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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