With a color palette of lavender and sage, this garden wedding from Tierney Riggs Photography couldn’t be sweeter! We love the idea of a brunch wedding and this couple pulled off a gorgeous celebration. The ceremony started with the morning paper (a newspaper style program) and ended with a waffle cake!
I envisioned an English Garden Wedding. I love the old tradition of small towns in the English countryside joining in celebration with a wedding breakfast and wildflowers and ribbons and their small community. That is exactly what I wanted to replicate with my wedding. Rather than beginning with a color scheme, I thought of what style I would go for, what flowers I liked, and my planner pulled it all together beautifully into a sage, lavender, and silver dream.
I chose my bridesmaids dresses first, of all the attire. I spent months looking for dresses that would have that kind of beading and detail so distinct from other bridesmaid dresses. When I saw these, I knew they were a perfect fit for my wedding vision. I found my dress at a small bridal boutique in Camden, SC, and instantly loved the floral embroidery and beaded detail of it and the way it flowed so lightly without all of the weight of a ballgown. My favorite dresses were the flower girl dresses, because the style mimicked what I was looking for in a dress, just with a “little girl’s” twist.
My flower girls, my six year old twin cousins, are extremely close to me and Clay. A few minutes before the wedding, I was talking to one of them, Hannah, about my shoes being uncomfortable. She says “you know, if you don’t wear them, no one will actually know.” It reminded me that all of my life, I wanted to get married barefoot. With the encouragement of my small best friend, I hid my shoes in the dressing room and didn’t put them back on until the end of the reception. I just needed a little girl to remind me of my little girl dream.
At one point in our ceremony, Clay and I took a few minutes to have a personal time of prayer with each other, while my brother and cousin sang a duet. I felt the stress and nervousness of the day (caused by things like forgetting my bouquet before I walked down the aisle) slip away and was able to refocus on the joy and seriousness of our lives being joined together. While this was inaudible to the audience, we later found that our videographer had a microphone in Clay’s lapel and had captured our entire prayer for us to keep forever.
I live in a small southern town, and choosing this location allowed me to use local vendors and work closely with my mom, who manages events at a boutique hotel just a block away from my venue. I wanted my wedding to have that sweet, “breath-of-fresh-air” look, with a bit of bohemian flair, that you would find in a garden.
My wedding flowers were chosen and arranged by my wedding planner. He was able to capture my vision so well through the flowers and created a beautiful garden out of a landscape that had recently been torn apart by a hurricane. My flowers were reflective of my theme because I told him to choose whatever was in season, with no restrictions on color or style. The result was a beautiful mix of spring flowers.
The most important thing to us while planning the wedding was probably the food. I really wanted a brunch wedding reception, and out of that came the time of the wedding, the decorations, the venue choice, and the attire choices. Because we decided on a brunch wedding, we went with a brunch wedding cake: a waffle cake. This cake was absolutely delicious and the prettiest darn waffles I’ve ever seen.
My final favorite memory of the day was our “bouquet toss” alternative. We chose to include both girls and guys, and friends of any age, in a maypole style dance. Each friend held a ribbon attached to the bouquet, circling around us, while I guided blindfolded Clay in cutting each ribbon. It was a laugh for everyone involved and observing, and beats the dated bouquet toss any day in my book!
Photography | Tierney Riggs Photography | Venue | Drengaelen House of Coker College | Planning & Florals | Tim Sawyer | Day-of Coordination | Blooms and Brides | Stationery | Prim Pretty Prints | Videography | Something to Remember Productions | Catering | Hidden Treasures | Dress | Evelyn’s of Lugoff | Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS | Makeup | The studio, A Salon | Hair | Jenna Griffen | Flower Girl Dresses | Trish Scully | Harpist | Kipper Ackerman, Harpist | Submitted via Matchology