Katelynn + Kevin | Feb 18, 2017
Bold berry and emerald green mix with peach, gold and personal touches for an intimate, elegant wedding at the historic Gadsden House in Charleston, South Carolina
Katelynn and Kevin’s date nights in downtown Charleston often ended at Waterfront Park. They’d been dating for more than a year, and during that time Kevin had professed his feelings in a memorable way, asking Katelynn, “Would it freak you out if I told you I love you?”
So, at the end of another date night, when Kevin asked, “Would it freak you out if I asked you to marry me,” Katelynn knew this time was anything but ordinary.
The couple chose a historic home turned event venue in downtown Charleston for their wedding. Its original heart pine floors, crystal chandeliers and garden courtyards provided a backdrop of southern charm perfect for their elegant, winter theme. The bold berry, peach and gold, with rich emerald green anchored the look of the day.
“It was the perfect marriage of colors for our winter wedding,” Katelynn said. “It was feminine enough, but still held a masculine quality for Kevin.”
They wove a timeless gold stripe design into details throughout the day, as well as a paper plane—a nod to Kevin, who is a United States Air Force pilot.
On the big day, the couple took advantage of the venue’s spaces before guests arrived. Katelynn and her bridesmaids relaxed in the on-site bridal suite in monogrammed green plaid shirts and black leggings before getting dressed.With the help of Maddison Row South, Katelynn was able to wear a look that was all her own.
“I knew I had found the one in the intricate, dynamic design of Matthew Christopher’s Sofia gown,” Katelynn said. “The Swiss dot and chiffon bands on this dress were so beautiful and different from anything I had put on previously.”
Katelynn chose a champagne-colored underlay for the fit and flare strapless gown, and she customized it further by lowering and adding buttons down its back. Wanting a fuller look in the skirt, she added a Lea-Ann Belter overskirt in a blush tone. Once she was dressed, Katelynn headedoutside for her first look with Kevin, who was waiting in his Air Force dress blues.
“Our first look was so special and intimate,” she said. “It was the one time during our wedding day that we were together, just us, and enjoying the moment.”
After that moment, Katelynn added a custom-made veil that matched the length of her chapel train and grabbed her bouquet to head to the ceremony. The bouquet was a beautiful arrangement featuring berry-colored roses, ranunculus and snapdragon, as well as peach roses and loose greenery throughout.
Her bridesmaid’s bouquets, heavy with berry-hued and peach roses, were the perfect complement to their floor-length gownswith a white bodice and emerald green skirt. With everyone ready, it was time for the courtyard ceremony.
Katelynn walked down the aisle through an opening of sheer white drapes to Kevin. Facing a boxwood gate decorated with greenery and cascading berry and peach florals, guests witnessed one of the more special parts of the day.
“Laughing and crying in front of our most loved friends and family was so memorable,” Katelynn said. “We kept things simple and let our vows be the important anchor in the ceremony.”
A friend of the couple officiated the ceremony and surprised them by shooting rose petal cannons into the air when they kissed. It was a fitting way to usher in all the festivities that would follow.
Greeted with trays of sparkling rosé, guests moved to the house’s patio for cocktail hour. Drinks were served with paper airplane-designed napkins from an emerald green bar with a gold stripe façade. A floral and greenery wreath with a “toast to adventure” sign hung from the white cube shelving behind the bar.
Around the patio and inside, tables draped in champagne and emerald green linens were ready for guests to enjoy their drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres, including Kevin’s favorite mac ‘n’ cheese in small jelly jars, and bite-sized chimichurri steak tacos presented on lime wedges. Centerpieces included a mix of votives, vases and stands in rosy and gold metallic hues—all with berry and blush florals for a pop of color.
A white board held the seating arrangements for dinner, which was on the second floor. Tiny gold paper airplanes pinned each guest’s green envelope to the board.
Upstairs, the room for the seated dinner was intimate and elegantly decorated. Solid and patterned champagne linens anchored a mix of square and long tables, as well as a sweetheart table for the newlyweds. The floral theme carried through with a mix of tall centerpieces and smaller varietals across tables, as well as metallic votives and glass hurricane vases.
Glass dome terrariums marked with table numbers guided guests, as did personalized name cards at the place setting. Each spot was set with gold-rimmed plates and flatware, and a green napkin. An assortment of gold-framed mirrors set on the fireplace mantel listed the menu.
After dinner, it was time to go alfresco. Guests returned to the courtyard for more mingling and dancing under the stars. The space had been reset with cocktail rounds and soft seating, including white and blush upholstered sofas with coordinating throw pillows, and a mix of gold-accented tables.
Two sets of drapes pinned back with floral cuffs framed the dance floor, and at its edge was the wedding cake. The top two tiers of the white frosted cake were striped with gold and accented with a garden-style floral cluster.
Katelynn had traded her overskirt for an Ivy & Aster blushing bride belt, also from Maddison Row South, and joined Kevin for their first dance under a crystal chandelier. And spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away.
As the couple prepared their departure, they gifted their guests X-and O-shaped raspberry-glazed gourmet doughnuts.
“The doughnuts were the perfect sweet treat, and the XO was little love from the two of us,” Katelynn said.
In the end, Kevin and Katelynn exited through a paper airplane send off to their classic white Oldsmobile convertible, where they drove away into forever.
Congratulations to the couple!
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