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Fort Mill Barn Wedding

DIY Weddings

Photos by:

Emily Chidester

Much like the bride in today’s wedding, autumn is my all-time favorite season. There’s just something so romantic about it being just chilly enough to cuddle up, but not too freezing to find beautiful flowers and locations for incredible portraits. The bride, Caroline, shared this tidbit about her husband: “I never would’ve imagined that I would’ve ended up with someone like him, and he came out of nowhere, but he fit me perfectly.” How darling is that? Caroline, who owns Foxberry Farm, worked her magic with event design as you’ll see in the images here captured by Emily Chidester!

handdrawn wedding invitations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

From the bride, Caroline: I always wanted an autumn wedding, but with a very subtle color palette of mainly cream, hints of blush, frosted green, and, since it is fall, a heavy touch of gold. The venue we had envisioned (and did end up with) was a barn. I wanted a casual venue that I could glam up with personal touches instead of a stiff expensive atmosphere, and we found just that!

Fort Mill Barn wedding - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

illustrated wedding invitations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

pink bridesmaids dresses - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

pink bridesmaids dresses - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

unique wedding bouquets - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

groomsmen with tattoos - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

lush wedding bouquets - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding
Bouquet recipe: garden roses, persimmons, hydrangea, ranunculus, anemones, and dahlias

giant handwritten backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

script ceremony backdrops - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

I would describe the wedding as relaxed country (and vintage) glamour. I didn’t so much have a theme as much as I had a vision: big farm tables (which I succeeded in securing), lots of brass candle stick holders (achieved with months of thrifting), real china plates (again, thrifted), spectacular lighting, full table settings and decor, and good food. The DIY involved: floral arrangements were done by myself and the bridal party (including bridesmaids bouquets and men’s boutonnieres), all the endless thrifting, cutting the table runners, spray painting endless objects gold, chalkboards (hand written by the same girl that designed my invites: Evane Corder), my cake was made by one of my sister-in-laws, friends baked tarts, I hand painted the ceremony backdrop (it was one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite series: Anne of Green Gables), even the hair and make up was done by my sister-in-laws, and my sash was made by my godmother. I love that every part of my wedding had a very personal touch; it’s the only event where you can really fully express the depths of who you are, and we were surrounded by pieces that make up who we are individually and who we are as a couple.


bride during processional - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

handdrawn wedding programs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

unique ceremony ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

Two of my favorite moments were: walking down the aisle was so different from what I thought it would be. You wait to walk, and you wait to walk, and you keep waiting watching everyone go ahead of you while butterflies are rattling inside your stomach, but the second I was starting down the aisle and locked eyes with Samuel all I could feel was confidence and I felt comfortable, because I was walking towards the safest place I knew. And the second best moment was when we finally escaped and were in the car on the way to the hotel, because it finally set in that our future together was permanently in place and we could finally enjoy knowing that we get to be together from now till the end.

group bridal shot - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding
tilt shift portraits - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

groomsmen in gray vests - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

bouquet and decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

indoor reception lighting - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

autumn wedding ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

reserved table sign - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t take your time of engagement for granted! We only had a little over 6 months, but it’s easy to keep putting off tasks for the first few months, and that definitely added to the stress! Engagement is such a short and sweet transitional period, it goes by extremely fast, and you’ll truly enjoy it more if you get a heads start on the planning and crafting.

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

giant wreath backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

honey wedding favors - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

honey wedding favors - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

wedding dessert ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

unique wedding desserts - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

newlyweds after reception - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
One of our friends is a great DJ, and we just sent him a list of requests and gave him freedom to add or remove as he pleased! I think our only requirements were: 70s hits, Katy Perry, and Beyonce. The processional was great. We have friends that are in an amazing band called Jude Moses (you can find them on iTunes and Spotify), the frontman is a close friend and doubled as a groomsman. I asked him if he would write the music to the lyrics I had written, he agreed. The men walked out to beautiful improv, and then my bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girl, and myself walked out to the song the band and I co-wrote. The recessional was a nice upbeat improv again, but I’ll never forget walking out to that song I had given words to – I’m hoping it’ll be recorded soon :)

Wedding Location: Fort Mill, SC / Photographer: Emily Chidester Photography / Second Shooter: Erica Serrano Photography / Event Planning, Design, and Flowers: Bride, Foxberry Farm / Bouquet: Philosophy Flowers / Day-Of Coordination: CeCe Hampton Wedding Planning & Design / Venue: The Dairy Barn / Ceremony and Reception Dress: BHLDN “Victoria’s Reign” and “Tea Rose Dress” / Wedding Veil: Melinda Rose Design / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “Evelina” via Anthropologie / Headpiece: Sibo Designs / Hair: Leah Preslar / Makeup: Elizabeth Queener / Groom’s Jacket and Vest: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Caterer: Roots Catering / Wedding Cake: Jenae Crowell / Wedding Music: Jude Moses / DJ: Bruce Thomas / Rentals: Upper Barn and Foxberry Farm / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Evane Corder

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

Today’s wedding shoot, a collaboration between Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay and Lindsey Shanks of A Charleston Bride, is nothing short of pure elegance. With bold strokes of gold and deep red, this styled reception in the heart of Charleston, SC has us yearning for holiday cocktails and faux fur stoles!

charleston wedding ideas

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

From Lindsey Shanks of A Charleston Bride: The idea behind this inspiration shoot was to show something nontraditional in our more traditional background in Charleston, SC. We typically see clients come in to our gorgeous town loving the old plantation homes and Spanish moss covered oak trees and while we love the softness and blush colors that so easy blend in this setting, we also love to see clients come in with bold as well. Persimmon and Gold were our color inspiration for a fresh focus. We used a multitude of local vendors that might have a sharper style than our more traditional wedding accents.

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Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

elegant wedding invitations

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

elegant gold tablescapes

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The background of the lawn at Daniel Island Club was the perfect setting so showcase the idea a wedding venue having a nontraditional feel or a juxtaposition if you design it right. The floating walls were used to create an open space and also display floral and art depictive of what could be a couple’s passion coming from a creative world. The cake was painted by a local artist, Sarah Yoder, who loved the opportunity to showcase her talent in a different project. The seating was designed using Event DRS, as well as a local design firm, Elizabeth Stewart Designs, to show that small touches of personality can go a long way.

charleston wedding ideas

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

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Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

red gold place settings

The girls at Mac & Murphy Paper designed triangular shaped water color pieces including brushes of gold foiling for a bold feel but still grand. The table setting used a white plexi glass top for modern mixed with geometric shapes in plating and all red and bold hues of floral. The horse shoes and berries at the place setting add texture and personality and pillar candles created an elegant and warm feel. The lighting was used to pin spot the walls just as a gallery space would work and the DIY projects were bits of whimsy throughout. Our DIY projects included: Dollar store gold spheres made from Styrofoam balls and toothpicks, edible floral in ice cubes, plexi glass floating floral arrangement for coffee table, and the plywood walls covered with fabric and nail heads for depth of space. The dress was Jenny Packham from White on Daniel Island and the tuxedo donated from Charleston Tuxedo. The couple was beautifully depicted by the ever inspiring Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography.

charleston wedding ideas

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

red reception tables

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

gold place settings

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas

elegant bride and groom

Bold + Gold Charleston Wedding Ideas


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Event Location: Charleston, SC / Photographer: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay / Event Design: Lindsey Shanks of A Charleston Bride and Kristin Hussy / Floral: Tiger Lily Weddings / Venue and Catering: Daniel Island Club / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham via White on Daniel Island / Hair and Makeup: Charlotte Belk / Tuxedo: Charleston Tuxedo / Wedding Cake Design: Sarah Yoder / Art: Sarah Boyts Yoder at the Michael Mitchell Gallery, Nathan Durfee at Robert Lange Studios / Rentals: Event DRS and Elizabeth Stuart Design / Tent: HAUS / Paper Goods: Mac & Murphy / Special thanks to Kristen Hussey & Arielle Stratton for styling assistance, Old Road Mercantile for Plexi-glass tray, and our beautiful models Paige & Matt