Sara Brennan had only been on campus at the College of Charleston for a few hours before she met Andrew Treschel. “One of my best friends from high school was living in the same dorm building as me, so I went down to see his new space and meet his roommate," she recalls. "When I walked in the door, there was Andrew.” The pair became best friends, spending their free time eating their way around Charleston, but it wasn’t until the summer of their junior year that the pair decided to, in Sara’s words, “quit playing stupid and admit we were more than just friends!”
In April of 2017, in their now-home of San Francisco, Andrew had planned for the pair to continue their love of exploring a city through its food and made a special dinner reservation. “I’m always late, so he emphasized that our reservation was at 7:30—and I surprised him by being ready to go at 6:45,” she says. With a few moments to spare, Andrew suggested they go up to their apartment’s rooftop for a sunset drink and surprised her with a display of champagne, sunflowers, and a photographer ready to capture him getting down on one knee. “We had plenty of time to enjoy the moment, as my thoughtful man had actually made the reservation for 8:30 in case I was late,” she says with a laugh.
Sara's family is in the hospitality business—they own Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans—and hospitality was a major factor when it came time to plan their spring wedding. “We invited 325 guests to join us at the Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina, but still wanted it to feel as intimate and welcoming as possible for our guests,” says the bride, who loved that everyone could stay on property to be included in all of the festivities. On April 7, 2018, the couple wed beneath a gorgeous sailcloth tent, then followed their ceremony with a killer party—including a karaoke afterparty just for the groom! Planned by Easton Events and photographed by Lucy Cuneo, this tented South Carolina wedding was all about southern hospitality. Keep reading for more!
“Andrew and I live on the West Coast, my family lives in New Orleans, and the wedding was in South Carolina, so having Easton Events to keep things on track was a no-brainer,” says Sara. In keeping with her southern roots, Sara chose a traditional invitation suite that featured a beautiful calligraphed script updated in a contemporary French blue.
Sara made grew up in New Orleans and the world of debutante balls, so she knew she wanted something decidedly different for her wedding dress. “Suzanne Perron created my deb gown, so she knows my personality, my style, and my body type,” says Sara. “And I knew that she’d be second only to my mother in giving her honest opinion about my vision!” The bride returned to the designer and seamstress to create a custom silk faille gown with a tulle and lace overlay and a strong and subtly sexy shape. Suzanne also created a custom gown for Sara’s mother, which topped with bright blooms.
Sara paired her gown with a spring-inspired bouquet of garden roses, hellebores, spray roses, peonies, ranunculus, parrot tulips, and sweet pea in shades of white, ivory, and butter yellow. She borrowed her mother’s sapphire drop earrings as her something blue and donned hot pink Jimmy Choo wedges under her gown.
“You would never know the tented ceremony was actually our rain plan,” says Sara of the framed altar draped in greenery and spray roses, overlooking the water.
Sara’s father escorted her to the altar, where she and Andrew exchanged traditional vows. “My brother was my ‘man of honor,’ ” says the bride. “We have been so close our entire lives, and I couldn’t imagine my wedding day without him standing right next to me.” During the ceremony, an orchestral quartet played alongside a Gullah choir, playing “Oh Happy Day” as the bride walked down the aisle and “This Little Light of Mine” once Andrew and Sara were pronounced husband and wife.
The unexpected rain after a warm and sunny week only added to the romance of Andrew and Sara’s wedding day. “One of my bridesmaids’ mothers suggested that my mom collect the rain water, which she’s saving until we one day have a baptism for our future child,” says Sara.
Guests gathered on the resorts’s picturesque porch for cocktail hour, where they sipped old fashioneds and spicy margaritas along with turtle soup (made from a secret recipe by Sara’s family!). Bowls overflowing with lemons added a cheery pop of yellow to the petite arrangements.
Guests found their escort cards classically arranged on a table decorated with lemons and an oversized arrangement of greenery and parrot tulips.
Another dramatic tent housed the reception, which felt incredibly intimate even with the couple’s large guest list. “The trees around the tent poles were my favorite part,” says Sara. “They created this lush canopy of branches for our guests to dine under and helped to fill the large space.”
The tables were draped with tonal textured linens that created subtle depth and elegance. Ivory and butter yellow blooms cascaded out of silver compotes and were surrounded by cut crystal votives and handmade beeswax taper candles in gold candlesticks. “We made the head table even more special by setting each place with an heirloom silver goblet from my mom’s collection, as well as custom napkins embroidered with our monogram,” says the bride.
Easton Events gave the tent a more residential feel by pairing gauzy drapes with a tailored valence, arranging a wall of pressed greenery behind the bar (surrounded by lemon trees, of course!) and adding lounge groupings throughout the space.
“Our family sees feeding people as a way of nurturing and connecting with those around us, so having an incredible meal was a top priority,” Sara says. Dinner included a spring green salad with strawberries, a petite filet with creamed spinach and potatoes Pontable (the signature dish from Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse), and three flavors of wedding cake: lemon curd, almond, and caramel, all with vanilla chiffon and Italian buttercream. “Jim Smeal decorated the cake to match the lace on my dress—he is such an artist!” Sara raves.
After nine years of being best friends, Andrew and Sara were thrilled to finally be married in front of all of their loved ones. “Do your best to enjoy the process of getting there,” says Sara. “If you’re lucky, this will only happen once!”
Wedding Planner: Easton Events
Venue: Montage Palmetto Bluff
Bride's Dress: Suzanne Perron
Bride's Veil: Suzanne Perron
Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Belk
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers
Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux
Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw
Paper Products: Dear Elouise
Catering: Montage Palmetto Bluff
Transportation: Old Savannah Trolley Tours
Videography: Cloudless Weddings
Photography: Lucy Cuneo