Michaela + Ryan | Nov 17, 2018
Classic and elegant, red, white and gold Christmas-inspired wedding with lots of greenery at the Ryan Nicholas Inn in Simpsonville, South Carolina
Michaela and Ryan are one of those storybook couples that everyone adores. All it took was a meeting by chance, and it was pretty much love at first sight. When both were out with friends one night, Ryan caught Michaela’s eye and decided to walk her to her car, where he asked her on their first date. When he prayed over their meal the very next night, Michaela knew she was in love.
A month later, the two were dating and just four months after that, Ryan proposed on the stage at Sierra Nevada Brewery. Surrounded by both loving families, the couple couldn’t wait to start the rest of their lives together.
Being Michaela’s absolute favorite holiday, every detail of the day was in perfect harmony with the theme of Christmas. The November wedding was classic and elegant with a white, gold and red color palette, and decorated with greenery and an array of Christmas trees and sparkling wreaths.
“It was a Christmas fairytale,” the bride gushed.
The morning began with Michaela and her bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done in their matching hot pink, lace trimmed robes. Once the girls slipped on their latte-brown floor length gowns, Michaela soon shifted out of her own white robe and into her much-anticipated bridal look.
Michaela stepped out in a satin, sleeveless A-line gown, detailed with a floral beaded appliqué on the waistline of a full tulle, tiered skirt. To complete the elegant and classy look, the bride’s hair was loosely pinned back into a low bun, revealing a pair of stunning teardrop earrings.
She paired the gown with a brown fur shawl to take on the November weather and a fashionable pair of glittery white Keds sneakers. However, the most special detail was the surprise waiting on the inside of the dress.
“My mother unzipped the dress and there was a piece of blue fabric in the shape of a heart sewn into it,” the bride recalls. “She told me that Ryan had taken the shirt that we met in and cut out a heart for me to wear as my something blue. It was the most thoughtful thing that he's ever done.”
Once she was dressed, Michaela went to meet Ryan for their first look. Ryan stood there in a classic black tux with a twist. His black jacket was velvet and added just the right wintery and elegant feel. That special moment was made all the more special when the couple swapped letters they had written for one another. Only, Michaela didn’t remember what was in her letter because she wrote it in the seventh grade.
“My letter was full of funny things, like my favorite color and how I had planned for the bridal party to wear turquoise...but also serious aspects that I'm shocked my young, immature self even understood at that age,” the bride said. “Many promises were made that I had kept my whole life, simply waiting for my wedding day. It was an incredible moment filled with raw emotion that I will never forget.”
Outside the venue’s grand entrance lined with columns and historic flair, the couple and their bridal party took some pictures. The groomsmen wore classic black tuxes to match the groom but stuck with a traditional jacket. The ladies brought the group a pop of color with the red flowers in their otherwise white and greenery filled bouquets.
The ceremony exuded elegance, Christmas tradition and the couple’s undeniable love for one another. The altar sat at the top of a grand staircase adorned with greenery and gold garland and gold ornaments.
Once the couple exchanged vows and shared their first kiss as a married couple, there were very few dry eyes left in the room. The couple walked back down the aisle, hand in hand and were ready to spend the rest of the evening celebrating with their loved ones.
Everyone headed over to the venue for the fairytale reception.They were greeted by tables dressed in red, rose petal textured linens and set with white folding chairs. Each table was decorated with a trio of gold candlesticks holding gold glitttery candles surrounded by gold votives and a gold decorative star. Multiple crystal chandeliers glistened from overhead while a gold and red Christmas tree glistened in the corner of the room. The space had been completely transformed into a Christmas wonderland.
Guests got a taste of the South as they sipped on peach sweet tea and admired the surrounding gold framed photographs of the newlyweds and the bride during bridal portraits.
After the couple shared their first dance and their proud parents gave them a whirl, the DJ started playing and the guests didn’t stop dancing all night. Even the groom’s grandparents tore up the dance floor!
“It was so fun to see everyone together having a great time,” the bride said.
They took one short break from dancing to cut into the perfectly frosted cake. The simple yet tasteful three-tiered white cake was topped with white roses and “Mr. & Mrs. Pruitt” in gold letters. It sat in a corner of the room where red ornaments and Christmas wreaths hung from the windows behind.
The couple left the night hand in hand, smiling ear to ear with their friends and family lining the doorway, cheering them on with sparklers and well wishes for lifelong love.
We wish Michaela and Ryan a lifetime of happiness!
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Mary Catherine Echols Photography
The Ryan Nicholas Inn