Warm Love in the Lowcountry

It wouldn’t be winter wedding season without sharing this oh so pretty fete at Montage Palmetto Bluff . Not only is it filled with so many custom details, the tailored crispness of the color palette creates a dreamy day. And, the seaside location is what makes a “winter” wedding in the Lowcountry perfect. Photos by Corbin Gurkin. Lettered Olive did an amazing job creating a fresh take on tradition with this invitation suite. While the rectangle shape, paper, and black calligraphied ink fall along the modest vein, the embroidered emerald green velvet belly band, and gold edging add a modern vibe.

With the wedding take place at a full service resort, simple wedding welcome gifts fit the bill. Take home dopp kits, and Christmas plaid koozies were tokens of appreciation complimenting the snacks and goodies.

The bride wore a gown by Oscar de la Renta, and shoes by Jimmy Choo.  The lace long sleeves were stunning!  The couple opted for a first sight moment before the ceremony in the Chapel.

In order to set the tone for the English garden feel from the first moment, the exterior doors of the chapel were adorned with boxwood greenery, and a floral archway.The architectural lines of the grand windows in the chapel essentially created a “trellis” for us. So, filling it with flowers seemed the natural thing to do.  And, adding a bridal white aisle runner helps absorb the sunlight on the wooden floors and soften the grand space.

Green and white flowers are my all time favorite palette to work with. And, with Emerald green bridesmaids dresses, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Lily of the valley for the bride and groom, and lush and wild mixtures of hearty and dainty for the girls. The old Plantation ruins serve as the backdrop for cocktail hour. Guests were able to enjoy a lovely Lowcountry day, and sunset before heading to dinner.

We didn’t want the wedding to feel too “Christmasy”. But, we also had to do something fun for the season. So, the escort cards for dinner, were actually Christmas ornaments with the names handwritten on them. And, these were great take homes for guests’ trees at home, of course.

You know I love to make sure the exterior of our tents are just as pretty as the inside. Because, it’s’ the first thing your guests see, so we have to wow them before they even walk in the door.For this tent, we wanted to bring the outside in, so greenery garlands are draped from the ceiling. Also, garland covered lanterns, and a greenery trellis wall served as the background focal point for the large tent.Small greenery wreaths with embroidered banners make the sweetest holiday table numbers.  Velvet menu books emblazoned with gold name plates were big wow getters on the tabletops. Simple touches like piping on the linens finish the look, for example. Mixing the flower and candle heights and type of holders give a layered look that’s not messy.

Again, to break up and soften the extra large tent space, carpeting is laid, and a raw wood “shiplap” wall is built. Shelving to hold the glassware has the tent looking more like a custom built home than a wedding tent!
A patterned dance floor in the wedding colors became the focal point of the lounge. And, works so well with the velvet upholstered sofas and benches.Also, Jim Smeal’s artistic gum paste flowers on a textured white cake layered provides a stunning centerpiece.

And, for those who prefer to take their cake home with them, waxed bags printed with the couple’s custom monogram are passed out as late night sweet treats. Hiding a band’s equipment is always a priority. So, we had the band perform behind a silhouetted wall. Not only was this a new and different presentation, it keeps in line with the super polished aesthetic.

After a sparkler send off, the couple drove off into the night in a greenery draped golf cart. The true goodbyes came after the couple hosted their guests for a brunch the following day.