Lindsay and Matt’s wedding took place on St. Patrick’s Day and the two had the luck of the Irish on their side. The couple brought their vision of a garden wedding at Magnolia Plantation to life through a blush and navy color palette. They incorporated the holiday with elegant touches woven through the details including gold foil shamrock table numbers and an Irish handfasting ceremony during their vows. Catherine Ann Photography captured the couples wedding day to perfection including some portraits with their sweet puppy Peaches! And if you’re looking for more St. Patrick’s Day wedding inspiration you’ll love these Cliffs of Moher bridal portraits – here. How Did You Meet? Matt’s sister, Amy, was my resident-mate at the University of Tennessee. We met at her birthday party. His sister likes to tell people that we were the first ones to arrive, the last ones to leave, and we didn’t talk to anyone else the entire night! What Is Your Proposal Story? Matt proposed on Christmas Eve. We cooked Christmas Eve dinner together, and we really enjoyed making a great meal. We decided to open our Christmas presents to each other that night because I had to work on Christmas Day. I gave Matt a bunch of clothes for Christmas, and I wrapped each item individually as a prank. He probably had 10 packages to open, and I have never seen someone open presents so quickly! When we were finally done opening gifts, he told me there was one more gift that he needed to give me. He pulled out a small, wrapped box, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him.Tell us a little a bit about your wedding: We are both from the south, and we relocated to North Carolina a few years ago. Our families and friends live in many different states, and we knew we wanted to have the wedding somewhere that everyone would enjoy visiting and that most people could drive instead of fly. We both visited Charleston growing up, and we both love the charm and character that Charleston offers. Plus, I had always envisioned having my wedding surrounded by my favorite tree, Live Oaks.
We visited several wedding venues around Charleston, and we chose Magnolia Plantation because it was absolutely the most beautiful venue. We fell in love with the Long White Bridge Lawn, and we knew it would be the perfect spot for the ceremony. We also loved that peacocks might make an appearance during the ceremony or reception!What were your favorite parts of the day? We both agree that our absolute favorite moment was looking out at all of our friends and family during the wedding ceremony. It was the first time that all of the people who are the most special to us were in the same place. That will probably never happen again, and we will always treasure knowing that so many people came from so far to celebrate with us!
My most memorable moment was seeing Matt for the first time that day. We did a first look prior to the ceremony, and it was so wonderful to get to spend time with him prior to the ceremony. I was feeling nervous for most of the wedding day morning, and Matt is very laid-back. We talked about how our days were going, and he immediately put me at ease.
My favorite detail was courtesy of my sweet bridesmaids. While we were getting our hair and makeup done, it started raining. The rain was stressing me out, and they wanted to take my mind off the rain. My bridesmaids went over to the Charleston City Market and found St. Patrick’s Day themed temporary tattoos. We each picked out our favorite and put them on our ankles; it was a fun distraction! And the rain stopped by the time we arrived at the venue!
We absolutely adore our Dachshund-Chihuahua mix (Chiweenie), Peaches. It was really important to us to have her as a part of our ceremony. She’s too little to make the walk down the aisle by herself, so she was carried by the Bridesman, Casey Neary. Peaches was the star of the ceremony; I think she got more crowd “oohs and aahs” than we did! At the end of the ceremony when we walked back up the aisle, she started barking because she didn’t want to be left behind. The entire crowd laughed and it was so sweet!Tell us about any DIY, handmade, or personal details: We got married on St. Patrick’s Day, and we wanted to incorporate some small touches to honor the day. We did a handfasting ceremony as a part of our vows. Handfasting is an ancient Irish wedding tradition that has come to be interpreted literally, as the symbolic act of “tying the knot.” We also made gold foiled shamrocks for our table numbers. My bouquet had a beautiful vintage gold and sapphire shamrock brooch; this was my “something old.”
I am a big Taylor Swift fan, and one of my favorite songs is “Love Story”. I really wanted to incorporate that song into the wedding ceremony. We had a violin and cello duo (Palmetto Strings) for our ceremony music. For my walk down the aisle they played the intro to Wedding March and then switched to the instrumental version of “Love Story.” It was perfect!
It was really important to us to have the people closest to us be a part of our wedding. One of my best friends is a guy. While it was a little untraditional, it was great to have Casey stand up for me as a part of the bridal party (as a “bridesman”). Instead of a bouquet, he carried Peaches (our dog) down the aisle!
Photography: Catherine Ann Photography | Ceremony Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens | Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens | Event Planning: Cruz Coordination | Floral: Tiger Lily Florist | DJ: Low Country Entertainment | Wedding Cake: WildFlour Pastry | Hair: Lashes and Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup | Makeup: Lashes and Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mori Lee | Submitted via: Matchology