Chelsea Koontz & Tanner Swayne  | Lowndes Grove

Chelsea Koontz & Tanner Swayne  | Lowndes Grove

A Charleston Winter Wedding Embraces the Season with Sophistication and Glamour

Just a few hours before sunset in mid-winter, Charleston takes on a certain golden glow, unparalleled at any other time of the year. When Chelsea began to envision her winter 2021 wedding to Taylor, she pictured it in this light. “More than anything, I wanted that spectacular lighting incorporated into our Big Day,” she says.

It was the perfect ambiance for their sweet love story, which started in high school and reignited eight years later when they ran into each other by chance. So while the couple got married “under the stars” on the vaulted ceiling of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, their sit-down dinner reception at Lowndes Grove took place at the golden hour, when the waterfront (and the bride) was radiant.

Simple string lights, a gold chandelier above the dance floor, and white tablecloths with a shiny, sheer speckled texture—everything about the evening sparkled. Elegant touches of black and marble accents infused the setting with modern glamour. Charleston’s sunset glow worked its magic, but it was the radiant faces of the happy couple that really made the event shine.  


Planning, design: Hill & Co. Creative
Images: Virgil Bunao
Venue: Lowndes Grove
Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Florals: Stephanie Gibbs Events
Stationery, calligraphy, signage: SAS-E Ink Paper & Press
Rentals: Ooh! Events
Draping: The Social Spool
Linens: Nüage Designs
Bride’s attire: custom design by Jodi Moylan, White on Daniel Island
Jewelry: Croghan’s Jewel Box (pearl necklace), David Yurman (earrings), R&R Jewelers (rings)
Beauty: Azure Salon Studios (hair), Stefanie Sudduth (makeup)
Entertainment: Ear for Music (cocktail hour), Atlanta Rhythm & Groove (reception)
Videographer: Adam Siegel

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