We sure do love South Carolina Aquarium weddings! So much so that we were lucky enough to feature it in our most recent issue. You may remember our gorgeous Southern Sparkle shoot we shared in our premier issue of A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine. It was outside on the Deck with gorgeous views of the Charleston Harbor. Pretty breathtaking if you ask me! Well, this gorgeous ocean-inspired wedding from Ashley Nicole Events and Richard Bell Photography incorporated everything we love about the South Carolina Aquarium. A stunning evening ceremony overlooking the Harbor and the Cooper River Bridge, a festive octopus cake and whimsical fish-filled aquariums at every turn.
From the Bride: “Brian and I love aquariums, sea life and conservation, so the aquarium was a no-brainer choice for us. Every place we visit, we make a point to visit the aquariums too- it’s our tradition. Plus, my sister works as the PR director for the Aquarium, so she really sold us on the venue! We wanted to incorporate aspects of ourselves and our loves into our wedding and reception, which is a mix of art deco and the ocean. Interesting combo, I know! My dress is a Jenny Packham and screamed art deco to me. I paired it with a vintage Eduardian pin from the 1920′s which is being made into a pendant. Brian and his groomsmen (and one groomswoman!) wore a Vineyard Vines cummerbund set with their tuxes (and a flower accent for the groomswoman) that featured little blue crabs (Brian’s favorite!) on a coral background. Brian’s boutonniere is held by an electroplated crab claw in silver. The bridesmaids wore a one-shouldered After Six gown in jade that has ruching that went hand-in-hand with my dress. Our colors were jade, coral and a deep blue…mirroring the colors of Mother Ocean. We wanted nature to play a large part in our celebration, so we decided to wed under the stars on the Aquarium’s veranda. In addition to our love of fish, we also love Phish, the band. We incorporated small, subtle tokens featuring Phish throughout, including our first dance (Show of Life), lyrics from Phish songs on each table and our favors: donations to both the waterwheel foundation (Phish’s charity that gives back to various programs throughout the nation) and the sea turtle hospital (of the SC aquarium)”
Photographer: Richard Bell Photography // Bakery: Abbie’s Bakery // Event Designer: Ashley Nicole Events // Transportation:Classic Carriage Works // Event Planner: Duvall Events // Floral Designer: Pretty Petals of Charleston // Event Venue: South Carolina Aquarium // Makeup Artist: Stella Nova
Dying to see more Lowcountry Wedding inspiration?
Check out the premier issue of A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine featuring 13 of our favorite coastal celebrations including:
-Christine + Derek’s Elegant Omni Hilton Head Wedding
-Jennifer + Carl’s Grande Dunes Ocean Club Wedding
-Brian + Ashley’s Creek Club at I’On wedding