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Romantic Kiawah Island Spring Wedding

Through romantic, loose arrangements and beautiful buttercream cakes, this celebration in the hands of Weddings Elegantly Designed proves to be the perfect spring affair. With their celebration geared towards love, family, and community, Marni Rothschild snapped it all as the showers of rose petals graced newlyweds as they hopped on a tandem bicycle and rode off into the night!

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From the beautiful Bride… Will and I decided soon after our engagement that we wanted to be married at Kiawah Island where my parents have a home. We both wanted our friends and family to come and enjoy the opportunities for fun outdoor activities in a more relaxed, casual setting. Because we were hoping for picture perfect weather and because we had several friends with weddings already “on the books,” we set our wedding date for May 3, 2014. That made for a long engagement!

The wedding planning started right away, however. My parents interviewed and hired Ellen Robinson from WED in Charleston to help with the wedding planning process. She shared her amazing selection of vendors for flowers, cake, printed materials etc. All of whom began to work translating our verbal wishes into reality. In spite of graduating from law school, studying for and passing the bar exam and beginning my first job with a large law firm, I was able to put my “stamp of approval” on almost every decision made during the year. Throughout the whole process, I wanted to make sure everything was geared towards creating a celebration of our love, family, and community.

The color palate we chose was whites, ivory, blush, champagne, pinks to peach with touches of coral. The feel was romantic, loose arrangements with lots of movement in design. The types of flowers used were coral charm peonies, peach garden roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, peach dahlias, spray roses, tulips, elaeagnus and viburnum. And that was just the reception! For the outdoor ceremony Sara’s team assembled a wooden structure and covered it with a greenery and floral garland swag filled with eucalyptus, blown open roses, spray roses, tulips, pink jasmine vine among other seasonal blooms. Our guests would look through the structure to the Kiawah River beyond.

After much deliberation and maybe a second go around on the tasting we chose to have three different cakes. They would be displayed on beautiful carved wooden stands surrounded by greenery. The center cake would be larger and the pale peach butter cream icing would be decorated to look like the lace of my wedding dress. The two side cakes would be smaller, each the same outer ombre design, but different on the inside.

On the wedding day we planned a “First Look” before the ceremony. We had decided to do this to erase any jitters that we might have had otherwise. It was a good decision.

The weather had been somewhat threatening all afternoon, but as if by magic the skies cleared for the outdoor ceremony and the beautiful day that I had been envisioning materialized! Our ceremony officiant was a life long family friend who made our service so personal and meaningful. We only had one moment of panic when a breeze blew my veil sideways. I reached back to hold it down and pulled it out of my hair! My sister who was my maid of honor very calmly took the veil from me and kept it the entire service even exiting with it very discreetly! We laughed afterwards that this was the “passing of the veil” ceremony. My sister was married 3 months later and the veil was worn once again by her…..it was well pinned for the second wearing!

It is hard to imagine a lovelier venue for our reception. The ballroom at The River Course was beyond my imagination. The tables, the mantle, the candles and the cake were all so beautiful. The best part, however was having our friends and family there to share it all with us. After a delicious dinner Will and I danced to “You Send Me”. The dance floor was never empty after that. The Maxx kept everyone moving and shaking the light-up tambourines that were passed out during the night.

It seemed to last only a short while and it was time for us to make our exit. I changed into a short white lacy dress and under a shower of rose petals Will and I hopped on a tandem bicycle and rode off into the night!

Photography: Marni Rothschild | Event Planning: Weddings Elegantly Designed | Flowers: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Cake: Wedding Cakes By Jim Smeal | Invitations: Invitations Only | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: The River Course | Hair And Make Up: Stuart Lawrence Salon | Band: The Maxx East Coast Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Charleston Virtuosi | Venue: The River Course | Bride's Gown: Ulla-Maija | Escort Cards: Studio R Design | Favors (Pint Glasses): Palmetto Brewing | Linens: Nuage Designs | Programs: Studio R Design

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Beachside South Carolina Engagement Session

This gorgeous couple’s engagement session brought them back to the Bride-to-be’s college town, for an adorable photo shoot that has us oohing and awwing with every click. From perfectly capturing the stunning ring, to the darling story of how they met (his Mom set them up!), Shannon Michele Photography made sure this shoot is one to remember! Click here for so much more.


From Shannon Michele Photography… I met up with Molly and William a few months ago for their engagement session. Molly and William flew in from Baltimore, Maryland, where they both live and where their wedding will be held, to take some photos in Molly’s college town, Charleston. Molly attended the College of Charleston so we started off in downtown Charleston. We then headed out to Kiawah Island, where Molly and William were engaged a few months prior. Although it was a cloudy day, these two were up for anything, so it was a fun session. Molly and William met in Baltimore, pretty much set up by his Mom. They went on one date, went their separate ways, and then did not see each other again for almost 2 years. But it was meant to be the second time around.

Photography: Shannon Michele Photography | Coordination: Stephanie Bradshaw | Bride-to-be's Beach Attire: Kate Spade | Bride-to-be's Downtown Attire: J. Crew | Groom-to-be's Beach Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groom-to-be's Downtown Attire: J. Crew | Location: Kiawah Island Sanctuary Resort | Location: Downtown Charleston, South Carolina

Modern Nautical Kiawah Island Resort Wedding

There’s something for everyone in this gem from Virgil Bunao. Greens for days for the golf-lovers, soft beaches and sweeping views of Kiawah Island, nautical touches atop the linens from BBJ, modern chevron detailing, a gatsby-esque cake, classic bits throughout and a rad dance party courtesy of East Coast Entertainment. All together, it works so beautifully and it comes as no surprise with Luke Wilson behind the planning. See the film from Life Stage Films and hit up the gallery for even more!

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Rustic

From Virgil Bunao Photography… Amy and Brian sought out South Carolina as their wedding destination and it was a no-brainer when they decided to select The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island as their backdrop. The views are amazing, the sea breeze is an added bonus, and feeling like you’re in total seclusion while you’re reciting your wedding vows in front of your loved ones is priceless. To pay homage to the beautiful surroundings, Amy and Brian chose to go with a fun, nautical theme of navy and fuchsia pink; with a soft white mix of hydrangea-and-rose centerpieces that balanced out the color choices. They carried this palette to their wedding party as the gentlemen looked dapper in blue and the ladies looked stunning in pink.

Photography: Virgil Bunao | Videography: Life Stage Films | Event Planning: Luke Wilson Of Luke's Events For WED | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool | Cake: Wedding Cakes By Jim Smeal | Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Venue: The Ocean Course Kiawah Island Golf Resort | Reception Venue: The Ocean Course Kiawah Island Golf Resort | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Lighting: Technical Event Company | Band: The Maxx East Coast Entertainment | Transportation: Lancaster Tours | Ceremony Musicians: Charleston Virtuosi | Draping: Loluma | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals

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Ocean Course Kiawah Island Wedding

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 CharlestonStems 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.

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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 | Floral Design: Stems Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore | 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: Ocean Course Kiawah Island | Event Planner + Welcome Containers, Favors: RLE Charleston | Groom & Groomsmen Ties: Thomas Pink | Invitations + Welcome Containers: Studio R | Linens: BBJ Linens | Pastries: Ashley Bakery | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals

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Kiawah Island Wedding from Gayle Brooker Photography and Gathering Floral + Event Design

If there is one thing we know does well with you lot, it’s a neutral backdrop, letting a really big, gorgeous love take center stage. Whites, creams, beiges… we all go a little crazy over the beautiful whites, especially when they are perfectly textured with things like beautiful blooms from Gathering Floral + Event Design and a beyond gorgeous paper suite from Oscar & Emma. This wedding is sure to be a hit, because, as you can see, Gayle Brooker Photography captured a design worthy of the extremely beautiful love at the center. See it all right here.

Hart to Hart Media has taken this pretty party one step further with a trailer that is ridiculously perfect:

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From the stunning bride… We held our wedding weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. Although we are New Yorkers through and through, we chose Charleston because it holds a special place in our hearts. We visited this beautiful city on our very first trip together. As the backdrop for my favorite film, The Notebook, the destination already had a point in its favor. But we were thrilled to discover, amidst the picture-perfect setting, Charleston also had the nightlife and culinary delights to rival our own New York City backyard. We were sold! Somewhere between the cobblestone streets and Zach’s third helping of tomato pie…we fell in love with each other and this incredible town.

We were married at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island, a beachfront oasis just south of downtown Charleston. Our guests traveled to the wedding on vintage trolleys; they said they felt like they were being transported back in time as they took the scenic route out to Kiawah. Our ceremony and cocktail hour took place on the Grand Lawn. It was designed to feel like an old-fashioned lawn party with antique furniture, fresh shellfish and that perfect ocean breeze. We then retired to the Grand Oaks Ballroom for an unforgettable evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Our band was OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD amazing and kept our guests on the dance floor the entire night. It was truly incredible to have all of our favorite people in one room; dancing, laughing and making memories together. Our last song was “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing (another one of my favorite movies). In true Ashley and Zach form, we attempted the famous run and lift and Zach (fortunately!) caught me and lifted me high above the dance floor. Hands-down my favorite moment from the wedding. It was movie-magical and ended things on a high note, literally.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend in the most historically delightful part of our southeastern shoreline. We are so grateful to our friends, family and the exceptional team that worked so hard to make our fairy tale come true.

Photography: Gayle Brooker Photography | Cinematography: Hart to Hart Media | Flowers: Gathering Floral + Event Design | Event Planning + Design: Kristin Newman Designs | Venue: The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island | Invitations: Oscar & Emma Custom Design Studio | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Jim Smeal

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