Banking on Good Ideas

Banking on Good Ideas | Serving as her own planner and stylist, one Magnolia Plantation and Gardens bride schools us on delivering a cohesive DIY Big Day

Chinyere Stinson & Johnnie Watson, III
March 15, 2013
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

San Antonio, Texas, residents Chinyere Stinson and Johnnie Watson, III, are both bankers by trade, but after the two hosted their stylish DIY wedding, they might just want to reconsider their professions. The pair—who met at a networking event when both lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, and fell for Charleston on a romantic weekend trip here—started planning with a questionnaire and a spreadsheet. Since location was a key item to both, they listed pros and cons of several venues, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens won out for history, ambience, and landscape. From there, they scoured online sources from eBay to Etsy and more for décor, favors, invitations, and everything in between. Johnnie pitched in by sorting out the palette, among other things, and friends spent a night assembling hotel guest gift bags. “There is no way I could have the wedding of my dreams without the help of others,” says Chinyere. When the day came, WildFlowers, Inc.’s Beth LeonGuerrero acted as the day-of coordinator to execute the couple’s vision, and, says Chinyere, “Ultimately, I was completely satisfied.”


Vendor List

Bar: MIX Premier Bartending,

Bridal Gown: Enzoani,
Bridal Makeup: Dannon Collard,

Bridal Veil & Accessories: Claire’s Boutique,
Cake: Artistic Cakes by Linda,

Ceremony & Reception Location: Carriage House at Magnolia Planation and Gardens,

Day-Of Coordinator: Charleston Wedding Studio,

Draping: Engaging Events,

Florist: Wildflowers, Inc.,

Flower Girls’ Dresses: Pink Princess,

Groom’s & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse,
Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo,
Invitations: Amore Paper,

Photography: Richard Bell Photography,

Rentals: Group Dynamics (lounge furniture, string lights, lanterns, iron pillars,,
Signage: Elocin Design (reception and bar),

Video: Charleston Video Service,