Jen + Joey | May 16, 2020
Intimate spring wedding with a soft color palette and abundant florals at a private waterfront home in Beaufort, South Carolina
With COVID on the rise, Jen and Joey not only had to cut their guest list, but they also had to find a new location for both their ceremony and reception. While they were originally hoping to marry in a local church and have a reception in downtown Beaufort, they instead created an unforgettable experience at a friend's home overlooking the water.
“They knew the most important part of the day was that they were going to get married,” said the photographer, “and that was celebration enough for them!”
Jen and her girls got ready inside the home, with Jen fixing her own hair and makeup before getting zipped into her wedding gown by her mom and sister. The rest of her bridesmaids came in after with eyes closed - eager for the surprise reveal.
They prayed over her in her whimsical ball gown, with ivory petal-like lace that covered the bodice and disappeared down the tulle skirt. The pale blush fabric beneath the sheer overlay gave the gown a feminine touch, while the dramatic deep V and open back added a bit of romance.
She completed her natural bridal look with minimalist jewelry and makeup, a pair of floral-embroidered blush pumps, and a cathedral-length veil in her sleek low bun. All around her, the bridesmaids wore mismatched gowns in radiant spring color tones including chartreuse, apricot and blush.
Joey looked effortlessly handsome in a tailored navy suit, paired with a white dress shirt and floral print tie that complemented the tangerine daisy on his lapel. His groomsmen paired white dress shirts with khaki slacks and trendy suspenders - each sporting a different floral print bow tie.
Out on the home’s waterfront lawn, the ceremony site was set with a rustic wooden arbor, draped with ivory tulle. Warm natural light flooded in from every angle, adding a shimmer to the surrounding water. Florals were installed on the wedding arbor, and there was potted greenery in cast urns at the foot of the structure.
As Jen walked down the back steps of the house, everything fell into place. Her veil fluttered behind her in the sea breeze, and she carried a breathtaking arrangement of fresh eucalyptus, blue thistle, blush garden roses, tangerine daisies and a plethora of soft spring blooms.
“During the ceremony, the pastor invited all in attendance to stand and link arms with the couple as together they all said prayers of gratitude for their wedding day,” said the photographer. “It was one of my favorite moments of the day.”
After exchanging “I do's” and recessing down the aisle in celebration, the newlyweds and their wedding party hopped on a vibrant beet-red double-decker bus. They cruised into historic downtown Beaufort for gorgeous portraits in the gardens, on the docks and along the bayfront.
“This was such a fun, carefree time that none of us had been sure would be possible with everything going on,” said the photographer, “but we were all thrilled when it ended up working out perfectly!”
As the photographer captured each memory, the reception was being set up back at the waterfront home. For the wedding decor, Jen had envisioned her love for wildflowers shining through in the details.
“From her colorful bridesmaids dresses, to brightly stained glass vases, and of course, a wild array of colors in her bouquet, this rang true,” said the photographer.
The guests’ tables were set with ivory linens and wooden folding garden chairs, and the new Mr. and Mrs. had their very own sweetheart table with an ivory fabric runner. All of the tablescapes were made cozy with an abundance of candlelight, green garland and small bud arrangements in mismatched blue and glass vases.
There was also a coastal touch in the details, with burlap runners, navy napkins and candle votives filled with sand. They also had hand-lettered seashells in lieu of traditional name cards.
Jen let her hair down for the afterparty, and shared an emotional moment on the grassy dance floor with Joey. Their friends and families joined them, sipping on classic Cheerwine and fueling their dancing shoes on Mexican cuisine all night long.
As the sun set over the water, it was soon time to cut the wedding cake. They served a petite, single-tiered buttercream cake with fluted icing, loose flowers and seashell garnishes. After a few more sentimental dances and toasts, their guests gave them a sparkler send-off - the idyllic end to an enchanting evening.
“While things had not looked the way Jen and Joey had originally planned,” said the photographer, “it ended up being even more romantic and purposeful than they ever could have wished for!”
Congratulations, Jen and Joey!
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