A Trendy Fall-Colored Wedding at The William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina

With a blend of Old World charm and modern sophistication, it’s no wonder Kathryn Stinson (29 and a medical resident physician in obstetrics and gynec

With a blend of Old World charm and modern sophistication, it’s no wonder Kathryn Stinson (29 and a medical resident physician in obstetrics and gynecology) and Matthew Patrick (32 and a medical fellow physician in orthopedic trauma surgery) chose the historical William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina, for their reception. (Pst! It was even in The Notebook!). “There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to get married at the William Aiken House,” Kathryn says. “I have always adored the location and dreamed of getting married there.” Haley Kelly from A Charleston Bride worked with the couple to bring their vision to life with shades of navy, green and orange for an autumnal color palette that was trendy yet traditional. “I loved working with Haley Kelly of A Charleston Bride,” Kathryn says. “Not only did I feel completely organized at all times, but I also felt like I had a friend and advocate throughout the whole wedding process. I always felt like Haley was looking out for my best interest and trying to find me the best quality for my money.” We love the stunning florals, gorgeously arranged by Jonie LaRosee at A Charleston Bride, that brought a little romance with its ole’ Southern home aura. There are so many details we love! See them all, beautifully captured by Ashley Seawell Photography, below! “I absolutely loved working with Ashley Seawell!” Kathryn says. “She was such an amazing photographer, and you never even knew she was there. She was incredibly laid back and easy to work with. She really put me and Matthew at ease, which further contributed to our natural, fresh pictures.”

Inspired by the city’s rich scenery, Kathryn incorporated oil paintings from Charleston native Charles Fraser into the invitation suite. She completed the look with greek key trim and gold foil press typography. “Rachael Blessinger of Studio R in Charleston was absolutely amazing and made my vision come to life,” Kathryn says.
“I knew I wanted a antique, estate style engagement ring,” Kathryn says. “I spent many hours (probably totally days or weeks) looking at different estate jewelry websites. We found the perfect ring at Israel Rose, an online estate and vintage jewelry store based out of New York. There were absolutely fabulous! The customer service was second to none and the (negotiated) price was amazing. I would highly recommend them! For Matthew, I knew he wanted a traditional ring. Thus, I went right to Tiffany’s. His gold comfort fit band is engraved with ‘Love, Kathryn 10-18-14.’”
Kathryn’s five bridesmaids wore the same floor-length, hunter-green dress. “I gave them the choice between five different dresses and they all independently picked the same one!” she says. For their jewelry, Kathryn gave them tortoiseshell earrings with rhinestone and gold and tortoiseshell monogrammed bracelets.
“For the ceremony, I knew I wanted to get married in the Catholic Church,” Kathryn says. “When looking around the Catholic churches in Charleston, I immediately fell in love with St. Mary’s because of the small, intimate space and the absolutely gorgeous stained glass windows, alter and paintings.”
“The cocktail hour took place on the lawns of the William Aiken House,” Kathryn says. “I wanted the music to be light, muted and without words.”
“For the cocktail hour, I wanted to have a large sampling of seafood in a raw bar—crab claws, oysters, shrimp—as well as a good selection of meats—duck, beef, pork,” Kathryn says. For dinner, the couple had various food stations so there would be more time for dancing and drinking for the actual party.
Kathryn wanted a traditional, simple style for her wedding day look. She wanted lace, but not all lace. For the ceremony, she wore a lace jacket for the ceremony and swapped it out for a giant bow for the reception. She completed her look with a “simple low chignon with some Southern volume.”
Hunter-green linens topped each dining table along with antique brass candlesticks, parrot tulips in Chinoiserie vases and thick ivory table runners, hand-sewn by Matthew’s mother.
Eclectic Mixed Pattern Dinnerware China
At the end of the night, Kathryn and Matthew passed out chicken biscuits and truffles fries that were packaged in monogrammed paper bags designed by Studio R.
White Rolls Royce Reception Grand Exit
Classic Southern White Dinner Jacket Suit