I Do On Kiawah IslandWords by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Amelia + Dan Photography
Living in North Carolina, Rebecca and Yeirdon knew they wanted to get married on the private island of Kiawah in South Carolina. This locale was relatively close for almost all of their family and friends, yet far enough to ensure a fun-filled vacation was made out of the destination wedding. “We wanted the entire wedding process to be stress free and for people to have the option to have multiple activities in between events,” says Rebecca. However, one of the most attractive qualities of the island was the fact that the family dogs could be included, as the island allows dogs on the beach year-round, an element incredibly important to the couple.
Because Kiawah Island is small and secluded, the couple knew everything would be close and accessible. This ensured was maximized with everyone, as no one would have to worry about being stuck in traffic or traveling to and from a site. Everyone was able to stay in beach houses near each other, making the weekend a true celebration of Rebecca and Yeirdon that everyone could be involved in.
The crafty bride incorporated many artistic elements into her special day. She created a chalk menu for the reception, which added a rustic element to the décor and had her wedding colors imprinted around the wood. She also painted slabs of wood that were used to line the aisle at the ceremony. Rebecca created a sign that read, “As two families become one, please choose a seat, not a side” for reception seating. Finally, Rebecca decided to use window panes for the seating chart from an old vintage store, using white pens to write on the glass. All of her DIY ideas she found on Pinterest.
The couple feels their wedding would not have been nearly as fun or entertaining had they hosted it in Raleigh, NC. “We wouldn't have been able to celebrate with everyone for three straight days and nights or throw after parties at the beach houses! It would have felt like any other Saturday wedding event if we had it at home,” explains Rebecca.
As far as advice goes for other couples interesting in hosting a destination wedding, the couple suggests hiring an onsite wedding planner for at least the day of, as the wedding should be a surprise to you too. “Also, just Remember if something goes wrong, no one will notice but you. Enjoy the whole weekend, you deserve it after all that planning!”
Vendors: Photographer: Amelia + Dan Photography, Wedding Planner: Jeri St. Germain, Ceremony/Reception Site: River Course, Florist: Ooh! Events, Stationery: Blue Envelope, Cake: Elaine’s Events, Hair & Makeup: The Sanctuary Spa, Gown Designer: Traditions by Anna, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Calvin Klein, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Adrianna Papell, Wedding Designer: Lisa Thomas, Ooh! Events, Band: Super Deluxe
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