Charleston Wedding by Charleston Stems
March 28, 2012
It's Southern Garden party time. This recipe calls for one charming city like Charleston, a floral artist that knows her way around pretty blooms like Charleston Stems and a couple who has perfected the art of the Dipping Kiss. (not recommended for amateurs) Charlotte Elizabeth captured it all: one Bride and Groom dipping, floral-infused image at a time. See it all here.

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From Rebecca of Charleston Stems... The bride, Annie, is a former Broadway dancer and current dance teacher. She's a very creative and free loving soul. Craig, however is known as "Mr. Wallstreet" — straight as an arrow. Combining these two personalities was FUN!

In a nod to Annie's theatrical roots, the ceremony was held in The American Theater, and their invitations took on a playbill look, complete with an "admit one" ticket. We gave the theater an "Alice in Wonderland meets art deco" feel. The ceremony was very detailed and personal. The Charleston Plantation Singers surprised the guests by appearing out of a side curtain to sing a spiritual song before the bride walked in. Charleston Brass played during a candle lighting ceremony. The Charleston Plantation Singers then led the guests next door in a "parade" to the William Aiken House for the reception. Our decor definitely had that Southern garden feel — peonies, garden roses, sweet peas in mini topiaries on some tables, proper revere bowls on others — but then to be unexpected, we had funky linens on all of the tables.

The welcome bags were detailed with hand-silkscreened silhouettes of the couple, and then our unofficial theme, "May love grow," was sprinkled throughout William Aiken in everything from our vintage typewriter to the seedlings that were guest favors. The cake kept the Southern garden feel with fresh gardenias flowing down the side.  After the cake cutting, the bride got on stage and sang "Happy Birthday" to the groom, as it was his actual birthday. Annie and Craig left by sparklers and headed to a catered after-party at O-ku — conveniently, right across the street from the William Aiken House.

Wedding Photography: Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer / Ceremony: American Theater in Charleston, South Carolina / Reception: The William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina / Floral Design: Charleston Stems / Wedding Coordination + Design: Lizz Akerman of Southern Protocol / Catering: Nico Romo of Fish / Wedding Cake: WildFlour Pastry / Lighting: AV Connections / Ceremony Musicians: The Plantation Singers + Charleston Wedding Brass / Reception Band: Still Cruzin' / Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez / Bride's Belt: Designed + Handmade by her Mother / Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Cynthia Rowley / Cocktail Napkin, Itinerary and Locations and Wedding Program design: Scotti Cline Designs