Brittany and Tanner are two Clemson grads whose wedding was a a lovely southern soiree at Honey Horn Plantation. The bride wore Augusta Jones and Badgley Mischka and carried an overflowing bouquet of vibrant peonies. The bride’s father, who received deployment orders only a month after the couple’s engagement, was lucky enough to secure leave so he could be at his daughter’s wedding. We just adore Brittany and Tanner’s love of family and their incredibly sweet story that goes along with these gorgeous images by Loren Routhier!
What made the wedding special and unique?
About a month after Tanner and I got engaged, my father was deployed for a year which would mean he would miss the wedding. Luckily he was able to take leave which allowed him to be back for the wedding. So for me, just having my father there to walk me down the aisle and then to celebrate with Tanner and I was incredibly special.
Tanner and I both wanted to focus on making the ceremony really reflective of our values and relationship. One way we did this was to incorporate a ring-warming into our ceremony. Prior to the ring exchange, our wedding bands were tied to my mother’s first bible and passed to each guest starting with my mother and ending with Tanner’s mother. As the rings were passed, each guest was asked to say a prayer or blessing for our marriage. We loved knowing that by the time the rings made it to us they were filled with the love and blessings of all of our family and friends.
Tell us about your dress and how/where you found it.
Oh my goodness the dress…I am still so obsessed with my dress. Some of my family, my bridesmaids and I all took a weekend trip to Charleston to go dress shopping. I actually ended up finding the dress at the first shop that we visited. I have never been the kind of person to get a “feeling” when I try on dresses and that was true of my wedding dress as well. This made dress shopping a little difficult for me, but all of my family says that they could tell the instant I came out in my dress because instead of looking at them for opinions I couldn’t stop looking at the dress in the mirror. I absolutely loved the delicate lace and scalloped trim on the sweetheart neckline and the around the skirt. I could not be happier with the dress I picked; it is was absolutely beautiful and perfect for me.
What were some touches added to make it personal?
Tanner and I both wanted the wedding to echo our relaxed and fun relationship while honoring the traditions and beauty of the low country of South Carolina. I don’t even know where to start. All of the groomsmen wore boutonnieres made from palmetto sweetgrass roses crafted by local artists in the low country. This touch was not only beautiful but it allowed us to honor the history and people of the low-country.
We were also able to incorporate our own handiwork and the handiwork of family and friends. Tanner built a beautiful bar that really fit and accentuated our venue. Also, we were gifted a beautiful and rustic Cornhole yard game set that was a fun addition to our cocktail hour and reception. Additionally, my mother made all the favors for the wedding which were little handmade bags full of grits complete with a family recipe for low-country shrimp and grits.
Tanner is also an avid outdoorsman and was really excited to have his own little touches on the wedding. Some of his favorites were: the guinea feather Brackish bowtie that he wore, the shotgun shell cufflinks that he gifted his groomsmen, and his wedding band that has deer antler incorporated into it.
One of my favorite touches of the wedding day involves our wedding monogram which is BLT. During our cocktail hour we had several southern style passed hors d’oeuvres including mini bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches that were decorate with a flag bearing our wedding monogram. I loved being able to embrace our wedding monogram in such a unique and fun way.
We absolutely adored all of the special touches that we were able to weave throughout the ceremony and reception, they helped make the day truly reflect us both.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The day as a whole was absolutely perfect and there are so many moments that we will both cherish forever, but for both of us one of our favorites was when were introduced for the first time as a couple at the end of the ceremony. Hearing our names together with the same last name for the first time was a special moment we will both cherish forever.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Tanner and I met in January of 2011 at a birthday party for a friend. We ended up sitting beside each other at dinner and hit it off immediately. By the end of the night we had exchanged phone numbers and a few short weeks later we were officially a couple.
Tanner knew that I wanted to be surrounded by our family and closest friends when we got engaged, but he needed some kind of cover to get all of our family and friends together. Turns out my graduation from Clemson University provided him with the perfect opportunity. One of my favorite Clemson traditions is having an alumni “turn” your ring to face the world after you graduate. I thought it would be special to have Tanner turn my ring in front of Howard’s Rock at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. So, after the ceremony we made our way to the football stadium where Tanner hurriedly turned my Clemson ring and quickly proceeded to drop to one knee for the most perfect proposal. We then had a celebratory dinner with all of our family. It meant the world to both of us that we were able to celebrate such a milestone with our family and friends.
Vendors: Photography: Loren Routhier // Reception Venue: Honey Horn Plantation // Equipment Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals // Favors & Gifts: Brackish Bow Ties // Floral Designer: Branches // Bakery: Brown Sugar Custom Cakes // Caterer: Downtown Catering Company // Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston // Hair and Makeup: Lauren Fetter with Wedding Hair by Charlotte Agency