It is always exciting to get pictures from my brides. It’s even more exciting to be able to tell you a little about their wedding! Working with Challie on her Custom Design was a pleasure, and her wedding was just as beautiful as she is! Here is our Real Wedding of the week!
1. Who did your…
Photography: Melissa and Brian Powell at Project Life Photography in Rock Hill, SC
Catering: La-Tea-Dah’s in Charlotte, NC
Cake: Pat-A-Cakes Bakery in Rock Hill, SC
Dress: Justin Alexander from Ava Laurenne Bride in Fredericksburg, VA
My one (and almost only) pre-requisite for a venue was trees. I had always wanted to get married under a tree and really hoped for an outdoor wedding. Hightower Hall was perfect! I actually found Hightower Hall when I was looking up local photographers to potentially use, and saw pictures of a wedding there. It was absolutely beautiful, I loved the trees and field, and the historic home had such charm! We put it on the back burner for a while, but then a couple of months later we went out and visited it. I just loved the giant tree that we ended up getting married under and couldn’t say no!
3. What details were special/significant to you?
Andrew and I wrote our own vows, and that was pretty significant. We wanted to go off of the classic vows, but make them specific to us. They have come to mind several times in the weeks that have followed the wedding…which is really challenging! We also opted not to do a first look prior to the ceremony, but rather wanted our first look to be when I walked down the aisle. I had quite a little ways to walk, so Andrew had his back towards me until I got to the end of the aisle and when he finally turned around…it was so worth it!
A fun random fact…throughout our relationship Andrew and I have always celebrated big life occasions with glass bottled Coke…so we decided getting married was our biggest life occasion to celebrate yet, so we had 2 glass bottled Cokes to toast with during our reception!
4. Where did you get ready?
The girls and I got ready in the bridal suite and connecting rooms in the upper level of Hightower Hall while the guys got ready at their hotel and then hung out in the basement of the house.
5. Where was the honeymoon?
We went to Savannah, Georgia! Neither one of us had been before and it was such a lovely city to visit, especially in September since the weather had cooled off a little and it wasn’t so busy.
6. What colors and flowers did you pick and why?
With an outdoor wedding you don’t really need a crazy array of colors, so I went with a range of blue/greens for my bridesmaids dresses and gray pants/coral ties for the groomsmen. We honestly found the ties a week and a half before the wedding and are so glad we chose what we did!
Our flowers were all over the place! Our florist, Ribald Farms, did an incredible job of listening to what I envisioned and making it come to life with the bouquets and decorations. The main flowers I was going for in the bouquets were white dahlias, eucalyptus and a few succulents. There were some pops of color throughout them as well, and there was such a plethora of flowers that I really can’t name them all, but they smelled amazing!
7. Fun Facts…
Our wedding was SO fun and our dance floor happened to be a little small…at one point the dancing got a little crazy and we found out later that Andrew’s twin, Josiah, somehow got his tooth chipped in the chaos!