Weddings at home are still my ultimate favorite to produce. 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. And, 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. So, the pergola in the back yard becomes the perfect backdrop for photos. And, a wooden boardwalk built for the space allows for lounge seating away from the dance tent.
Often, front doors symbolize “welcome” and are often the anchor of the house, so that is a place to create a design moment. Also, we love coming up with strategic uses for all of the usable space. Like here, where seating lines a garden walkway.
Also, the guest house is transformed into an extension of the reception tent, and housed the wedding cake.
Of course, the caveat is that you should open your house to guests, and use your space! We love creating food displays in the dining room, or having the guest book in the foyer. And, if you are worried about restrooms, we definitely suggest bringing in one of the upscale restroom trailers like we often do.
Another selling point, is knowing that the bride can get ready and host her wedding party somewhere she is comfortable.
For this bride, whose fiance grew up in France, melding her Southern roots with his French background becomes a spectacular soiree. The couple marries on the front lawn. Then, hosts guests for dinner and dancing in the back. This feel is made possible by marrying at home.
And, 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.
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 is pretty special that guests at this wedding are able to attend a wedding here.
In order to welcome guests in the home, a pianist plays live music on the resident piano. Guests also enjoy being inside for the cake cutting.
One of our favorite moments at this home wedding. A table is set for the for the bride and groom on the 2nd floor piazza. Here, they can eat dinner alone and take in the day’s moments. Having the party below, they don’t miss a thing. But, also have a few minutes to breathe together.