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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Chic Island Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Amelia and Dan Photography

Gillian and Stuart are a Scottish couple living in Australia, so South Carolina was an obvious destination for them to get married…right? Maybe it’s not so obvious, but for this couple it made a whole lot of sense. “We knew we wanted to get married in the states…our first ever vacation together we traveled through South Carolina and fell in love with it,” says Gillian. “We [also] saved a fortune by choosing a destination wedding. If we got married in Scotland our guest list would have easily quadrupled and it would have cost even more to get married in Australia. We live in Perth which is one of the most expensive cities in the World!”

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Thankfully, Gillian and Stuart were a couple with a few of the personality characteristics perfect for destination wedding couples: easy going, organized and confident in their vision. For this couple, they say the most instrumental part in pulling off their dream destination wedding was hiring the right wedding planner. “Our overall experience was relatively stress-free which was mainly down to us putting all our trust with our planner,” says the couple. “We didn’t visit the venue, sample the menu, etc., but we went with our instinct and it didn’t let us down.”

When it came to planning, the couple also found Wedding Wire very helpful in keeping themselves organized. “[This] website was a valuable tool for creating guest lists, managing the budget, recording payments and completing checklists,” says the couple.

Because the couple had guests coming from all over the World – mainly Scotland and Australia – they created a wedding website of their own to help keep their guests informed. The site included hotel recommendations, flight offers, visa requirements and local attractions. It just so happened that a major event was being held in town the same weekend as the wedding, so the couple was concerned hotels would fill-up fast. Because of this – they encouraged their guests to book their stay sooner rather than later.

After months of planning, Gillian and Stuart pulled off a seaside, chic affair which was truly stunning. While the couple have loved many weddings they’ve been to in Scotland, it’s clear they had a different type of event in mind. These two have some words of advice for other couple’s planning a destination wedding: “We would definitely recommend hiring a planner, especially if you’re not familiar with the area. We would also vouch for selecting a meeting point like a bar/restaurant for all of your guests to meet at. Our guests couldn’t stay in the same hotel, so we set up a meeting point that was central for everyone. This worked really well for us…”

Vendors: Photographers: Amelia and Dan Photography, Wedding Planner: Francesca Disalvo-Follmer with Pure Luxe Bride, Ceremony/Reception Site: The Island House on Johns Island, South Carolina, Florist: Branch Design Studio, Cake: Wildflour Pastry, Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co., Gown Designer: Jenny Packham, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Joseph Anthony Bespoke, Catering: B. Gourmet, Band: Cahoots

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