Middleton’s Octagonal Sunken Garden—so named for its four-quadrant, eight-sided configuration—is tucked just off the Greensward and overlooks the Ashley River. When dressing the stunning, wide-open space with a fantasy reception, Lisa Thomas of Ooh! Events made full use of the spread with a mind toward creating party flow. “I divided it into two sections with bars and lounge seating and another section for a tented dining area,” she says, “then I set aside the fourth section for the dancing tent.” Known for her deft (and playful) use of color, whimsy, and chic antique appointments, Lisa then showered the area with a rainbow of florals, crystal, and china. To anchor the quirky hues, she opted for furniture in solid colors.
At a Glance...
Décor: Multi-colored rentals from Ooh! Events’ warehouse paired with china and glassware from Polished! to create pops of color.
Tents: Sperry Tents Southeast erected two tents: one with a clear top for an open-air garden party vibe and a second of indigo sailcloth that glowed when the moon shone through its unpainted stars.
Flowers: Out of the Garden draped chandeliers in vines.
Catering: To complement the color-rich setting, The Restaurant at Middleton Place offered house-cured heritage pork belly with succotash and saffron corn purée.
Cocktails: ICEBOX bottled custom-made handcrafted strawberry-mint lemonade fizzes.
The Restaurant at Middleton Place
House cured heritage pork belly, succotash, and saffron with corn purée
Pickled shrimp salad, South Carolina cowpeas, local feta cheese, preserved lemon,
and Middleton organic field greens
Green tomato bruschetta, South Carolina goat cheese, and golden balsamic
Specialty Cocktail: The Manhattan Bar
Specialty Drink: Handcrafted strawberry-mint lemonade, bottled and carbonated
Band: The Bluestone Ramblers, www.TheBluestoneRamblers.com
Bar: ICEBOX, www.IceboxBar.com
Catering: The Restaurant at Middleton Place, www.MiddletonPlace.org
Décor, Design, and Rentals: Ooh! Events, www.TheArtofCreating.com
Florals: Out of the Garden, www.TheArtofCreating.com
Lighting and Sound: AV Connections, www.AVConnectionsSC.com
Location: Octagonal Sunken Garden at Middleton Place, www.MiddletonPlace.org
Papergoods: Ancesserie, www.Ancesserie.com
Photographs: Marni Rothschild Pictures, www.marnipictures.com
Place Settings and Crystal: Polished!, www.PolishedTabletop.com
Tents: Sperry Tents Southeast, www.SperryTentsSoutheast.com