Ashley and Kendall opted for a blush and coral wedding in South Carolina. With the help of their event planner, their day was “The Secret Garden”-themed filled with vintage-inspired elements and decor, such as skeleton keys and double french doors. Their day was filled with love and emotion, from their first look all the way to their reception.




When I first met the couple, they wanted to hold their wedding in their backyard. Although that would have been very lovely, after talking through the pros and cons of hosting 150 people in their own home, I went on the hunt for a ceremony/reception venue that would accommodate their guest count and wedding vision, which was a take on “The Secret Garden. This is when I stumbled upon the gem of the Corley Mill House and Garden. It was everything that the couple wanted.

The Corley Mill House & Garden seems more like a setting from the pages of Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” than a reception venue. Sprawling, old pecan trees line the circular drive, welcoming guests to the charming gardens and statuary that encircle the elegant, fully restored, turn of the century, plantation-style home. The view through an ivy-covered arbor hints at the picturesque backgrounds adorned with a hand-crafted white gazebo, quaint water wheel and wrap around covered patios.

Once inside, the guests were transported back to the gracious Old South. Oak floors and elaborate fireplaces run throughout the home. On the guest tables, lanterns, skeleton keys and small vignettes of florals adorned each table. Decadently abundant buffets were placed just outside of the double french doors which give way to the banquet room.
All of the guests were ready to have a great night and danced the night away with the DJ. The night ended with the couple leaving through a tunnel of love!!
 LGBTQ-friendly wedding vendors
Event Planner: Avila Dawn Events
Makeup Artist: It’s Simply Makeup
Entertainment: Quietstorm Electronics
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