Real-Life Weddings: Under the Trees
Two born-and-raised Southerners celebrate their love for the Lowcountry, summertime, and one another
Sarah Spurr & James Yonn
May 14, 2011
Lowndes Grove Plantation
When James (“Jamie”) Yon surprised Sarah Spurr with homemade cookies during their Christmas Eve shift at MUSC, she knew he was special. “I would have been an idiot to pass him up!” she laughs. The sweets were unexpected, but less than a year later, the proposal wasn’t: Sarah was en route to happy hour at Triangle Bar & Grill when a gal-pal hinted that there might be something sparkly in Jamie’s possession. Seeking answers (and a certain question), she hurried home, and soon Jamie was phoning his girlfriend’s parents for permission and requesting Sarah’s hand.
The two wanted a casual wedding inspired by their favorite season-and-place combo: summertime in the South. The city was a no-brainer: “Charleston is where we met, where we went on our first date, where we fell in love, and where we live,” Sarah explains. As an outdoor venue by the water was a must, they chose Lowndes Grove Plantation, and Stacey Fraunfelter of Red Letter Events brought their romantic backyard wedding and brunch reception to life.
On the Big Day, sapphire and goldenrod paper lanterns danced in the breeze as if suspended by magic, while bouquets of yellow roses scented the morning air. Sarah and Jamie swapped vows beneath the shade of century-old oaks, then slipped on rings borne by Moose and Rusty, their dogs. Next came a Southern-style meal, followed by pies in lieu of cake (a key lime “margarita” treat was the favorite), and everyone boogied to bluegrass until, at last, the couple made their getaway in a bright blue convertible.
Baker: 3.14 Pies; www.314piescharleston.com
Bridal gown: Priscilla of Boston; www.priscillaofboston.com
Bridesmaid attire: J.Crew; www.jcrew.com
Caterer: Fish restaurant; www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com
Florist: Lotus Flower; www.lotusflowercharleston.com
Groom attire: JoS. A. Bank; www.josbank.com
Groomsmen attire: JoS. A. Bank; www.josbank.com
Music (ceremony): Helen Greenfield/Unwind Duo; www.helengreenfieldcello.net
Music (reception): Triple Lindy; www.triplelindy.net
Photographer: Tim Willoughby, Timwill Photography; www.timwill.com
Planner: Stacey Fraunfelter, Red Letter Events; www.redletterevents.com
Ring Bearer Wreaths: Lotus Flower; www.lotusflowercharleston.com
Rentals: Eventworks; www.eventworks.com