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A Formal Southern Wedding

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Kirsten & Paul in Charleston, SC
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The couple exchanged vows under a tree by the river at Lowndes Grove.
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The bridesmaids held bundles of vibrant orchids, tulips, dahlias and ranunculus.
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Green and white menu cards and matching napkins marked each place at the reception.
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Cards with a leaf-motif hung from tree branches and directed guests to their seats.
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The dinner tent was white chiffon with hanging chandeliers. Candles and vases of burnt orange flowers decorated the tables.
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A stand (with branches as pillars) displayed cupcakes of various tasty flavors, such as lemon, pecan and Lady Baltimore, a traditional Charleston wedding cake.
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The groomsmen wore a single orange vanda orchid.
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Hanging green pomanders hung from the ceremony chairs lining the aisle.
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Kirsten carried a lush bouquet of orange ranunculus and light green orchids.
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The couple handed out bags of dog biscuits for their friends’ pups who couldn’t be there in person.
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In addition to the dinner tent, a second tent was draped in green fabric and filled with brown couches, a bar and orange chandeliers to create a quiet place for guests to relax.
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Kirsten & Paul in Charleston, SC

New Jersey residents Kirsten and Paul, who met through friends, knew they wanted to have their wedding in Charleston. Kirsten had lived there for four years after college, and the couple frequently visited the quaint city. After Paul surprised Kirsten with a proposal during a trip to Ireland, the couple hired a planner and spent the next year-and-a-half making arrangements for their Southern-style wedding. The Bride Kirsten Hocker, 29, human resources director The Groom Paul Mason, 30, police officer The Date October 24 The day was centered around moss trees, a South Carolina fixture, which provide much-needed shade.
- Lisa Freedman
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