Wedding Stories: Elizabeth & Brooks Stamper
Photographs courtesy Gayle Brooker, Charleston, S.C.
One of Elizabeth’s best bits of wedding advice is one she knows from personal experience: “Don’t harp on the nitty-gritty if something goes wrong,” she says. For her and husband-to-be Brooks’ wedding weekend, that something was the weather. During the rehearsal dinner, a tornado warning went into effect; during the outdoor wedding ceremony, rain began to fall. When it came time for the couple’s final exit, the battery in the farm’s getaway truck died. But thanks to a talented team of vendors and a willing-to-pivot mindset, those wrinkles went away, leaving plenty of time to celebrate. Ensuring their friends and family were comfortable and well-fed and the venue “felt like celebrating at home with loved ones” was important to Elizabeth and Brooks, who met at the University of Georgia. Getting married at North Corner Haven was the natural choice, as Elizabeth’s family founded the 600-acre working farm and events venue in 1972. “We wanted to bridge the gap between a formal wedding and casual atmosphere where everyone could let loose and enjoy,” Elizabeth says. Party poppers and paper crowns — something Elizabeth’s family has on hand at holidays — made the event feel familiar and fun, along with custom bandanas and family recipes served during cocktail hour (her mom’s mini tomato pies and the farm’s jalapeno cheddar sausage). “The rain was the party guest we didn’t know we needed!” Elizabeth says. “It got everyone smiling and laughing, and I think that energy carried through the whole night.”
Photographer | Gayle Brooker, Charleston, S.C.
Videographer | Hart to Heart Media
Venue | North Corner Haven
Planner | North Corner Haven, Fete and Function, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Floral Design | Proper Flower
Dress | Anne Barge, Hayden Olivia Bridal
Styling Services | Lesley Brickman, The One Gown, Los Angeles, Calif.
Bridesmaids Dresses | Sachin & Babi
Hair & Makeup | Colette Renee Laplante & Cali Stott Artistry
Caterer | Best Impressions Caterers
Cake | For Goodness Cakes
Music | The Atlanta Showstoppers and Nelson String Quartet
Rentals | Party Reflections, Curated Events Charlotte, PR Design Styled Collection
Linens | Party Reflections, Party Tables, Stradley Davidson, Charleston, S.C.
Tent Drapery | Party Tables
Lighting & AV | FireFly Productions
Stationery | Arzberger Stationers, Bonnie Clark Calligraphy