Singular Sensation

Singular Sensation | Chloe Byers & Paul Hotze, December 31, 2011, Lowndes Grove Plantation

Good things come to those who wait. Take Chloe Byers and Paul Hotze. Although they first hit it off while living in Charleston four years ago, Chloe moved to Washington, DC, and Paul embarked on a three-month journey to the southernmost tip of South America before returning to his hometown, Houston.

Even with the miles between them, Paul wooed Chloe—who had just taken a job at the Smithsonian—with letters and flowers. “I knew he was an incredibly unique and special person who I didn’t want to lose,” she says, “but I wasn’t sure if we could ever end up in the same place.” But then Paul invited Chloe to spend New Year’s Eve with him in New Orleans. “After that weekend, I knew this was it,” says Chloe. They dated long distance for a year until Chloe moved to Houston. Two months after the big move, Paul proposed to Chloe (who has an affinity for all things antique) with an Art Deco ring during a vacation to Sea Island, Georgia. Just a few days later, the couple drove to Charleston to search for the perfect venue. Sold on Lowndes Grove Plantation, Chloe enlisted Carrie Glasscock and Leigh Warren of  A Charleston Bride to realize the elegant, vintage look she wanted.

On New Year’s Eve, three years after they became a couple, Chloe and Paul said their vows on the banks of the Ashley River. Afterward, the newlyweds clinked Art Deco champagne flutes at a reception reminiscent of 1930s glamour. Grand mirrors and chandeliers made the tent sparkle, and guests supped at tables dressed in silver-gray linens and dotted with white flowers nestled in mercury glass vases. “It was beyond what I could have imagined,” says Chloe.

Vendor List

Baker: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal;
Bride’s attire: Vintage from The Bridal Garden in New York, New York
Caterer: Fish Restaurant;
Ceremony music: Bob Williams Duo;
Florist: Jonie LaRosse at A Charleston Bride;
Groom’s attire: JoS. A Bank;
Groom’s cake: Cakes by Kasarda;
Hair: Carrie McLeod of Paper Dolls;; Affair Hair by Tanesha;
Lighting: Technical Event Company (TEC Lighting);
Linens: BBJ Linen;
Makeup: Leslie Moore;
Photographer: Cameron + Kelly Studio;
Planner, day-of coordinator, and designer: Carrie Glasscock of A Charleston Bride;
Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals;; Nuage Rentals;
Stationery: Heather Forsythe of Sixpence Press;
Videographer: Siegal Films;