After a surprise proposal, Happy and John decided on a winter wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. "John loves its Civil War history, and I adore its soft, haunted air," she says. Once they found Lowndes Grove, a grand riverfront plantation, the rest of their black-tie affair easily fell into place, in part due to its simplicity. "We wanted it to feel natural -- no over-the-top details, no extravagant flowers, no chichi foods," she says.
Happy's six bridesmaids wore draped, floor-length ivory J.Crew gowns tied with green velvet ribbons. "I wanted us to look like we were all on the same team, but still be instantly recognizable as the bride," says Happy, who stood out by adding the head wreath and subtracting the sash.
Location: Lowndes Grove Plantation
Planning: Red Letter Events
Catering: Fish Restaurant
Flowers and Bride's Hair Wreath: Stems
Stationery and Calligraphy: Happy Menocal (the bride's company)
Photography: Tec Petaja
DJ: DJ Wade of Other Brother Entertainment
Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals
Gown: Ivy & Aster
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