LOVE | Jessica and Christopher

The reason we started Porch was an extremely personal pursuit of finding a more authentic life. To do better to our bodies, to be nicer to others and to depend less on the physical things around us. This pursuit transfers to every part of life - including weddings. When photographer Nikki sent us over this wedding and discussed how the bride's family supplied most of the seafood (caught by family members) and tomato pies made from scratch, we were instantly smitten. A wedding day with such a beautiful and authentic fingerprint of family and hard work....we knew we had to share it with the world. 

With an intimate guest list and plans for a brunch reception, Jessica & Christopher's wedding day became exactly what they envisioned: an opportunity to celebrate the start of their family legacy with those they love most. The setting was perfect at Berkeley Plantation, overlooking the James River. Shrimp and scallops were served to guests fresh from their family's boat in the gulf, and, of course, the mimosas were endless! - Photographer, Nikki Santerre

From the sweet bride, Jessica:

Chris and I first met in college during our last semester of junior year. The first summer that we began dating, I took an internship in Charleston, SC and spent the summer protecting and relocating sea turtle nests on local beaches. Chris came to visit me every opportunity that he had, and we ended up spending much of the summer together, exploring Charleston and the surrounding islands. We fell in love with the slow pace of life, friendly disposition of the people and the beautiful Lowcountry views. The week after we graduated, we packed our bags and moved to Charleston, where we have been ever since.

When we began planning the wedding, we wanted to make sure that the day reflected who we are as a couple and gave us the chance to share things that we enjoy doing together with the people that we love. We made sure to use fresh, local seafood (some of which family members caught themselves), we brewed a special wedding batch of beer to serve, we cooked tomato pies from scratch, we used potted plants for some of the floral decorations, and we even built little flower boxes for the table centerpieces. These details definitely took extra time and effort, but we had a blast making and baking it all while spending time together. Everything we crafted for the wedding was truly made to be shared – with love. One of my favorite things about the wedding was how the venue grounds and gardens perfectly captured the relaxed feeling and natural beauty of the plantation, providing a beautiful backdrop for friends and family to relax, share stories and eat good food.

Photography: Nikki Santerre | Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Saunders | Venue: Berkeley Plantation | Bridesmaids Gowns: Show Me Your MuMu AND Lulu's | Cake: Carrot Tree Kitchens | Paper: Basic Invite | Bridal Shop: Weddington Way | Florist: Jeff's Flowers | Suits: The Black Tux