Amanda + Jesse | Jun 29, 2019
Elegant summer wedding with a soft color palette of ivory, blush and gold accents at The Old Cigar Warehouse in Greenville, South Carolina
Jess and Amanda first met in Charlottesville, Virginia when she was living there for her fellowship. Since it was mostly a college town and she didn’t know many people to introduce her to friends, she considered the moment they met, “finding a needle in a haystack.”
“Or, needle in a haystack probably isn't a good metaphor for that,” said Amanda. “Won the lottery might be better.”
Fast forward to one May, when the couple was on a trip in Iceland spending the day exploring the town. Amanda didn’t know, but Jess had asked her dad a few months prior for his permission to marry his daughter. During what began as a casual conversation about getting married, Jess surprised Amanda by popping the question!
“We tried to get married there but they have laws – so we decided instead to go find a unique, Icelandic ring for the engagement and start planning a wedding,” said Amanda. “I think we picked our date before we even took back off for the states!”
At The Old Cigar Warehouse in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, industrial chic architecture and elegant décor set the mood for a picturesque summer wedding. For the bride, who loves all things that sparkle, the color palette was soft and light, featuring ivory and gold tones with pops of blush.
“We wanted a simple but elegant day,” said Amanda. “We tried to aim for formal but with a more relaxed feel.”
Inside the bridal suite, Amanda and her bridesmaids laughed and lounged all morning, until it was time for the ladies to shift into their standout, full sequin gold gowns. They looked absolutely radiant, and eagerly awaited seeing Amanda in her bridal look.
“When I arrived where they were getting ready, I was greeted by Amanda and she was radiant... and so chill,” said the photographer. “She was spending time with some of her closest friends and family and it was just so fun to be in the same room as all of them.”
Amanda stole the show in an A-line gown with a V-neck, full lace bodice, three-quarter length sleeves and a silk skirt. She tied the look together with a thin gold belt, embellished pointed-toe heels and a cathedral-length veil. For Amanda, her celestial hair pins were her favorite detail. To incorporate her love of stars, she added a handful of delicate stars into her twisted low bun style.
“When I found my dress, I knew as soon as I put it on that it was ‘the one’ I could see myself walking down the aisle in,” said Amanda.
For Jesse and his groomsmen, they went with sleek, all black suits, white button-down shirts, and a light gold tie for an elegant touch. They each wore a simple, yet classy boutonniere made from sprigs of pine and myrtle.
“Jesse was all smiles, even when I had to hide him away for a little bit for the first looks Amanda was having with her dad and stepdad,” said the photographer. “He was just ready to see his bride and get married and it was such a joy to see his excitement leading up to seeing Amanda!”
After Amanda had her first looks with her dad and stepdad, she headed outside for hers and Jesse’s intimate first look moment. It was full of raw happiness, love and emotion, and truly a memory that they would keep with them forever. Following the first looks, they spent some time capturing group photos outside in the gorgeous summer light - their furry friend included!
“Y’all, the look on Jesse’s face and the way he embraced Amanda after seeing her was precious,” said the photographer. “I don’t think either one of them had nerves on their wedding day, but I do know that as soon as they saw each other they couldn’t stop smiling.”
The venue itself was beautiful and needed little embellishment, showcasing exposed brick, vaulted wood beam ceilings, a pendant light chandelier, and a grand staircase with wrought iron railings. Once they arrived at the ceremony space, the couple actually spent some time mingling with their guests before everything got started.
“One thing I’ve learned about Amanda and Jesse is how much they love others and how important those they love are to them,” said the photographer. “They wanted their family and friends to enjoy themselves and their wedding day just as much as they did!”
The guests’ seating was arranged with amber brown folding garden chairs, and the altar at the end of the aisle was created by installing greenery and florals on a charming window box. For the florals in the décor, cream garden roses and pink peonies were mixed with lush greenery to match the bridal bouquet. At the foot of the altar and the foot of the staircase, there were iron lanterns in varying sizes and shades of metals.
On both her fathers’ arms, Amanda descended the staircase, wrapped in a garland of ivory florals and fresh greenery. Their friends and families could not keep their eyes off of her, and hearts were flooded with happiness. As Amanda stood before Jesse at the altar, everything faded away, and she confidently recited the vows she’d written for the love of her life.
The evening before at their rehearsal dinner, Amanda gave a speech that she worked on endlessly over the year they were engaged, and practiced it constantly in her head. When the time finally came, she got to say all the things she had wanted to for a while in front of everyone they love the most.
“After that I wasn't really nervous at all for our wedding, just excited to finally make it official!” said Amanda. “My vows after that were basically re-stating what I had told him the night before.”
They closed out the ceremony with their much-anticipated kiss, and the space was transformed for the reception. There were round tables set up with ivory linen tablecloths, with small centerpiece arrangements in glass vases, floating candles, metallic candle votives, sprays of greenery and table numbers in gold laser cut hexagons. At the entrance, a very special guest book was waiting to be signed.
“The big thing we personalized was our 'travel' theme,” Amanda said. “We had a map as our guest book and seating chart.”
For Amanda, her favorite wedding memories were those first few moments they had right after the ceremony by themselves, and their first dance. It may have taken them a while to pick a first dance song, but the song they chose in the end truly fit their personalities as a couple. Another big moment for the bride was shag dancing with her stepdad to his favorite song.
“He and I have been doing that dance (poorly, haha, but trying!) since I was little and he had first married my mom,” said Amanda. “He was so looking forward to that dance and it meant a lot to see the pictures of him looking so happy!”
Amanda, Jesse and their loved ones danced the night away with Collective Music Solutions, under twinkling string lights and with overflowing hearts. Tim Holmes Catering made sure they were served the most decadent bites all evening long.
When it was time for the cake cutting, the newlyweds and their guests gathered around a two-tiered sheet cake with cream textured frosting and adorned with multicolored macarons. Accompanying the cake was a fully stocked candy bar, with baggies and ties so that guests could take treats home when the night came to a close.
If Amanda had one piece of advice for other couples out there, it would be not to worry about the small things – who RSVPs, who you put at what table, or whether you have enough flowers. People won't remember those details, and once you're there, neither will you.
“What you'll remember is the way you felt in that moment as you're marrying the love of your life,” said Amanda, “and how amazing it is to have people who love you there to support and celebrate with you.”
A big congratulations to these lovely newlyweds!
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