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A Warm Welcome

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Virgil Bunao
Lowcountry love rules this kick-your-feet-up Mount Pleasant fête  


Marianna Clark & Clint Presley
October 6, 2012
Boone Hall Plantation

Home is where the heart is, right? Well, in the case of Marianna Clark and Clint Presley, the saying not only holds true—it defined their fall 2012 nuptials. Following Clint’s proposal in the couple’s Charlotte, North Carolina, home, the Queen City natives chose to wed in Mount Pleasant, where Marianna grew up making annual trips to visit relatives.

“We wanted a wedding where guests would feel comfortable and welcomed—exactly how Clint and I feel when we come down here to stay with family,” Marianna says.  The pair chose Boone Hall Plantation, founded in 17th century and home to the pastoral Cotton Dock, as their venue. Then Marianna began scouring Etsy for pieces like bouquet charms from Perfect Pendants Plus, sign-in artwork from Bleu de Toi, and good-bye “wedding wands” from Craft Up Your Life, among many other finds.  To weave all her couture-crafted finds into a streamlined and polished fête, Marianna sought out Kristin Newman Designs.

Months later, Marianna and Clint exchanged vows on the plantation’s grounds and retreated with their guests to the dock. There, Kristin’s team, along with Heather Barrie of Gathering Floral + Event Design, had filled the rustic space with antique appointments and artisan-styled décor in a Lowcountry-inspired palette—taupe and cream for sand and sweetgrass baskets, green and blue for marsh and waterways, and peachy pink for shells and sweet shrimp. When the sun set, flickering candles and sweeping garlands of café lights gave the space a warm glow. “The whole evening felt like we were sitting on a porch or couch at a friend’s house catching up,” says Marianna. “It was fantastic!”


Vendor List

Bouquet Charm: Perfect Pendants,
Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone,
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Dessy, available through Bella Bridesmaid ( and Jean’s Bridal (
Cake,Caterer, Bar, & Wine Service: Cru Catering,
Ceremony Location: Boone Hall Front Lawn,
Favors: Idea Chic,
Florist and Décor: Gathering Floral & Event Design,
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Charleston Tuxedo,
Photography:Virgil Bunao Photography,
Reception Location: Boone Hall Plantation Cotton Dock,
Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals
Art: Bleu de Toi,
Stationery & Invitations: Dodeline Designs
Valise and Guest Cards: Itty Bitty Wedding,
Wedding Design & Coordination: Kristin Newman Designs,
Wedding Wands: Craft Up Your Life,