I began working with Cristin & Jamie almost a year ago. We met for a Happy Hour meeting and immediately hit it off. We spent hours chatting about their dream day and getting to know one another.
She is a Jersey girl and he is Myrtle Beach bred - Two completely different worlds coming into one. With all of their guests traveling to their destination wedding, this meant our main goal was to make sure they experienced the real culture & life of Charleston, SC. Cristin & Jamie are such fun, outgoing individuals and wanted their wedding weekend to reflect their personalities.
The weekend started off with a Welcome Happy Hour Party instead of your typical formal rehearsal dinner. This was held on the rooftop bar of Stars, Charleston’s newest HOT SPOT! Guests were greeted with cocktails and hor d’ouvres as they entered the event.
Throughout the wedding planning process Cristin & Jamie battled many unfortunate situations – she had to get a new wedding rings 3 times, purchased a second wedding dress a week before the wedding because of over-altering and even had a groomsmen drop out last minute. I was by their side the entire way and guided them through each turmoil.
The wedding day was held on Friday, November 4th at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation. The day started off so perfectly as the sun began to peek through the clouds. All the vendors showed up on time and the event spaces came together so nicely. As guests started to arrive we slowly realized that the Pastor/Officiant was on the wrong limo bus! The Bride quickly found out and called me in tears asking what to do. We knew it would be an hour before the Pastor arrived and the ceremony could start. I noticed the catering company, Duvall Catering, had the hors d’ouvres and bar setup so I informed everyone that cocktail hour will be held prior to the ceremony. Seamlessly, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the Cotton Dock overlooking the Ashley River. They all thought it was a new trend and so cool to have the cocktail hour first. This definitely calmed the nerves of the Groom and Groomsmen who were on site and got to enjoy a stiff drink before the ceremony.
The Pastor arrived and shortly after the Bride and her 10 BRIDESMAIDS showed and began walking down the aisle. It was an outdoor ceremony held under a gorgeous oak tree surrounded by glowing lanterns. The Bride & Groom wrote their vowels, little did they know the Brides vowels were typed backwards! Cristin laughed her way through and kept on moving. At this point, everything was officially behind us and they could enjoy their night!
Paul Matthews, Paul Matthews Entertainment, led the guests and Bride & Groom into the night as Crytal, Crystal Lee Photography, captured every moment. Duvall Catering put together an amazing spread of shrimp & grits, filet and white truffle mac & cheese. They finished the evening with mini burgers & fries, a variety of mini pies and a decadent 2-tiered naked cake.
Cristin & Jamie exited the wedding with sparks of love through a sparkler exit tunnel.
PLANNING/DECOR/DESIGN | Events by Santana
VENUE | Boone Hall Plantation
PHOTOGRAPHY | Crystal Lee Photography
ENTERTAINMENT & PHOTOBOOTH | Paul Matthews Entertainment
CATERING/DESSERTS | Duvall Catering
FLORISTS | Flowers in the Forest
RENTALS | Ooh! Events
BRIDAL GOWN | Fancy Frocks