January 19, 2018
A few months ago, I got a call from Kim. She and Joe were planning on tying the knot in a month and a half, and she needed help!
You see, Kim had wanted to elope. She knew how much time and effort goes into planning a wedding, and with her busy schedule, she wanted it to be easy. Well, her elopement idea was vetoed, and Kim and Joe settled on an intimate wedding with 17 of their closest family members and friends.
But, that meant that Kim had a lot of work to do! Kim, Joe, and all of their guests were coming from out of town, and she was determined to show them an amazing time. Let me tell you, Kim is one of the more hospitable people I’ve ever met! She truly went above and beyond to plan the perfect weekend. Where she really needed help was finding the perfect venue, and she had some pretty important criteria.
Because their wedding was small, Kim really wanted the ceremony and reception to take place in the same location. She also had a vision of getting married in front of a beautiful fireplace. Joe, on the other hand, only had one thing on his list…the food had to be stellar. Joe is in the restaurant industry, and went to school at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in New York. As a major foodie myself, as soon as Kim mentioned CIA, I knew that there was really only one place in town that would fit their needs…
So Kim and Joe booked the Long Room at McCrady’s Tavern sight unseen, and we went to work! This was easily one of my favorite weddings of 2018, and Alex Thornton Photography did an amazing job of capturing their classic, timeless style with lots of stunning black and white photos. I’m SO excited to share it with you!
Kim and Joe got ready together at the Belmond Charleston Place, and boy am I glad that they did! This is one of the best hotels for getting ready photos in Charleston, hands down! I mean, how dreamy is that marble wallpaper?
One of the most important things to Kim was that she and Joe be able to take some getting ready photos with their dog, Pudge. Isn’t he the cutest?!?
I loved that the two of them got ready together. Alex’s photos of Kim pinning Joe’s boutonniere are just so sweet. And I know that the photo of Joe pinning a boutonniere on his grandson is one they’ll treasure forever.
It was really important to Kim that her bouquet was a small posy that accented the amazing beading on her dress. I fell in love with a bunch off white frill tulips, and paired with romantic white roses, huge ranunculus, and white veronica, they captured Kim’s classic style perfectly!
Speaking of timeless, is there anything quite as classic as the Belmond’s beautiful Christmas tree?
Kim and Joe arrived at McCrady’s Tavern with their guests, and were so excited about the room’s transformation!
One of my favorite things about these two was their simplicity…when it was time, Joe took Kim’s hand, and they walked up to the fireplace together to say their vows. Sometimes, you just don’t need all of the pomp and circumstance.
For the ceremony, Kim wanted the room to be lit only by candles, with a dim glow from the crystal chandeliers overhead. The fireplaces at McCrady’s Tavern aren’t functional, since they’ve been around since the building was built in 1778 (more on that later). Instead of a roaring fire, we filled them with pillar candles. Asymmetrical greenery installations helped cement them as the room’s focal points, while brass candlestick holders with long white tapers added even more romance.
As a history buff, having the opportunity to transform this room was a dream come true! If you’re not familiar with the history of McCrady’s Tavern, this room hosted a grand 30 course dinner for President George Washington during his tour of the states in 1791. Yes, THE George Washington. I’m a little surprised that I didn’t faint.
ABCD Cakes did an amazing job of creating a cake that felt festive without screaming holidays. Of course, it was also delicious!
After an amazing dinner (did I mentioned that McCrady’s Tavern is also one of Sean Brock’s restaurants?) full of laughter and smiles, Kim donned the prettiest fur shrug, and they boarded their ride home, a classic white trolley.
I can’t express how grateful I am to have been a part of Kim & Joe’s day. Intimate weddings really are so special, and being able to decorate in the presence of George (well, a bust of George, but still) was a major honor!
Kim & Joe, I wish you two the happiest marriage, and a life full of laughter!
Photography: Alex Thornton Photography
Planning & Floral Design: Lindsay Bishop Events
Cake: ABCD Cakes
Calligraphy: Hatchcove Designs
Specialty Linens: Nuage Designs
Trolley: Lowcountry Trolley