Life Imitates Art

Life Imitates Art | Ashley Allen & Gavin Stark, May 12, 2012, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church and Kimbels at Wachesaw Plantation

Five years of friendship turned into a romance for Ashley Allen and Gavin Stark, and after seven months of dating, he proposed on the Marsh Walk at Murrells Inlet where the two live. In no time, Ashley launched into wedding planning, and she soon fell for a gown she tried on in Modern Trousseau’s King Street boutique. The frock—with its floral lace, bolero, and glittering beaded belt—was so striking, she gave a swatch of the material and photos of the details to baker Myra Ranta of Incredible Edibles on Pawleys Island with the hope that Myra could create a magnificently decorated cake that would act as a focal point for the reception. Sketches led to a five-tiered confection sporting seed-pearl-like beads, glittering flowers, and patterns that perfectly matched the lace on Ashley’s gown. There was even a row of buttons down the back. Ashley, who didn’t see the final product until she and Gavin walked into the reception, says she was stunned. “I was blown away,” she says. “It was just beautiful!” Her only regret? Not eating more of it on the actual day. “I am not a huge ‘sweets’ person,” says Ashley, “but oh my goodness, this lady can make a cake!”


Vendor List

Baker: Myra Ranta of Incredible Edibles in Pawley’s Island, SC;
Bridal attire: Modern Trousseau;
Bridesmaid attire: Bari Jay;
Caterer: Kimbels at Wachesaw Plantation;
Ceremony venue: Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet;
Florist: Louis Hodge
Groom & Groomsmen's attire: Jos. A. Banks;
Musicians: Right to Party;
Photographer: Diana Deaver Weddings;
Reception venue: Kimbels at Wachesaw Plantation;
Stationery: Sixpence Press;
Wedding Planner: Bride’s mother