A vegan wedding in South Carolina
04 May 2021
Lindsay Rubin and Gabriel Carvalho held a wedding that stayed true to their ethics at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing in Charleston
Photography: Catherine Hurt Photography
How was (if at all) your wedding affected by Covid-19?
We didn’t have to postpone or change our wedding – we married in March 2021 and, while masks had to be worn we also made sure there was plenty of outdoors space to ensure all our guests would feel comfortable.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
The color scheme was blush, gold, white and pink with greenery and florals. Since Gabe and I are both vegans, we were excited to have all aspects of our wedding match up with our ethics! For food, we offered passed appetizers and three main stations courses for dinner. The appetizers included a buffalo tempura cauliflower with compressed celery, a white bean meatball with marinara and micro basil, cantaloupe kombucha gazpacho soup shot and herbed cheese crostini and South Carolina apricot jam. For coffee time, we even offered exclusively plant-based coffee creamers. We also had a late night snack of the most delicious French fries you've ever tasted with a vegan aioli topping! All of the materials used were animal-free. For example, we opted for soft fabrics, velvets and didn't use or wear any silk, feathers or leather.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
Gabe actually found the venue while searching online. We loved it right away because of the mixture of greenery and modern, and the fact that it’s on a state park with lots of space.
Tell us about the dress
I definitely didn’t plan on having a large puffy dress! When I tried on the dress I ended up choosing, I loved it right away. It was delicate on the top and dramatic on the bottom, and it reminded me of my ballet costumes growing up.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
The bridesmaids were my sister Katelyn, my cousin Samantha and two close friends Serena and Emily. They wore matching simple, light pink, spaghetti strap dresses with some silver shimmer to the fabric.
What did Team Groom wear?
Gabe got his suit at a local men’s shop in Charleston called Berlin’s. The groomsmens suits were rented from Generation Tux.
Did you hire a wedding planner?
Yes - Felita from That Spark was a big help in the wedding planning department. We hired her as a ‘partial planner.’
Tell us about your floral arrangements
We had a local florist arrange the flowers with blush, peach, whites and greens. They were gorgeous and completely exceeded our expectations!
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Walking down the aisle was the only point in the day that I felt nervous.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
Gabe and I each wrote our own vows. Without knowing the other was doing the same, we actually both re-wrote our vows the morning before the wedding, wanting to make them as special as possible!
What was your most memorable moment?
All of it was memorable! The dancing stood out as extra special. We had our dancing in a screened in patio so there was plenty of fresh air and it was very welcome fun after a long Covid without dancing!
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
The choices - there were so many things to decide from the colour of napkins, to which couch in the lounge area, to the types of tables. It can get overwhelming!
What was the most important investment for you?
The food! We prioritized a fully vegan menu. It was important for us to find a caterer who could accommodate a vegan menu. And they sure did! I've been vegan for 10 years and Gabe for three. It was so special to us to be able to bring our guests a 100% cruelty-free wedding with such delicious, gourmet food and dessert. Our evening truly represented us, from the vegan food to the spacious, green venue, and we're so happy that it went smoothly and that everyone had a great, safe time, especially as Covid still lingers!
What song did you choose for your first dance?
We chose Warm On A Cold Night by Honne. This sweet song was one I had on a playlist I made for Gabe when we first started dating.
Tell us about your wedding cake
Our wedding cake was a fully vegan vanilla three-tier cake with berry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting made by Sweet Rhi in Charleston.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
When I first started walking, my veil got caught on the concrete as I walked down the aisle and it fell off! But apparently no one noticed since it was right at the start of my walk, and I put the veil back on for our first dance.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Create a master spreadsheet (I used Google Drive) with tabs for each of the areas you’re trying to tackle! Look up a wedding planning timeline online (or buy a planning book), to make sure you hit all of the milestones as you get closer to the big day!
Steal Their Style
Photography: Catherine Hurt Photography
Venue: Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing, Charleston, SC
Dress: Kitty Chen
Hair & Make-up: Siren Beauty
Groom’s outfit: Berlin’s Menswear
Cake: Sweet Rhi
Flowers: Crown of Laurels
Catering: Salthouse Catering
Entertainment: DJ Bryan
Wedding planner: That Spark Events