Alexandra Lynch and Brad Neumann’s May 13 wedding looked like a twinkly, blush-and-gold fairytale. Wedding planner Luke Wilson ensured nothing was overlooked. And everything—including the engineering feat of a cake swing suspended in the tent—went according to plan.
Well, except one thing. “It poured,” says Alexandra.
The outdoor bar, complete with a lounge area and chandelier hanging from a live oak, were moved inside a tent. “We were just so happy that day, we didn’t notice any of the changes,” says Alexandra. “And I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”Alexandra, a registered nurse with Carolinas HealthCare System, and Brad, an accountant with KPMG, had been anticipating this day since their October 2015 engagement on Hilton Head Island.
Both 26, they now live in Charlotte, but when they first met through a mutual friend, they were New Yorkers. Alexandra is from Rotterdam; Brad is from Montgomery.
“I knew on the first date that Brad was perfect for me,” says Alexandra. “He held every door, walked me to my car, and picked up the bill.”
The dated for two years before getting engaged.When it came to wedding planning, Brad followed Alexandra’s lead. “Our wedding day was our day, but it’s really her day,” he says. “I wanted it to be as perfect as possible for her.”
The venue, Lowndes Grove Plantation—which dates back to 1786—was perfect. Alexandra had discovered the idyllic waterfront plantation in downtown Charleston on Pinterest. She was drawn to the historic home’s Southern charm.
Chandeliers were the theme of the wedding. “I was obsessed with chandeliers,” Alexandra says. “We had chandeliers on invitations, cocktail napkins, Snapchat filters, you name it.” Even the wedding cake was designed to look like one.
All Brad wanted? A bourbon and cigar bar. He got his wish—and then some. A raw bar with an “N” ice sculpture as the centerpiece, along with a martini bar with an ice luge added to the fun.
Alexandra’s wedding gown, with a beaded bodice, was both demure and modern. She wanted sleeves and a cathedral veil for their ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston. She switched to a feather-and-flower hairpiece for the reception and took the sleeves and sash off her gown.
As dreamy as the reception was, it’s the ceremony that Alexandra remembers most fondly. “Saying our vows was scary,” she says. “We were afraid of messing up or breaking down at the altar. We even practiced at home, and every time I would cry. This is a huge sacrament in the Catholic faith, and it’s for life.”
As for the weather, the owner of the bridal boutique where Alexandra bought her gown had a prescient bit of wisdom for the couple: If it sprinkles on your wedding day, collect rain water and use it to baptize your children. So on the morning of the big day, Alexandra’s mom set out a bowl on her front porch steps—and everything went according to plan.
Wedding and reception venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation / Wedding planner: Luke Wilson Events / Cake and catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group / Flowers: Branch Design Studio / Hair and Makeup: Lashes and Lace / Gown, veil: Gown Boutique of Charleston / Gown designer: Essence of Australia / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid dresses: J. Major’s Bridal Boutique / Bridesmaid dresses’ designer: Bill Levkoff / Tuxedos: Charleston Tuxedo / Invitations: Studio R / Cinematography: Hart to Heart Media Inc / Music: Grand Central Station from Schenectady, N.Y. (band), E Rock Entertainment from Montgomery, N.Y. (DJ) / Rental providers: Synder Rentals / Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co / Engagement rings, wedding bands: John Marmo Diamonds / Clergy: Jon Tveit, Brad’s cousin and a priest / Rehearsal dinner: Poogan’s Porch / Wedding night hotel: The Vendue