Allison Meredith Hill and Benjamin Lofton Johnston of Charleston, South Carolina, were united in marriage on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at 4:30 in the afternoon on the lawn at Historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston. There, family members and close friends were in attendance. The Reverend Stephen D. Wood of St. Andrews officiated.
Musical selections were provided by Dwight Huthwaite and Jessica Smith. Solo performances included "Song Bird" by Amanda Young Eldridge, a bridesmaid from Athens, Ga.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walker Pratt Hill of Statesboro. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Virginia "Ginny" Hill and the late Walker Pratt "Tiny" Hill Jr. of Statesboro and the late Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Thomas Victor Greene and Claire Hoffman Greene of Savannah. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Samuel Edwin Groover and Willie Olliff Groover Cobb of Statesboro and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walker Pratt Hill Sr. of Thomasville, Ga., and the late Mr. and Mrs. William S. Hoffman of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Greene of Gaffney, South Carolina.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chapman Johnston Jr. of Spartanburg, S.C. He is the grandson of Betty Carter Martin and the late Charles Lofton Martin Jr. of Milledgeville, Ga., and the late Donald Chapman Johnston and Ann Austin Johnston of Dublin, Ga. He is the great-grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Johnston of Sasser, Ga., and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Arthur Austin of Atlanta, Ga., and the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles Lofton Martin of Madison, North Carolina, and Mr. and Mrs. John Rufus Carter of Eden, N.C.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory gown featuring a strapless soft sweetheart neckline, drop waist draped wrap bodice and swirling frothy draped skirt. The A-line ball gown made with asymmetrical tulle layers from 100 percent tissue organza and English net was accompanied by a custom necklace and earrings designed by Kristin Morris, friend of the bride. The bride carried a custom bouquet featuring white anemones, ranunuculus, draping lilac and touches of velvety dusty miller.
Katie Hill, sister of the bride from Nashville, Tennessee, and Jamie Martin, friend of the bride from Charlotte, N.C., served as maids of honor. Bobbi Jo Bennett, friend of the bride from Rincon, Ga., served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Allison Bickett of Charlotte, N.C., Sarah Brewer of Charlotte, Mendi Chappell of Charlotte, Lauren Corder of New York, New York, Sarah Frick of Charleston, S.C., Shannon Makaila of Atlanta, Natalie Nolan of Atlanta, Stacy Smallwood of Charleston and Amanda Eldridge of Athens, Ga.
The bridesmaids wore custom Grecian gowns in steel blue and light grey and carried all white rustic bouquets featuring anemones.
Walker Hill, brother of the bride from Statesboro, Chap Johnston, father of the groom from Spartanburg, S.C., and Chip Johnston, brother of the groom from Charleston, served as the best men. Groomsmen were Tripp Clayton of Charleston, S.C., Tim Crowley of New York, N.Y., Trey Duckett of Gainesville, Florida, Bob Harkins of Columbia, S.C., Gill Harkins of Charleston, S.C., Stokely Holder of Greenville, S.C., Sammy Small of Columbia, S.C., Jason Smallwood of Charleston, S.C., and Matt Spencer of Rock Hill, S.C.
Following the ceremony, the guests were greeted at a sunset hour, where they were able to enjoy an array of hors d'oeuvres and specialty drinks. The reception then began under a grand tent and a beautiful Charleston sky. The guests were entertained by Atlanta Rhythm and Groove from Atlanta.
Event design was done by Ellen Robinson with WED of Charleston, South Carolina and incorporated the bride's vintage modern style and love of all things personal and charming. Edison bulb chandeliers lit the tents where old-fashioned stick candy — her father's favorite — was offered in mercury glass jars, chartreuse taffeta fabric brightened up the clear-top tents, custom burlap pillows with hand-sewn ruffles accented the antique white lounge sets and bulb lighting was strung by the water so that guests could enjoy the balmy fall evening.
The couple honeymooned at Cap Jaluca in Anguilla and will make their home in Charleston, S.C.