After five years of dating, Jeffrey McKee proposed to Katherine Bakker in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. The couple decided to hold their nuptials on the sprawling grounds of Katy's parents' 1,000-acre plantation on the Combahee River. With a year and a half to plan, the pair looked to the property for inspiration. "It was once filled with rice fields, so there are birds everywhere. And since I've always loved feathers, it seemed fitting to go with an avian theme," says Katy, an art consultant.
Here, the couple pose under an oak tree dripping with moss. The groom sports a suit by Grady Ervin; the bride is wearing a Carol Hannah gown and veil.
A quail feather embellishes each save-the-date, and the envelope liners feature bird drawings from an Audubon book. Guests were given rice to toss at the newlyweds -- a fitting touch for a celebration on a former rice plantation. Simple, sophisticated invitations hint at the pastel palette. The wedding planners surprised the couple with monogrammed thank-you notes. Reception cards were letterpressed onto silk-backed wood veneer.
"Audubon's Birds of America: The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio" doubled as a guest book.
Event Planning and Design: Kristin Newman Designs
Catering: Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s
Flowers, Lighting, Furniture, and Decor: Gathering Floral and Event Design
Stationery: Sideshow Press
Wedding Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal
Tent and Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals
Tent Fabric Installation: Blossoms Events
Wedding Photography: Elisabeth Millay Photography
Gown, Veilm and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Carol Hannah
Menswear and Accessories: Grady Ervin
Ceremony and Dinner Musicians: Music for a Moment
Cocktail Hour Musicians: The Gradual Lean
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Lighting and Sound: Technical Event Company
Hair: Valecia Lahr at Magnolias Salon & Spa
Makeup: Carrie Lafontaine at Magnolias Salon & Spa
Bridemaids’ Fascinators: Meyriel Jill Millinery
Cake Knife: Croghan’s Jewel Box