Duvall Events pulled together this stunning backyard wedding, rich with ideas. Read on for inspiration or skip straight to the gallery here. Images by Leigh Webber Photography
August 12, 2013
Backyard Beauty Join us for a garden wedding at one of Charlestonâ€™s most storied addresses and score tips for hosting your own haute affair
written by Frances Bramsen
OK, letâ€™s be real. Not everyone has a backyard like that of the Gaillard-Bennett house, a private 1800 manse with a 1.25-acre manicured garden in downtown Charleston. But we can safely say that most every homestead in the Lowcountry does have its charms, be it grand live oaks, crepe myrtles laden with Spanish moss, or grandmotherâ€™s heirloom lilies all abloom. No matter what â€śbackyardâ€ť youâ€™re working with, you can learn from Renee Patey and Donald Haydenâ€™s intimate wedding, crafted by Shannon Hardy from Duvall Events. The couple, who lives in San Francisco, longed for an outdoor affair here with a low-key ceremony and grand gourmet dinner for their 30 guests.
When the day arrived, the tradition-bucking pair greeted arriving family and friends together in the shadow of the estateâ€™s wrought-iron gates. Attendees sipped cocktails, then took their seats so local notary (and Charleston Place hotel concierge) Rick Burton could shepherd the two through the ceremonial exchange of vows. Once Renee and Donald were pronounced husband and wife, everyone celebrated with a four-course meal by Duvall Eventsâ€™ caterers, including chilled oysters on the half-shell, eggplant involtini, and cured salmon carpaccio while basking in the splendor of one of Charlestonâ€™s crown jewel gardens.
To get such a slice of heaven for you and yours, click here for Shannonâ€™s top-notch advice and here for photographer Leigh Webberâ€™s stunning gallery of inspiring images from the Big Day.