More Is More

More Is More | Lavishness rules this Charleston garden party

Michelle Carlson & Christopher Able

April 27, 2018 / Legare Waring House


When Chris headed to the bar for a second round, the D.C. resident caught a fellow patron’s hair flip to the face. Apologies accepted, he and Rapunzel (Michelle) struck up a conversation, and a few years later, they were planning a destination wedding in Charleston. Michelle pinned her heart away, and Lillie Simpson from Loluma took those saves and granted her wishes for an enchanted garden party. “I’m not into ‘less is more,’” says Michelle, “and I’ve embraced it.” The bride’s love of “more” led to church doors being installed in a side garden so she could make a grand entrance; a cascading bouquet so long it nearly grazed the ground; and gold piped icing that “zhushed” up the wedding cake. As for that bouquet? “They warned me it would be heavy,” she says, “and although my arm went numb during the ceremony, it was totally worth it.”




• Expand your options.

Ask your planner to share locations at your venue that are not commonly used, then hold the ceremony or cocktail hour there.


• Make an outdoor church.

Seating and arbor-altars are de riguer but a set of doors—best in a hedge entrance—takes build-a-sanctuary to next level status.


• Consider a focal point for your tent entrance.

Loluma created a blush-hued antechamber so guests felt like they were entering a grand dining hall.


• Stick with a statement cake.

Having studied in France, the bride leans toward lavish French Provencial designs, thus the details on the cake, which were replicated on the paper suite.




Wedding design, florals, draping, décor, lighting: Loluma,

Images: Aaron & Jillian Photography,

Venue: Legare Waring House,

Cake: Delicious Desserts Charleston,

Catering: Hamby Catering,

Bar: Spike by Snyder,

Rentals: Snyder Events, ; EventHaus (reception chairs),

Linens: Snyder Events,

Paper suite, signage, calligraphy: Indigo Envelope,

Bride’s attire: Mathew Christopher Bridal, available in Charleston through Southern Protocol Bridal (gown), ; Mindy Lam Couture, (hair accessory), ; Ted Baker (shoes),

Dresser: Cacky’s Bride + Aid,

Bridesmaids’ attire: Lulus, ; Anthropologie, ; ASOS,

Beauty: RefEYEance, Sarah Pearson (bride), ; Paper Dolls (bridesmaids),

Groom’s attire: SuitSupply,

Groomsmen’s attire: Calvin Klein,

Music: Classical Charleston (ceremony), ; The A-Town A-List through Sam Hill Entertainment (reception),

Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.,

Video: Paragon Filmworks,