“We love the cooler months in the Lowcountry,” says Arkansas-born Anne Kelley, who met her now-husband, Midwesterner Kurtis, soon after they each moved to Charleston. When romance turned to wedding planning, the couple joined with Loluma and embraced a warm palette of copper, burgundy, and mint to warm up their January celebration with autumnal hues. “Though we got married in winter, it fell like a fall day,” says Anne Kelley. And as for picking the location—in-town at The William Aiken House—the bride says they went local “so we could one day walk our children by the wedding site and tell them all about it.” Now that’s about as heart-warming as it gets.
Takeaways to Treasure ...
• Use a family heirloom rug (like the one at right from Anne Kelley’s grandmother) for your runner.
• Tucking flowers into your cake? Loluma’s team wires them to pipe cleaners, then guides those into the cake for a steadfast anchor.
• Float flower heads in crystal bowls for homespun elegance.
• Recast the traditional flower-girl basket with a cone of dried grapevine.
When a belle of an old-guard Charleston family opts for a pre-ceremony “first look” with her groom, it means times are changing. See why a sneak peek worked for Kathleen Hay and Andrew Hagood, and why you might follow suit