Huguenot Mill Wedding|Greenville, SC|The Big Fake Wedding

The Big Fake Wedding is a bridal show alternative that aims to inspire brides and grooms, promote local businesses, and encourage solid marriages. Isn’t that beautiful? Those are the reasons that I applied to be a part of it, and I think that it has the potential to provide a great space for brides to plan their weddings and for wedding professionals to work with one another. I also loved the inspiration board, which had the theme of High Tide. The venue for The Big Fake Wedding Greenville {2015} was the Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center. It is near the river and was perfect for the theme.

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Dimitra Designs provided the dresses, hair, and makeup. It was really wonderful to meet Grace and her colleagues. They are the best!

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We also had some really great designers involved. Sara Theisen Design made this super cool wedding map that tells the story of the couple, Margaret and Ryan, and shows some of their favorite places in the Upstate.


This gorgeous invitation suite was made by Hearts & Twine


…and this one was made by Jankun Creative Studio. Or did it come in with the tide?

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Twigs crafted the bridal bouquet,


and Lilacs & Co. provided the bow ties. This company was started by the sweetest group of entrepreneurs, and they are so talented.


Twigs also made the boutonnieres, the star of what I think is the most theme-appropriate photo I took all day. I love how the light is dancing around them as if they are underwater.


The table decorations were wonderful as well. Some of my favorite details were designed by Alex at Lucky Penny Creative. She is so nice and her bottle collection+sense of creativity fit this wedding perfectly! I especially like the cloches she used. Those have always fascinated me and I used to keep origami wishing stars in one as a child {not the best system since they all fell out every time I opened it. But memories}. And that message in the bottle!? The BEST!

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Twigs also set up some truly stunning tables. That table 3 was just magic.

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While the designers set up, the “cast” got ready with the help of Jenna and her Chloe & Isabel jewelry. The adorable bride and groom are Margaret and Ryan. They have been actually married for a year and renewed their vows at this event! I connected with them because they got engaged in Canada, and that’s where I met Tucker.

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For portraits, I took the cast out to the river. Poor souls had been posing for hours in the early September heat, but we found some shade {and geese!!} underneath Main Street.

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We also took some classic shots in the Wyche Pavilion.


After portraits everything was ready for the wedding and reception! A lovely dessert bar by Langan & Ford Events below.


And the beyond beautiful high tide ceremony backdrop by Kara Nash Designs! Those sweet ladies worked so hard to make it absolutely perfect! Also below, the programs were designed by Mary Grace of WritefullyHis. She is recently engaged herself–congrats girl! {Her business helps school children in Africa! Check her out!}

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The ceremony was a quick vow renewal with music by the very talented Wirewood {such a clever name!}

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Afterwards, all of the photographers were able to take Margaret and Ryan out into the pretty evening light for a few more portraits.

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Of course we had to get the water in there to fit with the high tide theme!

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Aren’t these two precious? Amber and Charlie of Southern Jewel Photography are a soon-to-be husband and wife team, and they were really great to work with. I’m so happy to have photographer friends in the area!


Margaret and Ryan made their grand entrance, DJ’d by OtherBrother Entertainment, and everyone danced!

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Chef360 Catering provided the food, and it was delicious! They also brought some great ocean-themed decor, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off the food. Chef Peter is so kind; he once taught me how to make the chicken salad he uses for his spin on chicken and waffles {his grandmother’s recipe!} Really, all of the Chef360 staff is very friendly!

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Couture Cakes of Greenville made the gorgeous mermaid cake, complete with fresh-out-of-the-sea pearls, frills like the waves, and that shiny iridescent layer that I would say looks like fish scales if I didn’t think that description would make it a little less appetizing. Then again, it was so tasty that no mere words could make it less so.

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The night came to an end, and Shay Brown Events led a fun glow stick exit.

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Margaret and Ryan, thank you for being so sweet and for braving the heat for a third time for me! Your kindness made my day.

Landrum, Austin, and LaBruce, thank you for being so helpful to all of the vendors and for striving to promote local businesses! You did a great job.

Brides, be sure to check out the Ruffled blog post that features this event as well, and schedule a consultation with Emily Platt Photography!