Katie Martin & Blair Marshall
September 19, 2015, William Aiken House
For D.C. residents Katie Martin and Blair Marshall, wellness comes first—she’s a yoga instructor and cold-pressed juice shop owner, and he loves plant-based cooking. “So we wanted a lot of natural elements and great farm-to-table food for our guests,” says Katie of their wedding at the William Aiken House. “Alongside our main course options, we passed family-style farm vegetables and grains around the table, which presented a more casual element to the formal setting.” Megan Chandler of Ooh! Events married the celebration’s easygoing, organic vibe with the elegant surroundings in other ways: tables covered in crushed silk linens bore greenery runners in lieu of traditional centerpieces; escort cards dangled from boxed crepe myrtles; and lavender permeated the air thanks to scattered sprigs of the aromatic herbs. Says Katie, “I couldn’t believe how magical it looked. I started crying on the spot!”
Mimic the Marshalls ...
• Use social media to build hype. Katie posted sneak peeks of décor and planning festivities on Instagram to engage friends all over the States.
• Pen your vows. Says Katie, “I loved taking time before the wedding to think about what marriage means to me and how I hope to serve my spouse.”
• Have fun with seating arrangements. The long, serpentine table for the couple’s college friends turned into a party of its own.
• Keep it simple: a sprig of lavender was enough to accent champagne that was passed for toasts.
Cake, catering, bar and wine service: Fish Restaurant, www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com
Design, rentals: Ooh Events!, www.oohevents.com
Florals: Out of the Garden, www.shopoutofhand.com
Crepe myrtles: Nancy's Exotic Plants, (843) 556-9299
Linens: Connie Duglin, www.connieduglinlinen.com
Cocktail hour musician: Seth G, www.sethgmusic.com
Reception musicians: Atlanta Party Band, www.eastcoastentertainment.com/artist/atlanta-party-band
Photographer: Brandon Lata, www.brandonlata.com
Save-the-dates, invitations: Ruby The Fox, www.rubythefox.com
Day-of printed materials: Fancy Creative, www.fancycreative.com
Getaway vehicle: Lowcountry Valet, www.lowcountryvalet.com
Welcome boxes: A Signature Welcome, www.asignaturewelcome.com
Videographer: Dock House Digital, http://www.dockhouseblog.com
Bride's attire: Romona Keveza (available locally at Maddison Row), www.romonakeveza.com
Bridal shoes: Ivanka Trump, www.ivankatrump.com/shop-ivanka-trump-collection
Bridesmaid's attire: JCrew, www.jcrew.com
Hair: SWISH, www.swish123.com
Makeup: Ooh! Beautiful, www.shopoutofhand.com
Men’s attire: The Black Tux, www.theblacktux.com