by Amy Serrago
Megan and Luke wanted a wedding dripping with Southern charm. They had a lot of out of town guests to consider and Megan says she and Luke wanted a venue that “screamed Charleston”. Old Wide Awake Plantation “nailed it” for them. “The huge white plantation house, the pond with the fountain, the trees with Spanish moss, the ivy on the bricks, the wrap around porch, the long driveway we used as an aisle, and all of the greenery! Literally everything about it was perfect”, says Megan. The two started their day with a ceremony on the moss covered steps to the historic home’s grand porch. They spent a lot of time getting to know their officiant and he did an amazing job personalizing their ceremony. He incorporated religious traditions and a reading from “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, a perfect choice, since Megan is a teacher!
Megan was the perfect spring bride in her classic ballgown with its sweetheart neckline and layered skirting. She says she knew from watching “about a million episodes of Say Yes to the Dress” that she wanted something “big and layered” and she rocked it! For her bridesmaids, she chose the color and the fabric and let the ladies chose styles that would make them look and feel fabulous, and they did. Their bouquets were a blend of eucalyptus and blush peonies and roses, the soft romantic color scheme complimented the refined southern setting. Luke wanted suits in a shade of gray that wasn’t too light or too dark and he found them at Jos. A Bank. The guys loved them, because they’ll be able to wear them again and again and we love their striped ties that matched the ladies’ gowns.
The reception took place outside on the grounds of the grand home under hundreds of strung Edison lights. Tables were set with classic white linens and runners of greenery to enhance the already lush surroundings. Rustic touches like the ball jars and vases that Megan collected and gave to her florist to use for the arrangements bought extra charm to the decor, realizing Megan’s fairytale vision perfectly. “Old Wide Awake is already a beautiful venue but the best part of it is the greenery that surrounds the entire plantation. We wanted to make sure to reflect this in our centerpieces, on our tables, in the cakes, in bouquets, boutonnieres, etcetera”, says Megan. After dinner, guests were treated to hand rolled cigars, rolled right at the reception, before dancing the night away with DJ Juan who as Megan put it “delivered a BOMB party”. Congratulations Megan and Luke!
Equipment Rentals: EventHaus Rentals//Officiant: Charles T Waugh Wedding Officiant//Beauty:Cloud IX Bridal//DJ: Bunn DJ Company//Transportation: CHARLESTON BLACK CAB COMPANY//Transportation:Low Country Valet & Shuttle Co.//Shoes:Jack Rogers//Ring Designer:Diamonds Direct//Invitation Designer: The American Wedding//Groomsman Attire:Jos. A Banks//Favors and Gifts: Savannah Bee Company//Event Planner:Margaret McKenzie Weddings//Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie//Equipment Rentals:Event Haus//Cake Designer:ABCD Cakes//Floral Designer: OK Florist//Cinema and Video: Nest Productions//Event Venue:Old Wide Awake Plantation//Photographer: Rebecca Hicks Photography