Normally, I try to set the tone for a charming Charleston wedding, but I think it sounds better coming from today’s beautiful Bride Jenn. So, I hope everyone has a lovely Lowcountry weekend and until we get there, let’s kick off this Friday morning with a gorgeous Society Hall wedding from the fab photography team at Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay…
From the bride:Why Charleston? Well aside from the obvious answers – we love the city, my family is there, it is easy to get to – we thought, and have always thought, that Charleston embodies in one place the things we hold dear, the things we have in common, and the way we want our lives together to be. Elegant and deeply Southern, with just a hint of adorable quirkiness and cool vibes; passionate about history and heritage while always striving to move forward; wonderful food and shopping wrapped in a gracious welcome – this is Charleston for us. So it was the perfect place to have what we ultimately wanted – am intimate, traditional affair that highlighted our beloved South, family and friends.We are both very traditional romantics.
As such, we knew we wanted all of the elements of a traditional wedding (church ceremony, music and dress, reception), but we also wanted to imbibe it with our personality. Hence the bagpipes for the processional…I am very Irish on “one side!” We are both what people call “old souls” who long for the elegance and glamour of a different age, and we are both very proud of our Southern heritage. We love being Southern, and since most of our guest list was from parts outside the South, we wanted our guests to feel the warmth and hospitality at every turn. So we kept things formal, but chose a buffet style reception to keep the feel of being invited to a big party.
I think at one point I explained it to the caterer as “black tie meets Sunday supper,” or something of the sort. Our old souls took the music from jazz during the cocktail hour to Motown for the dance party. White tablecloths, silver candle sticks (all collected on Etsy or “borrowed” from family collections), southern flowers (hydrangeas, roses, gardenia, magnolias) and a buffet highlighting barbecue, shrimp and grits, biscuits, she crab soup, and fried green tomatoes combined with the stately elegance of Society Hall to create the exact vibe we were hoping for.
From the open house cocktail party on Thursday to the gentlemen’s skeet shoot and ladies luncheon (complete with sundresses and hats) to the seafood rehearsal dinner to the signature cocktail (with Firefly vodka), to the last song, to the farewell brunch, our guests were welcomed into our comfort zone with all the Southern elegance and hospitality we, and Charleston, could muster.
All good things come to those who wait, it seems. We’ve known each other for 22 years. We had one disastrous date in 1993, but decided the timing was bad. Through businesses, career changes, other relationships, tragedies, and everything else you could throw at someone in life, we stayed friends. Best friends. And then one day, when all the debris clears, you look around and realize that the person you want to be with forever is the person who has always been there for you…that the “forever” you’d always imagined is waiting there for you with someone you’ve known “forever” already…that true love isn’t always found down the road you have been on, but it is exactly what you have. And you want to keep it in your heart and by your side.
The past two weeks we’ve been semi-MIA (sorry!), but thanks to big move, internet was hard to come by #movingproblems Now, they we’re back at it, we promise to shower you with love, lots and lots of Charleston wedding love! This Greek Orthodox beauty was captured in the heart of Downtown Charleston by the talented Amy-Marie Kay Photography. The duo said ‘I do’ in a traditional ceremony before heading over to the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel where they celebrated the night away with loads of Greek dancing!
Before we jump right in today fabulous Southern affair, we had to tell you about a new resource for all things travel in Charleston. Our friends over at the uber-luxurious Charleston Place Hotel have started up a new blog, Hidden Charleston. Whether you’re a lifetime local or Lowcountry newbie, this is your guide to the most talked about dining establishments, favorite watering holes, one-of-a-kind events and all the historic hotspots.
Normally, I like to write a little somethin’ somethin’ about the weddings that we post but I just love what Louisiana photographer Claire Elyse had to say about Kristen + Jonathan’s destination wedding that I thought I’d let her share today. So, from Miss Claire Elyse herself…
“Kristen and Jonathan’s wedding was one of those where I found myself counting down the days ‘til show time! It may have been because the wedding took place in the mountains of North Carolina, or perhaps because the bride and groom brought all the best of Louisiana to meet those mountains. It was all that and more. The details of this wedding were stunning, and even the vendors were the perfect mix of fun-loving South Louisiana meets breath taking North Carolina mountain highs. Jonathan proposed to Kristen in Andrews, North Carolina, so it was only appropriate to pack up the dress, cake, family, and bar and make a vacation out of it. The Hawkesdene House was one of my favorite venues to work with. The owners matched elegance with comfort. From the flowers, to one of Zoe’s Bakery’s masterpieces, to Abita Blues playing the requests of the bride and groom mixed with their own style. Kristen dreamt an amazing day into reality.”