This Intimate Wedding Captures the Charms of Charleston
Hands down, one of our favorite things about the South is the rich history found around every corner. I wouldn't be surprised if Amelia and Matt agreed--they chose two beautiful venues for their wedding that date back to the 18th century. Not only did this sweet Charleston couple honor history through their wedding venues, they celebrated their own history and their marriage. Don't miss the way they incorporated monograms into their decor.
Thank you to SMM Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding with us!
We got married just seven months after we got engaged, which didn't give me much time to find a dress. I looked all over Charleston and came up short, so in February, I planned a trip to Atlanta to go to Bridals by Lori. Our friend and her mother came with me to my appointment, and the moment I put my dress on, I was in love. I felt like a princess and, more importantly, like a bride. My aunt made my beautiful cathedral-length veil, which meant the world to me. I was also the fifteenth bride in my family to carry our family heirloom hanky on my wedding day. I chose to have the hanky wrapped around the base of my bouquet, along with the rosary of Matt's late mother, Fiona Mae Dahar.
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We loved the look and feel of the French Huguenot church. It didn't hurt that the church had recently been renovated, and the outside had been repainted light pink. Pink is my favorite color, and we used it as an accent color throughout the wedding. As for the reception venue, we both love food, and McCrady's is known for their amazing food. McCrady's is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks. The long room where our reception dinner was held was the site of a dinner honoring President George Washington during his Southern tour of our new nation in 1791.
I wanted a romantic look and feel to the flowers. I carried a bouquet of pink peonies with silvery accents of dusty miller. Peonies are my favorite flowers, so I was thrilled they were in season for the wedding. The bridesmaid bouquets were varying shades of white and cream. They featured hyacinth, ranunculus, accents of dusty miller, and trailing ivory ribbons. We had an "A" and an "M" made of white spray roses, which were placed on the gates of the church and later moved to the reception to accompany a larger "D" that completed our married monogram.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance song was "XO" by John Mayer. John Mayer was one of my favorite artists growing up, so I am partial to his music. The first and only time we've heard the song on the radio was driving back home one night after dinner. It was a month before the wedding, and we still had not agreed on a first dance song. We both looked at each other and knew this was such a fitting song for our love story.
How did y'all meet? Tell us your love story. Matt and I met at a restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2010. I had just accepted a job and moved there from Florida, and Matt had moved there from Pennsylvania for dental school. I was with a large group of girls, and Matt was with a large group of guys. I noticed him almost immediately. His friend Josh came over to our table and asked if we would like to join them for a drink. One of my friends and I went over to the table, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Tell us all about the proposal! Aside from the wedding, the day Matt asked me to marry him was the best day of my life. I had previously arranged for professional photographs to be taken of the two of us. Little did I know, Matt decided to propose during the photo shoot. At one point, the photographer directed Matt to pretend to whisper something sweet into my ear. I didn't think much of this, since she had been directing us to hold hands, smile at each other, etc. Instead of pretending to whisper something in my ear, Matt began to kiss me, and in between each kiss, he whispered how much he loved me and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Then, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes! He then whisked me away to a celebratory dinner at Circa 1886 and a romantic weekend stay at the historic Wentworth Mansion.
When did y'all get married? June 28, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 100
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? The cake flavors included red velvet and hummingbird. We used sweetgrass baskets for our flower girl to carry and to hold our cards. Our welcome bags featured Benne wafers and mini Moon Pies.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs? Keeping the wedding and reception sites so close (less than three blocks) to each other took away the need for guest transportation, which helped cut down cost. Also, our reception venue was small and intimate, so our guest list stayed small too.
What's next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Matt recently took a position as a pediatric dentist in the Pittsburgh area, and we moved shortly after our honeymoon. We are looking forward to starting a family together soon.
Photographer: SMM Photography / Videographer: Adam Seigel / Planner: Rebecca Erickson of The Burlap Elephant / Ceremony Venue: The French Huguenot Church / Reception Venue: McCrady's / Florist: Out of the Garden / Cake Baker: The Bakehouse Bakery Cafe / DJ: DJ Mike / Bride’s Gown: "3100" by Lazaro / Hair Stylist: Kacie Fauling / Bride’s Shoes: Adrianna Papell / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Men's Attire: Vera Wang Black Label / Donuts: Glazed Gourmet Donuts