November 3, 2017
word by Emily Bailey // photos by Olivia Morgan Photography
Brandilyn and Will had every opportunity in the world to meet. They went to the same high school, were in the same class and shared mutual friends. Yet they had no idea who the other was. Luckily, a few years after high school they ended up at the same Christmas party.
“I showed up right on time, the first guest, rocking my ugly Christmas sweater. I’m talking hand-made- by-me ugly—not cutesy bought-from-the-store ugly—and ready to officially offer up my hosting services to a party that wasn’t even mine,” says Brandilyn. “I arrived at 8 PM and Will showed up at 11 PM, right before I was about to announce my exit. We somehow migrated to each other and started chatting. It wasn’t long before our short conversation grew into a few hours. While chatting, he went to grab us some water and ended up spilling it all over the place. At the time, he had no idea I was laughing at him from across the room. I fell in love with his sense of humor that night.”
Turns out she wasn’t the only one who fell that night, as three years later Will surprised her with a mini vacation to Amelia Island and the proposal of which she’d been dreaming.
“I ended up making many of the elements for the wedding, including designing the invitation, which was one of my favorite personal touches. Blood, sweat, tears went into those darn invites,” says Brandilyn. The invitations were small grain bags that guests brought to the wedding and filled with rice from the couple’s favorite farm, Congaree & Penn, accompanied by a recipe card from chef Tom Gray.
“As with any perfectly planned day, the only minute-by-minute day ever planned in someone’s entire life, a few things went south. For instance, our wedding bands were left in the car—our officiant had to pray us through that one!” says Brandilyn.
The ceremony and reception were held at Space 42, an art gallery housed in a warehouse in Riverside.
“The theme was farmers market with a layer of art,” says Brandilyn. “Blue and yellow were the predominant colors.”
Their wedding song, “May I Have This Dance” by Chance the Rapper, was written on eight feet of brown craft paper and draped over the bridal table.
Wedding Planner: Sarah Anna Events • Photographer: Olivia Morgan Photography • Ceremony & Reception: Space 42 • Hair: Josie Picosita • Makeup: Makeup by Adie • Wedding Gown & Veil: White Couture Bridal, Maggie Sottero • Bride’s Jewelry: Kendra Scott • Bridesmaid Dresses: Morning Lavender • Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse • Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank • Rings: LaMore Design • Cake: Calli Marie Bakes • Flowers: The Wilding Collective • Caterer: Blue Sage Cuisine • Music: DJ Jeff • Calligrapher: Rachel Sultzer, Bold City Letters