Luxury Garden Wedding | Governor Thomas Bennett House

Luxury Garden Wedding Vision

This editorial luxury garden wedding was planned by Haley Guthrie & Baylye Burnette of We Do! Charleston. We Do! is a newly launched wedding planning company located in Charleston, South Carolina.  They chose The Governor Thomas Bennett House , because it is a historic Charleston property that exemplifies a true Southern old world sophistication. For this reason, this grand house was the perfect backdrop for their branding debut!

We Do! wanted to introduce their brand elements into the day, as a result “WD” monogram motifs were prevalent throughout this luxury garden wedding. Firstly, the “WD” monogram  was used on the wedding invitations. Secondly, it was stamped on the welcome bags for travelling guests. Thirdly, program fans were die cut in the outline of their “WD” monogram. Lastly,  the monogram was also used as a decal on the dance floor.



Brunette Bride with crystal crown Bridal Portraits inside Thomas Bennett House

Wedding Party

The day began with the brides getting their hair and makeup professionally done by Contours and Curls. Once the brides Gown Boutique of Charleston  dresses were zipped, they were crowned with Emma Katzka tiaras. Bridal portraits were then taken inside the home. Notable interior features of the house include the palladian window alcove and a cantilevered staircase in the grand foyer. This type of staircase is one of two found in the entire city of Charleston.

Roadside Blooms crafted unique floral jewelry necklaces and bracelets for the entire bridal party. A bloom-filled pocket square dressed up the groom’s Michael Kors suit from Charleston Tuxedo, while the bridesmaids wore lavender and plum dresses from Bella Bridesmaids.

blue and white wedding invitation, luxury garden wedding ceremony at Governor Thomas Bennett House, bridal bouquet sitting on pillows

Luxury Garden Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony was held in the garden on the back lawn opposing a pineapple fountain. Roadside Blooms created a stunning floral archway sprouting with natural wood textures and pastel blossoms. This served as the ceremony’s backdrop. Most importantly, transparent ghost chairs were used to seamlessly blend the garden into the ceremony.

The exterior of the property had so many enchanting characteristics. For example, there was a large piazza overlooking manicured lawns, a garden full of seasonal plantings, and a 200 year old oak tree! Because of this, there were multiple locations for photos of the newlyweds!

Luxury garden wedding outside reception table scape, bridesmaids toasting champagne in front of champagne tower, close up of place setting

Cocktail Hour On The Patio

The cocktail hour was hosted in the courtyard on the oyster tabby patio. The French Eclectic  furnished the space with plush velvet chairs and a couch. There was also a beautiful handmade bar with marquee letter lights. In addition, to the couple’s signature cosmopolitan cocktail there was an an impressive champagne tower. Various sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres from Thurston Southern Catering were displayed on an antique sideboard. Lastly. Dessert Designs by Gisela not only supplied the wedding cake but other goodies stamped with “We Do” as well.

African American Newlyweds exiting wedding reception to vintage get away car at Governor Thomas Bennett House

Detailed Filled Luxury Garden Wedding Reception & Exit

A white backdrop displayed the seating chart at the entrance of the garden reception. Two handmade farm tables positioned under an adorned arbor were used for dining. Florals covering both the arbor and tables made it look like a wild spring garden. Furthermore,  there were potted plants nestled on top of the table too. At the place setting white embroidered napkins sat under clear glass salad plates which were decorated with rose quartz, flowers, and herb cuttings.  Finally, there were pink wine goblets with calligraphed place cards tied to their stems to mark where guests should sit.

At the end of the reception, Lowcountry Valet provided a 1950 gray Packard as a getaway car.  The rear of , “Bernard”, the car was completed with a hand lettered banner reading “it was always you!” In conclusion, this luxury garden wedding bursting with numerous high end details was straight out of a photographer’s dream!

Click here to see the full gallery of this magnificent day!   


Planning + Coordination | We Do! Charleston | @wedocharleston

Venue | Gov. Thomas Bennett House | @govthomasbennetthouse

Florals | Roadside Blooms | @roadsideblooms

HMUA | Contours and Curls | @contoursandcurls

Caterer | Thurston Southern Catering | @thurstonsoutherncatering

Desserts | Dessert Designs by Gisela | @ddbygisela

Bar Service | Lawler Beverage Co.

Suits | Charleston Tuxedo | @charlestontuxedo

Gowns | Gown Boutique of Charleston | @gownboutiquechs

Bridal Hairpieces | Emma Katzka Bridal | @emmakatzkabridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids | @bellabridesmaids

Stationery | Tiny Shindigs, We Do! [email protected] @wedocharleston

Rentals | Eventworks, We Do! Charleston @eventworksrentals @wedocharleston

Lounge | The French Eclectic | @thefrencheclectic

Linens | La Tavola | @latavolalinen

Marquee Lighting | Alpha-Lit Charleston

Backdrop Panel for Seating Chart  @somethingoodchs


  1. Toni Reale

    Wow thank you for sharing such beautiful images!

    • Leigh Hayward

      It was my honor photographing your gorgeous work!

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