A Rustic Barn Wedding at The Grove At Pennington in Greer, South Carolina
Ah, nothing says true love like a taco eating contest. Well maybe not for most, but Mark McKenna (23 and an insurance agent) made quite the impression on Amanda Lee (22 and a sales associate) after he managed to chow down more than 18 tacos in less than 20 minutes. The day Mark popped the question, Amanda mentioned that she knew he wasn't going to propose that day—and that it was for the best since she had too much homework to do that weekend. "The next thing I knew, he was on his knee and I was eating my words!" says Amanda. "I'm so happy I was wrong and he had planned a huge engagement party with our closest friends!" Eight months later, the couple exchanged vows during a timeless ceremony at Taylors First Baptist Church, where both Amanda and Mark served on their college leadership team. "The ceremony was more traditional with praise music playing throughout the service and we took communion together as our first act as a married couple," says Amanda. A rustic reception followed at The Grove at Pennington, a beautiful small plantation in Blue Ridge. As a huge Clemson University fan, Amanda knew she wanted to use an orange color palette and incorporated pink and yellow pops for a cheerful feel. "The atmosphere was more relaxed, fun and rustic," says Amanda. " We chose the Grove because of the openness and large space we could use—it was quaint, intimate and absolutely perfect. Bunches of chrysanthemums (the bride's favorite flower) created an autumnal and eclectic feel along with small pumpkins, wooden candles and pictures of the couple throughout their relationship. "Mark is from Charleston so my favorite part about the flowers was that we got to use the sweet grass flowers from the Charleston Market for their boutonnieres and in my bouquet," says Amanda. The decor was very simple but the small touches added up!"