August 9, 2013
Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation
Considering that they fell in love over a round of mini-golf and a baseball game in sunny Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that Matt and Brooke’s proposal story is full of fun. After five years of dating, Matt employed a rather unconventional method for asking Brooke to marry him: jack-o’-lanterns. He took her out for a romantic dinner just a few days before Halloween, then they returned home to find several pumpkins glowing on the stoop, the words “Will You Marry Me?” carved on their faces.
Brooke threw her arms around Matt and said yes before he slipped her grandmother’s ring on her finger. They spent the rest of the evening celebrating with family and friends.
Charleston residents since 2011, the couple knew they wanted to tie the knot in the Lowcountry, and they settled on the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation as their venue. Brooke says she was drawn to the Cotton Dock’s classic Charleston elements like the live oaks and the magnificent marsh view. It was the perfect fit for their vintage/rustic theme. With minimal decorations and a neutral color palette, the spotlight was on the newlyweds and their beautiful surroundings.
Guests sipped on Lowcountry Mojitos, a blend of Firefly vodka, mint, simple syrup and soda. For dinner, they sat at round, family-style tables named after streets in downtown Charleston and indulged in a three-course meal. As if that weren’t enough, they were treated to an Italian cookie cake in addition to the traditional wedding cake, a nod to the bride’s Italian heritage—her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents had the same cake at their weddings.
Overall, the wedding was a memorable way for the couple to share their love with friends and family from near and far. “Matt and I agree that next to each other, living in Charleston is one of our greatest sources of happiness,” Brooke says. “I loved that our friends and family could spend an evening in the paradise that is our daily reality.
“The sun setting on the marsh, the Lowcountry cuisine, the shag dancing and all of our little details embodied the Holy City. It was a dream come true to have all of our favorite people together in our favorite city in the world.”