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Garden Roses Abounded at This Traditional Wedding in Charleston

By Alexandra Macon

Nurse Lizzie Hagood and urologist Mark Currin worked at hospitals across the street from one another and had several mutual friends, yet never managed to actually cross paths until they met on “It turned out Mark knew one of my childhood Charleston friends, so I reached out to get the 411 and she said go for it,” remembers Lizzie. “For our first date he invited me to meet him at a popular Charleston art gallery followed by drinks and sushi. Turns out Match did a pretty good job!”

Two years later, the couple had set up a date night at one of their favorite Italian restaurants when they met up and took a stroll beforehand. “Truth be told, Mark had a hard time keeping his cool—shaking hands, awkward conversation…the works,” she says. “The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee with an iconic Croghan’s ring box in hand. He hadn’t even opened the box before I shouted, ‘YES!’”

Once engaged, the couple decided to tie the knot in Charleston, the bride’s hometown. “I knew right away that Hibernian Hall would be the perfect fit for our reception,” she says. “My debutante party was held at Hibernian and my sister also had her wedding reception there. Not to mention, it was walking distance from our church and we were able to process with our guests and the horn section of our band following the ceremony.”

The bride and her mother decided to take wedding planning duties into their own hands, but for help with the decor, they hired bridesmaid and florist Andraya Northrup of Flora. She ended up using classic, feminine flowers like Prince Jardinier and white O’Hara garden roses, white ranunculus, and magnolia leaves to capture the elegant, Southern look the couple was hoping to evoke on their wedding day.

For her wedding dress, Lizzie knew she wanted something equally sophisticated and timeless. She luckily found her dress, a Romona Keveza’s silk boat neck gown, at her very first appointment. “I remember thinking it was the one while it was still on the hanger,” she says. “Once I tried it on, I was sure, and my grandmother’s approval sealed the deal.” She accessorized with diamond and pearl jewelry. Meanwhile the groom and his groomsmen all wore shawl collar tuxedos, while bridesmaids donned a full length chiffon dress by Monique Lhuillier.

The day of the ceremony, the bride and her father walked down the aisle behind a Scottish bagpiper playing “Highland Cathedral.” The couple had a traditional Anglican service, and many members of their families contributed to the ceremony as attendants, or through songs and readings. “One of my favorite moments during the ceremony was when my cousins and uncle sang “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” after our vows,” Lizzie remembers.

A reception with lots of Southern food stations and a four-tier cake with pink garden and spray roses followed. The couple chose “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green for their first dance and were later joined by guests all night, who were entertained by the band, Black and Blue Experience. As for the bride’s favorite moment of the evening? “It was pretty amazing when Mark got up on stage and serenaded me with the band,” she explains. “But most of all, we really loved getting down on the dance floor with all of our people!” Once it was time to call it a night, the couple were showered in rose petals as they rode away in a vintage, red Cadillac convertible, ready to start the rest of their lives together.