AUGUST 23 , 2014
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE AT MAGNOLIA PLANTATION
Weddings are always about family—both old and new—but Hailey and Taylor Hoffer took that concept to the extreme at their Magnolia Plantation nuptials. Hailey’s mother stood beside her at the altar as her matron of honor and her uncle married them, while Taylor’s dad did best man duties and his brothers served as groomsmen. And the flower girl? It was none other than Hailey’s beloved childhood shih tzu, Rosie.
Although the groom hails from Seattle, the bride is Southern through and through, and she was eager to share a taste of the South with her guests from across the country. Magnolia Plantation was a natural choice for the pair. “I absolutely loved how beautiful the plantation was and how much history it had,” Hailey says. “It had the perfect amount of Southern charm with a great space where I knew I could have my dream wedding. When we went toward the Carriage House and I saw the Ashley River and the peacocks that roam around it, I knew it was the place for us!”
Food for the Southern Soul created a menu of down-home comfort food favorites like shrimp ‘n’ grits, barbecue and sweet tea. Karen Powell of Summerville’s OK Florist created floral arrangements that called to mind the local landscape, using everything from sunflowers to cotton bolls, coffee beans and Spanish moss.
Hailey tapped into her event planning experience to organize the day, while Powell also served as the day-of coordinator. “She did everything from making sure the flowers were beautiful and put together, setting up the venue, helping the wedding party, keeping the reception going at a great pace and so much more,” Hailey says. “She was so helpful and by far the best help we had at the wedding.”