Weddings are always special occasions, but some are more memorable than others. A few years ago, when Christine Boykin and Carri MacGregor realized that only two of the 10 weddings they’d attended that season stood out, they decided to start their own event planning company.
Floral design is Peggy Sirisky’s God-given talent, she says, and so it’s no wonder that her business, The Flower Cottage, has blossomed for more than 30 years now. Her passion began as a child, cutting and arranging roses from her grandmother’s garden.
Though Modern Trousseau offers gowns for debutantes and such, their specialty is dressing brides for the best day of their lives. This Upper King Street boutique features beautiful exposed-brick walls and minimalistic tones, an ambience that is calming for anyone who may be under the pressure of, say, planning a wedding.
Depending on your outlook, registering for gifts as a bride can be an exciting shopping spree or a tedious chore—but either way, it’s almost always overwhelming. That’s why interior designer Jeffrey Bannon loves when brides come in to his eponymous store to start their registries.
Terri Espy and her daughter Krista Roach found the perfect balance when they opened the Gown Boutique of Charleston six years ago. Turns out, Roach’s fashion background meshes remarkably with Espy’s 20-year career in interior design.
The months leading up to a couple’s wedding can be a whirlwind. From the engagement to dress-shopping, too often these moments get overlooked in the rush toward the big event. And painter Carolyn Epperly thinks that’s a shame.
It’s a bit tragic that most brides and grooms never get to sample the food at their own weddings because—let’s be honest—it’s often the high point of the event. Whether it’s a formal sit-down meal, a casual buffet or a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a good menu will haunt people’s memories.
Photographer Michel Berda could go on about his work for hours. He holds a great passion for documenting couples on the most important day of their lives, and it shines through in his words. But rather than talk too much about himself, he directs us to his many customer reviews online, specifically on The Knot.
Long before he was a shutterbug, Evan Laettner’s tool of choice was a paintbrush. The Buffalo, New York, native specialized in painting portraits in oil until one of his subjects—a bride—asked him to photograph her wedding. “It was fun being able to not just have one picture, but to have a whole collection,” Laettner says. He’s been photographing weddings ever since.
Whether she’s planning a classic Lowcountry affair on the banks of the Ashley River or a rustic farm wedding on Martha’s Vineyard, Tara Guérard is widely known as one of the most talented wedding planners in the industry. And while she’s sought after by brides all over the world, she goes home to a historic 1740s single house in downtown Charleston.