Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone! I can’t think of a better day to post this wedding blog. Rory tossed a shamrock garter at the reception, and these two newlyweds are having lots of good luck coming their way! Annie got a new job, they are remodeling their home, they planned a wedding, and they have a baby on the way! How amazing is that? I’m so happy for them both! They are superheroes for accomplishing so much at once!
Annie and Rory were married at The Capital City Club. The Capital City Club is centrally located in the heart of downtown Columbia, South Carolina right across from the State House. It’s on the 25th floor of the Capital City building and has an amazing view of the city. It was the perfect place for these two lovebirds to tie the knot, and it allowed us time to run across the street to take portraits on the State House grounds.
The original plan was for Annie and Rory to tie the knot at the West Columbia amphitheater in West Columbia, but due to the floods that hit Columbia pretty hard, the amphitheater was under construction. Moving everything to the Capital City Club worked out nicely! Being so high up, and with windows all around, it was like they were married in the clouds.
The nice thing about having everything at the Capital City Club is that it allowed Annie & Rory and their bridal party to get ready on location and not worry about having to move from one location to the next. The Capital City Club even had refreshments for both parties as they prepared for the ceremony.
Annie’s dress is simply STUNNING! She wears it beautifully with such elegance! I am mesmerized by the top, and this has to be one of my favorite veils of all time. Look at all of the details! AND it’s cathedral length! This is a photographer’s dream, and we definitely had fun with it during the portraits.
I absolutely love the red that this couple selected for their main color with light green as the accent. It is a vibrant color combination that just pops! The bridesmaids dresses are so classy! I love the bolero jacket that is so flattering for all body types! Classy, elegant, and simply beautiful! The jade necklaces were a nice touch of the green accent.
Rory and his groomsmen were such a great group! They had fun posing in the bar area of the Capital City Club. The groomsmen wore the light green accent color in their vests while Rory wore it in his tie.
Standing above the State House, Annie and Rory became man and wife in front of their friends and family. They made the ceremony uniquely their own with several personal touches. They both prepared vows for one another using quotes from movies. It was so sweet! They then had a time capsule that they nailed shut with the intention of opening it in the future when they hit a milestone or maybe a rough patch. It contained a bottle of wine and a glass. Even more, Rory’s brother made a customized “We do” box that was passed around with the couple’s rings in it as they asked each guest to say a prayer and a blessing over the rings. These personal details really showed how much these two put into the wedding and how much they truly love one another!
After the ceremony and traditional family portraits, the newly married Mr. and Mrs. along with their bridal party headed over to the State House for some gorgeous portraits. While we were away, the guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Capital City Club. Rory’s mom and sister did the flower arrangements, and his mom also made the cake!
Annie and Rory were being so loving and cute together, that it was easy to capture these special portraits. Even while waiting for the light to change for us to cross the street to head back to the reception, I looked at them and had to capture these tender moments. Rory kept a smile and giggle on Annie’s face throughout the entire day.
The reception was tons of fun! Guests were able to enjoy the photobooth, dancing, and great views of the city from the 25th floor of the Capital Building. There couple had a sweet first dance followed by a mother-son dance which made everyone tear up. Annie and Rory even had a dollar dance where guests can pay a dollar to dance with each the bride and the groom. They had a competition to see who could raise the most money! The sweetest moment is when Rory took a dollar from his jar and put it in Annie’s so that he could have the last dance with his bride.
After a fun cake cutting, the men kept the lively spirit going with a jovial can-can as they waited for Rory to toss the garter. The guys were left hanging, however, when the garter got stuck in an interesting spot! Haha…
Annie and Rory met at a dance class, so of course they showed off their moves on the dance floor throughout the evening! They planned a bubble exit, and with so many guests, it was a wonderful long line of farewells and well-wishes. The bride and groom stopped to hug their family and friends who came out to share in this special day with them!
It was a fun celebration of two people who are so much in love! Annie and Rory are the most generous, kind and selfless people I have had the honor to get to know. They invited me into their home for brunch for the final two week consultation. I was blown away by how much work they put into this wedding themselves on top of all of the other wonderful life changes they have going on at the moment. Annie was constantly thinking of everyone else that Rory and I had to often remind her that it was her day. Honestly, they are such a sweet couple who deserves all the happiness and love that this life has to offer.
Congratulations, Annie & Rory!! May God bless you both as you go through this life together as husband and wife. I couldn’t think of a better match for you both as you compliment each other so well!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Capital City Club
Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Kortney Wilkes & Heather Gilbert of Austral Salon
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Coordinator: Cher Kline
Wedding Bands: Kay Jewelers
Officiant: Carlito Soria
Photographer: Lola Dee Photography
Ring Box: Kristopher Bailey
Florist: Raina Bryant & Nancy Bailey
Cake: Nancy Bailey
Caterer: The Capital City Club
Reception DJ: Jacob Mitchell