Gilded Beach Wedding in Charleston
by Kelly Sauer
St. Louis, Missouri couple Jason and Michelle chose a destination wedding in Charleston, S.C., because the more Michelle planned, the more complex a wedding in her hometown became. She wanted her wedding day to be a day when she could be at her most beautiful while being down-to-earth and deeply in love, so she decided to move the wedding to a beach house in Charleston. She poured herself into the details of the wedding, compiling a selection of gold vintage brooches and having a local florist create her one-of-a-kind DIY bouquet, and adding little elegant touches like a tuxedo for the couple’s cocker spaniel, Finn, Plum Pretty Sugar robes for her bridesmaids (who then changed into varying shades of gold for the ceremony), and chalkboard-labeled jars for a lemonade “cocktail” hour on the beach after their sweet ceremony. She included a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream station instead of a cake, and lots of personalized details all located in the brick-walled Southend Brewery in downtown Charleston.
Very special thanks to photographer Kelly Sauer for such gorgeous images!
Photographer: Kelly Sauer // Wedding Venue: Private Home at Folly Beach, S.C. // Reception Venue: Southend Brewery // Event Designer/Coordinator and Florist: Beth LeonGuerrero, Wildflowers, Inc. // Bride’s Bouquet: Walter Knoll Florist // Makeup: Bride // Hair: Abi Bollinger, friend of the bride // Caterer: Southend Brewery // Dessert: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream // Officiant: Friend from St. Louis // DJ/Band: Lee Edwards Entertainment // Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji for BHLDN // Hair Accessory: Twigs & Honey // Bride’s Earrings/Bracelets: Nadri // Bride’s Engagement Ring: passed down from her grandmother, who passed away in September, 2012 // Shoes: Nina // Bridesmaid’s Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar // Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Express, Arden B, & Dillards // Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Kate Spade New York // Groom’s Suit – David’s Tuxedos // Groom’s Shoes – Converse // Groomsmen’s Suits – David’s Tuxedos // DIY Resources: Etsy/Local Antique Shops