Photography by Jade and Matthew McCully
Lauren Hughes had been dating Ryan Perry for two years and two months when she came home to a sweet treat—a custom engagement ring hidden inside a cupcake box from Chicago’s Magnolia Bakery.
“I turned around and Ryan was kneeled next to our dog, Norman, ready to pop the question,” Lauren recalls.
Having always dreamed of a Southern outdoor wedding, Lauren began scouting locations in Hilton Head, South Carolina. With wedding planner Tara Skinner of Posh, Petals and Pearls by their side, the couple planned a romantic Lowcounty event at the Oldfield River House, surrounded by live oaks and Spanish moss.
Eschewing the formality of a black-tie event, Lauren and Ryan chose a classic color scheme of blush, gold and navy blue, accented with authentic Southern touches such as oyster shells, sea fans and a driftwood chandelier hung over the dance floor. As for more personal elements, Lauren carried a bouquet wrapped with a piece of fabric from her mother’s veil, and the couple cut their wedding cake with a knife that Lauren’s mother received as a gift from her own mother at her bridal shower.
My earrings from BHLDN and headpiece by Jennifer Behr were both my ‘something new.’ It was important to wear timeless pieces as I hope to pass them on to a daughter someday. – Lauren Hughes
Lauren Huges and Ryan Perry
Wedding date: September 17, 2016
Planning time: 16 months
Number of guests: 86
Ceremony and reception: Oldfield River House
Event designer: Tara Skinner, Posh Petals and Pearls
Photographer: Jade and Mattew McCully, Jade + Matthew Take Pictures
Officiant: Laine Reisch, groom’s aunt
Florist: Harvey Designs
Ice cream cart: Leopold’s Ice Cream
Catering: Oldfield Weddings and Events
Ceremony music: violinist Arline Rosen, Two Strings; Huspah Baptist Church Gospel Choir
Deejay: Jeff Brown, All About You Entertainment
Gown: Tara Keely
Bridal accessories: Earrings by Ben-Amun, from BHLDN; headpiece by Jennifer Behr
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Nouvelle Amsale
Hair and makeup: Dollface by Jules
Groom and groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse, Brackish Bowtie, Tie Bar bowties
Transportation: LowCountry Valet and Shuttle Co.
Stationery: Empress Stationery
Welcome party venue: Port Royal Clubhouse, Hilton Head Island