A Hometown Wedding in Charleston, South Carolina — With a Twist!

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You'd think there's nothing romantic about medicine. But the day before Jenny Feldman and Scott Eskildsen began their University of North Carolina Chapel Hill residency training programs, they hit it off at a welcome party for the school's orthopedic surgery and anesthesiology residents. And while nothing more than a casual flirtation happened at first introduction, by the second time they met — inside the emergency department of the local hospital — Jenny was ready to give Scott her number. Two years later, Scott casually proposed inside the couple's Chapel Hill, North Carolina, townhouse. "We had just finished takeout Indian food," Jenny says of the dinner she and Scott enjoyed on the porch. "I came inside for dessert, and Scott dropped to one knee to propose."

For their September 20, 2014, wedding, the couple headed to Jenny's hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, for a party at the Gibbes Museum of Art. There, they offered guests an indoor and outdoor experience that included the oasis of an urban garden, modern art galleries, and a reception hall so large, the couple says, it felt like a night club. "We wanted our wedding to be a unique event that appealed to both family and friends," Jenny explains. So the couple set out to craft their sophisticated pink and cream affair, and asked Gayle Brooker Photography to capture it all.

The couple invited their 220 guests to their celebration with a classic stationery suite created by Sideshow Press.

The bride's Chantilly lace Monique Lhuillier wedding dress featured a curve-hugging silhouette and a slight train. But credit for finding her dream dress doesn't go to Jenny — it goes to her mother! "She actually found the dress and sent me a picture of it," the bride says. "It seemed so in-line with my style, so I ordered it sight unseen. I loved it the minute I put it on."

The groom kept things traditional, sporting a black-and-white Hugo Boss tuxedo and a slim black tie. "We wanted a classic look that was not too formal," Jenny says. The bride carried a loose, lightly draped bouquet of white, pink, and maroon-hued blooms.

Jenny gave her bridesmaids the green-light to each select the style of her their own Bill Levkoff gown, as long as it was in the same pale pink fabric. "I wanted to be sure they could chose what they each thought looks best on them," says Jenny of the five styles the bridesmaids could choose from. "The color was flattering on everyone." Much like their dresses, the bridesmaids' bouquets were similar — made from the same white, pink and maroon flowers — but slightly varied in shape and style.

Jenny and Scott opted to serve their guests dinner before their ceremony, seating them at square tables topped with white tablecloths and napkins, lending an organic feeling to the evening. "The atmosphere was akin to a dinner party at an old Charleston home," the bride says.

Dotting the tables were various types of décor, including stone planters filled with loose floral arrangements, bubbled hurricane glassware, and honey-colored beeswax candles. "The overall look was 'Indian Summer,'" Jenny describes.

The couple worked with a florist to design a custom chuppah for their outdoor ceremony. Made from birch branches and greenery, the archway was accented with flowers in the couple's color palette of white, cream, and pink.

Copper lanterns lined the vine-lit aisle Jenny walked with both her parents. "As guests arrived, the sun broke through the clouds, exposing a double rainbow," Jenny describes. "Night had fallen when the ceremony started, and the outdoor courtyard was transformed by amber-hued lighting and a soft mist."

The couple wrote their ketuba, which the officiant read during the ceremony. "We ended it with, 'we will always be a team,'" says Jenny, "which is a very important element to our relationship."

Rather than settle for a single cake, the couple offered guests a tasting of several six- and nine-inch layer cakes in flavors like coconut, German chocolate, blueberry, red velvet, lemon, chocolate, raspberry, caramel, and confetti.

Then came the reception. "The look we were going for at the party was a sophisticated nightclub," says Jenny. Violet lighting lit up the spacious dance floor, where a high-energy dance band that focused on top 40s hits kept guests dancing all night long.

Looking back on the event, Jenny says: "My wedding day was the best day of my life."

Venue: Gibbes Museum of Art || Wedding Planner & Caterer: Duvall Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Veil: Vera Wang || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Canvas Hair Color & Design || Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff || Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss || Florist: Stems || Invitations: Sideshow Press || Music: Duda Lucena || Cake: Sugar Bakeshop || Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals || Accommodations: Fulton Lane Inn || Photography: Gayle Brooker Photography

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