The road to Erica and Michael’s champagne and greenery-filled wedding day in Charleston all started with an Uber ride. The bride-to-be just so happened to call up the groom’s car for a trip to her AirBNB on James Island. Since it was one of the last calls of the night and he lived nearby, the grad student and part-time Uber driver made a trip that would change his life!
They began a long distance relationship between Philadelphia and Charleston, and the city became a major player in their love story. Michael took Erica to Morris Lighthouse to tell her that he loved her on one of her visits, and a year later took her to the same spot on the beach to propose! They set the wedding a year out, hired Pure Luxe Bride to help bring it all together and Sara Boyd Photography to capture their day, and the rest is history!
Erica knew she wanted a fitted wedding dress with details that would photograph beautifully, and her Martina Liana was the perfect choice! The intricate lace over a champagne lining made the pattern pop, and she loved the lace straps and low back!
Erica held a ‘father of the bride first look’ with her dad before even her groom got to see her!
The couple held a First Look on the beach outside The Cedar Room, before Sara Boyd Photography took them on a portrait session throughout historic downtown Charleston for some amazing captures!
Instead of picking a ‘theme’ or overall look for their wedding, Erica opted to focus on how she wanted it to ‘feel’ – light, airy, and crisp were her goal words. She opted for all white flowers with a hint of greenery by Petaloso and paired them with champagne details and navy suits to complement the timeless beauty of Charleston.
How stunning is her lace statement train!
The bride wanted something fresh for her bridesmaids, and loved the flattering halter neckline of the Amelia dress by Amsale Nouvelle! The liquid metal material in shimmering champagne added to the airy feel of her wedding! The bridesmaids carried greenery bouquets with white flowers to complement the bride’s lush white garnen floral bouquet.
They held their ceremony outdoors in the courtyard of The Cedar Room, with a backdrop of saw palmettos and greenery to give it a Charleston feel. Petaloso created a rustic birch backdrop with ivory and blush roses that managed to feel as though it could have grown right in the courtyard!
The couple asked the groom’s brother to perform the ceremony to make it feel personal and allow both their Christian and Jewish faiths to be represented. They each wore an heirloom from their family – Michael work his late grandfather’s watch and Erica wore her grandfather’s fraternity pin as a family tradition. As an extra personal touch, the. couple wrote their own vows to each other!
Vintage lounge decor from Event Works Rentals created conversational seating areas in the old Cigar Factory turned wedding venue. The exposed brick walls and towering windows created an airy space for guests to mingle and sip champagne!
Pure Luxe Bride helped them envision to the perfect reception decor – long tables covered in champagne lace and greenery arrangements with white flowers complemented the fresh and airy style Erica had in mind.
A mix of high and low centerpieces on the long dining tables made the most of the towering ceilings and helped the large ballroom feel full, while lower arrangements along the tabletop encouraged coversation.
Erica used vintage mirrors for her wedding signs, including the seating chart and the cocktail menu!
The venue created the beautiful semi-naked cake, which the bride chose because the unfinished texture was a nod to the exposed brick walls!
Their biggest splurge was the band! They wanted to make memories on the dance floor, and loved seeing the bride’s grandparents dance the night away!
WEDDING VENDORS –
Photography: Sara Boyd Photography | Ceremony Venue and Reception Venue \ Wedding Cake: The Cedar Room | Event Planning: Pure Luxe Bride | Floral Design: Petaloso | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale Nouvelle | Veil: Gown Boutique of Charleston | Earrings: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Attire: Berlin’s Clothing | Ties: Express | Hair Styling and Makeup: Wedding Hair By Charlotte | Event Rentals: Event Works Rentals | Linen Rentals: Nuage Designs | Videography: Seagrass Creative |Submitted via: Matchology