This Couple's South Carolina Wedding Paired a Mountain Ceremony with a Lakeside Reception
A year and a half after meeting at Janet Marschâ€™s best friendâ€™s wedding, her then-boyfriend Richard Webb invited her to Austin for Valentineâ€™s weekend in February of 2015. â€śI lived in Austin for the first year after we met, so it was so nice to go back together,â€ť says Janet. As she and Richard wandered the streets, they found themselves in front of the famous â€śI Love You So Muchâ€ť graffiti on the side of Joâ€™s Coffee Shop on South Congress â€” and Richard got down on one knee.
Instead of a long engagement, the future Mr. and Mrs. got right to wedding planning, deciding to wed at two different The Cliffs properties in South Carolina on November 7, 2015. â€śRichard loves the mountains and I love the water, so we wanted to have our ceremony at the Glassy Chapel high on a mountain, then our reception at Keowee Vineyards overlooking Lake Keowee,â€ť says Janet. â€śIt was peaceful, rustic, and picturesque â€” perfect for our classic, organic vision.â€ť With help from a fantastic team of vendors and a neutral palette in mind, they created a soft, candlelit destination wedding for just 100 guests that was elegant, intimate, and everything theyâ€™d hoped for. Youâ€™ll love this light and airy take on a fall wedding, photographed by Chris Isham!
Janet wore a detailed Mira Zwillinger wedding dress with a floating tulle skirt and applique throughout. â€śI had tried the dress on the day before and already knew I loved it, but when my mom and my sister got to see it, that sealed the deal,â€ť she says. She paired the dress with classic nude Christian Louboutin peep-toes and her gorgeous oval-cut engagement ring.
â€śI actually ordered a veil from a local shop,â€ť says Janet. â€śThey asked me what color my dress was, and I just assumed it was white. But when I went to put the veil on on my wedding day, we realized that the veil was white and my dress was definitely ivory! Thankfully I had a beautiful headpiece to wear instead!â€ť
Richard kept his look refined, yet relaxed, with a navy blue Burberry suit. His groomsmen wore dark navy pinstripe suits with matching vests, while Janetâ€™s bridesmaids wore soft blush Joanna August gowns in a variety of silhouettes.
â€śIâ€™ll never forget the way Richard looked at me during our first look,â€ť Janet says. â€śSomething about the look on his face nearly took my breath away, and Iâ€™ll hold it near and dear to my heart for the rest of my days.â€ť
The brideâ€™s organic bouquet combined garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and anemones, tied with flowing silk ribbons. Richardâ€™s boutonniere was a dusty pink rose, while the groomsmenâ€™s contained white blooms.
We canâ€™t get over how perfect the cliffs of South Carolina were as a backdrop for Richard and Janetâ€™s portraits!
The couple wed at Glassy Chapel, a quaint stone chapel with airy windows providing unparalleled views. â€śI wish Iâ€™d gotten to see our flower girls walk down the aisle,â€ť says Janet. â€śThe younger girl totally hammed it up!â€ť
Janet followed close behind on the arm of her father before exchanging vows with Richard in a traditional ceremony.
â€śIâ€™m so glad we chose to get married relatively quickly,â€ť says the bride. â€śIt didnâ€™t give me much time to linger on decisions!â€ť It also encouraged the couple to let their vendors create a unique celebration based on their vision, making the most of their teamâ€™s talents.
The vine-like detailing on Janetâ€™s gown fit seamlessly into the vineyard setting chosen for the coupleâ€™s reception.
Playful gold calligraphy and a floral motif came together on Richard and Janetâ€™s invitations, giving guests a peek into the celebration to come. The reception took place beneath a tent overlooking Lake Keowee, with the fall trees providing a colorful backdrop.
A nod to the vineyard setting, escort cards were tucked into wine corks (and assembled by the bride and her matron of honor!).
Long, bare farm tables were flanked by cross-back chairs. The flowers followed a neutral fall palette, with ivory and cream roses against burnished-gold mums. A combination of votive and taper candles were set in gold and Brass candle holders. Each place setting featured a bag of candied pecans, also handmade by the bride herself.
Janetâ€™s idea for the table numbers is one youâ€™ll definitely want to steal: The numbers were written on rough-edged pieces of stone!
After a meal of chicken picatta, potato-crusted salmon, and grilled beef tenderloin, Janet and Richard hit the dance floor before she took a spin with her father.
â€śI came to find out that, for the ceremony, my dad had actually worn the limo driverâ€™s tie! Heâ€™d forgotten his at the reception site,â€ť Janet laughs. â€śThe groomsmen still get a good laugh out of how frazzled he was.â€ť
The newlyweds cut into a two-tiered red velvet cake, frosted with buttercream and draped with fresh blooms. Guests also had a choice of mason jar desserts, from key lime pie and apple crisp to brownie trifle and chocolate peanut butter mousse.
After the evening came to a close, Janet and Richard jetted to Hawaii for their honeymoon. â€śKeep your wedding small, and have a destination wedding if you can,â€ť says the bride. â€śAnd remember, what they say is true: Only you will notice every single tiny detail, so donâ€™t get too swept up in it all!â€ť