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The Tropics in The South

Katy + Austin | Aug 26, 2018

Blush, ivory and olive green colored southern wedding with a tropical and exotic style at the Lowndes Grove in Charleston, South Carolina

Katy and Austin met while they were attending the University of Miami. Katy was wrapping up undergrad, while Austin was starting his graduate program. Katy was actually looking for a new roommate at the time, so Austin moved in. The two became friends first and eventually started dating. While on a winter cruise to the Caribbean the two visited a secluded beach in Antigua and Austin surprised Katy with a proposal. 

Since the couple love to travel, they decided on a destination wedding and settled on Charleston as the destination. Once they found their venue, the building style and waterfront location inspired their southern tropical style. It is also a nice nod to their proposal if you ask us!

“We have family and friends all across the country and abroad, and we also love to travel, so a destination wedding was very suited to our lifestyle,” explained the bride. “After visiting more than 10 venues during a weekend in Charleston, we both ended up loving Lowndes Grove the best – the style of the home and being right on the Ashley River inspired a tropical/southern vibe that was incorporated throughout the wedding day design.”

Katy spent the morning popping bottles and sipping champagne with her bridesmaids– and bridesman! – while her hair and makeup got done. Her hair was pulled back in a low ‘do with a side braid, that was on point with her tropical vibe and showed off the amazing back of her dress. 

“I had been planning my wedding dress and look for a long time, but it was still so hard to choose,” told the bride. “I had always envisioned a lace sheath dress with a low back, and in the end stuck with my original vision.”

The Cannes gown by Katie May was jaw dropping with its romantic lace bodice and lace up strappy back. And more importantly, it was lightweight and breezy enough for that Charleston summer heat!

Once Katy put the cathedral lace veil on, she walked downstairs to share a private first look with her almost husband. While she was on the fence about a first look, it ended up being one of the most special moments of the whole wedding day for her. 

Austin stood on the front porch of the house waiting in his navy blue suit and olive green feathered bow tie he previously bought on the couple’s first trip to Charleston. Katy tapped him on the shoulder and his jaw nearly hit the floor when he turned around to see his bride. 

As guests took their seats in the grassy field beneath the tall trees, Katy and Austin went their separate ways, only to meet at the end of the altar again a few minutes later. First, Austin and his groomsmen in matching navy suits took their spots, then Katy’s bridal crew took their spots. The bridesmaid’s dresses couldn’t have been more on theme with some in an olive green color and some in a tropical colorful floral pattern. 

Katy walked down the aisle by herself carrying the most exotic looking bouquet that centered around a King Protea, similar to the bouquets her bridesmaids were holding. Once she reached Austin, the two joined hands and never let go. After the readings and poems handpicked by the couple were read, they exchanged rings and just like that, became husband and wife. 

Once the ceremony ended, guests were welcomed into the reception tent and it was as if they stepped into the exotic tropics. There were palm leaves and floral printed plates with cheetahs and zebras, there were more King Proteas and the sun shining over the water in the distance. 

There was one long head table made up of two white washed wooden tables set with matching chairs from Snyder Events. In the center of it was a tall exotic floral centerpiece and smaller greenery arrangements off to the side. Each setting had an olive green napkin, a plate bought by the bride herself and an olive green water glass. 

“I envisioned a look that would showcase the beautiful venue, while incorporating both southern and tropical elements,” said Katy. “All of the glassware, plates, furniture, etc. were hand selected individually to go with the theme.”

Aside from the handpicked décor and tableware, so many other pieces of the reception were on theme, including the food and drinks. There was the bride and groom specialty cocktails– a lavender Moscow Mule for her and a passionfruit mojito for him – and the southern style menu of fried chicken, crab cakes and braised short ribs. 

Inside there was a tropical themed wedding cake. The three tiered white cakewas simple but topped with the most statement making topper ever. There was an orange laceleaf flower surrounded by the tallest greenery leaves shooting out, just as big as the cake itself. It was amazing.

While the couple headed to the docks for some epic sunset photos, Bunn DJ Companykept the guests busy out on the dance floor until the very last moment. In honor of the groom’s time served in The Peace Corps in Africa, the last song of the night was actually, “Africa,” and fit right into the exotic theme. 

When the song ended, guests lined up outside and lit up the pathway with sparklers as the couple made their grand exit out.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Creative Team

Bunn DJ Company - Charleston

Rentals & Decor
Snyder Events
Eventworks Rentals
Ooh Events

Willow Event Design

Lowndes Grove

Beautiful Bride Events

Kemp Collective

Patrick Proprieties Hospitality Group

Wild Ivory Beauty

Lovely Bride NYC
Generation Tux

Kristen Barner

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