Charlotte Beers and William Beadleston had what she jokingly calls "the longest courtship in history." They met years ago at a party, and although the subject of marriage rarely arose, Beers says, "there was never any question in our minds that we would spend the rest of our lives together." When marriage was finally on the agenda, she had a month to plan, and it was just enough time to throw an intimate, romantic day in Seal Harbor, Maine. Charlotte and William exchange vows at the altar of St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Seal Harbor.
The bridal party arrives at Skylands in an open carriage known as a plantation sociable, used in the mid-nineteenth century by planters and their guests to tour Southern plantations. This contemporary one was provided by Charles Duell, a friend of the couple's and president of the Middleton Place Foundation in Charleston, South Carolina.
Charlotte leads her husband from the church to their waiting carriage. She is wearing a hand-crocheted floral headpiece. "As soon as I found the headpiece," she says, "I knew my wedding would be wonderful." A diamond star at the waist of her cashmere twin set sparkled "like fairy dust."