Gay Wedding

LOVE IS LOVE | WEDDING AT ATALAYA CASTLE, HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK

Beautiful individuals inside and out, Shane & Zac are one-of-a-kind. Their world’s are surrounded by amazing family and friends who adore them and they made me feel that same love and admiration from the first time I met them. As nature lovers and outdoorsmen, the couple routinely visited Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC, which later became home to their special day.   

Atalaya Castle, a historic castle in the Grand Strand, was the most whimsical backdrop for the colorful garden themed wedding. Floral napkins from Dillard’s were the inspiration and focal point for the entire day and everything was planned around this one ravishing linen. Shane & Zac even created a matching hand sewn ribbon garland as the ceremony backdrop which tied it all together.  

The cocktail style reception was full of fun activities for all ages. Along with their families, they built cornhole boards, adult size connect four and a gorgeous wooden bar. Sweet signature cocktails and a homebrewed craft beer made of peaches and cream were accompanied by a dessert bar of mini cake shots from Buttercream Cakes & Catering!

Across the foliage wall entering the reception area,  strung memories of Shane and Zac and their together journey together thus far! Guests were encouraged to take polaroid pictures ((SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE)) to add to the collection. DJ Wayne, Premier DJ Entertainment, kept the party alive by mixing club style upbeat tunes. 

The night was topped off with a red carpet that led Shane & Zac to a 1940’s Packard- Studebaker, from RSG Event Design, which reminisced Shane’s childhood, as his grandfather had one as well.

I could go on and on about this wedding but I’ll let the photos do some of the work. The team of vendors for this day was spectacular and it has been one of my favorite weddings to date!

 

S&Z, I wish you all the best of luck and love and I look forward to our lifetime of friendship!

LOVE IS LOVE <3

 

XOXO

-Santana + EBS Team

 

EVENT PLANNER | EVENTS BY SANTANA

PHOTOGRAPHER | CRYSTAL LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER | HANNAH RUTH PHOTOGRAPHY

VENUE | ATALAYA CASTLE, HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK

ENTERTAINMENT | DJ WAYNE CRIBB, PREMIER DJ ENTERTAINMENT

OFFICIANT | MYRTLE BEACH WEDDING OFFICIANT, ERIC HUNT

CATERER & DESSERTS | BUTTERCREAM CAKES & CATERING

FLORALS & EXIT CAR | RSG EVENT DESIGN

POPCORN | COLLETTE'S POPCORN

RENTALS | CONWAY RENTAL CENTER 

SUITS | BELK & JOSEPH A. BANK

WEDDING PARTY GOWNS | DAVID'S BRIDAL

 

 

SAIL AWAY WITH ME | JENNIFER & AMANDA | MAGNOLIA PLANTATION, CHARLESTON, SC

I met Jenny & Amanda almost 5 years ago through a mutual friend. I could immediately tell they were amazing individuals and we instantly clicked! Our friendship quickly developed and each step of the way, their love for one another never ceased to amaze me! They are both so outgoing and loving with hearts of gold. 

We planned their wedding for almost 2 years and even had to move the date from a Saturday in October to a Monday in December due to Jenny’s deployment (United States Coast Guard). The winter wonderland themed wedding was one to remember. 

Magnolia Plantation Carriage House in Charleston, SC was the perfect location for the ceremony & reception. It was surrounded by over-grown oak trees, colorful gardens, and sat directly on the Ashley River. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel +  Leisure Magazine

Jenny & Amanda are always the life of the party and what better way to prove that than to have mini fireball shots for guests at the end of your ceremony? It was a fun surprise for everyone, even the officiant pulled one out of his coat! 

The cocktail hour continued the excitement with a “shuck-it-yourself” oyster roast! After the guests cleaned up and took their seats in the Carriage House the bridal party stormed in with yellow Steelers “Terrible Towels” (Jenny’s family are HUGE Steelers fans).

After a southern-style dinner by Crazy Dutchman Catering, Jenny & Amanda cut into a rainbow layered cake decorated to look like white birchwood.  Followed by cake, guests enjoyed a bourbon & cigar bar on the back deck as the sun set over the river. 

Ryan of Globaltruth Entertainment, didn’t need much to pump up this wild crowd! It was a night full of dancing, drinking and good times! 

"In high tide or in low tide I'll be by your side" -Bob Marley

 

PLANNING/DECOR/DESIGN | EVENTS BY SANTANA

VENUE | Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

PHOTOGRAPHY | Amslee Agency

DJ//LIGHTING | Globaltruth Entertainment

CATERING//BAR | Crazy Dutchman Catering

CAKE/DESSERTS | Sweet Rhi

BRIDAL GOWN//BRIDESMAID DRESSES | Little White Dress

GROOM//GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | Express   

TRANSPORTATION | Charleston Style Limo

OFFICIANT | Bill Pennauchi 

HAIR & MAKEUP | Sharon Low & Joanne Shipley