This week the new issue of Charleston Weddings will start popping up around town and we couldnât be more thrilled with our first-ever summer issue. We fell in love with a host of great summertime Big Days, so many submissions, in fact, we couldnât fit them all into the magazine. Hereâs one just like that. If you want to jump straight into the gallery of Ben and Tiffany Timpsonâs wedding, click here. If you can hold on for a little bit of their story and great ideas behind their eco-friendly wedding from Blue Planet Green Events (BPGE), keep readingâŚ
âIf you ask local wedding photographers Ben and Tiffany (of Bent Studio) how they met and fell in love, they will say with a grin âIn a dark roomâ,â says Toni Reale of BPGE. That was in Kansas City, Missouri, where both taught at an art center before packing up and moving to Charleston in 2008.
The two, says Toni, immersed themselves in the cityâs art scene and soon, during Benâs opening show one night at Scoop gallery, he dropped to one knee and proposed to Tiffany. The wedding they planned was an artistâs dream, rife with handmade details and environmentally friendly details.
First, they built an altar from reclaimed antique doors found in their attic. Next, given Tiffanyâs ginger locks, a thrift-store edition of Youâre in Love, Charlie Brown (about falling for the red-headed girl) made for a great guest sign-in book. From there, the bride and her mother fashioned 200 fabric flowers with vintage button centers, which were placed in mix-and-match collected vases. A credenza from the coupleâs home became a backdrop for a dessert bar of pie pops, and the portraits each had done of the other reserved their sweetheart seats. And welcoming guests? An entrance marked with a pair of antique suitcases from Benjaminâs grandfather and the coupleâs tandem bicycle.
âWe wanted to incorporate as many reused, recycled, and repurposed items as possible,â Tiffany told Toni. âWe wanted to keep our wedding as green and thoughtful as it could be.â That mindfulness explains why the couple paired with BPGE. Known for sustainable sourcing and pairing crafty touches to verdant affairs, BPGE staged the wedding on the banks of the Folly River. They supplemented the fabric blooms with in-season ranunculus, zinnias, and eucalyptus from Thackeray Farms on Wadmalaw Island and, says Toni, the windows hung in surrounding tree branches created a âchurch-likeâ effect.