As the car of the Ferris wheel inched its way into the South Carolina sunset at the York County Fair, Mina McLean realized that she was falling in love with Scott MacDonald. It was only natural, then, that the couple would plan a county fair-themed reception to follow their traditional, Episcopalian wedding ceremony.
The ceremony was held at Mina’s home church, St. Paul’s, in Fort Mill, S.C., where she walked down the aisle to her maternal grandmother’s favorite hymn “Blessed Assurance” wearing a Casablanca dress from Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery.
“Finding my dress was a bit of saga,” says Mina, who had ordered a knee-length custom gown from a designer who specializes in short, 1950s-style dresses—only to have it arrive at her doorstep completely mis-made just a month before the wedding!
“My mom cried, but I held it together,” says Mina of the fiasco. “We went to Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery and I told them that I needed to find a dress that I could take home today and would need minimal alterations. When I put on the Casablanca dress, it fit perfectly, and I had that special, ‘This is my dress!’ moment.”
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Although Mina didn’t get the short, ‘50s-style dress she had initially sought, her love of vintage fashion lived on through her bridesmaids, who wore knee-length frocks in a variety of turquoise prints with red accessories.
“We wanted our actual wedding to be very traditional,” says Mina, “but we wanted the reception to be a great big party!”
Mission accomplished. Held at the Field Trial Barn located along the Anne Springs Close Greenway, the reception was every bit a celebration. Keeping with the county fair theme, guests were welcomed with freshly swirled cotton candy, mini corn dogs, and Ferris wheel rides.
“I wondered if people would actually ride the Ferris wheel, but it was filled all night long! Everyone had such a good time with it. Our five flower girls have even informed their parents that they expect to have a Ferris wheel at their weddings,” says Mina.
The bride incorporated the county fair theme in the décor, too: The centerpieces were made from antique tin toys, and colorful bunting, handmade by friends and family, lined the walls of the barn.
“The thing that made our wedding really special was the love that went into it. Most everything was borrowed or handmade by our friends and family. When I looked around at everything, I felt like I was surrounded with love.”
Mecklenburg Bridal Gallery
Diamonds Direct SouthPark
Ann Springs Close Greenway
Sweet Scene Cakes, cake
Men’s Wearhouse, tuxedos
Hair Razors, hair and makeup
DJ Joe, entertainment
Yah Photography, photography
Field Trial Barn, venue
Rock Hill Cruisers Classic Cars, transportation
Big Round Wheel, Ferris Wheel