IT IS WRITTEN: A font inspired by one from the 1937 film Topper appeared on the stationery by Sixpence Press.
CLASSIC STYLE: Chloe—a consultant for nonprofits—wore a vintage gown and jacket from The Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit resale bridal boutique in New York, while Paul, cofounder of a Houston-based men’s apparel company, went for a dapper JoS. A. Bank tuxedo.
A SENSE OF PLACE: Lowndes Grove’s wrought iron gate—a common sight throughout the Holy City—added to the “quintessentially Charleston” look Chloe wanted.
SPOT ON: Lowndes Grove Plantation is one of the couple’s favorite places in Charleston; so much so, the groom contacted the site before proposing to get information on booking it.
SILVER BELLES: Chloe asked bridesmaids to wear a silver or gray dress of their choosing and gifted each of them a silver wrap to keep warm and to tie their varied looks together.
REMEMBER WHEN: Chloe gifted Paul a pair of antique cufflinks made from New Orleans streetcar tokens dated back to 1919. Though they met in Charleston, the couple reconnected and began dating while on a visit to New Orleans. Chloe says, “I wanted to find a way to represent New Orleans on our wedding day, and I thought this gift combined Paul's love for historic, unique items, his love for New Orleans, and the importance of the city in our relationship.”
(HEAD)DRESSED TO IMPRESS: The bride’s mother and sister both donned vintage fascinators.
SOFT ACCENTS: A Charleston Bride’s Jonie LaRosse fashioned a classic bouquet of white roses, tulips, and lamb’s ears to complement Chloe’s shimmering bridal jacket.
CRYSTAL CLEAR: Chloe paired her vintage gown and jacket with antique Art Deco bracelets, her mother’s Art Deco ring, and, of course, her Art Deco engagement ring. “My mother and I share a love for vintage jewelry, and she searched endlessly to find the perfect pieces,” says Chloe. A final touch? Pinning the bridal bouquet with a rhinestone brooch that belonged to Chloe’s grandmother.
THE HOLY CITY: "The setting was so quintessentially Charleston. It was so special to begin our life together in the city where we first met," says Chloe.
PAST & PRESENT: Guests signed a copy of Charleston Then and Now by W. Chris Phelps.
TIME TRAVEL: Antique elements (like this Louis XVI-style chair) mixed with contemporary pieces (like this modern table) to create a nouveau classic setting.
ETHEREAL GLAMOUR: Jonie LaRosse of A Charleston Bride grouped low bouquets of Dusty Miller, lisianthus, hydrangea, and roses in mercury glass vessels placed on mirrored runners.
FINISHING TOUCHES: A Charleston Bride brought in textured elements, like these throw pillows, to add variety to the mostly gray color palette
PAPER PRETTIES: Cocktail napkins bore the bride’s and groom’s names and matched the reception’s frosty palette
LASTING IMPRESSION: “From the stunning mirrored cake table and my parents’ Art Deco champagne flutes to the dramatic mirrors and gorgeous chandeliers, the design was beautiful and timeless,” says Chloe of the reception.
LINKED UP: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal incorporated the pattern from Chloe’s wedding dress and the chain of one of her Art Deco bracelets onto the cake.
CHLOE & PAUL’S ROCKIN’ EVE: The couple donned feathers and sequins and danced the night away in typical New Year’s Eve fashion.
CHEERS! Guests toasted the newlyweds—and rang in the New Year—with champagne coupes, considered fashionable in the 1930s.
HEIGHT OF STYLE: Chandeliers with drum shades cast a soft glow over the evening and served as a subtle reminder of the grand dome chandeliers that were popular in the early 1900s.
UNDER THE STARS: Charleston’s mild weather allowed guests to mingle either in the tent or al fresco.
EXIT STRATEGY: “Typical of Paul’s sense of adventure and his ability to add an element of surprise to any setting, he shocked all the guests with our getaway—a motorcycle with a sidecar!” says Chloe of her husband’s exit plan vision. “We rode down a bustling King Street, waving at New Year’s Eve revelers.”