Sarah Jean + Ryan // Winter Wedding at Old Wide Awake

When one thinks of the seasons, Winter can sometimes be the least favorite of them all.  It's understandable, winter has the negative connotations of bleak, cold, sometimes blustery, and barren.  The leaves have generally lost all their leaves, the grass has lost it's color, everything goes dormant.  But, not on Sarah Jean + Ryan's wedding day!  Their big day took place on December 2nd and the leaves were STILL showing their colors, the temperature was perfect, the grass was still green, and the sun peeked out to warm up the scene every so often...I know it was just for them ;)

The girls spent the mild December morning enjoying mimosas and getting ready on the wrap around porch of Old Wide Awake Plantation.  The bridesmaids wore matching plaid flannels each embroidered with their initials...I LOVED this idea for a winter wedding!  While the girls were enjoying their morning being pampered, the guys were busy setting up a TV in the garage area of Wide Awake Park, where the ceremony took place, to watch the Clemson game.

After sharing a private first look on the grounds of Wide Awake Park, we were able to utilize all of my favorite spots for portraits.  The sun stayed tucked behind the clouds long enough to even enjoy the dock for portraits!

Sarah Jean and Ryan exchanged their vows under the majestic oak and in front of a cross made by the bride's father and decorated with greenery by Frampton's Flowers.  Their guests enjoyed the view and sounds of creek life, all as the sun was setting...It was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony!

After saying their "I do's"  the crowd gathered at the Plantation house for the reception.  Since all photos were taken before the ceremony, Sarah Jean and Ryan were able to mingle with their guests before dinner was served.  The dance floor got crowded thanks to the musical talents of The Business!  What a day + night!

Wedding Photography: EMILY MEEKS PHOTOGRAPHY | Venue + Ceremony Location: OLD WIDE AWAKE PLANTATION + WIDE AWAKE PARK | Planning + Coordination: PEPER EVENTS | Floral Design: FRAMPTON'S FLOWERS | Wedding Dress: MAGGIE SOTTERO, BRIDALS BY JODI | Bride's Earrings: ETSY - CRYSTAL AVENUE | Hair + Makeup: CANARY ROCK SALON | Bridesmaids Dresses: BILL LEVKOFF, BRIDALS BY JODI | Men's Attire: JOS A BANK | Wedding Invitations: SCRATCHPAD | Wedding Cake: CAKES BY KASARDA | Catering: THE CATERER OF CHARLESTON | Ceremony + Reception Music: THE BUSINESS - EAST COAST ENTERTAINMENT | Videography: FRAMED + SHOT PRODUCTIONS