Courtney and Charles were married at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 14. “The peaceful beautyof the location made us know that it was the perfect place for us to get married,” Courtney said. “The entire grounds were made available only to our wedding party and guests, so our event was private and intimate. The surroundings were stunning with the colorful flower fields, tall trees, white house with stately columns, and the picturesque view of the water. We could not have found a place that encompassed everything we were looking for.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a bow tie. Bridesmaids wore long gold satin dreses and carried bouquets of hydrangea, stock, and seeded eucalyptus. “I was obsessed with the boxes that lined our aisles during the ceremony,” she said. “They were transportated to our tables during the reception too. They brought an overgrown fairytale garden feeeling that we were hoping for.” Fun fact: Once the couple was announced husband and wife, the song “This Magic Moment” by Lou Reed was played. “It made the moment even more exciting,” Courtney said. Dinner was vegetarian and gluten-free! “It was important to me that our guests enjoyed the food, but I could still eat,” she said. Guests also enjoyed playing lawn games such as giant Jenga. “Our first dance was absolutely my favorite,” Courtney said. “Everything leading up to it was special leading up, but in those few minutes, it was just my husband and I holding each other and talking as if no one else was around.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “I took on a lot of the planning and preparation leading up to the weding and gave myself an awful lot of responsibility during our weekend as well,” she said. “I absolutely loved the whole process, and it was so important to me that all of our guests had a great experience after traveling so far. In the end, I tried to take too much onto my plate, and I had to come to the realization that my family and friends wanted a chance to help and be involved. It made them feel good to know that they had contributed something. My advice is to accept help! It makes the experience more full when the people that love you are there by your side.” In lieu of a traditional sparkler send off, they rode off on a red moped.
Lindsay and Timothy were married in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony at Saint Mary of the Annunciation followed by a tented reception at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 12. These two fell in love while attending Clemson University (Fun fact: they were dorm neighbors), and even though they now live in Chicago, they wanted to say, “I do” where it all began. Lindsay wore a form-fitting mermaid wedding gown, while her bridesmaids wore silver dresses in different styles. Groomsmen were more than happy to pose with sunglasses in their gray three-piece suits. The reception was oh-so-romantic decorated with white linens, ivory and blush flowers, and lanterns. Guests enjoyed Southern fare, including a raw bar, shrimp and grits, and a signature cocktail, and the night wasn’t complete without a group picture of all the college alumni!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Chris and I love the water and go out on the boat every weekend when it’s warm. On the water one afternoon, we noticed a wedding at the Island House. We knew immediately that it was the place. Our engagements as well as many other memories have been made on the Stono River. The location was not only gorgeous, but represented who we are as a couple.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. 1920s style clothing – Everyone including my guests wore 1920s-inspired clothing. It was not only fun picking out my wedding dress and what my wedding party would wear, but it also made it fun for my guests as well. Involving everyone brought a special feel and uniqueness that made our wedding special.
2. Invitations– Our invitations were art deco, and the inlay of the envelopes had an imprint with our names. We hired a calligrapher to make it even more authentic and bought awesome 1920s style stamps from Zazzle.
3. 1920s decor– I bought a working phonograph that winds and plays actual records from the 1920s along with 1920s sheet music that I used as decor. My even planner Stephanie even made cool chandeliers out of them!
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
My dad walking me down the aisle was a moment that I will never forget. We bought top hats for all of the guys to wear. I didn’t want the guys to wear them during the ceremony because I knew I couldn’t take Chris seriously. Last minute, I asked my dad to wear his. It looked great on him, and in a way, it was as if he was giving Chris and the rest of the groomsmen permission to wear theirs.