Carolina Bride

Love of Nature

Everything about the wedding of Julia Hartsell and Matt Chisholm was a reflection of their love for nature—right down to the rings. “Matt designed my engagement ring,” Julia says. “He got the white gold twig band from an artist in Colorado, picked the sapphire from Diamonds Direct, and got them to mount it.” In keeping with their rustic outdoor theme, both the ceremony and the reception were held at The Dairy Barn in Fort Mill, South Carolina. “I didn’t really have a color palette,” Julia says. “I just tried to pick things that were natural, whimsical, and lovely.” Her bridesmaids wore dresses of their own choosing in different shades of nude, neutral, or rose, and the flowers were purples, blues, and greens. The reception décor was tied together with elements of wood and moss, with flowers and candles. “I just really wanted everything to accent nature,” she says.In addition to writing their own vows, the couple chose to use non-traditional wedding scripture. “It was a Psalm that speaks poetically of nature, and we chose it because we both find connection with God in nature,” Julia says. While their first dance song was to the more modern “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, they incorporated some folksy music into their playlist as well. “Some was from favorite artists and some from ‘Cold Mountain’ that we had already loved and found in common while we were dating.” At the end of the weekend, both bride and groom agreed that their favorite part of the event was the ceremony. “We felt like every detail reflected who we were so well, and communicated what we feel about each other, marriage, and commitment.”

Featured Vendors


Best Impressions Caterers


Flowers & Cake

From This Day Forward Wedding & Special Event Design



J Major’s Bridal Boutique


Photography & Photo Booth

Lindsey Lee Photography





The Dairy Barn



Jos. A. Bank—tuxedos Momentum Party Band, East Coast Entertainment—music Creative Solutions—rentals Kristin Coffin—ring design Molly Mayhoff—hair and makeup Blue Stocking Calligraphy—calligraphy Patrick Costello—stationery design Mom & Pop’s Print Shop—letterpress Steven Ebert—cinematography Chris Fowler—clergy Rose Chauffeured Transportation—transportation