*This blog created by Jill Areheart, planner/design with B.I.O.* 

From the moment I met Tori and her parents they made me feel like part of the family. And when I met her fiancé Jordan, he literally welcomed me with open arms too.  That’s just the kind of people they are, so it was no surprise their day reflected that strong sense of hospitality, friendship and family.

 This was one of the prettiest back-yard weddings I’ve been part of, but then it was one of the prettiest back yards I’ve seen! Tori’s mom is an incredible gardener and she and Tori’s dad spent hours and hours making sure the setting would be perfect!

Vendors:

Venue: Private Home, Norway, SC

Catering: Capital City Catering

Photography: Sutherland Hill Farms Photography

Floral Design:  The Ivy Porch, Steve Lovelace

DJ: Sound Quest DJs

Tents/Rentals: AllStar Tents and Events

Design/Set: By Invitation Only….Event Planning & Design

Carriage: Carolina Carriages

Cake: Parkland Cakes

Entrance to the back yard. Guests walked from the nearby church and had cocktail hour in front of the house; then, once the bride and groom arrived, they entered the backyard for the full reception!

This yard had so many elements to work with. We put the vegetable sauté station in front of this fabulous birdhouse.

Check out these centerpieces! Every table had a silver tea set and tray filled with gorgeous blooms. Steve from The Ivy Porch did an amazing job on all the flowers.

(Photo courtesy of Sutherland Hill Farms)

One of my favorite elements was our chandelier over the cake. It’s always a challenge to decide how to make everything work with a floorplan that makes sense! We really wanted the cake in this corner, so then we had to figure out how to rig the chandelier. I was so happy with how it turned out.

Another wonderful feature of the yard was the koi pond. We put our ottomans out for seating and lanterns along the rim. It looked spectacular as the sun set.

One of Tori’s big challenges when she first came to us was trying to find a great color for the bridesmaids’ dresses that would go with the orange she knew she wanted. We played around with a bunch of swatches and she loved the idea of using silver/grey. Look how great it looks! It helped that she also picked stunning dresses!!

I love this picture captured by Sutherland Hill Farms:

Tori and her dad had a carriage take them to the church a couple of blocks away.

(photo courtesy of Sutherland Hill Photography)

Capital City Catering did a wonderful job as always of customizing the menu for their couple. The menu included smoked salmon that was caught by Tori’s parents in Alaska and Capital City displayed with all the accompaniments and “Orange Tiger Mousse” complete with a purple paw piped on top.

(photo courtesy of Sutherland Hill Farms Photography)

The Clemson Tiger showed up at the reception and even took the couple for a ride in a neighbor’s golf cart.

The wonderful couple with their favorite wedding planner and caterer 🙂

From left: Jill Areheart, By Invitation Only…Event Planning & Design, Victoria, Jordan, and Lee Anne with Capital City Catering.

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