Persistence pays off: just ask Mike Sherbow, whose third attempt at wooing Jenn Tate into a first date finally succeeded. Fast-forward six years, and Mike had to come up with a plan-C proposal after Jenn initially nixed a hike (plan A) and beach trip (plan B). But after a happy “Yes!” from Jenn in the depths of the Francis Marion National Forest, it was smooth sailing. The local attorneys chose the lush Legare Waring House and enlisted Amanda Assey Lewis of Southern Chic Weddings & Events to plan a fête there as unique as its design inspiration: a bespoke black-and-white-striped, floral-adorned football helmet by fashion designer Nicole Miller that Jenn spotted on Pinterest. But the bold patterns played only backdrop to Jenn’s favorite part of the day: “It was so amazing to see all our friends and family from different parts of our lives in one place.”
Advice from the Sherbows ...
• Get creative with your altar. Jenn found statement candelabras and a vintage rug at local consignment shops, which were high in style and—compared to large floral arrangements—low in cost.
• Let nature temper bold linens. Planner Amanda Assey Lewis used graphic linens on outdoor tables and solids inside the reception tent.
• Mimick linen motifs with flower arrangements.
• Choose sentimental foods. Passed hors d’oeuvres featured a nod to Jenn’s Chinese heritage while late-night nibbles included Coney dogs shipped in from the groom’s home state of Michigan.
• Invite your pooch! The couple’s pup, Ajax, served as “ring dog” on the Big Day.
• Make time for your maids. The morning of her wedding, Jenn threw a surprise “pajamas and pastries” baby shower for her matron of honor.
As lace makes a bigger statement in bridal couture, Jean Brueser, owner of Jean-Paul’s Creative Cakes, artfully incorporated the intricate, delicate, and oh-so-feminine embellishments to these inspired confections.