Wedding Photography

Middleton Place Wedding, Charleston SC. Kathryn and Drew

Kathryn and Drew’s Fairytale wedding

Thank you, Kathryn, and Drew for sharing your love story with us:

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: The setting at Middleton place is like something out of a fairytale, with it’s beautiful live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and miles of flowering mazes and butterfly lakes. We really wanted to compliment that natural beauty on our wedding day, so the theme was very Southern, rustic, and whimsical. The colors that we decided on were light peach and grey.  We did incorporate religious traditions because our faith is very important to both of us.  We had our pastor and good friend of ours, Justin Hydrick, officiate our wedding and so the ceremony felt very personal and very much represented us as a couple.  We had several moments of prayer and my dad read Song of Solomon from the Bible during the ceremony.

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: The setting was so naturally beautiful that we really did not need to add much in the way of decorations. We held the ceremony in the octagonal garden between two live oaks overlooking the Ashley River and the view was absolutely stunning. The table centerpieces at the reception alternated between vases with floating peach peonies and candles, to lanterns surrounded by a floral wreath. We had a rustic painted wooden chest for cards and we had little mints as gifts for our guest that read ‘Mint to Be.’

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: The florals were mainly peach, ivory, blush and grey. The bouquet had white peonies, blush spray rose, peach rose, jasmine and ruscus trailing with accents of dusty miller. The groom’s boutonnière was a blush ranunculus with a dusty miller backing and the groomsmen had white ranunculus boutonnieres. Tiger Lily really made each centerpiece and each bouquet look flawless. We heard later on that the sheep at Middleton Place (unsuccessfully) tried to eat our flowers. We had no idea at the time though, and they turned out to be so beautiful during the ceremony and reception!

Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

A: We had a signature drink called “Mai Tai the Knot” that was a hit. It was a peach drink with a rum base and I had striped grey straws to go with our color theme. Everyone keeps asking us how to make it now at our family get togethers. We chose chicken lollipops at cocktail hour and she crab soup followed by duck and Prime Rib for dinner.  My favorite parts of the wedding were getting ready with my bridesmaids, saying “I Do” at the ceremony, dancing with my friends and family at the reception, and the sparkler sendoff.

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
A: I had a hard time deciding on a dress at first. I remember being in Fabulous Frocks downtown with my mom, and being stuck between choosing two dresses. The woman at the store noticed that I had been standing in one dress for much longer than the other. When she checked the name on the back of the tag, we all were shocked. The designer had named the dress “Kathryn,” spelled exactly the same way that I spell my own name. Since the dress had my name on it, I knew right at that moment that it was meant to be. The dress was elegant and comfortable, with light beading running down it. I chose a long, cathedral veil to compliment it (in the shape of a clover, of course, because I’m Irish).Drew chose his outfit from a shop in downtown Charleston and he wanted to go with a color that he felt good in. He chose the light grey suit and he wore a grey tie while his groomsmen wore peach ties. His ring is also very unique and was made just for him: it is made from meteorite, dinosaur bone and deer antler on a titanium base.

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: Drew and I met while we were in college. I am a pretty shy person in general, but the night that I met him we ended up talking for hours at a party. It was so easy to talk to him, as if we had known each other for years, and from then on our relationship only grew. We both had a lot in common, from similar tastes in music to our love of travel. We fell in love, and over the years we’ve experienced much together: from the loss of close friends, to times of incredible joy, graduation from college, and new cities and new jobs. We’ve done it all together and I wouldn’t want to go through this life with anyone else. He’s the love of my life. Drew proposed to me in front of the pineapple fountain in waterfront park right before we both moved to Charleston from our hometown in Aiken. It was such a magical night!

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: The most anticipated moment for me was seeing Drew’s reaction when my dad walked me down the aisle. The rest of the day went by very quickly, but for that one moment it was as if time seemed to stop altogether. We were out of sight behind the hedges, and when the music began to play my heart was beating out of control as we turned and walked down the aisle. I didn’t know how he would react-whether he would smile, or cry, and he ended up doing both!The most special part of the night was our first dance as husband and wife. I’ll never forget how I was feeling in that moment dancing to I Do Cherish You by Mark Wills

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: Enjoy every second of it because the day really does go by in the blink of an eye! Don’t stress the small stuff, because at the end of the day it’s about that moment when you’re standing in front of everyone and God, promising to bind your life with the person you love. It’s also one of the only times in your lifetime that all of your friends and family are gathered together to celebrate with you, so cherish every single moment.

We are really thaunkful to all the awesome Charleston vendors who made this day so specail. Looking forward working with all of you soon.

 

Venue – Middleton Place

Event Planner – Yoj Events

Flowers – Tiger Lily

Hair – Vanity Salon

Makeup – Pamela Lesch

Cake – Ashley Bakery

DJ – Other Brother Entertainment 

Rentals – Eventworks

Transportation – Charleston Style Limo

Dress – Fabulous Frocks

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