Amy Leatherman & Merritt Smith
December 12, 2015
Bethel United Methodist Church & Hibernian Hall
“Truthfully, Merritt and I chose December for our wedding because football season would be over, and we wanted as many attendees as possible,” laughs Amy. The added bonus of a holiday-season affair like theirs? “It allows you to utilize the seasonal décor that’s already in your venue,” says planner Heather Barrie of Gathering Floral + Event Design. Indeed, Hibernian Hall came with a 20-foot tree adorned in gold and silver ornaments, while the couple’s church (which Lowcountry native Merritt has attended since birth) ordered white poinsettias instead of their usual red to fulfill Amy’s “White Christmas” vision. Come December 12, it was good-bye, Big Game and hello, Big Day for wedding-goers, who sipped champagne in a winter wonderland complete with soft candlelight, ivory blooms, and cedar, magnolia, and pine scenting the air. Touchdown.
Words from the Wise
• Think local. The bride wished to incorporate seasonal, indigenous greens into wedding décor, so Gathering relied on magnolia, pine, cedar, and cypress for a Lowcountry look.
• Use lighting as décor. Tiny white lights twinkled romantically around Hibernian’s entrance and spotlights at the base of the columns made a majestic sight after sundown.
• Temper holiday colors. Red was limited to the edible strawberry “tree,” while blush, silver, gold, and white accents were peppered throughout.
Wedding design, planning, florals, linens: Gathering Floral + Event Design, www.GatheringEvents.com
Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography, www.AshleySeawellPhotography.com
Venues: Bethel United Methodist Church, www.BethelCharleston.com (ceremony); Hibernian Hall, www.Millshouse.com (reception)
Catering, bar and wine service: Aberdeen Catery, www.AberdeenCatery.com
Cake: Jim Smeal, www.WeddingCakesbyJimSmeal.com
Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals, www.SnyderEvents.com
Stationery: Danielle Nance, DanielleBNance@gmail.com
Calligraphy: Ashley Sellars, AshleySellars@gmail.com
Bride’s attire: Monique Lhuillier, available in Charleston at Maddison Row, www.MaddisonRow.com (gown); Croghan’s Jewel Box, www.CroghansJewelBox.com (jewelry); Jimmy Choo, www.JimmyChoo.com (shoes)
Bridesmaids’ attire: Joanna August, available in Charleston at Bella Bridesmaid, www.BellaBridesmaids.com
Beauty: Canvas Salon, www.CanvasHair.com
Flower girls: Southern Belles, www.SouthernBellesChildren.com
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse, www.MensWearhouse.com
Transportation: Absolutely Charleston, www.AbsolutelyCharleston.com
Music: Greg Jones, www.Bethelcharleston.com/Staff (ceremony); Loose Chain, www.EastCoastEntertainment.com (reception)
Videographer: KLC Productions, www.KLCWeddingVideos.com