Can you tell how ready we are for summer and beach season over here? Today we are sharing this Sea Island wedding full of seagrass and shell details. Surprisingly, while we are located in Charleston, SC we are rarely able to do any beachside weddings as they aren’t allowed here. So, when we are working with a client hosting a beach wedding we do like to make use of the surroundings.
The ceremony itself took place at a local chapel before guests made their way to the Ocean Forrest Club at Sea Island. I love that this guest really got in the spirit with her woven and seashell motif Nantucket handbag.
Hearty flowers are a must for outdoor weddings. These bouquets included summer blooms such as tulips, roses, ranunculus, and cymbidium orchids.
Being held at a private beachside club afforded photographer, Liz Banfield, the chance to get some amazing shots of the wedding party on the beach. That light was so incredible!
And, I love the coastal groomsmen ensemble- white gabardine pants, navy blazer, crisp blue oxfords, and Vineyard Vines tie that coordinated with the girls’ dresses.
As a nod to the brides’ family’s Scottish heritage, a bagpiper greeted guests as they entered into the cocktail tent.
Woven seagrass beach bags with local food treats, and maagzine, waters, and emergency hangover kit, and koozies for guests to use on weekend boating and beach adventures.
Using the local bounty available, we created a seafood ice bar with the catering team at Sea Island. Southsides (a favorite of the couple) were served beachside, head here for a recipe.
Each guest was seated at tables named after actual seashells and a coordinating shell was affixed to their card, giving guests a nice little take home memento.
This was easily one of the most difficult tent drapes we have ever done, but one of the most rewarding. The tent ceiling is made from woven sheets of seagrass, normally a hearty material, but in the blustery conditions of a tent about 100 feet off of the beach, it was beyond challenging. Guests couldn’t believe it when they saw it though (and it had an amazing natural scent).
In order for guests to have the best view of the ocean during dinner, we had the tent flooring raised up several feet, giving guests a literal beachside lounge.
One of the main design showcases of the evening were shadowboxes containing sand and shell displays. And, those are icing sand dollars and shells on the cake by Jim Smeal.
The bride and groom departed by a vintage car adorned with ribbon streamers and orchid blooms. Happy Wedding Wednesday!