Carolina Bride

Lowcountry Loving

Rosie and Sean O’Meara spent a year living a block away from each other in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood, shopping at the same stores, eating at the same restaurants, and waiting at the same subway station, but the two never met—that didn’t happen until three years later. Rosie was working weekends a sports bar that Sean frequented with his friends, and it wasn’t long before the two developed a mutual friend group. After a year of being strictly platonic, Sean and Rosie started dating. “I knew a month in that he was the one,” says Rosie. “I still have an email I sent my mom telling her I’d found him!”

During their four years of dating, the two had always talked about wanting to take a horse and carriage ride through Central Park. Just a few days before Christmas 2011, Sean invited Rosie to dinner and surprised her with a horse and carriage ride to the restaurant. “During the first part of the carriage ride, he gave me a new camera, which is what I wanted for Christmas, so I wasn’t expecting him to propose, too!” says Rosie. But he did. Sean had arranged for the carriage driver to stop by the Bethesda Fountain and take their photo with the new camera. That’s when he dropped to one knee and proposed. “He had the whole thing planned! He had even hidden champagne and flutes in the carriage,” says Rosie.

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Rosie knew that she wanted a traditional Southern soiree, and after learning that the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C., had an opening due to a cancellation, the two decided that it was fate and booked the venue site unseen.

The beauty of the Inn and its grounds, as well as the bridesmaids’ navy and champagne polka dot dresses, spoke to the design of the entire wedding: An oak tree appeared on the invitations as well as the men’s cufflinks, while the polka dots were featured on the table linens at cocktail hour and on the groomsmen’s ties. The affair’s cuisine was also influenced by the Lowcountry locale, as Rosie and Sean chose to serve a three-course dinner that included she-crab soup and scallops.

“Having everyone you love in the same room doesn’t happen many times,” says Rosie. “It’s something to enjoy.”

Featured Vendors


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Savannah Custom Cakes, cake

Sue Burden, flowers

Enzoani, gown

Kate Spade, bridesmaids' dresses

Ralph Lauren, tuxedo

The White Gown, veil

Salon 1050e, hair

Lilia Price, makeup

The Lettered Olive, stationery

Ben Fagan, ceremony music

Charleston Groove Factory, reception entertainment

The Beautiful Mess, photography

Lifestage Films, cinematography

Dr. John Miller, clergy

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, venue