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Banking on Good Ideas

Written By

Written By: 
Frances Bramsen

Photos By

Photos By: 
Richard Bell Photography
Serving as her own planner and stylist, one Magnolia Plantation and Gardens bride schools us on delivering a cohesive DIY Big Day

Chinyere Stinson & Johnnie Watson, III
March 15, 2013
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

San Antonio, Texas, residents Chinyere Stinson and Johnnie Watson, III, are both bankers by trade, but after the two hosted their stylish DIY wedding, they might just want to reconsider their professions. The pair—who met at a networking event when both lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, and fell for Charleston on a romantic weekend trip here—started planning with a questionnaire and a spreadsheet. Since location was a key item to both, they listed pros and cons of several venues, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens won out for history, ambience, and landscape. From there, they scoured online sources from eBay to Etsy and more for décor, favors, invitations, and everything in between. Johnnie pitched in by sorting out the palette, among other things, and friends spent a night assembling hotel guest gift bags. “There is no way I could have the wedding of my dreams without the help of others,” says Chinyere. When the day came, WildFlowers, Inc.’s Beth LeonGuerrero acted as the day-of coordinator to execute the couple’s vision, and, says Chinyere, “Ultimately, I was completely satisfied.”

 

Vendor List

Bar: MIX Premier Bartending, www.mixcharleston.com

Bridal Gown: Enzoani, www.bluebyenzoani.com
Bridal Makeup: Dannon Collard, www.dannoncollard.com

Bridal Veil & Accessories: Claire’s Boutique, www.claires.com
Cake: Artistic Cakes by Linda, www.ibakecakes.com

Ceremony & Reception Location: Carriage House at Magnolia Planation and Gardens, www.magnoliaplantation.com

Day-Of Coordinator: Charleston Wedding Studio, www.charlestonweddingstudio.com

Draping: Engaging Events, www.engagingeventscharleston.com

Florist: Wildflowers, Inc., www.wildflowersinc.com

Flower Girls’ Dresses: Pink Princess, www.pinkprincess.com

Groom’s & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse, www.menswearhouse.com
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo, www.ferragamo.com
Invitations: Amore Paper, www.amorepaper.com

Photography: Richard Bell Photography, www.charlestonwedding.com

Rentals: Group Dynamics (lounge furniture, string lights, lanterns, iron pillars,, www.groupdynamics.biz
Signage: Elocin Design (reception and bar), nmpomeroy@yahoo.com.au

Video: Charleston Video Service, www.charlestonvideoservice.com