Who says you can’t have a fairytale wedding with only 10 guests? South Carolina couple Megan and Jamie did just that! With a horse drawn carriage ride, an intimate church ceremony performed by a close family friend, and a live performance of “their song”, these newlyweds couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day to share with their nearest and dearest of family and friends.

Special thanks to Dana Cubbage for capturing all the magical moments so we could share them with you today!

wedding portrait

Megan, 39 & Jamie, 40

Location: Charleston, SC

Wedding Date: May 12, 2016

Number of Guests: 10 

Wedding Cost: $30,000 

Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Patrick Catholic Church

Wedding Reception Location: Zero George Street Hotel / Halls Chophouse

bride portrait

calla lily wedding bouquet

bird's eye view of bride and groom walking up stairs

bride and groom kissing in carriage

brode and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

We both always wanted a small and intimate wedding that we could share with those most important to us.

plaid tie and leather dress shoes

groom adjusting tie

bride's accessories

wedding dress hanging up

white wedding shoes

wedding dress being zipped up

bride putting on earrings

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding? 

Not a single challenge (honestly!). 

bride and groom first look

bride and groom first look

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?  

Not at all, since we just included immediate family.

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them? 

We had no issues at all since everyone respected our wishes for a very small, intimate wedding.

bride waking down outdoor stairs with father

Horse and carriage

bride laughing in horse drawn carriage with her dad

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

I will always treasure the horse and carriage ride over to the church with just my Dad before he gave me away at the ceremony. We were so blessed to have the ceremony presided over by our very close family friend, Father Tony, whom I have known since I was a little girl. He made the ceremony so personal, incredibly special, and one that we will always remember.

groom waiting at the altar

bride and father walking down the aisle

bride and groom at the altar

church wedding ceremony

bride and groom facing each other at the altar

church wedding ceremony

bride and from first kiss

bride and groom hugging at the altar

What were the highlights of the reception? 

The reception was just perfect! We were so fortunate to have a special live performance of “our song”, God Gave Me You, for our first dance.

zero george street hotel

zero george street hotel sign

pouring champagne

father of the bride speech

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding? 

We were truly able to take everything in, fully immerse ourselves in the day, and, as a result, enjoy every single moment from beginning to end. To be able to share that special day with the most important people in our lives truly meant the world to us.

monogrammed wedding cake

bride and groom cutting cake

lifting cake slice

father daughter dance

bride and groom first dance

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding? 

DO IT! Just follow your dreams for your special day and treasure every single moment you get to share with those most important to you.

bride and groom first dance


Wedding Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings

Flowers: Out of the Garden

Cake: Ashley Bakery

Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals

Groom’s Attire: Custom Suit by Coppley / Burberry

Hair + Makeup: Wedding Hair by Charlotte

Men’s Prep: Old South Barber Spa

Horse + Carriage: Palmetto Carriage Works

Wedding Headquarters: Zero George Street Hotel

Ceremony: St. Patrick Catholic Church

After Ceremony Reception: Zero George Street Hotel

Dinner Reception: Halls Chophouse

Entertainment: Philip Claypool