What’s better than being proposed to by the man of your dreams? Having him propose TWICE!
Liz & Brett met one evening while they were both at EPCOT in Orlando. They were drinking with friends in “Mexico”, when Brett saw Liz and decided to buy her a drink. They hit it off and the rest was history after that. They managed a long distance relationship for the next three years until fate led them back to the same city. When Brett decided to propose to Liz, he wanted it to be just the two of them initially, so he asked her, and she picked out a ring. Simple and sweet, just like their love. Shortly after, they were on vacation in Disney with Liz’s family and had planned to tell them their plans to get married. Little did Liz know, Brett had a little more up his sleeve. He overnighted the ring she had chosen to Liz’s best friend, and with her help, Brett picked out a beautiful spot in one of the gardens to surprise Liz with the ring, and another proposal! She did not see it coming and was so surprised!
They soon began planning and decided on having a gorgeous ethereal wedding in Charleston, South Carolina!
What was the vision for your wedding day?
My vision was really simple. I wanted everything to be classic and timeless – real Southern hospitality. We knew we wanted an outdoor venue and Legare Waring House really did most of the work, we took a lot of inspiration for the colors from the house and grounds. Soft teals, peaches, tans and gold accents.
Tell us about the style you wanted for your Bridal Party.
The bridesmaid dresses were one of my absolute favorite elements of my wedding, and one that we spent a LOT of time on. The real style I wanted was again, classic and comfortable. In fact, I couldn’t decide if I wanted them in pinks or blues, so I let my maid of honor decide! My girls all had different skin tones and body types, so I came up with the idea of ombre dresses, and allowed them to each pick their favorite style. Shout out to Donna Morgan for making every color we could have wanted. I also needed to make sure my MOH stood out in the sea of ombre so we got her a slate blue beaded Adrianna Pappell gown, which she looked stunning in!
For the groomsmen, we wanted classic and wearable, and wanted the groom to stand out a bit. The boys wore navy blue sharkskin suits from Joseph A Bank, with gold ties. As a testament to the wearability, one of the guys wore the same suit (different tie) for his own wedding a couple months later!
This could very well be the most beautiful Mother of the Bride we have seen. Her dress is stunning! It’s Tadashi Shoji from BHLDN. Liz’s parent’s celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary a week prior to their wedding. What a beautiful example of lasting love.
What was your favorite moments of the day?
Dang, this is hard! I think my favorite moment was the anticipation, waiting with my dad in the house while the bridal party made their way up to the ceremony.
My sweet groom said that he couldn’t pick a favorite moment, because the entire day was perfect.
What was your favorite part of the planning process?
Working with my absolutely amazing planner/coordinator/floral designer extraordinaire every step of the way. She made my life so incredibly easy. I think my favorite moment was finding our venue, followed by all the tastings!
Actually, I just thought of one more! When I went to buy my wedding gown, I had already tried on several Sarah Seven gowns, so I went to the trunk show thinking I knew what I was going to purchase. Well, I made the first appointment of the day at the trunk show and was the only girl there. Sarah herself sat with me, and when my aunt was having trouble sending photos to my sister, Sarah took the phone and texted with her throughout the whole appointment!
Do you have any advice for other couples planning their day?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! If all your BMs aren’t wearing the same shoes, NO ONE WILL NOTICE. If the centerpieces have roses instead of peonies, NO ONE WILL NOTICE. It’s your day, and you have worked hard, but don’t get so bogged down in the details that you end up fighting with your friends, family and fiancé, it’s not worth it. Enjoy this amazing time in your life and everything will be perfect, even if it isn’t.
What song did you choose for your first dance as husband and wife?
I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice. We were originally going to use a song from the band’s list, but nothing felt perfect. Brett heard I Don’t Dance and felt like it fit perfectly – he always thought he wasn’t cut out for marriage. Of course, I’m a sap, so if he picked a song I was all for it!
Photographer – Nick Milak Photography | Wedding Planner & Florals – Miele Events | Venue – Lagare Waring House | Caterer – Mosaic Catering & Events | Cake – Dulce Truck | KLC Video Productions | Hair & Makeup – Finishing Touches Bridal | Dress Designer – Sarah Seven | Dress Shop – Lovely Bride DC | Shoes – Badgely Mischka | Entertainment – Charleston Groove Factory | Lighting – AV Connections | Bar – Mix | Cigar Bar – Cigar Row |