A Chic Garden-Inspired Wedding at Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carolina

Heather Price (36 and works in pharmaceutical sales) and David Parsha (44 and a program director) chose Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carol

Heather Price (36 and works in pharmaceutical sales) and David Parsha (44 and a program director) chose Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carolina, for their amazing garden-inspired wedding. “Legare Waring House is a truly magical place to be in person and feels like a peaceful retreat one would go to in order to escape and restore calm,” Heather says. “Besides the gorgeous 1840s-style house you drive up to, we knew as soon as the guests walked around to the back of the house and saw the beautiful lagoons and the breathtaking Avenue of the Oaks, that they would be floored. It is a larger-than-life, magical place that inexplicably still manages to create the intimacy needed to cater to a conservative guest count of 98 people. From this, we knew it was the one.” Wanting to bring the garden romance to life, the couple worked with florist Justin of JW Events and event planner Something to Celebrate by Sara Cavallon to bring their “something between an English garden and perfectly elegant” vision to life. We absolutely love the different-size wooden farm tables at the reception that were topped with different kinds of amazing centerpieces including towering branches that accented the crystal chandeliers and smaller arrangements with cascading ivy. Don’t even get us started on the hanging glass terrariums dangling from the trees adding twinkling romance or the working fountain in the middle of the reception that centered the ambience perfectly. “We feel like the overall look was that of peace, tranquility, elegance and a little fun—okay, a lot of fun—added in there for extra measure,” Heather says. See all our favorite details, beautifully captured by Richard Bell Photography, below.

David proposed to Heather while they were opening Christmas presents together one December. “As I opened it, I realized that it was a ring box,” Heather says. “At that moment, in my sweatpants, with Buddy, our dog, chewing up the paper, and with a wool hat on my head, David proposed. It was exactly as it should have been: intimate and meaningful.”
“We wanted our guests to experience Southern cooking at it's best,” Heather says. “We served a specialty cocktail drink before the ceremony to help to lighten the mood. Naturally, it had to be sweet tea vodka and iced tea to reflect the South.” The delicious cocktails were served in mason jars with patterned paper straws.
“The flowers were gorgeous,” Heather says. “Justin of JW Events and Sara from Sara Cavallon Celebrations worked together to create the vision we were looking for, something between English garden and perfectly elegant.” Heather carried ranunculus, roses, garden roses, peonies, dahlias, stock and greenery in her lush, textured bouquet.
“I wanted a look that would reflect the softness and propriety of the South (lace and cap sleeves), but would also intermingle a fashion forward touch through the intricate pattern and shape of the dress,” Heather says. “I decided to go with Lela Rose's Central Park. The intricate pattern of the lace of the dress ironically enough resembles the gates of Legare Waring.”
David wore a classic, black Brooks Brothers suit paired with a white Thomas Pink shirt and black bow tie. The beautiful pink ranunculus and dusty miller greenery boutonniere added a softness to the ensemble. Their dog, Buddy, wore green leaves around his neck.
Historical Woodland Ceremony Venue in Charleston, South Carolina
The outdoor ceremony site was decorated with pink and white floral arrangements in square brass vases. Heather and David loved how the lush flowers added an English garden feel to the spacious, outdoor location.
DIY Brown and Pink-Paper Escort-Card Tags
All the signage at the wedding—the cocktail-franks sign, the photo montage, the photo-booth sign—were handmade by Heather and David. Their signature cocktail was firefly sweet tea, with vodka and sweet tea, a local favorite.
Pink Rosette-Covered Cocktail-Table Linens
Shabby Chic Wooden Farm Table Reception Decor
The reception was decorated with rustic wooden farm tables in different heights. The tallest tables were topped with gold-vase flower arrangements to draw the eye toward the gorgeous gold and crystal chandeliers. The centerpieces included lilies, roses, hydrangeas and branches for an English garden aura.
Classic, Chic White and Gold Table Numbers
White and Gold Greenery-Decorated Menus
DIY Wooden 'Mrs.' Chair Decor at Reception
Outdoor Cocktail-Hour and Tented Reception Venue
“The cake was designed by Ashley Bakery and was absolutely beautiful,” Heather says. “The coloring was fairly monochromatic with its ivory and coffee pearlized coloring. It resembled the gorgeous lace pattern of my dress and had delicate handmade fondant flowers placed perfectly to mimic the flowers of the dress. We hated to cut it, but when we did, it was so delicious.”