A Romantic Garden-Party Wedding at the Millstone at Adam’s Pond in Columbia, South Carolina

Jamie Mayhak (22 and an accounting and media assistant) and Matthew Groen (23 and a teacher) met while living in the same hall and dorm as college freshman. “I like to say it was love at first sight, but it took us four years to figure that out,” Jamie says. The couple threw a romantic garden-party wedding outside at the Millstone at Adam's Pond, under Spanish-moss-covered trees. The ceremony was set on the brick patio of the Columbia, South Carolina, estate just steps from the backyard and house where the reception took place. Jamie and her mother decorated the reception with many whimsical DIY creations. The two designed place card holders made from old wine corks, chalkboard signs, ceremony program cards, the guest book and a beautiful display of twinkle lights draped with hanging Spanish moss and florals installed above the brick patio. “For the guest book we had small cards printed where guests could write their name, address and a word of encouragement or congratulations,” Jamie says. More than a great keepsake, the guest book aided the couple’s daunting task of writing a multitude of thank-you notes to their loved ones after the celebration. To encourage guests to explore and enjoy the breathtaking Southern property, ladder ball, University of South Carolina Gamecocks-themed corn hole, and a disk toss were set up around the gardens. Instead of serving a traditional wedding cake, Jamie and Matthew offered an assortment of macarons, pecan-bourbon pies, Oreo cupcakes, salted-caramel cupcakes, cream cheese brownies, lemon bars and a family favorite: James's father’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. —Juliette Cheatham