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Jacqui Calloway

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Juliet Elizabeth
Two foodies­—he’s worked at Oceana, The Obstinate Daughter, and Wild Olive and she’s penning her first cookbook—tie the knot on All Hallows’ Eve at the bride’s family home on Sullivan’s Island
Victoria Frank & Carmine Peluso
October 31, 2015
Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church & Family Residence on Sullian’s Island
 
Victoria Frank and Carmine Peluso’s tale is the stuff rom-coms are made of. In 2009, when the then-New York City residents and French Culinary Institute students paired up for a class on cooking onions, they mixed about as well as oil and water. “Carmine was super bossy,” laughs Victoria. “I thought to myself, ‘What a know-it-all.’” Little did she know, he had the exact same impression of her.
 
Still, a few months later, they ended up on a dinner date that culminated in a midnight walk across Manhattan. “I was dying for that good-night kiss,” recalls Victoria, who got her wish. “After, it started to snow, and I knew right then and there it would be my last first kiss.”
 
With such cinematic stops and starts, the bar was set high for Carmine’s eventual proposal. When the time came, both had been living in the Lowcountry, and he asked Victoria to meet up for a stroll along the beach at Sullivan’s Island, starting at her parent’s house. When Victoria arrived, she came across a path of rose petals and followed them to the porch where he’d laid out an immense feast complete with terrific wine, a seaside view, and a killer sunset. He dropped to one knee and, laughs Victoria, “I cried so hard I’m pretty sure the folks on the beach thought he was breaking up with me.”
 
Though their courtship may sound like a Katherine Heigl flick (or, better yet, read like a novel by the bride’s mom, Dorothea Benton Frank), Victoria brought everything back to the classics for her nuptials. A Shakespeare buff (and College of Charleston theater grad), she had long imagined a Midsummer Night’s Dream-styled wedding, and called upon Cory Winn Lambert of Sage Innovations to translate that idea into an autumn fête. The result was a lush baroque affair in which florals of peach, eggplant, and berry hues abounded; golden cutlery sparkled against golden linens; and foodie elements like herbs and whole fruits nodded to the season—and the newlyweds’ professions.
 
Indeed, cuisine reigned on the Big Day. “Our guests were eating the entire time,” Victoria boasts. That morning, the bridal party (who’d had a sleepover at the family beach house) loaded up on Mama Frank’s pancakes. And that evening, as an ode to Carmine’s Italian upbringing, Cru Catering served antipasti plates, charcuterie boards, carbonara, and handmade gnocchi with perfection.
 
As the night drew to a close, Victoria and Carmine took one last bite of their opulent, gilded cake and started dreaming of wine and cheese dates on their Parisian honeymoon. Cue the credits, and fade to black. 

Indeed, cuisine reigned on the Big Day. “Our guests were eating the entire time,” Victoria boasts. That morning, the bridal party (who’d had a sleepover at the family beach house) loaded up on Mama Frank’s pancakes. And that evening, as an ode to Carmine’s Italian upbringing, Cru Catering served antipasti plates, charcuterie boards, carbonara, and handmade gnocchi with perfection.

As the night drew to a close, Victoria and Carmine took one last bite of their opulent, gilded cake and started dreaming of wine and cheese dates on their Parisian honeymoon. Cue the credits, and fade to black. 


 
Vendor List
 

Wedding design: Sage Innovations, www.Sage-Innovations.net

Images: Juliet Elizabeth Photography, www.JulietElizabeth.com

Florals: Branch Design Studio, www.BranchDesignStudio.com

Locations: Stella Maris Catholic Church, www.StellaMarisChurch.org (ceremony); family home on Sullivan’s Island (reception)

Lighting: TEC, www.TechnicalEventCompany.com

Bar service: Squeeze Cocktail & Beverage Service, www.Squeeze-OnSite.com

Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal, www.WeddingCakesbyJimSmeal.com

Catering: Cru Catering, www.CruCatering.com

Cigar Lounge: Southern Smoke, www.SouthernSmokeCigars.com

Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme, www.KrispyKreme.com

Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals, www.SnyderEvents.com

Draping: JLV Creative Draping, www.JLVCreative.com

Stationery: Dulles Designs, www.DullesDesigns.com

Music: Plantation Singers, www.PlantationSingers.com (ceremony); Mr. Potato Head, www.EastCoastEntertainment.com (reception)

Bride’s attire: Jim Hjelm by Hayley Paige, Gown Boutique of Charleston, www.GownBoutiqueofCharleston.com

Bridesmaids’ attire: Gown Boutique of Charleston, www.GownBoutiqueofCharleston.com (gowns); BHLDN, www.BHLDN.com (jewelry)

Beauty: Ash & Co., www.AshandCoBridalHair.com

Groom’s attire: Charleston Tuxedo, www.charlestontuxedo.com (tuxedo, shoes); Brackish Bow Ties, www.BrackishBowties.com (bow tie)

Groomsmen’s attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse, www.VeraWang.com

Videographer: Life in Rewind, www.LifeinRewind.com

Transportation: ACW Limo & Rolls Royce, www.ACWLimo.com