Sometimes those crazy nights on the town with friends end up being the most memorable—just ask Erin Crawford and Andrew Dorin, who met at a Southern-themed football bar in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., in August of 2013. The pair crossed paths, exchanged glances across the bar (and phone numbers!), and the rest is history.
Three years later, after the pair moved to New York City, Andrew surprised Erin with a pre-Halloween celebration on October 29, 2016. “We had Magnolia Bakery lemon bars and watched Hocus Pocus in bed, and then while we were walking through Central Park, Andrew surprised me with the most spectacular solitaire engagement ring,” Erin recalls. “I had no idea any of it—including the ring!—was coming.”
Erin and Andrew gave themselves plenty of time to plan their wedding, setting the date for June 16, 2018. “We originally wanted to get married in March or April, but waiting until June to have our wedding at Boone Hall Plantation was worth the wait,” she says. “The laid-back simplicity of Boone Hall was the perfect backdrop for our vision—and of course, the Avenue of Oaks can’t be beat!” Ooh! Events helped the couple capitalize on the manicured grounds and lush greenery, using an ethereal blush and white palette to bring an air of romance to the relaxed, Lowcountry setting. “We knew we wanted lots of flowers and amazing food and cocktails, plus a big band,” says the bride. The result? A party that paired elegant accents with Southern charm. Keep reading to be inspired by all the photos, as shot by Dana Cubbage.
Erin’s Marchesa gown was a far cry from a traditional, simple white dress. “I wanted something unique, and this was definitely what I was looking for!” says the bride. The blush silk organza gown was covered in 3D silk flowers, paired with sheer sleeves and a flowing train. She borrowed her mother’s wedding earrings—diamond studs with pearl drops—and wore Christian Louboutin sandals. “I didn’t wear a veil—my dress had enough going on!” Erin says.
Because the bride wore pink, she decided to have her bridesmaids wear white. “They each chose the silhouette they loved best from the Monique Lhuillier bridesmaids collection. I loved how they showed off their personalities,” Erin describes.
Erin carried white peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus to pop against her blush gown, while her bridesmaids complemented their white frocks with bouquets of blush peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and astilbe.
The ceremony was framed by towering oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. Guests sat on either side of the Avenue of Oaks, witnessing Andrew and Erin’s traditional vows.
After the I do’s, Erin and Andrew toasted with Planter’s Punch (from the well known Peninsula Grill) and Dirty Arnies made with Firefly vodka as they nibbled on freshly shucked oysters, country ham biscuits, and a lowcountry boil. Trailing vines studded with roses and feminine floral linens dressed up Bonne Hall Plantation’s Cotton Dock.
At the end of the dock, overlooking the tidal marsh, a vine-covered swing invited guests to kick up their feet and enjoy South Carolina’s slower pace and warm hospitality.
Inside the Cotton Dock, a mix of square and rectangular tables were arranged beneath beams wrapped in flowing vines. Square tables were draped in floral linens, while the long tables were topped in solid cream. Sage napkins layered in extra color, while crystal chandeliers glowed from above.
Low arrangements of ranunculus, Scabiosa, astilbe, hydrangeas, and roses lined the center of the rectangular tables, flanked by gold-rimmed chargers and blue-and-white china. Modern wine glasses and gold flatware were a sleek, elegant finish to each place setting. The family-style dinner menu included a local peach salad with goat cheese, followed by filet mignon, local white fish, and haricots verts.
The Voltage brothers kept the dance floor packed, but Erin’s favorite memory is the couple’s first dance to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. “I don’t remember anyone else being there except Andrew and myself,” says the bride. “I just felt a total sense of calm. We were married, and it was time to party!”
The bride changed into a Marchesa mini, finished with sequins and silk flowers, for the dance party, but snuck away for a few moments with her new husband while guests boogied. “With such a fantastic group of family and friends, we knew our wedding would be amazing,” says Erin. “Andrew and I did our best to stay calm and work together, especially in the final weeks. We were able to block out the noise and really focus on what mattered most: Us getting married!”
Wedding Planner: Ooh! Events || Venue: Boone Hall Plantation || Bride's Dresses: Marchesa || Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin || Hair & Makeup: Meg Workman || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna || Flower Girl Attire: BHLDN || Ring Bearer Attire: Ralph Lauren || Floral Design: Out of the Garden || Paper Products: Studio R Design || Catering: Cru Catering || Cake: Ashley Brown Cake Design || Ceremony Music: Charleston Duo || Reception Music: Voltage Brothers || Rentals: Ooh! Events || Transportation: ACW Limo and Shuttle Service || Accommodations: Planter’s Inn || Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings