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Classic, Laid-Back Beach Wedding in Charleston

There are few places better suited for a classy beachfront wedding than Charleston, SC — great weather, architecture, cuisine, and a high dose of Southern charm. It’s perfect! And these nuptials, designed with help from MOD Events, are enough to make the heart swell. Just take a peek at the video from Low Country Wedding Films and the gallery full of loveliness from Lindsey A. Miller.

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From The Bride…Since the day we met at a local Irish Pub, Aaron and I have been having fun and making each other laugh. We got engaged, just over a year and a half from our first date, in the middle of a beautiful Christmas lit courtyard in Carmel, Indiana!

I’ve always dreamed of having a destination wedding on the beach and Aaron agreed, so now the question was where. After browsing through our many options, we ended up choosing to get married in October, on the harbor, in Charleston, South Carolina. We knew it would be perfect since we both admire its architecture, delicious cuisine, nautical feel, and southern hospitality (it was also within a reasonable driving distance for our guests).

Once we decided on the final destination, choosing the venue was easy. We got married at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. I grew up in a small lake town so I loved all the sailboats in the harbor, the long pier, and the marina on site. All of our guests stayed at the resort while we stayed at the Cottages on Charleston Harbor right next door. The charming cottage gave us our own secluded, special space while still being close to everything. This venue was so perfect for our out-of-town guests because the resort, beach ceremony/reception, cottage, golf course, naval museum and rehearsal dinner at Fish House were all within walking distance of each other. The resort also had a water taxi that could take guests to downtown Charleston to do some exploring of the enchanting city!

Aaron and I are both very relaxed, laid back people so with the help of Kala at MOD Events (and Pinterest) our wedding began to take shape! With getting married on a Friday and lots of DIY, we were able to create our dream wedding within our budget. Our colors were dusty shale (J.Crew), gray, and muted corals. I wanted a sweet, relaxing beach affair (nothing over-the-top). We added rustic chic touches with DIY cupcake stands (made from antique glass plates and candle sticks), mason jars, chevron paper straws, DIY scrapbook paper and twine wrapped vintage glass bottles (as vases), driftwood, beach bonfire with s’mores, DIY chevron-detailed signs, and a dance floor under the stars lit with café lighting!

I was so excited to see my wedding Pinterest board (that I may or may not have had completed before my engagement) come to life. The weather was perfect and we were so thankful to have so many friends and family travel to be with us on our special day.

Our wedding day was beyond perfect and we couldn’t have imagined it any better! We danced the night away with all of our guests and we are still hearing not only what a fun evening it was for everyone, but also an unforgettable vacation!

Photography: Lindsey A. Miller Photography | Videography: Low Country Wedding Films | Event Planning: MOD Events | Floral Design: Charleston Flower Market | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cupcakes: D'lish Dessert | Invitations: Invitations By Dawn | Ceremony Venue: The Beach At Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | Reception Venue: Sunrise Terrace At Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Caterer: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | DJ: EPIC Charleston, LLC | Officiant: Peter Edward Lanzillotta | Ceremony Music: Michael Peifer | Bride's Belt: J. Crew | Bride/Bridesmaid Sandals: DSW | Getting Ready Venue: The Cottages On Charleston Harbor | Groomsmen Attire: Alfani From Macy's | Hair/Makeup: Vanity Salon | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Fish House | Tent Rentals: Snyder Rentals

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A wedding built on style and grace is what the Southern “I do” is all about. Just take a look at this Lowndes Grove soiree from the fabulous Marni Rothschild. She captured the design work of Wedding Event Designed to a perfect T, but the best detail of all? The love between Jon and Chabely that speaks for itself. Head to the gallery for even more!

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From The Bride…We envisioned our wedding to be intimate, romantic and timeless. Jon and I wanted our guests to have a night they would always remember, filled with amazingly good food at a one-of-a-kind venue. Lowndes Grove Plantation was the perfect location for our wedding, it has the grandeur and history we were looking for. The ceremony faced the oak-lined banks of the river. The soft color palette of blush, ivory and gold against the candlelight created the elegant and romantic atmosphere. Guest enjoyed a four course dinner at one of two long tables while listening to live jazz music and overlooking the sunset. Family and friends danced the night away under string bistro lights and a glowing moon. It was an absolutely perfect night filled with love and happiness.

From Marni RothschildChabely and Jon’s wedding was elegant and intimate, two things that I adore in an event! The two long dinner tables under the draped tent were even more dramatic when the sun went down and the candlelight started to glow. I loved how they used every bit of the house and grounds. We did bridal portraits on the second floor, a special “first look” in the sun room, and then ceremony on the lawn overlooking the river. As the sun set, we ventured out on the long dock for a few portraits. Guests enjoyed post-ceremony cocktails surrounded by classic white lounge furniture on the oyster shell patio. After an indulgent dinner and memorable toasts on the tented bluestone patio, guests danced away under twinkle lights on a white dance floor open to the evening sky. While the entire evening was memorable, my favorite detail had to be Chabely’s “something old.” She had a monogrammed shirt cuff from one of her Grandfather’s shirts sewn into the underside of her gown. He was a pharmacist and Chabely has taken the same career path. A touching nod to the strong family ties she and Jon both now share.

Photography: Marni Rothschild | Event Planning: Ellen Robinson Of Wedding Event Designed | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Gown: Lazaro | Cake: Fish Restaurant | Invitations: Studio R Design | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Fish Restaurant | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Lighting: Technical Event Company | DJ: Creative Sound Events | Ceremony Music: Charleston Virtuosi | Hairstylist: Stuart Lawrence Salon | Jazz Band: Music By Cameron | Lighting Rentals: Calder Clark Designs | Makeup: Pamela Lesch Makeup | Venue: Lowndes Grove

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Sleek and Modern Charleston Wedding

When you’ve been around the world together, sometimes its nice to flock back to the nest. Which is why this West Coast duo decided to host their nuptials in Groom’s hometown of Charleston. They made sure to include food fare and music from Atlanta Party Band to incorporate the bride’s family’s Peruvian roots, and the results? All out lovely. VISIO Photography captured the event right here.

From VISIO Photography… From Natalie’s bias cut Italian silk gown to Taylor’s perfectly tailored tux, the couples sense of style ruled. Clean lined urban whites, blacks and greys, combined with traditional romantic florals such as roses, dusty miller and clouds of babys breath in classic silver mercury glass compote bowls or tall pilsner vases with hanging votives. A variety of crystal chandeliers hung from the clear top tent. Their ceremony and reception choice: Lowndes Grove Plantation, one of Patrick Properties nostalgic venues, which sits along Charlestons Ashley River.

Natalie and her family originate from Columbia, South America (not to be confused with the SC state capital!), and though Taylor was raised in the lowcountry of Hilton Head, his family is New York through and through! The couple had been living in Manhattan, but moved to San Francisco a week before the wedding.

Combining both family traditions and lifestyles, an edgy contemporary violinist, Seth G, accompanied the ceremony and cocktail hour. The party continued with a perfect mix from Atlanta Party Band and one segment of Latin dance music Natalie had pre-recording especially for her South American guests.

The couples personalities came out in the dining selections. Both are “foodies” and wanted tried and true dishes such as beef filet and seared grouper, but weren’t afraid of local favorites of pork belly sliders. In lieu of a wedding cake, after dinner, as orange and red sunset skies turned to blue and purple lite trees, a combination of North and South American dessert favorites were presented: Tres Leches, Fried Donut Holes and assorted mini cupcakes.

Their 130 guests started the day with a short Charleston City bus tour “spiked “ with a mini bottle trivia give away and ended the evening with a sparkler send off and favors of Benne Waffers in little black boxes.

Photography: VISIO Photography | Florist: Ohh! Events | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Lighting: JLK Events | Music: Atlanta Party Band | Salon: Stella Nova | Table Decor: Kitty's Touch Of Elegance | Wedding Venue: Lowndes Grove

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