For their sweet Southern wedding, Bailey & Andrew ignored traditional fall colors for something altogether more fun. They injected their day with a palette full of brights – think pink, peach and coral – a perfect backdrop for a celebration of food, family and friends. We love all the choices this cute pair made for their wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation, from beginning (a ceremony by the water) to end (an epic dance off under string lights).
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I love peonies and floral patterns, so I asked Cheree Berry Paper to play off of my vision by creating a pattern for the save the date. This pattern became the base for a lot of our design.
The delicate leaf cut outs on the bride’s Mark Zunino gown are so beautiful – and perfect for fall!
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Yes, Drew gave me sapphire earrings as my something blue. My something old was Drew’s great grandmother’s handkerchief, as well as a piece from my mother’s wedding gown (the same dress my sister wore three years prior). My something new was my own dress as well as the earrings, and my something borrowed were my father’s cuff links which he wore to his wedding. They were attached to my bouquet. I really wanted a piece of him with me when I walked down the aisle, so my mom let me borrow them to attach to my bouquet for the ceremony.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? We’ve both always loved the city of Charleston, and I knew I wanted a non-traditional, yet southern location for the ceremony. When we found Lowndes Grove Plantation, I knew it was exactly as I had dreamed, and the southern plantation wedding officially became a reality.
Your ceremony in three words. Southern, charming, whimsical.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? It was extremely important to us that the ceremony feel personal and intimate. We met with our officiant Don Flowers several times to determine the order and inclusions of the ceremony, but the most important thing to us was that he get to know us and our story. He did a wonderful job of throwing in small bits and pieces that made it feel like we had known him for years.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? Drew’s brother is studying to be a pastor, so we asked that he do a reading (Ephesians 5) during the ceremony. Although we wanted a non-traditional wedding location, we wanted our ceremony to have a religious presence. We decided to include a wooden cross covered in greenery and vines as our ceremony backdrop against the river.
What were your vows like? We did not write our own vows, but we did customize them. We read many pre-written vows and took bits and pieces to create our own vows that were important to us.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite moment of the ceremony would have to be when Don announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Schwartz. All the planning and coming together had officially been worth it because our friends and family were able to witness us become husband and wife. My favorite planning aspect was that we kept our wedding attendance small and intimate, and I loved that our entire wedding party was family. I looked around at every corner during the ceremony and saw someone that had personally affected and supported our relationship in some way.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? As much as I didn’t follow this advice myself, in retrospect, I would tell them not to stress about all the details, and to remember what’s truly important and that is why you’re planning this big day. For the union of the two of you. If something goes wrong on that day, which something probably will, nothing is perfect after all. I can promise you it won’t matter in that moment. You’ll shrug it off and smile because you’ve married the man of your dreams.
How would you describe your reception? Intimate, energetic and tasty! We love food! And there was plenty of it!
What was your wedding menu? Hors d’oeuvres: Pancetta and fig-wrapped scallops with a rosemary honey glaze / Mini goat cheese egg roll with sweet and sour sauce / Duck confit on a steam bun with goat cheese, onion and truffle frisse / Baby fried green tomato with spicy remoulade // First Course: Salad of local mixed greens with pear poached in red wine, goat cheese, roasted pecans and a citronette vinaigrette // Entrée: Braised beef short ribs and grouper, nico potato gratin and a fig demi glaze, succotash and fines hermes sauce.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Alternating round layers of butter cake with raspberry filling and chocolate kailua cake, covered in traditional fondant with delicate ruffles and gold accents. It was adorned with a huge single coral sugar bloom. We also offered blackberry, chocolate hazelnut and pumpkin gelato served in chocolate dipped mini waffle cones, for guests to enjoy along with their cake.
The couple shared an intimate moment on the dance floor to Adele’s Make You Feel My Love.
For the bride’s dance with her little brother, the band was meant to play Here Comes the Sun, to represent her relationship with her dad, who passed away when she was younger. Instead, the band accidentally played In My Life by The Beatles, which this sweet pair enjoyed just as much!
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Drew and I love to dance, and we had an amazing band. I loved when they came out on the dance floor and had our guests do a dance off. It is still some of our funniest memories and we laughed until we cried while rematching it during our wedding video.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was actually from Calder and Caitlin. They reminded Drew and I that it was very important that we stick together throughout the day, as difficult as it would be since we would feel pulled in different directions to talk to everyone. They made a great point that if we were separated we would end up in different conversations and as a result, we would have completely different memories of the day. I never thought of it like that. Drew and I are very independent in social settings, and we tent to separate and find each other throughout a party. I’m happy we were given this advice and we didn’t do that on our wedding day because we had an amazing time recapping the night together and we both remember each other’s favorite moments. I’ve been in eight weddings since Drew and I got married, and I’ve told this to every bride on her wedding day, and they’ve always thanked me afterwards.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Honestly, no, and I never thought I would say that. It was perfect.