On a sunny day in June, our team arrived in beautiful Greenville South Carolina to get ready for Macy and Miller’s wedding. Not only did we get to explore this cute southern town, but we got to set foot on the Furman University Campus since that’s where their ceremony would take place.
Macy and Miller wanted to have a ceremony inside the Furman University chapel with a neutral color palette and then surprise their guests at Wyche Pavilion for the reception where there would be an explosion of color! Wait until you see how we transformed the reception space.
Getting Ready in Greenville
When looking for a getting ready space, I highly recommend looking into a hospitality suite at the hotel where you have a room block. You can order food, drinks and accessories such as full length mirrors so that your whole group is comfortable during the getting ready process.
We love using Block Birdie to help us with room blocks. It’s free for planners and couples to use and they get you rates, contracts and details about room blocks in the city you’re interested in.
Wedding Ceremony at Furman University
Macy and Miller fell in love at Furman University so it was fitting that they had their ceremony on campus. They chose to have it at the Daniel Chapel, a gorgeous 27,000-square-foot sacred space now used for weddings, worship and sacred concerts. While the chapel had many restrictions when it came to music and decor, we were able to design something really beautiful for Macy and Miller’s wedding ceremony.
A perk of having your ceremony on the Furman University grounds is that you do get access to the campus for photos before and after the wedding. Macy and Miller had their first look in the Rose Garden which was absolutely stunning and roses were in bloom!
Reception at Wyche Pavilion
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t insanely proud of this transformation! We took a historic factory building by the river in downtown Greenville and turned it into a dreamy explosion of color. Macy and Miller knew they wanted color, lot’s of flowers, disco balls and hanging basket lights.
Creating a floor plan for a large guest count
With over 200 people attending the reception, we had to come up with a clever floor plan that allowed for a party feel, without needing seats for everyone. We chose to have family tables by the dance floor and then several cocktail tables and lounges for other guests. Food stations were plentiful and open for the whole reception time and we had multiple bars and passed cocktails to make sure we prevented a bottle neck.
Wedding details and florals
We hired a local artist, Lumber and Lace, to create some unique acrylic signs for the wedding reception. We had some fun hand painted bar signs but the real show stopper was the pressed flower name cards at the family tables!
Macy and Miller wanted an explosion of color when it came to the florals at Wyche Pavilion and that’s exactly what we did! We asked the florist to create a big floral arch at the entrance into the pavilion and then a number of gorgeous wildflower arrangements on the long family tables.
Dancing and late night snacks
Macy and Miller ate their meal secretly before entering the reception (a detail I highly recommend adding to your timeline so you can have time to eat and then ready to party). After their grand entrance and first dance, the DJ got the party started!
Guests enjoyed hours of dancing and as the sun set, the pink and blue lights from the dance floor lit up the whole space and made for a really cool sight for passerbys. To top off the night, we picked up some Bojangles chicken biscuits and passed them out to guests to enjoy as a late night snack.
Wedding Planner: Cause We Can Events
Photographer: Kati Rosado
Videographer: Matt and Meredith films
Florist: Statice Event Design
Venue/Bar/Catering: Larkins Events
Hair/Makeup: Grow Knoxville
Cake: Brick Street Cafe
Signage: Lumber and Lace
Quartet Nelson String Quartet
DJ: Uptown Entertainment
Rentals: Professional Party and Tri County Event Rentals
Linens: BBJ/La tavola
Lighting @optricsltd @berbankevents