Whitney and Andrew’s blush and ivory Charleston wedding was both incredibly beautiful and meaningful. From their ceremony at St. Luke’s Chapel that included a joint ceremony by Andrew’s pastor and Whitney’s priest to sharing a special song during the reception at Coleman Hall in memory of their dads who both are no longer living, it was a thoughtful and oh-so-personalized celebration. They ended the night with a romantic dance all to themselves beneath gorgeous Edison cafe lights, while their guests lined up for a magical sparkler sendoff. / Images by Jenna Marie Weddings.
Says Whitney, “I think what made our wedding that much more meaningful is that we included a lot of special touches throughout the day. Sadly both of our dads recently passed away so neither of them could physically be there with us on our biggest day. My mom walked me down the aisle and instead of a father/daughter dance at the reception, my three older brothers all took their turns to step in and dance with me which meant a great deal to me. To open the reception, we played a special Rolling Stones song to honor our dads and open up the dance floor to start the celebration for the evening. It was a truly memorable moment for us both. But sometimes the small, unnoticed details are the most important. Like the patch that Andrew’s mom sewed inside my wedding dress with my new monogram and our wedding date. Or the different sets of cufflinks that Andrew bought each of his groomsmen to wear that reminded him of them most. One of my bridesmaids even gave me a bracelet with my daddy’s signature, and my family made me a garter out of one of my dad’s ties.
I knew that I wanted a lace gown with an open back that made a statement. I had tried on a few dresses at different stores but there were always things missing that they insisted we could add or change during alterations. Then I tried on my dress and it already had everything I was looking for – gorgeous unique lace detail, a low open back, a long train with buttons all the way down, and a flattering style. It was perfect!
Our ceremony location was perfect because St. Luke’s is a non-denominational chapel. I am Catholic while Andrew is United Methodist. It was very important for us to have a neutral location where our families could come together to celebrate. So we had my priest and Andrew’s pastor do a joint ceremony which really meant a lot to both of us.
Coleman Hall was my dream location for a summer evening wedding. It had a simple inside hall with sets of beautiful French doors that we left open into the courtyard which was lit up by strings of café lights. It had the perfect intimate feel and relaxed flow for the evening. We spent the majority out in the courtyard dancing the night away together under the lights with family and friends—exactly what we wanted!
Whitney & Andrew’s Love Story |Andrew and I met at Clemson in 2008 when I was a freshman and he was a senior. Even though we became friends, Andrew graduated in 2009 and went off into the real world. A few years later, I was living in Charlotte and Andrew was living in Charleston. I came down to Charleston to visit friends for the Fourth of July, and we ended up reconnecting. After a few months, we spent a weekend at Clemson for a football game and decided to make it official. I finally made the big move to Charleston in June 2014. Two and a half more years of blissful dating followed! Then two weeks after our three-year dating anniversary, Andrew took me out to a secluded spot on Sullivan’s Island for a beach picnic at sunset. While watching the sunset on the water, Andrew pulled out a beautiful diamond ring and asked me to marry him. What more could a girl ask for?
Favorite memories?One of our absolute favorite memories of the day was dancing alone together in the courtyard before our send-off at the end of the night. While our guests were lining up with the sparklers, Andrew asked the DJ if we could have one last dance just for the two of us. It was the most beautiful way to end the night, and a memory we will cherish. Then we were sent on our way through a tunnel of sparklers and well-wishes, and our sweet friends surprised us with our very own getaway car! We could not have been more grateful or filled with love!
Advice? Take a step back together at least once or twice throughout the night and just soak it all up. You won’t regret it. Everyone warned us how hectic the day was going to be and how it goes by in the blink of an eye. So, during the reception, Andrew pulled me off the dance floor (which is difficult to do in itself), and we just stopped. For one minute, we stepped back, looked around at all of our friends and family dancing and laughing, and let it sink in that everyone was here for us. What an amazing and overwhelming thought. It’s something we’ll always remember.
The couple took a Mediterranean cruise and explored Spain, France and Italy on their honeymoon.