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Bride calls lavish Palmetto Bluff ceremony 'her Cinderella wedding'

Tim Woodland, left, and Charles Goetting of Sperry Tents Southeast based in Charlottesville, Va., adjust the placement of a center pole Friday as they put up a 126-foot-long, 25-foot-high sailcloth tent at Palmetto Bluff. On the lift in the background is lighting technician Greg Eddins. The tent, on the square at Wilson Village, will be used for a lavish wedding scheduled for today.
Tim Woodland, left, and Charles Goetting of Sperry Tents Southeast based in Charlottesville, Va., adjust the placement of a center pole Friday as they put up a 126-foot-long, 25-foot-high sailcloth tent at Palmetto Bluff. On the lift in the background is lighting technician Greg Eddins. The tent, on the square at Wilson Village, will be used for a lavish wedding scheduled for today. Jay Karr/ The Island Packet

Lauren Daniels will arrive at her wedding today in a white pumpkin-shaped carriage.

The Cinderella details won't stop there.

Beneath a Sperry sailcloth tent from Virginia that took more than 24 hours to assemble, Daniels will celebrate her union with David Jarman in the Village Square at Palmetto Bluff.

After her parents, Charlie and Lisa Daniels, originally from Pawling, N.Y., moved to Palmetto Bluff a few years ago, Lauren knew she wanted to be married at the Waterside Chapel that overlooks the May River.

During visits from Charleston, where the 24-year-old works as a nurse at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, she and her mother would catch wedding ceremonies on Saturday nights.

But hers is going to top them all, she said.

"This is a wedding Palmetto Bluff has never seen," Daniels said. "It's triple the size."

All 50 cottages at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff were rented out to house more than 300 guests for the four-day event.

The tables beneath the "fairy-like" tent on teak poles are covered with linen and burlap to echo Palmetto Bluff's natural setting, with live oaks as the centerpiece, Lisa Daniels said.

"Everything is about natural settings, and we wanted to use any elements available to us on the grounds," she said.

"Dancing with the Stars" makeup artist Vanessa Jarman will tend to Lauren and her 10 bridesmaids. Jarman happens to be the sister of the 24-year-old groom, originally of Toronto.

Lauren's Vera Wang dress went through several redesigns to get it just right, with a sweetheart neckline, a 6-foot train with buttons to the bottom and a Swarovski crystal-studded sash.

Lisa Daniels declined to say how much the wedding cost. Charlie is an insurance agent, and Lisa is the founder of Mizzentop Day School in Pawling, she said.

For a taste of back home, family friend Vinny Lamorte of Pawling-based Vinny's Deli and Pasta will make fresh mozzarella with River House chefs.

Heather Hayes, daughter of the late recording artist Isaac Hayes, and a 12-piece band from Atlanta will perform. So will local crooner Jim Davidson.

Her fiancè and her father were just as excited about the details as her mother and New York-based wedding planner Julianne Austin, Lauren said.

When it came to the horse-drawn carriage, she had a choice between a standard one and the carriage she ended up hiring.

"Both my dad and Dave said, 'You have to get the Cinderella one!' "

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