A Lush Lowcountry Wedding in Charleston

This Chicago couple headed south for a gorgeous garden party

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Lindsay Mitchell and Ken Peters lived blocks away from one another in Chicago, but it wasn’t until they were sipping beers at a local bar in Old Town that they made the connection. “We spent the entire afternoon together, which rolled into dinner," Lindsay recalls. "It just felt right with Ken, and he walked me home at the end of the night—which he capped off with a kiss, of course!” Two and a half years later, in December of 2016, Lindsay had planned to celebrate her birthday with friends, but Ken had other ideas. “He sent me on a scavenger hunt around Chicago to some of our favorite date spots, with a videographer filming me the whole way,” says Lindsay. Each spot had a handwritten note and a snack waiting for Lindsay, ending with a map leading her from a restaurant to the corner where the couple had their first kiss. “When I got there, Ken was waiting with our golden retriever and a bouquet of flowers, and he got down on one knee!” she remembers.

Though they’re both from Chicago, Ken and Lindsay have a soft spot for Charleston, and headed south for their September 3, 2017 wedding. They invited 98 adults (and three adorable children!) to join them at Legare Waring House, a charming property with an oak-lined drive, Spanish moss, and a sprawling lawn perfect for a late summer wedding. They filled their romantic celebration with lush flowers and a hint of shine. Take a peek at this beautiful South Carolina wedding, planned by Lacy Geary and photographed by Olivia Rae James.

bride getting ready with mother of the bride
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“I had a hard time getting out of my comfort zone when I was shopping for a wedding gown,” says Lindsay, who originally sought beading and slimmer skirts but couldn’t find “the one.” Thankfully, her stylist pulled this Hayley Paige gown, which combined ivory lace and a full tulle ball gown skirt—and hit the nail on the head. “When I put it on my heart started pounding and my mom and mother-in-law gasped!” she says.

bride and groom first look
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bride and groom first look
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The wedding party got ready at Zero George, and Lindsay and Ken had their first look in the courtyard.

flower girl
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The couple's flower girl was right on hand to capture the emotional moment from her perspective!

bride's bouquet
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The bride carried a soft bouquet of English garden roses, peonies, and ranunculus in white, ivory, and blush.

ring bearer
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The pint-sized ring bearers wore jackets to match the groom, but donned shorts and Sperrys instead of pants. “They absolutely stole the show!” says Lindsay.

bride in veil
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The bride showed off her gown's statement back during portraits on the ceremony venue's verdant grounds.

outdoor ceremony bride and groom at altar
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The couple wed beneath an asymmetrical arch of greenery, accented with blush and white blooms.

groom putting ring on bride
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groom showing off bride at altar
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Ken and Lindsay made it a priority to personalize their ceremony in a special way. “Since the beginning of our relationship, Ken and I have always written one another notes and letters, so we knew we would write our own vows too," says the bride. "It was a way to incorporate that tradition into our wedding, as well as share it with our family and friends.”

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bride and groom ceremony exit
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The newlywed couple exited to many cheers from their guests!

bride champagne toast
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bride with ring bearers
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Following the ceremony, the bride swept her waves back into a low bun for the reception.

reception entrance
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Cocktail hour took place on the patio, where guests enjoyed fresh oysters, and chicken and waffle cones. Signature cocktails were named after the Chicago neighborhoods—Southside and Arlington—where Ken and Lindsay grew up.

outdoor reception wooden community tables
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white floral tablescapes
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table setting
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menu cards
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Bare farm tables were topped with garden-inspired centerpieces of roses, sweet peas, and vibrant greenery. Each table was named for a place in Charleston that the couple loves, from Zero George to the Darling Oyster Bar. “We paired each sign with a memory we have at every place, giving guests a peek into our love story,” says Lindsay.

bride and groom kissing
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Guests snacked on miniature biscuits, followed by a surf-and-turf dinner of filet mignon and shrimp with tarragon grits soufflé. “We made sure to infuse our menu with a traditional Southern feel,” Lindsay explains.

Tahitian vanilla wedding cake with bourbon caramel filling
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After dinner, the couple cut into a Tahitian vanilla cake with bourbon caramel filling, topped with fresh pink roses. The nearby dessert bar featured salted caramel macarons, lemon shortbread, and brownies with mascarpone cream.

bride and groom kissing/cutting cake
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bride and groom send off
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When Lindsay first tried on her wedding gown, she couldn’t help but twirl—and had the same impulse at her wedding reception. “We could absolutely feel the love as our friends and family got to know one another over the course of the weekend,” says the bride. After a visit from a late-night pizza truck, Ken and Lindsay grabbed a slice and hopped into a 1950s Chevy Deluxe for their getaway. “It was an incredible day, but we were happy to breathe and have a bite to eat on our way back to the hotel!” says Lindsay.

Though they were planning from halfway across the country, Lindsay and Ken kept on top of the details by doing lots of research early on. “We found a lot of inspiration, then used it to narrow down our vision with our vendors. It really helped to have all of our ideas in one place from the beginning,” Lindsay says.

Wedding Team

Wedding Planner: Lacy Geary

Venue: Legare Waring House

Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige

Bride's Veil: I Do Veils

Bride's Shoes: BHLDN

Bride's Jewelry: Sara Gabriel

Hair & Makeup: Olivia Carroll

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Groom's Attire: J.Crew

Groomsmen's Attire: Menguin

Flower Girl Attire: Jenny Yoo

Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew

Engagement Ring: Steve Quick Jeweler

Wedding Bands: Steve Quick Jeweler

Floral Design: Amy Osaba Design

Ribbon: Silk & Willow

Paper Products: Paper Birch Designs

Catering: Cru

Cake: Tessa Pinner

Pizza: Coastal Crust

Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings

Reception Music: The Charleston Wedding Band

Rentals: Ooh! Events, Rent Pews, Low Country Entertainment

Transportation: Low Country Valet

Accommodations: Zero George, the Dewberry

Videography: Ivory & Iron

Photography: Olivia Rae James

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