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Chic, Waterfront Wedding

Kara + Blake | Oct 12, 2019

Coastal chic wedding with a neutral color palette at Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina


When Kara’s sister and Blake’s cousin set the two of them up, it didn’t take long for them to realize they were meant for each other. Fast forward to a trip to Mexico, where Blake got down on one knee on the beach and asked Kara to spend forever with him.


The wedding boasted beautiful fall colors with an island feel. For the theme, they went with coastal chic to go with the ocean venue they selected. The earthy color palette included dusty blue and neutrals, with pops of burnt orange and copper for the décor.


After Kara and her bridal party spent the morning getting their hair and makeup done, the bridesmaids slipped on their floor length, seafoam-colored gowns and eagerly awaited Kara in her bridal look.


Kara looked absolutely stunning in a sleeveless gown with a beautiful satin bodice, open back and plunging neckline. Fit for a princess, the dress had a full tulle skirt with ruffled layers and satin trim. Her hair was braided back into a low bun updo, and she wore a veil and crystal drop earrings. She completed the look in a pair of silver sparkly kitten heels.


“Kara wore the most gorgeous dress that was ‘so Kara’ as her friends would say,” the photographer said, “She loved twirling in it. She looked absolutely stunning!”


Meanwhile, Blake shifted into a classic navy suit and seafoam-colored tie. He wore a burnt orange lily boutonniere that perfectly complemented the bride’s bouquet full of burnt orange lilies, white roses, lush greenery and succulents.


For Kara, one of her favorite parts of the wedding was the first look moment with Blake. As he turned around to lay eyes on his bride for the first time, he was completely taken by her beauty. It was truly a moment they would never forget!


Surrounded by whitewashed wood and palm trees, the romantic, waterfront venue needed little decoration. On a dock gazebo under string lights, white folding lawn chairs were set in rows and white rose petals and charming white lanterns lined the aisle.


At the end of the aisle, a gorgeous ceremony backdrop featured a soft cascading floral design of white carnations and eucalyptus. With the sounds of the water and the natural light flooding in on this perfect fall day, the guests took their seats as Kara made her way across the bridge.


“As her dad escorted her over the bridge and to the ceremony site, everyone stood in amazement at her beauty!” the photographer said.


The intimate ceremony was every bit as sweet, romantic and personal as it was beautiful. As the wedding party took the aisle, all eyes were drawn to the flower girl and ring bearer, who adorably stole the show.


“We can’t forget about their cute pups who were the flower girl and ring bearer,” said the photographer. “So cute!”


After exchanging vows, the couple honored their friend who passed away and would have been a groomsman in the wedding. There was a chair with his photo where he would have stood, and one of the bridesmaids placed a flower on his chair. Following the ceremony, she took the flower to his mother during the processional and they shared a hug and an emotional moment.


Once the couple said their “I dos,” they joined the photographer for a sunset photoshoot on the beach, where the soft glowy light made the most amazing portraits. Blake twirled her around in the sand, while the waves crashed in the background and sand dunes swayed in the breeze.


Under the gazebo, the space was transformed into a dreamy waterfront reception. Round tables were set up with white linens and white folding lawn chairs, with wooden boxes, floating candles, votive candles, driftwood and Spanish moss decorating the tops.


The floral arrangements were in copper vases with cream roses, white carnations, burnt orange lilies, baby’s breath and fresh greenery. On some tabletops, white lanterns sat surrounded by a wreath of greenery and florals.


At a wooden farm table, a special setting was made for the new Mr. and Mrs. There was a cream tufted loveseat, a floral garland made of eucalyptus, more white and burnt orange florals, and classic place settings with silverware, white dinner plates and linens, and two champagne glasses.


As the sun sank below the sky, the string lights twinkled over the newlyweds as they shared their much-anticipated first dance, which was Kara’s most special moment of the day.


“I think everyone that was there can attest that their first dance was not to be forgotten,” the photographer said. “The bride and groom organized the most beautiful first dance in which she made look effortless as she floated through the air!”


After the newlyweds and their friends and families made their moves on the dance floor, it was time to cut the cake. The three-tiered white cake sat on a beautiful antique silver stand, made with fluted frosting and adorned with white florals and greenery. The sweetest cake topper read, “Mr. & Mrs. Findlay.”


Once toasts were made, Kara and Blake joined their loved ones back on the dance floor where they danced the night away, full of so much love and happiness.


“These two had the absolute perfect wedding day and we enjoyed spending their special day with them and their loved ones!” the photographer said.


Kara and Blake sealed the night with a kiss, while all their loved ones sent them off into a beautiful new beginning.


Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!


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