A Bright Intimate Wedding at Planters Inn in Charleston, South Carolina

Jackie New, 23, a petroleum engineer and J.J. Fletcher, 23, also a petroleum engineer, met at Texas A&M University where they both studied, you guesse

Jackie New, 23, a petroleum engineer and J.J. Fletcher, 23, also a petroleum engineer, met at Texas A&M University where they both studied, you guessed it — petroleum engineering. On a trip to London to visit his family, J.J. surprised Jackie by popping the question and of course, she happily said yes. For their wedding, the two planned an intimate destination affair for 50 of their closest family and friends at Planters Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. Drawing on the city itself for inspiration, the couple pulled together a playful affair with lots of southern flair.  A cheerful color palette of pink, turquoise and gray could be seen in everything from Jackie's retro-inspired heels to the ombre buttercream cake and the groomsmen's ties. Garden and tea roses were the bloom of choice, lending a quaint romantic vibe to the ceremony and reception alike. A courtyard ceremony at Planters Inn captured the essence of the southern city, highlighting it's perfect weather and quintessential architecture. While highlighting their host city was key, the couple also infused the day with plenty of personal touches like southern specialty dishes and traditions, like cake pulls, to reflect Jackie's Louisiana roots and welcome bags filled with English treats to give guests a taste of J.J.'s home. With all of their guests staying in Charleston for the event, the pair made a weekend out of it, exploring the area with their guests, city guides in hand, in the days leading up to the wedding.

To compliment the color scheme of pink, turquoise and gray, Jackie accessorized her lace mermaid gown with retro-inspired heels in a mint green hue.
Elegant Pearl Drop Earrings
Rose and Vine Aisle Marker
DIY Ceremony Seating Sigh
Father-Daughter Ceremony Escort
The couple gathered with 50 of their closest family members and friends in the impressive sunlit courtyard at Planter's Inn for an intimate ceremony.
Bride and Groom Ceremony Recessional
Retro-Inspired Bird Cage Veil
When it came time to find the perfect dress, Jackie knew exactly where to go. "My mom and one of her sisters bought their wedding gowns at Yvonne Lafleur in New Orleans, so it just made sense to me to go there first. And once you find the perfect dress, you don't keep looking!" says Jackie. She decided on a lace mermaid gown with an empire waist and lace cap sleeves.
Garden and tea roses in shades of bright pink, soft peach and ivory filled Jacke's bridal bouquet. An addition of green succulents introduced a fresh textural element to the romantic arrangement.
To kick off the evening, Jackie and J.J. served their guests an array of passed appetizers that included everything from classic low country fare to lamp chop lollipops and shrimp cocktail.
After specifying a color and fabric, Jcakie let her bridesmaids choose their own dress silhouette and style from J.Crew for the wedding, hoping they would be able to wear the dresses again.
Pink Rose Bridesmaid Bouquets
To go with the laid-back vibe of the afternoon ceremony, J.J. and his groomsmen sported classic gray suits with cheerful turquoise ties.
Bright Pink Rose Boutonniere
Bold pink linens with classic black napkins tucked inside were placed on antiqued copper chargers, creating an eye-catching contrast of modern and vintage style.
Rose, Dahlia and Stock Centerpieces
For all the single female guests in attendance, the couple decided to do cake pulls, a Louisiana tradition where single friends of the bride pull silver charms, each with a specific meaning, from the bottom layer of the cake before it's cut. Instead of placing the pulls in the cake itself, Jackie gave each girl a pink-frosted cupcake with a charm on top.
Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Gray Monogrammed Wedding Invitations
Location Themed Table Names
Pink ombre frosting on the couple's three-tier lemon wedding cake tied in with the day's vibrant color scheme. For a finishing touch, the cake was topped off with a fresh bunch of peach and white tea roses.
Bride and Groom Cutting the Cake