A Glamorous Garden Wedding at Governor Thomas Bennett House in Charleston, South Carolina

Cara Diggs Spells (24 and a teacher) and Robert Goodlett (26 and a banker) left New York City for an intimate destination wedding surrounded by 50 of their closest friends and relatives at Governor Thomas Bennett House in Charleston, South Carolian. Cara and Robert exchanged vows under an oak tree in the gardens. “We chose the location because of the beautiful backyard,” Cara says. “As soon as we saw it, we knew it was the one.” The couple personalized their ceremony with sentimental touches like having Cara’s aunt play the processional, Bruno Mars's “Just the Way You Are,” on the piano. Drawing inspiration from the garden setting, Cara held a bouquet brimming with white and blush flowers, while tables were adorned with lavender and ivory blooms. But the tables weren't the only place lavender popped up in the couple's wedding. Cara also donned a sophisticated and chic gown in the soft hue, and during cocktail hour, guests sipped lavender-infused lemonade garnished with a sprig of the flower. “All our guests loved this drink,” she says. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an alfresco tented reception cloistered by the property’s breathtaking gardens and spent the rest of the evening dancing under the stars. “Music was such an important aspect of our wedding, and we wanted to include our guests during our music selection,” Cara says. On the wedding invitation RSVP cards, Cara and Robert had a line for guests to request songs played. —Marissa Hermanson