Brittany and Nate were married in a ceremony at The Brick Church followed by a reception at Lyla’s Dance Hall in Mooresville, Ala. “I absolutely fell in love with this old rustic church from the moment I saw it,” Brittany said. “To me, it represented a part of who I am as a person. First of all, the shutters are black. Anyone who knows me, knows that my wardrobe consists of black, and nothing else. Secondly, the church was simple and seemed to look a little beat down. The last nine months were tough for my dad. He was a simple man and that was all there was to it. He accepted life as it came at him, taking everything day by day. Near the end of his life, he looked beat down on the outside, but on the inside, he was still beautiful. When I walked into the church, it took my breath away. It was beautiful, but yet, still simple. Dad always loved old churches , and loved the simple ways of the people in old churches. He led me to this church.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept ponytail, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and a pair peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short coral one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, astilbe, and dusty miller.
The couple opted for a first look beforehand to calm any nervous jitters. “My hands couldn’t stop shaking, and thank goodness my girlfriends were there to give me some champagne before I saw him for the first time,” she said. “I kept thinking what if he doesn’t like my hair, or what if he thinks this dress makes me look fat? I tapped him on the shoulder, and when he turned around tears rolled down his eyes. He said, ‘I have never seen you look so beautiful.’ And that was the moment I had been waiting for since I was a little girl.” Her brother walked her down the aisle to The Piano Guys version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official, almost 275 witnessing.
Guests were greeted at the pavilion with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome to the best day ever. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19.” And encouraged to take a mason jar to use for drinks. “I have danced my entire life, and I knew I had to have a good band for everyone to dance to,” Brittany said. “We danced and laughed the entire night, and my vision was complete.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. In addition, there was a fully-stocked candy buffet, which also served double-duty as favors. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Everyone is going to have an opinion about what your wedding day should be like,” she said. “Don’t follow their advice. This is your special day, and it should be everything and more that YOU want. Some people told me to go with a more formal wedding, but that’s not who I am. I believe in sweet tea, dancing the night away, and happiness. They are some of the main ingredients to a good life. I am satisfied I followed my vision, and didn’t let others influence what I wanted for our big day.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
Brittany and Branson were married at Middleton Place in Charleston, S.C. on March 29. “Both our parents came to Charleston to look at different venues,” Brittany said. “We toured Boone Hall Plantation and Magnolia Gardens. As we were traveling to our first destination, we passed Middleton Place. We called them to see if they had any appointments available that day to tour the venue. It was our luck that they had one that afternoon. After walking through, we both new this was the place we would say, ‘I do.'” Afterwards, we toasted with champagne knowing that we had found the one.” The bride wore a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, statement necklace, jeweled sash, and a pair of peacock stilettos, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a checkered button-up shirt and tie. Bridesmaids wore long black satin dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies. “It started raining around midnight and continued until 5:30-6 a.m.,” she said. “I was in panic because I always wanted to get married at a venue that had one aisle (and boy does Middleton Place have a very long aisle). The weather began to clear up and was overcast. At 1 p.m., I had to make a decision to have the wedding outside at Butterfly Lakes or to use the backup plan. I decided to take the risk and have the wedding outside. About an hour before the wedding, the sun began to shine. And as I walked down the aisle, the clouds parted, and it was was like the heavens opened up.” Cocktail hour began followed by the reception shortly thereafter underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, teal napkins, mason jar centerpieces atop wood slices, and pictures of places they had traveled together over the years, surrounded by chiavari chairs. “We both graduated from Clemson University and wanted to incorporate Clemson into our wedding,” Brittany said. “Our favors included a glass bottle of Orange Crush in a purple koozie. One side of the koozie had a picture of a pirate because our last name is Pyritz and our wedding date. The opposite side of the koozie had one of our favorite lyrics, ‘Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.'” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served for dessert concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process and always make sure the wedding is about the bride and groom because it is your day and no one else’s,” she said. At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in Grenada.
Lauren and Matthew were married at Butterfly Kisses Pavilion in Newport, N.C. on October 11. “We were going for a rustic feel, and what better way then to get married in a barn,” Lauren said. The bride wore a strapless silk fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a ruched bodice and skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, birdcage veil, and a pair of jeweled bow platform pumps, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie and tennis shoes. Bridesmaids wore long one-shoulder teal chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Today, two families become one. Please pick a seat not a side.” The ceremony took place underneath the pavilion overlooking the river. Aisles were lined with baby’s breath in galvanized metal buckets, and altar was adorned with vintage books atop a wine barrel. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with akiss, it was official, almost 100 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with signature sweet tea drinks in mason jars. Fun fact: it served double-duty as favors! The reception took place inside the barn hung with string lights. Tables were decorated with white linens, burlap runners, and wooden box centerpieces. “Our first dance — I was so nervous for two weeks before the wedding because I had knots in my stomach,” she said. “During it though, I just remember thinking, I’m not nervous anymore.” Dinner was served buffet style. In lieu of a traditional guest book, everyone wrote advice on hearts. A three-tiered fondant-frosted cake topped with a monogram was cut for dessert in addition to cupcakes. The newlyweds’ best advice? ” It’s your day,” Lauren said. “It’s hard not to please other people or just go with what they say because your stressed.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and jetted off to their honeymoon in the Bahamas. “We had a sparkler send-off, and it worked out perfect,” she said. “Most of the guests stayed until the end, so we had a lot of sparklers, and it just started to rain right as we were walking out, which they say is good luck!”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It is unlike any venue I have ever been to. It is a perfect blend of southern charm, rustic, and chic.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our maid of honors’ and best man’s speeches. One of my sisters did a rap, and it was absolutely hilarious. My other sister’s speech was so heartfelt that she started crying. The best man’s speech was perfect – thoughtful and loving, yet funny too. I felt every possible emotion at one time; we were on cloud nine!