My Charleston Wedding

John and I wanted a very small wedding, of no more than 35 and as an avid lover of pineapples, I always knew I wanted to get married at the pineapple fountain rain or shine πŸ˜Š Luckily that day it was SHINE! As an avid lovers of brunch, we decided to have our wedding on a Sunday morning at 10am.

My maid of honor and I stayed at the Vendue the night prior and were able to walk right across the street to the fountain that morning. We decided to utilize the art gallery steps across from the fountain as our entrance “down the isle” so we were in the grassy meadow with the Pineapple Fountain and waterfront as our back drop.  Our pugs, Gus and Pearl were walked down the isle by our best man and maid of honor, Rachel McDuffie and Tripp Wray to a ukulele version of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”.

I walked down the isle to “Watch Me” by Labi Siffre in a long sleeved lace v back gown by Dreamers and Lovers, escorted by my parents. I wanted to make sure the Charleston elements were incorporated into our wedding so I used sweet grass roses in my bouquet as well as John’s boutineer with my signature colors of sage and blush.

With the Pineapple Fountain being a public area, I was prepared that pedestrians would walk past and get in the photo shots. But much to my surprise they all were all off to the sides watching and kindly waiting.
After our vows and exchange of rings, the ceremony ended with “Cuando Cuando Cuando by Englebert Humperdinck and with luck 3 jets flying over at the same time! πŸ˜Š

Our reception followed at Eli’s Table, all our guests decided to walk the few blocks through the French Quarter on this beautiful morning. We rented out the outside courtyard, with magnolia trees, white pergolas, and palm trees, I BARELY had to decorate this already whimsical location. We used white table linens and printed off the brunch menu, using my wedding favors as an additional dΓ©cor touch. (I collected, painted, and fashioned gold painted oyster shells as holiday ornaments.) The staff and event coordinate, Kyra, were so amazing, they were kind enough to let Gus and Pearl run around during the reception.

We had a bloody Mary and mimosa bar set up for guests. For the meal, everyone received Fried Green Tomato Napoleon with Pimento Cheese along with their choice of Shrimp & Grits OR Chicken &Sweet Potato Waffles.
John and I always end our day with chocolate chip cookies and milk. Sooooo for our cake, we decided to go with a ‘naked’ chocolate chip cookie cake with and almond buttercream frosting. Our baker, Heidi, from So Sweet Co. found the perfect marriage (pun intendedπŸ˜‰ ) of cake and cookie in our cake.

After the ceremony, we walked back to the Vendue and little did we know there was a parade that day on broad street! We changed our clothes and dropped the dogs off at home. The rain started on our way back downtown, we decided to grab pho and warm sake at CO on King Street , just the two of us πŸ˜Š

Ceremony Location: The Pineapple Fountain (you only need to apply for a permit and that’s it!) 
Reception Venue,Catering, Bar Service : Eli’s Table 
Photography: Emma Lilli Photography 
Cake: So Sweet Co.(top tier free)
Stationary: Knot2beMissed; (assembled by bride)
Florals, Bouquets, Boutineers: (made by bride)
Bride’s Attire: (dress) Dreamers and Lovers (75% off through, (hair/makeup)by the Bride, (shoes) Raphaella Booz (via poshamrk 60% off), (jewelry) Alex and Ani, Francesca’s.

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