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Under the Moss-Draped Oaks

Sarah + Greg | Oct 11, 2019

Southern, romantic wedding with a soft color palette and elegant décor at the Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carolina 


When Sarah moved to Virginia to begin her medical residency program, Greg was the first person she met and actually leased her the apartment she lived in. A few casual conversations led to a few dates, and soon enough they were officially dating.

Just before Sarah finished her residency, she and her parents embarked on a special trip to Italy, where Greg made his big move. He called Sarah’s parents to ask for permission to both marry her, and to hijack their trip to propose.

“It was very romantic,” said Sarah. “He proposed on the third day of the trip as we were walking the cliffs of Cinque Terre.”

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, Sarah and Greg tied the knot beneath a canopy of moss-draped oak trees. With the help of their creative wedding planner, Bouquets and Bowties, a colorful fall night was brought to life by a soft color palette of neutrals, lush greenery, and pops of blush and berry, paired with elegant décor touched by Southern influence.

“There's no place like Charleston, and there's no love like Greg & Sarah's,” said the photographer. “Having traveled states away from home, surrounded by the ones they love and these oak trees dressed in spanish moss, it could not have been better.”

Sarah spent the morning as any bride should, relaxing and getting dolled up in a bridal suite fit for a princess. She was joined by her bridal party in a room with pale turquoise walls, a blue and ivory oriental rug, and an antique chandelier hanging overhead. The ladies slipped out of their floral satin robes, and into their mismatched bridesmaid gowns in shades of soft blush and lavender, with dainty beading detail.

After eagerly awaiting Sarah in her wedding dress, she finally emerged in the most elegant and classic, sleeveless ivory gown with a plunging neckline and full skirt. On top, she added a stunning, sheer lace bridal bolero and her blonde hair was curled and twisted back into a low bun updo for a romantic finishing touch.

“It was modern and simple and beautiful ... the best part was it had pockets.” said Sarah.

Being a self-proclaimed “nontraditional to the core,” Sarah didn’t want to wear a bridal veil. However, she did want something additional for the ceremony, so she decided to complete her look with a topper from a local Charleston artist. She also added a crystal hair comb, and picked up a pair of sunburst stud earrings sitting delicately on a hand-painted gold oyster shell. For Greg, he suited up in a classic black and white tux with a white pocket square and a Southern, handcrafted feather bow tie.

In the eyes of the bride and groom, their wedding venue was an absolute dream. The towering, old oak trees with Spanish moss and the historic manor boasting a large fountain in the middle of the courtyard really brought their vision to life.

“We knew we wanted to use the natural beauty of the space and if weather permitted, which also turned out to be a dream, we wanted it to be outdoors,” said Sarah.

Sarah also wanted an abundance of lush greenery and florals to give the atmosphere a soft and romantic feel. Out in the courtyard, there were rows of dark wooden folding lawn chairs set up for the ceremony. Bundles of greenery adorned the end seats, creating a magical aisle that led to a two-post arbor wrapped in more greenery and florals.

Once the guests arrived and took their seats, the wedding party began to make their way down the aisle. Just before it was Sarah’s turn to meet Greg at the altar, she reflected on the intimate moment surrounded by her closest friends and family. 

“I initially wanted to elope or have a very small intimate wedding, however my husband loves weddings,” Sarah chuckled. “It was very important to him we have a wedding where we could invite our closest friends and family. He told me that being at a wedding was his ‘natural habitat.’”

Not being particularly traditional or religious, Sarah and Greg wanted the ceremony to reflect them as a couple. They had their good friend officiate the wedding, while Greg over the course of a couple of months incorporated many funny rewrites along the way. The humor mixed with romance fit them to a t as a couple.

After readings from special quotes and passages by a close friend and Greg’s brother-in-law, Sarah and Greg read the vows they wrote for one another, part of which they wrote together and part separately. Under the swinging Spanish Moss and in front of the South Carolina sunset, they shared their first kiss as a married couple.

“I think for me it was the ceremony,” Sarah said when asked her most special moment of the day, “where we promised to love each other for the rest of our lives in front of family and friends.”

After the “I do’s,” the new couple and their guests partied the night away. First things first, the newlyweds and their wedding party posed for some photos in the impeccable natural light. Sarah carried a bouquet of fresh eucalyptus, dried grass, carnations, garden roses and a variety of lush florals in shades of cream, blush and berry.

On the patio under twinkling lights strung overhead, tables with ivory linens and wood farm tables were set up with crossback chairs. The tables boasted votive candles, periwinkle runners, sprigs of greenery, single bud arrangements and bigger centerpiece arrangements. At each place setting there was gold flatware and guest name cards carved out of wood.

As the sun sank, the fairy lights illuminated the evening. There was a gorgeous fountain that separated the dining area with the dance floor, decorated with a statement floral arrangement. After the bride and groom shared their first dance followed by their special parent dances, their guests joined them on the dance floor where the DJ kept the party bumpin’ all night long.

“It was really important to us that we had an amazing party with lots of dancing,” Sarah said. “We focused a lot on the ‘flow’ of the wedding reception to allow for a relaxed, fun atmosphere.”

Every detail of the evening was a reflection of their personalities, their love for one another, and their love for Charleston. They had their favorite local bakery create delicious desserts, and a local candle shop customized candles in Sarah’s favorite fragrance for their guests to take away.

“I had absolutely fallen in love with Charleston and it was a place he had visited often in his youth and was also very important to him,” said Sarah. “Our wedding incorporates so much of our love of Charleston—from the dinner menu to the desserts.”

After a few more rounds of limbo and twirls on the dance floor, the guests lined up to give the couple a creative send-off they would remember forever. Through a sea of bubbles, Greg grabbed Sarah’s hand and they set off for a new beginning 

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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The Black Tux
Brackish Bowties
Lovely Bride Charleston

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Lashes and Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup

B. Gourmet Catering

Darby Events

Fresh Weddings and Events

Emma Katzka

Nate Moore

Paper Goods + Calligraphy

Anna Bowser

Bouquets & Bowties

Rentals & Decor
Ruth House

Legare Waring House

CandleFish Charleston
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