If there’s any location that’s great for a weekend getaway wedding, it has to be Charleston, SC. This wedding from Troy Grover Photographers and Branch Design Studio features not only Charleston’s stunning scenery, but also tons of great ideas to scoop up and a dreamy color palette of pastel tones, gold, and just the right amount of sequins.
From the bride, Allison: We decided early on to have a destination wedding given how spread out all of our friends and family are across the country and overseas. We wanted a location that would feel like a fun and special weekend getaway, and Charleston fit that bill perfectly. The city has such personality and charm, it’s full of romance, celebrates hospitality, and of course has amazing food. We wanted our wedding to include all of these things!
Flower recipe: Our bouquets and table arrangements were made up of peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, coral amaryllis, white astilbe, peach lisianthus, dusty miller, jasmine vine, blush sweet peas, and lambs ear.
We wanted to incorporate color into the wedding, but still feel soft and true to the garden look of Magnolia, as well as the spring season – nothing too bold or loud. We used a sea foam watercolor look on all of our paper goods, and the bridesmaids wore varying shades of grey and mint. The flower arrangements were full of pinks and corals, and we incorporated touches of gold throughout to tie all of the details together. It was a little nerve wracking trying to envision all of the colors and textures together, but our vendors did such an amazing job and we could not have been more thrilled with how beautifully everything turned out!
Neither of us are huge fans of cake, so we knew we wanted to have a different dessert. When we realized our wedding fell on pi day (3.1415), serving pies seemed like a perfect way to celebrate the date, and it added to the southern feel of the wedding. We had five different flavors and they were all incredible. We named our tables after streets that Brendon and I have lived on throughout our lives, and tied the escort cards to vintage skeleton keys. Our graphic designer (also my best friend) created a skeleton key design that we used on our menus, programs, and guest book. Within the key, she incorporated our initials and a pi sign – it was such a special and unique tie-in to the theme.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Set a date to just stop the planning and start enjoying the wedding festivities. This was (fortunately) forced upon us since we had to travel out of town for the wedding. Once we left home, we were much more limited in what we could take care of last minute. Anything that wasn’t done or purchased at that point, we decided to just do without. It really allowed us to enjoy time with our friends and family in the days leading up to the wedding, rather than run around taking care of last minute details. I’m also a huge huge advocate for prioritizing wedding photography. Working with Troy & Aimee Grover was a dream, and they captured photos that we will have and cherish forever.
Bridal Party Processional: “Hold You in My Arms,” Ray LaMontagne
Bride’s Processional: “La Vie en Rose,” Daniela Andrade
Recessional: “Homegrown,” Zac Brown Band
First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
Father/Daughter Dance: “Forever Young,” Rod Stewart
Mother/Son Dance: “Dream Big,” Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband