Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding

Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings

We see a lot of weddings around here, and, yet, there are plenty that still manage to inspire us (and maybe even make us well up a little!). Ellen and Dylan’s McLeod Plantation wedding did all of that—and more—thanks to their careful attention to every detail and the inventive eye of the JoPhoto photography team.

The couple braved a tropical storm to make their destination wedding dreams come true on this lush historic property. In addition to the Southern charm that infused the day, Ellen and Dylan included details from around the world to make their wedding unique.

Says bride Ellen, “I wanted to represent places that were special to us, so we ordered eucalyptus for Australia (where half of Dylan’s family lives and we traveled), olive for Greece (where I lived for a year), and then all backyard greenery for our homes growing up. My mother grew the ferns and potted plants for the ceremony backdrop.”

Ellen included a nod to her Southern hometown with handmade oyster ornament favors that her mom and sisters created.

From the lovely first look to the heartfelt goodbye from their guests, this entire wedding packs an incredible emotional punch. It’s sure to be one we won’t forget!

Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings

A Detailed Ceremony

“As part of the wedding ceremony, they had multiple friends and family members speak and sing, and Ellen and Dylan wrote their own vows. This was one of the most personalized wedding ceremonies we have experienced.

“Dylan’s family friend, Gary Stanley, officiated. And their readers and singers surprised them with blessings on themes that they picked: Ellen’s mom on love and commitment, his grandmother Betsy on love and family, their friend Mackie on love and community, and their friend Alex on love and giving back.

“Ellen said, “We didn’t know what they’d picked until we were up there!”

“Everyone laughed and cried and enjoyed so many sweet and memorable moments together!”

  • Joe and Kathleen Atkins, photographers

Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings

The Crowning Moment

“After the ceremony during cocktail hour on the back porch of McLeod Plantation, there was a table where guests could make their own floral crowns.

“All of the ladies loved this fun DIY project by Confetti of Charleston, and some of the men even made them, too!”

  • Joe and Kathleen Atkins, photographers

Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings

The Family Banquet

“One of the most important aspects of their wedding that Dylan and Ellen wanted was to spend quality time with their friends and families creating memories of the most important day of their life.

“So, in the spirit of togetherness, all of their guests sat at banquet style tables and Mosaic Catering & Events served the food family style.

“Each table at the reception had a glass oil lamp. Some of Ellen’s fondest memories were with her family sitting by an oil lamp, so she incorporated that into their reception decor.

“After the reception, the oil lamps were gifts for each of her bridesmaids!”

  • Joe and Kathleen Atkins, photographers

Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings
Not only was this a gorgeous Charleston wedding, but it was overflowing with personal and sentimental moments and details throughout the day.
— Jo and Kathleen, photographers
Ellen + Dylan: Beautifully Personalized McLeod Plantation Wedding | Palmetto State Weddings

 
 

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Venue: McLeod Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

Photographer: JoPhoto

DJ: Wedding Music Charleston

Lighting: Lowcountry Entertainment

Event planner: Confetti of Charleston

Catering: Mosaic

 

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