Touch of Grace

Touch of Grace | Charm and luxury meet at this delightful Middleton Place wedding  

Manuel Chavez & Katherine Grace
April 11, 2015
Middleton Place

Need proof that Manuel Chavez has style? Try this: his proposal to Katherine Grace took place on the cobblestone streets of Florence, Italy. Nice! And the Chicago residents’ taste for grand gestures in grand settings didn’t stop there, thanks to their wedding at Middleton Place. “It’s romantic and elegant,” says Katherine of the venue, “and it reminded us of the gardens we’ve seen in Europe.” While the lovebirds made plans from the Windy City, Haley Kelly of A Charleston Bride executed them here in the Holy City. “Katherine knew exactly what she wanted,” says Haley, “verdant chandeliers, vintage plates, and gold flatware.” Cut to a few months later, and hydrangeas, roses, and tulips hung over the dining area in Middleton’s pavilion, handpicked china from Polished! tidily covered the tables, and a soft blushing palette colored the setting. In the end, Katherine might have become a Chavez that night, but grace dominated all. 

Take it from the Chavezes ...

• Hire a photographer who knows the ins and outs of your venue. Planner Haley recommended Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay based on to-die-for images from their previous Middleton weddings.
• Direct attention to your favorite features of your location. The pavilion's fireplace became a focal point thanks to strategically placed cozy lounge furniture.
• Call on family members with special skills. Manuel’s uncle wove welcome bags, which were filled with a mix of Southern goodies and Mexican treats from the groom’s hometown.
• Spring for a videographer. Katherine’s one regret? Having no record of the little moments she may have missed along the way that a videographer would have caught.


Vendor List: 

Wedding design, florals, draping, décor: A Charleston Bride,

Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay,

Venues: First Baptist Church, (ceremony); Middleton Place, (reception)

Linens, tables, lounge furniture: Snyder Event Rentals,

Lighting: Technical Event Company,

Catering: Cru Catering,

Baked goods: Ashley Bakery,

Bar and wine service: Middleton Place,

Stationery, signage: Sarah Drake Design,

Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs,

Flatware, glassware, tableware: Polished!,

Getaway vehicle: Low Country Valet,

Bride’s attire: Anne Barge, available in Charleston through White on Daniel Island, (gown)

Hair: Carrie McLeod of Paper Dolls,

Makeup: Elina Mille of Bellelina,

Bridesmaids' attire: Amsale, available in Charleston through Bella Bridesmaids,

Groom’s attire: Burberry,

Groomsmen's attire: Charleston Tuxedo,

Musicians: Classical Charleston, (ceremony & cocktail hour); Mo’ Sol, (reception)

Transportation: Carolina’s Executive Limo Line,