A Glamorous Southern Wedding at Gadsden House in Charleston, South Carolina

Exactly a year after they legally tied the knot, Jennifer Skinner (27 and a lawyer) and Benjamin Bingham (27 and a military officer) celebrated their

Exactly a year after they legally tied the knot, Jennifer Skinner (27 and a lawyer) and Benjamin Bingham (27 and a military officer) celebrated their first year of marriage surrounded by friends and family at Gadsden House in Charleston, South Carolina. “Ben and I had already been together for over a decade, so we thought making the event a bit more formal would capture the major milestone this was,” Jennifer says of their black-tie affair. Jennifer looked simply elegant in a Willowby by Watters gown, and Ben looked dapper in a black velvet ASOS tuxedo. “For our wedding, I was inspired by Southern elegance and a simple palette,” says Jennifer, who decked out Gadsen House in beautiful arrangements of white blooms and greenery and shades of gold, black and white. During the couple’s romantic courtyard ceremony, the bride’s twin brother did a reading that Jennifer read at his wedding and was previously read at their mother’s wedding. “Enjoying a nontraditional element, Ben and I decided to incorporate rock-and-roll love songs,” Jennifer says of the ceremony music. Before the ceremony, a lineup of tunes included Electric Light Orchestra’s "Strange Magic," Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" and Journey's “Faithfully.” Jennifer walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles. “I think the music choices definitely set our wedding apart,” says Jennifer, who tossed her bouquet to DMX. After the ceremony, friends and family enjoyed a traditional Southern meal of deviled eggs, ham and cheddar biscuits, and shrimp and grits; for late-night bites, chicken and waffle bites were served. The newlyweds included a Polaroid photo booth into their reception setup so everyone could capture memories of their special day. “Our friends could keep the photos they took, or they had the option of adding the photo to our guest book,” Jennifer says. Alongside photos in the guest book, friends and family left messages for the newlyweds. After an evening of celebration, the lovebirds exited under a tunnel of sparklers and departed in a luxurious 1960s white Rolls-Royce. —Marissa Hermanson

The couple’s courtyard ceremony was tastefully decorated with ivory curtains, string lights and floral arrangements embellishing the chairs that flanked the aisle. “I wanted it to remain simple to really let the beauty of the Gadsden House shine,” Jennifer says.
Jennifer accessorized her Willowby by Watters dress with a pair of pink and red suede Stuart Weitzman heels. “The hardest items to find were actually my shoes and a reception outfit,” Jennifer says. “I wanted my shoes to make a statement. I love an over-the-top shoe, and I wanted to find one for my wedding. Most important, I wanted my shoes to be comfortable. I was determined to spend my whole wedding night with my shoes on my feet.”
“Part of my look really evolved from practicality,” says Jennifer, who chose a Willowby by Watters gown at BHLDN that had an illusion neckline, a lace bodice and a tulle skirt. “I knew I didn't want a strapless gown, since I didn't want to have to keep tugging at it throughout the evening.”

The newlyweds included a Polaroid photo booth into their reception setup so friends and family could capture memories of their special day. “Our friends could keep the photos they took, or they had the option of adding the photo to our guest book,” Jennifer says. Alongside their photos in the guest book, friends and family left messages for the couple.
Ben looked dapper in a black velvet tuxedo jacket and pants from ASOS. He accessorized his classic look with a Brackish bow tie that Jennifer gave him as a wedding and anniversary gift. The couple were legally married a year before their formal celebration.
“I love the lounge because so many people used it throughout the night,” Jennifer says of the elegant furniture that was arranged in the courtyard. “We took wedding party photos in the lounge, and they look so cool and interesting. Tons of our guests took photos on the chairs and sofa, and I love the way they turned out.”

Dining tables were cloaked in elegant white linens and black-and-white-striped runners and then topped with arrangements of white blooms and greenery. “The decor on the tables created this beautiful glow during dinner, and I love that the centerpieces weren't too long so people could still communicate across the table,” Jennifer says.

Jennifer and Bejamin handed out personalized koozies to guests as favors. “We got customized koozies with our names, the date and the location of our wedding,” Jennifer says.
Before the ceremony a lineup of tunes included Electric Light Orchestra’s "Strange Magic," Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" and Journey's “Faithfully.” Jennifer and her father walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles.
Jennifer and Benjamin served a small pumpkin cake iced with cream cheese frosting. It was for cutting since they both aren’t cake fans. “Instead of a cake, we offered our guests a chocolate dessert display that included truffles, brownies and mini tiramisu,” Jennifer says.

For the reception, Jennifer changed into a long floral print gown by Reformation that perfectly complemented her pink and red suede heels. “I loved that it wasn't a traditional wedding dress, and I always go for the nontraditional,” Jennifer says. After an evening of celebration, the lovebirds exited under a tunnel of sparklers and departed in a luxurious 1960s white Rolls-Royce.
“For the bridesmaid dresses, I was inspired by my matron of honor's wedding,” Jennifer says. “She gave us a color and length and then let us find our own bridesmaid dresses.” Jennifer directed her brides to purchase a long gown in black or beige. “My bridesmaids had dresses that not only fit them perfectly but also captured their individual personalities. I loved that they all looked so beautiful and felt so comfortable in their dresses.”
“I limited the floral arrangements to white flowers to keep it simple and clean,” Jennifer says. “I think the florals brought a freshness and lightness to the event.” Jennifer's bouquet incorporated soft white blooms and eucalyptus.
Jennifer and Ben were legally married exactly a year before their celebration at Gadsden House in Charleston, South Carolina.