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Bride Allison shares her destination wedding at the dreamy Old Wide Awake Planation in South Carolina.

Please meet today’s darling bride, Allison! She and her beau Mike planned a beautiful Charleston celebration that was a destination wedding for both them and their families. And while planing a destination wedding (or a wedding outside of the town where you currently live!) can bring challenges. For Allison and Mike, it actually became one of their favorite things about the wedding planning process. Allison said, “We loved how many mini vacations Mike and I were able to take during the planning process. We visited Charleston 6 times in 19 months, and we had the best time each time we went.” She also recalls a trip where a canceled flight turned into road trip-adventure through a snow storm to make a few very important vendor appointments and some even more important memories. Keep scrolling to learn more about Allison and Mike, and of course, get all the heart eyes for their beautiful day!

Big hugs to Landon Jacob for sharing their South Carolina day with us!

What was your favorite detail from your wedding? In the months leading up to the wedding, I collected most of the vessels that the flowers and trinkets (koozies, programs, cards, etc.) went into from flea markets. It was a great way to add a very personal touch to the event and see my vision come to life. My florist, Fern, took my vision and ran farther than I ever thought possible with it. I was SO happy with the way the design of everything came out. Additionally, I incorporated my late grandmother’s veil as my “something old.” She was incredibly special to me, so it felt great having her with me on the day!

I started the dress search about 15 months prior to the wedding date (we had a 19 month engagement). I thought I found the dress of my dreams at my first appointment, Sarah Seven, and after learning that a trunk show where I could receive a sizable discount was occurring one month later, I knew I had to confirm my selection quickly. With that said, I went on a one-month mission to try on any dress that I was possibly interested in so that I could go back to Sarah Seven confident in my selection. Through my search, I realized that the dress I had originally loved was WAY different than anything I was drawn to at my other appointments. Heading back to the Sarah Seven trunk show, I was disappointed that I probably wouldn’t be taking advantage of the trunk show discounts. When I tried on the first dress I fell in love with, I realized it was completely wrong; luckily, thanks to the amazing Sarah Seven staff, they listened to the dresses I was loving at different designers & pulled out the most amazing dress I’d seen yet for me to try on. I knew it was my dress before even putting it on…but I did end up putting it on to confirm!

We chose to have our wedding in Charleston, SC. Mike’s family is in New York and Florida, and he went to University of Georgia, so most of his friends/family were all on the east coast. Alison’s family & friends are all in Illinois, which means that she’d been to almost every venue she would have chosen for someone else’s wedding, which didn’t feel special. Charleston was a pretty random spot as we only had 2 sets of family/friends there, but it was one of our absolute favorite cities and a place that we thought our Midwest friends and family would love to visit. Once we chose Charleston, we thought we wanted to a plantation feel, but booked appointments of a variety of venue types in the city. Old Wide Awake Plantation, which we ended up choosing, was one of the first we saw, and it became the one that we compared every other to. When we first turned onto the driveway & the house came into view, it took our breath away and we could clearly picture our perfect wedding there.

Did you decide to do a first look? Yes, we did a first look. We put so much thought and planning into the wedding of our dreams that we didn’t want to miss a single minute of it. Also, since we had a destination wedding, all of our guests were in from out of town, so we felt strongly about mingling as much as possible with everyone during our cocktail hour.

Although it was quite short (our Midwestern guests aren’t used to being out in the SC heat!), the ceremony was incredibly special to us because of who we chose to preside over it. Mike played baseball at University of Georgia and during his time there, he became quite close to the Chaplain of the team, Mr. Ray Lawrence. The day after Mike asked me what I thought about having Mr. Ray marry us, Mike woke up to an out-of-the-blue text from Mr. Ray, and we knew asking him was right.

What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? There were SO many, but one of the most memorable was Mike and me sitting down next to each other being served our dinner when the rest of our table was released to go to the buffet. It was such a small amount of time where it was just the two of us, but it allowed us to soak all of our planning efforts and amazing friends and families who had traveled for our special day.

What was your favorite thing about wedding planning? I loved how creative I was able to be. I came up with a very clear vision of what I wanted, and I went to work finding the best vendors that could help me execute it. More importantly, I loved how many mini vacations Mike and I were able to take during the planning process. We visited Charleston 6 times in 19 months, and we had the best time each time we went. One of our favorite memories was when our flight was canceled due to a late February snowstorm, and we had such critical vendor appointments to make that we decided to rent an SUV and drive through the snow to make it. In hind-sight, not the best choice from a safety and sanity perspective, but it was such an adventure and great memory.

What was Southern about your wedding? Because most of our guests were from the Midwest, we wanted to make sure we provided a great Southern meal. For appetizers, we had sweet potato & ham biscuits, bacon-wrapped scallops, tomato pies, and mini chicken & waffles. Then for dinner we had a buffet (not at all typical in the Midwest – we normally do seated and served dinners) of shrimp and grits, peach glazed pork tenderloin, smoked chicken, fresh green beans, mashed potatoes (both sweet and normal) and biscuits with herb butter and strawberry basil jam. I still get compliments on our food with many claiming it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had. We also incorporated Southern culture with the venue itself. It had such a great history, and I made sure to include it in the program so everyone in attendance could learn what a special place it was.

I’m convinced we had the best baker in the game! We used Izzabee’s Confectioneries in Columbia, SC. I dream of the sweets table that she made for us to this day! We went with a small (basically just a personal one for Mike and me) lemon cake with strawberry cream and lemon curd icing as well as fresh whipped cream. It was a naked cake, and she combined all of that deliciousness in. For the rest of the sweets table we had homemade s’mores (the marshmallows & graham crackers were all from scratch), chocolate chip cookies with sea salt, homemade Oreos, brown butter Rice Krispie treats, mini apple, blueberry, and pecan pies, mini carrot cake and chocolate cupcakes, lemon curd & blueberry tarts, and homemade Twix tarts. INCREDIBLE! Because I knew the sweets would be such a hit, I made sure to include “Treat Bags” at the table so that guests could take some home.

Our music selections throughout the ceremony and reception were especially important to us – we started compiling a list of must-plays right after being engaged! I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Then” by Brad Paisley played by a guitar player and violinist. This song was perfect for us lyrics-wise, it was a great change from the normal “Here comes the bride” and the tempo fit wonderfully. Walking back up the aisle we chose American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life” (again played on guitar & violin). This is one of our absolute favorite songs – it’s super fun, the lyrics fit perfectly, and it got the tone of the night started! To walk into our reception, we chose “This is What You Came For” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris. Being that it was a destination wedding, we thought it fit because let’s be honest, everyone comes for the party! Lastly, our first dance song was “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band. As long as I’ve known Mike, he’s talked about having this as his first dance song, and after whittling our list down song after song (we compiled and listened to all suggestions on Friday nights while drinking wine) this one persisted. It was the PERFECT first dance song.

Tell us your love story. Mike and I met at work. Mike worked at the company’s Atlanta office and I worked out of Chicago, but our roles had us working very closely. Then once Mike was transferred up to Chicago, the connection was obvious & the rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! Having recently brought home our beloved English Lab, Clarke, Mike asked me to take a random Friday off work to take the pup out to one of my favorite Illinois nature parks, Starved Rock. After about an hour into the hike, at the most scenic look out point, I turned around to see Mike down on one knee with Clarke sitting at his side. It was such a surprise and just perfect. After getting back to the car and calling friends and family to exclaim the great news, Mike let me know that we were headed to a fun restaurant back in Chicago to celebrate, just the two of us. Upon arriving at the restaurant, however, Mike pulled out his second surprise of the night – he had reserved a large private room at the restaurant and ensured all friends and family were in attendance to celebrate the engagement.
When did y’all get married? October 1, 2016.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 120.
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? The hardest part of planning the wedding was keeping my budget in check and trying to make sure all contributing family members were appeased!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? My venue didn’t require me to use any predetermined list of vendors, so I was able to go out and find vendors that fit into my budget. I also did a lot of things on my own that many people may have paid for (created guest thank you gifts, addressed invites, paid for design of my programs, maps, etc. but printed them myself).
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? If at all possible, do what will make you and your husband happy and don’t worry about anyone else. It’s your day, and you both deserve for it to be exactly what you want it to be.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? It was the best day of my life. :)

Photographer: Landon Jacob | Planner: Jessica Rourke | Venue: Old Wide Awake Plantation | Florist:
Fern Floral & Event Design | Dessert Baker:  Izzabee’s Confectioneries | Caterer: Southern Way Catering | Rentals: Party Reflections | Lighting: Rob McKenzie | DJ: Other Brother Entertainment | Guitar Player: Gregory Guay | Paper Products: Magnificent Milestones | Bride’s Gown: “Stella” by Sarah Seven | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: MiKel Rumsey | Bride’s Shoes: “Romy Gold” by Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Varied Floor Length Tulle Gowns in Graphite by Amsale | Menswear: “Traveler Suit” in Grey by Jos A Bank | Guest Transportation: Coastal Limousine of Charleston | Couple’s Getaway Car: “Caroline” 1950 Bentley Motor Car from Vintage Limousine Service

Jessica Rourke is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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    So pretty! Love the dreamy grays and that dessert table…and even though I just see a peek, I pretty much want to buy her mama’s dress and save it for 20-some years, ha!

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We see a LOT of Charleston weddings around here (not surprising considering it’s one of the loveliest destinations in the South!). That means that when we’re choosing real weddings to feature each year in print, we have to be extra selective–otherwise, it would be all too easy for half the weddings we shared to be Charleston celebrations! When Stephanie and Johnston’s wedding photos landed in our inbox though, we knew we had a gem that our readers would love as much as we did. Stephanie and Johnston teamed up with A Charleston Bride with a meaningful goal in mind: to make their wedding feel as though it was a fabulous party at their home. Every detail was completely true to their classic style, and the reception even incorporated some of Stephanie’s beloved blue and white china. A few of my favorite personal touches were the ones that paid special tribute to how important their families are to them, from the boxwood family photo display, to the lace from her mother’s wedding dress Stephanie wrapped around her bouquet, to the custom crest they included as a nod to the new family they were starting on their wedding day!

We’re so thrilled Olivia Griffin shared this day with us for V9! We got to celebrate with both Olivia and Stephanie in person at our issue launch party, which was such a treat!

Tell us about your wedding flowers. How did you choose them? What did you love about them? We wanted to incorporate lots of whites, ivories, and natural greens. I started to share some ideas with Lindsey on Pinterest and she and I brainstormed for months to get the combinations just right. She helped me see past just the appeal of the colors, but to think about the feeling and texture that certain varieties can have. She also made sure to create an overall design plan that was lush and full without being too over the top. My bouquet included tulips, peonies, and hyacinths. The construction was a modern take on the traditional with block groupings instead of the flowers being mixed evenly throughout. The bouquet was wrapped with lace from my mother’s wedding dress that she had kept preserved all these years!

We were married in Charleston, South Carolina at the end of February, and luckily, it felt like spring! Charleston is a special destination for us as a couple. We have traveled there together several times, and we love all of the restaurants, shopping, and the history of the town. I had always envisioned getting married outside by the water and Johnston and I wanted a destination wedding. Lowndes Grove gave us the Southern feel we were looking for, was right next to the water, was a large white plantation, and was also in a city we love! Being that we both wanted a black-tie affair and wanted the sun to be setting when we said “I do,” we spoke with our photographer and videographer to see what time of day would be best for our ceremony.

Tell us a bit about the wedding ceremony. We had a gospel choir sing guests into the ceremony, where they were greeted with a glass of champagne. We decided to have our ceremony facing the Ashley River on the backside of the property, instead of on the grand front lawn, to make the atmosphere feel more intimate. It was such a beautiful and peaceful backdrop. I also had a trumpet player for my entrance into the ceremony with my father. It was a really special way to come into the space, and made me think of all the weddings I had watched when I was a little girl.
What was the most memorable or touching moment of your wedding day? Johnston: The first look and Stephanie walking down the aisle. Stephanie: Walking down the aisle and saying “I do!” During the ceremony itself, when my dad and I started walking down the aisle toward Johnston, I was overwhelmed with all the love felt. Seeing people we have known our whole lives who traveled to witness Johnston and me get married was a feeling I will never forget.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved dresses and getting dressed up for events! Given my extreme love of fashion, shopping, and clothes, I knew that my wedding dress had to be the most stunning, gorgeous, timeless dress I had ever seen. I wasn’t even looking for dresses (since I was not engaged at this point) when I came across a picture of the Oscar de la Renta “Caroline” dress. I immediately called Oscar de la Renta in New York and inquired about the dress. They informed me that this dress was not in stores yet but would be by the spring (perfect timing on the engagement). I called the only store in Atlanta that would be carrying this dress and made sure they called me the day it arrived. We got engaged, and the timing was perfect because three days later, the dress was in! My mom and I went to see it and I tried it on and that was it! I knew instantly this was the dress I had always dreamed I’d wear when I walked down the aisle! The lady at the store told me that this was the last dress that Oscar himself created for his bridal collection before he passed away! I have such a love and passion for fashion that this dress exceeded my wildest dreams of any wedding dress I’ve ever seen!

We had a large focal point of a live greenery wall, where I gathered wedding pictures from Johnston’s and my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents. This meant so much to us because our families are extremely important to us and we are fortunate to have parents who are still as in love as they were when they were married over 35 years ago!

Our cocktail hour was perfect, and since we did a first look, we got to spend as much time as possible with our family, friends, and guests. We had the band play during the entire cocktail hour and had amazing hors d’oeuvres passed, which we had spent so much time picking out. We wanted each guest to feel welcome from the second they stepped off of the trolley and entered our wedding evening. Each guest was greeted with a glass of champagne to toast to the evening to come. Once the ceremony was finished, everyone went inside the house. We had a greenery-covered bar and blue and white ceramic lamps in the entry to greet everyone. They then walked into the main house and saw our cake on display under the spiral staircase, and smaller separated rooms they could walk in for chef-attended short ribs and oysters on ice. We also had a focal wall, in greenery of course, and hung our family wedding photos underneath our guest book.

The wedding exuded the same design and style of our house, which everyone remarked upon. People said they felt like they were at a party at our home (albeit a slightly larger house with a view of the water). We incorporated as many personal items from our home as we could carry in all of our trips up to Charleston. The blue and white china and monogrammed pillows are back in our home today, and seeing them on a daily basis reminds us of the wonderful wedding day!

Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used: Walking into the wedding process, I had a good idea of things I was naturally attracted to and liked. Once Lindsey and I got started on what elements we wanted to bring in, she and the ACB team asked a lot of questions about us as a couple, our family, our style, and our interests. Somehow, all of that came into the design and we loved it all even more than clippings or pictures we had seen before. Inspiration was the soft palette of natural ivories and greens with accents of gold and dark charcoal. I wanted to incorporate a black and white dance floor, large focal bars, crystal chandeliers, and lots of boxwood and flowers. Once we got started, we incorporated blue and white china, which I collect, and it really finished out the design. There was a little something to discover everywhere.

The wedding cake was a three-tier hexagon cake covered in ivory fondant with a gold-covered vintage lettered monogram on the middle layer and a few delicate white flowers placed at the top. It was simply stunning. The stand was polished silver and was a gift from a dear friend. The silver cake server and knife were heirloom pieces Johnston’s parents used at their wedding to cut their cake!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at a mutual friend’s 30th birthday party. I had recently moved home to Atlanta from Florida, where I had lived since graduating from Alabama in 2007. One of my best friends convinced me to attend the party, as I had originally planned to stay home for the night because I was in a boot from a running injury. Johnston had been living in Atlanta since he graduated from Ole Miss in 2007. I lived a few doors down from Johnston’s cousin at Alabama, and thought I had recognized him, as they look very much alike. I introduced myself and there was an immediate connection. It is crazy to think about all the mutual friends we shared and all of the parties and weddings in college and after that we were both at and never once met. Johnston was in the background of a picture I found from a friend’s wedding four years before, which we attended with other dates! We realized that everything happens in God’s time and happens for a reason! We both knew immediately this was something special, and several months later, we were engaged!
Describe the proposal: Johnston had arranged for both of our families and a few close friends to meet at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The weather was near perfect in mid-March, warm without being overwhelming. We walked through Piedmont Park and then into the main courtyard of the Botanical Gardens, where all of the tulips, one of my favorite flowers, were in full bloom! Johnston took a knee and I began crying and said “yes!” Having our families and best friends there cheering for us was such a special touch that Johnston organized. We then went to a wonderful dinner with everyone to celebrate!
How did you prepare for marriage while planning your wedding? With the advice from some friends, who were married a few months before us, we attended several sessions of marriage counseling. While we did not have any serious issues to discuss when we started going, we found it very helpful to talk through many of the matters the counselor said cause problems down the line in most marriages. We also met with the minister who married us for several premarital sessions as well. Spending time with him going over our backgrounds and views on marriage and our parents’ marriages was very special, and he made our ceremony incredibly personal from our discussions. When we were first engaged, my mom also gave me the Southern Weddings Planner! She knows I like to stay extremely organized, and this planner had amazing advice and tools to use while planning a perfect Southern wedding. With the ability to add our information into it, I brought this to every meeting and referred to it daily while planning the wedding and keeping myself organized in the process!
How many guests attended your wedding? 165
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? Mu grandparents, who have been married for 61 years!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? For now, we are readjusting to the real world and enjoying newlywed life: traveling for a few weddings, catching up with friends, and spending plenty of time with our dog, Oliver. We look forward to hosting dinner parties, redesigning rooms in our home, and possibly searching for a new house down the line. In the future, we plan to start a family and look forward to everything marriage has to offer.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Never lose sight of what the day is really about. There are so many moving parts and you put a lot of pressure on yourselves, but remember that this is about the two of you and the decision you have made to spend your lives together. Enjoy the day and hire a great videographer so you can relive this day for the rest of your lives!

Photographer: Olivia Griffin Photography | Videographer: Kickstand Studio | Planner, Designer, and Decor: Lindsey Shanks of A Charleston Bride | Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Florals: Jonie LaRosse of A Charleston Bride | Caterer: Fish Restaurant | Wedding Cake: Patrick Properties | Bride’s Gown: “Caroline” by Oscar de la Renta | Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Style 450248 in Slate by Monique Lhuillier | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Ash and Co. | Groom’s Tuxedo: Sid Mashburn | Groom’s Shoes: Stubbs and Wooten | Groomsmen Fashion: The Black Tux | Paper Goods and Invitations: MADE Papier | Crest Design: Arabella June | Rentals: Snyder Rental, A Charleston Bride, Ooh! Events, and TEC Lighting Company | Linens: BBJ Linen | Reception Pillows: Number Four Eleven | Transportation: Absolutely Charleston | Bride and Groom Exit: Classic Boat Charleston | Lighting: IES Productions

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    Here’s a little confession, y’all: Emily and I Instagram-stalked the preparation of today’s beautiful wedding for weeks last year! After seeing sneak peeks of the meaningful details Beth Ann and Wesley were incorporating into their celebration, set against the stunning backdrop of Wesley’s family summer home, we were overjoyed when Jacin of Lovely Little Details sent it our way. This wedding is drop dead gorgeous, no doubt about that, but what we love most are the ways they nodded to their love story (the monarch butterfly release, in honor of the butterflies Beth Ann claims she first got around Wesley!) and to the life they want to create together (like the ceremony doors that they hope to include in a future home). When your story stretches all the way back to childhood, like Beth Ann and Wesley’s does, there’s certainly plenty to be inspired by!

    Thank you so much to Tec Petaja and our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Jacin of Lovely Little Details, for sharing this magical day with us in V7!

    From Jacin: This wedding took place at the groom’s family’s private plantation in Georgetown, South Carolina. The plantation was actually used in a movie, and is an idyllic location right on the water, but far enough down a beaten path road that you might not even know it was there. We even had baby alligators in the pond next to cocktail hour–having someone come to relocate the alligators to another watering hole is something I never thought my job description would entail!

    Tell us all the basics of your wedding! We were married during Memorial Day weekend at Wesley’s family’s second home, Whitehall Plantation. The home overlooks Winyah Bay in Georgetown, South Carolina. The wedding took place at 6:00 P.M., and was black tie optional. he weather could not have been more perfect. The evening was in the high 70’s and there was a light breeze. We chose the family summer house because it has always been a special place for Wesley, and we spent many happy times there during our dating life. It was also where Wesley proposed. We buried a bourbon bottle exactly one month before the wedding, and the groom and groomsmen dug it up and did shots the day of the wedding. We will swear by this Southern tradition forever, since our weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

    Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? I went shopping in Atlanta with my sister, my mother, and my fiancé’s mother. My dress was one of two that I quickly narrowed the selection down to, but the one I picked was so comfortable and felt so light that I knew it was the one. The designer was Anna Maier, and the detail I loved the most was the blush-hued slip that complemented my skin tone.
    Describe your bridesmaids’ dresses. How did you choose them? We chose Amsale dresses in champagne chiffon. I let each of the bridesmaid pick the style they liked the best.
    What did the groom and groomsmen wear? They wore off-white dinner jackets with traditional tux pants and black cummerbunds and bow ties–a very traditional, Southern look.

    The flowers were loose, indigenous blooms that featured the season. There were lots of lush peonies, ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace, garden roses, viburnum, poppies, scabiosa, anemones, and clematis in shades of blush and cream with pops of hot pink, paired with blueberry branches from a local farm down the street. Our planner, Jacin, traded jars of her homemade jam in exchange for being allowed to go to the farm and clip branches to include in all of our arrangements and boutonnieres.

    Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: There are so many to choose from, but the old doors that we bought and used for my father to walk me through as we entered the ceremony were so special. We hope to one day to use them in our home in some way. My other favorite detail was the wine that Wesley and I made on a trip in Italy the summer before the wedding. We had the wine labels designed to match our invitation and served it at the wedding.

    The ceremony was special for several reasons (besides marrying the love of my life). The groom’s first cousin partnered in the officiating, which was very special. My sister and maid of honor surprised us with a box of beautiful monarch butterflies that we opened during the ceremony, and we included a wedding prayer that had been read at my parents’ wedding 29 years ago. We concluded the ceremony with a surprise for the audience of a Southern choir bursting into the song “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher.”

    From Jacin: The bride and groom’s families have been friends forever, and their love started at an early age. The bride cites she felt butterflies for the first time and knew he was the one, so we brought this detail in through a surprise butterfly release at the end of the ceremony.

    Groom’s favorite detail of the wedding: I was absolutely blown away by the dinner tent. The custom made floor was unbelievable. Also, I am a big fan of bourbon whiskey, so Beth Ann planned a bourbon bar at the wedding. It was a huge hit with everyone, and I loved it. It had a dark wooden bar with various fine bourbons to sample and boxes of cigars to smoke. It had the feel of an old-timey lounge.

    What was your reception like? A fairy tale! Stations were set up so that at each corner, guests had another surprise in store for them. The grounds were surrounded by the most beautiful live oaks, which are such a signature element of the Lowcountry. Each was up-lit and many chandeliers were hung from the trees. An incredible circular bar was built around the base of one of the biggest oaks on the grounds, which served as the center for the dance floor. A bourbon and cigar bar and a photo booth were also set up in different areas.

    What was the design inspiration for your reception? From Jacin: We had guests start with the ceremony on one side of the plantation, then slowly move around to each next portion of the night, delighting guests with the details that remained cohesive, but still brought the element of surprise. Dinner was held in a custom built 50′ x 150′ tent, which we built to mimic a dining room. From hardwood floors that were placed plank by plank just days before the wedding, to draping from ceiling to floor in a sheer ivory silk, allowing the lighting and mossy oaks to be seen from inside, but masking the dance area until it was time, to driftwood logs we had holes cut to fit wine bottle candles at the entrance (the bride and groom made their own wine in Italy the summer before, and the wine bottles were a nod to that), the tent was one of my favorite places. 470 guests can be a daunting head count, but the overall response we heard was that they felt like they were in a dining room with their closest friends–mission accomplished!

    From Jacin: We wanted to play on the natural setting of the plantation, with nods to the Spanish moss and beach grass, and with a few pops of blue from the ocean. We brought in those accents subtly, from individually painted invitations depicting the plantation view, to a canoe beer bar during cocktail hour, to oyster and mussel shells at each place setting for salt and pepper cellars, to driftwood place cards with names hand lettered individually. The first time I visited the venue with the couple, I noticed a blueberry farm down the street. I kept that farm in my mind through the entire process, and called them a month or so before the wedding to see if we could come by and clip some greenery to use in the floral arrangements. I loved how the blue/green leaves looked with the blush pink peonies and delicate clematis, and the greenery was the perfect accent to pull the florals together. I actually ended up trading a few jars of homemade jam with the blueberry farm owner in exchange for the greenery–it was quite the barter!

    What are you most looking forward to about marriage? We are so excited to begin our life together. We’ve been through every stage of our growing up years together in some way or another, and to continue this journey as a couple makes me feel so blessed to be spending the rest of my life with my best friend.

    How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We are childhood friends turned high school sweethearts. We continued our relationship through our years at Clemson University. Both of our families are very good friends, and have traveled together a lot. Our first kiss was during a game of truth or dare when we were just kids, and our families were on a cruise together.
    Tell us about the proposal! It was June 7, 2013. Beth Ann and I were scheduled to go to Puerto Rico with her family the next day. I had picked up the ring two days before, and it was burning a hole in my pocket–I knew I could not keep the secret for very long. I wanted to be able to celebrate our engagement with our families, but unfortunately, there was a tropical storm over the coast of South Carolina, and the weather was terrible. Even though it was bad, I asked Beth Ann if she wanted to go have lunch with me at Whitehall (the future venue for our wedding). Although she was reluctant at first, she agreed. As soon as we got there, there was a break in the weather, and the day turned beautiful. Before we could even eat, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. It was the perfect moment when she said yes (although it took her a minute or two to because she was crying). We then called our close friends and family to tell them we had gotten engaged. Later that night, we celebrated with everyone at a local restaurant.
    When did y’all get married? May 24, 2014
    Three adjectives that describe the day are: Magical, intimate in all its grandeur, and unexpected (thanks to with surprises that my parents had in store)
    How many guests attended your wedding? 478
    What were some of the highlights of the reception? Edwin McCain was great, but the band, Sol Fusion, was equally impressive. Their music was awesome and they were so patient with our wedding party, because we all got on the stage with them for the last half of their time. They just kept on playing and singing–it was epic. We broke the stage!
    Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? We had a table set up with photographs of both sets of grandfathers, who had passed away. We also hung both of our mothers’ wedding gowns on a display for everyone to see.
    Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration: We got so many compliments but one of our close friends said this: “The night was absolutely spectacular! With all its extravagance and magic, which was amazing, at its heart, it was a simple wedding with a simple message of love!”

    Photography: Tec Petaja / Planning, Design, and Florals: Lovely Little Details / Paper Products Design: Momental Designs / Paper Products Printing: Southern Fried Paper / Calligraphy: Traci Green / Catering: Cru Catering / Videographer: Shaking Hands / Photo Booth: Michael Newton / Officiants: Tim Surratt, Christin Norman / Cake Baker: Myra Ranta of Incredible Edibles / Cocktail Hour and Reception Musicians: Sol Fusion / String Quartet: Classical Charleston / Gospel Choir: Voices of Deliverance / Logistics: Dovetail / Tent, Flooring, and Rentals: Snyder Events / Lighting: Production Design Associates / Linens: La Tavola / Hair and Makeup: Team Hair & Makeup / Valet: Shoreline Valet / Trolley: Sunway Charters / Limo and Shuttle: Carolina Limo / Restrooms: Nature’s Calling Inc. / Draping: Duvall Events / Driftwood Arch and Driftwood Wine Bottle Candleholders: Lee Arthur / Antique Doors: Ted Watts / Venue: Whitehall Plantation / Bride’s Gown: Anna Maier / Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Yael Designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: Various styles in Champagne by Amsale / Wedding Dinner Wine: Made by the bride and her family at Castello Monterinaldi with winemaker Fabrizio Benedetti

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    lisa Written with love by Lisa
    9 Comments
    1. avatar jacin reply

      i LOVED playing a part in beth ann + wes’ wedding. their families are so dear to my heart and i was honored to help them bring their story to life!

    2. avatar Allister Freeman reply

      These are beautiful, love the colours and tones

    3. avatar Stacey Hannan reply

      Beautiful, love everything about this wedding.

    4. avatar Abby reply

      WOW! As a long time reader, this is honestly one of my favorite weddings to date. Every detail was executed to perfection and you can just feel the joy and love through the pictures!

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    6. avatar Emily reply

      HOLY COW!!

    7. avatar liam smith reply

      beautiful photographs, what an awesome location to shoot

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