Vibrant Coastal Wedding at The Gadsden House

Vibrant Coastal Wedding at The Gadsden House

Jenna & Logan’s vibrant coastal wedding at The Gadsden House was a stunning take on a celebration in the low country! Opting to use bright and rich hues in both the florals and the design it brought a cheerful feel to the day, creating magnificent inspiration for the couples who prefer a more punchy look for a coastal wedding!

One of the most exciting parts of this job is that each wedding we have the pleasure of photographing is completely unique. Between the venue, the decor and the color palette, it’s always a nice surprise to see how the aesthetic of each event inspires us as photographers. When we arrived at the Gadsden House for Jenna and Logan’s big day, we were ecstatic to find bright and rich colors enticing our cameras as we surveyed the charming venue. We appreciate a clean and classic look, but the vibrant hues of Jenna and Logan’s colorful summer wedding provided a lush cheer that set the tone for the evening, and perfectly complemented this sweet and happy couple.
Jenna and Logan were both raised up North but were eventually drawn to the warm southern sun and the pace of coastal living. After Jenna graduated from College of Charleston, she met Logan while slinging smoothies in Mount Pleasant. Logan became one of her regulars because he can’t resist a good smoothie, nor the opportunity to be greeted by Jenna’s beautiful smile. The two started dating and in the past few years have moved together to Boston, New Orleans and are now settled down in Charleston.
Jenna and Logan held their wedding at the newly restored Gadsden House on the east side of the Charleston peninsula. The florist Petaloso transformed this historic venue into a botanical museum, providing the guests with brilliant arrangements to marvel at. Every arrangement was a work of art, each one intentionally placed throughout the venue, with contrasting hues that enchanted us all. Mandalynn Shwartz of Spellbound Events created four different dining experiences inspired by the shades Camel, Sage, Coral and Maize. Each shade and its accompanying decor and florals produced a unique and sophisticated dining room atmosphere.
Jenna was an effortlessly gorgeous beachside bride. Her spaghetti-strap gown and lace train fell weightlessly on her silhouette as she moseyed around the Gadsden property. Logan looked dapper in his blue suit with a yellow rose fastened to his lapel. The couple said their vows in front of a menagerie of tropically inspired flower arrangements, and then strolled down the aisle with pink and white rose petals raining on their beaming faces.
After the ceremony, the wedding party enjoyed the quaint courtyard of the Gadsden property, hanging out on the chic furnishings provided by The French Eclectic and cooling down with ice cream pops stowed away in a bicycle cart. As the sun set, Jenna and Logan took to the floor for their first dances, and then cut their wedding cake adorned with flowers and Jenna’s parent’s original cake topper. The wedding party spent the rest of the evening dancing, laughing, embracing and basking in all of the love that permeated the venue. Jenna and Logan were glowing with joy as they watched their dream wedding night unfold before their eyes. -Kailee DiMeglio Photography

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another? We met in Charleston, SC, where we were living at the time. I was working in a smoothie shop that Logan would stop in every day before work. Pretty soon he was coming in twice a day. I thought at first he was just really healthy but I eventually got the hint that he was interested when he wrote his phone number on the back of his receipt one day! I thought Jenna was the sweetest girl in the whole wide world. She always greeted me with the kindest smile and she made the best smoothies.

Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship! Our venue has some really gorgeous southern accents, like gas lamps on the porches. We learned that gas lamps and wind wasn’t a good combination when a sudden gust of wind almost caught my veil on fire! Luckily it didn’t and was funny moment to ease the wedding-day jitters we were feeling!

Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning. I think the biggest hurdle during the planning process was just trying to figure out how (or if) COVID would impact our wedding.

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be? Our piece of advice is to make decisions based on what makes you happy. Don’t get too swept up in Instagram or comparing yourselves to other weddings. Choose things & ideas that will make you both happy – that is what makes a wedding timeless!

What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another? The best thing I’ve learned from Logan is patience and enjoying each day. I the best thing I’ve learned from Jenna is how to be more selfless and thoughtful. She is always thinking of and putting others before herself.

What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you? Our ceremony was the most important part of the day, and was something we were excited about all throughout the planning process. We loved our officiant and crafting our vows with her. I thought Logan was going to be the emotional one during the ceremony but it turns out I couldn’t stop crying!

Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day? We used my parents wedding cake topper on our cake, although we had to make some minor crafty adjustments to modernize it (it was very ’80s!). I love that we’ll be able to start this tradition and pass it down to our kids one day.

What is your favorite thing about each other? My favorite thing about Logan is how easy-going and lovable he is. You can’t help but love him when you are around him! He cares so deeply about the people he loves. My favorite thing about Jenna is how organized and prepared she is. She also makes laugh all the time and is always introducing me to new things that I wouldn’t have tried on my own.

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? My favorite part of the planning process was working with our vendors. We had an amazing wedding planner who connected us with the best vendors. We felt so confident with everyone that it took a lot of the stress off of us!

What is the most honest thing you can say about love? There is nothing better than finding “your person”; the person that understands you the most and that you can be your weirdest self with. Love is the person you can’t wait to come home to at the end of the day and who you know will make your life happier.

Photographer: Kailee DiMeglio Photography
Venue: The Gadsden House: Gadsden House
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Spellbound Event/ Mandalynn Schwartz: Spellbound Events

Floral Designer: Petaloso
Dress Boutique: Graces Loves Lace
Dress Designer: Grace Loves Lace
Cake Designer: The Cake Stand: The Cake Stand

Makeup Artist: Cheryl Quinn
Hair Stylist: Lashes and Lace: Lashes and Lace
Mens Formalwear: Generation Tux

Rentals: The French Eclectic
Film Lab: Photovision Prints
Officiant: Rev Kristen Barner: Rev. Kristen Barner
Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings: Palmetto Strings
Reception Entertainment: Charleston Groove Factory: Charleston Groove Factory
Personalized Candles: Candle Fish

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