Corbin Gurkin Photography
Design by Ceci New York

October 2, 2010

Amanda & Ross

Ross and Amanda met nearly 10 years ago at Elon College, and their friends knew, it was a match made in heaven from the start. They chose Charleston for the celebration of their nuptials as many couples do for its beauty, romantic and historical feel, great food, and a weekend of entertainment for their guests. This wedding turned out just as Amanda and her family dreamed. In a wedding venue, they wanted an intimate and casual feel that was an extension of the property itself. The private, southern, estate feel of the Governor Thomas Bennett House was exactly what they had in mind for the modernized, Victorian style reception, and the garden setting made for an incredible backdrop for the ceremony under an oak tree strung with white wash, French chandeliers. Following the ceremony, the guests were led into the house for a champagne toast from the bride and groom on the gorgeous spiral staircase. They were then left to enjoy the house along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while the bridal party returned to the garden for photos. The tent on the carriage house lawn awaited the group following cocktail hour and as guests were led there, they strolled under trees of votives in clear glass to create a dreamy effect of twinkling light that increased as the night progressed. The elements of detail in the tent focused on various lighting fixtures, an antique style mirrored bar and back bar shelf lined with an eclectic assortment of votives. The lounge accented with pale blue and cream toss pillows embraced a glass cube coffee table filled with the bride’s signature blue hydrangea glowing with soft light. To top it all off, the addition of perfect fall weather was the best gift the bride was given all day.

Event Design and Florals: Loluma / Caterer: Cru Catering / Wedding Cake: by Jim Smeal / Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Helen Greenfield / Reception Music (band): Skate Rink Jukebox booked by East Coast Entertainment / Bridal Gown: Romona Kevesa from Bridals by Lori in Atlanta / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Groomsmen Attire: Signature Suits Separates Collection by Joseph A. Banks / Transportation: Black Cab Company / Rentals: Snyder Rentals / Bridemaid’s Hair: Stewart Lawrence Salon / Makeup Artist: Margaret Ghierhart / Bride Hair: Ashley Fisher