Although some negative events diminished the joy of the day, I am happy that Brian chose me to be his bride.
The weather was sunny and hot.
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The colors were royal purple and light pink. The table centerpieces were lighted vases with floating candles and jeweled bands. Other tables had tall vases with floral arrangements. The entrances to the reception area were decorated with floral and beaded arches. A lighted curtain was behind the sweetheart table. The Arts Center courtyard and the front of the church were decorated with pink tulle and bows.
The church alter was decorated with a large floral arrangement in purple, pink, lavender and white, including roses and baby's breath. The candelabras were decorated with flowers and white tulle. The bride carried a long, cascading bouquet. The bridesmaids carried lanterns decorated with tulle, greenery and pink flowers.
I had a second dress to change into before the reception. Instead, I wore the ceremony dress, with a cathedral length train, during the entire reception. I wore it all the way to the hotel. Brian and I posed for pictures in front of the dolphin topiary.
The first dance was I Want to Make It With You, by Bread. The final dance was Could I Have This Dance, by Anne Murray.
There was a heavy hors d'oeuvre menu, including shrimp and grits, chicken salad croissants, sliced roast beef, sliced ham, pasta salad, broccoli salad, spinach dip, southwest cheese dip, assorted fruits and vegetables, tea, pink lemonade and infused water.
The cake was two-tiered and elevated over a lighted water fountain, with 2 side cakes and stairways leading to the center cake. The flavors were orange and lemon, with traditional butter cream frosting.
The favors were handmade, light pink, heart-shaped goat milk soaps from Emerald Farm, located in Greenwood.
Special thanks to Praise Unlimited Weddings, Talk of the Town, Trinity Street Photography, White's Florist, Sweet Expressions, Invitation Station, Purple Door, The First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood and The Arts Center at the Federal Building. You all did a wonderful job! My parents, Janice Elliott, Nita Hozey, Penny Richie, Cathy Scott, Mary Ann Summey, Amanda Fisher and (of course) Brian did all they could to make the day as special as possible.
If You Knew Then What You Know Now...
Start early! We reserved our church, reception venue, wedding planner and caterer in spring, 2014, more than a year in advance.
The couple spent several days in Charleston, SC, with a room at the Church Street Inn, next to the market.