Personally, the closer I am to the ocean the happier I am – so this South Carolina soiree by KDE Photography has my full attention. Sandy shores, causal yet chic details, and cool blue hues make for beach-lover’s dream come true. So kick off your shoes, slip your feet in the sand, and come see what all the fuss is about in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride…Our wedding was April 30, 2011. The evening ceremony took place on the west end of Folly Beach and the outdoor tented reception was held at the Folly River Park, located along side the Folly River. There was a lot of chaos due to a local event having to use our wedding day as their rain date! Regardless of the craziness, it was absolutely perfect! We knew we wanted a casual no-fuss wedding (if there is such a thing), and decided the beach was the perfect way to go!

The decor and inspiration was the location itself. I didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty, by adding a lot of “stuff”. I tried to keep all decor as minimal as possible, including the color scheme. I didn’t want to over-do the “beach theme” as I have seen done so many times!  I ordered white cymbidium orchids, seeded eucalyptus and curly willow branches for the centerpieces. I filled the 23″ cylinder vases found here and there with white sea shells my husband and I collected on the beach.  I made table runners and cocktail table ties from burlap fabric and finished the centerpiece by adding pedestal tea light candle holders. The napkins were also a “burlap” color. My bouquet was made with white hydrangea, white cymbidium orchids, white ranunculus, and seeded eucalyptus. The bridesmaid bouquets were bundles of white hydrangea and the boutonnieres were made of a galax leaf backing, a single orchid and seeded eucalyptus. All of which were wrapped with a linen ribbon. I also used  driftwood I collected on the wish book/gift table and an occasional large piece of coral or shell.

We did a sand blending ceremony, and used an hourglass my grandfather hand-made for us. The cupcakes were made by Crystal at Sweet Memories Cakery and Designs, who I found on Craigslist. Her cupcakes were beautiful and delicious, everyone raved about them…not to mention much cheaper than any other I found! As a gift to my husband, I ordered him custom-made cufflinks of vintage maps, one being Charleston (where he is from) and the other of Bellows Falls, VT (where I am from). I ordered these from Etsy shop dlkdesigns. One of the bridesmaids also, one of my best friends is so talented and made me foot jewelry to wear on the beach. She also has an Etsy shop at Dominiquegodfrey. A friend of my mother’s made us a “Wish Book”, taking the inspiration from our invitations, and our favors were specially made koozies with the Gamecocks logo starting our last name. The bridesmaid dresses came from J.Crew and the suits were rented from Berlin’s Formal Wear. The men’s ties were designed by me and specially made from Etsy shop, TuxandTulle. The cute flower girl dresses were specially made by FattiePie on Etsy. The invitations were designed, created printed, cut and assembled by me. We received so many compliments on them as well as the wedding.

Wedding Photography: KDE Photography / Flowers: Horst Wholesale Flowers / Bouquets + Boutonnieres: DIY / Event Design + Planning: The Bride / Ceremony Location: Folly Beach / Reception Location: Folly River Park / Invitations: DIY with supplies from Cards & Pockets (paper) + Letter Seals (wax and seal) / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden / Beaded Foot Jewelry: Dominique Godfrey / Wedding Dress: BCBG Maxazria via Saks Fifth Avenue / Cupcakes: Sweet Memories Cakery and Designs / Cufflinks: dlk designs / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew via Berlin’s Formal Wear / Ties: Tux & Tulle / Flower Girl Dresses: Fattie Pie