The Couple: Ashley and Christopher
The Wedding: 04.09.11 - William Aiken House Charleston, South Carolina
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Personal, joyful and sincere
What was your wedding color palette? Soft, romantic shades of ballet pink, ivory, peach and lavender
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? I wanted our wedding to have the effortless, peaceful and laid-back spirit that we have found to be so apparent in our own love for each other. We didn’t want anything too high-maintenance, but knew that we wanted the wedding to play up the beauty of nature and show how deeply we care about our family and friends. It was also important that the entire experience be God-honoring and show our guests that our priority was first to Him, and then to each other.
We decided to offer our guests a Southern garden-themed fete that was designed with perfectly sweet and traditional touches. We flooded our wedding with romantic shades of ballet pink, ivory, peach and lavender, with gorgeous spring blooms placed perfectly throughout our ceremony and outdoor reception. Candle votives that hung by ribbon from the trees provided a warm glow throughout the charming gardens of the William Aiken House as guests danced the night away under tents lit brightly by antique chandeliers.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? I am so thankful that we were able to get married in Charleston, as I think the energy of the city and our venue reflected our personalities perfectly. My favorite memory looking back was feeling the love of our friends and family as we said our vows, and seeing how excited everyone was to celebrate the start of our marriage. I have never felt more loved, content or happy than I did on that day.
The Wedding Team:
The Photographer: Leigh Webber
The Event Planner: Luke Wilson Special Events
The Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church
The Reception Venue: William Aiken House
Videographer/Film Maker: Artistic Eye
Officiant: Reverand Marshall Blalock
Invitation Designer: William Arthur from Geppetto Designs
Catering: FISH Restaurant
Florist: Timeless Designs
Wedding Cake: Jim Smeal
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier - Ultimate Bride
Bridal Accessories: Earrings - Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaids' Apparel and Accessories: Lela Rose
Groom and Groomsmen Apparel and Accessories: Tuxedos - Grady Ervin, Bowties - M. Dumas & Sons
Hair: Stuart Lawrence Salon
Make-up: Charleston Makeup
Live Music: Total Package
Transportation: Charleston Black Cab
Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals
Thank you so much Ashley and Christopher for sharing your very special wedding day with us! Congratulations, we wish you the best!
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