Tucked away in the Historic District of the Charleston peninsula, overlooked by ancient oak trees and regal crepe myrtles, lies the Thomas Bennett House. With lush gardens weaving around this grande double home, and the sound of trickling fountains serenading in the background, this space effortlessly sets the scene for the beginning of a beautiful love story. Hannah, Nick and all of their loved ones gathered here on a golden October day to laugh, dance, cry and celebrate a lifetime of love together. Check out their deliciously romantic wedding gallery that could make even the coldest heart turn into soft, pink fuzz.
We climbed the cantilevered staircase to the second floor wedding suite to find Hannah and her buzzing bride tribe getting ready. With mom by her side, Hannah stepped into her sophisticated Suzanne Neville gown, designed with sultry, off-the-shoulder sleeves and a chapel length train. Falling perfectly on her silhouette, and complementing her gorgeous features, everyone agreed that the gown was made for her. Downstairs in the garden, Nick and his dad were admiring the sentimental touches exalting the ceremony space. Nick’s grandfather’s firefighter helmet adorned with a daisy crown sat proudly in the front row. Nick’s dad, wearing a tux lined with photos of Nick, hugged his son, assuring him of all the love and support he could need on his big day.
The couple met for their first look outside the white gates of the Thomas Bennett House, with the branches of a 200-year-old oak tree shading them from above. Nick froze in his tracks when he caught his first glimpse of his bride. Unable to move, he crumbled into disbelief at Hannah’s beauty and the blessing of her love. The bridesmaids and groomsmen enjoyed their view from the second floor piazza as they watched the humbled groom gape at his bride. After Hannah wiped his tears and embraced him, the couple shared a quiet moment reading their letters and exchanging their thoughtful wedding gifts.
Before the ceremony, we joined the couple to take a sneak peek of the reception area. Pure Luxe Bride and Petaloso transformed the sailcloth tent into an open-air ballroom; crystal chandeliers were suspended from the ceiling, alongside a brilliant floral cloud bursting with orchids, roses and whimsical baby’s breath blossoms. Grande pink velvet couches and velvet tufted ottomans were placed on the perimeter of the dancefloor, giving the luxurious space an inviting touch. The Art Deco inspired bar was embellished with blush pink and gold hues, and a mouth-watering cocktail menu. In the midst of this soft, feminine landscape, romance was in the air and dripping from the ceiling.
After grabbing a flute from the champagne tower and finding a seat on the sunlit lawn, the guests sat back and drank in the enchanting atmosphere. Petaloso had turned the rustic pineapple fountain into a blossoming arbor; the once aged basin was now overgrown with winding ribbons of orchids and delicate delphiniums. Nick stood at the arbor, alongside family friend and legendary football coach Lou Holtz. Hannah emerged from the lower level piazza, her train sweeping behind her as she made her way up the aisle to her sweetheart. Coach Holtz’s wise and grounding spirit was perfect for officiating this devoted team. Through tears and laughter, Nick and Hannah said their vows and kissed for the first time as Mrs. and Mr. Law.
After the ceremony, we met the newlyweds outside to take pictures with the immaculate 1950 Chevy that they had rented in honor of Hannah’s father’s long career at General Motors. The guests swooned at the glamorous photoshoot while drinking their cocktails from the second and third story piazzas. Eventually, everyone trickled into the regal reception space, either cozying up on velvet couches or taking their places in gold chairs. The black and white wedding entourage strutted into the sailcloth tent with Hannah and Nick parading behind them. Amidst enthusiastic cheering, the couple took to the black and white checkered floor to dance to Andy Grammer’s “I Am Yours.”
Once satiated by Salthouse Catering’s delicious bites, the wedding party was ready to dance and explore the luxuries the night had to offer. Whether you were in the mood for a fresh rolled smoke in the garden cigar lounge, or espresso martinis mixed by Squeeze Cocktail Bar — there was something for everyone to experience. Hannah changed into her sparkling, high slit party dress and flip flops so that she could break it down properly with her friends. Nick loosened up his bow tie and his dad turned his tux inside out so that he was a walking gallery of precious family memories. Grandparents, brothers, sisters, parents and friends danced hard until the last song, savoring every unforgettable memory they created together.
The guests left the ballroom, leaving Hannah and Nick alone for a final couple’s dance. They were in disbelief of their magical day, wavering between laughter and tears from all the beauty that had effortlessly unfolded. Outside the gates of the estate, the guests made a glow stick runway for the couple’s exit. Hannah and Nick galavanted through, sharing one last passionate kiss before driving away in their vintage Chevy.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Law!
Check out a few of our favorites from this wedding day below!
xox Kai & Tim
Photography: Kai & Tim ; Kailee DiMeglio Photography
Charleston Wedding Photographers
Venue: Governor Thomas Bennett House
Wedding Planner: Pure Luxe Bride
Hair: Patrick Navarro
Makeup: Cheryl Quinn Makeup
Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston Trio
Music: Darby Events
Officiant: Lou Holtz
Caterer: Salthouse Catering
Dress: Suzanne Neville
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet
Videographer: Dock House Digital
Invitation Suite/Paper Goods: Studio R
Coffee Cart: Estuary
Rentals: Event Works