A Playful Classic Wedding at the Spoleto Festival USA Building in Charleston, South Carolina

Helen Debuse, 26, a fundraiser for non-profit organizations and Glenn Wolfe, 29, a banker met while volunteering at the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food

Helen Debuse, 26, a fundraiser for non-profit organizations and Glenn Wolfe, 29, a banker met while volunteering at the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival, immediately hitting it off. Their chemistry was undeniable and on their first date, only a few days later, lasted over six hours, taking them from sushi to swing dancing, dessert and coffee. The pair kept postponing the end of the date, not wanting the night to come to an end. After three years of dating, Helen knew that Glenn would pop the question soon, but wasn't sure when. When the day finally rolled around, Glenn planned a series of surprises to keep Helen on her toes, including the delivery of four envelopes filled with reasons why he loved her, and a romantic evening complete with a ride in a horse-drawn carriage followed by a proposal at the very place where they had met. For their wedding, they planned an even that was just as fun and surprising for their guests. While they kept the d?cor traditional for their church ceremony, choosing a classic ivory and white color palette, they turned things up a notch for the reception with brighter colors and plenty of fun. From bike taxis that took guests on a whirlwind tour of downtown Charleston, to the live band, a night of celebrating under the stars and elements that spoke to their roots, Helen and Glenn's wedding captured all the things they love, while highlighting their playful personalities.

The couple opted for classic wedding rings, a simple polished gold band for Glenn and a diamond pavé band for Helen.
Red Monogrammed Ceremony Programs
Traditional Black and Gray Tuxedos
Classic White Rose and Hypericum Boutonnieres
Helen carried a simple bouquet of ivory peonies, roses, ranunculuses and hydrangeas down the aisle. A few yellow roses were added into the bouquet at the last moment to honor her grandmother who had passed away the week before the wedding.
Ivory Rose Groomsmen Boutonniere
Traditional Baptist Wedding Ceremony
The bridesmaids wore floor-length formal gowns in several bright shades of blue. The girls were able to pick the style they liked the best, choosing from strapless, one-shoulder and v-neck styles.
For Helen, wearing her grandmother's 1954 Cahill of Beverley Hills wedding dress was an absolute must. The elegant column gown featured a scoop neckline, short sleeves and was dotted with dainty floral embellishments.rn
To get their guests from the ceremony to the reception, Helen and Glenn hired a fleet of bike taxis. The unique transportation option allowed the couple's guests to do a bit of sight-seeing.
Centerpieces filled with a fresh mix of blue and white hydrangeas accented by red hypericum berries brought a light preppy touch to the reception tabletops.
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Hour Drinks
The couple tailored their menu to reflect their home towns, Charleston, SC for Glenn and Lincoln, NE for Helen. Along with a mix of passed appetizers, they served shrimp and grits, tomato pie, beef wellington and more.
Bride and Groom's First Dance
For the reception, Helen did a quick costume change, switching out her elegant 50s gown for a more contemporary A-line style by Watters that allowed for easy movement out on the dance floor.
The two-tier buttercream wedding cake was decorated with ivory frosting, playful buttercream polka dots and topped with a fresh bunch of pastel roses and peonies.
A stately, historic venue was just what Helen and Glenn's traditional wedding called for and they found it in the Spoleto Festival USA building (also known as the Murray Center). The newlyweds and their guests spent a lively evening of dinner dancing out on the Center's lawns with the band Mike & the Mixers busting out the 80s beats.rn
Modern Thumbprint Guest Book
Classic Ivory Wedding Invitations