This gem is all about the lace. Gorgeous, intricate, want to cover everything in your path lace. And event planner Carrie Glascock, of A Charleston Bride, totally did. From a gown that fits this Bride like a beautiful glove to a cake that was made to be front and center, this is a Charleston lace fest with a big dose of Southern hospitality ( sweet tea sipping on a rocking chair clad porch included). The images by Juliet Elizabeth Photography tell the story much better than my rambling so I’ll shut my trap and let her images take the helm. Also be sure to check out the gallery for more from this affair as well as a knock-out rehearsal dinner that’s about as pretty as they come. See all of it right here.
I know there be sparklers but the funs not over quite yet my friends. Focus your peepers on this happy ending by Timm Young Films…
From the Bride… Leading up to the summer of 2008, we both knew we were going to have fun and have a great summer, but what we didn’t know was that one humid, summer, Chicago night would change the rest of our lives. We had seen each other out previously as we had mutual friends, but the first night we started talking, well, we literally could not stop talking. This is something we quickly realized we had in common: the ability to talk and talk and talk. The week after, we had our first date. As we walked up to each other, we noticed the similar summer green attire we were both wearing. The people in the restaurant probably thought we were one of those couples that purposely tried to match. The good news was we already knew we had more in common than the color green. Over dinner and talking more commonalities unfolded: our southern roots, strong family values and the ability to just laugh. After that night we never stopped talking, had the utmost respect for one another and quickly fell in love.
The proposal was such a surprise. Every year we get a real Christmas tree (usually about five feet tall) that I love to decorate, especially for the annual holiday party we host. However, this year we were going to be out of town celebrating “early Christmas” at the Gilligs, so we decided to forgo a real tree. I was still adamant to get a real tree so we attempted to search for a table top tree. Well, long story short, we ended up with a $3.99 foot-tall plastic tree from Home Depot. I got home one night, and Brent was making dinner. Luckily for me this is not a rare occurrence, so it did not surprise me. We had a nice, normal dinner just recapping the day. After dinner, we were sitting around listening to music, and I had my head buried in a magazine. Brent started asking me why I hadn’t bought a tree topper for our tree this year. Being more focused on my fashion magazine, I quickly replied “It is not even a real tree — who cares? The bow I have on it is fine.” Of course, I was clueless. Eventually, Brent brought the tree over to me on the couch and said, “Katie, is there anything on the tree you like?” I still remained clueless. He asked again. Then, I have never felt my jaw drop so hard in my life. There was a big, bright and shiny tree topper on the little tree just for me. I was so surprised! Brent got down one one knee and asked me if I would marry him. I could not speak a word, just shed tears of joy. After gathering myself, he had to remind me to answer his question, and of course I said “Yes!” I immediately called my 95-year-old grandmother to tell her, as well as my parents. However, my parents were not able to talk, which was odd. I was soon surprised again as Brent took me to Pops (a local champagne bar) to celebrate, where we were greeted by my parents (in person!) and some of our closest friends. I have never been so happy in my entire life! Brent has the biggest and kindest heart, so to know that he is sharing it with me for the rest of his life makes me have a whole new understanding of lucky.
From our first conversation, we both realized we had southern roots and had both been born in the South but then raised in the Midwest. Brent was born in New Orleans, and I was raised in Atlanta. Charleston has become our favorite vacation city and is also a city that we hope to call home one day. The classic southern charm, and the fact that it is close to our extended families made having the wedding in Charleston a no-brainer! I knew that I wanted to incorporate lace and lavender. My dress was lace, and I wanted the beautiful texture of that pulled in throughout. I also wanted a very feminine touch to the wedding, without it screaming bright pink, and when I came across a soft lavender, I just fell in love. I like to call the theme “Love, Lavender and Lace.” I didn’t want to have just two colors but more of a color palette. We decided on classic and chic with a slightly girly twist with gray, champagne, white and lavender. We might be biased but there has not been one negative comment from our wedding. Everyone says it was the most beautiful and touching wedding they have ever attended. All of the details came through in a classic way, which made everyone feel at home and have a good time on the dance floor!
Wedding Photography: Juliet Elizabeth Photography / Wedding Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation (via Patrick Properties Hospitality Group) in Charleston, South Carolina / Event Coordination + Floral Design: Carrie Glascock of A Charleston Bride / Officiant: Mac Hammett / Wedding Cinematography: Timm Young Films / Catering: Fish / Wedding Cake: Jim Smeal / Save-the-Dates, Gift Boxes, Welcome Books + Wedding Day Paper Goods: Studio R / Wedding Invitations: Peachtree Place / Music: The Plantation Singers + Williams Duo / Reception Band: Loose Chain (via EastCoast Entertainment) / Guest Transportation: Absolutely Charleston / Getaway Transportation: Chariot of Dreams / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha / Makeup: EQ Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Rehearsal Dinner: McCrady’s