Venue: The Governor Thomas Bennett House
Kirby and Cody got married on March 14, 2020. As the week ticked on, we were learning more and more about the devastation of Covid-19, but we were still optimistic. What started out on Monday as a 175 person wedding ended up on Saturday, as guests began to learn more about the dangers of travel, as a 120ish person wedding. Prior to the CDC limiting event sizes, this couple still celebrated with a smile on their faces, and loved ones sending wishes from far away. They chose Charleston for its charm, and the Thomas Bennett House for the feeling that they were hosting friends and family in their own home. And as for the design – simply – the house drove the design. From the watercolor liner on their invitations (hand painted by Markey of Hatchcove Designs) to the subtle ivory draping (by Under the Veil), which provided a framework for the blooming azaleas, the entire space was truly highlighted. The pair really wanted to let the garden and venue speak for themselves, so they worked with the Fox Events team to create subtle ways to execute that vision. Dusty blue linens and faded lavender-to-mauve flowers provided a unique, yet feminine, color palette. Kirby’s bouquet included freshly clipped white azaleas that my team pruned that morning. Rustic accents like raw wooden chairs and cheesecloth runners allowed the event to have an almost homespun feeling. Vintage inspired blue and white china decorated the tabletop, so it felt like they had just set the table to host their nearest and dearest with ease. Cru Catering served chicken biscuits and Southern fare to cap off the effortless event. And we would be remiss if we did not note the fountain gushing with purple blooms at cocktail hour, which echoed the massive floral chandelier that watched over the dance floor at the reception. The vision was to make it feel like an elevated Southern backyard party, and it was simply perfect in a time of true uncertainty.