Have you ever been on the set of a fantastically romantic film? Today is the day that we all get to experience that. But instead of it being a perfect, beautiful film, it is a perfect, beautiful wedding. Filled with real love, real emotion, amazing details that speak to the gorgeous couple. And it’s all captured by Virgil Bunao Fine Art Photography, which just adds to the perfect, movie-set feel. When you’re ready for more, you’ll find me pinching myself in the full image gallery!

We had a few visions for our wedding: a venue on the water, modern cocktail style reception, and a boat departure. We were lucky to have over a year to plan the wedding; it was so much fun to be creative and put our own personal spin on everything.

The biggest decision for us was location. Being born and raised in Charleston, I really wanted to showcase its beauty and my favorite aspect, the water. We decided on The Island House, a relatively new but up and coming reception venue on John’s Island. It is a beautiful property on the Stono River with a beautiful low country view. This venue is truly a best kept secret in Charleston. Once the location was booked, everything else started falling into place. We chose our vendors based on personal experiences from family and friends. They were all so wonderful to work with and did such an amazing job bringing our visions to reality.

At first the wedding seemed so far away, but once we got to six months out, time just flew by. I could never have imagined a more perfect day. We decided to have the bridesmaids get ready at my parents’ house and do all of our pictures there before the ceremony. All of the pictures are filled with scenery from a place that is so special to us. We even got a few shots with my favorite pup, JJ, a white lab! One of our favorite memories is our “first look”. There were so many exciting, anxious, and happy emotions, but once we finally looked into each other eyes we were calm and ready to take on the day. It was so awesome to be surrounded by all of our friends and family, it just would not have be the same without them. We have so many fabulous memories from that day, it was better than anything we ever imagined.

Ceremony Venue: The Citadel Summerall Chapel / Reception Venue: The Island House / Caterer: Cru Catering / Cake: D’lish Discriminating Desserts / Bar: Cru Catering / Florist & Rentals: Out of Hand Events / Music: Two 3 Ways & DJ MahanesOther Brother Entertainment / Photography: Virgil Bunao Fine Arts Photography / Transportation: Absolutely Charleston / Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co. / Wedding Dress: Martina LianaBella Vista / Bride’s Short Wedding Dress: BCBG / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Invitations (Save the Dates): MagnetStreet / Sparklers: Sparkle / Bar Tents & Lights: Atlantic Tents / Misters: All Mist/ Film Work: Richard Photo

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