June 26th, 2013 1 Comment

an elegant southern wedding: kaminer haislip to matthew quinn, charleston, south carolina

A few months ago I introduced you to silversmith Kaminer Haislip. (read the full post here) She designs the most beautiful pieces so it’s no surprise that her wedding was elegant and sophisticated too. Kaminer and her husband, Matthew were married in the month of September in Charleston, South Carolina, so a color palette of gray, orange, creamy whites and blues was just perfect. (see our color palette this week that we introduced on Monday for your color guide) They were married at First Scots Presbyterian Church and held their reception at the William Aiken House in downtown Charleston.  Her flowers were mostly orange orchids and lilies for the bridesmaids bouquets and venue flowers while she kept her bouquet white. Potted orchids were used for reception decor for a more sustainable alternative. (what a great idea!) But what I love about this wedding is that Kaminer not only made her groom and his groomsmen’s gifts of handmade cufflinks and her bridesmaids’ earrings but she designed her own cake stands. Wait till you see these! -Lynn Butler Belingkaminer haislip and matthew.001

Kaminer’s dress was designed by Jenny Packman. Leigh Magar of Magar Hatworks reworked Kaminer’s grandmother’s headpiece into something more contemporary for her. Matthew’s attire as well as the groomsmen’s attire was from Grady Ervin.

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Kaminer designed and made Matthew’s 14K white gold cufflinks as a wedding present. The groomsmen’s cufflinks, which Kaminer also designed, were made of sterling silver and displayed their initials.

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Kaminer and Matthew exchanging their vows at First Scots Presbyterian Church.

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The bridesmaids all wore gray chiffon dresses by Katherine Mullins McDonald of LulaKate.  Keeping with the color palette, they carried orange floral bouquets.

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The couple’s programs also stayed within the color palette. They were cream and gray, from Dulles Designs.

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Kaminer and Matthew leaving the church as a happily married couple.

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Kaminer’s Maid of Honor, her cousin Anne and Matthew’s Best Man, his brother Sean after the ceremony. The groomsmen all wore orange boutonnieres and tails for the 7Pm wedding.

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At the reception guests sipped on champagne with orange orchids. Planning your wedding can be less stressful when you already have a color palette in mind- it narrows down all those choices. Deciding on details like this beverage can then become fun.

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Lounge seating surrounded the dance floor and featured orange orchids, mirrored tabletops and gray velvet sofas with orange and soft blue pillows to create a cozy yet social atmosphere. Kaminer hired Heather Barrie of Gathering Floral and Event Design to execute her wedding vision.

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The venue had special meaning to the couple since William Aiken was Kaminer’s great, great, great uncle and it’s where they had their first official date. Gray fabric panels were hung from the high ceilings and a large round drum chandelier hung in the center of the dance floor.

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Kaminer designed her stunning wedding cake stands that displayed their three cakes for their 325 guests. Jim Smeal was her cake baker. (A fun note is that he made Reese Witherspoon’s wedding cake. I also had the pleasure of working with Jim when I did a cake feature on his wedding cakes for InStyle Weddings magazine.)

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You can commission Kaminer to design something for you, like cake stands, cufflinks or she has earrings available like the ones she gave her bridesmaids (below) on her site for you to purchase as gifts as well. (Be sure to browse her entire site though for some beautiful registry items like her coffee and tea pots.)

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Kaminer credits being really well organized and thinking ahead to alleviate a lot of wedding day stress. She also hired wedding planner Kristen Newman who was intrical in the step by step planning of their wedding.

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“Leaving the reception and waving to everyone from the balcony of the house was very memorable, because we could see all of our friends and family gathered below that were there to support us.  It really left a lasting impression that we have so many wonderful people in our lives!”- Kaminer Haislip

All photographs are by Paul Cheney and Jason Kaumeyer of JWKPEC. ( If you pin an image please give proper credit to the photographer, couple or vendor. Thank you! I appreciate it.)