Homespun & Haute

Homespun & Haute | Lowndes Grove Plantation welcomes this Charleston wedding that marries rustic barn details with high-end style
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.
Design, florals, linens: Tara Guérard Soirée,
Photography: Corbin Gurkin,
Rentals: Snyder Events,
Catering and wine and bar service: Patrick Properties,
Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal,
Stationery, signage: Lettered Olive,
Bride’s attire: Anne Barge (gown),; Martin Katz (earrings),
Attendants’ gowns: Jenny Yoo (maid, matron of honor, flower girl), Nouvelle Amsale (bridesmaids), available through Bella Bridesmaids
Dresser: Cacky’s Bride + Aid,
Beauty: Meg Workman (hair),; Deidre Outlaw (makeup),
Menswear, ring bearer’s attire: JoS. A Bank (suits),; Brooks Brothers (tie),
Ring bearer’s bowtie, suspenders: Roundtree and Yorke on Etsy,
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.,; Wanderlust VW Bus (getaway vehicle),
Music: Charleston Virtuosi (ceremony),; Seth G. (cocktail hour),
Videography: Justin Burgan,