Welcome! It is wedding Wednesday! Featured on the blog today is Carson and Melissa who are my favorite wanderlust couple. They met in Ecuador studying abroad while attending Clemson University. They immediately had a connection and by the time they made it home, it was love.
They were married June 1st, 2019 at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson SC and had their reception at the beautiful Huitt Farms in Anderson.
The weather was amazing and there was a great breeze. It was perfect setting for a perfect day.
Before the ceremony the couple decided to do a first touch or otherwise known as a letter reading. They are traditional and did not want to see each other until she walked down the aisle. However, with the first touch, we were able to take some photos of them and they were able to talk and calm each other’s nerves. They read super sweet letters to each other and then held hands for a bit. It is a romantic way to spend more time with your significant other on your big day and still stay traditional.
The ceremony was at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson, SC, and it was beautiful. Although photographers are not allowed in the sanctuary after the processional, they allowed us to shoot from the balcony. It was sweet that the minster had known Melissa most of her life and was able to talk about how he had looked forward to this day for a long time. The couple also braided a cord of three strings representing that their marriage included the Lord. It is also a beautiful item to hang in their house as a reminder.
After the ceremony they traveled to their reception venue at Huitt Farms in Anderson, SC. What I love about this venue is all the light that comes in the windows. It is basically a blank canvas to decorate whatever way you would like. However, my very favorite part about this venue is the way the sunshine comes through the trees at sunset. In fact, you can see more of that delicious light in Melissa’s bridal photos, CLICK HERE.
The reception was wonderful as the food from Sullivan’s was amazing, there were lawn games, dancing, and amazing cake. A real crowd pleaser was the Clemson University Tiger Cub. He came right after dinner and everyone was on their feet. So fun! I love a Clemson Wedding!
One thing I suggest to my couples who plan to have a long reception or find that their guests are leaving early is to have a fake sparkler exit. This allows you to celebrate with everyone one last time, gives you enough people for a sparkler exit, and then you don’t have to worry about how many people are leaving. Carson and Melissa chose to do a fake exit, which was really fun because they ran up and down the sidewalk three times as their guests cheered them on. After that, many of their friends stayed to dance for another couple hours.
I absolutely loved documenting this couple’s love story! I so enjoyed working with Melissa who is incredibly smart and kind. She married a really good one too. Carson is such a gentleman and a good soul. I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to be the one to capture their special day. I’m so glad to know this wonderful couple!
Congratulations Carson and Melissa! I hope you enjoy your honeymoon in the Maldives and your move to North Carolina!