guest book where guests were supposed to find their name pinned up on the hanging board and replace it with a polaroid picture. There was also a memorial of loved one’s pictures next to a lit candle on the fireplace. 

Guests filled the room just before Sara and Jason made their grand entrance. They went straight to the dance floor to share their first dance before sitting down for dinner.

Being New Yorkers and having met in New York, the couple incorporated a poutine bar, which was a big hit. So once dinner service began, all their northern guests were very excited!

After dinner, the couple cut their rustic, semi naked cake from Couture Cakes of Greenville and the dessert bar opened. Guests could enjoy not only cake, but cake pops, donuts and mini Bundt cakes.

From there on out, the couple and their guests enjoyed not only the dance floor, but just coming together to celebrate the happy couple.

“My favorite part of the wedding was the energy,”the bride said. “Everyone was there to celebrate our day.”

That energy was felt all night, until the very last minute as Sara and Jason exited as their favorite people lit their path with sparklers.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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Creative Team

Couture Cakes of Greenville

Mallori Ma Photography

Hudson's Classic Catering

Paper Goods + Calligraphy

Men's Wearhouse
Mirror Mirror Inc.

Stone River

Party Time DJ's

American Floral

Jennifer Nolan Beauty

Rentals & Decor
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