Many couples planning their Lowcountry wedding go back and forth deciding on which Savannah or Charleston wedding venue should host their day. The cities have similarities, but Charleston’s wedding venues have a style all their own. I took a trip with Allison Newton of Allison Event Design to explore Charleston Wedding Venue, Cannon Green. Co-founders and partners Lynn Easton, of Easton Events, and Dean Andrews, of Easton Porter Group, knew that their love of the city should be showcased in a one-of-a-kind wedding and event space.
Cannon Green is a special venue that balances historic architecture with a modern ambiance. It’s a space that can be dressed up for a lively celebration or warmed up for an intimate affair. With three event spaces and an on-site restaurant, your design options are endless. The team took us on a tour of the space and showcased its amenities. Allison and I left so excited to work at Cannon Green in the future. Keep reading to peek inside this beautiful venue and see the design deck Allison created to inspire couples getting married at Cannon Green.
Meet the team at Cannon Green Wedding Venue
Sales managers Meg, Tayla, and Pressley led us through the event spaces and showcased the features this property has.
Share a little about your role at Cannon Green and how you serve the clients:
Our role at Cannon Green as the Sales Managers is to act as your liaison between you/your planner and the venue. We handle all things venue related and as our venue is full service, that means we are your go-to for your event menu, beverages, as well as rentals! We host you for a tasting and will continue as your primary contact through your big day!
What is the relationship like between you and the couple’s wedding planner?
We work hand in hand with our wedding planners to make sure your big day runs smoothly. Here at Cannon Green, we handle the catering, bar, and all things venue related, such as staffing and in-house rentals. Your planner handles any outside vendors and rentals, finalizes your floor plan, and creates your day of timeline. We work with your planner through the entire planning process to make sure everything runs seamlessly until your wedding day send-off.
Can you share a bit about the journey from the consultation process, to booking, to hosting your event at Cannon Green?
We are with our clients through the whole cycle of wedding planning. Once booked, we are their go-to for any questions from them or their planner that may arise and we are there at their tasting and then are the ones getting all of the menu selections in and final details ready to go for their big day.
Meet the planner – Allison Event Design
If you envision your wedding day filled with modern and stylish trends while still paying homage to southern style, Allison Newton is the planner for you. I love watching her designs come to life. As a Savannah transplant, her Northeastern city style compliments the South’s slower-paced vibes. I was excited about our two-hour car drive to Charleston. I learned so many wonderful things about her and her process:
Share a little about your journey planning weddings here in the Lowcountry:
I’m lucky enough to have been in the wedding and events industry for just over 12 years now. I started in Boston but slowly the winter months were just too much to handle – I’ve always been a summer girl. In Savannah, I had the opportunity to open the Perry Lane Hotel and create the catering and events program. As the Director of Catering, I missed the creativity of designing and transforming spaces. I then joined the RMC family designing weddings at Montage Palmetto Bluff. I learned so much during my time there and really loved the balance of creativity/design with logistics. Once I decided to go out on my own at the end of 2021, I have truly loved working with different couples and getting to tell their unique story through their wedding day.
When planning a wedding in Charleston, what is the process like for your Savannah-based company?
It’s very similar to planning any other wedding with most couples being from out of town. We begin with a deep dive discovery call to dream up every single wish or dream. Then we get realistic on how we could make that work. We source our core dream team of vendors that fit the style of our couple. In-person meetings are planned ahead and we capitalize on time that a family can be in town with back-to-back meetings or engagement shoots, hair and makeup trials, menu tastings – you name it, we squeeze it in.
With your full-service planning offerings, what sort of decisions are the couples handing off to you thanks to your expertise?
Our couples really trust us when it comes to the WHO they should be working with for their wedding day. Even with full-service, we love when our couples are involved because they should know what their day is going to look like and we want to ensure it feels like them. But when it comes to our experience, we’ve seen a lot of things that work well and a lot that doesn’t, and most of the time it boils down to the vendor team that is making the day happen. We make sure our clients are working with vendors that are trustworthy, produce quality work and are dependable to be a part of the team on wedding day.
As you enter Cannon Green, you walk through their award-winning restaurant, Wild Common. This beautifully designed space is wonderful for a welcome cocktail as your guests await your ceremony. The stairwell leads to a private dining area that overlooks the courtyard. The stairs are great for portraits on a rainy southern day.
The Garden Room
The Garden Room, centered around the restored, original façade of an 1840s Charleston single house, offers authentic historic local flavor combined with tasteful contemporary design. The house reminded me of strolling along New Orleans. The exposed wood warms up the space for an intimate celebration. This 1,500-square-foot space can accommodate 50 guests.
The Courtyard adjoins the Trolley Room and includes a tranquil garden with reflecting pools and rows of statuesque palmettos. The pergola covered in fragrant jasmine anchors the ceremony space. Every angle of this outdoor venue can be the focal point for an arbor rental or custom seating. Cannon Green does include ceremony chairs in their package. Continue reading to learn more about their offerings.
What is something Cannon Green offers that other Charleston Venues don’t have?
Our courtyard is the most unique part of the property as it is truly a hidden oasis. It is filled with lush greenery and surrounded by reflecting pools and palm trees. This intimate space feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Charleston. The space becomes even more magical once the sun sets and the cafe lights start to glow. While many venues offer outdoor space, none is quite like ours.
The Trolley Room
The Trolley Room is a 3,000 square foot, column-free space that features the original king trusses and reflects the warehouse’s original architecture. This spacious room can host up to 250 guests.
Cannon Green includes premier event rentals in their packages. You can elevate the design with the right florist and custom linens. Their rentals are highlighted in the photos I share in this blog post. Here is a list of what is included:
- Bistro String Lights + Candlelit Lanterns
- Round Banquet TablesWalnut Chiavari Chairs
with Custom Made Cushions
- Custom Wood Portable Bars
- White Garden Ceremony Chairs
for up to 150 Guests
- Lounge Seating
- High Top Cocktail Tables
- Outdoor Heaters
- La Tavola Cream Crinkle
- Cream Linen Napkins
- China Tableware
- Silver flatware
- Crystal Glassware from Schott Zwiesel
The Design Deck
Feeling inspired after our visit, Allison designed this mood board to excite couples considering hosting their wedding day at Cannon Green.
What about this venue gets you excited to design the space?
For me, Cannon Green is the perfect balance of blank space for any creation while still having its own unique charm and history that doesn’t need too much dressing up. I love the mix of indoor and outdoor space, exposed wood with a fun front, which can be modern yet traditional all at the same time.
I would love to do a modern city chic setup in this space. The grand staircase of iron and black trim windows are screaming to host a cosmopolitan vibe. I would love to see crisp clean lines with uniform florals in clear, white or black containers. Vary heights and an abundance of candles. Mixing pillars, tapers and votives that have a deeper tone like hunter green or black. Keeping with the unexpected chic, I would do a really fun hanging floral or drape statement for the space.
What are three vendors you can envision working alongside you in this event space?
To keep everything as local as possible, I’d love to use Curated Events in Charleston with the recent merge has so many wonderful offerings for the tablescape. For florals I would love to work with the talented team at Juniper and Jasmine Designs and if the drape was to be put together correctly with anyone it would have to be Veil Charleston.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of Cannon Green. Check out other venue tours here.