Golden Touch

Golden Touch | When the daughter of one of Charleston's wedding insiders marries, the local wedding community pitches in to create a fête for the ages

Allison McCormick & Matt Wright
September 29, 2012
First (Scots) Presbyterian Church & The Governor Thomas Bennett House

When your mom is the event coordinator for downtown’s Governor Thomas Bennett House, choosing a reception venue is a no-brainer.  So it was little surprise that the 1825 home and its lush gardens were booked last September for the nuptials of Virginia-residents Allison McCormick and Matt Wright (AKA “Mr. Wright,” jokes Allison). Allison, who had dreamed of a soirée designed around the grounds’ natural attributes and a marigold-colored, bird- and bloom-patterned fabric, approached Hannah Alexander and Ashley Wenz of WED to make the night cohesive. While the inspiration fabric was used for linens, pillows, and tent pole ties, a complementary jacquard covered lounge ottomans and more. And as for the rest? When word got around that Linda McCormick’s daughter was getting married, the local wedding community filled in the gaps. Rentals came from Loluma, Event DRS, and A Charleston Bride; florals from Sara York Grimshaw Designs, Tiger Lily, and Sue Jordan; and the list goes on. “We were amazed at the outpouring of support,” says Allison. Almost as amazed as the couple was with the entire day.



Vendor List

Baker: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal,
Bar Service: Snyder,
Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau,
Bridesmaid Attire: Bella Bridesmaid,
Caterer: The Compass Group,
Florists: Sarah Grimshaw (church, bridal, and bridesmaids bouquets),; Tiger Lily (portrait bouquet),
Groom and Groomsmens’ Attire: Jos. A Bank,
Hair Stylist: Paper Dolls,
Linens: La Tavola Linens,
Planners/Day of Coordinators: Hannah Alexander & Ashley Wenz, WED,
Makeup Artist: Paper Dolls,
Musicians: String Trio, Chamber Music Charleston (ceremony),; Fantasy Band (reception music),
Photographer: Evan Laettner,
Pralines: Copper Pot Confections,
Event DRS,; WED (tables, pillows, décor),; Loluma (chandeliers); A Charleston Bride (linen settee and Louis XIV chairs, antique mirror, tables, ottomans, geometric fabric),
Sound and Multimedia: Cymark,
Stationery: Elizabeth Porcher Jones (invitation calligraphy),; Crayton-Heritage Letterpress (letterpress),
Vintage China: Charleston Starfish,