Photos by Gillian Ellis Photography
Anyone who has been to Charleston knows the allure of this gorgeous Southern town. Rachel and Andrew fell in love and then planned the most charming, intimate ceremony filled with personal touches in this grand dame of Southern cities. From Rachel’s effortless beauty in a flowy BHLDN gown with sweetheart neckline to customizing the groomsmen’s ties with the coordinates of the tree they were married under, this wedding was filled with enchanting, whimsical details set against the magical background of Charleston, South Carolina.
On an unlikely day. In an unlikely place. We found each others’ glances from across the dance floor at the Hangge Uppe in Chicago on Valentine’s Day in 2010. So the story goes….Independently, we both decided on the Hangge Uppe as a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day. I caught Andrew’s eye and there was an instant connection. I like to say I drew him in from afar. Andrew prefers to think I couldn’t resist his moves.
I flew out to Chicago one weekend and Lancaster, PA another. I visited a couple of staples like JCrew and BHLDN along with a few boutique bridal houses. I was with my bridesmaids and cried through about 50% of the dresses. I had a tough time choosing because I liked so many! Ultimately, I went with the one that matched the aesthetic our our day best, the BHLDN gown.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES?
Easy, I let them choose! With a couple of guidelines of course: pastel, solid, and knee length. The rest was up to them and I can’t imagine it turning out any better. They all looked so beautiful and perfect!
Everyone wore either a black or grey suit. I can’t believe they kept their jackets on as it was about 90 degrees out, and in Charleston, that’s a pretty humid 90 degrees. We designed a custom tie for Andrew and custom bow ties for all the groomsmen. As a special touch, we had the back of the ties embroidered with the coordinates of the tree we were married under.
I was pretty obsessed with my bouquet, it featured: ivory vendetta roses, peach spray roses, white wax flower, dusty miller, eucalyptus, peach lisanthus, and peach stock. In my hair I used white flowers: daisies, baby’s breath, and chamomile.
TELL US ABOUT ANY UNIQUE DETAILS (ANYTHING YOU DID YOURSELF, ETC)
We handled a lot of the details ourselves! Andrew and I designed our save the date cards along with our invitations and programs for the ceremony. I had a lot of fun finding the perfect font, and mixing and matching materials to create an expression of us together. I screen printed canvas flags for our guests to wave after we were announced that said, “YAY” which were quite the crowd pleaser! During our planning, we also wanted to mix elements of where we came from. Andrew is from Indiana, so we had his family collect geodes from his hometown to send to my dad to incorporate into the candlestick holders that were displayed on all the tables. We made our wedding favors, that hit on our love of sweets, combining Charleston tea bags and raw sugar with a 100 year old Redman family recipe for sugar cream pie, Indiana’s state pie.
The day before our wedding we had our friends meet us at the venue to arrange flower’s for the space, we set up the tables and furniture, and mixed in heirloom pieces from my Grandmother’s family. Because we were so involved with each detail, everything had a special story to associate with it. We had a lot of fun making our wedding an expression of who we are!