Fall Forest Wedding|Pickens, SC|Amy+Michael

Amy and Michael met on the sidewalk in downtown Greenville. She was working at Sharkey’s and he walked by… then he came back and asked her out. For their first date, they both went to the same wrong restaurant–Flat Rock instead of Bonefish–what are the chances? It was meant to be! Every bit of their wedding seemed to have a special meaning for them. It was on October 21st, and Amy’s birthday is on March 21st. They even set the ceremony time for 3:21! “The Park,” where they had the wedding, is Michael’s family’s land, and was built by his grandparents. It’s such a beautiful little place! Amy’s dress was worn by both her mother and grandmother. Her sister {whose business is Mandi Scripts} designed her invitations with a photo of the tree under which Amy and Michael stood during the ceremony. I could go on! And I will.

Amy got ready in a tent on the property. Her sister Mandi does essential oils, and she rubbed some on her with a sweet prayer to bless her marriage. Amy’s slip and veil also belonged to her Nana, and Nana got to see her put them on just as she had done years ago! Amy’s mom prayed with her after getting her ready, and her dad came in for a hug as well–so many precious moments happened in this tent on 10/21! And we learned that LipSense burns!

 

Can you believe there was almost no grass here two weeks before? They worked so hard making The Park beautiful; I wish I had their green thumbs! Guests sat on gorgeous benches in front of the tree where Amy and Michael’s initials were carved. Every little thing had a meaning, and it was all explained on the programs. The barbecue was in memory of Amy’s Gramps, the program art was in memory of her Grandpa, the tree carving honored Michael’s Grandfather, and of course, The Park was his grandparents’. It was all so thoughtful, nostalgic, and respectful. Robert McKinney performed a lovely ceremony, and the guests celebrated by throwing flowers.

Amy’s sister was her MOH, and her bridesmaid Lydia has been her best friend since they were 6! Have you seen 3 more beautiful girls? Michael had his dad and his best friend Cory by his side. His dad’s nickname is Creek {and of course he earned it by falling in a creek} so the three of them jumped over the creek together just for him. Michael carried Amy across the bridge as his new wife, and they signed their marriage license–on line 21, naturally.

Amy had the dress altered to fit her style, and it looked perfect on her. Whole Foods and Cynthia’s Flowers provided the florals for the day, and both the bouquet and the flowers on her veil were absolute showstoppers. And she and Michael are just the cutest couple! I’m so happy for them and their new life together!

   

Colorful table settings with greenery and mismatched china adorned the right side of The Park thanks to Tri-County Rentals. Memoirs catered tasty chicken kabobs, stuffed mini potatoes, barbecue crostini, southern egg rolls, salad on a stick, and the very important fried mac and cheese balls. Don’t miss those stunning rings–Michael designed Amy’s!!

 

The wedding party, parents, and friends gave the sweetest toasts to kick off the reception. Amy’s dad gave her a monogrammed Raggedy Ann doll to remind her of the stories he made up for her when she was little, and there were tears all around. Tucker’s favorite toast was Michael’s stepdad’s, but each and every one was as meaningful as could be.

The first dance was to Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots,” and Michael surprised everyone by sweeping Amy off her feet at the beginning: “I wanna sweep you off your feet tonight.” It was the cutest dance ever, and they incorporated the perfect amount of cheesiness by kissing, spinning, and picking up along with the lyrics. Amy planned every song of the day so well!

Tip Top Cake Shop made the pretty cake and the delicious filled cupcakes. I think we can all agree that part of the foundation of any good marriage is not trusting your husband with cake, and Amy came prepared with a can of Reddi Wip taped under the table. He smashed the cake in her face, so she chased him across The Park spraying whipped cream. Compromise.

Yet another cute thing Amy and Michael did–to help guests get to know one another, they provided name tags where everyone could write their name and a personalized conversation starter. These two have such good and interesting friends! It was great seeing them all laughing and dancing together and giving the biggest hugs I’ve ever seen.

    

Friends and family sent the newlyweds off in a Jeep Wrangler and tied on cans with well-wishes written on them. Tucker said this was the prettiest wedding he’s been to, and I have to agree! Every detail was so thoughtful and well done, and there was so much joy as Amy and Michael honored both the Lord and their family on their big day.

Amy and Michael, thank you so much for having us! You two are adorable, and we’re delighted for you! Amy, I’m so happy that you found me on Google and even happier that we’re friends! I’m thankful for you and can’t wait til our next coffee {cookie} date!

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