We had so much fun working with Carrie and Mike! As you can see, it was a gorgeous day for their Cliffs at Glassy wedding at the Glassy Mountain Chapel. The reception was at the Glassy Mountain Clubhouse.
Quite the adventurous couple, Mike, a National Park lover, took Carrie for a 7 day excursion through Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park with a ring burning a hole in his pocket the entire trip! The engagement ring, which he carried hidden in his backpack through airports, road trips, and even a 21 mile hike, finally made it on to Carrie’s finger when they arrived at Yellowstone the last day of the trip. What a great way to end their hiking adventure…with a promise to share the adventure of life together!
Mike, a Cincinnati, OH native and Carrie, a southern girl from Irmo, SC, make a perfect couple. Carrie and her mother, Susan (and obviously quite a few others) spent a tremendous amount of time making sure every detail from the flower arrangements to the place settings to the seating chart and everything in between were elegant and had a consistent style. Carrie loves vibrant colors which was evident in the decorations as well as her bridesmaids’ dresses.
For Kristina and me (David), it’s always helpful when the wedding day is well organized. It was a pleasure to work with Cynthia Phillips for the first time. She is a true professional and was a huge help to us making sure we had everything we needed to get the photos just right. Thank you Cynthia (and Dan)! It was also great to have Elise, (Carrie’s best friend and one of the Matrons of Honor) help us out with the photos on both the wedding day and with Carrie’s bridal portraits a couple weeks earlier. She really knows Carrie and how great she looks on camera. Thanks Elise!
Ceremony Venue: Glassy Mountain Chapel
Reception Venue: Glassy Mountain Clubhouse
Wedding Coordinator: Cynthia Phillips, Your Wedding Lady
Floral Designs: Patricia Kinley
Makeup and Hair: Cotton Rouge
Dress Designer: Essence of Australia from Poffie Girls
Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: The Dessy Group
Catering: Cliff’s Catering
Cake Artist: Cheryl Borowski, Tasteful Elegance
DJ and Entertainment: George Koury, Carolina Party Professionals
Officiant: Rev. Robert Miles, St. Michael Lutheran Church, Greenville, SC
Photography: David & Kristina Photography
This is a view of Glassy Mountain from the valley below. If you look really carefully, you can see where Glassy Mountain Chapel sits on the top right.
The Cliffs at Glassy Clubhouse is beautiful in the spring.
Carrie’s Dad even helped handle the dress when we needed to take it outside and hang it up for a photograph. Thanks Les!
Carrie surprised her bridesmaids with these personalized Vera Bradley bags.
Here’s Les being a good FOB (Father of the Bride) again and holding the bouquets for the girls while they helped Carrie with her veil.
Now it’s Dad’s turn to be in a photo!
Yeah, the groom and groomsmen really do have it easy. Sorry girls!
This is what happens when you try to take a candid photo of the bridesmaids just before they process down the aisle…thanks ladies!
A handbell chimes the hour.
I love the architectural beauty of the Cliff’s Glassy Mountain chapel with the stone archways and wood ceiling.
Like I said earlier, the guys really do have it easy…or at least they make it look that way.
The wedding guests got to enjoy cocktails the back deck of the clubhouse while we finished up pictures with the wedding party.
Guests wrote little messages on Jenga pieces on their way in the door. What a great alternative to a guest sign-in book.
The MOB (Mother of the Bride), Susan did a great job creating the woodburned table numbers. She even stained them to create a woodgrain texture.
Patricia Kinley spent an incredible amount of time perfecting unique flower arrangements for each table and place setting.
George Koury prompted guests to wave their napkins in the air to greet the married couple as they walked toward the dance floor for their first dance.
Colorful arrangements atop antique china adorned the place settings at the bride and groom’s sweetheart table. Again, great design work by Patricia Kinley.
We had just enough time before the sprinklers came on for a few beautiful photos just before the sun set on the opposite side of the clubhouse.
Ah, the stories that get told during toasts…you had to be there to fully enjoy. This story was pretty interesting to say the least…you can tell by the look on Elise’s face.
Susan (MOB) burned the wedding date into a piece of wood which we thought would be the perfect base to photograph the rings.
The cake was designed by Cheryl at Tasteful Elegance.
Thanks George Koury for getting a shot of David & Kristina! We’re so rarely in a photo, I thought it would be fun to include this one here.
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