Classic Day at Kiawah River

You guys… this one is so dreamy! Not only are KT Merry’s photos amazing, but so is the scenery, the details, and the lovely couple. After a postponement due to Covid, these two were ready to get married, so we got busy re-planning a safe and special day for them. An already small guest list, were all tested prior to the big day. We had a doctor and nurse on site doing quick result testing for all staff. And, of course masks, gloves, and a sanitizer fogging before guests arrived.

Since we already had a smaller guest list, and less time between the invitation mailing and the event day, we collaborated with Bernard Maisner on invitations. Our bride loves over the top dramatic details, so his touch couldn’t be more perfect.

Ethereal and creamy bridal blooms are tied off with vintage ribbon. And, the bride chose a gorgeous Guipure lace Monique Lhuilier confection.

If it works for you, we couldn’t recommend having an onsite dresser for your wedding day. We use Cacky’s Bride Aid. She steams, sews, bustles, and makes sure everything is snapped, buttoned, and taped in all the right spots!

The views at the luxury venue outside of Charleston were unparalleled. To cutback on contact, all of the ceremony programs were pre placed on the ceremony seating.

Vintage church pews served as ceremony seating. Each family or guest group had their own in order to safely space out the seating. And, even though the ceremony took place outside, we had to create a perfectly “bridal” aisle.

Of course, even with all good planning, weather has it’s own agenda. Right as the bride was beginning to make her way down, the skies opened up. Luckily, we had white umbrellas on hand for any pop up showers. After a quick reshuffling, guests made their way into the tent, and we went ahead with cocktail hour prior to the ceremony.

Guests are treated to champagne, oysters, and lovely hors d’eouvres by Cru Catering. It worked out beautifully with no one missing a beat.

With the sky clear, and seats dry, on goes the ceremony. The bride has two children, and we just loved how they were included in this touching ceremony.

Of course, you can’t order a rainbow on your wedding day. So, the shower? Totally worth it!

Once the rain cleared, guests could stop at the champagne station for a cocktail before mingling. Seating vignettes are set up to maximize the marsh views, and allow for smaller group gatherings.

A gracious tent welcomes guests for dinner.

The Equinox Orchestra provides dinner music. Guests dine under installations designed to offer a dinner in the garden feel. Other details include luxe pink velvet chairs, and embroidered ribbons acting as place cards.

And, don’t forget about the stunning cake from Nine Cakes. The cake was cut following the final dinner course, but then served in the reception lounge.

Once, in the reception lounge, the garden feel continues. The bar features an ethereal floral piece, for example. And, over the dance floor is a large floral piece to soften the modern chandelier.

I just love how this dance floor turned out. One of our signatures is giving the stage and band set up a more polished look. Because, as you can see, it truly makes a different in the photos. A floral pattern used throughout the event is framed in different sizes and framed with greenery, hence the garden notes. And the custom monogram designed by Lettered Olive adds detail to the dance floor.

The groom stunned in a classic Tom Ford tuxedo.

Farewell to the bride and groom.. a good time had by all, regardless of the rain!