real-life weddings - Branch Design Studio


real-life weddings - Branch Design Studio
Celebrate Summer
the essential guide for every Lowcountry bride
Summer 2013
Vintage style at
Ashley Hall
Super-Fresh Looks
for your wedding party
Rings That Rock
to Win
A Romantic Escape
to Wild Dunes Resort!
(see page 24)
US A $5.95
Great Gatsby
Gets Married
Bouquet by stems
(see page 54)
A Floridian couple celebrates their “I dos” with an
Old South meets New South reception
(this page) CHILD’S PLAY:
In age-old tradition, John’s baby
bonnet was wrapped around
CeeCee’s bouquet of Dusty
Miller, white peonies, and yellow
ranunculus. Succulents provided
a textural element, and sprigs
of chamomile and Billy Balls
added whimsy. (opposite page)
HEY, GOOD LOOKIN’: In classic
Charleston style, CeeCee paired her
Amsale gown with pearls, and John
dressed in a pale blue Jos. A. Bank
seersucker suit.
John Cassidy & CeeCee Cambron
July 7, 2012
Lowndes Grove Plantation
| Charleston
| 93
T e x t b y Lucy Morrison
i m a g e s b y Leigh Webber
w e d d i n g d e s i g n b y Candice Hilse of YOJ Events
When CeeCee Cambron’s Grandma Nell spied her granddaughter chatting with John Cassidy after the girl’s soccer game,
the matriarch knew something was brewing.Though CeeCee
said her fellow Darlington High School student and she were
“just friends,” time proved grandma right.The sweethearts dated
while in school in Rome, Georgia; throughout their time at Ole
Miss; and relocated to John’s hometown, Jacksonville, Florida,
after graduation. Once settled there, John insisted that a
housewarming gift swap was in order. CeeCee bought him
grilling tools, while John compiled a scrapbook of their lives
together. On the back, a caption read,“Will you marry me?”
“I said ‘Yes!’” CeeCee remembers.“I think deep down
we—and our families—just always knew.”
As they brainstormed ceremony locales, Charleston soon rose
to the forefront.“We knew we wanted a destination wedding in
the South,” CeeCee explains.“In college, John and I took a trip
to Charleston for a Fourth of July weekend, and it just always
stuck with us.” The couple entrusted Candice Hilse of YOJ
Events to bring a lively vibe to Lowndes Grove Plantation.
“Vibrant patterns and colors and an historic plantation—right
up my alley,” says CeeCee. Working with a palette of blue, gray,
and citrine, Candice incorporated fun prints on accent pillows
(this page, clockwise from top) IN THE SHADOWS: The house and giant oaks
and lounge furniture. On the actual day, cheery florals reflected
shaded guests from the July sun. DÉJÀ VU: Flower girls wore heirloom dresses passed
the mood, CeeCee and John swapped vows in front of the
(this page, clockwise from top) CONTRASTING COLORS: Deep blue linens served as a backdrop for vibrant flowers that Branch Design Studio “planted” in milk
down from John’s parents’ wedding. NATURAL ACCESSORY: Branch Design Studio
majestic mansion, and guests hammed it up all evening in a
glass vases and ceramic tea cups and atop cake stands. BOTTOMS UP: Lowcountry Lemonade was served as the signature beverage, alongside custom-mixed drinks
used oversized succulents and bright blooms to complement the bridesmaids’ J.Crew
photo booth.“It felt like summer and happiness,” says Candice.
named after the couple’s dogs, Sadie and Hudson. TOUCH OF CLASS: Black wooden framing, along with gauzy draping and geometric block shades, made for a chic
dresses. HEART SONG: The groomsmen serenaded the couple during the reception.
“That was exactly what we wanted,” says the bride.
bar environment. Candice upholstered the bar front in an ikat-meets-chevron pattern to add texture and to play off the oyster-tabby floor.
| Charleston
summer 2013
| 95 | 97
(left to right)
the sparkler send-off
was a once-in-a-lifetime
event, CeeCee says she
and John hope to spend
their anniversary in
Charleston every Fourth
of July weekend.
Fish Restaurant’s vanilla,
chocolate, and passionfruit tiered cake
mimicked CeeCee’s
sash, which bore
ore onli
• vi
big blossoms.
Vendors &
nwe ings
“The most rewarding
parts were
marrying my best friend and hearing how much
(clockwise from top) VANTAGE POINT: For guests who wanted to watch the sun go down over the Ashley
River, Candice placed umbrella-shaded tables by the dock. THREE’S COMPANY: Branch Design Studio
arranged a trio of cymbidium, Jamie Storie, and oncidium orchids for playful coffee-table arrangements.
fun everyone had.”
—CeeCee Cassidy
MULTI-PURPOSE: Embroidered accent pillows showcased CeeCee’s custom logo, which paid homage to the
couple’s furry friends. WRITE AWAY: CeeCee, a graphic designer by trade, juxtaposed classic script fonts
with modern typefaces throughout the stationery suit, including on the programs.
||CChhaarrl leessttoonn wweeddddi ni nggss
Summer 2013
| 97