Claire + Dylan’s Island House Fun-Filled Fête

Claire and Dylan’s fabulous and fun-filled Island House fête was truly a night to remember. This couple was a blast to photograph!

This North Carolina couple met playing a flag football game in college. Claire was first drawn to Dylan for his crazy sense of humor. He proposed is a very charismatic way- during halftime at a basketball game! He was the mascot and sweetly asked her to marry him in costume during the halftime game. Claire and Dylan are proud puppy parents to Koda, who they were adamant about including in the wedding festivities and photographs as much as possible. The most important part of the day to the couple is the fact that they were writing their own vows. This added such a sweetly intimate aspect to the day that the bride and groom will treasure for a lifetime.

The day started off with both parties getting ready, thanks to Lashes and Lace for assisting the bridal party. Claire was a vision in her dress from Bridal Elegance in Richmond, Virginia. The theme of the wedding is rustic yellow and blue, so the boutonnieres were comprised of black-eyed suzie blooms and baby’s breath. Local Roots was able to cater to the theme seamlessly with sunflower and baby’s breath bouquets for the bridal party. The bridesmaids donned trendy navy blue mismatched dresses. The Island House was such a special venue for this wedding at this time of year because we were able to get some great shots in a nearby field of blooming flowers. The vows that the bride and groom wrote for each other were absolutely  beautiful. This really made the ceremony much more meaningful. The reception was a blast with these playful newlyweds. Hamby’s catered some great food, and Lee Edwards provided the entertainment. All of the guests had so much fun dancing and cheers-ing the night away at this memorable fête.

A special thanks to Katie Jean Events for day of coordination, Event Haus for the rentals, and Mist-All for the outdoor cooling.

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Candice + Christopher’s Patriot’s Point Party

Candice and Christopher’s wedding goal was to make this event a grand party that would be enjoyable for both of them and their guests at the Pavilion at Patriots Point.

These two met in a very unlikely way- on the Long Island Railroad on the way back from a night out in New York City. These two strangers did not stay strangers for long. Despite meeting in New York, the two were ultimately drawn to Charleston (aren’t we all?) to start their life together. Christopher proposed to Candice in front of the Pineapple Fountain in typical Charlestonian fashion. These two love the beach and spending ample time with their puppy. The couple really wanted to celebrate their union and the joining of two families without really getting wrapped up in the details, but most of all, for their guests to have fun at the party!

Candie was a vision in her Maggie Sottero wedding dress from Village Bridal in Babylon, New York. It looked absolutely gorgeous on her with the detailed neckline and low back. Her bridesmaids donned lovely matching navy blue bridesmaid dresses. Her color scheme for the day was navy and peach with pops of gold and silver accents. This was brought out beautifully through her tasteful use of peach florals by Purple Magnolia. Candice’s bridal bouquet had medallions of deceased family members to commemorate those who were unable to be at this very special day. Candice and Christopher opted for cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Honey’s Baking did a fabulous job with the different flavored cupcakes. A unique element of this wedding was a Polaroid Guestbook. This retro touch was so sweet because the bride and groom are able to have a keepsake of their day with photographs of their guests along with their well wishes on the back of the Polaroid. The ceremony featured a sand mixing ceremony which was beautifully done with mason jars and will create a great little keepsake for years to come. The reception was a giant party with a lot of fun and dancing. The Pavillon at Patriots Point made a great backdrop for this under the tent.  All of the rentals were provided by Snyder. The party was catered by Relish Catering Company. At the end of the night, the newlyweds were sent off under a tunnel of sparklers. Candice and Christopher were swept away in a historic Charleston Trolley.

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Adrienne + Drew’s Elegant Black Tie Wedding

Adrienne and Drew decided to tie the knot in Historic Downtown Charleston in one of the most centrally located event venues… The Francis Marion Hotel. This elegant black tie event was one of epic proportions. This wedding was very reminiscent of everything classic about the Charleston social scene. Every last detail was thought of and noteworthy. This night was one for the books.

Adrienne and her bridesmaids got ready with the help of Lashes in Lace in one of the hotel suites. Their matching silk robes were a nice elegant touch to start out the day. The color scheme was very upbeat, mostly focusing on purple with gold accents with pops of bright yellow, pink, and green in the florals. After everyone had finished getting ready, the bride excitedly headed to Marion Square for the first look. Her husband-to-be was waiting for her and they had an emotional first look. Soon after some pictures were taken, the couple headed down to the church for the ceremony. The alter was flanked with beautiful floral arrangements by JW Weddings .   After Adrienne and Drew exchanged vows, everyone headed back to the Francis Marion for the reception. The Colonial Ballroom  was absolutely breathtaking.  Amazing work once again by the Sara Cavallon Celebrations and JW Weddings teams. Everything was in shades of purple with gold accents and there were bright flowers all around the ballroom.   Adrienne and Drew got married on the day before 4th of July, so for the send-off, they had guests wave American flags. They were whisked away by a Charleston Bike Taxi. All other transportation was provided by Holy City Transportation.  This incredible event was managed and executed by the talented ladies at Sara Cavallon Celebrations.

A special thanks to Ashley Bakery for providing the cake, Travis Allison Band for the reception entertainment, and Studio R for the invitations.

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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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Blair and Josh’s Fun-Filled Historic Rice Mill Destination Wedding

This fun-loving Georgia bride wanted to place a special emphasis on dancing and laughter at her Charleston destination wedding.

Blair and Josh are highschool sweethearts. They both share a passion for Georgia sports teams and vacationing at the beach. The stunning Charleston beaches definitely played into their decision of pursuing their destination wedding in Charleston, SC. Blair and Josh were adamant about including Josh’s son in their big day, making him their junior groomsman. Another important detail that Blair incorporated into her ceremony was her father’s pocketwatch. He passed away four years ago and she thought that this would be a heartfelt way of honoring him as she walked down the aisle. Blair’s bridesmaids were dressed in a navy blue, while the groomsmen wore gray tuxes. When asked about a theme for her wedding, she explained that with a destination wedding at a venue like this, there does not need to be a theme because the atmosphere speaks for itself.

The day started off with the bride getting ready at the Hilton Garden Inn Waterfront. This location made for some great nautical shots. Her stunning champagne colored dress was custom designed by Corrine of Wedding Angels in Roswell, GA.

Blair did not let a little bit of rain ruin her big day! The drizzle-filled afternoon made for a dramatically lit first look at the Historic Rice Mill. Luckily the rain stopped long enough for an outdoor ceremony on the water at this location. The sound of cellos and violins, courtesy of Palmetto Strings, rang out over the Ashley River as the couple said their I do’s.

Following the ceremony, the guests poured inside for a fabulous cocktail hour. The room was adorned with natural greens and ivory tones. Navy was a great choice for an accent color because it really made the more neutral colors pop. The tasteful florals were done by the bride’s very own aunt, Lynn Barnette.

Cakes by Kasarda created the perfect cake that echoed the classiness of the floral arrangements by adding floral accents to the cake. After the cake was cut, it came time for what Blair was most excited for- the dancing! The entertainment was provided by DJ Mateo of Other Brother Entertainment. Blair and all of her guests danced the night away.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this seamlessly wonderful day! Special thanks to Jessica Cheney of Lowcountry Weddings by Jessica for planning, and Duvall Events for rentals.

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Amy and Kai’s Waterfront Wedding at the Pavilion at Patriots Point

What an amazing day for an outdoor wedding at Pavilion at Patriots Point.  We started the day downtown at the Jasmine House Inn, where Amy and her bridesmaids were getting ready. As always, Lashes and Lace did a beautiful job with hair and makeup and were a pleasure to work with! The waterfront made a great backdrop for this special day.

After the bride and her bridesmaids were dressed, we took a few family portraits and then headed off to Patriots Point for the ceremony and reception.

Amy and Kai wed outside in a romantic ceremony beneath hanging lanterns and in front of the Pavillon’s courtyard maze. Beautiful bouquets from Charleston Flower Market and an aisle adorned in white rose petals helped make the nuptials even more special.

After the ceremony, Rick Dean Photography convened with the newlyweds for a series of waterfront portraits. While we were taking portraits, we were graced with a beautiful sunset over the Cooper River. We couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out!

At the reception, guests celebrated in a venue adorned with thoughtful DIY details courtesy of the very talented bride and her family. We were amazed with the bride’s self-designed wedding invitations, programs, table numbers, and festive signs. The bold navy and green stripes on the dinner menu and colorful accents throughout were a huge hit! Family members added to the fun, handmade festivities by creating fun games for the reception.

We had a blast photographing Amy, Kai, and their guests celebrating alongside the Cooper River. A big thank you to all the vendors who participated in Amy and Kai’s special day!  It was a fun-filled Charleston celebration seamlessly coordinated by Relish Distinctive Catering with rentals from Snyder, cake from Publix Bakery, and music and lighting from Fingersnappin’ Entertainment all helped make for a lovely evening.

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