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Coming Together in The South

Alyssa + James | Mar 30, 2019

Simple wedding with classic, rustic touches and blush and navy accents at The Harbour Club in Charleston, South Carolina 

With Alyssa being a New Jersey girl and James being an Ohio boy, they never thought their paths would cross, until they both started at University of South Carolina in 2012. They were living on the same floor in their freshman dorm and met during the first few days of school. From then on, they were inseparable, at least until James decided to transfer back to a school in Ohio after freshman year. 

The couple tried to take a break when they parted ways, but it didn’t last very long, and they gave long distance dating a shot. When they both graduated a semester early, they decided they would move to the city of whoever got a job first. Coincidentally, they both got a job offer the same day, in different cities. Their long distance relationship continued as Alyssa lived in Atlanta and James lived in Charlotte. 

A year later, Alyssa finally joined James in Charlotte and another year later, James made it official with a ring while on a trip to California with Alyssa’s family.  

With their respective families still living in New Jersey and Ohio, Alyssa and James decided to bring everyone to Charleston, a place they love visiting while living in the south. Rusticand classic décor mixed together to create a romantic and southern feel to the simple, but oh so perfect day. The pops of blush and navy were the perfect accenting colors for their early spring wedding.  

“We knew we wanted to get married in Charleston, South Carolina because we love visiting the city and enjoy the historic feel,” said the bride. “The inspiration for our wedding was pretty simple and romantic.”

It was a beautiful day as the sun shined down on the outdoor ceremony space on the roof of the venue. Folding white chairs lined the brick rooftop facing a white arbor.The arbor was draped with a flowing piece of fabric and a floral cluster in the top corner. Eucalyptus and dusty miller poked out of the arrangement that was full of traditional white hydrangeas, and blush roses and snapdragon. 

Guests began to fill the chairs as Alyssa was inside putting the finishing touches on her classic bridal look. She wore an A-line gown with a flowery lace bodice and a simple skirt. 

“I tried on nearly 30 dresses before finding the one,” Alyssa explained. “It was the perfect

dress for spinning and twirling in pictures, and on the dance floor.”

She added pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet that matched her pearl accented veil. The pearl accessories added the perfect southern touch to her look. She slipped into her lacey blue bottomed shoes and headed up to the ceremony.

James took his spot in front of the arbor in his navy-blue suit and blush tie. The couple wasn’t able to include their dog in their wedding so James wore socks with their dog’s face printed on it to make it feel as though he was there!

Right after the flower girl made her way down the aisle, Alyssa appeared arm in arm with her dad. The bouquet she carried matched the arrangement on the arbor and tied the whole classic look together. 

The ceremony was officiated by the couple’s brother-in-law and was rooted in their Christian faith, something very important to them. 

“It meant so much to us to have someone close to us join us together in marriage,” Alyssa told. “The ceremony overall was very rooted in our Christian faith, which was important to us.”

They incorporated a sand ceremony, exchanged vows and ultimately shared their first married kiss. And even though James forgot the rings, it was still the most perfect ceremony.

While guests headed inside the building, Alyssa and James headed outside to the classic and southern cobblestone streets and bright buildings of downtown Charleston to soak in their first few moments of newlywed bliss. Easterday Creative tagged along to capture those memories and emotions of fresh love. 

Inside, the exposed brick walls and white beams gave off a rustic feel, but the décor added a classic and southern touch. Round guest tables were set with crisp white linens and decorated with a white wooden lantern surrounded by a wreath of white hydrangeas, blush roses and greenery. 

Before taking their seats, guests grabbed their escort card, signed the canvas guestbook and dropped their cards off in the glass decaled box. There were even personalized kooziesat the bar for them to take with them and use for the rest of the night. 

Once the newlyweds returned to the venue, they made their entrance into the reception. They shared some first dances and then took their seats at their sweetheart table for dinner. The sweetheart table was decorated with white wooden “Mr. & Mrs.” signs and a few scattered white and blush flowers with accenting greenery. 

As the couple looked around the room, they felt overwhelmed to see all of their out of town family and friends come together to celebrate with them. 

“We felt so grateful and blessed to see how many people travelled to share in our special day,” the bride said. “We had a special moment during the reception when we looked around the room and felt so much love and gratitude for the people there.”

After dinner the couple cut their small cake that was accented with a navy blue ribbon and guests were invited to help themselves to the cupcake display. After enjoying a cupcake – or two! – guests joined the newlywed out on the dance floor for the rest of the night.

Before the sparkler exit, guests grabbed a pack of candied pecans and went outside to light the way out for the newlyweds.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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Creative Team

Easterday Creative

Lashes and Lace Bridal Hair and Makeup

Savvy Bride Boutique

Forever Flowers Charleston

The Cake Stand Charleston

Harbour Club

Linda Warner - Pinnacle Planner

Palmetto Strings
Jay Maxwell’s Music by Request

Wedding Bug Studios

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
330 Paper Co

Dustin White - Radial Church

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