Destination I Do
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Southern Comfort in South Carolina

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Paige Winn Photography

A deep love for the city of Charleston, South Carolina and the romantic ideal of a vintage inspired, southern affair ignited Lindsay’s determination to host an enchanting destination wedding in the city of her college alma matter.

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Lindsay’s family immediately jumped on board with their decision while Adam’s family was a bit more hesitant. Also, thorough research on the city provided them with the insight that Charleston had been voted second for destination weddings for many years but strange feedback urged them to avoid traveling so far for their destination wedding. However, absolutely nothing could stop Lindsay from throwing the wedding she had fantasized about for so long. “Charleston is such a magical, romantic, and charming city to visit so we stood firm in our decision. ‘Who wouldn’t want to get married there?’ we would say! We were in love with the city and the venue so the rest were just details.”

Adam and Lindsay found their venue, the William Aiken House, online, sight-unseen. This made Lindsay slightly apprehensive but they ended up truly lucking out by choosing this property. Patrick Properties, the owners of this house, handled weddings almost exclusively, giving them an expert repertoire. When it came time for the couple to finally visit their venue, they were blown away. “It was absolutely perfect and after meeting with the caterers and the planning team, we knew we were in good hands,” says Lindsay. The couple instantly bonded with their planners and it even felt surprisingly strange not communicating with them 24/7 once their perfect day was over.

Lindsay became a Pinterest, Instagram, and wedding blog phene when it came to planning her wedding. She will be the first to admit that she is by no means a DIY bride but she wanted all the charm and uniqueness of one-of-a-kind pieces, which is why she turned to Etsy. Also, Danny Elchert designed catchy hand made invitations and save the dates which were a fun, personalized touch. The rest of the creative aspects came from Lindsay and Adam’s family. Her Cousin, Nancy, Designed their wedding favor bags and the MOB and MOH were in charge of sourcing and assembling welcome bags for the guests. Lindsay and Adam were incredibly appreciative of their family’s talent and willingness to help perfect their event.

Despite “absolutely blowing” their original budget, Lindsay and Adam wouldn’t have changed a thing, for they truly threw the destination wedding of their dreams. Everything was more than perfect and Lindsay believes that if they had thrown a wedding of that caliber in their hometown of California, it would have been much more expensive.

“You cannot control everything,” reminds Lindsay, “So do not try to! It may rain on your wedding day (it did!), A bridesmaid may misbehave (mine did!) and your original wedding planner may quit and move to New York (it happened!), but just remember why you are in this crazy wonderful, emotional situation in the first place. Once you see your man at the top of the aisle, nothing else matters. Enjoy every minute and most importantly, have fun planning. Trust me, it is going to be perfect!

Vendors: Photographer: Paige Winn Photo, Wedding Planner: Alexa Wyatt and Sara Hosch of Southern Protocol, Ceremony/ Reception Site: William Aiken House, Gown Designer: Modern Trousseau, Florist: Whitney Randall of Branch Design Studio, Groom's Clothing Designer: Vera Wang Black Label, Bridesmaids/ Groomsmen's Clothing Designer: Monique Lhuillier, Other Vendors: 428 Main Rentals, Av Connections, EventWorks, Snyder Rentals, Fish Catering, Adam Siegel of Siegel Films, Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup, Christy Loftin, Danny Elchert at Elchert Creative

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