The Notebook is Alex’s favorite movie. This passionate tale of soulmates, Allie and Noah, fighting for love amid the tension of their differing social classes, pulls at Alex’s heartstrings. Embellished with scenic Southern vistas, tidal creeks, and antebellum mansions, this film is a source of nostalgic, romantic inspiration for Alex and her sweetheart Jared. The day these two said their vows at Boone Hall , in front of Allie’s summer house, was the day they fulfilled their romance dreams and got to star in their newest favorite movie: Mr. and Mrs. Polak’s Tale of Everlasting Love.
Four years ago, Alex and Jared’s matchmaking friends set these two up on a date at Charleston’s favorite bar, The Cocktail Club. Alex and Jared fell for each other fast, and continued to fall deeper, and deeper. Jared made plans to propose, and took Alex to one of their first date spots on Sullivan’s Island. Much to her surprise, he got down in the sand and asked her to marry him. After she said yes, friends and family emerged from the boardwalks, showering the awe-struck bride and the proud groom in joyous celebration.
During October the sun shines with a special golden light and stretches long and far over the horizon. With this glorious change of season comes a rich palette of warm, iridescent earth tones. We love how the couple and their vendor team let the musings of autumn saturate the aesthetic and tone of their October wedding. Combined with the rustic buildings of Boone Hall , and the breathtaking landscape that envelopes the estate, it was a unique and stunning production.
We met the bride and groom at opposite ends of the estate before the ceremony. Alex was gorgeous in her off-the-shoulder, lace embroidered gown. Her bridesmaids gasped as she tossed her long, brown locks and turned to show off her mermaid train. The bride tribe wore copper silk dresses, with the maid of honor providing a striking contrast in a wine red dress. With their fall inspired florals, they brought out every hue of the warm light that scattered through the branches above their heads. Across the way, out of sight of his bride, Jared was looking sharp in his tux, with a little rust orange pocket square delicately placed over his breast. Taking a seat underneath an oak tree, Jared read from the vow book that Alex passed off to him. In the privacy of his own thoughts, he let her vows wash over him, moving him to humbled tears and preparing him for the sacred moments ahead.
The avenue of 300 year old oaks stretches for a mile, leading up to the ornate wrought iron gates that enclose the extravagant Boone Hall mansion. On the lawn outside the mansion, the guests began to take their seats, struck by the majestic and meticulously well kept landscape. Vibrant florals with radiating gold leaves and robust fall colors sprouted up from each row. The violinists began to play and the guests turned their heads to see the groom and his men marching up the aisle. Leading the bridal party from behind, were three precious flower girls in cream tulle dresses and Alex and Jared’s golden retriever. The bride suddenly appeared from the soft edges of this storybook picture, her veil catching every gust of wind that blew through the history-rich estate. Jared was swept away when he saw beautiful Alex for the first time. The couple grasped their hands together and stared into each other’s eyes. With the ancient trees, historic estate and friends and family as their witnesses, Alex and Jared vowed to a life together and started a new chapter in their love story.
After the ceremony, we met the couple outside the ornamental gates where a white vintage convertible awaited its photo opportunity. The couple climbed into this relic of the past, adding to the timeless effect of the entire scene. Following the smell of the salty breeze, we headed over to cocktail hour on the Wamponcheeoone Creek. The rustic hall with its tall wooden rafters, brick hearth and stunning view of the marsh was as inviting as it was charming. Warm, soft light bounced off the natural pine walls and farmhouse tables adorned with candles and terracotta runners. Their planner Natalie Knox softened the rustic accents with bamboo light fixtures, two cane back couches and bohemian touches. Festoon florals created swoon-worthy arrangements with preserved golden leaves, blush roses and whimsical, tan pompous grass.
After their first dances, the couple took their seats at the sweetheart table with their plates full of delicious bites prepared by Cru Catering. The guests gathered like a big family on the farmhouse tables and enjoyed the fabulous food and the roaring fire. With some of Charleston’s best musicians blowing their horns and serenading us with soul, many caught a quick dancing bug and took to the dancefloor. Outside the dance party there was a fresh rolled cigar bar, a gelato truck and an enchanting starlit view of the creek to be experienced.
Jared and Alex spent the rest of the night on the dancefloor sharing precious moments with their loved ones and showering each other in kisses. The band played their last song and the ecstatic guests gathered outside the venue for the couple’s sparkler exit. Lit up by all the love and the glowing sparklers, Alex and Jared strutted through the runway and into their vintage convertible. Off they went, passing through the ancient avenue of oaks and into the future to write the rest of their epic love story.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Polak!!!!
Check out a few of our favorites from this wedding day below!
xox Kai & Tim
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Photography: Kai & Tim ; Kailee DiMeglio Photography
Charleston Wedding Photographers
Venue: Boone Hall
Wedding Planner: Natalie Knox
Hair & Makeup: Glam by Christine
Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup: Coastal Glam
Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston Trio
Music: Emerald Empire
Caterer: Cru Catering
Dress: Elite Pour La Vie
Dress Designer: Netta Benshabu
Transportation: Lowcountry Trolley
Vintage Car: Lowcountry Valet
Videographer: Hart to Heart
Gelato Cart: Bertolini’s
Cigar Roller: Cigar Row