Hillary Rich and Will Herring first met at the College of Charleston in South Carolina when mutual friends introduced them during their respective freshman and sophomore years. The pair attended a fraternity semiformal together, and, as Hillary says, “We’ve been together ever since.” When it came time to plan their April 2008 wedding, the couple wanted to impart the beauty of springtime in Charleston to their 320 guests. “We knew we wanted to be married outdoors,” remarked Hillary, which prompted them to choose the lawn of historic plantation house Drayton Hall as the site for their nuptials. Docents were on hand to provide tours of the home. “We thought it was a great piece of Charleston to share with people,” the bride says.

When it was time for dinner, guests moved into an all-white tent, accented with light blue. JBC Catering, of Mount Pleasant, SC, tantalized wedding-goers’ taste buds with a salad of local greens and duck confit, followed by an entrée of lamb and asparagus. After the meal, some guests retired to the cocktail lounge–turned–cigar bar, while others kept the night going in the dancing tent, where a chandelier ensconced in a silver shade cast a glow on the dance floor. Hillary changed into a short Oscar de la Renta dress so she could kick up her heels to the sounds of ten-piece band Right On, who played hits from the 80s, Motown and disco eras. At the end of the night, this fun-loving couple left the party in a send-off shower of blue and white Silly String, while friends also took a little piece of the South home with them: silver mint-julep cups monogrammed with H+W and filled with lilac, sending the sweet smell of spring into the night air.

Hillary and Will in Charleston, SC

College sweethearts tie the knot under oak trees at a historic plantation

Hillary Rich and Will Herring first met at the College of Charleston in South Carolina when mutual friends introduced them during their respective freshman and sophomore years. The pair attended a fraternity semiformal together, and, as Hillary says, “We’ve been together ever since.” When it came time to plan their April 2008 wedding, the couple wanted to impart the beauty of springtime in Charleston to their 320 guests. “We knew we wanted to be married outdoors,” remarked Hillary, which prompted them to choose the lawn of historic plantation house Drayton Hall as the site for their nuptials. Docents were on hand to provide tours of the home. “We thought it was a great piece of Charleston to share with people,” the bride says.

When it was time for dinner, guests moved into an all-white tent, accented with light blue. JBC Catering, of Mount Pleasant, SC, tantalized wedding-goers’ taste buds with a salad of local greens and duck confit, followed by an entrée of lamb and asparagus. After the meal, some guests retired to the cocktail lounge–turned–cigar bar, while others kept the night going in the dancing tent, where a chandelier ensconced in a silver shade cast a glow on the dance floor. Hillary changed into a short Oscar de la Renta dress so she could kick up her heels to the sounds of ten-piece band Right On, who played hits from the 80s, Motown and disco eras. At the end of the night, this fun-loving couple left the party in a send-off shower of blue and white Silly String, while friends also took a little piece of the South home with them: silver mint-julep cups monogrammed with H+W and filled with lilac, sending the sweet smell of spring into the night air.

“I wanted to maintain a flow to the party and keep people on their toes so they would be excited to see what was next,” says the bride. A series of tents led guests from the ceremony site through an entrance tent draped in teal fabric into the cocktail lounge. There, friends congregated under a clear structure draped in soft purple fabric and hung with patterned lanterns. In the early-evening light, guests settled on plush couches and noshed on hors d’oeuvres while listening to a three-piece band play soft-jazz selections.