Today’s real wedding feature is a break from the traditional. Lindsay and Mike opted to spread their wedding and reception out over two weekends so they could enjoy an intimate ceremony and dinner at their desired venue (which had a strict guest limit), and then host a reception with more guests. Lindsay explains why they did it: “Having a week between allowed us to soak in the ceremony and arrive at our reception relaxed, excited and ready to celebrate!” I also love the classy bohemian vibe of both events. And how fun are the balloons and garland? Enjoy this fun two day October wedding and reception! xoxo, Jessica
Lindsay + Mike
October 10 & 17, 2015
Isle of Palms, SC | Beach House
Lake Wylie, SC | River Hills Country Club
What was your wedding budget?
We spent about $25,000 for both events.
Venues: $5,000 (Beach House for wedding ceremony on 10/10 and River Hills Country Club for reception on 10/17)
Wedding Dress, Shoes & Accessories: $1700
Photographer & Videographer: $7,500
Food & Beverage: $5,000
Planner & Papergoods, Signs, Invites, etc: $4000
How many guests did you have?
We had 40 guests at our ceremony and 90 guests at our reception.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
Having an intimate ceremony was very important to us. We wanted the focus to be on the vows we were saying to one another and not on having a big event. We had my brother-in-law marry us to keep the ceremony very personal. During our meeting with the reception venue chef, we went over pages and pages of food options. I wasn't really connecting to any of the meal options and the chef said: “Let's get creative. You tell me what yours and Mike's favorite foods are.” I started listing our favorites- Thai summer rolls, mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, nachos. They made it happen and they presented them beautifully! But the best part was the s’mores bar and cotton candy machine that they had for us around the fire pit outside.
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
A family friend retired from a career in stationery. She gifted us with her time and design and created beautiful invitations.
What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?
Limiting our guest list to our close friends and family. This helped with the budget as well as the stress. Both the ceremony and reception guest list was so manageable. We were able to talk to everyone and thank them for being a part of wedding and lives. It felt like a celebration with close friends instead of a big show.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Start with the idea you had in your head and run with that. If you chose a theme and venue that feels right to you, everything comes more naturally. There are a lot of little decisions along the way and if you're not planning something that feels like “you” you're more likely to stress. Also, splurge on the photographer and videographer!
What was your biggest splurge?
The photographer and the flowers at the reception. Both completely worth it. Even though, yes, flowers eventually die. They set the mood and feel of the event and I realize now just how important they were. I wanted a “bohemian” feel inside a country club and our florist made it work beautifully. Our florist had such an eye for detail. She ended up helping us with the layout, table settings, etc. She was wonderful!
What was your favorite detail?
My bouquet at the reception and my flower girl and ring bearer. They looked so adorable in every shot. Their cute little outfits made them look like mini versions of us and their expressions were priceless.
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
The most memorable moment of my wedding day was meeting Mike on the beach for breakfast. There was no one else around and we exchanged notes and gifts that expressed our feelings about what were doing- getting married to each other. It calmed my nerves and set me in the right direction for the day. I'll never forget walking out on the boardwalk and seeing my groom at the end with a cup of coffee. It was so cheesy but God gave us so many messages of love in the moments together! We saw dolphins jumping in the water, a star fish washed up at our feet and there was a SWARM of butterflies. We laughed at how cliche our morning was but it was perfection.
Photographer: Rachel Red Photography • Ceremony Venue: Isle of Palms Beach House (private rental property) • Reception Venue & Catering: River Hills Country Club • Planner: Elisabella Weddings • Catering: The Smoking Pot • Videography: Afterglow • Rentals: Snyder • Dress Designer: Penelope Dress by Love Marley • Shoes: Bella Belle • Veil: Poffie Girls • Jewelry: Anthropologie • Lighting: DJ Feist • Handmade groom and ring bearer bow ties, and with the flower girl sash: Cordial Churchman • DJ: Split Second Sound • Flowers: Carey Roberts • Cake: Suarez Bakery
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