These two. So much great energy! It’s laughable to admit I was a little wary when all my initial contact was through the bride’s mom, Julie, who was planning her LA-based daughter’s Charleston wedding from North Carolina. Thankfully, my fears of potential control issues immediately vanished when I met Amber and her mom for the bridal portrait session before their Confederate Home wedding. Genuine, gracious and full of laughs and happiness. Good genes obviously abound, but that was just the icing on the cake. What’s not to love about beautiful brunette bridesmaids in regal purple, the perfect outdoor setting in an incredibly historic nook on Broad Street, a charming and hilarious groom, the gaggle of cute young guests, an elegant dinner at McCrady’s and awesome dance moves? (Jensen is an LA-based musician, after all — check out his site.) I loved this day.
The Confederate Home is such an interesting venue. Built as a private home in the early 1800s that hosted a president and politicians, it later became the Carolina Hotel, the U.S. District Court, the meeting place for the Confederate Court during the Civil War, a home for widows and children after the war, and houses seniors today. If walls could talk! I’d love to work there again. The getting-ready space upstairs is spacious and window-filled, making it a great place to relax and prepare. The garden is a quiet hidden gem. That said, I recommend brides check in with St. Michael’s down the street to see what their bell schedule is. On this fine spring Sunday, the bells rang for the duration of Amber & Jensen’s 20-minute ceremony. But even though guests couldn’t hear every exchange, we could all feel the love. May the Fourth be with y’all!
Wedding Venue | Confederate Home
Hair and Makeup | Stella Nova
Florals | Mimi Nicole Events
Ceremony Music | Palmetto Strings
Event Coordination by Laura Morgan of Finger Snappin’ Events
Reception and Dinner | McCrady’s
Cake | The Cake Stand
DJ, Trolley, Photo Booth | Finger Snappin’ Entertainment
Bride’s Gown | Tomato in Los Angeles
Bridesmaid dresses | Donna Morgan at Nordstrom
Groom’s Tux | Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse
Accommodations | Mills House Hotel
If you enjoyed this midweek dose of wedded bliss, I hope you’ll recommend this blog post, have a look around my site and spread the word to your fun friends who may be planning a wedding. Thanks a bunch!