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Real Weddings: Sarah & Chris | Private Residence, South Carolina

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{Featured in Vol. 18}
Photographer:  Ava Moore Photography
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.  // Floral Designer: Pretty Petals of Charleston // Event Planner: Simply Weddings Charleston // Submitted via Two Bright Lights



What inspired your wedding theme?
I wanted a laid-back, casual, fun beach wedding and decided that Folly Beach was the perfect place with an outdoor beach ceremony and reception at a rental house right on the beach. With the beach theme, I knew I wanted to incorporate decorations with sand, seashells, and burlap. I’ve always been a very crafty person and love DIY projects and knew I wanted to do a lot of the decorations myself. We love the way that our vision came together.

We hired excellent vendors for the food and drink, music and photography. We also had a wonderful florist for the bouquets but for the most part our wedding and reception was a DIY project that we had so much fun doing. The DIY projects were never tedious or difficult but rather fun opportunities for me and my fiancé,  my bridesmaids, and my parents.

What inspired your wedding color palette?
I absolutely love the colors yellow and gray and think they compliment each other very well. Our bedroom is also decorated yellow and gray and I used some of our home decorations at the wedding. I thought yellow would compliment my bridesmaids well and look great with the yellow and white flowers. The groomsmen wore gray pants, a white collared shirt, and a pop of color with yellow calla lilies wrapped in twine for boutonnieres.

What was special about where you got married?
Chris proposed to me in front of the pineapple fountain in Charleston, SC. With the location by the water and the peaceful feel of hearing the waves, we knew we wanted to get married in the area and somewhere on the coast. When we visited Folly Beach, we instantly fell in love.

What do-it-yourself projects did you do?
Everything that I could! After some searching on Pinterest and Etsy, I thought, I can do a lot of this myself!

Wedding Favors – We bought sand dollars online and I used a fine tip permanent marker to write Sarah and Chris May 23, 2014 along the top and bottom. I then layered them with ModPodge to make them less fragile. Once dry, I tied a yellow bow at the top and used a fine piece of burlap string. They were each individually wrapped in grey and yellow organza bags and given to each guest to use as a Christmas ornament.

Guestbook and card table – We used Shutterfly to create a book of our engagement pictures for guests to sign. My husband and I now have this book on our coffee table to enjoy. We took our old mailbox, painted it gray, added burlap and lace, and added our initials on the side to be used as a place for guests to put cards. We now use this mailbox at our new house.

Centerpieces – we used various sizes of mason jars and wrapped them in burlap and raffia. We bought flowers from a wholesaler and arranged them ourselves. For the flowers we used yellow and white roses, carnations, craspedia (billy balls), and baby’s breath. We bought large hurricane vases from the flea market and  filled  them with sand and seashells and large candles. Additionally, we picked up some various size vases, filled them with sand and seashells and put floating candles in them. After the ceremony we took the flower arrangements to a local nursing home for the residents to enjoy.

Decorations – we used paper lanterns in grey, yellow and white as well as some paper pom-poms under our tent for ambiance. We hung white lights around the tent and the decking of the beach house and this combined with all our candles provided the perfect soft lighting and romantic atmosphere we were looking for. I also used tulle, raffia and starfish to tie around some of the chairs on the beach and as decorations at the beach house.


The best advice I could give any bride is to try and enjoy the planning of your wedding and do what makes you happy. Don’t worry about every little detail or things that might go wrong because no one else will notice if things are not perfect. Don’t strive for perfection but rather try to make your wedding unique to you and your future husband and have your wedding a reflection of what is important to you. Planning what will be one of the happiest days of your life shouldn’t be stressful it should be a time of joy and love and inspiration. By having a DIY wedding it allows you to feel such a connection with the ceremony and allows a personal, unique touch to this wonderful day.



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