Governor Thomas Bennett House Wedding // Lauren & Justin

Lauren & Justin's Thomas Bennett House wedding  //  Charleston wedding photos by TIMWILL  //  Designed by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

LAUREN & JUSTIN

A Thomas Bennett House wedding in Charleston, SC

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Bride in Ines di Santo gown at Charleston, SC wedding by TIMWILL  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

Lauren & Justin were both in the finance industry, working for the same bank in 2010 when they found themselves in a week-long training session in Brooklyn. As the class drug on throughout the week, Justin couldn’t help but notice the beautiful brunette in the front of the classroom, and during a quick break, he introduced himself in the hallway. Later that evening, the entire class headed to the Empire Hotel for happy hour and, as luck would have, the two shared their first kiss. Even though sparks flew that fateful summer week, Lauren & Justin took the time to get to know each other before making things official. In fact, it wasn’t until months of casually meeting for dinner and drinks that they officially became a couple.

Class grey and white invitation suite by Sweet Magnolia Paper at Thomas Bennett House wedding //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Charleston Bride in Ines di Santo gown photographed by TIMWILL  //  Designed by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Outdoor reception at The Governor Thomas Bennett House designed by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

In November of 2013, the travel-loving pair made their first trip to The Holy City and immediately fell for the city’s spellbinding charm, so much so, that they tossed around the idea of eventually marrying in Charleston. They returned again in 2015 with the hopes of enjoying the historic architecture, friendly locals, and Southern cuisine but left with so much more. To Lauren’s surprise, Justin popped the question on November 11th at Waterfront Park, followed by celebratory rooftop drinks at The Market Pavilion Hotel.

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Charleston Bridesmaids in long neutral dresses at The Thomas Bennett House  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

As for their wedding, the New Yorkers considered keeping the festivities close to home but the Lowcountry was calling them back South. So, two months after their engagement they embarked on a venue-scouting trip in South Carolina and quickly knew it was where they were meant to be. Hoping to find a venue that embodied their vision of Charleston, they selected The Governor Thomas Bennett House to host their fall wedding. On November 11, 2016 (exactly one year after they became engaged), the destination duo returned to The Thomas Bennett House, this time with 120 guests in tow, for their perfect Lowcountry wedding.

Lauren & Justin's Governor Thomas Bennett House wedding by TIMWILL  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Outdoor wedding reception at The Thomas Bennett House designed by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

While some decisions, like city and venue, were easy to make, Lauren struggled when it came time to find her perfect gown. “I felt that my venue allowed for any style which was a blessing but also made my search more difficult,” explains Lauren. After trying on more than 80 dresses, she finally decided on an Ines di Santo design that she customized to her liking. “When I put it on the morning of my wedding, I felt like I was glowing,” describes Lauren. She paired the sleek silhouette with soft curls, natural makeup, and a soft pink lip. Her nine bridesmaids wore their choice of gown in a neutral color palette of gold, champagne, or rose. Forgoing the first look, the couple stuck with tradition and opted to see each other at their ceremony. For their vows, the couple selected St. Patrick’s Catholic Church — a historic church in Downtown Charleston — where Lauren’s hometown priest flew in to preside over their nuptials.
   To create her garden-inspired vision, Lauren enlisted the talents of Lindsey Boyce and Abby Frye of A Charleston Bride. Together, they used a color palette of grey, dusty blue, and cream, dotted with copper accents and greenery details, to create the ethereal atmosphere Lauren had in mind. “Choosing the décor was probably my favorite part of the wedding,” recalls Lauren. Vintage lounge furniture set the stage for the romantic evening while hand-lettered signage and organic centerpieces continued the airy vibe. As guests arrived to the reception, they were greeted by a slew of miniature passed hors d’oeuvres from Cru Catering, including clothespin charred octopus tacos, lobster rolls and fried green tomatoes with smoked tomato caramel and pork belly, as they sipped Prosecco and Rosé. The couple skipped the traditional guest book in favor of an old card catalog which guests stuffed with loving responses for a happy married life. In addition to the crowd-pleasing, dinner menu of short-rib beef wellington and pan-seared grouper, the crowd indulged in a Southern-style bourbon bar — a favorite of the groom. After a beautiful rendition of the Lumineers “Hey Ho” for their first dance, the party was off and running with the help of the couple’s band, A-Town A-List. “We still have guests telling us they were the best band they’ve ever heard,” remembers Lauren. “We knew our guests had the time of their lives, just like we did, and we could not have asked for anything more!”

Hand-lettered mirror sign by J.Lily Design at Thomas Bennett House wedding  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Outdoor wedding reception at The Thomas Bennett House in Charleston, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Charleston bride in lace gown by Ines di Santo  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

To create her garden-inspired vision, Lauren enlisted the talents of Lindsey Boyce and Abby Frye of A Charleston Bride. Together, they used a color palette of grey, dusty blue, and cream, dotted with copper accents and greenery details, to create the ethereal atmosphere Lauren had in mind. “Choosing the décor was probably my favorite part of the wedding,” recalls Lauren. Vintage lounge furniture set the stage for the romantic evening while hand-lettered signage and organic centerpieces continued the airy vibe.

Outdoor reception bar at The Thomas Bennett House designed by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Outdoor Charleston wedding at The Governor Thomas Bennett House TIMWILL  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Charleston Bride in Ines di Santo gown with her bridesmaids in neutral gowns  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Hand-lettered bar menu by J.Lily Design at The Thomas Bennnett House  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Three-tiered marbled blue cake from Cakes by Kasarda  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Charleston couple in a Vintage Rolls Royce at The Thomas Bennnett House  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

As guests arrived to the reception, they were greeted by a slew of miniature passed hors d’oeuvres from Cru Catering, including clothespin charred octopus tacos, lobster rolls and fried green tomatoes with smoked tomato caramel and pork belly, as they sipped Prosecco and Rosé. The couple skipped the traditional guest book in favor of an old card catalog which guests stuffed with loving responses for a happy married life. In addition to the crowd-pleasing, dinner menu of short-rib beef wellington and pan-seared grouper, the crowd indulged in a Southern-style bourbon bar — a favorite of the groom. After a beautiful rendition of the Lumineers “Hey Ho” for their first dance, the party was off and running with the help of the couple’s band, A-Town A-List. “We still have guests telling us they were the best band they’ve ever heard,” remembers Lauren. “We knew our guests had the time of their lives, just like we did, and we could not have asked for anything more!”

Tall greenery centerpieces by Stephanie Gibbs Events by TIMWILL  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Hand-lettered drink menu by J.Lily Design at outdoor wedding reception in Charleston, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Charleston Bride wearing Ines di Santo gown in front of vintage Rolls Royce  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Governor Thomas Bennett House wedding by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Vintage lounge furniture in neutral shades at The Governor Thomas Bennett House //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
White floral centerpieces by Stephanie Gibbs Events at wedding in Charleston, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Hand-lettered wedding welcome sign by J.Lily Design  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Vintage card catalog guestbook at outdoor Thomas Bennett House wedding reception //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Hand-lettered bar sign by J.Lily Design  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Outdoor wedding reception at The Thomas Bennett House Event Planning & Design by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Wedding welcome sign at The Thomas Bennett House //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Outdoor reception at a Thomas Bennett House wedding   //  Event Planning & Design by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
White floral centerpiece by Stephanie Gibbs Events  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Evening wedding reception at The Governor Thomas Bennett House   //  Event Planning & Design by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Four tiered cake by Cakes by Kasarda at The Thomas Bennett House //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Greenery centerpieces with white floral accents by Stephanie Gibbs Events  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Vintage card catalog guestbook at The Thomas Bennett House wedding //  Event Planning & Design by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Vintage lounge furniture at evening Thomas Bennett House wedding   //  Event Planning & Design by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

The couple skipped the traditional guest book in favor of an old card catalog which guests stuffed with loving responses for a happy married life. In addition to the crowd-pleasing, dinner menu of short-rib beef wellington and pan-seared grouper, the crowd indulged in a Southern-style bourbon bar — a favorite of the groom. After a beautiful rendition of the Lumineers “Hey Ho” for their first dance, the party was off and running with the help of the couple’s band, A-Town A-List. “We still have guests telling us they were the best band they’ve ever heard,” remembers Lauren. “We knew our guests had the time of their lives, just like we did, and we could not have asked for anything more!”

Outdoor Thomas Bennett House wedding   //  Event Planning & Design by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Lauren & Justin's Thomas Bennett House wedding   //  Event Planning & Design by A Charleston Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

 

CHARLESTON WEDDING VENDORS - Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Catholic Church  ll  Reception Venue: The Governor Thomas Bennett House  ll  Photographer: TIMWILL Photography  ll  Event Planning & Design: A Charleston Bride  ll  Floral Design: Stephanie Gibbs Events  ll  Gown: Ines di Santo  ll  Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Belk  ll  Groom’s Attire: Enzo Custom  ll  Catering: Cru Catering  ll  Cake: Cakes by Kasarda  ll  Tent: Sperry Tents  ll  Rentals: Snyder Events, Ooh! Events  ll  Invitations: Sweet Magnolia Paper  ll  Calligraphy: J.Lily Design  ll  Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen, Nüage Designs  ll  Lighting: AV Connections  ll  Ceremony Music: Jessica Minahan White  ll  Band: A-Town A-List from Sam Hill Entertainment  ll  Transportation: Charleston Style Limo, Lancaster Bus  ll  Videographer: Inkspot Crow Films  ll  Officiant: Father Ravi Dasari  ll  Rehearsal Dinner: Poogan’s Porch