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A Celebration That’s Twice as Nice

Sarah + Carl | Oct 27, 2018

Intimate and romantic black-tie wedding with grey, cream and gold color palette at Thomas Hall Plantation in Johns Island, South Carolina near Charleston

In the summer of 2014 Sarah went to a pool party with her roommate, and it turns out she met the ultimate host. Carl was immediately drawn to his party guest, and shortly after the party, the two began dating.

Not only was Carl a host but also a big planner. He and Sarah traveled to Spain in October 2017, and what Sarah didn’t know was that he’d been planning on proposing there for nearly a year. While at a former hilltop fortress, Carl asked another tourist to take his and Sarah’s picture. As they posed for photos, Carl dropped to one knee, and a surprised and tearful Sarah said, “yes!”

Being planners, the two had so many ideas for their wedding celebration it was hard to settle on just one. Ultimately, they decided on a two-night celebration and enlisted the help of Bouquets & Bowties Charleston for their Lowcountry wedding weekend. 

The first night was a formal, black-tie event with a romantic and intimate vibe, while the second night had a more casual vibe – a masquerade party with a pig roast. However, the two night were connected by an overall color scheme.

“I wanted a neutral color palette, so everything was gray, natural greenery, cream and white with some hints of gold thrown in,” Sarah said. “It was a similar color palette for Saturday, but we added a few fall things, such as a couple little pumpkins here and there.” 

On Friday morning, Sarah relaxed in a gray satin robe while she got ready with her bridesmaids at the plantation house. The bridesmaids wore dresses in a variety of dusty gray colors from Bella Bridesmaids Charleston that all came together to create a soft and romantic look. 

Sarah’s maid of honor helped her into what she called “the perfect dress.”

“I went shopping one day with my mom and we found the perfect dress,” said the bride. “I knew I wanted lace, beading, and an interesting back, and I got all of that.”

It was an A-line gown with a sweetheart bodice and illusion neckline. Lace appliques along Sarah’s neckline also made for an eye-catching back, which was held together with pearl buttons. The lace and beading along her silhouette made for an elegantly feminine look, which was complemented by pear-shaped diamond-drop earrings. Her blue satin heels added a pop of color and finished off the look.

While Sarah was revealing her look to her bridesmaids, Carl and his groomsmen were putting the finishing touches on their looks. They all wore classic black tuxedos with white pocket squares and calla lily boutonnieres. The groom stood out with some extra stephanotis flowers at his lapel, a black-and-white feather bowtie and monogrammed cuff links. He also carried a pocket watch that was once his grandfathers for a sentimental touch. 

Once everyone was dressed, Sarah headed down to the marsh for an emotional first look with Carl. Sarah walked up behind Carl before he turned around to see her. They exchanged notes, and even shared some tears. Not even a few raindrops could ruin the moment. They grabbed the cutest clear bubble umbrella and walked down to the dock for few more photos.

“I think the first look was pretty high up there on special moments,” Sarah said. “We were both nervous, but also ready to do this!”

Emily Meeks Photography captured it all, and then the couple was joined on the lawn by their wedding party. With the marsh and Spanish moss in the background, the group posed for photos while the flower girls danced in their white dresses and baby’s breath flower crowns.

The bouquets tied the whole soft, southern look together. They were romantic arrangements of white and blush roses, plus stephanotis and dusty miller for the bride. Her bouquet also had a special heirloom diamond pendant pinned to it as a sentimental touch.

With flowers in hand, Sarah headed to the outdoor pavilion to walk down the aisle. Under strands of twinkling lights and dramatic floral arrangements, the couple joined with Carl’s uncle and godfather, who officiated the ceremony with a script written by the couple and some of his own personal anecdotes.

Sarah and Carl exchanged vows they’d written themselves, and before exchanging rings they passed them between guests in a unique ring warming ceremony. 

“We did a ring warming ceremony, where we passed the rings around the audience and asked them to warm/bless the rings before we exchanged rings,” the bride explained. “It was a really sweet way to incorporate everyone there.” 

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, champagne and live music during cocktail hour while the couple wrapped up a few more photos. It wasn’t long before guests were invited to be seated at the long tables dressed in gray linens and floral-greenery runners. Romantic taper candles in hurricane vases were woven in between the greenery garlands. Each place was set with a gold-rimmed clear charger topped with a gold favor box. 

Sarah and Carl took their seats in vintage white wooden chairs specially marked with florals and greenery. They enjoyed their first dinner as husband and wife before speeches and toasts began. After that, it was time for the best part of any wedding – cake!

A three-tier white cake sat in front of the pavilion’s fireplace, all decorated with white florals and greenery. Next to the cake was a bottle of champagne, but instead of toasting flutes there was a saber for a special party trick Sarah had up her sleeve. 

“After dinner, I sabered a bottle of champagne, and that was fun! I’m a sommelier and love to do that as a party trick,” the bride said.  “I had done a bottle that morning with the bridesmaids, but it went horribly and shattered everywhere, so I’m glad the one I did that evening went perfectly!”

Once the cake was cut and the bottle of bubbly was sabered, the couple danced the night away with their guests. The night ended with actual bubbles as some guests blew bubbles, while others waved ribbon wands for the couple’s festive send-off.

It wasn’t a farewell, though. The party resumed the next night, and the love, fun and excitement continued!

With Halloween just days away, Sarah and Carl decided on a masquerade party for their Saturday night event. It was set at a barn with a rustic, southern feeling, perfect for the casual event. 

“It was October 27, so we wanted to incorporate Halloween in some way,” explained the bride. “We asked people to bring masks if they so desired, and we provided about 100 masks as decor, gifts, or to use! Carl grew up helping run his dad’s toy store and magic shop, so it was a great way to incorporate that, too”

Guests arrived wearing their own masks or wearing one of the gold or colorful feather masks the couple provided. Colors and florals carried over from the previous night, and were accented by pops of fall color, including vases with red roses and chrysanthemums, and small pumpkins on the tables.

Guests satisfied their sweet tooth from a table of cupcakes, cookies and Charleston chews while enjoying a slideshow, dancing and playing games inspired by Carl’s dad’s toy and magic shop. And after a red bouquet toss and more dancing thanks to the music from Emerald Empire Band, the couple made their final exit with sparklers. 

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Creative Team

Emerald Empire Band
One Kool Blow

Bella Bridesmaids Charleston
Gown Boutique of Charleston
Jos A Bank

Sugar Bakeshop

Bar Services
Mix Charleston

Eye Do Hair and Makeup

Rodney Scotts BBQ
Salthouse Catering

Tiger Lilly

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Paper Plus

Emily Meeks Photography

Bouquets & Bowties

Rentals & Decor
Eventworks Rentals

Thomas Hall

Jack Kauffman

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