Emily Hills and Lucas Bengal said "I do" on John's Island in high style. See five more fashionable wedding parties here. Image by Hunter McRae Photography
July 23, 2013
Winning Looks Stray off the beaten path like this Lowcountry couple and their wedding party
written by Melissa Bigner
If you were to see Charleston residents Emily Hills and Lucas Bengal on any old day, theyâ€™d likely be sporting comfy vintage finds and well-worn hand-me-downs from his or her grandparents. For their wedding, they wanted that same easy, throwback style, so when Emily saw a quartet of dresses by Wish at Out of Hand in the sizes of her four bridesmaids, it was kismet.
â€śI wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable and feel beautifulâ€”and not wear solid colors,â€ť Emily says. â€śI also wanted something soft, feminine, and romantic,â€ť she adds. Her other criteria? Nothing strapless. â€śI think strapless wedding and bridesmaids gowns should be outlawed!â€ť she laughs. â€śYou shouldnâ€™t have to worry about pulling up your dress all day.â€ť For her own ensemble, Emily donned a Mexican wedding gown her mother bought on King Street in the 1980s and her grandmother Hillsâ€™ shoes from 1952.
As for the gents, â€śI was dealing with a group of men who live in baggiesâ€”especially my husband,â€ť says Emily. To fit their cozy-meets-affordable needs, they sported white oxfords and Banana Republic slacks, which Emily paired with bow ties and suspenders from Etsy. Lucas wanted to wear a vest, too, but waiting till the wedding day to shop found him empty handed; fortunately, a Belgian wedding guest loaned him an H&M number.
Last on the passed-along list were the cameo necklaces that Emily gifted her â€™maids, made by local jeweler Play It Again Cam from pieces the brideâ€™s maternal grandmother, the late June Black, had bequeathed.