Just outside of Greenville is the small, picturesque town of Travelers Rest. A revitalization of this quaint spot over the last decade or so has breathed new life into this corner of the Upstate, and has brought many new businesses to the area.
One of the newer additions to Travelers Rest is the European-inspired Hotel Domestique, a sprawling villa overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains. In only a few years, the property has become one of the leading places to hold an outdoor Greenville wedding, and, once you see the pictures of the place, it's easy to understand why!
Alix and Ryan gathered with their families at the Hotel Domestique for a weekend of fun, family, and wedding festivities, and photographer Latoya Dixon (a long time friend of the bride) was there to capture the memories.
The best kind of love sneaks up on you and surprises you. When Alix and Ryan took jobs at Soby's restaurant in Greenville, they didn't expect to find The One during their time there. Alix, one of the servers, and Ryan, a bartender, were both going to school full-time, but they managed to make time for a blossoming relationship.
By January 2017, the two were ready to take the next step. Alix arrived home to find a special surprise waiting on her. "He had hidden the ring box with a single rose in the Christmas tree. It was just the two of us and I was totally surprised and elated," she remembers.
The Big Day
As they began to solidify their plans for their wedding day, Alix and Ryan wanted an event where the focus was on the fun, and not on the logistics. The best solution was to host their entire wedding at the same location, so they set off in search of a place that had charm for their outdoor Greenville wedding with the flexibility to move their event indoors in case of inclement weather.
After touring the Hotel Domestique, the couple was convinced that they should hold their wedding there. Says Alix, "The staff at this venue, mainly the event coordinator Sarah Pannell, made the entire process incredibly easy. She took care of planning and coordinating the food, drinks, and event rentals, asking for our input along the way but not making anything feel too overwhelming or stressful."
Alix and Ryan also loved that they were able to invite all of their guests to the property and essentially take over the Hotel Domestique for the entire weekend. "Though the venue is on the expensive side, you are paying for a 48 hour rental, instead of only a few hours like most, if not all, of the other locations we looked at. Again, this meant that everyone could relax and have fun. We had the place to ourselves!" said bride Alix.
With such an intimate venue, it was only natural that Alix and Ryan chose to incorporate dozens of details that reflected their relationship with one another and their families.
Their love and appreciation for those surrounding them was evident in their planning. Alix's talented dad composed the music that played while their guests were being seated, and her grandmother gifted her the garter she'd worn on her wedding day 60 years before. Alix kept her other grandmother (who'd passed away when Alix was a child) close to her heart by wearing her grandma's pearl ring and necklace as a part of her wedding ensemble.
The vendors also were carefully chosen to be a part of their day: their photographer was a high school soccer teammate of Alix, and their officiant was a long-time friend of Ryan's.
The sweet details carried into the reception, too! "We decorated the tables with pictures of us as children, which was especially meaningful for us because we actually grew up in the same small town in New York but 8 years apart from each other and never met until we were adults in Greenville. The tables also were decorated with glass hurricanes that have been used in weddings on my husband's side of the family for years, including both of his sisters," states Alix.
Venue: Hotel Domestique, Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Photography: Latoya Dixon Photography
Second shooter: Andrea Strong
Wedding dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaids' dresses: Etsy
Men's attire: Men's Warehouse
Wedding planner: Sarah Pannell, Hotel Domestique
Hair and makeup: Kelly Davenport