I’m throwing a wedding celebration–and you’re invited!
It started on Sullivan’s Island, just outside of Charleston, SC. I introduced you to my literary family–Marietta Muir (Mamaw) and her granddaughters Carson, Eudora, and Harper. That was the summer of 2013 and my novel The Summer Girls marked the beginning of the Lowcountry Summer series. It’s been a labor of love, four years in the making—with The Summer Wind and The Summer’s End.
I knew their lives would change during that remarkable summer at Sea Breeze, Mamaw’s summer home. I knew the secrets they would reveal…the challenges they would face…the storms they would weather…and the bonds that would be made.
What I didn’t predict was how their lives would eventually lead to — A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING (on sale May 3rd)!
So…we are celebrating the release of this wedding novel in an extra special way! I’m giving one lucky engaged couple the ultimate gift–a FREE dream wedding in Charleston, SC. #WinALowcountryWedding
We’ve provided the venue, the catering, the dress, the flowers and so much more. All you have to do is enter the contest at: maryalicemonroe.com/weddingcontest Entry deadline is May 31st. Finalists will be announced June 13th. And then YOU, the public, will vote on the winning couple!
We could not have offered this fabulous event without all the amazing and generous Charleston wedding vendors who have made this dream wedding prize a reality. They are among the very best in the Charleston wedding industry and are a proud part of what constitutes A Lowcountry Wedding. I am so grateful to them all!
Now imagine this…
It’s your wedding day! Your custom invitations by Studio R are out, RSVP’s are in and the big day begins. You are a bride! You’ll start by having your and your bridesmaids’ hair, makeup, and nails done by Stox & Co and Salon Salon. Then filled with excitement you are off to your dream-filled wedding and reception at the historic plantation, the Legare Waring House. There, you’ll meet your wedding planner, Ashley Rhodes, who will graciously guide you through your special day.
Soon you’ll be glowing wearing your exquisite bridal gown designed by Kate McDonald Bridal, wearing a piece of wedding jewelry by Croghan’s Jewel Box, and carrying an incredible bouquet designed by Wildflowers, Inc. The moment arrives…. Your perfectly selected ceremony music begins to play by Charleston Virtuosi and your bridesmaids look beautiful walking up the aisle in dresses by LulaKate. You take a breath, fix your smile and step forward. Waiting at the altar, your groom, who looks so handsome standing by his groomsmen in attire by Charleston Tuxedo, complete with the coveted, handcrafted feather bow ties by Brackish (worn by Bill Murray to the Oscars). You walk toward him, photographed by Riverland Studios. Joining hands, you face officiant Christy Loftin for your vows.
You’re married! Congratulations! Let the party begin!
Your reception at the Legare Waring House is a dream come true. Everything looks magical in the magnificent plantation house setting with picture-perfect furniture and rental supplies in place by EventWorks. Your guests enjoy food by Charleston favorite Cru Catering and drinks from Squeeze Cocktail & Beverage Catering. The ceremonious toast features “A Lowcountry Wedding” signature cocktail by Firefly Distillery. You and your guests dance to music by DJ Jake B. And, like my character Carson, you will enjoy original wedding cupcakes by Sweet Lulu’s Bakery on Wheels. When at last you are ready for your honeymoon, bid farewell to your guests, toss the bouquet and climb into a luxury vehicle by Carolina Executive Limo to head off to your wedding night at the historic John Rutledge House Inn in the heart of downtown Charleston.
The prize package makes me swoon. If only Markus and I could get married again…
My new novel, A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING, is the fourth in the Lowcountry series (on sale May 3). The book highlights what is a lowcountry wedding. There are the unique venues–the sultry beauty of the seaside wedding ceremony and the charms of the old southern plantation wedding. But also importantly, in Charleston we have the history, traditions, values, and sense of place that adds to the allure for weddings. After all, weddings are a time of protocol, traditions and manners, of bringing family together, of good food and special moments. A time to create memories that endure a lifetime. As Mamaw told her granddaughters in A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING, “Isn’t that what a wedding is all about? The gathering of family. The sharing of stories. The linking of arms. For better or for worse.”
I believe readers will understand why Charleston is the #1 wedding destination in America after reading A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING. And if you need help planning your own Lowcountry wedding, I recommend the Charleston Area Wedding Guide. It’s a free, wonderful resource.
Get caught up in the excitement of wedding season and enjoy!
Mary Alice Monroe