This Legare Waring House Wedding is Pure Charleston Chic

July 31, 2018 | colleen

From a ceremony under large oak trees to cotton details throughout the day, Mary and Grant’s wedding at Legare Waring House is full of Southern charm. Mary’s bridal look is sweet and romantic with her hair loosely pulled back while rocking a Lazaro wedding dress with a full and flowy tulle skirt. The day’s elegant and classic vibe is complete with Mary’s bridesmaids in floor-length Show Me Your Mumu dresses. Stephanie Gibbs Events created bold bouquets and flower arrangements that popped against the green of the trees and the neutral reception details. All of this goodness, as well as some dreamy couple portraits, were captured by photographer duo Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay.

The Couple:

Mary and Grant

The Wedding:

Legare Waring House, Charleston, South Carolina



It’s imperative to stay true to yourself and your vision. Know your budget and prioritize what’s important to you, tackle that first and then go from there. Excel spreadsheets were my best friend while planning my wedding. It’s easy to get lost in the details, so staying organized is key.

I wanted a dress that was appropriate for the venue- elegant and ethereal. I had a custom-made tulle skirt to add to my Tara Keely by Lazaro gown. The venise lace bodice reminded me of ferns and the other naturally occurring flora on the grounds of the Legare Waring House.

It’s hard not to worry about the weather when planning a mostly outdoor wedding, especially when it’s in Charleston during hurricane season. Waking up that morning to sunny skies and zero chance of rain was an amazing feeling. While there are so many memorable moments to choose from, a favorite was peering out the second story window of the Legare Waring House and seeing everything I had envisioned come to life on such a glorious October day. Another favorite, less glamorous moment, was trailing behind our photographers in three-inch heels into the wild, overgrown grounds beyond the Legare Waring House. Watching my sister frantically wash the mud off of my heels and my mother airing the gnats out of my enormous tulle skirt minutes before the ceremony is a memory I will never forget.

It was important to us that we get married in the town where we met, lived and loved. Grant grew up in Charleston, and I spent four years there at the College of Charleston. We wanted our family and friends to come together and experience the city that means so much to us. Being surrounded by everyone we love, in Charleston, was truly magical.

There were several personal DIY touches at our wedding. Our wedding favors were hand-cut water glasses made from wine bottles and etched with the silhouette of our setter, Banjo. We also had our own cocktail napkins created using a photo of the portrait my mother painted of Banjo. We loved having these little touches of Banjo all around! 

The Legare Waring House and grounds have an already amazing, beautiful vibe. My goal was not to take anything away from that, but to bring in my own personal touches. Understated elegance was the main objective.



Working with Sean and Elizabeth was like being with old friends. When selecting the photographers for our wedding, they were our first and only choice and we were very lucky they were available. They are consummate professionals, but so freaking fun! They are true artists and personally tailor their photography to each individual client couple. They make magic.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay
Event Planning – Yoj Events
Venue – Legare Waring House
Floral Design – Stephanie Gibbs Events
Catering – Cru Catering
Cake – ABCD Cakes
DJ – Mr. Potato Head
Ceremony Music – Charleston Virtuosi
Stationery – Ann Elser
Makeup Artist – Pamela Lesch Makeup
Hair Styling – Charlotte Belk
Wedding Dress – Lazaro
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Dog Portrait – Michele Smither of Portrait Society of Atlanta


The biggest thank you to Junebug member Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay for sharing Mary and Grant’s elegant wedding with us! For more Southern charm, check out this burgundy and navy Savannah wedding at Grove Point Plantation!

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  1. Excellent event planning by Yoj Events. Floral Design was beautiful. The bride and Groom wedding dress is super.

  2. Hi! Your wedding was beautiful! Where did you rent/buy the sweetgrass chargers from? They are gorgeous!

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