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Married on the Marsh

Taylor + Jared | Oct 5, 2019

Relaxed, marshfront wedding with soft autumn tones at Mingo Point on Kiawah Island, South Carolina 


Taylor never knew Jared in high school, but she’d heard the name before. After college, she received a friend request from him on social media, so she asked her friend about him. Her friend, and future bridesmaid, jumped into matchmaker mode and suggested a double date. Even though Jared was sick and couldn’t make it, the two sparked a friendship over messages.

“After a few weeks of getting to know each other we decided to meet up one night,” said Taylor, “and essentially became inseparable after that!”

Fast forward to a special trip with Taylor’s parents to her favorite place on earth: Disney World. As they went to stand in front of the castle for a picture, she could feel his heart beating through his chest when he got down on one knee.

“People were clapping, and we were crying,” said Taylor. “It is definitely a day I will never forget!”

Following the engagement, Taylor and Jared knew they wanted to return to Kiawah Island, where her sister had also been married. The relaxed, Lowcountry essence provided the most beautiful wedding backdrop, complete with perfect autumn weather.

“We knew that space described us as a couple,” said Taylor, “so the decision-making was not hard!”

Of course, the wedding day began with the bridal look. After sharing laughs and mimosas all morning in their floral-print kimono robes, Taylor’s bridesmaids were left speechless as she descended the grand spiral staircase in her wedding gown.

She wore a breathtaking, non-traditional A-line dress with an ivory floral overlay that popped against the champagne skirt. The relaxed halter neckline provided a romantic open back, while the crochet and lace bodice gave the look a feminine touch.

“I really did not have a certain type of gown in mind, I just knew that I would know it when I saw it,” said Taylor. “My only stipulation was that I wanted to be able to dance and eat comfortably in it.”

Her blonde hair was twisted into a beachy low bun, with loose tendrils and sprigs of greenery intertwined throughout. She wore natural makeup and minimalist jewelry, as well as a pair of dusty rose pointed-toe flats with cut-out details.

As she posed poolside, looking more radiant than the glistening water, Jared was inside making finishing touches to his wedding-day ensemble. He looked dapper in a custom gray suit, which he also gifted to each of his groomsmen. They paired the suits with mauve ties and pocket squares, which looked gorgeous next to the bridesmaids’ mismatched mauve and blush dresses.

“The overall look was soft and light,” said Taylor, “exactly what I was going for.”

The men wore greenery on their lapels, while the bridesmaids carried small bouquets of cream and blush roses, mixed in with vibrant bursts of tangerine. For the stunning bridal bouquet, Taylor carried an arrangement with cascading greenery, bits of succulents, blush and cream garden roses, and pastel pink peonies. 

“Florals were a huge part of my wedding,” said Taylor. “For me, they can totally transform a space and make it into something beautiful, and I knew they would make a lasting impression on that day and in photographs.”

As guests took their seats at the waterfront wedding ceremony, they took in the beauty of the scenery as they eagerly awaited seeing the bride. The rest of the decor was kept fairly simple, with floral installations on the rustic wedding arbor as the focal point.

“The area is so beautiful with the perfect backdrop of the marsh, so nature did most of the decoration,” said Taylor.

Following in the footsteps of the most adorable ring bearer and flower girl, Taylor floated down the aisle in her ethereal chapel veil with delicate lace trim. As she made her way down the rustic boardwalk to the wooden arbor, wrapped in greenery and adorned with flowers, Jared was smiling ear-to-ear.

“I wasn't nervous the whole day, but super excited for the moment to finally come,” said Taylor. “It was definitely one of the sweetest and most unforgettable moments to walk down and finally make eye contact.”

In lieu of a first look, Taylor and Jared decided to save the reveal for the ceremony. For the bride, walking down the aisle and seeing her soon-to-be husband for the first time was a special moment she would never forget. They held hands, exchanging vows, smiles and happy tears all while the lush marsh swayed in the creek behind them, and in the presence of their loved ones.

“We wanted to keep it small, to give it a more personal feel, and allow us the time to actually hang out with our friends and family,” said Taylor. “Spending time with those important to us and celebrating was definitely our favorite part of our day.”

For the reception, the space was illuminated by whimsical string lights, while the floral design and gold accents throughout the tablescape breathed autumn inspiration into the air.

“We knew we wanted lights strung in the trees so we could dance into the night, and florals spread throughout,” said Taylor.

One of Taylor’s favorite decor elements were the table-long garlands that decorated the dining tables. They included sprays of tiny wildflower, fresh eucalyptus, ivory spray roses, and tangy orange garden roses. Across the table, they complemented the oversized candles and brushed gold chargers beautifully.

“They totally made that space and were a beautiful combination that I could not be happier with,” said Taylor.

There were also tiny potted succulents incorporated into the decor, displayed on a wooden tiered structure and handed out as favors to their guests. Everyone lounged in rocking chairs around a cozy firepit and danced the night away to upbeat tunes from the wedding DJ.

“Jared and I both LOVE to dance,” said Taylor, “so we knew we wanted a great DJ and plenty of time to party on the dance floor.”

They included several personal touches throughout the reception decor, including a few signs and some beautiful lantern arrangements made by the bride’s mother. Another, which was one of Taylor’s favorites, was their unique photo booth guest book.

“After photos printed from the booth, guests glued their pictures into it and wrote us sweet messages beside them,” said Taylor. “Now we can look back and see everyone having a great time and read their well-wishes.”

The three-tiered naked wedding cake was filled with frosting between layers, and garnished with handfuls of apricot, blush and ivory roses. They also served two personal, single-tiered cakes with the bride and groom’s respective school mascots on top!

To cap off the night of their dreams, their loved ones grabbed their own hand-potted succulent and lined up with sparklers - lighting up the night sky and giving Taylor and Jared their fairytale send-off.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.! 

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Creative Team

Birdy Grey
Rue De Seine
Kelly's Closet

Pretty Petals of Charleston

Mingo Point

Bob Williams Duo
Bride's First Dance

Rentals & Decor
Eventworks Rentals

Lowcountry Wedding Films

Cruz Coordination

MCG Photography

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