A Charming Charleston WeddingWords by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Ava Moore Photography
Eric and Rebecca got engaged while they were living far away from family and friends. Knowing they weren’t interested in saying “I do” in their hometowns, a destination wedding was the next best thing! “We always have a blast at destination weddings – it’s just special to be somewhere new and fun with people you may not get to see often,” says the bride. “We also embraced the concept of basically forcing guests into a mini vacation.”
When it came time to decide where they would host their wedding, there was really only one option in mind: Charleston, South Carolina. “Charleston has always been a special place to us and we knew immediately we would host the celebration there,” recalls Rebecca. “Aside from the sentimental reasoning, I knew that Charleston has a booming wedding scene – ensuring I would have an array of talented vendors and venues to choose from.”
While the bride admits that planning a wedding from afar has its challenges, she has ultimately decided that it was the ideal scenario. “Looking back, I probably owe my bridal sanity to the fact that I was planning from afar. It (almost) forced me to stick to deadlines and commit to ideas and silly details that I would normally hem and haw over for much longer.” Rebecca’s hunch to pick a location which does lots of destination weddings was a good one. All of her vendors were used to working with out-of-town brides and she felt confident in their communication and execution.
Aside from Mother Nature, everything went smoothly on Rebecca and Eric’s wedding weekend. While some guests were delayed due to storms, ultimately everyone made it in for the big celebration. This couple was creative and considerate in hosting their guests. For their immediate family and bridal party, the couple rented a few waterfront cottages. An added expense, but one they say was worth every penny. When it came to accommodating the rest of their wedding guests, the couple let their destination do all the work.
“Since Charleston has such a variety to choose from, we opted to forgo any official room blocks to encourage people to stay where they would be happiest,” says the couple. “On our wedding website, we gave a brief intro to some of the more popular areas close to the wedding events and provided hotel suggestions for each [area].”
In the end, Rebecca and Eric got the waterfront destination wedding of their dreams – ice storm and all. The bride has some final words of advice for other couples planning their own wedding away. “Get married wherever it feels the most right for you as a couple. The people who want to celebrate with you will be there – don’t automatically assume it’s inconvenient for people to travel. Find a photographer you connect with – your pictures are going to be more meaningful than you may realize and you deserve to love them! Lastly, people aren’t lying when they say your wedding day will fly by…try not to spend any minute of it stressing about silly things.”
Vendors: Photographer: Ava Moore Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Historic Rice Mill in Charleston, South Carolina, Florist: Bride via fiftyflowers.com, Cake: DeClares Cakes, Hair & Makeup: Lashes and Lace, DJ: Crescendo Entertainment, Videography: Siegel Films, Day-Of Coordinator: Missie McCoy, Gown Designer: Modern Trousseau, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Vera Wang/Men’s Wearhouse, Bridesmaids/Groomsmens’ Clothing Designer: ASOS/Jos. A. Banks
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