An Ultra-Chic Garden-Inspired Elopement at McCrady's in Charleston, South Carolina

With only a 12-week engagement, Juliette Winter (an editor) and Travis Rudowski (owns a plumbing business) didn’t have time to plan a giant wedding, so they started thinking about their dream ceremony spot where they could elope. Travis immediately remembered the picturesque city of Charleston, South Carolina, that they’d visited the year before, and with its Spanish-moss-draped oak trees, historic architecture, welcoming hospitality and incredible food, they knew it was the place for them to exchange vows. The Australia-based couple wanted a garden wedding and enlisted the help of Francesca from Pure Luxe Bride. “We knew with Francesca at the helm, she would pull off a gorgeous day full of stunning details,” Juliette says. “And she did.” Peonies and magnolia blooms (the couple’s favorites) filled Magnolia Plantation for an ultra-romantic ceremony. Afterward, the couple went to McCrady’s for dinner. “We are both big fans of chef Sean Brock and loved that he specialized in Southern cuisine,” Juliette says. They didn't skimp on dessert either, and enjoyed the most amazing gold-airbrushed, partially naked, traditional red velvet cake from Monica at Sablee. “It was by far the most delicious, stunning red velvet cake we’d ever eaten, and we’d travel back to Charleston just to eat it again,” Juliette says. There are so many details we love about this modern garden wedding. See them all, beautifully captured by husband-and-wife team Aaron and Jillian Photography, below.