Golden Girl

Golden Girl | Sweetgrass Social's Meredith Severs turns to her favorite color—gold!—for an ornate celebration

Meredith Severs & Dan Tanton
December 14, 2013
Second Presbyterian Church & The William Aiken House


“Some people are afraid to use metallics, but I am not one of those people,” laughs Meredith Severs. That applies to the galas she throws as the owner of Charleston’s Sweetgrass Social Event & Design, as well as to her own December wedding to beau Dan Tanton, who’d proposed a year earlier at Thanksgiving dinner. The inspiration behind their gilded fête? “When I was a little girl, my grandfather nicknamed me ‘piece of gold,’” she explains. “He has since passed away, but his piece of gold got to have a golden wedding!” Indeed, Meredith transformed The William Aiken House into a palace, her golden touch manifesting in a formal dinner lit by luxurious chandeliers and served on shimmering flatware, with guests seated upon cushioned metallic ballroom chairs fit for kings and queens. Throw in a dance floor smattered with gold flecks, and it was a veritable sparklefest. Laughs Meredith, “Dan gave me the green light, and I went all out!”

Vendor List

Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Maddison Row,

Bridal Accessories: Kate Spade,

Bridesmaid Attire: Coren Moore, Bella Bridesmaids,

Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal,

Catering, Bar, and Wine Service: Fish,

Florist: Charleston Stems,

Flower Girl Attire: (dress) Coren Moore, Bella Bridesmaids,; (tights) Gymboree,

Getaway Vehicle: Tri-County Transport,

Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Berlin’s,

Hair Stylist: Beth Bell, Allure Salon,

Linens: La Tavola,

Locations: (ceremony) Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston,; (reception) The William Aiken House,

Makeup Artist: Paper Dolls,

Musicians: Classical Charleston,; Loose Chain,; Spiritually Yours Gospel Choir, (843) 270-2111

Photographer: The Connellys,

Rentals: Eventworks,; Snyder (tent and sofa),

Stationery and Signage: Sixpence Press,

Wedding Design: Sweetgrass Social Event & Design,