Morgan + Chase | Dec 22, 2018
Elegant, Southern wedding with neutral tones and a pop of pink at the historic Hibernian Hall in downtown Charleston, South Carolina
When Morgan was at a Mardi Gras celebration on Folly Beach with her family, she met Chase through her childhood best friend. She was drawn to Chase as soon as she met him, and they ended up spending the rest of the day together. He asked her on a first date the following week, and their courtship took off from there.
“Within a couple of weeks Chase said to me, ‘When you know, you know. You know?’” Morgan said. “Yes, I knew ... he was the one.”
The summer after they both moved to Birmingham for school, they set out to have the perfect Saturday. With their rescue dog Bandit, the three spent some time outside soaking up the sunshine, before heading to a brewery. Just before they left, Chase got down on one knee and asked her to marry him with his grandmother’s engagement ring. They spent the rest of the day celebrating at the brewery with all of their closest friends.
“I loved that it happened in the middle of our everyday lives,” Morgan said. “It was perfect.”
At a historic hall in downtown Charleston boasting ornate columns, iron gates and Greek architecture, the bride’s vision of a December wedding was brought to life with elegant decor, Southern touches, gold accents and a soft color palette.
“Growing up in Charleston I always thought I’d have a spring or summer wedding, but once we started talking about December, it just made sense,” said Morgan. “The Christmas season is magical to me ... people gather in churches and around the table and around the tree and, for a brief time, everything just seems peaceful.”
Morgan and her bridal party spent the day relaxing and getting pampered in a charming, watermelon pink Charleston townhome. The ladies lounged in sky blue, floral kimono robes and popped champagne to celebrate the bride, in a mid-length ivory robe. After reading heartfelt notes and sharing tears, gifts and laughs, it was time for the bridesmaids to shift into their mist-gray halter gowns.
When Morgan emerged in her wedding look, the ladies were left speechless. She was absolutely glowing in an ivory, satin gown with a trumpet silhouette and scoop neckline. Her blonde hair was swept back in a low bun updo, revealing delicate stud earrings, and she added a pair of suede blush lace-up sandals.
After sharing an intimate and emotional first look moment with her father on the white wrap porch surrounded by lush green palm trees, Morgan posed for photos with her bridal party. Each held a lively bouquet of fresh myrtle, carnations, dalias, garden roses and peonies in warm shades of blush, peach and cream.
They wrapped up with solo shots of the bride on a rustic boardwalk, with the foamy blue ocean in the backdrop and a cloudless sky overhead. Morgan then joined her bridesmaids on an enchanting bubblegum pink, vintage bespoke bus.
Meanwhile, Chase and his groomsmen were getting suited up in classic black and white tuxes and sleek white dinner jackets. They added a pop of color with a boutonniere made of bright tangerine snapdragons. Once the photographer captured a few group shots, they loaded onto their matching vintage bus and made their way to the church.
As guests walked toward the double doors of the church, they were greeted by evergreen wreaths and bright red bows. The chapel needed little embellishment, since the inside was decked with garland and gold bows, potted poinsettias, and a towering Christmas tree adorned with white lights and ornaments.
Following their wedding party, including a precious flower girl and ring bearer, Morgan graced the aisle with her father by her side. He led her to Chase, who was beaming at the altar. They had a traditional service and exchanged meaningful vows before their loved ones, and finally shared their first kiss as a married couple.
“So many of the people whom Chase and I love filled the pews at the church, where my brothers and I were raised, and sang and danced and laughed and cried and witnessed Chase and I vow before God to love each other forever as husband and wife,” Morgan said.
While the guests made their way to the reception, the bride and groom and their wedding party posed for celebratory photos in downtown Charleston, where the buildings were glowing in the fading sunlight. Morgan, in her tan fur shawl and wedding veil, looked like a princess on Chase’s arm - and both were radiating pure happiness.
Inside the reception venue, the space had truly been transformed into an elegant, Southern fairytale. There was stone-colored floor to ceiling drapery, open fireplaces, mantles decorated with greenery, antique chandeliers and a huge Christmas tree topped with a gold bow.
“Our event planner magically transformed the ballroom and our florist added bursts of color to the tables,” said Morgan.
A lounge area was set with two velvet, tufted salmon pink armchairs, a majestic, slate tufted sofa and glass accent tables with gold hardware. The dining tables were covered in white linens, with gold Chiavari chairs and topped with single bud arrangements, statement floral centerpieces, gold votives and geometric candle holders.
Once the bride and groom shared their first dance and their special parent dances, the party dined on a delicious buffet of Southern-inspired bites. After everyone clinked glasses to heartfelt toasts, the band kicked off their music and the guests danced the night away.
“Incredible food was devoured and then we danced ... and danced ... and danced some more with the best band in the land with the people we love most,” said Morgan.
The wedding cake, which was lovingly made by the bride’s “Mimi,” was a tasteful, three-tiered white cake with ribbed frosting details. Each layer was embellished with floral garnishes and the rim of the cake stand was decorated with sprigs of greenery.
When the cake had been cut and the night came to a close, the couple's friends and families lined up outside the venue with streamers, giving the newlyweds a magical sendoff as they drove off in a vintage, red convertible.
“I know it’s cliche, but it truly was the best day of both of our lives so far and I pray that we never forget one detail,” said Morgan.
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