A Rustic Outdoor Wedding at Lindsey Plantation in Taylors, South Carolina

Kelly Knutson (21 and a high school math teacher) and Blake Morris (21 and in retail), who met when they were 15, planned their entire Southern plantation wedding themselves and worked to incorporate a color scheme of soft pink and ivory, so Lindsey Plantation in Taylors, South Carolina, wouldn't become overly rustic. Kelly and her father built flower boxes to decorate the old barn where the reception was held. Coincidentally, the wood for the flower boxes was repurposed from another old barn on Kelly’s family's property. To keep the floral costs low, Kelly and her family made all the bouquets and did not alter the arrangements of roses and peonies, so they could order the flowers in bulk. To achieve the relaxed yet elegant feel that Kelly envisioned, she paired her strapless, lace-detailed dress with comfortable ivory lace flats. A wedding arbor draped with rich ivory fabric and posts adorned with flowers was the focal point of the ceremony. Aside from aisles decorated with hanging mason jars filled with roses, the rolling grassy hills and distant mountains provided the perfect minimalist decor for Kelly and Blake to say “I do.” As a special dinner menu item, Kelly and Blake served fresh roast beef from Kelly’s father's cow. “The element that best reflects us as a couple would have to be planning the wedding by ourselves. We both like to work hard and have projects to do together. We were able to plan a wedding, stay under a fairly small budget and enjoy every second of it,” Kelly says. —Juliette Cheatham