Going for the Gold

Going for the Gold | A wedding planner strikes gold with her online love match

Cory Winn & Joshua Lambert
February 8, 2014
Confederate Home and College & McCrady’s Restaurant


Talk about a sign: when Cory Winn and her eHarmony sweetheart Joshua (Josh) Lambert went on their first date, it happened to be to church, and the sermon happened to be on marriage. “We were chuckling and clenching each other’s sweaty palms,” laughs Cory. The situation was comedic gold and led to a Big Day draped in that same hue. “I love anything that shimmers,” explains Cory, a self-proclaimed “type A” wedding planner who heads local event group Sage Innovations. For her and Josh’s reception at McCrady’s, Cory went for a haute palette of gold paired with blush and ivory that made for a sophisticated Southern celebration verging on glam. Neutral linens and lounge furniture provided a mellow backdrop for glittering pillar candles, glass urns, votives, and chargers. “The light coming in through the East Bay Street windows reflected off of everything that could possibly glitter,” says a satisfied Cory. “After 10 years in the industry, planning my own wedding was a real sweet treat.”

Vendor List

Bridal Gown: Anne Barge through Fabulous Frocks, www.FabulousFrocksofCharleston.com

Bridesmaid Attire: Joanna August through Bella Bridesmaids, www.BellaBridesmaids.com

Cakes: D’lish, www.DlishDessert.com

Caterer, Bar, and Wine Service: McCradys Restaurant, www.McCradysRestaurant.com

Florist: Branch Design Studio, www.BranchDesignStudio.com

Flower Girl Attire: (dresses) Nordstrom, www.Nordstrom.com; (shoes) Stride Rite, www.StrideRite.com

Getaway Vehicle: Charleston Rickshaw, www.CharlestonrRickshaw.com

Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank, www.JosBank.com

Hair and Makeup: Ashley Fisher, Ash and Co., www.AshandCoBridalHair.com

Linens: Connie Duglin, www.ConnieDuglinLinen.com

Lighting: Technical Event Company, www.TechnicalEventCompany.com

Musicians: Caxton Beaty (ceremony), www.ReverbNation.com/caxtonbeaty; Charleston

Southern (drumline), www.CSUniv.edu/band/percussion.html; EPIC Charleston (reception), www.EpicCharleston.com

Photography: Juliet Elizabeth Photography, www.JulietElizabeth.com

Rentals: Snyder Events (chargers, heaters, and farm table), www.SnyderEvents.com; EventHaus (chairs, lounge furniture, umbrellas), www.EventHausRentals.com

Signage: Amy Su (cousin of the bride)

Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, www.WeddingPaperDivas.com

Transportation: Absolutely Charleston, www.AbsolutelyCharlestonWedding.com

Venues: The Confederate Home & College (ceremony), 843-722-2026; McCradys Restaurant (reception), www.McCradysRestaurant.com

Videographer: EPIC Charleston, www.EpicCharleston.com

Wedding Design: Cory Winn, Sage Innovations, www.Sage-Innovations.net