Joe Meland & Shannon Barnett
May 12, 2012
Cassique at The Kiawah Island Club
Brooklyn, New York, residents Shannon Barnett and Joe Meland hit it off immediately after being introduced by mutual friends. A year and a half later, the couple made their way to Charleston, Shannon’s lifelong vacation spot, to book a venue (Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Cassique), wedding planner (Gathering Floral + Event Design), and baker (Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal), and to buy Shannon’s gown—all before a proposal had occurred. With the logistics in high gear, Joe tended to the formalities while Gathering went with a palette inspired by Shannon’s love of pink. “We combined pink and navy with touches of gold and champagne to keep things formal,” says Gathering’s Mary Ruth Tribble. “We also included moss and wood to tie in the natural colors of Kiawah Island,” she adds. The bride’s verdict? “It was the best night of our lives,” says Shannon. And surely one of the most colorful.
In October 2015, it was the 1,000-year flood. This year, it was Hurricane Matthew. Bummer for Big Days? We think not. See how this couple—one of many—proves love trumps any storm that rolls into Charleston