Amber & Matt wanted to marry the Kate Spade theme with nautical to create one cohesively preppy aesthetic. Complete with monograms, anchors, and a lot of pink, the couple truly establishes such a cohesive theme for this Greenville wedding.
Amber and Matthew met through Matthew’s fraternity while the two were attending college at Clemson. Amber works for a nonprofit and loves crafting, shopping, Pinterest, and monograms. Matthew is a computer nerd with a software engineering degree. Amber says Matthew is a man of very few words, so the couple really compliments each other in that respect. Amber and Matthew find common ground and connect in their similar sense of humor. Even though they currently reside in Charleston, Amber and Matt decided to have a Greenville wedding at the Greenville Commerce Club to cater to all of their friends and family in that area. Amber was originally set to wed in Charleston, but due to issues beyond her control, had to re-plan her wedding in a matter of months. She already had Rick Dean Photography as her Charleston wedding photographer, and Rick Dean actually found this new venue for her.
Amber knew exactly what she wanted in her wedding, with the Pinterest boards to prove it! Amber’s wedding goal was for all of her guests to have fun, so the entire day was engineered with that specific goal in mind. Matthew let her take the reigns, requesting only magnetic save the dates and no formal seating. The color scheme was coral, gold, and navy with some sparkle. Matthew’s best man was his father and the rest of the groomsmen were close college friends and fraternity brothers. They wore dashing gray suits with coral ties. Amber wore a wedding dress that was originally strapless, but Jodi White on Daniel Island added a keyhole back from handpicked french lace in ivory. The result was stunning! Amber had her hometown friends as her bridesmaids. They wore coral Kate Spade inspired dresses, complete with pleats and bows. Something unique Amber wanted her bridesmaids to have was bouquets tied together with monogrammed bows. This personal touch added some southern flair and made for some really great shots.
Amber’s only living family member is her mother so she walked Amber down the aisle. The couple lit a memory candle for those family members lost before the wedding day. Another special touch was the mother-daughter dance being to the Carrie Underwood’s “Mama”, because it was her father’s favorite song. It really felt like her father was there with her in that moment. Matthew surprised Amber and signed them up for choreographed dance lessons. This was such a sweet gesture. Frazier of Elite Dance Studio worked wonders. They took a man with two left feet and taught him how to dance like a pro in a matter of days. Amber achieved her goal in having a fun wedding- a DJ from Upstate Entertainment, delicious food stations, and multiple open bars. A really special aspect of this day was the cake creations from Jonathan Caleb Cakes. Amber opted to go with five separate specialty cakes in all different flavors, her favorite being gluten free lemon cake with raspberry mascarpone icing. Each cake was decorated differently, most notably the gold fox cake topper that represented an inside joke between the couple. Amber and Matt lovingly fed each other their first bites of cake off of a giant spoon and fork, that they will later use to decorate their kitchen as a reminder of their wedding day. Amber designed koozies as wedding favors for her guests. There are great because they are so functional and guests are sure to use them often.
This day was filled to the brim with love, laughter, and friends. The Kate Spade meet nautical theme came together so well. Amber was such a fun bride to work with. She leaves us with some words of wisdom. She says her wedding preparations were filled with “lots of struggles”, but was worth it. Amber concludes that “every bride needs a Gary.” (Rick Dean’s awesome assistant who went above and beyond).
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