Real Wedding: Beth & Will
December 29, 2012: The William Aiken House, Charleston, SC
The bride chose longer dresses for adult bridesmaids and a matching shorter style for younger bridesmaids, including her niece and new stepdaughter, and a matching lace dress for a special friend from Italy.
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Planning her wedding in just three months, tiny bride Beth Salzberg tried on dresses from New York to North Carolina, before happening upon a Lazaro sample at J. Majors that fit her like it was made for her: a lace bodice and fitted satin mermaid skirt with a jeweled platinum sash. She added a custom veil made from her sister’s wedding veil and sewed a tiny monogrammed piece of her mother’s gown inside her dress. Beth “took my breath away,” Will Ewing Johns III says of his bride. Their friend, Pastor David Jordan, officiated and spoke about their journey together, and the two families joined together with a reading from the Book of Ruth to symbolize their union. Following the ceremony, guests escaped the cold for champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres.
Beth’s wedding colors, classic wintry white and platinum, sparkled on this nearly New Year’s celebration, with silver lanterns and white flowers, giant hydrangea wreaths, and silver epergnes with white votives. The cake was perched on a silver stand with a silver sash to match her dress and cameo lace frosting. While Patrick Properties wowed guests with their sumptuous menu, Beth’s new son and daughter bowled everyone over with heartfelt speeches, bringing them all to tears. Later, the pair glided onto the dance floor to Billie Holiday’s “All of Me,” played by the Groovetown Band, before Will surprised his new wife with a vintage car ride through Charleston.