Amidst this year filled with a global pandemic, couples are still getting married and tailoring their special day to fit exactly what they need. We wanted to show how special eloping can be. In the hustle of wedding planning, all you truly need today is your beloved spouse-to-be (and maybe your pet!) The good news with smaller weddings is that you can have more flexibility to tailor your big day to be just what you need without the stress of worrying about accommodating so many people. Though you may not get to have every friend or extended family member present, you can still have a beautiful day!
We love styled shoots for so many reasons. In this South Carolina styled elopement, I wanted to showcase a timeless color palette featuring dreamy turquoise with shades of amber, along with a classy touch of ‘boho’ charm. We used multi-seasonal florals and colors. We believe this fresh color mix works for nearly all four seasons — nice for Summer, Fall, and a bride could definitely rock that bouquet in the coming Springtime too with its unique texture. I loved the vibrant variations of teal, bits of sea glass, peach, golds, and neutral tones. I love when the color teal appears in wedding decor because it’s so eye catching. Our newlywed real couple, Brett and Brittany, are cuties, and when you add Dalmatians to the scene, it doesn’t get any better! We had all the ‘101 Dalmatians’ vibes on this day, and I was loving it. These pups were looking so dapper with the couple. Adding your fur baby to your wedding day makes it that much sweeter because you don’t have to leave them at home. One amazing thing about elopements and micro weddings is that your pets can take on a bigger role during your special day given the closeness of the event.
Our couple had the cutest handmade booklets containing their wedding vows. They also had gold wedding bands with a matching turquoise topaz ring for the bride. Today, rings are not just a traditional diamond anymore. We love to see couples pick unique stones that have a special meaning. Birthstone rings and family heirloom stones are so meaningful to have, and we wanted to show that. We used an exposed, natural wooden farmhouse table to seat just a few for this intimate elopement. Another upside to smaller weddings and elopements is intimate dinners. There’s more room to up the ante with details, florals, favors, and more. With a seating for six, you can really have your Pinterest dream table scape while still on a budget too! I love how our name place cards had gold etched around them and came in a choice of white or teal. Another one of my favorite details was how our cake matched perfectly with the gold and turquoise accents. To top it off, the cake was adorned with edible, sugar wafer flowers!
Smaller guest sizes can allow extra budget for funner, more intricate, personal details for couples. We splurged with hanging florals above the cake to make a pretty, eye catching statement. Then, Brett and Brittany toasted together with fun, customized rock candy cocktails! Not only were their drinks a unique color, but the bartender added candy. Our historic house venue in the small town of Anderson, South Carolina offers both indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies. It definitely has the southern charm and feel for a perfect ‘back yard’ or ‘front yard’ wedding.
Planning a wedding during ‘covid19’ doesn’t have to be trivial. If only your dogs and a few people are present to witness the special occasion, it’s still just as meaningful. We hope this charming elopement can inspire all the southern chic belles out there and show the beautiful simplicity in a smaller wedding. For now, if couples need to forego the huge weddings, ‘Micro’ weddings have proven to be great and even more intimate. Guest sizes may have decreased, and that is not a bad thing. The saying remains true, ‘love is never cancelled’. If you’re currently planning, check out these fabulous vendors down below!
Photographer/Style Concept: Radiant Photography by Sydney Danielle Design Assistant: Photography by Mabry LLC. Hair and Make Up: @JennaMiller_beauty Florals: Renee Burroughs Design Cake: Cake Expressions by Lisa Venue: Rocky River Plantation Rentals: Tri County Event Rentals Gowns & Tux: Madison Carolina Bridal Dalmatians: Dalmatians Lucky Penny Paper Goods (Vows): Lauren Andrews Designs Bride and Groom: Brittany and Brett Mace Cocktail Drinks: Bearded Bartender