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Abby and David deeply desire to “live their lives in a way that leaves a legacy of compassion,” and they wanted their wedding to be a reflection of intentionality and authenticity. I think it’s safe to say that this worthy goal was definitely felt throughout their sweet wedding day! Abby and David hosted their guests at Abby’s beautiful family home, where it was easy to create a comfortable and welcoming environment. Abby’s mama, the owner of Brown Eyed Girl Antiques, helped them bring their eclectic aesthetic to life while focusing on keeping guests warm and cozy, complete with family quilts, warm cider, and lots of fire pits for chatting around. If their ear-to-ear smiles are any indication, I’m sure guests were ever so grateful for this hospitality!

Thanks to Someplace Wild for sharing this lovely day with us!

Shortly after David proposed, my family traveled to St. Augustine, Florida where my mom, sister, stepdad, and I went to a few local wedding shops. Choosing my dress was one of the fastest decisions of the wedding planning process! At one store, the owner said she knew just the dress for me. I walked out wearing it, my stepdad got teary-eyed, and I knew that was the one. I had never seen him cry in my life! It was also the perfect fit–I was able to buy it off the rack, which was good because our engagement was only five months long. When we returned to our car, I looked through my wedding folder and found a magazine page of the EXACT dress I had just purchased. It was definitely meant to be!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I loved being able to have Someplace Wild as our photographer. Christina has an amazing talent of making everyone feel comfortable. I can see every emotion in the faces of guests that she captured. Having her present during my wedding day was a complete joy. I will cherish what she created for years to come.

We had a lot of music throughout the ceremony. David is a musician so this was his area of expertise. We chose “Found a Heart” by Emily Hearn while the bridal party walked down the aisle–we love this song because it really expresses the excitement and magnitude of the wedding day.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We chose to reserve our first look for the ceremony. It took my breath away to see him as I walked down the aisle, and made that moment really special!

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I think the key to saving money was keeping the guest list to an intimate size. This was difficult to do, but really helped in the end.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We got married at my family home. It created a comfortable and cherished environment for our wedding day!

My favorite detail of the wedding was having it in my family home and how much of an impact my mom’s decorative style had on the evening. She owns an antique booth called Brown Eyed Girl Antiques, so she was able to salvage and create various environments throughout the night. My favorite pieces were the lanterns with lit candles hanging in the trees! She was a part of every detail and her industrial, eclectic style shined throughout the night. We had a wonderful time working together as a family to create this weekend, with surprisingly minimal arguments :) Many guests stayed late into the night visiting and socializing, even after we had departed. This was a great aspect of having an at-home wedding.

We had a very bohemian-styled cake, courtesy of Caken’ it Easy, that was a textured, three-tiered cake in a classic white with mossy green accents. Lynn Bottoms and Betty Cox, who are local family friends, also made their specialty desserts and added variety to the selection!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The meal was provided by ROUX, a local Southern restaurant. We served cajun shrimp and grits and Lowcountry boil on vintage Blue Willow plates. My stepdad, grandfather, and a local carpenter built a wooden cross as the centerpiece for the ceremony. The wood was obtained from the floor of an old local barn. We provided hand-sewn quilts for our guests as they sat during the ceremony. I gave my bridesmaids vintage brooches to place in their bouquets. I picked them based on personality, hoping they could wear these brooches again! We also had fire pits throughout the yard for guests to sit around and enjoy watching the dancing!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. David and I met through mutual friends at a wedding. I snuck over to his table and ended up spending the majority of the night talking with him! He instantly caught me off guard with his humor and genuine demeanor–I wasn’t even afraid to tell him about my fear of wearing red at weddings or that I had almost read the COMPLETELY wrong scripture during the ceremony (John and 1 John…there is a difference). From the beginning, our friendship was simple and real. We continued to see each other at various events over the next few months. I literally lit up inside every time I saw him, but neither of us had decided to pursue one another quite yet…..until the marriage of the previously mentioned mutual friends! At their wedding, David finally asked for my number and called a few days later. Our first date was at La Fonda, where we spent hours trying to decide what to order between our endless chatter and laughter. We went with the chicken tacos, and the rest is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! One of the things on our dating bucket list was to hike Stone Mountain and watch the sunrise. David picked me up one Sunday morning at 5:42. I don’t even think I brushed my hair that day…too early. We started our hike around 6:30 am. About halfway up the mountain, I began wondering if maybe we should call it a day and watch the sunrise from the bottom, but David quickly persuaded me to keep going. The view from the top was beautiful, and we picked a rock to sit on and enjoy the sunrise. At one point, I asked David if he had any water in the backpack he had carried up the mountain. He looked at me and said, “No, but you know what I do have in this backpack?” He then got down on one knee with a ring and asked me to be his WIFE! After a few seconds of elation, I turned around to find a few of our best friends, who had trekked up the mountain before dawn to surprise me! As if that was not enough, David had planned a surprise breakfast with our close friends and family when we hiked back down. I cannot tell you how many times I cried tears of joy on this day!
When did y’all get married? November 15, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 120
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We had meetings with our pastor for premarital counseling and also read the book “The Meaning of Marriage” by Tim Keller. A lot of our focus was on our marriage–we really did not fret over details of the wedding. With the help of our family, I knew it would all come together just as it was meant to.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I would say my most memorable moment was my stepfather and dad walking me down the aisle. My parents separated when I was five years old. A few years later, my mom remarried and my stepdad came into the picture. My stepdad has been a rock in my life and is the most dependable man I know. My father and him get along well, and my dad has also been very active and supportive in my life. Their relationship has always been jovial and supportive. Having these two walk me down the aisle was a great moment of healing and happiness for me and my family. Also, my stepdad is a man of few words. He has always been the provider and “go-getter” rather than the “let’s talk about it” type. He made it clear he wasn’t wanting to make a speech, and requested that my mother give the welcome speech for both of them! This was fine with me, and the planning continued. However, midway through dinner the night of the wedding, my stepdad stood up and asked for the crowd’s attention. I thought he was going to make a general statement about where to go once dinner was completed. Instead, he gave the most eloquent, authentic speech about how proud he was of me and how supportive he was of our marriage. Almost every guest was left speechless and teary-eyed. It was standing ovation-worthy. I will never forget it!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We want to leave a legacy of compassion. We want to be remembered as a couple who cares and who can be dependable in a time of need. We want to be remembered as intentional and authentic. I hope the details of our wedding captured this, but we also try to live this principle out in our daily lives as well.

Photographer: Christina Devictor / Planner: Beth Miller and Laura Hintz / Venue: Private residence / Florist: Funky Mountain Flowers / Wedding Cake: Cake’n It Easy / Caterer: Roux on Canton / Rentals: Tents, Tents, Tents / Lighting and Special Details: Brown Eyed Girl Antiques / Music: Jim Drennan and Tory Fallis / DJ: Omar of Spectrum Events / Hair and Makeup: Elle Cardenas / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Style #F15555 in Mercury by David’s Bridal / Menswear: The Black Tux

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Happy Labor Day, y’all! One of my favorite things about weddings in the South is the complete sense of family. I think that’s why Candice + John’s lovely wedding pulls at my heart strings. It not only took place at Bannockburn, John’s family home, but was filled with details created or provided by their respective families. From the yummy deserts created by Candice’s mom, to her dad supplying vintage furniture from his own personal antique collection, these two were literally surrounded by love from their families! If anything could top that, I’d say it would be a surprise fireworks display from their parents to ensure the perfect ending to a sweet day.

Thanks to Olivia Griffin for sharing C + J’s wedding, and making me wish for a trip to SC!

We were at White on Daniel Island when my mom found the Jenny Packham dress. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the silk, but when I put it on, I fell in love with it. It is the perfect mixture of vintage and modern, and the back of the dress is amazing. Jody at White helped me customize the top and find a belt that made the dress even more beautiful. I love everything about my dress and I could not imagine wearing anything else!

I most definitely agree with Candice, the back of that dress is absolutely amazing!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Jacqueline Volz of Sweetgrass Social Event and Design was amazing! She was a dream to work with throughout the wedding planning process. She worked so hard to make sure our wedding was exactly what John and I had envisioned. Our wedding ceremony was supposed to take place outside, and about half an hour before the ceremony, it started raining. Jacqueline quickly came up with a plan and executed it without a hitch. With Jacqueline there, I never panicked because I trusted that she would make it work. The ceremony was perfect and I have Jacqueline to thank for that.

While I’m sure an outdoor ceremony would have been lovely, their rain plan proved to be equally as lovely!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite detail was the picturesque setting. The first time I visited John’s parents house, I thought it would be a beautiful place to have a wedding. The clear tent with the string bulb lights overlooking pond was breathtaking. The yard is full of trees and all the lanterns hanging looked beautiful under the full moon. My dad supplied vintage furniture from his personal antique collection that brought the whole look together. The Finesse band had everyone dancing all night. The atmosphere was exactly the way I imagined it would be and I loved it!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Everything had a touch of Southern style and tradition, especially the location and the food! Both the ceremony and reception were at Bannockburn, John’s family home. The house was built in 1910 and has been the location of a handful of family weddings. The reception was catered by Jack Brantley and he is a Southern as it gets. Our menu included quail and grits, pork tenderloin, crab cakes, and fried green tomatoes.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. My mom is a nurse, but makes wedding cakes on the side. Her cakes are delicious, so I was so excited to have her make my desserts. I am much more of a pie person, so I wanted to have a variety of desserts in addition to the traditional wedding cake. For the wedding cake, she made a three-tier vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. It was topped with flowers and was very simple, yet beautiful. We also had mini lemon meringue pies, chocolate chip cheesecake bites and mini red velvet cupcakes.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I went to Clemson with a few of John’s friends from his home town. John went to the Citadel and visited Clemson frequently, but somehow, we never crossed paths in college. A year after college, we finally met through our mutual friends when I was living in Charleston about to start medical school and John was working in Charleston for the summer. We went on a date about a week after we met and we have been together ever since.
Tell us all about the proposal! John had planned to propose on a Sunday in December at his parents’ home in Florence, SC. We went to Florence for the weekend, and on Saturday night, John decided that he couldn’t wait until the next morning to propose like he had planned. We were sitting by the fire when he proposed. The next day, we celebrated with our friends and family at a brunch that John had planned.
When did y’all get married? April 27,2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided to not do a first look because seeing the look on the groom’s face when the bride walks down the aisle is my favorite part of a wedding. We didn’t want to ruin the moment by having John see me before the ceremony.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Colossians 3:12-17 and John 15:9-12
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The bridesmaids processional was Cannon in D by Pachelbel and my processional was Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke. The recessional was Hornpipe from Water Music by Handel. Our first dance was to “You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. We chose this song because it was the first song we ever danced to.
Describe your wedding flowers. The bride and bridesmaid bouquets were a mixture of blush, ivory and white garden roses, peonies and hydrangeas. My flowers were wrapped in a white glove that John’s grandmother wore on her wedding day. The groom and groomsmen wore porcelina rose boutonnieres.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something old was a vintage bracelet I bought from Terrace Oaks Antiques in Charleston, SC. My something new was my Jimmy Choo wedding shoes that John’s mom and stepmom bought me as wedding present! I borrowed my bridesmaid Mollie’s wedding earrings for my something borrowed. My bridesmaid Betsy had my maiden initials and my wedding date monogrammed in blue on a piece of silk fabric that I had sewn into my wedding dress for my something blue.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? One of my favorite moments of the night was our exit. Our parents surprised us by having a fireworks show as we were leaving the reception. John and I were so shocked. It was the perfect way to end the night!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Someone told me a few days before our wedding “There is something about every wedding that makes it a little more unique, but we just don’t know what it is yet.” Inevitably, something will not goes as planned on your wedding day, but you have to just embrace it. And of course have a fabulous wedding planner to make it look like it was the plan all along!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We most excited about finally living together. John and I are looking forward to working on our house and enjoying our new life together!

Photographer: Olivia Griffin Photography | Planner: Jacqueline Volz of Sweetgrass Social Event & Design | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bannockburn, Groom’s family home in Florence, South Carolina | Florist: Flowers by Starks | Wedding Cake and Dessert Baker: Mother of the Bride | Caterer: Aberdeen Catery | Rentals: Eventworks Rentals | Lighting: Technical Event Company | Band: The Finesse Band | Favors: Lowcountry Kettle Corn | Bride’s Gown: Jenny Packham, Darling | Paper Products: Crane Co. Stationary from Porters Gift Shop | Hair Stylist: Erin McEachin of Panache Creative Hair Salon | Makeup Artist: Anne Lauren Jolly| Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Bello | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Aidan | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

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  1. avatar Ashley Seawell reply

    Beautiful! Just beautiful!

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