Weston & Rhoades | Traditional Wedding in South Carolina

I know I say it all the time, but I’m a sucker for a classic Southern wedding! This elegant South Carolina celebration comes to us from Landon Jacob and Spencer Special Events, and it’s full of lovely Southern details from magnolia leaf garlands to boiled peanuts. I know you’ll love this one as much as I do!

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The bride’s cascade style bouquet included white roses, lily-of-the-valley, and magnolia leaves.

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Says the bride, “We wanted a classic, elegant, lovely, Southern wedding. We wanted the focus to be the May River, and to showcase the beautiful Lowcountry. We chose neutral colors throughout (white flowers and champagne bridesmaid dresses) to enhance the natural colors of the river and marsh, trees, and Spanish moss.”

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After taking pictures inside and outside the church, the bride, groom and wedding party boarded a boat which took them down the May River to the bride’s parents’ dock, where they joined the rest of the guests for the reception in the bride’s parents’ backyard.

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“Our favorite part of the day was the boat ride between the church and the reception with our wedding party,” share the couple. “We loved having that special time to celebrate with our closest friends and family. Catching our first view of the reception was a spectacular sight.”

The reception featured bluegrass music by the Savannah River Bluegrass Band, plus a Southern menu: fried oysters, tomato sandwiches, ham biscuits, boiled peanuts, fried green tomatoes, jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp and grits, beef tenderloin, and collards in squash boats.

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The dramatic cake was created by Minette Rushing Cakes, and featured hundreds of realistic sugar flowers. Each tier was a different flavor: pound cake with vanilla buttercream, chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, vanilla cake with raspberry and white chocolate mousse filling, chocolate cake with caramel and white chocolate mousse filling, and pound cake with caramel and white chocolate mousse filling.

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SEE MORE IMAGES FROM THIS CLASSIC SOUTHERN WEDDING IN THE GALLERY.

 

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose this location because I grew up in Bluffton, and we both love the Lowcountry. We chose to get married at the Church of the Cross because it is where my family has attended church all of my life. The Church of the Cross is a gorgeous, historic church in the heart of downtown Bluffton. The beautiful setting of my parents’ home on the May River in Bluffton was the perfect location for our outside reception. The view of the marsh and river in October is breathtaking.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We celebrated communion in the church service. At the reception, we had the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance, we cut the cake, and I threw the bouquet. Our friends and family threw white confetti when we left the reception.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take the time to step back and soak in every moment of the wedding day.

What advice do you have for other brides?  My advice would be to first of all, enjoy the planning process! Keep your perspective and don’t get wrapped up in the tiny details. It doesn’t matter if the drink stirrers don’t perfectly match the cocktail napkins! You are marrying the love of your life, and that should be your focus. Secondly, look around you at your reception. Take in the flowers, the music, the atmosphere, the kind words, and most importantly, your guests – your closest family and friends who have traveled from near and far to be with you on this special day. Third, hire a good photographer and videographer. It is worth it to have timeless and beautiful coverage of your wedding day. Finally, soak up every minute, because it all flies by entirely too quickly!

Vendor Credits

Photography: Landon Jacob / Event Planning & Design: Amanda Spencer, Spencer Special Events / Venue: private residence in Bluffton, South Carolina / Church: Church of the Cross / Bride's Dress: Paloma Blanca / Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom's Suit: Tom James / Shirt, Tie: JoS. A Bank / Boots: J.B. Hill / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Stationery: Pretty Papers and Gifts / Floral Designer: A Floral Affair / Rentals: Savannah Special Events / Music: Savannah River Bluegrass Band through Event Performance / Caterer: Susan Mason Catering / Cake: Minette Rushing Cakes / Videographer: Life Stage Films / Boat: Good Times Charters

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