Elegant Charleston Wedding
October 22, 2015
Classic WeddingsWeddings in Historical VenuesReligious Institution
This wedding right here?  It's everything.  It's romantic and classic, elegant and sophisticated and filled with sooo many breathtaking details from the talented RLE Charleston, it's almost too pretty to believe. (Truly.)  Head to THE VAULT for every magical moment captured by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay, including pretty paper goods from Paper Moss and lush florals from Tiger Lily Weddings.
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From The Bride... Alan and I live in Washington, D.C., where we met, but we knew for our wedding that we wanted to welcome our friends and family to my home state of South Carolina. Hospitality is important to us, and downtown Charleston was the perfect place to host the weekend festivities.

Our palette featured gold and ivory, along with shades of peach and pops of light blue. Our paper products had touches of lace to mimic my gown. We opted not to have a wedding party, but we got ready on the big day surrounded by our close friends.

We had a traditional church wedding, complete with liturgy that we helped craft. We loved the sanctuary’s vaulted blue and white ceiling and the churchyard’s garden walkway. Our friend Taylor, who was a seminary classmate of mine, officiated. Alan’s mother and father escorted him down the aisle, and my mom walked with me—a poignant moment for us since both my father and stepfather are deceased.

We had a fall wedding, but it was unusually cold the day we got married—the earliest snow on record in the state! Thankfully, the sun started shining through the clouds as we left the church and walked around the corner to our reception at Hibernian Hall. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the rotunda before joining us upstairs in the ballroom.

We wanted our reception to be one big dinner party, followed by lots of dancing. Our guests sat at long farm tables and the Lowcountry meal was served family-style. One must-have on the menu: pulled-pork barbecue with Carolina mustard sauce, which was a staple at family gatherings when I was growing up. For dessert, we served assorted pies alongside Berger cookies—a chocolate specialty from Baltimore, near when Alan grew up.

Alan plays percussion in a bluegrass band with a few friends. They have played at weddings in the D.C. area, so it was special to have them perform during dinner at our wedding. Alan joined them for a few songs before our first dance. Then our friend Jordan worked his DJ skills to keep the dancing going the rest of the night. In honor of Alan’s drumming talent, we exited to the sounds of our guests playing noisemakers, bells, and maracas.

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