Katelyn + Jonathan | Jul 18, 2020
Summer countryside wedding with a romantic color palette of blush, dusty rose and ivory at Tin Roof Farms in Saluda, South Carolina
It was the fall of 2019, and Jonathan had been secretly planning a very special weekend trip for Katelyn. It even fell during Clemson football season - so for two Clemson grads who never miss a home game, it was an especially big deal! They watched the game and following the big win, Jonathan whisked Katelyn away to her family’s cabin, where he got down on one knee. No surprise, she said yes!
“These two have the sweetest story with personalities to match,” said the wedding photographer, “and Katelyn has a heart of gold.”
Katelyn and Jonathan said "I do" in her hometown on a picturesque farm, overlooking an enchanting field with an intimate white chapel. The simplistic yet elegant decor fused romantic pink tones with greenery and rustic wood accents.
“Simply being together, doing life side by side, brings them so much joy,” said the photographer. “And we got to witness it firsthand!”
The day started off in the dusty rose and ivory-clad bridal suite, where Katelyn and her bridal party got dolled up with Cotton Rouge & Co. Her bridesmaids were outfitted in soft blush, floor-length wrap dresses that really complemented Katelyn’s sweet and sophisticated look.
“No one had ever seen her dress,” said the photographer, “and the reactions from her friends when they turned around to see her in a stunning strapless gown were priceless!”
Katelyn emerged in a figure-sculpting, ivory gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and thin embellished belt. She completed the look in a pair of strappy, embellished dusty rose heels, and a cathedral veil in her long dark hair, pinned half up, half down.
Before heading to the chapel, she shared an emotional first look with her dad, who gave her a sixpence to put in her shoe.
“This tradition dates back to the 17th century and is a good luck charm for a bride,” said the photographer, “worn under her left heel.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan was across the property in a charming cottage overlooking a pond, getting ready with his groomsmen. He and his groomsmen looked dapper in pantone blue tailored suits, paired with a boutonniere crafted from two tiny spray rosebuds.
“Nothing could prepare him for the moment he saw his bride at the end of the aisle made with stone leading to the chapel,” said the wedding photographer.
Inside the chapel, the rows of pews were adorned with greenery tied by blush tulle ribbon. The sliding barn doors were kept open, with large wreaths of greenery on each, creating an open atmosphere that allowed for outdoor seating as well.
Once her flower girls made their way down the aisle, in their greenery crowns and monogrammed dresses, it was time for Katelyn to join Jonathan at the altar. She carried a foraged bridal bouquet of cascading willow and eucalyptus, mixed with whimsical peonies and garden roses in peach, cream and blush.
The ceremony was short, sweet and full of wedding traditions and meaningful moments, and guests gathered on the patio afterward while the newlyweds posed for their first photos together as husband and wife.
“Jonathan couldn't take his eyes off of Katelyn, and Katelyn was so giggly and happy to be snuggled up with her husband,” said the photographer, “even in the summer heat!”
Their indoor-outdoor reception was something out of a fairytale, decorated with blush and ivory linens, dark wood Chiavari chairs and abundant candlelight. Each highboy was cinched with greenery, and the pergola out on the terrace was adorned with ivy, climbing up all four posts.
Tablescapes were mismatched with varying arrangements of rustic lanterns, beds of florals, floating glass candles and mixed greenery in tall acrylic stands. The newlyweds and their guests laughed, danced and toasted to a lifetime of happiness, clinking bubbly from champagne flutes and sips from personalized koozies.
Their cake was truly elegant, boasting four tiers with ribbed buttercream frosting, and garnished with blush garden roses and sprigs of weeping willow.
After cake, guests relaxed in the outdoor lounge to soak in the countryside views and made memories at the boxwood photo wall. Perhaps the most memorable detail was the big reception surprise: a bright red helicopter parked right in the lawn! Katelyn's dad works with helicopters, so it was a no-brainer to include one on her wedding day.
“The helicopter served as a unique and exciting backdrop for the reception as guests danced to a live band and spent the night under the twinkling stars,” said the photographer, “so easy to see out in the country!”
Katelyn's younger brother had worked endlessly leading up to the celebration to pull off this dream reception send-off, and it did not disappoint. Jonathan gave her one last dip right outside the crimson helicopter before flying off for their grand exit.
Congratulations, Katelyn and Jonathan!
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Rentals & Decor
Ranco Tent Rentals
Tin Roof Farms LLC
Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Crane and Co.
Cotton Rouge and Company
The Poinsett Bride
Ryan & Alyssa Photography