Real Wedding: Shanae and Greg at Historic Rosedale Plantation
Top: Greg, who works in IT for SolutionStart Technologies, and Shanae, a coding specialist in Carolina HealthCare System’s diagnostic radiology department, played host to a fun, family wedding at Historic Rosedale Plantation. Her David’s Bridal lace gown fit like a glove, and she added pearls and her signature pink to the embroidered, floral lace for a feminine look. She wore a cross necklace from her husband-to-be and her own cowboy boots—just to be her. Greg knew that something she wore would be pink, so he bought three pink ties in different shades. “I got lucky and picked the right one.” Bottom: Her favorite moment was seeing the tiny heart-shaped chalkboards placed down the aisle by wedding designer Nekia Miller as a surprise, each with a line from 1 Corinthians. For Greg, it was a butterfly fluttering over the ceremony before finally landing on his dad’s head. The family has always used a butterfly to symbolize his mother, who passed away when he was 19.
When you know, you know. Shanae Draper must have known something because hearing Greg Maxwell’s voice once, she hung up the phone and started creating their wedding playlist. Proof that online dating works, the pair met and fell in love over pancakes; five years later, he slipped his great-grandmother’s ring on her finger.
Combining pink for her and navy for him, Nekia Miller of Posh Affairs designed a color palette that fused pink and ivory flowers with custom navy-and-white striped linens by Creative Solutions, invitations from Wedding Chicks, navy bridesmaids gowns from Torrid, and blue Macy’s ties for the groomsmen. Greg even surprised his bride with a tie that luckily coordinated perfectly with her pink sash.
This one-of-a-kind couple wanted three things for their intimate garden wedding: family, faith, and food. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest, including Shanae’s son, Jersey, and their daughter, Keira, the rose garden was enchanting for their outdoor ceremony and tented reception. A true family event with lawn games, laughter, and lots of kids running around, Miller designed a decadent children’s table with jars of wildflowers, navy bows, and ivory linens with pots of bubbles and crayons, stickers and coloring pages.
Nekia Miller designed the interlocking heart invitations, customizing a Wedding Chicks template with the Maxwells’ palette of pink and navy.
Miller’s vintage trail mix bar was a smashing success.
The elegant chocolate-and-vanilla layered cake by Carolina Cake Artistry.
Servers passed Asian sesame meatball lollipops and spicy codfish umbrellas while guests sipped Sunkist from Mason jars (a childhood treat shared with Shanae’s grandmother) and rosemary lemonade.
Delicacies by Verna specializes in Southern fusion, like the Maxwells’ Caribbean macaroni-and-cheese bar with toppings like jalapeños, tomatoes, and cilantro, with skewered jerk chicken, cinnamon plantains, and summery fruit salad.
Precious flower girls, including the couple’s daughter, Keira, in Target dresses with handmade sashes.
Photographer Jonathan Volk took a full family photo with the newlyweds on top of the balcony to remember everyone who was there.
Party Blooms designed the bride’s fresh and lovely bouquet of patience ivory and Keira pale pink garden roses, white freesia, and bouvardia. Bridesmaids carried nosegays of Cymbeline and Keira garden roses, pale yellow ranunculus, pink luck bouvardia, and white freesia, tied with navy striped ribbon.