A Rustic-Chic Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Florence, South Carolina

Michael Wolfe (27 and employee benefits consultant) hit on Erin Blackmon (27 and in flexible packaging sales) at a local bar and the pair chatted for

Michael Wolfe (27 and employee benefits consultant) hit on Erin Blackmon (27 and in flexible packaging sales) at a local bar and the pair chatted for a few minutes but didn't end up exchanging numbers. A few weeks later, they ran into each other in a completely different town and Michael took the unexpected opportunity to ask for Erin's number. After dating for a couple of years, Michael proposed on Friday the 13th during a winter walk in the park. "No one else was around—just me and him—and I immediately burst into tears of joy as I said yes," says Erin. I remember hugging him for the longest time and not wanting to let go. When I did, he put his grandmother's diamond on my hand and I have never felt more special than I did in that moment." For their shabby-chic wedding, the couple decided to host a backyard reception at Erin's childhood home. Neutral colors with pops of blue and pink as well as distressed accents added a rustic feel to the tented affair. "We picked my parent's house because some of my best memories are in that yard, and now I can add my wedding reception to the top of that list," says Erin. "It's my favorite place in the world, and we wanted to share it with everyone we love!" The couple decorated with an eclectic mix of burlap, lace, mason jars, horseshoes, lanterns and whiskey barrels. "With the backdrop of my parent's barn—and all of our horse—we definitely played up our rustic-chic theme," says Erin. "My parent's live in the country and we've had horses all of my life—it was only fitting for them to be around!"

After hours of trying on every type of gown imaginable, Erin found "the one" in a gorgeous Paloma Blanca mermaid lace gown. "As soon as I walked out in this one, my emotions got the best of me because I finally saw myself as a bride," says Erin. It somehow fit my personality, and although it was totally different than what I'd envisioned, it was perfect!"
Photo Charm Bouquet Wrap
First and foremost, Erin wanted her bridesmaid dresses to be affordable. "I found the winner in a romantic ice pink Kanali K dress," says Erin. "It was subtle, yet beautiful, and everyone looked great in them!"
Rustic Lace and Flower Ring Bearer Pillows
Erin and Michael's Backyard Ceremony
"My parent's live in the country and we've had horses all of my life—it was only fitting for them to be around!" says Erin.
Vintage Cocktail Hour Display
Vintage Coke Cocktail Hour Drinks
The reception was held in the bride's childhood backyard. "This was chosen because some of my best memories are in that yard, and now I can add my wedding reception to the top of that list," says Erin. "It's my favorite place in the world, and we wanted to share it with everyone we love!"
"For our color palette, we used a lot of neutral colors with distressed pinks and blues," says Erin.
Rustic Lantern Centerpiece
The couple decorated with a shabby-chic mix of burlap, lace, mason jars, horseshoes, lanterns and whiskey barrels.
"Our cake was delicately decorated with baby's breath and burlap, and positioned on a real tree slab with horseshoes strategically arranged," says Erin. "I must say, was the most beautiful cake I'd ever seen!"
Rustic Hanging Mercury Glass Votive
Erin and Michael's Grand Exit