Laid-Back Charm Meets Classic Elegance

Christine + Paul | Mar 23, 2019

Traditional spring wedding with elegant decor, ivory hues, lush greenery and gold accents at Cannon Green in downtown Charleston, South Carolina 

Christine and Paul grew up in the same small town in New York, and when she was in college, he would visit his friend at the same school, where they’d cross paths occasionally. There was always a connection, but it was never quite the right place at the right time. Finally, they reconnected one summer at a house in the Hamptons - where the two really hit it off.

“When we got home from the share house, Paul asked me for coffee, and then to a movie, and then to dinner,” said Christine, “and then we became inseparable.”

Fast forward a few years to when Paul surprised Christine with an overnight stay at a hotel in the city. She arrived at the suite, where a dozen roses and a bottle of champagne were waiting on the table, and Paul entered shortly after - putting his bags down before getting down on one knee.

“We popped the champagne, FaceTimed with our families, then went to a romantic dinner downtown,” said Christine. “It was an amazing night!”

Christine and Paul’s spring wedding started with a ceremony at a historic church, followed by a lively reception at Cannon Green, a downtown Charleston venue space offering a classic-meets-cosmopolitan ambiance. The elegant decor was centered around ivory hues, lush greenery and gold accents.

“Neither of us particularly love being in the spotlight, so it was important for us to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible,” said Christine. “We wanted to enjoy celebrating with our family and friends in a laid-back, but elegant and charming setting.”

Christine spent the morning getting ready with her bridal party in a luxurious hotel suite. Her maid of honor wore a form-fitting sage-green gown with a dramatic deep V-neckline - which beautifully complemented Christine’s bridal look.

She chose an ivory sleeveless fit-and-flare gown with full lace overlay and an illusion neckline. There was a delicate row of buttons trailing down the back of the dress, which gave it a dainty, feminine touch. To complete the look, Christine wore a relaxed half-up, half-down bridal hairstyle, minimalist jewelry and natural makeup.

“My mom and sister gifted me a ‘something blue’ ribbon embroidered with my new monogram,” said Christine, “which was sewn into my dress.”

Paul and his best man donned custom slate gray three-piece suits, paired with classic black bow ties. His best man’s boutonniere was made from herbs and greenery, while Paul’s had an ivory ranunculus bud. He also had his initials embroidered into the inside of the jacket.

The wedding ceremony took place inside a gorgeous church, boasting beautiful wood pews, stained glass windows and red carpeting. They added some simple greenery and abundant flower arrangements on the altar, which gave the room a whimsical essence.

“Our ceremony and reception venues were both stunning,” said Christine, “so we wanted the decor to complement their appearance.”

Mirroring the installations at the altar, the bridal bouquet consisted of lots of fresh green leaves and a variety of white flowers, including garden O'Hara roses, Mondial roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, veronica and lilac.

“We wanted our florals to consist of lots of greenery and a variety of white flowers,” said Christine. “I love flowers so this element was important to me.”

Christine looked ethereal as she walked down the aisle, with her bridal bouquet in hand and her lace-trimmed cathedral-length veil trailing delicately behind her. Despite being in a church filled with people, the ceremony was still a beautiful, intimate moment for both of them.

“The most special moment of the day was during our ceremony right after our kiss, when Paul lifted me up in the air and then we embraced,” said Christine. “It was so sweet and unexpected.”

As soon as the Reverend announced the couple as "the new Mr. and Mrs. Giangola," Christine and Paul raised their arms together in celebration and they walked back down the aisle together - surrounded by their loved ones.

“My face hurt from smiling!” said Christine.

Over at Cannon Green, the indoor-outdoor venue had been transformed into the most enchanting wedding reception. Inside the historic, industrial space, there were vaulted ceilings with original exposed trusses, hardwood floors, and expansive glass doors overlooking the private walled courtyard, where reflecting pools, statuesque palmettos, lush greenery, market lights and a southern portico set the mood.

“We loved the contrast between rustic charm and modern elegance of Cannon Green,” said Christine.

To create a romantic setting inside, they incorporated an abundance of candles, lanterns and small gold votives placed throughout the room. Vibrant greenery was wrapped around the ceiling beams, and there was a garland of greenery placed along the long farm head table.

On the rest of the tables, there was a variety of organic and free-flowing short and tall flower arrangements in classic glass pedestal vases, small gold geometric containers and tall modern gold stands. The tablescape design was classic, with table numbers and other signage placed in gold picture frames.

“Since we are from New York and all of our guests traveled in from out of town, we wanted to make sure everyone had a great time and were well taken care of!” said Christine.

Everyone took their seats in wooden Chiavari chairs and indulged in a carefully curated menu. Following their decadent, three-course seated dinner, the newlyweds and their guests sipped on drinks at the bar and tore up the dance floor - while Emerald Empire Band kept the party going all night long.

Their guests also enjoyed personal touches, including a Polaroid guest book in which they could take a picture of themselves, tape it into the book and write a message for the couple. There was also a display of photos of their grandparents on their wedding days, and in lieu of favors and in honor of their guests, they made a donation to a special, family-founded foundation.

“I loved planning the little details for our wedding,” said Christine.

Rather than having a single wedding cake, they displayed multiple cakes including a chocolate almond coconut cake, strawberry whipped cream cake and a carrot cake. They also served an array of mini cupcakes with flavors across the board: red velvet, chocolate mint, grapefruit raspberry, lime curd, yellow chocolate with sprinkles, vanilla blueberry, pistachio and chocolate chip.

With full stomachs and hearts, the night came to an end as the guests lined up along a hallway with crazy hats and noisemakers - cheering as the newlyweds made their exit.

“It was hilarious, overwhelming and just an amazing feeling to have everyone in one small space, congratulating us one final time,” said Christine. “Our wedding was truly the best day of our lives!”

Congratulations to Christine and Paul!

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Cannon Green

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Lashes and Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Dodeline Design

Sugar Bakeshop

Marquee Limo Co.

The Dewberry

MCG Photography

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