Colorful Wedding at William Aiken House :: Kelli & Stew

Calling all brides who love a healthy dose of color – this Southern wedding is for you! Kelli and Stew’s Charleston celebration took its green and yellow palette from their wedding venue, and we think you’ll love the cheerful floral arrangements, stunning reception space and the punchy paper details!


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“The William Aiken House itself was our main inspiration when planning our wedding. We choose a fresh color palate to go with the yellow exterior, and kept the décor and floral simple to accent the beautiful backdrop!”


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The Ceremony

“My Dad’s surprise speech to Stew as he gave me away was my favorite part of the ceremony – I’ll never forget that moment.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Sweet, simple, surprising.

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We knew instantly that we wanted to be married beneath the beautiful magnolia tree in the courtyard of the William Aiken House.

What was your ceremony music? 

Seating of the Mother – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire” by J.S. Bach.
Bridal Entrance – Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”
Recessional – “Hornpipe” from G.F. Handel’s Water Music.


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Who officiated your ceremony?  Stew’s uncle Shawn. He is a Presbyterian minister, and was able to make our ceremony feel very personal.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Shawn wrote the script just for us, and we exchanged traditional vows. I wanted my brother to give a reading, my friend Kelly helped me choose a poem.

What were your ceremony readings?  My brother read the poem ‘i carry your heart with me’ by EE Cummings in memory of our Mom.


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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  My Dad was so happy and proud to walk me down the aisle.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  It was a magical day! I smiled so much everyone was asking if my face was sore the next day.


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The Reception

“Our reception was fun, tasty, and filled with Southern charm – just like I’d always imagined!”




Why did you choose this location for your reception?  The house and grounds are beautiful! It had the casual Southern elegance I wanted, and the location in downtown Charleston made it easy for our guests to enjoy the city that Stew and I love.


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How did you use the space at your venue?  We set up tables in the Wragg ballroom, whose doors open out onto the patio, as well as outside. Later in the evening, we danced beneath a tent in the courtyard.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  Mint Juleps, a classic Southern cocktail.


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What was your wedding menu?  Oysters, shecrab soup, duck steamed buns, and a display of Southern goodies to start. For dinner, we served shrimp and grits, BBQ pulled pork, and fried chicken.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Rather than serve a cake, we had mini-cupcakes and a few other mini sweet treats.


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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Every last minute, but if I have to pick just one, it would be our first dance. The song was written by a friend of ours.

What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was “What You Do to Me,” written by Suzie Brown. My dad and I danced to “Daddy’s Angel” by TC Carter Music, and Stew and his mom cut a rug to “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” by Van Morrison.


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy every single minute.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Always remember that its supposed to be fun! If it stops being fun, fix it.


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The South

Vendor Credits

Photography: Ashley Seawell / Venue: William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: A Charleston Bride / Dress: Lazaro Bridal / Shoes: Kate Spade / Suit, Shirt: Trunk Club / Tie: Ben Silver / Shoes: Cole Haan / Stationery: Minted / Hair, Makeup: Stephanie Bannan, Style Lounge / Rentals: Snyder Events / Ceremony Music: Chris Teves / Reception Music: DJ Josh / Catering, Cake: Fish Catering / Printed Materials: Sweet Magnolia Paper


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1 comment

  • Ellenanne Hester says:

    We enjoyed every minute of this beautiful wedding and reception!!!! It was simply perfect for Kelli and Stewart AND their guests!

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