South Carolina Plantation Wedding
This South Carolina affair shot by Corbin Gurkin (who recently relaunched her gorgeous new site!) and styled head to toe by bride Shannon, who also happens to be a fantastic photographer herself, is the ultimate in Southern charm. In this gorgeous plantation setting moss cascades from the trees, providing the ultimate background for a soiree at dusk! There’s much more to see, so head over to the photo gallery to get a better look!
From the bride, Shannon: Jake and I got married in October, specifically, on HALLOWEEN! It was not necessarily a Halloween-themed wedding, but the date worked and our friend and photographer, Corbin Gurkin, was available then as well. We got engaged at the very end of March, so we had about 7 months to plan. I have always absolutely loved the feel of the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation, so that is where we chose! So with 7 months, we set out to create our perfectly unperfect handmade wedding!
The morning of the wedding Jake and I headed out to Boone Hall with some of our family and friends to start the prep. I gave some ideas I had and then left them in charge of the rest of the setup! I really did not want a large wedding party so my sister and I got ready at the Restoration on King.
Jake is a musician (drummer) and has played in several different bands in Charleston so three of his friends played as guests were walking into the ceremony area and as my Dad and I walked down the aisle, my friend from preschool, Kendra, sang Cat Power’s “I Found a Reason” and Jake’s friend, Ransom, played along with the piano. Our ceremony was short and quick. We each wrote our own vows and my friend from kickball officiated. I am definitely at times more quiet than Jake so I thought I would have the hard time saying my vows in front of all our friends and family, but it was actually quite the opposite! Jake even started to tear up (this is rare, extremely rare). After our ceremony, guests waved fabric wands that we made as we walked up the aisle.
Guests headed over to the Cotton Dock as we took photographs with Corbin and Thatcher. I did not really want the traditional “grand entrance” and was really quite nervous about this first dance. So Jake and I entered the reception and immediately just went into our first dance (“Mango Tree” by Angus and Julia Stone). We then each danced with our parents. Since our wedding was on Halloween, I made jars of candy to put on each table so our nieces and nephew (flower girls and ring bearer) could “trick or treat” at each table. We also set up a photo booth with some crazy glasses, hats, etc. I am a huge sweets person and knew right away that I wanted to get treats from Sugar Bakeshop! Jake is not really into cake, so I had a pecan pie for me and cake for me (although we still cut the small cake). My grandmother made cookies and my Dad made fudge to add to the dessert table. And… we also had s’mores supplies for guests to create at the fireplace.
Our wedding day was amazing and literally could not have happened without the help of all our family and friends. Jake especially spent so much time making stuff for the wedding including salvaged wood planter boxes, our book paper heart sign, directional signs, and he surprised me before the wedding with the “LOVE” sign that sat above the fireplace—it hangs in our living room today! We exited as our guests waved sparklers — I put on a white Mardi Gras mask and Jake wore sunglasses as a small nod to Halloween!
From the photographer, Corbin Gurkin: Shannon is just a lovely person and was one of the first friends I met when I bought our home in Charleston three years ago. I immediately loved her sweet and calm nature and could not have been more honored when she and her fiance Jake asked if I’d photograph their wedding. The event was so beautifully done – the perfect balance of handmade details and use of the natural environment that makes for a gorgeous backdrop already. A photographer herself, Shannon was conscious of the timing of the day and we were really able to make the most of the late afternoon light. It was a portrait session following the ceremony that is every photographer’s dream. Shannon and Jake’s affection for each other was so palpable and they also really trusted me to capture their personalities in a way that was understated and natural. Having such a great rapport made for some of my favorite portraits to date.
Corbin Gurkin (who recently relaunched her gorgeous new site!) and styled head to toe by bride Shannon, who also happens to be a fantastic photographer herself, is the ultimate in Southern charm. In this gorgeous plantation setting moss cascades from the trees, providing the ultimate background for a soiree at dusk! There’s much more to see, so head over to the View all images from this wedding in the gallery
Wedding Vendors (Mt. Pleasant, SC):
Wedding Venue: The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Corbin Gurkin / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s bracelet: Malso Design / Bride’s Necklace: Banana Republic / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Bride’s Hair: Amy Arrington / Bride’s Makeup: Elizabeth Quinton / Wedding Catering: Home Team BBQ / Wedding Desserts: Sugar Bakeshop / Day-of Coordinator: Pure Bliss / Officiant: Adria Fernandez / Flowers and Rentals: OOH Events / Bar Service: Snyder