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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