Cool Thinking

Cool Thinking | A Florida pair's florabundant summer wedding marries an outdoor garden-party feel with the cool comforts of an indoor venue

Jenny Jackson & Ryan Abbate
September 13, 2014
McCrady’s Restaurant


Jenny Jackson and Ryan Abbate are no strangers to humidity—their three-year long-distance relationship found them shuttling between Charleston and Florida, after all. So when it came to a summer wedding here, they knew an outdoor reception was not for them, especially since Ryan’s two “95-years-young” grandmothers were coming. The couple aimed indoors and selected McCrady’s not only for its foodie status but equally for its brisk air-conditioning and across-the-street proximity to The Vendue, the equally cool hotel where guests could retire with ease. As for the setting, Jenny craved a garden-like style that, she says, Sage Innovations and Branch Design Studio nailed. The effect was romantic enough to warm the newlyweds’ hearts and cool enough to keep the party going for hours on end. Proof? One of the nonagenarians closed things down at 11 p.m.

Top Tips
Learn from the Abbates...

• If elderly guests attend, ensure that your venues have elevator access and air conditioning.
• Book hotels within easy walking distance of events.
• Be seasonal by bringing abundant greenery and florals inside.
• Schedule first-look photos a few hours before the ceremony to give yourself cool-down time before the real festivities.
• Challenge your florist to innovate. We’ve never seen McCrady’s look this lush!
• Ask your planner to reinvent some favorites.

Vendor List:

Wedding design: Sage Innovations,

Ceremony location: First Baptist Church of Charleston,

Reception location, catering, wine, bar service: McCrady’s,

Florals: Branch Design Studio,

Photography, cinematography: Timwill Photography,

Chairs, lounge furniture: Snyder Events,

Flatware, china, chargers: EventWorks,

Lighting: Technical Event Company,

Linens: I Do Linens,

Stationery: Seventh&Gray,

Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones,

Cake: Chocolate Cake,

Bride’s attire: (gown) Legends by Romona Keveza (available locally at Maddison Row),; (jewelry) Levinson’s Jewelers,; (shoes) Jimmy Choo,

Hair: Patrick Navarro, (917) 880-6639

Makeup: Elizabeth Quinton,

Maid-of-honor’s dress: J.Crew,

Menswear: Jimmy Au,

Children’s attire: (flower girl) Isabel Garreton,; (ring bearer) Gordon & Company

Music: (ceremony) The Unwind Duo,; (reception) Yacht Rock Revue,

Transportation: Charleston Black Cab Company,

Guest accommodations: The Vendue,

Dog nanny: Dog Tired,

Wreath sign, envelop liners: Bon Vivant,

Gold table numbers: Z Create Design,

Draping: JLV Creative,