A Simply Elegant Wedding at William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina

Inspired by the Southern charm of Charleston, South Carolina, Courtney Callahan (26 and an assistant athletic director) and Joe Williamson (26 and a p

Inspired by the Southern charm of Charleston, South Carolina, Courtney Callahan (26 and an assistant athletic director) and Joe Williamson (26 and a project engineer) envisioned a simply elegant theme for their romantic nuptials. The William Aiken House perfectly set the scene with its yellow house and lush grounds, which inspired a lot of the day's details. With the help of wedding planner Kathleen House from W.E.D., Courtney and Joe chose a blush and gold palette to suit the venue. One of our favorite details was the stunning stationery created by Monica Miller, who designed a digital watercolor design of one of the couple’s favorite scenes: downtown Charleston. The design was used throughout the decor to bring the allure to life. The reception was outside the house with pearl and sequined linens sparkling in the light from the crystal chandeliers while guests enjoyed a delicious, ultra-local seafood dinner from Patrick Properties Hospitality Group. The group also created the four-tier gold polka-dot wedding cake for dessert, which was topped with a sweet pink fondant bow. But the real highlight of dessert was the Pittsburgh cookie table, which included thousands of cookies made by Courtney’s aunt. “The Pittsburgh cookie table was one of the extremely special touches we included on our wedding day,” Courtney says. “Even though Joe and I got married in Charleston, my mom’s side of the family were raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A Pittsburgh cookie table has a variety of cookies from the different ethnic backgrounds in Pittsburgh.” See all our favorite details, beautifully captured by Rachel Hyer from Hyer Images, below.

Courtney and Joe’s four-tier wedding cake was decorated with a pink fondant bow and gold ombre polka dots to match the romantic wedding theme.
Courtney carried white hydrangeas, blush ranunculus, champagne garden roses, white magnolias and white astilbes in her lush bouquet. She loved how the flowers matched the stunning natural surroundings of Charleston, South Carolina.
Courtney and Joe’s stationery was designed by Monica Miller, who created a custom digital watercolor of one of the couple’s favorite scenes of downtown Charleston. They used the design throughout the evening, including the custom hashtag (#Jourtney2015) signs.
Traditional Catholic Ceremony Downtown Charleston
The bridesmaids wore cocktail-length champagne dresses with ornate pink and gold beading for the black-tie affair. The groomsmen paired their look with white dinner jackets, pink vests and blush bow ties. Courtney and Joe loved how the attire matched the wedding's Southern charm vibe.
Courtney and Joe got married at William Aiken House because they loved King Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. They also wanted their guests to really feel Charleston’s charm, and loved how the historic venue embodied the town's classic elegance.
White and Gold Cocktail Hour Lounge Furniture
Ice Cream Cone-Inspired Cocktail Hour Food
After the ceremony, Courtney, Joe and the wedding party took rickshaws to the reception. “The people of Charleston honked, waved, clapped and screamed 'congratulations' as we rode by,” Courtney says.
“The linens were a mix of designs with sequins and pearls,” Courtney says. “When the light hit the tables at just the right angle, the venue looked to be glowing.”
Sparkly Gold Sequined Reception Table Linens
White and Blush Rose, Hydrangea Centerpieces
Gold Ombre Polka-Dot Wedding Cake
Even though Courtney and Joe got married in Charleston, Courtney’s side of the family were raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In honor of that, Courtney’s aunt made a variety of cookies from Pittsburgh's different ethnic backgrounds. The cookies doubled as desserts and favors for guests to take home.
Courtney chose a Hayley Paige dress for her classic nuptials. She wanted her look to be fun while still elegant. The stripes in the dress’s fabric was the perfect amount of unexpected. She completed her look with a simple veil, statement earrings and silver Jimmy Choo heels.