Backyard Beauty


As you’ve heard me say plenty before, weddings at home are truly some of my favorite. So, we are throwing it back to a South of Broad fete here in Charleston. The wedding was held at the Bride’s childhood church, and then these reception for over 400 at the bride’s family home. Corbin Gurkin captured the details of the day for us. And, you can see more of this wedding in Charleston Weddings Magazine.

Venue Collage

The classic home in black and white is the perfect color play for our pink and white palette. Also, out of respect, neighbors receive care packages of chamomile tea, ear plugs, and handwritten notes thanking everyone for their understanding.


Save the dates evoke the traditional feel of ta home wedding. With simple and elegant black and white letterpress. Then, engraved invitations set the tone for the wedding weekend.

Bridal Collage

The bride choses an Amsale mermaid gown, sheer sleeves added. And, metallic Jimmy Choo wedges.  Perfect for not sinking into the grass. Mother and bride carry matching embroidered handkerchiefs.

Bridesmaids Collage

Bridesmaids wore LulaKate pink ball skirts over little white dresses (which they donned after the ceremony).  And, the ladies received crystal necklaces and Plum Pretty Sugar robes as gifts from the bride.

Getting ready Collage

After getting ready at home, the bride heads to her first sight moment in a classic white Rolls Royce.


The bride carries a hand tied bouquet of pink garden roses and white calla lilies.

Photos Collage
House Collage

When hosting a wedding at home, we encourage the family to open their home to guests. So, that all of the space can be utilized. We create seating vignettes inside so guests can enjoy a cocktail, and a classical piano player offers a special touch of live music.


Also, the formal dining room makes for a lovely backdrop for the all white wedding cake by Jim Smeal.

Food Collage
Garden Collage

A full scale garden party is set on the grounds. Guests enjoy a bourbon bar, passed rose champagne, local seafood served on ice, and hors d’eouvres by Cru Catering. All served on the family silver.  Custom matches are placed at the bars for guests to grab and takeaway.


Before dancing their first dance as husband and wife, the couple enjoys a special sweetheart table stashed on the second floor porch. They are able to spend moments together discussing the emotions of the day. And, get a birds eye view of the party as its happening.


A pool becomes the dance floor. So, the only thing left to do is hope for amazing weather, which we were blessed with! Must be the burying of the bourbon done a couple of months ahead of the big day.

Going away Collage

After a quick change into a classic Armani getaway suit and birdseed toss, the bride and groom departed by Golf Cart. This is also how they first met.