I have a fairly deep soft spot for the south, swear I was a southern gal in a former life, with an even deeper soft spot for the lowcountry, Charleston type areas to be specific. I am not sure why but Charleston weddings seem to keep finding me and I could not be more thrilled to continue to share them. They are romantically delicious from a locale standpoint but also the beauty & elegance of the people that embrace it are utterly enchanting. Southerners themselves, Lauren & James wanted to capitalize on their College of Charleston romance, getting married in old village of Mt. Pleasant hosting a beauty of a lowcountry wedding. With the gracious aid & artistic styling of mother of the groom, wedding planner Cricket Newman Designs, the couple took the beauty around them as inspiration. From bridesmaid dresses that echoed the Spanish mass swinging from oak trees to a soft color palette that intermixed with elegant blooms & fine china details, the day had all the polish you’d expect from a southern lowcountry wedding.
Novella of the Bride…
I am from Raleigh, NC and grew up vacationing in Charleston. It was always my dream to go to College of Charleston and to live in this beautiful city. James is from Columbia, SC and also came to College of Charleston to be closer to the coast (he loves hunting and fishing). We first met at CofC when I was a junior and James was a freshman, we met at one of his fratunity parties. We were friends from the start and our friendship grew into a relationship the following year before I graduated. We have both been forutnate to remain in Charleston after graduation. 3 years after we began dating, James proposed at the Prices Inlet sandbar, one of our favoirte boating destinations. His monther, Cricket Newman who is a wedding planner, quickly began planning our dream day. A year later on November 1, 2014 we married at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian with a beautiful reception at Alhambra Hall. We live in Mt. Pleasant. I am a Realtor with Carolina One and James works for Ferguson Waterworks.
I wanted our wedding to reflect Charleston and the Lowcountry. The location of the church and Alhambra Hall are both in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant. This is a very historic area of town that reflects the history and beauty of Charleston. Alhambra Hall overlooks the Charleston Harbor and was the perfect back drop. The color scheme was light and soft. I loved that the color of the bridesmaid dressed looks like spanish moss. But I also wanted it to be fun and elegant at the same time. The way Cricket designed and set up Alhambra with the large floral arrangement and table cloths did just that.
Favorite Moments ~ “My favorite moment was at the end of the reception when James got on stage to sing “Shout” with the band. I never knew he could sing that song so well!”
Photographer: Riverland Studios | Ceremony: Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church | Reception: Alhambra Hall | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup: Silvia Salon & Spa | Groom’s Attire : Joseph A Bank, Collard Greens | Invitations: Lisa Taylor | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. | Music: Atlanta Pleasure Band | Rentals + Floral + Planning: Cricket Newman Designs | Caterer: Aberdeen Catering | Baker: Artistic Cakes by Linda