A Whimsical Plantation Wedding at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, South Carolina

Through common friends, Nicole Silvernale (27 and a second-grade teacher) and Ben Russell-Schlesinger (29 and a restaurateur) met while vacationing one summer in Florida. “Truly, it was love at first sight," Nicole says. "We went on our first date and decided that we wanted to make our relationship work and agreed to date long-distance until we were done with school.” Ever since she was a little girl, Nicole has known she wanted to say “I do” on the Ashley River beneath draping Spanish Moss at Lowndes Grove. Striving to keep the decor as organic as possible to focus on the plantation's natural beauty, the color scheme consisted of sage green, champagne and white. Whimsical wooden swings were hung in the reception tent next to the dance floor, and the ropes were intertwined with beautiful greenery. Inspired by the couple’s favorite restaurant in New York, a champagne, vodka and caviar station was presented to the guests during cocktail hour. Passionate food lovers, the couple attempted to make each aspect of the menu as sentimental as possible. “Ben always makes boiled peanuts, so we made sure there were boiled peanuts everywhere for guests to grab,” Nicole explains. As well, the cake topper held significant value because it was initially purchased by Nicole’s grandmother as a gift for her parents to use on their wedding cake. Additional sweet details such as the drink stirrers that had the duo’s pets' faces on them, and using a wedding logo that Ben designed himself, truly created an intimate environment. —Juliette Cheatham