Nicole Greer and Jonathan Mularski envisioned a unique winter wedding from the outset, by planning their special affair outdoors—right smack in the middle of January. It just made the job of providing a charming but cozy space for an intimate gathering of family and close friends that much more important.
Nicole and Jonathan met at a downtown Greenville restaurant while watching the kickoff college football game in August 2014. A little more than two years later they gathered at the Viewpoint at Buckhorn Creek, near Paris Mountain. Nicole, who works in marketing at the Community Journals Publishing Group and Jonathan, an IT recruiter for Find Great People, had a vision for their event that made sure everyone who attended felt involved and included from “I do” to the last dance.
“We really had to be creative with seating and we focused on making sure everyone had a visual,” Nicole offers. “Also, the flow of the wedding was something we spent a lot of time thinking about because of the layout of the house. Transitioning from ceremony to cocktails to reception was all very carefully planned out.”
The 35-acre elevated property offers unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is located 15 minutes from downtown Greenville. The January landscape framed the mountain view and highlighted the rustic elements of the property including a Koi pond with timber frame pond house, timber frame pavilion with rock fireplace, and large patio with brick fireplace.
The couple wrote their own vows about their commitment to one another, and guests were able to share in that intimate experience with an intimate setting. And although the couple was prepared for the elements, not the least of which was cold weather, the most surprising part of the day was how un-winterlike it felt.
“An outdoor wedding in January in and of itself is special and unique,” Nicole offers. But then she adds, laughing: “However, we had the only 60-degree day in all of January!”