Years before Tori Bolt met Needtobreathe musician Seth Bolt, she began pouring her heart out in a prayer journal dedicated to her future husband.
On May 28, 2016, Tori read from the journal before gifting it to her groom at the altar, and that emotionally-charged moment would carry on throughout the wedding day. “It feels like we’ve known each other our whole lives,” Tori says. “We’re best friends and love hanging out together. We both wish we had met each other sooner.”
The couple first met in April 2015, when Tori interviewed Needtobreathe in Houston, Texas, before the band’s show. For Seth, it was love at first sight, but Tori needed some convincing. Months later, the two connected in Charleston, South Carolina, and it didn’t take long for them to realize they were meant for each other.
Ahead of their first wedding anniversary, the lovebirds decided to share never-before-seen photos and details from the nuptials exclusively with The Knot.
Eight months after that memorable first date, the bride and groom exchanged vows in an outdoor wedding ceremony held at the groom’s childhood home in South Carolina.
The musician and his father previously built a luxury tree house on the grounds of the property, and that spot was used as both the couple’s honeymoon suite and the designated first look location.
The bride wore a lace gown by designer Rebecca Ingram, which she accessorized with a crown of pastel flowers, fitting perfectly into the couple’s theme of boho chic-meets-Southern flare. Their color palette consisted of sage and dusty rose with accents of wine. The farm’s open field served as a picturesque backdrop, and the couple chose simple decor, including oversized flowers, twinkling lights and photos strung from the trees.
Wedding planner Ashley Garrett of Fraiche Event Design helped to pull-off the couple’s vision. Anchor Films documented the entire event on video, and photographer Sully Sullivan captured every breathtaking moment. ” Sully has a style all his own that is irreverent to formulas while being most reverent to the human spirit,” Seth tells The Knot. “An artist of artists, these stunning captures were worth the wait.”
The obvious footwear of choice, then, was the same pair of Converse sneakers that the bride wore on the day of Seth’s proposal.
There was, however, a special surprise prepared by the mother of the groom: a horse-drawn carriage ready to bring the bride to the wedding ceremony. “I felt like a brunette Cinderella,” Tori jokes.
Unsurprisingly, the pair incorporated plenty of music into the festivities. “Since cocktail hour was before the ceremony, guests were greeted with a live bluegrass band,” she says. “A string trio took over when it was time to transition to the ceremony.”
The couple’s first dance was fittingly set to the tune of Needtobreathe’s “Clear”—which was later released two months after the wedding on the band’s album Hard Love. “It was the first time the song was ever played publicly, and there wasn’t a dry eye during the dance,” the bride says.
More music was added to the mix that night as the newlywed couple was treated to an impromptu jam session by their musically-inclined friends. (Seth joined on the drums.) “The party came to a close with a sparkler sendoff,” Tori shares. “And [we] ran into the woods to [our] romantic tree house honeymoon suite.”
The couple made it a point not to get caught up in others’ expectations during the planning process. “We wanted the day to really reflect us and our relationship and keep it simplistic in some areas, and [we’re] really glad we did,” they conclude to The Knot. “We kept some traditions and added a few of our own.”