It’s been in the works for awhile now, but we’re excited to finally kick off a new segment! We’re constantly getting inquiries from our Lowcountry brides asking for our guidance in determining their perfect wedding venue. So, for your viewing pleasure, you’ll find that every Friday we’ll be featuring some of our beloved Lowcountry Wedding Venues! We’ll cover our favorites from up and down the South Carolina coastline (Hilton Head, Charleston, Myrtle Beach…you name it!) and they’ll range from beautiful Southern Plantations to historic landmarks and modern hotels to waterfront properties.
To properly get this party started, we’re featuring one of Charleston’s most spectacular, waterfront wedding venues…and boy, is it a stunner! Just over the bridge from Downtown Charleston, you’ll find the breathtaking, Harborside East located at the base of the Ravenel Bridge. This versatile venue boasts over 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor function space with killer views of the Charleston Harbor…not too shabby, eh? It’s the perfect wedding venue for any Charleston bride looking for a chic, refined atmosphere with that signature, laid back lowcountry vibe and a cool, coastal breeze.
The inside is immaculate. Beautiful, dark wood and gorgeous light fixtures.
Image via Lindsey A. Miller
Harborside East offers four waterfront ceremony options with views of the bridge and an on-site bridal room for you and your bridesmaids to prep. Oh, and your guests will be provided 200 on-site parking spaces. Pretty clutch.
I knew we were in for a treat when Charleston wedding photographer Kayla Jones sent over Lindsay + MacCrae’s February wedding. The ceremony took place at the picturesque Isle of Palms Methodist Church (seriously, isn’t it gorgeous?) followed by quite the celebration at Mount Pleasant’s Dunes West. Not only did the adorable couple team up with an impressive team of vendors, their guests we’re ready to have a good time…and Lindsay + MacCrae gave them just that! Did I mention they did a flash style first dance?!? Impressive, eh?
Now that summer has un-officially started, we’ll start seeing loads of beautiful, Lowcountry coastal affairs (and I can’t wait!) While some brides might choose a Hilton Head, beach ceremony, others may opt for a classic, Charleston plantation wedding or a Southern, Myrtle Beach soiree! Regardless of the location, one thing is for certain in the Lowcountry…the temperature will be hot and steamy! So, prep your guests for a wedding they won’t soon forget by adding a few of our favorite Lowcountry must-haves to your wedding day details.
Keep your guests cool during your outdoor ceremony with these fabulously, beachy fans!
Image via Jen Lauren Grant Photographer
Seersucker screams a Lowcountry summer
and we’re loving it’s addition to this ring bearer box!
Image via A Bryan Photo
Having an outdoor fete? Then don’t forget these essentials!
Image via Melissa Schollaert Photography
A little Burlap and Madras for your decor?
Image via Ash Imagery
A little Firefly and Lemonade is the perfect way to quench everyone’s thirst…
Image via Style Me Pretty
Umbrellas not only provide shade but look adorable in ceremony pics
So, I figured, what better way to celebrate our anniversary, then to share our gorgeous Charleston wedding day with images from Jack Whitsitt! The ladies kicked off the day with hair and make up at Elysium Salon before returning to the beautiful Meeting Street Inn to get all dolled up. The bridesmaids wore strapless, knee-length LulaKate dresses in a summery, apple green color. The boys spent the morning at the Francis Marion Hotel where they were dressed in classic, black tuxedos complete with bow ties, while they waited for an Absolutely Charleston trolley to transport them to the Citadel campus for pre-ceremony pics! A bagpiper escorted the bridal party down the aisle at the Summerall Chapel to begin our traditional, Catholic ceremony. After our ‘I do’s', we headed to the historic Hibernian Hall for an amazing evening of celebrating with our friends and family! Cru Catering served a smorgasbord of Lowcountry cuisine including shrimp and grits (which people are still raving about!), the Travis Allison Band kept everyone up and moving all night long, and for a late night snack, Brian treated our guests to McDonald’s double cheeseburgers! If we could do it over again, we would in a heartbeat…easily, the best night of our lives Emma, sorry for the dancing pic – I just had to do it!
You can call me a slacker all you want, but I’m officially throwing in the towel on this week and getting this long, holiday weekend started early! To keep our Lowcountry ladies tied over until we pick back up on Tuesday (yes, I said Tuesday!), we’ve got a fabulous Charleston wedding captured by Mell Bell of Richard Bell Photography to share. Before I even took a peek at the pictures, I read through the list of talented vendors and stunning venues that were involved in this Lowcountry affair and immediately, I knew it would be a wedding worth sharing. Ryan was a graduate of the Citadel (Class of ’05), so the obvious (and meaningful) choice for the ceremony venue was on the grounds of the campus at the historic Summerall Chapel. Following their nuptials, the couple and their guests headed over to the picturesque Creek Club at I’On (one of my favorite Charleston wedding venues!) for a lively evening of celebrating. The guests were treated to quite the spread from Jacob’s Kitchen, while Branch Design Studio wowed them with gorgeous centerpieces and Cupcake provided an array of tasty treats.
It’s no secret we love the gals of Memorable Moments, but what we love even MORE is sharing their gorgeous weddings! They’re a fabulous Lowcountry wedding vendor specializing in event design, planning and coordinating in the Grand Strand, and were the brains behind Cari + David’s vibrant, Myrtle Beach wedding. Scott Smallin Photography was on hand to capture the entire event at the beautiful Ocean Palms Beach House where guests were treated to a sweet, outdoor ceremony overlooking the pool, followed by beach-y, lowcountry cuisine catered Tommy Bahamas. The bridesmaids were dressed in jazzy LulaKate gowns, while Cari looked stunning in a strapless gown from Impressions Bridal. But honestly, my favorite part about this wedding is the AH-mazing flowers from Little Shop of Flowers! The colors and textures are bright and relaxed and couldn’t be more fitting of a Myrtle Beach affair!
How did you meet?
David and I worked together in the operating room at a local hospital. We liked working with one another, constantly talking to each other, which in turn made work more enjoyable. We worked well together as a team and found it easy to get to know one another. Early in 2009, we were both going through some personal issues in each of our lives and confided in each other. Together we got through some pretty tough times and became close friends. I remember working with him one Super bowl Sunday and we ended up staying around talking to each other for hours after we were done working. I think it was then that I realized that he and I had a lot in common. After each of us sorted through what was going on in our lives, we began to spend time together outside of work. We began dating and realized we were a good fit! We shared many of the same beliefs, have many of the same goals, and have so many common interests. I pretty much fell in love with David immediately and knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He is an amazing person and an incredible role model and stepfather.
Tell us your engagement story. (Give us every romantic detail!)
David and I had scheduled vacation time for August 2010 and planned on getting married during that week off. So, I really never expected any “formal” proposal. One day in July 2010, David took me to lunch at a small restaurant in the Hammock Shops in Pawley’s Island. It was a restaurant that he and I had gone to during one of our first dates. He was distracted through lunch, but I really didn’t think anything of it. After lunch, we went to Brookgreen Gardens, one of our favorite spots in Myrtle Beach. We were sitting on a bench in Oak Tree Alley talking and laughing. When I turned around to look at David, he was down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him. He had bought me a sapphire ring which was a complete mirror image of an engagement ring that we had looked at before. We still got married in a small civil ceremony on August 2, 2010 but knew that we wanted a wedding where we could share our joy with our friends and family in a religious ceremony, which we did on October 15, 2011.
What are your ties to the Myrtle Beach area?
After completing his residency at Emory University in Atlanta in 2005, David moved here to join a private practice. My parents retired to Myrtle Beach in the spring of 2006 and I moved here from Pennsylvania the fall of that same year.
Describe what made your wedding unique…
We wanted our wedding to be casual with a very tropical “feel” to it. It was also important to us to incorporate my children in the ceremony. After discussing it with our Pastor, we decided on a “recognition of civil marriage”. We included a sand ceremony that incorporated Athan and Allie in the ceremony, since we realize that they, too, are a very significant part of this unity. To incorporate an island feel, we had a steel drummer perform both the ceremony music and the reception music. I also wanted all tropical flowers used and my florist was able to have flowers that were imported from all over, including, Southeast Asia, Ecuador and Hawaii. My mother’s birthday is also October 15th so we had a special birthday cake for her, as well. Also, it was important to me to do something really special for David so I had a special Groom’s cake made for him and presented at the rehearsal luncheon. I had a cake designed that incorporated all the things that are important to him – a grand piano, an acoustic guitar, a banner with the Emory University logo, a fly fishing rod and our dog. It’s always hard for me to keep a secret, but I managed to keep this from him until I presented it to him.
What was the best thing about your wedding day?
The best thing about my wedding was the fact that David and I were able to share our happiness with our family and friends. We were able to have a casual wedding and it truly felt like we were on a tropical island. I would have to say that my wedding day was everything that I could have ever dreamt of!
Charleston based designer LulaKate NAILED it with the latest addition to their wedding line, these absolutely adorable and super sassy, striped dresses. Not only are they perfect for your bridesmaids, but these preppy, little frocks would be a complete hit as a rehearsal dinner dress…or for us married ladies, a killer cocktail dress (I’ve been eyeballin’ the silver one!) What’s even more perfect is you’ll have your choice of bodice, waistband, fabrics and three different skirts options. Can I have one in every color, please
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