Emily and CJ’s spring wedding on Johns Island at Briar’s Creek Golf Club in South Carolina was a Southern dream. A Charleston Bride worked with Palmetto Bloom to create a magical space that ushered guests from the ceremony to a chic lounge and then into the tented reception. An ethereal mix of creamy florals against coastal greys created a perfect Carolina fête not to be forgotten. / Images by Hyer Images.
Says Emily, “We wanted somewhere that was unique … CJ’s dad belongs to the [Briar’s Creek] golf club and when we went to visit, we knew right away that it was the perfect spot! We did everything on the 19th hole and had to build it all up from the bottom (thanks to our amazing wedding planner who made it happen)! It was a very laid back/romantic setting right on the water! The dress I ended up choosing was one of the first ones that I tried on. I put it off to the side as an ‘option’ and kept going back to the same store to try it on. It was actually the most conservative out of all the dresses I tried on and I felt comfortable and classy in it. I knew it would be the dress that I’d see in pictures years later and be happy that I went with it!
I loved how everything was all in the same area. We had a little lounge area outside of the tight right behind the ceremony with a beautiful circle bar … and then there was a clear top tent behind that … it made everything feel very open and inviting. I also loved doing family style and tying in some rustic elements to the decor. My family from Norway was there, all dressed in their traditional wedding dresses which was fun for everyone to see! Emily & CJ’s Love Story | We met in high school! CJ was two grades below me … I always saw him around the high school and we would make this intense eye contact and I knew right away I had something for him! Then he walked into a party I was at and I thought I was going to throw up I was so nervous! We went right up to each other and started talking as if we had known each other for years … and we have been together ever since!
Favorite moments? Well, I loved the entire day so this is hard! I loved getting ready during the day with my girls and I loved saying my own vows at our ceremony. I will never forget my husband and I getting up on stage with the band and taking over the microphones! You would have thought my husband was part of the band! It was pretty funny … and definitely not planned out! haha Emily’s advice? Enjoy every step of the process because before you know it, it’s over! Remember to take a few separate moments that night and pull your husband aside and look all around you! Important to soak it all up!
The couple honeymooned in Hawaii, Australia, Fiji and California.
Credits: Photography: Hyer Images | Ceremony Venue: Briar’s Creek | Event Planner: Lindsay Shanks – A Charleston Bride | Florals: Palmetto Bloom | Wedding gown: Sareh Nouri | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Amsale | Wedding cake: DeClare Cakes | Hairstylist: Carrie McLoed – Paper Dolls | Officiant: Kevin Kuehmeier | Musicians: Bob Williams Duo | Videographer: Life in Rewind | Equipment Rentals: Snyder; Event Haus; Ooh! Events | Restrooms: Nature’s Calling | Lighting: IES | Entertainment: Charleston Groove Factory | Transportation: Charleston Style Limo