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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Nicole + Kevin’s Historic Rice Mill Destination Celebration

Kevin and Nicole had such a special celebration at the Historic Rice Mill with the help of family and friends. The two came all the way from Chicago, IL to celebrate such a momentous day at this enchanting venue in the highly coveted Charleston area.

This wedding had some rustic flair! The celadon and blush color palette with gold accents complemented each other well. The first hint of this was in the intricately done invitation suite by Cream Designs. The shimmery celadon envelope reveals a burlap package tied with a twine bow. Once untied, it reveals a gorgeous invitation suite. This was a very unique and memorable touch and set such an elegant tone for the main event!

Once the day of the celebration arrived, the bride to be got ready in the bridal suite with the help of Lashes and Lace; while the groom and his groomsmen took some time to goof around and takes some pictures. Nicole’s bouquet was composed of light pink peonies and ranunculus, but perhaps the most special element is the pictures of her family members who passed away before the big day. This is a great way to feel the presence of those family members while saying the “I do’s.” Followed by all of the fun of getting ready, the bride and groom had a tearful first look. You can tell just how much raw emotion is behind the photographs taken of this first look.

After these two exchanged vows, it came time for the main celebration. The reception was a big hit with the wedding guests. Keeping with the celadon and blush color pallette, the tables were set with celadon cloth napkins. The centerpieces were sweet little mason jars tied off with burlap lace and filled with baby’s breath cut florals from Annabella Florals. This tied together the feeling of the rustic-chic atmosphere. The expertly crafted cake from DeClare Cakes not only looked good, but was delicious too. The guests had so much fun dancing the night away and celebrating the union of two families. A special thanks goes out to Darby Events for the entertainment, and Good Food Catering for the delicious food.

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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.

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Lauren + Maxwell’s Preppy Casual Wedding

This preppy casual affair is complete with Bermuda shorts and bowties- all which ties together the kelly green and white color scheme the couple has chosen. The bride and groom chose this theme because it describes their personalities and their goal for the wedding is for their guests to have a fun and memorable night.

Lauren and Maxwell made Charleston their destination! Lauren is the assistant Vice President at an insurance company in Atlanta.  Maxwell is an industrial engineer, but his current occupation is as a stay-at-home dad to their son Dean. Lauren and Maxwell met at their local watering hole after a wine festival. They became fast friends and this eventually grew into something more. Before they knew it, Maxwell was proposing to her in her hometown of Port Jefferson Harbor, NY. The two love birds enjoy staying active together. Bike riding, cooking, playing sports, and boating are just a few of the things that the share a passion for.

This event took place at Seaside Point at Wild Dunes. This added to the very southern preppy feeling to it. The event was casual, but still very well put together and executed. Lauren’s beautifully stark white David’s Bridal gown was stunning and fit the theme perfectly. Lauren and Maxwell opted for a first look and it was so sweet, these two are head over heels for each other! Their I-do’s took place with a clear view of the Atlantic. This was a great location because it was at the beach, but not in the sand. It was nice to give off the beach vibe without having to worry about getting sandy. The couple did get some great shots on the beach at sunset. Back at the reception, there were preppy touches everywhere. Custom sunglasses, gift bags with pineapple stickers, King of Pops ice pops, and the list goes on! All of the guests had a blast dancing to DJ Alan Brown, and being united as one big, happy, family. At the end of the night, Lauren and Maxwell were sent off with colorful glow sticks. This also made for some great shots.

This was a fantastic night. Weddings can sometimes feel very prim and proper, but this is an example of one that was all about classy comfort. A special thanks to Jennifer fox at JW Weddings for the coordination, Justin Wham of JW Weddings for the decor and florals, Harris Teeter Isle of Palms for all of the baked goods, and Kacie Faulling of Lashes and Lace for hair and makeup.

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Nancy + Haniel’s Harbor Side Wedding

This destination harbor side wedding was one of culture and class. Nancy and Haniel are from Atlanta, Georgia, but originally hail from Kenya. This made for a great guest turn out from family and friends from overseas. The great Kenyan culture was palpable in the air and made this wedding ceremony and reception really special!

The Charleston Harbor and Resort and Marina made a delightful backdrop for these noteworthy nuptials. The couple passionately exchanged their vows on the pier amid the stunning views of the Charleston harbor. What a romantic sight to behold! The bridesmaids donned flattering pink colored dresses. A memorable moment was when the family sang some traditional Kenyan songs during the ceremony. This was a great touch that surely reminded the bride and groom of their home country. All of these great moments were captured by Surrender Films videography.  

The reception was at the same location, but inside of the resort. There was still an amazing view of the harbor and bridge from the reception area. The color pallette for this event was mostly pink and white, but bright blue accents were added to emulate the feeling of the water in the harbor. The reception space was elegantly decorated with blush and cream florals by Loluma. This also tied in with the sweet cake by Cakes by Kasarda. The couple and their guests were having a ball while dancing the night away… just look how happy they are in these pictures! This day truly emulated the great love that the couple feels for one another. 

This harbor side day was one to remember. Thank you to Snyder for the rentals, DJ Moo-Moo for the entertainment, Two Beautiful Hands of Atlanta for the hair and makeup, and finally to Kayla Turpin of MOD Events Charleston for the day of coordination.

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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. 

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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.

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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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