September 15, 2016

Old World Charm

photography Heather Waraksa

Planning an intimate family-style affair with a laid-back, yet sophisticated vibe is as simple as pairing great food with great company in the most charming setting imaginable. “We were immediately drawn to River Oaks and it’s backdrop of stucco, windswept Spanish moss trees, European accents, and natural beauty. It’s the perfect combination of warmth, Old World character and southern ease all in one,” notes photographer Heather Waraksa. Guided by the creative direction of Kristin Doggett of Bellafare, the design incorporated organic materials and rustic, yet refined elements that highlighted the understated elegance of the lush Lowcountry landscape. The soft light served as an ethereal backdrop for the rich tones of gray and various textures used throughout the tablescape.

Air Casebier, chef and founder of Feast Charleston—a catering company committed to sustainable food practices—created a menu highlighted by seasonal ingredients that encompassed her culinary ethos. Appetizers consisted of whipped feta crostini with butternut squash pesto; an artisanal charcuterie platter with cured meats, cheeses, olives, pickles, honeyed hazelnuts, and rustic bread; and roasted local oysters with green herb butter. The main dish included beluga lentils with shaved fall vegetables, toasted walnuts, a soft egg, heritage pork, parsnip cream, and roasted carrots. In keeping with the simple, seasonal flavors of the menu, opt for dessert that is “simple yet impactful,” notes Alison Reed of DeClare Cakes who created the wedding cake frosted with textured buttercream and blackberry sauce.

Vendor Details

venue River Oaks Charleston  /  florals  Gathering Events  /  catering & food styling  Feast Charleston  /  paper goods  Ceci New York  /  calligraphy  Ink Meets Paper  /  china, champagne flutes, serving pieces, napkins  Open Door Shop  /  additional serving pieces  The-Commons  /  wedding cake  DeClare Cakes  /  runner & ribbon Silk & Willow /  flatware & glassware private collections & antique stores  /  table, chairs, benches  Snyder Events  /  hair & makeup Charlotte Belk  /  wedding gown & accessories  Lihi Hod from Gabriella New York  /  groom’s suit  Lanvin  /  bride’s shoes  Manolo Blahnik  /  groom’s shoes  Ralph Lauren  /  photo lab  Richard Photo Lab  /  models  Anna & Aaron Fritsch

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