As high school seniors, Cathleen Tupper and Joseph Charlow both attended an event for students that were newly accepted at Clemson University. When a mutual friend (and one of Joseph's future roommates) introduced the pair, neither necessarily thought the meeting would lead to great romance, but when they crossed paths again on campus that fall, things instantly clicked. They started dating in 2008 and after six years together, the college sweethearts decided to make their relationship official when Joseph popped the question on April 25, 2014.
Once the pair chose to celebrate on the bride's family vacation property in Hollywood, South Carolina, Cathleen and Joseph spent less than a year planning the celebration. "We were engaged for about six months," the bride remembers. "It was honestly so much fun and an easy process. The majority of the planning was done within three months!" They wanted a relaxed and simple yet totally elegant bash, and achieved just that. Below, see Studio Mynt's photos of the couple's bohemian-chic celebration on November 8, 2014.
Cathleen and Joseph knew they wanted a short engagement, but setting the date came with a few requirements. For one, the bride wanted to complete her graduate school coursework before the wedding, but getting her advanced degree as a professional counselor and planning a wedding with her long-distance fiancée (Joseph was living in Dallas, Texas at the time) required a lot of coordination. Most importantly, the couple knew their I do date couldn't conflict with their other major love: College football! "We knew it couldn't fall on a Clemson football weekend," Cathleen says.
For Cathleen, finding a dress came down to first selecting a bridal boutique that fit with her own style. With her mom and twin sister in tow, the bride headed to Asheville, North Carolina to search for her gown. "We knew when we walked into Wildflower Bridal that I would definitely find my dress there!" Cathleen remembers. "It had more nontraditional dresses that fit my style and the style of the wedding." The winner? An ivory silk georgette gown from Sarah Seven. "I loved the effortlessness of the dress with the soft detailing," she says.
She completed her romantic, off-the-shoulder style with a soft side braid, nude flats, a lavaliere Joseph gave her in college, her great-grandmothers ring, and a lavender, seeded eucalyptus, wax flower, and misty floral headpiece.
When it came time to pick bridesmaids' dresses, Cathleen chose not to. Instead, the bride chose chiffon maxi skirts in mustard, port, tan, olive, gray, and rust, which each attendant paired with a navy blue tank top. "I wanted something comfortable, simplistic, but elegant and affordable," she says. "And I wanted them to each wear something they could wear again." The mismatched styles made for a totally unique and fall-hued look that fit the vibe of the couple's relaxed celebration.
The bride carried a bouquet of white anemones, privet berried, seeded eucalyptus, brunia berries, dusty miller, and dried lavender.
Joseph looked the part of a dapper groom in his navy Joseph A. Bank suit. He and his groomsmen all skipped ties in favor of a colorful pocket square and, of course, bright orange Clemson socks. The groom stood out with engraved wooden cufflinks and a succulent boutonniere wrapped in copper ribbon.
Since Cathleen and Joseph knew they wanted a traditional church wedding, choosing Christ-St. Paul's Parish in Yonges Island, South Carolina for their ceremony was an easy decision. "The church has beautiful, high vaulted ceilings with stained glass windows, hardwood floors, and natural lighting, so there wasn't a need for many decorations," the bride says. The added pillow branch wreaths and seasonal altar flowers to the space.
After the couple exchanged traditional Episcopalian vows, they exited the church as two vocalists and a guitarist performed.
Cathleen, Joseph, and their wedding party arrived at the reception by boat. The couple then made their debut by walking up a long dock toward the tented party.
Inside, the tented party space was decorated with plenty of flowers and glowing light. Wooden structures were wrapped in seeded eucalyptus, bay leaf, Carolina sapphire, and string lights and suspended over top the reception. "We also wrapped a simple vintage wire lampshade frame in twinkle lights, which was hung above the cake table," the bride says.
Cathleen and Joseph chose centerpieces that reflected their boho-chic aesthetic. Tables were decorated with vintage silver vases and wooden planters that were filled with trailing privet, succulents, Queen Anne's lace, flowering kale, lisianthus, spray roses, astradia, and Carolina sapphire.
In addition to an assortment of cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, and pickles, the couple served a relaxed dinner menu that included fish and beef tacos, black bean patties, and BBQ choices with coleslaw and mashed potatoes.
The couple's save-the-date cards inspired the design on their four-tiered wedding cake, which was filled with layers of vanilla bean cake with salted caramel and Devil's food cake with raspberry filling. Guests that needed another sweet treat could dig into their favor early: Cathleen and her mother-in-law baked countless mini rum cakes using a family recipe.
Cathleen, who honeymooned with Joseph in New Zealand, recommends finding ways to enjoy wedding planning and to avoid feeling stressed. "Write down dates, journal about how you feeling during the process, take time to bask in it, and think or talk about what a special vow you are making to each other," she says. "It's about what comes after the wedding, so the wedding day will fall in to place."
Ceremony Venue: Christ-St. Paul's Parish || Reception Venue: Private residence || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven, purchased at Wildflower Bridal || Jewelry: Della Bella Boutique || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank || Accessories: Sowen Designs || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Robbins Brothers || Flowers & Flower Crown: On A Limb Floral Studio || Paper Products: How Lovely Paper; Simply Fetching Paper || Music: Soul Fish || Catering: Lowcountry Eats || Cake: Delicious Desserts || Rentals: EventWorks || Photographer: Billie Jo and Jeremy of Studio Mynt
Want more bohemian wedding inspiration? Then check out another couple's colorful, boho-style celebration in the video below!