For Atlanta residents Amanda Marion and Ross Simms, a seaside setting located within a few hour’s drive of home topped their destination wedding wish list. With more than a dozen locale options spanning three states, whittling down the list might have been a daunting challenge. As luck would have it, Charleston was their first wedding site scouting trip destination. The couple was instantly charmed by the proximity of stately, historic venues to the Atlantic Ocean. The search for a wedding site was over just as quickly as it started.
Once they agreed to get married in the Lowcountry, Amanda and Ross called upon Loluma event planning services to create a weekend full of personalized touches for their early October affair, including a signature color.
Wedgewood, a shade slightly stronger than cadet gray yet more pale than powder blue, set the color cue for the wedding starting with the save the date mailing. Amanda and Ross sent every invited guest a copy of Very Charleston, the lovely pocket-sized book filled with watercolor illustrations, which served as a beautiful introduction to the very customs and culture that captivated the couple. A Wedgewood-colored bookmark with the wedding date accompanied the book.
According to Amanda, it was “love at first sight” when she toured the Governor Thomas Bennett House with its manicured grounds and free-flying elliptical spiral staircase, one of two found in Charleston (the other is at the Nathaniel Russell House museum). The intimate wedding ceremony took place in the garden. The seven bridal attendants wore various dress styles all in the same Wedgewood-color, while the groomsmen sported the shade with their neckties.
For the wedding reception, described as “southern and romantic” by Loluma event coordinator Tiffany Snyder, hurricane lamps and chandeliers hung from the oak trees. Cru Catering kept the southern theme going with baskets of cornbread muffins and other Lowcountry favorites. The ethereal twilight effect through the clear tent provided by Snyder Rentals was stunning, and guests danced the night away beneath the stars.