ERIN MCNAUGHTON & MATTHEW LEWIS
July 21, 2018 / The French Huguenot Church & Lowndes Grove Plantation
When a gal can name how many days she’s dated her beau (“One thousand and nine, but who’s counting?” laughs Erin), you know she’s ready for him to put a ring on it. When Matthew obliged, he and his betrothed invited nearly 380 guests to a celebration that properly introduced the Massachusetts residents’ mostly New England friend-base to Southern traditions and the Lowcountry landscape alike. Why Charleston? “It’s a big part of our story,” says Erin, who, as a Charlotte, North Carolina, native, grew up vacationing here. “We visited countless times while we were dating,” she says.
Since the couple couldn’t shake their craving for a barn-style wedding, planner Tara Guérard of Soirée
met them in the middle with a reception featuring a custom rustic wooden wall behind the band, roped chandeliers, lawn games, and a family-style dinner. Add a groom who blurted “I will!” before his proper turn and it was a marriage of laid-back, free-spirits. “Just like me and Matt,” beams Erin.
What They Recommend
• Riff off your maids. Erin’s maid and matron of honors’ frocks inspired the cake’s design.
• Give a grown-up goodie. Boozy (and virgin) mixed berry, watermelon margarita, strawberry lemonade, blackberry cabernet, and sweet tea Popsicles helped guests chill out in the heat.
• Go high and low. Get an understated yet sophisticated look by mixing textures like copper, colored glass, and wood.
Jenny Yoo (maid, matron of honor, flower girl), Nouvelle Amsale (bridesmaids), available through Bella Bridesmaids www.bellabridesmaids.com