If you're in the mood for a little romance, then you're going to go crazy over this Legare Waring House wedding from Priscilla Thomas Photography & Cibi Events. This lovely outdoor affair featured beautiful florals from Blue Planet Green Events, Bride Kelly's off-the-shoulder gown, long, pink bridesmaids dresses and an unforgettable night under the stars. From Priscilla: "Kelly and Chris’s wedding highlights a fusion of their style. Kelly is drawn to soft pastels and whimsical design while Chris likes rustic elements. With this inspiration, Christina of Cibi Events created a unique design that included family style wooden tables, chandeliers, an eclectic spread of floral arrangements, and Edison bulbs. Tabletop centerpieces featured a mix of textures utilizing wooden boxes and mercury glass."
From the Planner & Couple:
The inspiration came from the bride and grooms uniquely different tastes. The bride was all about soft, feminine romantic style and the groom was more rustic and masculine. The beauty is how they both celebrated each others differences. The contrast in styles was carried throughout the design of the wedding including two completely separate table designs and feminine touches of roses and chandeliers in the dining portion of the tent contrasted with a rustic lounge area with dark wood, masculine furniture and even a “raw Edison bulb” custom light fixture for over the lounge bar.
There was certain kind of “hipness” to the couple so, instead of a classic trio for the ceremony, we opted for a solo guitarist/singer song writer style which carried over into the cocktail hour. For transportation we hired a vintage crown bus vs. a coach, and the takeaway at the end of the night was a custom label (two styles) split of champagne with a thank you tag and an invitation to brunch at the apartment the couple rented for the weekend. �
Design & Decor:
Kelly loves everything girly and feminine so the bridal flowers were bouquets of soft pink, blush and white garden roses, white dahlias, pink astilbe, lams ear and seeded eucalyptus. Chris on the other hand prefers things a bit more masculine so, the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres were made with white astilbe and lambs ears.
The table scares were also a blend of masculine and feminine. there were 8 -16’ tables. 4 of which where white farm tables with romantic and feminine centerpieces of pink and white roses and other victorian flowers in silver vases and footed compotes with mercury class votives and lots of candles. Alternating, were 4 tables with more muscle centerpieces in reclaimed wooden vessels (actually made of wood original Charleston homes) filled with greenery and local giant dahlias in mocha and white and pillar candles in hurricane glass. �
Drinks & Food:
With last names of Totino and Antonacci and most of the guests last names ending in a vowel, we felt the need to incorporate some Italian delicacies. So, during the cocktail reception we offered a beautiful antipasto with Italian salamis, prosciutto, cheeses olives and crostini along with an assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres including Tomato Pie Tartlets with Arthur Avenue Parmesan and a slider station (just for the fun of it)
His and Her Cocktails. Kelly (the bride) loves pink and all things sparkly so her cocktail was “Pink Roses & Sparkles” made with Prosecco, Roses Lime and Cranberry juice. The Grooms drink “Fall on the Rocks” was made with Bourbon, maple syrup and a dash of Cayenne pepper served on the rocks.
Dinner was a sumptuous fall menu starting with a composed Autumnal salad of Roasted beets, fresh citrus, roasted pistachios, local goat cheese and arugula with lemon vinaigrette.
For the Entree, Chris is a meat eater, Kelly prefers fish and the Maid of Honor is vegetarian so, the menu was a choice of three entrees; Braised short rips with Potato-Parsnip Puree, mushrooms and English pea Ragout, Pan seared Seasonal, Local fish with Charleston Gold Rice Grits and Roasted brussels sprouts with Cranberries. The vegetarian entree was no after thought. It was an amazingly delicious Pan Seared Quinoa cake with dried apricots, fresh herbs and chèvre with a candied carrot coulis.
Dessert was the grooms favorite; Warm pumpkin spice Bread Pudding with Vanilla Creme Anglaise, bourbon Caramel sauce, cinnamon apples. local pecans topped with Chantilly whipped cream and chocolate shaving. and the cake was kelly’s favorite combination; Belgium Chocolate cake with peanut butter filling with Italian Caramel Butter Cream decorated in buttercream lace and pearls.
Late night sweets of key lime and pecan tartlets and cheesecake bites were offered at the espresso and cappuccino bar and cones of caramel corn were passed at the end of the evening.
What drew you to your venue?:
The trees at Legare were the selling point for us when picking the venue. The trees brought the southern atmosphere which we were searching for. The "avenue of oaks" is breath taking and almost fairy take like. The setting was unlike anything we have in our home state of CT. I knew Legare would be something completely different then any other wedding setting that out guests have attended.
What was your favorite part of the day:
Kelly: My favorite part of the day was tapping my soon to be husband on his shoulder for our "first look" and seeing his reaction to seeing me for the first time. His reaction was all I needed to put me at ease for all the excitement we had to look forward to for the day. Surprisingly enough, when I asked my now husband what his favorite part of the day was, he gave the exact same response. He thought I looked like a princess, which I obviously melted over.
Chris: It was the first time he saw Kelly in her dress. The bride and groom preferred to have a first viewing so that they could utilize Charleston proper as a backdrop for the photos. I could see the excitement in her smile and eyes, realizing all the planning and waiting was finally over. It was a very intimate moment sharing their first hug and kiss as a couple (although not an official couple).
How they met:
We originally met at a party, Chris was friends with the sister and I was friends with the brother of the family having the party. We later ran into each other at a concert called a live at 5 that our town has every summer. It was a Hootie and the Blowfish concert. That's where it all began, almost 8 summers ago!
Venue: Legare Waring House // Event Designer & Coordinator: Cibi Events // Bridal Hair: Serendipity // Makeup: Bellelina // Floral Designer: Blue Planet Green Events // Wedding Cake: Cakes by Kasarda // Caterer: Salthouse Catering // Bar Services: Spike // DJ: EPIC // Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co // Draping: JLV Creative // Rentals: Eventhaus // Tent Rental: Eventworks // Lighting: TEC // Ceremony Musician: Entertainment Charleston