Charleston Wedding by Tiger Lily Weddings
January 4, 2012
There's just something about a sweet, Southern soiree that gets me every.single.time... and this breathtaking Charleston affair by Tiger Lily Weddings had me hook, line and sinker from the get-go.  With its traditional meets modern vibe, lovely historical setting and vibrant hot pink hues, there's only one way to describe this day... FABULOUS.  And the drop-dead gorgeous bride rockin' Vera Wang and a pair of dazzling gold shoes?  Yep, she's FABULOUS, too.  Thankfully, Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay were on hand to capture every stylish moment... and there's an entire gallery of pretty just waiting for you and me.  Join me there for more!

From the Bride... I love opposites. When jewelry making, I love to mix things that clash and don't go together to create a big statement. When it comes to decorating my home, I love mixing antiques with modern furniture.  This style was reflected in our wedding.

Picking the venue was easy.  I wanted a historic venue that really showed the old Southern character and charm of Charleston. Lowndes Grove is a gorgeous mansion in downtown Charleston with breathtaking views of the Ashley River. Considering the majority of our guest list was out of town, I thought it was a great place for people to see the beauty of the city.

Decor wasn't difficult, as well. Because we had a great historic venue, I wanted the decor to be super clean and modern. When you walk into the tent, I wanted it to be completely white with a pops of hot pink flowers.  Something I was very strong about was having minimalistic flower arrangements. Every table arrangement were bunches of the same flowers. There weren't any arrangements that had mixed flowers in them. I think my favorite flower arrangements were the ones in the lounge area. A simple frost fast with one dahlia flower or one banana leaf  - clean and simple.

Being in the jewelry business, I love fashion. The dress had to be something unique and different. As soon as I saw the Diana dress by Vera Wang, it was love at first sight.  The skirt had a whimsical look to it that fit an outdoor setting. My favorite part of the dress was the belt. I had actually seen other brides in the dress before, but they looked like a completely different dress because no one ever wore the belt! It was the best part of the dress.

The bridesmaids all wore simple Shoshanna champagne colored dresses. I made unique necklaces for each bridesmaid, so they were a little different, but still looked like a collection. I wanted them to look like a runway show walking down the aisle!

My old and borrowed were an antique diamond broach from my grandmother and a pair of unique earrings from Bradley's grandmother. My grandmother has passed and Bradley's couldn't travel for the occasion, so it was extremely important to me to wear something that represented them. With my antique jewelry, engagement ring and band and new modern wedding dress and shoes, i was ready to walk down the aisle.

Our ceremony was very special and romantic. We walked down the aisle to traditional wedding music and then left as a couple to "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles. Our chuppah was very simple. You don't need much with the amazing backdrop of the river.

Having a seated dinner was really important to me because it made the wedding a lot more intimate. We had a total of 170 people and its safe to say that we love and care about all of them. It was really cool to see my friends and family mixed in with Bradley's friends and family.

The most important thing throughout the wedding planning process was that the wedding had to represent us as a couple. And I think the whole night from the decor, to the guest list and music, we really hit home. It was truly a special night full of love and happiness.

Wedding Planning: Lindsey Shanks of Tiger Lily Weddings / Floral Design: Tiger Lily Weddings / Wedding Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay / Wedding Venue: Lowndes Grove / Catering: Fish / Wedding Ceremony Music: Peter Kiral with Charleston Virtuosi / Wedding Reception Band: Super T / Bridal Gown: Diana by Vera Wang / Bridesmaid Gowns: Shoshanna / Rentals: Snyder Rentals + Duvall + All Occassions / Wedding Invitations: Irving by Bella Figura