Weddings At Home

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Weddings at home are still my ultimate favorite, even after all of the years of doing wedding at every imaginable location. Having a client open up their home and welcome guests is the ultimate in hospitality. Since we love personalizing our events there is no better way to do so. The mother of the bride for this wedding in Augusta, Georgia is an avid member of her garden club and her garden has been featured in many national tours. The pergola in the back yard was the perfect backdrop for photos. And, a wooden boardwalk we built for the space allowed for lounge seating away from the dance tent.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Front doors often symbolize “welcome” and are often the anchor of the house, so that is a place to create a design moment. We also love coming up with strategic uses for all of the usable space. Here, seating lines a garden walkway.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

The guest house was transformed into an extension of the reception tent, and hosted the wedding cake.

photos by Corbin Gurkin
photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, the caveat is that you should open your house to guests, use your space! We love creating food displays in the dining room, or having the guest book in the foyer. If you are worried about restrooms, we definitely suggest bringing in one of the upscale restroom trailers like we often do.

photo by A Bryan Photo

Another selling point, is knowing that the bride can get ready and host her wedding party somewhere she is comfortable.

photo by A Bryan Photo

For this bride, whose fiance grew up in France, melding her Southern roots with his French background turned out a spectacular soiree. The couple married on the front lawn, and then hosted guests for dinner and dancing in the back.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

It also makes for having those special extra guests seamless. The family pup can be included, and then easily tucked back in their own environment. Same for the littlest guests.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Charleston’s Battery offers some of the most spectacular views in the city, as well as some of the most sought after homes. Charleston is also known for it’s “gardens”, so it was pretty special that guests at this wedding were able to attend a wedding in one.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

In order to welcome guests in the home, we hired some to play live music on the resident piano. Guests also came inside for the cake cutting.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

One of our favorite moments at this home wedding. We set a table for them on the 2nd floor piazza, where they could eat dinner alone and take in the day’s moments. Having the party below, they didn’t feel as if they were missing any of it, but had a few minutes to breathe together.