Jordan and Will were married at the Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, S.C. on October 12. The bride wore a cap-sleeved satin a-line wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of sparkly peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long periwinkle one-shoulder chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Notice each one was gifted a pair of Kate Spade “putting on the ritz” studs? Guests were greeted at the ceremony with scenic views of Broomfield Creek just as the sun was setting. Bonus: There was also a performance from the First African Baptist Church choir! It was official soon after the vows were read and repeated one after another. The reception began with of course, tons of congratulations at the historic bed and breakfast. A chalkbaord sign displayed the quote, “Here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after as Jordan and Will start their new life. Let’s all toast to the new husband and wife!” Tables were decorated with neutral linens, glass hurricane centerpieces filled to the brim with greenery, mercury glass votive candles, and surrounded by cross-back chairs. Not to mention the entire frame tent was draped with fabric and lit with crystal chandeliers. And the mirror panel bar for cocktails! Dinner included traditional Southern fare such as shrimp and grits, mini angus hamburgers, pineapple glazed chicken sliders, and slow roasted prime rib with butter lettuce salad. In case someone needed to take a break from dancing, there was also a comfy lounge with a sofa and two love seats. Dessert was a plenty — pecan tarts and chocolate cupcakes. That was in addition to cake! At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited amongst a sea of sparklers and were off to their honeymoon.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Chris and I live in Beaufort, and we wanted to show our guests why we love the area. Having the reception space overlook the historic downtown accomplished that goal — plus, it gave guests easy access to places to go after the reception. The ceremony and reception were within a block of each other, which meant we could all just walk over. It worked out great!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
This is kind of cheating on this question, but I loved the way all our DIY decor worked together so well. When we were working on the individual items — or I discussed them with my mom and grandma — it was kind of hard to imagine just how the bunting, the hand painted wall hanging, the photo booth area, the flags and ribbon streamers, etc. would all come together with the curtains, table runners and centerpieces Southern Graces created. But in the end it was perfect — when we walked into the reception, I was so amazed with how it looked and could barely believe it was our own wedding!
Our stationery, which I designed myself, was a labor of love. From the save-the-dates to the invitations, the Quaker marriage certificate all the way to the table numbers and our guide and map in our welcome bags, it was more work than I thought it would be, but it turned out great. Designing it myself cut costs, gave us something truly unique, and let us really create the vibe we wanted for our wedding from the beginning. Plus, it gave me a chance to discover that I really enjoy expressing my creativity through paper goods. I’m trying to figure out how to keep that outlet now that I’m not planning our wedding!
The barbecue sauces! We loved our food in general (we keep talking about how we want to eat it every week forever), but the “his” mustard sauce, “hers” KC style sauce, and “theirs” Cheerwine sauce was such a fun way to nod toward both our backgrounds and our combined present, and let our guests customize their meal. I even had a few Midwest friends say the KC sauce tasted like Gates’. If you know Kansas City barbecue, you know that means it was amazing.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
Eating ice cream between the ceremony and the reception. It was a spur of the moment decision. We walked past one of our favorite ice cream shops while taking some photos, and Chris — somewhat jokingly — asked if I wanted some. I said (a very emphatic) yes, and Paige was on board, so we did it. The whole day had been so crazy; this was one nice bit of normal for us. Sharing a scoop at a place we went during one of the first days we spent together when we started dating was also very sweet. Plus, you can’t beat ice cream when it’s 90 degrees outside!