I married my best friend April 30, 2016 and I'm still floating on Cloud Nine!
Steven and I were married at Lockhaven Farm in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina.
In 1994, my parents purchased the property. My dad built our family home, a horse barn and developed the land.
The renovation of the horse barn began in January 2016. Steven and my dad, Johnny, spent countless hours working at the farm. I can still hear the sound of hammering nails and smell the scent of fresh cut wood.
The two chandeliers located at the front and back of the barn are very special.
My mom bought the chandeliers at our annual church auction many years ago, knowing they would be used again for this special occasion.
I'm very fortunate and blessed to have had these girls by my side.
Pictured L to R: Amanda Leo, neighbor and friend; Katie James, best friend and lifesaver; Lynn Holden Graham, sister and forever friend; Amber Holden Durant, cousin and confidant.
As I walked down the aisle, I laid eyes on Steven and he was all I could see. I had never seen him cry until our Wedding Day.
Our special friend, Lauri Doss, married us, making our ceremony even sweeter. Steven and I had written promises to each other. We read them aloud for the first time during our ceremony.
The love of family is life's greatest blessing.
Steven is a loyal friend and has a strong sense of brotherhood. It's an enviable trait I learned about him early. Pictured L to R: Chris Nadelman, former roomie and friend; Dustin Overholser, firefighter and friend; Jeffrey "Bubba" Griffin, best man and best friend; Tommy DeLano, lifelong friend; Houston, ring bearer and nephew.
Horse Carriage courtesy of All Occasions Carriage located in Whiteville, North Carolina.
Waiting to go inside the reception hall is one of my favorite memories from our wedding day. Steven and I were introduced and shimmied down to dance our first dance as husband and wife.
In weeks leading up to the Big Day, we couldn't agree on a song for our First Dance. I insisted upon "Can't Help Falling in Love", while he wouldn't wane from "I Don't Dance". Ultimately, we compromised and I walked down the aisle to my pick and we danced our first dance to his choice.
Dad and I won the crowd with the biggest surprise of the evening! We swayed to "Forever Young" before busting moves to "Uptown Funk." Dad and I kept it secret while attending dance lessons for a month! We owe a big thanks to Rainee Kite with Bachata and Kizomba with Rainee Kite.
Wedding Cake Coccadotts
Flowers by Cindy Collom
Steven and I returned to the waterfront at sunset. Our amazing photographer, Hannah Ruth, with Hannah Ruth Photography continued to capture every special moment.
Dress: Beryl by David Tutera for MoriLee Gowns
Venue: Lockhaven Farm
Photography: Hannah Ruth Photography
Videography: Anchor Films
Decorations: Brooke Holden Calligraphy
DJ: Christian Sliker
Flowers: Cindy Collom
Hair: Amanda Brown
Makeup: Brooke Holden
Wedding Palette: Blush, ivory, navy and metallics
Need to let your guests know a specific dress code for your wedding but not sure how? Enclosure cards to the rescue!
Many of you know I'm planning an April wedding at my parents' farm in Galivants Ferry. (Galivants Ferry is about 30 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.)
The ceremony and reception are being held on the property, which is all undeveloped farmland.
I used an enclosure card to keep our guests clued in on what to wear.
After googling different ways to ask how to include wedding attire and scouring thousands of solutions, an enclosure card seemed to be the best pick! (View ours below! I designed it myself)
Now, our guests (especially the ladies) will be prepared when choosing footwear :)
I also used the card to give directions to the farm and share our wedding website. It's a win-win especially since we have many out-of-towners.
Here are other uses for the handy handouts.
Use your enclosure cards for many more purposes. Perhaps you want input for DJ requests or song choices, use the card to ask your guests for feedback.
You can also inform guests of travel, lodging and other details.
If the reception is taking place at a venue other than the ceremony site, list the location and address on a separate enclosure card.
If you've planned extra events for all the guests — a welcome dinner, group hiking excursion, rehearsal dinner, or post-wedding brunch - give your visitors a heads up. Include the fun details on an enclosure card.
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