My favorite weddings are the ones where the couples really make it ‘them’. This Charleston plantation wedding from Taylor Rae Photography was inspired by the groom’s 1952 Ford Pickup that he spent the last year working on. They went with that relaxed retro theme with the bride’s pin-up styled hair and their vintage coca-cola bottle favors.
When it came to our wedding, Nick and I had one over-arching motto: keep it laid-back. We wanted everyone that was there to feel completely comfortable and that as hosts we weren’t required to have every single traditional wedding feature. A few examples of this include: calling the drinks and apps time Happy Hour, removing toasts from the wedding party, and having a joint Father-Daughter, Mother-Son dance.
We didn’t have a specific theme in mind but I did plan quite a bit around Nick’s 1952 Ford F1 Pickup that we placed front and center at the entrance to the Pavilion. Nick spent the last year putting his heart, soul, and body into getting the truck into tip-top shape and I wanted it to be the center of attention.
It inspired my desire to have a somewhat vintage-looking dress and pin-up girl hair as well as our rust-colored flowers and old Coca-Cola bottles with wedding favors. It was important to us to get married in Charleston, especially since we aren’t originally from here. We moved down here about 2 years ago and haven’t had the opportunity to host many guests from back home – the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C area.
We wanted to give all of our family and friends that Lowcountry, easy-living vibe that we’ve come to love since moving here and we wanted everyone to feel like one big happy family for the entire night. BBQ and backyard games were a must! Some of my favorite personalized touches of the day included our oversized Jenga game/guest book, BBQ sauce dispensers with our engagement shoot photos on them at each table, and our robot cake toppers sitting atop our pin-striped cake to match Nick’s truck.
If you asked Nick what his favorite part of the day was, I would venture to say it was watching countless guests jump into his truck for photos and showing them all the work he’d done to it. What I find most memorable was just the constant feeling all night that people seemed to be genuinely having so much fun and enjoying the company of family or close friends and also of people they’d never met before. I swear I blinked and the night was over, which I can only attest to it being the best night of my life!
Photography | Taylor Rae Photography | Venue | The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation | Florist | Charleston Flower Market | Cake | Abbie’s Bakery | Caterer | Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q | Bar | Icebox Bar | Rentals | EventHaus Rentals | Gown | Bridals by Jodi