Larkin’s Sawmill at North Main Wedding|Greenville, SC|Latrice+Nickos

Eight years ago this October, Latrice and Nickos started dating. They had met before at a bar when Latrice, who lived in Connecticut, visited her cousin here in Greenville, but they really hit it off when Latrice moved down here for college–the same college Nickos attended! They spent six years getting to know each other and many nights talking on the phone for hours until Nickos surprised Latrice with a sweet proposal in February of 2015.

These two had their wedding at Larkin’s Sawmill at North Main, and they got ready at the Hyatt Place. Latrice’s hair and makeup were done by Hair by Tamika and Che’ Watts, and Jasymne Alexis: The Makeup Artist did the bridesmaids’ makeup. The hair and makeup were both so intricate that the process was like magic to watch, and everyone looked so gorgeous!

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Nickos and Latrice’s daughter, Zara, joined in on the getting-ready fun in the cutest way possible. She was all smiles the whole day, and it was so sweet to watch her watch her parents get married.

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When Nickos arrived at the hotel, we arranged for him and Latrice to pray together without letting him see her. The moment was so lovely and special, and Nickos got a chance to have a few Zara snuggles before the ceremony as well.

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A limo drove each group to Larkin’s Sawmill, a very nice indoor venue that is built on and incorporates parts of a century-old sawmill. I first explored the property with Nickos and the groomsmen, whose suits were provided by Dimitra Designs. Nickos stood out in all black + a cool matching bow tie and pocket square.

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When the flowers from Begonias N’ Bloom arrived, the bridesmaids and I headed out to the old railroad tracks. Aren’t these ladies stunning?! Channeling Beyoncé with that formation! Those gold sequin bridesmaid dresses are from Etsy, and Latrice’s dress by Stella York is from Carolina Traditions. She was the most beautiful bride!

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We hurried inside as the early bird guests started arriving, and the ladies hid away while I checked out the reception area. Très Chic Events coordinated the whole event, and Allure Events and Design took care of the decorations. DJ D Dubb provided the pink lighting, and everything came together perfectly. There were gold sequins, gorgeous lettering, clean lines and stripes, more candles than I’ve ever seen in my life, really lovely greenery,  super cool black glasses, and so many personal details!

Those books that the table numbers are resting on are a classy nod to Latrice’s success as a licensed counselor. She always wanted to finish her education and establish herself in a career before getting married, so Nickos respected her wishes and proposed to her at a party full of family and friends who were there to celebrate her passing her licensure exam {but were actually there to watch her get engaged!} What a great way to incorporate the story into the decor!

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Couture Cakes of Greenville coordinated the cake so well with the sequins, stripes, and blush accents, and that flourishing W is perfect for #TheWilliamsWay.

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The ceremony room filled with guests, ring security delivered the wedding bands to the altar, and Zara made the way for her mom to walk down the aisle in her adorable wagon.

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Latrice was escorted by her brother, and the smiles on their faces when he gave her away to Nickos were priceless! There was so much joy in that moment and throughout the ceremony.

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Latrice and Nickos had a unity knot ceremony, where they braided three cords: one that represents God and two more to represent each of them. It’s a perfect symbol for their desires for their marriage: “Being one, a strong union. Growing old together, having fun, and creating endless memories together.” It was very meaningful and one of the things they were most looking forward to on the wedding day, but I was especially impressed with how fast Latrice braided the cords! The ceremony ended with two kisses–one on the cheek and one on the lips, and these two were officially Mr. and Mrs. Williams!

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The newlyweds had a few dreamy moments alone together for portraits, and they were as stunning as ever! I love spending time with couples who have been dating for a long time; they’re so comfortable with each other that there’s nothing but love in the air {and a few silly faces}.

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Latrice and Nickos received a warm welcome into their reception and had their first dance to the song Cloud 9–so cute! There was a mother-son dance and a mother-daughter dance, then Larkin’s served the food: salmon with asparagus or chicken with broccolini.

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After sorority and fraternity dances, cake cutting, and heartfelt toasts, everyone hit the dance floor with DJ D Dubb for a night of partying with the bride and groom.

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When the evening came to an end, the Williams’ guests sent them off with sparklers and hugs before they were driven away.

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Latrice and Nickos, your wedding was beautiful! Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of it–it was such an honor to witness your love and marriage, and I’m so happy for you! I know your union will be strong and that you will make endless memories as you grow old together. I can’t wait to work with you many times throughout the years, watch Zara grow, and see you continue along #TheWilliamsWay. Congratulations, you two!!