A Dreamy Summer Wedding at the Peace Center Wyche Pavilion in Greenville, South Carolina

While living in Mexico, Madeline Parks (29 and a corporate event planner) and Kenny Reto (30 and a controller) knew they wanted to get married near family in South Carolina, so they chose the Peace Center Wyche Pavilion in the heart of Greenville for their celebration. The couple used different spaces on the property: from the ceremony in the pavilion to a cocktail hour in the restaurant’s courtyard, dinner in the dining room, and dancing back in the pavilion. “We liked the idea of having venue changes on one property,” Madeline says. Madeline's mother, who is a professional event planner, helped the couple pull off the wedding of their dreams with a romantic palette of blush and gray, along with lush florals and glamorous decor. “We brought in our talented friend and colleague, who does all the decor for our events, Jeffrey McCormick,” Madeline says. “He was the mastermind behind our ceremony space and floral arrangements.” Friends lent a hand as well. One of Madeline’s bridesmaids has an Etsy.com shop called Palindrome Post, so she made the newlyweds a sign embellished with “Madeline and Kenny” and their wedding date and location. She also made the sign for their favors. Calligrapher Tamara Wood (Madeline’s colleague) addressed the couple’s save-the-dates and invitations and penned their escort cards. From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony, Madeline and Kenny added sentimental touches to their wedding weekend. “One of my favorite details was the night before, at the rehearsal dinner, I was able to wear my mom’s wedding dress, which was a casual, short dress that she had worn to her and my dad’s backyard wedding in 1980,” Madeline says. Other personalized details included Italian wedding favors (confetti candies in a linen bag) as a nod to Madeline’s grandmother, who immigrated to the US from Italy. “The candies represent wishes for health, happiness, fertility, longevity and prosperity,” Madeline says. To pay homage to the groom’s Jewish heritage, the couple incorporated several traditions, including the breaking of the glass during the ceremony and the hora at the reception. “It was a blast—and a little terrifying,” Madeline says of being lifted up in a chair during the hora. The Andrew Thielen Big Band kept the party going all night with an array of classic tunes from Motown and jazz to swing and rock. “One of the first things Kenny and I bonded over when we met was our love for music,” Madeline says. “So it was important to us that we hired a great band.” The newlyweds had their first dance to “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick Jr., the mother-son dance was to “In My Life” by the Beatles, and the father-daughter dance was to “Over the Rainbow” by Harry Nilsson. —Marissa Hermanson