Meredith Repp and Brad Laney met on a dating app, and, after the first date, knew they were going to be something special. They quickly became inseparable and friends and family knew it would only be a matter of time before they were engaged. In fact, it would only be five months from their first date before they were engaged.
On November 11, 2017 Meredith and Brad had a rustic elegance themed wedding at The Ivy Place in Lancaster, SC. They wanted a fall wedding that featured a rich jewel color palette including their favorite colors, purple and orange.
“The proposal was spontaneous and romantic,” Meredith says. “He had the ring designed using my grandmother’s diamond and diamonds from one of his father’s original wedding bands.” Brad picked up the ring and planned to wait until a future date to propose to Meredith, but the anticipation was too great. After Brad got home, he realized he couldn’t wait any longer. As he waited for Meredith to get home from work, he lit all the candles in the apartment and got down on one knee to surprise Meredith as she walked through the door. She said yes!
Messy is not always a bad thing
“The florals look and color were very important to me” Meredith says. “I wanted a “messy” looking bouquet with the deep purple, orange, burgundy, and greenery.” The bridesmaids bouquets had the same colors and were put in wooden vases on some tables in the reception tent.
The perfect spot
“We envisioned having the ceremony and reception at the same place and we fell in love with The Ivy Place the minute we saw it,” Meredith says. “We were married outside under a beautiful tree and had the reception under a walled tent.”
In addition to the the wedding tree and the beautiful grounds, there are multiple houses and barns on the property for couples to take advantage of during their special day. “There was a house for me and the bridesmaids to get ready and a separate house for Brad and the groomsmen, as well,” Meredith says. Meredith and Brad had their first look at one of the barns on the property and were able to have some time together before the ceremony and reception.
Meredith and Brad had the tree they were married under draped with white fabric and had simple chair flower arrangements down the aisle with greenery draped on the back of the chairs on the last row.
The cocktail hour was held in a small tent with passed hors d oeuvres, a shrimp and grits station, and the band played throughout the night. Before entering the tent, their wedding guests found their table numbers on a DIY ombre seating chart.
For the reception, which was held in a larger tent with walls, the head table was composed of farm tables with two tall flower arrangements of greenery and smaller arrangements of deep purple, burgundy, orange and white flowers and candles. The guests tables had similar color flower arrangements and copper geometric candle holders. The reception tent was draped with fabric and lights.
The dessert table with a small cake, cake pops, cupcakes, macaroons, and brownies was a standout of the night. Their invitation designer, Viri Lovely Designs, designed the escort cards and menus to match the wedding invitations and tying everything together.
“I wanted to keep with rustic elegance theme by having an all lace wedding dress,” Meredith says. Meredith selected a blush-color strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline. The dress was form fitting dress with a long train. Meredith wore a finger tip veil in the same blush color as the dress.
Not to be outdone, Brad wore a grey suit with a purple bow tie and dark brown shoes. The groomsmen wore the same color suits, but wore purple ties. The bridesmaids wore deep purple dresses, each a different style of their choosing.
“Hire an amazing wedding planner,” Meredith says. “We would not have been able to have such an amazing wedding without Jackie Fogartie. She was so helpful throughout the entire planning process and she really knew the look we were going for.”