As soon as I hear the words “Charleston wedding,” I know I’m in for something truly elegant. Tiffany and Chuck’s big day was just that, with the added bonus of whimsy and just enough gold + glitter to bump this wedding up to an 11. A dream team of vendors, including Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography, Party.Love.Birds, and Tiger Lily Weddings, brought the bride and groom’s wedding day dream to a reality.
From the bride, Tiffany: From the time Chuck and I became engaged, we both agreed that we wanted a small, intimate affair. We also wanted to celebrate the milestone in a way that perfectly represents the juxtaposition that is our relationship: him, the flannel-wearing country boy who loves the outdoors and whose favorite hobby is paddling on the river; and me, the sequin-wearing city girl who loves everything bright and shiny. Factor in our mutual love of history and animals, and Middleton Place was a natural and easy selection for our wedding venue. It offered an opportunity to have a wedding that simultaneously had a rustic yet glamorous feel to it. We also wanted to incorporate some personal elements into the reception – decor and design elements that reflected who we are as a couple. For us, that is our mutual love of and passion for animals. I was very fortunate to have a planner who understood and shared that vision and who was able to incorporate little details like animal seating charts and place cards and feathers, which added a sparkling sense of whimsy without the kitsch.
Bouquet recipe: Pink cabbage roses, white peonies and pink orchids. It was designed to be an updated/contemporary version of the cascading bouquet my mother carried down the aisle 30 years ago and included my great-grandmother’s engagement ring, which was secured to the stems with champagne ribbon.
Our theme was glamour and animals – or “glaminals,” as my planner and I took to calling them – and it incorporated a blush and champagne color scheme. To achieve this style and feel for the wedding, my planner took on a number of DIY projects, including spray painting lanterns and animal place cards for the reception with gold and silver glitter paint. She also spray painted and chalked old windows and window frames to create signage and a seating chart for both the cocktail hour and reception.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be present in each and every moment of your wedding day. Soak up all the love, joy and bliss. It goes by in the blink of an eye!
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
Final Dance: “She Was the Prize,” Gaelic Storm
When Chuck was just a boy, his father played Van Morrison for him for the very first time. He told him that when he was older and he found a girl he liked, Van Morrison would teach him everything he needed to know. And he was right! And so, we danced our first dance as husband and wife to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.”
Wedding Location: Charleston, SC / Photographer: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography / Event Planning and Design: Party.Love.Birds / Florist: Tiger Lily Weddings / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Middleton Place / Wedding Dress: Alyne by Rivini via Bleubelle Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair and Makeup: Wedding Hair by Charlotte / Wedding Cake: Cakes By Kasarda / Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston / DJ: Jay Maxwell / Draping and Lighting: JLV Creative / Rentals: Event DRS / Officiant: Bill Schlitt / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Getaway Transportation: A Charleston Wedding