Katherine Ferriter and Fritz Hauschild hosted their wedding on Spring Island in South Carolina, bringing all their Northeast friends down to the south for a fun and festive “low country” celebration. While the south set the backdrop, Katherine made sure to find ways to incorporate her classic New England style into the design. We know you’ll love the images by Ashley Seawell Photography alongside Katherine’s story!
What made your wedding special and unique?
Our wedding was held on Spring Island, South Carolina. My parents moved to the neighboring island of Callawassie, two years prior. However, I grew up Simsbury, Connecticut and my husband grew up on Marine on St. Croix. We liked the idea of holding the wedding in South Carolina so the guests could all stay on the island and spend time with each other and enjoy the low country. It was important to me to incorporate my classical New England style with the low country beauty. It was incredibly special to have friends and family travel from afar. Fritz and I both lost our fathers to cancer so it was important for us to incorporate them into our day. In lieu of favors we gave a donation in name of each of our guests to the American Cancer Society. Although some people may find 9 bridesmaids a lot it was incredible to be supported by my two sisters, sister -in- law, and, best friends. Our entire wedding party seven of the members were either siblings or brothers and sisters in laws.
What were some personal touches that made it special?
We decided to incorporate East Coast touches and a nautical theme. Our flower girl was my niece, even though she was two, she was perfect. My uncle, who is an ordained catholic priest, married us. The American Cancer Society donations in lieu of party favors for our guests. We had guests sign a nautical map instead of a guest book, so we could frame it and hang it in our home.
Tell us about your gown/ where/how did you find it?
That summer, I flew to visit my sister in Denver and my other sister flew in from Phoenix for a celebratory sisters weekend. My sister made several appointments for me to try on gowns since I really had no idea as to what I was looking for. At Anna be in Denver I tried on a Modern Trousseau gown. I loved how they custom made each gown to your measurements. I fell in love with the dress, but I knew I needed to have that special moment with my mom, so I scheduled to go to the Modern Trousseau show room with her in early fall. She loved the classic design of the dress as well as the delicate lace and we were actually able to custom design the bust of one gown with the train of another. In my fitting I was able to work with the seamstress to create a satin belt with a lace overlay. I was even able to meet the designer. Everything about the experience was personable and customized.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of the day was a quiet part of dinner when I looked at Fritz and around the room at my friends and family, and felt an overwhelming amount of love and support. And the band at the reception was pretty awesome.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Fritz and I both went to Bates college in Maine. We met each other before school started in preseason of soccer. We remained friends all four years of college, but didn’t start dating until we both moved to D.C.
Fritz proposed to me on the 5th of July, 2012. He was home from law school doing a clerkship in Minnesota, while I stayed working in Philadelphia. I flew to visit him for the 4th of July. The next day we were kayaking on the St. Croix River and we got out on a sandy bank on the side of the river. We got out and I rested my ore on the kayak, when I turned he was on one knee. By the time we came back, Fritz’s family was on the dock waiting with champagne.
Vendors: Photography: Ashley Seawell Photography // Event Design and Planning: Ashley Rhodes Events // Floral Design: Emily Wynn Wildes Floral Design // Ceremony: St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Beaufort, SC // Reception and Catering: Spring Island // Bridal Gown: Modern Trousseau // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu Kate // Tent: Amazing Events Rentals // Invitations: Reaves Engraving