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Lucy Morrison
A Floridian couple celebrates their “I dos” with an Old South meets New South reception 

John Cassidy & CeeCee Cambron
July 7, 2012
Lowndes Grove Plantation

When CeeCee Cambron’s Grandma Nell spied her grand-daughter chatting with John Cassidy after the girl’s soccer game, the matriarch knew something was brewing. Though CeeCee said her fellow Darlington High School student and she were “just friends,” time proved grandma right. The sweethearts dated while in school in Rome, Georgia; throughout their time at Ole Miss; and relocated to John’s hometown, Jacksonville, Florida, after graduation. Once settled there, John insisted that a housewarming gift swap was in order. CeeCee bought him grilling tools, while John compiled a scrapbook of their lives together. On the back, a caption read, “Will you marry me?”

“I said ‘Yes!’” CeeCee remembers. “I think deep down we—and our families—just always knew.”

As they brainstormed ceremony locales, Charleston soon rose to the forefront. “We knew we wanted a destination wedding in the South,” CeeCee explains. “In college, John and I took a trip to Charleston for a Fourth of July weekend, and it just always stuck with us.”  The couple entrusted Candice Hilse of  YOJ Events to bring a lively vibe to Lowndes Grove Plantation.

“Vibrant patterns and colors and an historic plantation—right up my alley,” says CeeCee. Working with a palette of blue, gray, and citrine, Candice incorporated fun prints on accent pillows and lounge furniture. On the actual day, cheery florals reflected the mood, CeeCee and John swapped vows in front of the
majestic mansion, and guests hammed it up all evening in a photo booth. “It felt like summer and happiness,” says Candice. “That was exactly what we wanted,” says the bride.

Vendor List

Baker & Caterer: Fish;
Bridal gown: Amsale; available in Charleston through
Bridesmaid attire: J. Crew;
Florist: Branch Design Studio;
Groom & groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Bank;
Hair: Charlotte Belk;
Linens: La Tavola,; Connie Duglin,
Makeup: Pamela Lesch;
Musicians: Two 3 Ways,; Classical Charleston,
On-Site Dresser: Cacky’s Bride+Aid; Photographer: Leigh Webber;
Planner: Yoj Events;
Rentals: Snyder,; Event DRS,; TEC,
Stationery: CeeCee Cassidy (the bride); Transportation: Absolutely Charleston;