Jennifer + Logan | Apr 7, 2019
Whimsical, romantic spring wedding with pops of blush at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina
Jennifer met Logan online through a dating app, in the summer of 2017. Logan had been dating on that app for a while looking for the right girl, while Jennifer was a little more hesitant to join. They finally made the connection, and had their first date at a restaurant in Charlotte.
“I had just gotten out of a long term relationship and was a little hesitant to jump into another,” said Jennifer. “My friends actually set up my account to give me the nudge to get back out there!”
The pair hit it off, and the rest is history! They decided to tie the knot at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens in Charleston, when the gardens were blossoming with abundant spring blooms. Surrounded by ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss, riverbank views and rustic, old Southern charm, the space was the most idyllic setting for their whimsical, romantic wedding.
“I always dreamed of getting married at an old southern destination so Charleston was a natural location in mind,” said Jennifer. “I wanted to get married outside under a live oak with Spanish moss.”
Inside the luxe bridal suite, Jennifer and her wedding party lounged in kimono robes, while they popped champagne and showered her with love as she read wedding-day letters. After her bridesmaids slipped on their mismatched, blush pink gowns, Jennifer picked up her gown, hanging delicately from the French double doors.
When she reemerged in her bridal look, the ladies were awestruck. She looked radiant in a strapless ivory gown with a mermaid silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The organza skirt overflowed with rose-like tulle ruffle, and she wore a pair of silver, glittery pointed-toe pumps. Her long blonde curls were left down, cascading over her shoulders.
“My gown for me was love at first sight,” said Jennifer. “It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was the one!”
Jennifer and her bridesmaids posed for photos in the lawn along the riverbank, boasting live oak trees, vibrant azaleas and enchanting wisteria. Their bouquets were simple, classic selections including creamy white ranunculus, ivory garden roses and sprays of fresh mixed greenery.
Past the wooden welcome sign with hand-painted calligraphy and floral adornments on a geometric gold stand, the ceremony space was set in the luscious green lawn. There were wooden garden chairs, two large floral arrangements waterfalling over the white cast urns, and a blanket network of flowers around the 200-year-old live oak tree.
“This was a focal point of the ceremony,” said Jennifer.
As Jennifer made her way down the aisle, with her cathedral veil billowing behind her, Logan stood beneath the oldest oak on the property, with a picturesque arbor of gracefully arching branches. Their ceremony was beautiful and emotional, with traditional vows and officiated by a pastor who is also a close friend.
“I am of Scottish descent and had my older brother play the bagpipes during our ceremony,” said Jennifer.
Following their “I Do’s”, Jennifer and Logan joined their wedding party for a photoshoot on the gorgeous waterfront lawn. Logan and his groomsmen wore timeless, black and white tuxedos, with white pocket squares and cream rose boutonnieres. To stand out from the rest, Logan sported a white vest and bow tie combo, while the other men wore black.
The newlyweds embraced for some intimate portraits in the wooded driveway by the ivy-clad iron gates, before making their grand entrance at the reception party. Inside the Carriage House, eyes were drawn to the white chiffon drapery hanging from the wooden rafters in the vaulted ceilings. There were wagon wheel chandeliers hanging from exposed beams which set the ambiance with a gentle glow, and greenery installations on each light fixture.
Outside on the oyster tabby terrace, there was an elegant white bar, cocktail tables in eggshell white linens, and string lights to add warmth to the evening. Under the wooden pergola intertwined with greenery, the lounge area featured an off-white upholstered loveseat and set of armchairs, with a geometric gold accent table and plush pillows. There was even a vintage bus parked under a live oak!
Each dining table showcased a classic tablescape design, with ivory linens, gold chiavari chairs and an assortment of small and oversized candles. On the banquet tables, there were long runners made from mixed greenery and white roses and anemones, while the rounds were decorated with centerpiece arrangements in glass vases.
As soon as the newlyweds entered, their arms raised high in celebration, Logan took Jennifer straight to the dance floor and twirled her around on the veranda. After their first dance they shared the much-anticipated parent dances, and were joined by all their closest friends and families soon after.
“Our band was a hit,” said Jennifer. “Everyone from our wedding couldn’t stop talking about how good they were and how they got most everyone on the dance floor!”
Once the toasts were made, guests stopped by the bar where they served a signature cocktail named after their dog, called “The Freya.” Everyone snacked on decadent light bites before the entrées, which were topped off by the late night burgers and fries.
Just before the bouquet toss and cake-cutting, Jennifer changed into her party dress: a fitted, white strapless dress with a pleated bodice and asymmetrical neckline. At the cake-cutting, their guests marveled at their wedding cake - a pale blush pink, four-tiered tower with a waterfall of cream roses down the side.
“I also used florals to decorate the cake,” said Jennifer, “very simple but elegant touch.”
Once the last song was played, all of Jennifer and Logan’s friends and families lined the veranda with sparklers in hand, creating a hazy tunnel for the couple to kiss under as they ran off into forever.
Congratulations, Jennifer and Logan!
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