A Rustic White Wedding at Rock Bottom Pond in Ridgeway, South Carolina

Deer antlers, unfinished wood and white flowers filled Meagan Kirkley (23 and a registered nurse) and Austin Wall’s (25 and a landscaper) stunning rus

Deer antlers, unfinished wood and white flowers filled Meagan Kirkley (23 and a registered nurse) and Austin Wall’s (25 and a landscaper) stunning rustic wedding. We love how the couple worked in Austin’s love for hunting throughout the details, such as the alternative wooden deer pin boutonnieres and white deer on the guest book. Wanting a gorgeous location on the water to set the tone for their shabby-chic soiree, they picked Rock Bottom Pond in Ridgeway, South Carolina. “We chose this location because it was beautiful, conveniently located near our families and the owners are wonderful,” Meagan says. “It had the exact look that I had always imagined, and was beautiful before any decorations! All amenities were awesome and perfect for the guests.” Meagan and Austin added romance to the space with the leafy vines cascading down the wedding arbor and the gerbera daisy and hydrangea floral arrangements. Another standout detail: Meagan’s not one, but two wedding dresses! She wore a beaded lace trumpet gown for her traditional ceremony and changed into a one-sleeved white cocktail dress for the reception. She enjoyed having the more classic bride look as well the ability to move and dance at the reception—especially since she and one of her bridesmaids performed a surprise dance to “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars. “The reception reflected us because we are fun and lively people,” Meagan says. “We were able to interact with everyone and get everyone dancing and making sure they felt comfortable. We kept people on the dance floor all night.” There are so many details we love -- see them all, beautifully captured by Richard Bell Photography, below.

Austin and the groomsmen wore gray tuxedos with mint vests and ties for the outdoor wedding. Instead of traditional floral boutonnieres, they completed their look with deer-shaped pins.
Meagan carried a bouquet of white gerbera daisies, while the bridesmaids carried mums, baby’s breath and daisies. Meagan and Austin thought the all-white bouquets really popped against the mint bridesmaid dresses.
“We chose this location because it was beautiful, conveniently located near our families and the owners are wonderful,” Meagan says. “It had the exact look that I had always imagined, and was beautiful before any decorations! All amenities were awesome and perfect for the guests.”
Instead of a traditional candle-lighting unity ceremony tradition, Meagan and Austin mixed gold and mint paint (their wedding colors) together on a blank canvas. They had fun with the alternative way of representing themselves as two people coming together as one.
Meagan and Austin exchanged vows and kisses under a rustic wooden wedding arbor. Lush green vines and sheer gold linens added glamour to the space.
Wood Guest Book With White Deer Illustration
Rock Bottom Pond Waterfront Wedding Venue
Austin is an avid hunter, so the couple  incorporated antlers into the decor. The reception tables were topped with unfinished wood rounds topped with white hydrangeas and deer antlers. Silver mercury glass candle votives added some  romance.
The reception tables were topped with tall glass vases filled with willow branches and pebbles. Meagan and Austin hung crystals from the branches for glamorous flair. The mercury glass candles underneath really made the crystals sparkle!
Meagan and Austin enjoyed a three-tier white wedding cake for dessert. The gorgeous confection was topped with lush cascading white hydrangeas for embellishment. Little antlers were tucked between the layers in honor of Austin’s love of hunting.
For the reception, Meagan changed into a short white one-shouldered dress. It had one long sheer sleeve with beading around the wrist and shoulder. Having a dress to change into allowed her to move comfortably and dance at the reception.