With the start of spring weddings right around the corner, there’s NO better time to feast our eyes on this Kiawah Island beauty. One part classic and another part prep, it’s everything a coastal love-fest should be thanks to RLE Charleston, Stems Floral Design and Ashley Bakery. The ever-so-talented Gayle Brooker snapped up all the goodies, and you best believe it’s all waiting right here.
From the Bride… I have the most joyful memories of my wedding, and I wish I could go back and hold onto every moment for a little longer. Lucky for Patrick and me, Gayle Brooker captured all the special moments and details so beautifully in her photographs.
We hosted our wedding weekend on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. There is something about Kiawah with its Spanish moss-draped live oaks and palmetto trees, the marshes and the ocean that is simply enchanting. While we live in NYC, my parents live in The Carolinas, and Patrick and I love the charm and romance of the Lowcountry.
We also love golf, and we could not think of a better place to get married than on a golf course. It took one visit to Kiawah’s famous Ocean Course, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with its gorgeous clubhouse and Ryder Cup Bar, for us to know that it was the perfect location for us to say “I Do!”
The night before the wedding, we invited guests to enjoy an oyster roast and barbeque along the banks of the Kiawah River. We had live music, lights strung from the trees, cornhole, a slideshow down memory lane, speeches, s’mores around a fire pit surrounded with rocking chairs, cobbler, flip cup (a favorite pastime from our college years), and most importantly a good time. It was a Lowcountry, Southern inspired affair, which was something we wanted to share with our guests (who were mostly from the Midwest, Northeast and California).
Then we had the Big Day!, which was so beautifully perfect. I envisioned our wedding to be classic, romantic and elegant, with a touch of preppy. I chose blue, pink, and gold as my colors and enjoyed using different shades throughout the wedding décor, attire and stationery. My wedding dress actually had a blush underlay beneath the lace. Peonies and hydrangeas, my favorite flowers, were used throughout the ceremony and reception. Table names at the reception were notable golf course, with our head table of course being the “Ocean Course.” The evening was filled with joy, laughter and romance. When it came time to party, the dance floor was full thanks to an amazing vocalist, Quiana Parler, and her band. The night ended with my husband and I being showered with lavender while making our grand exit on a golf cart with a “Just Married” sign. It was a magical whirlwind of a day that we are so thankful to have shared with our family and friends, and one we will always cherish.
There are so many details and logistics that go into planning a wedding, and we could never have made our dream a reality without our amazing wedding planner, Stacey Fraunfelter from RLE Charleston, and the fabulous vendors she recommended. Patrick and I are very fortunate to have worked with such a talented group of individuals.
Photography: Gayle Brooker Photography | Floral Design: Charleston Stems | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Filmore | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Susie Griffin | Hair: Ash & Co. | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Band: Quiana Parler And Friends | Groom's Suit: Bhambi’s Custom Tailors | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Ceremony Musicians: Signature Players | Ceremony and Reception Location: Kiawah Island Sanctuary Resort | Event Planner + Welcome Containers, Favors: RLE Charleston | Groom & Groomsmen Ties: Thomas Pink | Invitations + Welcome Containers: Studio R | Linens: BBJ | Pastries: Ashley Bakery | Rentals: Snyder