This entry is written by Jill Areheart- one of our planners, the wedding was September 20:

 

When we first started working with Paula and James, they had a great idea of the things that were important to them for their wedding day. They had already booked Seibels House and Gardens for the ceremony and reception because of the wonderful setting it would provide. They had been to other weddings there and loved the whole feel of the house and grounds. They were so wonderful to work with. They had clear visions on specific things, but didn’t sweat all the details. They just wanted a beautiful, but fun celebration with their family and friends.

 

We were a bit worried about the weather in the weeks leading up to the wedding day, since September in South Carolina can be so unpredictable. They had rented a tent, so we knew we could adjust to have the ceremony and reception between the house and tent, but we were really hoping for great weather so the ceremony could be out in the open and guests could fully enjoy the gardens.  Well, the day couldn’t have been more perfect. It was one of those fabulous fall days that are sunny, but not too hot. And by the 6pm ceremony, the light was gorgeous and the temperature just right for a fabulous outdoor ceremony.

 

Guests entered through the Garden gates at Seibels House.

 

 

 

 

We set up shepherd hooks with lanterns to mark the path to the ceremony site.

 

 

From the opposite angle – Guests were escorted from the fountain area to their seats.

 

 

Paula and James made bride and groom bears for the flower girl and ring bearer. I couldn’t resist taking this picture when the flower girl set hers down in front of a glass of champagne.

 

 

 

The tent from Palmetto Party Rentals held 2 bars, the DJ and dance floor as well as seated guests tables.

 

 

 

 

  

 

You can see the ceremony setup in the background of this photo. The couple’s simple color scheme of black and ivory really let the natural colors of the garden shine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hung simple paper lanterns around the grounds to add a little extra flair.

 

 

 

The flower girl was slightly more interested in playing in the grass that standing for a picture, but I’m sure the photos will be beautiful nonetheless. Kathy Moore is the very talented photographer you see setting up the after-ceremony shot with Paula and James and the wedding party.

 

 

 

 

Inside the house, we put a few of the bridesmaid bouquets on one of the mantels for added decoration.

 

 

 

Catering was by Kathy’s Catering from Saluda and included a combination of traditional southern foods with some yummy Lebanese delicacies from the groom’s side of the family. 

 

 

 

 

 

The delicious – and beautiful – cake was from Parkland. Paula’s portrait in the background was taken by Kathy Moore at the governor’s mansion grounds on one of the hottest days of the year. Paula was amazing…all the rest of us were dripping with sweat, and she not only looked absolutely flawless, but was incredibly easy-going and patient…even when I know she was about to pass out from the heat!

 

 

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