A Whimsical, Rustic Wedding at Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carolina

While working together in the Washington, DC, area, Lara Thompson (32 and a Realtor) and Edward Schellenger (31 and a property manager) began dating after they found that they had more in common than just their job. The couple threw a whimsical outdoor wedding under beautiful century-old oaks on the grounds of Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carolina. A glimmering crystal chandelier hung directly above Lara and Edward from a Spanish-moss-covered oak tree as they exchanged their vows. “We incorporated Quaker customs by including a moment of silent reflection after a traditional prayer and by asking all the guests to sign our guestbook as witnesses to our vows,” Lara says. The al fresco cocktail hour and reception took place tucked under the moss-draped oaks and were lighted by glamorous chandeliers. Gold picture frames and candles in gold votives added warmth to the rustic farm tables, and centerpieces were mixed arrangements of peach-colored roses, ranunculus and magnolia leaves. “Magnolia trees are pretty unusual in New Jersey, where Ed is from, but his parents have a really big magnolia tree in their backyard that is special to them,” Lara says. Borrowing stones from her late grandmother’s ring, Lara’s five-stone sapphire ring creatively served as her “something old,” “something new,” and “something blue.” She was a classic Southern beauty in a fitted lace gown with scalloped straps that she paired with navy peep-toe heels for vintage flair. Juliette Cheatham