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A State-Inspired Destination Wedding at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, South Carolina

Jessica Smith (27 and a speech-language pathologist) first met William Allen (31 and a construction project manager) while out with friends in Raleigh

Jessica Smith (27 and a speech-language pathologist) first met William Allen (31 and a construction project manager) while out with friends in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was immediately taken with his Southern accent. "He told me that if he was going to take a girl from New York on a date, he had to hyphenate my first and middle names so I at least sounded Southern," says Jessica. "To this day he still calls me Jessica-Lynn!" After a surprise proposal at the base of a waterfall, Jessica and Will planned their summer nuptials at Lowndes Grove in Charleston. The couple exchanged vows under a canopy of live oaks overlooking the Ashley River, followed by a cocktail hour on the main house's balcony. Jessica and Will initially had a difficult time deciding where to have their wedding since they're from two different states. Instead of choosing between the two, they opted for a destination wedding that honored their home states of Virginia and New York. "Many aspects of our decor centered around the states that we hail from," says Jessica. "The pillows in our lounge area, custom cornhole boards and our sugar cookie favor all incorporated Virginia and New York!" Colorful mixed flowers popped against the navy and gray color palette, and succulent accents added a rustic flair. Instead of a plated dinner, the couple enhanced their laid-back atmosphere with food stations and treated out-of-town guests to local Southern fare. Will insisted on surprising Jessica with their first dance song and caught her completely off guard when a local country artist came out to serenade them. "I was so surprised when I heard the guitar start to play, and was immediately in tears when I heard him start the song 'Hey Pretty Girl' by Kip Moore," says Jessica. "It was the sweetest moment and something I will never forget!"

Contemporary Coral Flower Stationery Suite
Navy Bill Levkoff Bridesmaid Dresses
Will wore a custom-engraved tie bar with a navy-and-white gingham tie.
"One of my favorite elements ended up being our bridesmaid bouquets," says Jessica. "With a very basic color palette for attire, I knew I wanted something bright for their bouquets, and our florist did a phenomenal job with bringing this vision to life!"
Vibrant Hydrangea, Rose and Succulent Bridesmaid Bouquet
Summer Outdoor Ceremony at Lowndes Grove Plantation
Jessica and Will's Wedding Pup
Hanging Flower Aisle Markers
Jessica's Sorority Sign
The couple exchanged vows under a canopy of live oaks overlooking the Ashley River, followed by a cocktail hour on the main house's balcony.
Jessica wore an ivory lace Sottero and Midgley wedding gown with a sweetheart neckline.
Low Country Lemonade Signature Cocktail
Jessica and Will initially had a difficult time deciding where to have their wedding since they're from two different states. Instead of choosing between the two, they opted for a destination wedding that honored their home states of Virginia and New York.
Instead of a specific theme, the couple worked to incorporate meaningful details throughout their destination wedding -- especially by honoring the states where they each grew up.
Each table was assigned a number that held significance to the newlyweds. "Instead of the typical 1 through 10, we had 9, the day in October that we met; 421, the number of miles between our hometowns; 101, our first apartment number; and 1,358, the number of days since we met," says Jessica.
Contemporary Place Setting Thank-You Notes
Jessica and Will's First Dance
Custom Navy and Gray Koozies
"Many aspects of our decor centered around the states that we hail from," says Jessica. "The pillows in our lounge area, custom cornhole boards and our sugar cookie favors all incorporated Virginia and New York!"
Buttercream Cake With Colorful Fresh Flowers