Prospect Hill Plantation in South Carolina was the perfect place for Anna and Michael’s wedding celebration, not just because it’s historic and elegant, but also because it happens to be the place her parents’ call home. And Anna was kind enough to share the details of their wedding with us…

My parents have been restoring their house, which was built in 1792, for the last 15 years, and now they live there full-time. The first time I visited Prospect, my mother told me, “This is where you’ll be married,” and she was right! It’s truly a magical place, and I love knowing that we were married at my parents’ home, just as many others were over the last two hundred years.

My sister wore my pearl earrings with her pearl necklace on her wedding day, and I wore her pearl necklace with my earrings on my wedding day.

According to Southern folklore, if you bury a bottle of bourbon where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. For my sister’s wedding, my mom buried a bottle of bourbon under the oak tree where they were going to be married, however a few sips of bourbon were missing from the bottle and it rained anyway, so apparently the bottle of bourbon needs to be full to keep the rain away. For our wedding, my mom made sure to bury a FULL bottle of bourbon at the spot where Michael and I would be married – we didn’t have a drop of rain!

We used magnolia leaves cut from trees at my parents’ house in many of our arrangements. For food, we wanted to have a variety of things to eat, but we didn’t want to blow the budget. We reasoned that not every single person eats every item on the menu, so we just had smaller portions of more items.

The menu included Southern favorites like pimento cheese spread, mini sweet potato biscuit with ham and apple-horseradish chutney, quartered deviled eggs, as well as Chicken Country Captain, a traditional lowcountry dish.

Jim Smeal is an old friend of my mother and he was the pastry chef at the restaurant she owned for several years. Jim and Alejandro created a floral pattern for the icing of the cake that matched the floral cut-outs on my wedding gown.

Photography: Melanie Nashan

Venue: private home in Edisto Island, South Carolina

Event planner: Katie Hubel for WED

Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander

Groom’s suit: Grady Ervin & Co.

Stationery: Studio R

Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal

Catering: Good Food Catering

Band: Equinox Jazz Orchestra

What a lovely event – thank you to Anna and Michael, and to photographer Melanie Nashan for sending along the pics!

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  1. Jasmine Lazzari

    What a beautiful wedding. As a wedding planner based in Portugal, I’ve had the privilege of working with Melanie Nashan- and it’s great to see how versatile and consistently lovely her work is.
    Congrats to everyone! Jasmine Lazzari.

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  2. Heidi@TrulyEngaging

    So lovely~ I feel I’ve been transported to another era! What beautiful photo styling. Also, had never heard of burying a bottle of bourbon for no rain… Congrats to Anna & Michael!

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  3. Amy ~ Belles on a Budget

    So beautiful and elegant. I love the story of the house- it really is a perfect wedding venue! Congratulations!

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  4. the Perfect Palette

    stunning wedding.

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  5. Kelsey

    Very beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous photography.

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  6. Melanie Nashan

    Thank you for running Anna and Michael’s wedding. I loved the images that you chose as I think they really capture their style and the lovely work that the ladies from WED created.

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  7. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    Oh my lovely!


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  8. Lacey @ Lacey Wagner Events

    Look at all that Silver! I just love a good old fashioned Southern wedding.

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  9. erin * sparkle & hay

    those linens are amazing!!!

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  10. Kate

    Mmmm. Pimento cheese sandwiches are the best! My husband is from Alabama and we make them for every party. They are always, without fail, the most popular item. What a lovely wedding!

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  11. Cindy Brown | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

    What an awesome location.
    Love the photos!
    Never knew that about the bottle of bourbon. Wonder if anyone has ever buried a full one?

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  12. Lisa

    Wow, this is the epitome of a beautiful South Carolina wedding! Just gorgeous!

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  13. ArticulateArt

    Lovely wedding! Also love the perfume bottle!

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  14. Karen Hill Photography

    Love this wedding, such an intimate setting and amazing photos!

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  15. Anna

    I was so excited to read this, because my name is Anna, I’m engaged to Michael, and we live in South Carolina. I may be borrowing some of these ideas!

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