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.
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