20 Feb Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation Wedding | Charleston, SC | Warner + John
Warner and John’s wedding at The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall was one of my favorite weddings to plan and design. Not only were Warner and John the sweetest and cutest couple, but Warner works graphic design, LOVES interior decor, and is an avid painter — so basically a dream client to design with! We absolutely loved bringing her vision of a coastal, chic soiree come to life through unique rentals, lighting, and a pops of fun, pastel colors. Read more from the bride below on her planning experience and the best parts of her big day!
How did you two meet? We met on Match.com. I had been on it for months and gone on some mediocre dates at best. John was on it for a couple of weeks and I was his third date. The rest is history.
Describe the proposal. John isn’t great at keeping a secret or a surprise a surprise, so I’m really proud of him for not spilling the beans. It was a February 13th, a Friday night after work and I walked in the door and there was a tiny box on the counter. I was confused as to what it could be and he said “why don’t you open it up?”. Inside was a small dish with a “M”. Confused I turned around to ask him about it and there he was on one knee asking me to marry him. The present was a ring dish with my new monogram! After I said yes, he told me to get ready because he had a big night planned for us. He ended up recreated our first date! We started by going to the bar where we met for the first time and even sat in the same barstools from that first moment. Then he whisked me away to the same restaurant, and even had the same waitress who helped recreate the same meal we had on our first date. It was a really thoughtful and special night that I’ll always cherish.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. It was actually pretty low key day. I asked my sister to come with me to Bridal’s by Lori as I just wanted to narrow down a dress style that I liked, so that I could bring my Mom back at a later date. My stylist pulled a dress and the moment I tried it on, I knew it was the one! The dress designer happened to be there that day for a trunk show and the gown was only going to be there that day. So I made a game time decision and said “Yes to the dress!””
Tell us about selecting your bridesmaids’ dresses. I worked with Brideside which I would highly recommend. I was able to narrow down styles and fabric colors and then let the girls all choose a dress they loved. It turned out perfectly! I loved that all of their personalities came through in their dresses and the mix and match look seemed flawless.
Did you decide to do a first look? Yes, and I’m so glad we did! I lost it. Like ugly-cry lost it. I’m so glad that moment was for us to share. It was very personal and I’m glad that we had that special moment just to ourselves. After I saw him all the nerves and jitters melted away and I was ready to marry my man!
Tell us about your beautiful engagement ring: John hand selected a raw diamond and hired a jeweler to place it in a setting that he helped design and create.
What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? Carrying John’s fathers watch on my bouquet was very special to me. I was never able to meet him due to his passing before John and I met, so it was very important for me to have a connection to him on our wedding day. I know he was there with us in spirit, but it was meaningful for me to have something tangible.
What was the funniest moment of the day? The funniest moment was during the ceremony when John said “I be wed”. I stopped the ceremony from moving forward and told him that it was “I thee wed” and since we are only doing this once, he needed to get it right! Everyone was laughing and it was such a honest and real moment.
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? Our entire families, for sure! Seeing them all come together and have the best time was priceless. Our families love each other and it was so fun to seem them combine into one big party!
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Teil Ducan‘s artwork was my first go to inspiration. I loved her colors and southern beach scenes. I wanted it to feel laid back and fun, but polished as the same time.
What made you choose your wedding venue? We wanted a lowcountry feeling, but nothing beachy. Boone Hall was the perfect venue with it’s grand alley of moss covered oaks and the marsh views from the Cotton Dock. When we went for a walk through we instantly knew it was the perfect fit for our personalities and vision of our special day.
Did you have a cocktail hour? If so, what was it like? We did, but choose to do pictures during this time so we didn’t get to experience much of it. But with that said, the circular bar on the oyster tabby patio was my favorite part! It was a beautiful focal point and everyone was able to grab drinks quickly and easily to get the fun started!
Tell us about your wedding flowers: Samantha definitely helped me here. I just wanted soft and classic flowers, nothing trendy, just timeless!
Describe some of the decorations or décor elements you used for your wedding. Some of my favorites were the linen lounge area, the pendant lighting, the rustic farm tables for guest seating, the beautiful wooden bars, and the Edison cafe lights strung over the patio and dance floor.
What was your favorite detail of the wedding? The whiskey bar was a huge hit at the wedding and our guests are still talking about it!. My favorite part was they we dedicated it to John’s dad and created an awesome hand carved sign to honor him.
What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day? A few things come to mind: the first look, seeing the reception venue for the first time, taking a moment to step aside with each other, and dancing the night away together.
How many guests attended your wedding? Around 150.
Who was your favorite vendor and why? Oh my, I can’t pick they were all so amazing. I would pick them all over again in a hear beat. BUT, if I had to pick someone other than Samantha Anderson Events, it would be Rachel Red Photography. She is the most wonderful person and was such a fun and calm presence the whole day. We will be using her again to capture other life moments!
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your wedding? Waiting, haha! We planned for 19 months, so by the end I was ready to get the show on the road.
How many guests attended your wedding? Around 150.
What advice would you give to a newly engaged couple planning their wedding? Hire a planner! Hands down the best decision ever. Our vision was executed flawlessly, the money spent more than paid for itself in time, research, and fair pricing Sam was able to help us get based on relationships with vendors. It took so much stress away, and the best part is that I now have a life long friend. Love you Sam!
What were some of the highlights of the reception? Our band, Hot Sauce, was by far the best part. I don’t think I ever left the dance floor! The other highlight was for sure the late night pizza delivery– it was a huge hit!
Tell us about your grand exit. Sparklers with a vintage getaway car. The car was one of John’s favorite details.
Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration: John’s brother told us to take a moment and step aside with each other to take it all in. I vividly remember pulling John aside and looking back at everyone celebrating. It was a perfect moment we shared and will always remember.
What’s next for you and your husband? Right now we are enjoying married life and settling into our new home together in Atlanta, the world is our oyster. Who know’s what will be next?!
A big hug and thank you to all the vendors that made this day possible!
Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Planning & Design: Samantha Anderson Events | Venue: Boone Hall Plantation | Catering & Bar: Cru Catering | Cake: Ashley Brown Cake Design | Rentals: EventWorks | Ceremony Entertainment: Holy City Strings | Band: Hot Sauce | Beauty: Lashes and Lace | Photo Booth: Little White Box | Cafe Lights + Draping: Lowcountry Entertainment | Lounge and Lighting: Ooh Events | Florals: Palmetto Bloom | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet and Shuttle | Invitation Suite: Sase Ink | Cinema: Siegel Films | Bridal Gown: “Darling” by Alyne by Rita Vinieris at Bridal’s By Lori | Bridesmaids Attire: Brideside – Joanna August, Jenny Yoo, Adrianna Papell, Sorella Vita, BHLDN | Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux | Groomsmen Bowties: Collared Greens