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Molly Ramsey

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Marni Rothschild Pictures
Upscale décor and high fashion meet for a beautiful Big Day with a showstopping confection

Courtland Crosswell & John McBroom
October 26, 2013
The Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston & The William Aiken House


A laid-back black-tie affair: an oxymoron, perhaps, but that’s just what Houston, Texas, native Courtland Crosswell envisioned for her October 26, 2013 wedding to John McBroom of Corpus Christi, Texas. “Both our families are extremely traditional, so we wanted a wedding classic in design but relaxed and festive in feel,” Courtland says. Ellen Robinson of WED brainstormed with the bride—a food blogger who also dabbles in home décor—to fill The William Aiken House with verdant topiaries; an elegant palette of ivory, green, and silvery light blue; and patterned linens and pillows. “Using a variety of textures and prints made the space feel like someone’s home,” says Ellen, “while capping it at two patterns in the same palette helped keep the design cohesive.” Last, Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal pulled inspiration from the décor, as well as from the bride’s Monique Lhuillier ensemble (available in Charleston through Maddison Row), for a five-tier confection that stunned. On the day itself, the newlyweds and their 400 tux- and gown-clad guests noshed, lounged, and danced the night away. Safe to say, mission accomplished
 

Vendor List

Baker: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal, www.WeddingCakesByJimSmeal.com

Bar Service: Fish Restaurant, www.PPGHCharleston.com

Bridal Attire: Monique Lhuillier, available in Charleston through Maddison Row; www.MaddisonRow.com

Bridesmaid Attire: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids, www.BellaBridesmaids.com

Caterer and Bar Service: Fish Restaurant, www.PPHGCharleston.com

Ceremony Location: Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston, www.SecondPresbyterianChurch.org

Florist: Sara York Grimshaw Designs, www.SYGDesigns.com

Groom’s Attire: Jack Victor, available in Charleston through Berlin’s for Men, www.BerlinsClothing.com

Getaway Vehicle: Charleston Coach Carriage, www.charlestoncoach.com

Hair and Makeup: Stuart Laurence Salon, www.StuartLaurenceSalon.com
Linens: Nüage Designs, www.NuageDesigns.com

Musicians: The Carolina Bagpiper (ceremony), www.TheCarolinaBagpiper.com; Atlanta Showstoppers (reception), www.AtlantaShowstoppers.com

Photographer: Marni Rothschild Pictures, www.MarniPictures.com

Reception Location: The William Aiken House, www. PPHGCharleston.com

Rentals: Snyder Events, www.SnyderEvents.com

Signage: Studio R, www.Studio-R-Design.com

Stationery: Crane & Co., www.Crane.com

Wedding Design and Coordination: Ellen Robinson of WED, www.CharlestonEvent.com

Videographer: Reel Weddings, www.TheReelWeddings.com