Chicago Couple Treats Wedding Guests to Southern Romance

by Ariel Felton

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

Cake: J Thomas Catering and Events

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 makeupDollface by Jules

Groom and groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse, Brackish Bowtie, Tie Bar bowties

Rentals: Eventhaus; Savannah Vintage Rentals

Transportation: LowCountry Valet and Shuttle Co.

Stationery: Empress Stationery

Welcome party venue: Port Royal Clubhouse, Hilton Head Island