The air, that just one day prior had been clinging to the 80-plus-degree South Carolina mugginess, was now chilled and blanketed by a soft gray overcast sky—thankfully absent of precipitation. Unfamiliar to Coloradans, the abundant March foliage unapologetically flaunted its bright green hue to visitors of the Magnolia Plantation.
Jesse was clearly unable to forego her genuinely considerate attitude, even on her wedding day. She was repeatedly heard (and gently reprimanded for) asking what she could do to help everyone else—friends, family, vendors, and even complete strangers. Her intriguingly brown eyes were unafraid of expressing the gamut of emotions that come with a wedding day. From the glistening of extreme happiness, to the fierceness of sass, and the mist of sorrow for pain felt by friends and family, they told a story unjustified by words.
As with his daily life, Patrick’s participation in the first look embrace was anything but halfhearted. As he awaited his bride’s green-light shoulder touch, his Chucks danced—to simultaneously soothe the butterflies in his stomach and boost his body temperature—atop the red wooden bridge stretched over the property’s schoolhouse pond. Having spent the better first-half of the day with his testosterone-wielding pals at the pampering Old South Barber Spa, he rightfully had no apprehension about face-smooshing with Jesse.
Callie Milligan, of Ooh! Events, coordinated the bejesus out of this wedding—a mere 1,700 miles away from the couple. Balancing getting sh*t done and maintaining her sweet-as-pie southern magnetism, this Georgia native responded to questions promptly and cheerily, managed the tight itinerary, allowed vendors the space necessary to rock their gig, and never revealed a single droplet of stress (if it existed), all while magically setting up the venue in a short timeframe.
Matron of Honor and hair design goddess, Kelli Stephenson, of KIS Hair Design, was whipping out jaw-dropping bridesmaid updos full of braids, volume, and ever-lasting curls. Like it wasn’t no thang. Her precision and patience were justifiably commended—even by fellow stylist, Jesse—and her speed was unmatched. Kelli’s generous laughter and contagious smile make sitting in her chair the cherry on top of the treat of receiving a hairstyle from someone who clearly (but modestly) knows what she’s doing. Straight. Up.
To say that Sam Stephenson was on his ministering game is an understatement. His unrelenting commitment to a thoughtful and flawless ceremony was clearly one of the reasons Patrick and Jesse wanted him to travel the distance to officiate their vows and handfasting. Aside from his stellar skills in front of a crowd, Sam’s sensitively scaled thought-provoking conversation and delivery of sarcasm puts him at the top of our referral list for Colorado Springs ministers. On a somewhat unrelated note, one more peg up on the sharply dressed scale, and Sam would’ve outshined the couple.
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Magnolia Plantation was unlike anything we’ve experienced in the wedding venue realm. Its versatility was one of the first noticeable characteristics. It accommodates small weddings in some locations, and large weddings in others. And thanks to the year-round gardens, weddings are eye-pleasing during any season. What we liked about it most, from a photography standpoint, is the ability to find shade. Contrary to popular belief, open and uniform shade is much more ideal than direct sunlight.
The fuchsia, orange, and yellow florals, provided by Out of the Garden, were an eye-opening and refreshing compliment to the intentionally overgrown dark greens of the gardens and the uncommonly gray skies of the day.
Guests arrived on the Ashley River lawn to the soft acoustic sounds of one of three members of Caravan. The trio was playing easy listening gypsy jazz in the Conservatory in time for cocktails.
Had the salmon and beef options of Fresh Foods Market Catering of Charleston been mediocre, its owners’ generosity and friendliness would’ve been a nice-to-have. However, the food was incredibly prepared, full of flavor, and—foreign to wedding vendors—hot, especially considering that they were up against Mother Nature’s single-day wrath of frigid temps.
The couple’s signature drinks—a lavender vanilla champagne and a stout Manhattan—prepared by Squeeze On-Site, were served on the Conservatory’s ornamental deck, and deemed sensational among guests.
Cupcakes Down South provided a sweet and gluten-free ending to the evening with red velvet and vanilla mini cupcakes. Patrick and Jesse cut an enormous cupcake as a couple; no cleanup necessary.
At the end of the night, this gorgeous and elegant Colorado Springs tattooed bride and her picturesquely shaven groom exited the venue in a tunnel of sparklers, ready to take on the world as a unit. We attribute our enjoyment of this wedding to the couple and the people surrounding them. Their family and friends welcomed us with bighearted and open arms. Our sincerest appreciation to everyone we met and congratulations to Patrick and Jesse!