Whitney Thomas always knew she wanted a spring wedding with natural garden beauty, but finding a venue to fit her vision proved to be a challenge. When Whitney and her mother stumbled upon The Duke Mansion while out driving and decided to go in, however, “It was perfect,” says Whitney. “The garden was absolutely gorgeous.”
Whitney was excited to share the find with Michael Shamp, her husband-to-be. And with the help of Carrie Ann Drinnen from Serendipity Events, they brought Whitney’s lush garden vision to life with a vivid color palette and preppy patterns.Shepherd hooks draped with hydrangeas lined the aisles, Mike and Whitney created a “flower box” for the escort cards with each guest’s name on the leaf of a flower, and the table centerpieces were filled with fresh tulips, English roses, and hydrangeas. Cooper, Whitney’s golden retriever, served as the ring bearer and even had his own pink flower collar.
Before the ceremony, Whitney and Mike met for a first look. “Just seeing that look in his eyes when he saw me in my dress and everything was priceless,” recalls Whitney. And after an evening of dinner and dancing, Whitney and Mike drove off in a timeless Rolls Royce and jetted off for a relaxing week in Hawaii. The couple is currently building a house in Indian Land, SC, and is scheduled to move in early 2014, just in time to plant their own spring garden.
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J Major’s Bridal Boutique
Ceremony and Reception Location
The Duke Mansion
Split Second Sound
Hair and Makeup
Lindsey Lee Photography
Classic Party Rentals
Crate and Barrel, Target, registries
Wow Factor Cakes, cake
Stems by Serendipity, Carrie Ann Drinnen
Nitsa’s, gown (Alyne Jules)
Shoes, Kate Spade
Ballantyne Jewelers, rings
Wedding Paper Divas, stationery
Brian Bunn Films, cinematography
Rev. Diana Collins, clergy
Amelie’s and The Sweet Life, dessert bar items
Royal Rides, transportation
CarrieAnn Drinnen, Serendipity Events, wedding design