Boone Hall Plantation wedding at The Cotton Dock

Ashley & Adam's Boone Hall Plantation wedding in Charleston, SC by Landon Jacob

ASHLEY & ADAM

A Boone Hall Plantation wedding

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Charleston SC bouquet at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston Bride in a Romona Keveaz gown from Maddison Row  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

   Ashley Adams was preparing to move to Los Angeles, but not before her brother introduced her to the man that she’d spend the rest of her life with. Ashley and Adam Russell immediately hit it off. “I’m not sure I had ever laughed so hard as I did that first weekend,” remembers Ashley, but the timing was off. A few months later, she made another trip to San Fran and the rest, as they say, is history. After spending some time dating long distance, the couple eventually settled together in Los Angeles when Adam began crafting his proposal. When his original date night plans to watch the sunset while riding beach cruisers in Santa Monica fell through, thanks to Southern California’s “June Gloom”, he regrouped and decided to grab a drink by the water before hitting the Santa Monica Pier. After a ride on the roller coaster, the couple boarded the Ferris Wheel just as the sun began to set and after a commemorative selfie at the top, Adam popped the question perched above the pier.

Charleston bride in Romona Keveza gown from Maddison Row  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Ceremony at First Baptist Church of Charleston  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Blue Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Blue watercolor invitations for Charleston SC wedding  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

   While their relationship had started on the West Coast, Ashley was determined to have an East Coast celebration for their September wedding and made a beeline for Charleston, South Carolina. When Ashley was in high school, a family friend tied the knot at Boone Hall Plantation and the breathtaking Lowcountry scenery had made a lasting impression on her. Luckily, when she ran the idea by Adam he was instantly on board. With the help of Marianne Caldwell  RiverOaks, the couple set their plans in motion for a late fall wedding on the grounds of the historic plantation.
 

Black vintage Rolls Royce at Charleston wedding ceremony  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Bridesmaids in Ocean teal Amsale gowns for wedding in Charleston SC  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston bride in Romona Keveza wedding gown from Maddison Row  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Wedding ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Charleston  //  photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston groom in custom navy Joseph Abboud tuxedo  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

   They kept the décor minimal with a candle-lined aisle and white florals for their traditional ceremony at First Baptist Church in downtown Charleston. Ashley made her entrance to the sounds of “Rigaudon” — the same song her mother used at her wedding years before — meeting Adam on the altar to recite their vows.

Wedding ceremony at First Baptist Church of Charleston  //  photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Evening wedding reception at Boone Hall Plantation's Cotton Dock  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston bride in a one-shouldered Romona Keveza gown  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Vintage black Rolls Royce at wedding in Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Groomsmen in navy tuxedos at wedding in Charleston SC  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Father of the Bride and daughter at First Baptist Church of Charleston  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Bridesmaids in ocean teal dress and groomsmen in navy tuxedos at Charleston SC wedding  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

   Ashley envisioned an autumnal color palette of wine, navy and ocean teal with soft blush accents, and since the Cotton Dock is decidedly rustic, she wanted to add romantic touches with flowing draping, string lights, and soft candlelight. To set the tone, Ashley tasked her brother with designing their invitation suite, which featured navy accents and a floral watercolor envelope liner.  The elegant vibe carried over to Ashley’s one-shoulder, Legends by Romona Keveza gown she found at Maddison Row. Her A-line skirt and trailing veil stood up to the sprawling plantation, making a statement against the coastal backdrop. Her six bridesmaids wore long Amsale dresses in a deep shade of ocean teal, complementing the groomsmen in navy tuxedos. The men wore Southern-inspired, cotton boutonnières which were personally harvested by Ashley’s 96-year old grandfather. 

Ashley & Adam's wedding portraits at Boone Hall Plantation's Cotton Dock
Navy lounge furniture on The Cotton Dock  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Fall-inspired centerpieces at Cotton Dock wedding  //  Boone Hall Plantation photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Guests arrive to wedding reception at The Cotton Dock  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Specialty cocktails at Charleston SC wedding  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Boone Hall Plantation wedding reception at The Cotton Dock by Landon Jacob
Wedding reception at Boone Hall Plantation's Cotton Dock photographed by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston SC wedding portraits at Boone Hall Plantation
Ham biscuits by Cru Catering at Boone Hall Plantation
Wedding portraits at Boone Hall Plantation  //  photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston SC wedding at Boone Hall Plantation  //  photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Vintage lounge setup on The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Ashley & Adam's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Cotton Dock wedding at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Outdoor wedding reception at Boone Hall Plantation's Cotton Dock  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Floral chandelier at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston SC wedding portraits at Boone Hall Plantation by Landon Jacob
Wedding portraits at The Cotton Dock in Charleston SC  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Floral centerpieces at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Charleston Wedding photography by Landon Jacob

      All 230 guests made the trek over the Ravenel Bridge to Mount Pleasant as string lights hung from the palmetto trees above the entrance to the Cotton Dock. Inside, organic-style arrangements of tulips, roses, ranunculus, and anemones — Ashley’s favorite — were finished off with Fall foliage and flanked by blue candles that sat atop luxurious ivory linens.

Fall wedding reception decor with blue accents at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Cocktail hour at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Fall wedding reception decor with blue accents at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Boone Hall Plantation wedding portraits Fall wedding reception decor with blue accents at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Fall wedding reception decor with blue accents at Boone Hall Plantation  //  Wedding photography by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Ashley & Adam's wedding at Boone Hall Plantation by Landon Jacob
Vegetarian passed hors d'oeuvres by Cru Catering for Charleston wedding  // A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Cocktail hour at Boone Hall Plantation wedding  //  photographed by Landon Jacob
Cotton Dock wedding reception decor by Marianne Caldwell  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Chick-fil-A cow mascot at Boone Hall wedding reception  //  photographed by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Outdoor wedding reception at The Cotton Dock in Charleston SC  //  photographed by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Cotton Dock wedding reception decor  //   Charleston wedding photos by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Cotton Dock wedding reception in Charleston SC  //  photographed by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

On the dock, a cowhide rug was placed under a gold, floral-encrusted chandelier — a perfect mix of feminine and masculine touches — and two cozy couches creating a unique outdoor lounge area on the water. Guests dined on a Southern-style menu from Cru Catering that included their signature mac-n-cheese, ham biscuits, and watermelon salad before diving into a dessert spread of banana pudding, pecan pie, and miniature chocolate cakes. As a nod to Ashley’s grandparents who were celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary the following day, the newlyweds surprised them with a personal cake of their own followed by a congratulatory champagne toast. The party turned to the dance floor where Men of Distinction took the stage and kept the crowd dancing throughout the evening. Guests were surprised with a late-night snack of Chick-fil-A nuggets — divvied out by the cow himself — and paired with truffle fries.  At the end of the evening, guests created a tunnel of sparklers that led to the couple’s getaway ride— a ’55 Chevy BelAir Convertible.

Charleston Bride & Groom depart The Cotton Dock in a vintage Bel-Air //  photographed by Landon Jacob  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

 

CHARLESTON WEDDING VENDORS - Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church  ll  Reception Venue: Boone Hall Plantation  ll  Photographer: Landon Jacob Productions  ll  Event Planning & Design: Marianne Caldwell of RiverOaks Charleston  ll  Gown: Legends by Romona Keveza  ll  Dress Boutique: Maddison Row  ll  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale  ll  Hair & Makeup: Lashes & Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup  ll  Men’s Attire: Joseph Abboud  ll  Floral Design: Jenni Gray Hewitt  ll  Catering, Cake & Bar: Cru Catering  ll  Rentals: Ooh! Events, EventWorks, EventHaus  ll  Videographer: Cinema843  ll  Invitations: Chris Adams  ll  Pianist: Cindy Burn  ll  Vocalist: Bill Jordan ll  Organist: Beverly Bradley  ll  Band: Men of Distinction  ll  Rehearsal Dinner: Charleston Harbor Fish House  ll  Officiant: Dr. Ed Carney