By Brandee Dishner | Photography by Kristin Vining Photography
Posted: Monday, Jan. 04, 2010
Read Lindsey & John's engagement story.John Thorne stared intently at the photo in his hands, unable to take his eyes off the girl smiling in the background. The picture was given to him by a friend who wanted to show John the girl he was setting him up with. But instead of being taken with his future date, John pointed to his future bride, Lindsey Regan, and asked, “Who is that?” Although John gave his blind date a chance, he admits that when everyone got together uptown after the date, “Lindsey definitely caught my eye, and I found myself trying to talk to her all night.”
Months later they met again at Alive After Five. As John saw Lindsey through the crowd, he knew he had to talk to her. He boldly asked, “Lindsey, right?” to which she replied, “I can’t believe you remembered my name!” And as the couple shares, there have not been too many days since then that they have spent apart.
While waiting for the engagement ring he selected from Diamonds Direct, John got to work devising an intricately planned scavenger hunt around the city. On a day he believed Lindsey would never expect a proposal, he delivered cards to various spots that were significant to them while dating. Lindsey received her first clue with an envelope that read, “Do not open until 5:45 p.m.!” She waited to open the card, which held a sweet note from John and instructions that sent her to Mimosa Grille. “The cards John wrote were so special as he reminisced on the day we met and memories we shared,” Lindsey says. “It felt like such a fairytale.”
The hunt ended at the couple’s condo where John waited patiently with the final gift. Lindsey entered to find the condo thoughtfully decorated, thanks to a little help from her best friend Sarah. While reading the final note, John surprised her with the stunning ring he helped design. The couple enjoyed the rest of the evening at their favorite restaurant, LaVecchia’s, sitting at the exact table they shared on their first date.
After considering all of their options, John and Lindsey fell in love with the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. Lindsey explains, “We both work downtown and felt a real connection to the area. I love architecture and was drawn to the large, blank space that I could transform into something theatrical.”
Lindsey’s photographer, Kristin Vining, suggested the couple meet with a consultant from Weddings and the City to help them make the most of their budget for the modern yet vintage wedding they desired. “Tiffany from Weddings and the City was so amazing,” Lindsey says. “I showed her my book of ideas, pictures from magazines and things I had collected, and then we quickly got to work. One of our first projects was selecting a delicate, vintage fabric that we used to construct several large panels. It was a beautiful way to add color and create height in the room. And that was just the beginning.”
Lindsey and John were practically professionals when it came to pulling off Platinum Wedding-worthy ideas at half the price. Lindsey had her heart set on a particular gown and found a vintage clutch to match at a designer consignment shop next to the bridal boutique. On a trip to Charleston with John, she found a pair of shoes four times the amount she would ever pay, only to find out they were 75 percent off. She even found her bridesmaids’ dresses for a steal. “I saw the dresses in the store and knew they would be perfect. Months later, they were over half off, so we practically purchased all they had left!”
Lindsey was also resourceful when it came to accessorizing the dresses. She found amazing vintage-inspired jewels for her maids at Forever 21 and surprised them with Steve Madden heels as a gift — also on sale.
On the morning of Sept. 26, 2009, the bride and her bridesmaids enjoyed a catered breakfast from Weddings and the City in their room at Aloft, while putting the finishing touches on their hair and makeup. Once ready, the couple got a sneak peak of each other before the ceremony, to allow Kristin Vining to capture their first few moments alone on their wedding day.
Lindsey and John designed every thoughtful detail of the ceremony from scratch, down to their personalized vows. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, Lindsey walked down the aisle in a silk gown with a sequined belt and clutching a bouquet of roses and feathers. With her groom at the end of the aisle in a black tux and bow tie, they could have passed for a vintage Hollywood couple.
For the cocktail hour, the ceremony space was transformed into a vintage wonderland with the help of planners Classic Party Rentals and Connie Duglin. White balloons and tall centerpieces full of white carnations arranged by The Place for Flowers drew attention to the high ceilings. Thoughtful uplighting created a warm glow, and the rose-pink fabric panels from the ceremony lent an intimate feeling to the open space.
Keeping with the theme of a personalized and glamorous wedding without the over-the-top cost, Lindsey and John put their creative touch on several elements of the reception. With molding they found on sale, John designed a large frame to showcase their engagement photos. Near the photos stood a cookies-and-milk station as a nod to the couple’s bedtime snack routine. Lindsey also purchased hundreds of champagne glasses on sale and turned them into towering centerpieces paired with votive candles and feathers.
Lindsey says, “Our whole wedding was do-it-yourself, from the frame and aisle decorations to the centerpieces and bridesmaids’ bouquets. That’s what made it so fun. I loved adding those personal touches that meant so much to John and me.” John adds, “It was fun to see our friends and family enjoy the day we worked so hard to plan.” But the couple agrees, the most memorable moment was the first time they saw each other. “That feeling was indescribable,” Lindsey says, “something we will never forget.”Featured vendorsAttire
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