It’s super satisfying to see your vision come to a reality and, lucky us, this Bride’s vision of a romantic Southern wedding is available for the viewing (thanks to Remedy Wedding Films and Marni Rothschild, of course). And there’s plenty to swoon over with her Modern Trousseau gown and lush bouquets from Ohh Events, all against the seaside backdrop of Patriot’s Point . See it all here!
From The Bride…Brandon and I met on the school bus when I was in sixth grade (he was in eighth). I always hoped he would sit next to me, but it rarely happened. A couple of years later, I finally caught his eye. We dated throughout high school and also through college, although it was long distance. In November 2011, Brandon proposed to me in front of a gorgeous fall sunset along the Beaufort, SC waterfront. Little did I know, both of our families were hiding off in the distance! We are both incredibly close with our families and he knew how much I’d want to share that moment with them, as well. We enjoyed the evening toasting and eating at one of our favorite restaurants in Beaufort.
As soon as we got engaged, I could close my eyes and envision exactly what I wanted our wedding to look like – a regal church, a reception near the water, stately black tuxedos, gold décor, and a crowd that never leaves the classic black and white dance floor. And that’s exactly the wedding we planned.
Brandon and I wanted to reflect our classic taste with a timeless wedding full of crisp lines and elegant touches. I was inspired by an old-fashioned formal affair, but softened the overall look with soft tones of blush, ivory, and gold.
We were married at St. Mary of the Annunciation, the first Catholic church in the Carolinas and Georgia, by my childhood priest. The ceremony was my favorite part of the planning and its special details are what stick out in my mind most when I think about our wedding day. Our mothers were seated to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” the wedding party processed in to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy Man of Man’s Desiring,” and my father walked me down the aisle to Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary.” One of our dear friends sang “Surely the Presence,” a song that always makes me smile and think of my precious grandmother who passed a few years ago.
Our wedding party took a trolley across the Cooper River to Mount Pleasant, where we celebrated at our reception overlooking the Charleston harbor. Brandon and I danced to one of our favorite songs, “Let’s Stay Together,” by Al Green. We wanted our guests to have a great selection of food. We had various stations set up serving Lowcountry shrimp and grits, sirloin, roasted turkey, mixed greens salad, crab cakes, fried green tomato BLTs, and delicious gouda tortellini pasta. For a late night snack, we served hamburger sliders with mini french fry cones.
My favorite flowers are blush garden roses and white hydrangeas, so we had both of those in various size arrangements throughout the reception tent. Three vintage chandeliers were cascaded above the classic black and white dance floor. Alongside our cake, we displayed wedding photos of our parents and grandparents with the quote “We are but a reflection of those who have come before us.”
The Mighty Kicks kept our guests dancing all night. I don’t know if I’ve ever had more fun! One of my favorite moments was during the classic wedding reception song, “Shout,” which happened to be the last dance of the night. While everyone was shimmying to the ground during the “little bit softer now” part, Brandon asked me to stand up with him and look at how many people were on the dance floor. At that moment, we both had this magical feeling. All of our friends and family were together in one place at the same time with happiness abounding. That’s so special. I hope I never forget that moment.
Photography: Marni Rothschild | Videography: Remedy Wedding Films | Flowers: Ooh Events | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Wildflour Pastry | Invitations: Scotti Cline Designs | Reception Venue: Patriot's Point On Charleston Harbor | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale/Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Relish Distinctive Catering | Makeup: Charlotte Belk | Hair: Charlotte Belk | Grooms Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: St Mary Of The Annunciation | Accomodations: The Wentworth Mansion | Day Of Planner: Ooh Events | Music: The Mighty Kicks | Rentals: Group Dynamics | Veil: Modern Trousseau