Jordan + Andrew’s Romantic Southern Wedding at the Francis Marion

Jordan and Andrew are locals who wanted to capture the spirit of southern romance on their wedding day in a family centered celebration.

Jordan and Andrew’s relationship has definitely been in a long time coming. These two lovebirds grew up just a street apart from each other and inevitably met in sixth grade. Jordan loves to spend her free time on the beach with a good book. Andrew is a police officer who spends his free time on the golf course. The couple loves to explore downtown Charleston together, finding new restaurants and bars along their way. They also love going on spontaneous weekend trips together. Andrew proposed at the iconic Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston. They took a trip there with their family and friends one sunny afternoon, and Jordan’s mom said she wanted a picture of just the two of them in front of the fountain. The couple went up to the fountain to have their picture taken and that is when Andrew got down on one knee and proposed to Jordan… and it was all caught on camera!

For Jordan and Andrew, the most important aspect of their wedding day will be the significance of seamlessly joining two families as one, and then celebrating it. The theme of the day is focused around a romantic southern theme, which is very fitting for the classy Francis Marion Hotel venue that is right in the heart of Charleston. Their wedding colors are various shades of purple, with the bridesmaids dresses being a deep shade of magenta. Jordan got her breath-taking Callie Tein wedding dress at Modern Trousseau. The lace overlay details are simply magnificent. The bride and groom opted for a romantic candle-lit ceremony, which really put this day over the top. Instead of table numbers at the reception, each table had a name of a Charleston area restaurant to classify it. Some table names were Husk, Halls, and even Waffle House. This was a unique touch that was personal to the couple due to their love for southern cuisine. The food at the wedding catered by Francis Marion was a delightful southern medley. This included a strawberry cheesecake and mini pie cups from Ashley Bakery rather than a traditional wedding cake. The entertainment was a live band, courtesy of Charleston Wedding Band, which added to the fun southern atmosphere. As favors, Jordan and Andrew kept with the theme and handed out mini bottles of Firefly Moonshine from a local distillery and some Benne Wafers, which is a Charleston tradition. 

A big thanks to everyone who lent a hand in creating this special day, especially to Snyder for rentals, Shawn Rabideau Events and Design for the planning, Justin Wham for the florals, and Gibson Salon for the hair and makeup.

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Dana + Casey’s Seahawks Inspired Nuptials

These two brides wanted to show their love for one another and for the Seattle Seahawks on this wedding day to remember. Rick Dean was able to capture some great shots of the brides wrapped in a #12 Seahawks flag that represents all Seahawks fans.

Dana and Casey are both Charleston County school teachers. Their love affair blossomed one summer while teaching summer school together. Both women love to entertain- which is what really prompted this fun filled wedding. For their first dance, they have choreographed an elaborate hip-hop dance routine. The guests loved all of the entertainment at the reception provided by D & M Productions. Dana and Casey are avid Seattle Seahawks fans, which is what inspired the color scheme of lime green, navy blue, and stone gray for this momentous wedding day. Both brides also enjoy outdoor activities such as paddle boarding and lounging as the beach. This played into their proposal because Casey took Dana on a romantic scavenger hunt that included all of their favorite things. They went paddle boarding and to lunch downtown at their first date spot before going to the beach where Casey got down on one knee. Little did Casey know that Dana had a ring for her too so they were able to romantically propose to each other.

The venue where the blushing brides will say their vows is lovely The Historic Rice Mill on the Ashley River. It was very important to these two women to honor their fathers who passed away before the wedding day. The bridal bouquet was adorned with a “J” charm symbolizing their fathers’ initials and two separate birthstone charms. Their fathers’ presence would surely be felt as they say their “I-do’s.” Keeping with the theme, the bridesmaids wore classy navy blue dresses. The cutest flower girl ever got all dressed up in a striped lime green dress. Dana’s full lace Mori Lee gown was purchased from Bridals by Jodi. Casey’s dashing outfit is from Express and was customized by Sig Rothschild. A really cool aspect of Casey’s outfit was custom Chuck Taylors in the wedding colors and the wedding date on the side of them. This is such a great personal touch- and one that is a keepsake for long after the wedding day. The exquisite wedding cake by Dolce tied in the wedding theme colors and flowers.

After all of the cake was cut and the dancing was done, Dana and Casey were whisked away in a vintage powder blue Ford. This wedding day was one of Dana and Casey’s wildest dreams. A special thanks goes out to Good Food Catering, Jennifer of JW Weddings as the wedding coordinator, and Justin and Jaqe of JW Weddings for floral and decor!

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Lori + Tim’s DIY Beach Wedding

Lori and Tim are Charleston locals who threw a flawless DIY beach wedding on Sullivan’s Island!

Lori is a student at the Medical University of South Carolina who loves to travel, scuba dive, kayak, and snowboard. Tim works for SCE&G and likes to watch Gamecock football in his free time. The happy couple shares a love for going to the beach, riding bikes, and traveling. How fitting for a wedding on the beach!

Lori and Tim first met at their favorite watering hole one fateful night in 2009. Lori started talking to Tim and asked him if he had a truck to help her move the following day. Tim happily obliged. He was truly her knight in shining armor. After a busy day of moving, Lori wanted to repay Tim with dinner, but being a chivalrous gentleman, Tim wanted to take her out for dinner. Their first date was that very night and the two felt a deep connection from the very beginning.

Fast forward five years and it is time for a proposal. Tim proposed to Lori in a romantic way on her birthday. His brother and sister were in town so everyone partook in a family dinner in downtown Charleston. After dinner, Tim took Lori out onto the back patio of the Mariott where his family was staying. The couple sat in a pair of adirondack chairs in the warm July air, chatting away. Soon after arriving, Tim got down on one knee surrounded up lit up palm trees and rolling fire pits. Lori very excitedly said yes and then the newly engaged couple celebrated with their family for the rest of the night.

Lori and Tim are locals, so they are well aware that Charleston’s best kept secret is the beach.  They opted for a May beach wedding at the Sand Dunes Club in Sullivan’s Island. The weather turned out to be gorgeous on the wedding day, with blue skies and calm waters. The theme of the day was sand dollars and starfish with burlap accents. The adirondack chairs were tied into the theme as cake toppers and actual chairs because they played a part in Tim’s special proposal. The theme colors are Navy blue, off-white, and burlap. The bridesmaids donned exquisite navy blue gowns, while the groomsmen’s were in sand colored suits. The detailed “Emma” dress by Maggie Sottero looked stunning on Lori. There were precious DIY signs displaying sweet beach sayings that lined the beach access of where Lori and Tim would say their I do’s. It is small touches like this that made the day memorable. All of the reception decorations were DIY by Lori and the family. So much time, thought, and preparation went into this day, especially those DIY aspects. The couple and their families began collecting wine bottles and jugs over a year in advance for the reception centerpieces. After the toasts were made and the beach cake from Publix was cut, there was a lot of fun and dancing. The loving newlyweds departed in Tim’s truck after they were sent off by family and friends in a haze of bubbles.

Thank you to everyone who made this day so special, including Danielle of MI Events.

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Amber + Matt’s Kate Spade Meets Nautical Greenville Nuptials

Amber & Matt wanted to marry the Kate Spade theme with nautical to create one cohesively preppy aesthetic. Complete with monograms, anchors, and a lot of pink, the couple truly establishes such a cohesive theme for this Greenville wedding.

Amber and Matthew met through Matthew’s fraternity while the two were attending college at Clemson. Amber works for a nonprofit and loves crafting, shopping, Pinterest, and monograms. Matthew is a computer nerd with a software engineering degree. Amber says Matthew is a man of very few words, so the couple really compliments each other in that respect. Amber and Matthew find common ground and connect in their similar sense of humor. Even though they currently reside in Charleston, Amber and Matt decided to have a Greenville wedding at the Greenville Commerce Club to cater to all of their friends and family in that area. Amber was originally set to wed in Charleston, but due to issues beyond her control, had to re-plan her wedding in a matter of months. She already had Rick Dean Photography as her Charleston wedding photographer, and Rick Dean actually found this new venue for her.

Amber knew exactly what she wanted in her wedding, with the Pinterest boards to prove it! Amber’s wedding goal was for all of her guests to have fun, so the entire day was engineered with that specific goal in mind. Matthew let her take the reigns, requesting only magnetic save the dates and no formal seating. The color scheme was coral, gold, and navy with some sparkle. Matthew’s best man was his father and the rest of the groomsmen were close college friends and fraternity brothers. They wore dashing gray suits with coral ties. Amber wore a wedding dress that was originally strapless, but Jodi White on Daniel Island added a keyhole back from handpicked french lace in ivory. The result was stunning! Amber had her hometown friends as her bridesmaids. They wore coral Kate Spade inspired dresses, complete with pleats and bows. Something unique Amber wanted her bridesmaids to have was bouquets tied together with monogrammed bows. This personal touch added some southern flair and made for some really great shots.

Amber’s only living family member is her mother so she walked Amber down the aisle. The couple lit a memory candle for those family members lost before the wedding day. Another special touch was the mother-daughter dance being to the Carrie Underwood’s “Mama”, because it was her father’s favorite song. It really felt like her father was there with her in that moment. Matthew surprised Amber and signed them up for choreographed dance lessons. This was such a sweet gesture. Frazier of Elite Dance Studio worked wonders. They took a man with two left feet and taught him how to dance like a pro in a matter of days. Amber achieved her goal in having a fun wedding- a DJ from Upstate Entertainment, delicious food stations, and multiple open bars. A really special aspect of this day was the cake creations from Jonathan Caleb Cakes. Amber opted to go with five separate specialty cakes in all different flavors, her favorite being gluten free lemon cake with raspberry mascarpone icing. Each cake was decorated differently, most notably the gold fox cake topper that represented an inside joke between the couple. Amber and Matt lovingly fed each other their first bites of cake off of a giant spoon and fork, that they will later use to decorate their kitchen as a reminder of their wedding day. Amber designed koozies as wedding favors for her guests. There are great because they are so functional and guests are sure to use them often.

This day was filled to the brim with love, laughter, and friends. The Kate Spade meet nautical theme came together so well. Amber was such a fun bride to work with. She leaves us with some words of wisdom. She says her wedding preparations were filled with “lots of struggles”, but was worth it. Amber concludes that “every bride needs a Gary.” (Rick Dean’s awesome assistant who went above and beyond). 

A special thank you to everyone who made this day possible, including Ally from Upstate I Do wedding planning service, Statice Florals, and Palmetto Pout Makeup Artistry.

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Anna + John’s Beach Themed Wild Dunes Wedding

Anna and John chose a destination wedding venue with a predetermined theme- the beach! Wild Dunes Resort is a beachfront destination located on Isle of Palms. This Tennessee couple played up the ocean backdrop by adding beach decorations. Anna set up mason jars with sand, seashells, and blue sea glass. This is such a cute and cost effective DIY. Keeping with the beach theme, the couple went with a tropical fruit and yogurt bar at the reception. Anna and John also served a tremendous amount of seafood- oysters, lobster, and crab galore.

Anna wore a stunning white gown with lace overlays and a beaded belt. The details on the dress and in the jewelry were exquisite. Hair and makeup was done by Vanity Salon. Anna’s five bridesmaids were pure sunshine in their yellow dresses. Anna chose to go with more traditional matching bridesmaids dresses. John had six groomsmen who looked dashing in their black tuxes with gold accents. The wedding party looked as classy as ever; despite the sun, sand, and heat.

The outdoor ceremony overlooked the ocean. Anna and John could not have asked for better weather. They were able to exchange vows underneath a pristine blue sky. A special aspect of the ceremony was the talent of a string quartet, thanks to Entertainment Charleston. Children were also very involved in the day, with three ring bearers and two flower girls. Anna’s bridal bouquet contained light pink and light yellow roses with sprigs of green. Belva’s Flower Shop did a great job with the florals throughout the ceremony and the reception space. The location offered a tremendous amount of romantic photo opportunities both on the beach and on a secluded path under some island greenery.

The reception was held at the Wild Dunes Grand Pavilion.  The get-together was very kid friendly and family oriented. The live band, Town, was playing, which added to the fun vibe of the night. The wedding cake from Cakes by Kasarda was simple, yet elegant by coordinating the floral design on the cake with the real flowers from throughout the day. Charleston famous pralines decorated with chocolate ganache and white icing acted as wedding favors. What a sweet touch from River Street Sweets. This definitely tied in a taste of historic downtown Charleston. The bride and groom exited the venue under a tunnel of sparklers and hopped into a golf cart to begin their honeymoon!

Anna and John maintained the perfect balance of formal and fun for their beachside wedding. A special thanks goes out to the Day of Coordinator, Amanda, of Southern Chic Events.

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