JESSICA & CORY
Boone Hall Plantation
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
THE PROPOSAL: A trip to Wake Forest, Cory’s alma mater, took a quick turn from football game and sightseeing to spending the rest of their lives together. While strolling through the campus gardens, Cory Lallier dropped to one knee and proposed to Jessica Bailey. After an enthusiastic YES, the couple spent the rest of the day tailgating with friends and cheering on the Demon Deacons!
THE VENUE: Since their relationship began in Charleston, Cory & Jess both knew the Holy City would play host to their wedding. After touring Boone Hall Plantation, they quickly made their decision. “This is the one I want,” declared Cory. “I don’t even need to see the others.”
THE LOOK: Jess wore a mermaid-style, Romona Keveza gown with a sweetheart neckline, lace bodice with blush underlay, and tulle skirt. She offset a bold, smoky eye with a simple, half-up hairstyle. Her bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung gowns with a high-low hem in a shimmering shade of gold which they paired with blush pumps.
DIAMOND: The diamond theme started with their invitations and carried throughout their reception décor—programs, menu boards, place settings, table numbers, panel inserts on the bar, and even a diamond-inspired drapery installation.
THE CEREMONY: The couple exchanged vows in front of 135 guests in a private garden at Cory’s grandparents’ home on Meeting Street, a place the couple spent countless hours early in their relationship. The existing archway was covered in greenery and served as the altar. To add a bit of drama, two large urns, overflowing with blush and white blooms, flanked either side of the brick aisle.
THE AESTHETIC: Hoping to add a touch of glam to the rustic vibe of The Cotton Dock, the couple teamed up with A Charleston Bride to create a luxurious evening along the Horlbeck Creek with a blush, gold, and navy color scheme. Pillowy draping, chandeliers, and candlelight added a soft, romantic tone to the overall atmosphere. Textured linens covered the assorted table shapes and were topped with alternating high and low arrangements of hydrangeas, peonies, and roses. “We wanted your eye to be drawn to every little detail and the various textures, shapes, and heights,” recalls Jess. “Everywhere you looked there were flowers.” The finishing touch? A roaring fireplace to amp up the cozy vibe.
THE MENU: Guests snacked on pimento cheese biscuits and fried chicken & waffles during cocktail hour, sipping on the couple’s specialty drinks—Cucumber Mule and Cherry Bourbonade—named after their Labradoodles (The Doodle and The Sullivan). For dinner, Cru Catering served up roasted chicken and cauliflower risotto followed by a late-night serving of their signature four cheese mac & cheese.
ADVICE: “On the day of, don’t worry or stress if everything doesn’t go exactly as planned, in the end, it will still be a magical day.”
CHARLESTON WEDDING VENDORS - Ceremony Venue: Private Residence ll Reception Venue: Boone Hall Plantation ll Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography ll Event Planning & Design: A Charleston Bride ll Floral Design: Palmetto Bloom ll Gown: Romona Keveza ll Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung ll Hair Stylist: Roots Salon ll Makeup: PaperDolls Wedding Hair & Makeup ll Men’s Attire: Canali, JoS. A. Bank ll Catering & Bar: Cru Catering ll Cake: ABCD Cakes ll Rentals: Snyder Rentals, Ooh! Events ll Draping: The Social Spool ll Invitations: Sweet Magnolia Paper ll Lighting: TEC – Technical Event Company ll Band: The New Royals ll Videographer: Paragon Filmworks ll Officiant: Chaplain Charles Williams and Michael Martin