Allison and Brad were set up on a blind date by mutual friends, where they enjoyed dinner followed by a movie and frozen yogurt. The couple’s June birthdays are five days apart, so rather than doing gifts for each other the tradition was to plan a weekend trip or special dinner to celebrate. When they had been dating for three and a half years, Allison was in graduate school at MUSC so the pair planned a weekend day trip to Edisto followed by a nice dinner in downtown Charleston. After going out with some friends on Friday (Allison’s actual birthday), the couple came home and decided to take a moonlight stroll down to the dock across the street from Allison’s house. Brad surprised her with an unexpected “birthday gift,” which happened to be a diamond! Their birthday trip was also spent celebrating being newly engaged.
The November wedding marked the fifth year of becoming an “official” couple. The ceremony was held on the front lawn of the Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown. The couple describe their personal style as effortless and straightforward, so they wanted to keep things fresh and simple with respect to design elements. Classic mahogany-toned wooden chairs were arranged under the shade of ancient live oaks and the only ceremony florals other than the bouquets and boutonnieres were two heirloom ferns grown by the bride’s grandmother. Crisp white table linens and no-fuss centerpieces adorned the round tables, while twinkling lights amongst the trees and miniature tea lights provided a soft glow. Various greenery, white and ivory tones, and gold accents completed the look. The bride wore a classic lace and tulle applique gown with a bateau neckline, court train and fabric button closure from Amanda’s Collection. She also wore an heirloom ring, given to her as a gift from the groom, which belonged to his late grandmother. Family members provided special readings during the ceremony and the officiant was the groom’s youth leader at his church growing up.
During cocktail hour guests dined on small bites like pimento cheese, fresh black-eyed pea and corn dip, pickled okra and cream cheese with pepper jelly—a Lowcountry nod to the time Allison spent in Charleston. There was also a make your own biscuit bar (the groom is a certified brunch-lover!) with toppings like Nutella, apple butter, honey and fruit jams. Dessert selections included a tray of simple iced “F” cookies, as well as family recipes like a 12-layer chocolate cake from the bride’s mother, a pound cake from her grandmother and a strawberry cake from the groom’s mother. The wedding cake itself was a simple, two-tiered (one chocolate, one vanilla) cake with whipped cream filling and buttercream icing created by Coccadotts. The registry table was a beautiful antique wood piece inherited from the groom’s grandmother. The pair also incorporated a memory table with photos of family who had passed on or who were unable to attend the special day.
Photographer: Gillian Claire Photography | Venue: Kaminski House Museum | Dress: Amanda’s Collection | Hair/Makeup: Derrian Cooper & Randall Jones | Cake: Coccadotts and made by family | Custom Cookies: Harris Teeter Bakery | Florist: Carolina Charm | Catering: Carolina Catering of Georgetown | Entertainment: Ice Box Productions DJ Service | Equipment Rentals: EventWorks