Kiawah River Dream

Today we are sharing one of our favorite weddings from the past few years. It was a Kiawah River Dream! Melissa and Stu’s love literally shined thru on their wedding day. And, their families were so fun and great to work with, overall making it the perfect circumstances for a perfect wedding weekend. Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for the beautiful images. You can also see more from this wedding over at Brides.

Lettered Olive created so many spectacular pieces for this one. The invitations, while keeping with tradition, show some personality with an array of vintage stamps and a flourish script. But, the party packs give it a modern flair with watercolor images, die cut designs, and a custom map- so stinking cute all together. We welcome guests to the weekend by bringing back in the watercolor imagery along with custom treat bags.

Light and breezy whites and neutrals were perfect for this airy Spring celebration. The bridesmaids wear Show Me Your Mumu, and bridal gown is by Lee Petra Grebenau.

Kiawah River is a venue that has many different options for set ups. But, if given this scenery naturally, a ceremony under the Oaks is a must! And, we love a pretty white aisle, picture perfect for a bride.

Cocktail hour on the lawn features fun seating, an amazing seafood display (complete with live flowers in ice as a centerpiece), and of course a signature oversized Soiree bar. The bride requested “natural elements” so we went with using seagrass to cover the front of the bar to go with the rattan loveseats.

After cocktails, guests were greeted in the dinner tent by a super elevated bohemian chic design as requested by the bride. We even custom designed and had some of the lanterns made just for Soiree.

Dinner with a view! One of our jobs is to think about every possible detail in order to optimize the experience for guests. So, building the tent up on higher flooring so that we can maximize the water views was one of our production priorities.

Here, some of our favorite tabletop design elements are Estelle Colored glass coupes, tasseled place cards, and mixed centerpieces in varying shapes and sizes.

Also, don’t you think this iron conservatory offers the perfect showplace for a Jim Smeal wedding cake? The windows open on all sides, so guests can see the couple cut the cake.

After dinner, guests party in our South Beach lounge.

Also, one thing I always consider when designing a party for guests, is the transition from daytime to night time. Our parties have to look just as pretty after the sun goes down.

Since restroom trailers are required, we don’t want guests to feel like they are using a trailer. So, building it out to feel like part of the space is often something we encourage our guests to consider. Complete with a beautiful foyer.

After a night of dancing our couple is sent off with oversized sparklers and big smiles!