Once upon a time, a boy met a girl in preschool. The spark was there at an early age and the two began dating in high school. They continued their relationship through college, though the boy attended Wake Forest University and the girl attended Auburn University. Their paths united after college and the two married in Charleston, SC on Feb. 5.
This is the fairytale of Madison Priest of Kennesaw and Sam Smith of Marietta. Madison is the daughter of Christine and Shaun Priest. Sam is the son of Jennifer and Matthew Smith.
The wedding took place in Charleston, a favorite of the couple because of the groom’s connection to the area. Sam’s grandparents, Fetz and Peter Tezza, own a vacation home on Sullivan’s Island, just minutes from Charleston. He spent many summers in the Charleston area and introduced Madison to the charm of the coastal town.
It always helps to have creative genius in the family. Such is the case of the groom’s mother, Jennifer who assisted the bride and her mother, Christine, with wedding details. Together, they designed an exquisite invitation suite setting the tone for this memorable wedding.
THE WEDDING WEEK
The weekend was full of luncheons, dinners and special treats for the bridal party. The attendants stayed at Chapel Lofts, a converted church and rectory, in downtown Charleston.
THE WELCOME DINNER
Jennifer and Matthew Smith hosted the welcome party at Union Station, an historic industrial space offering a blank canvas that was transformed into a perfect party venue.
Enchanting Lowndes Grove, set on the banks of the Ashley River and surrounded by historic water oaks, has marveled visitors for four centuries. Guests at this low country wedding were no exception. The wedding took place overlooking the marsh in a relaxed, yet sophisticated, setting.
After the ceremony, the party moved to the grand lawn in front of the 1786-era home to enjoy a cocktail hour.
The celebration moved inside to a tent situated next to the house.
Sam and Madison's vision for the reception was a great party with an air of sophistication.
Special thanks to @jennamarieweddings for the beautiful photography.
Sally Litchfield has a love for Marietta and storytelling. Sally connected with the community for 20 years through the local paper. She brings that passion to Marietta Talks to capture and share all things Marietta.