In today’s society, couples rarely last. We wish things were different, but it’s true; people rarely stay in love, much less survive through all of life’s trials. When the rare couple pops up that does last, there is nothing we at the Valerie and Co. Photograhers studio find more joy in than celebrating that love.
Lasting love leaves a mark- in the expression on the couple’s faces, the way they naturally move toward each other, in the reactions of the people closest to them. It makes everything that much more beautiful, and that much more special. It’s for this reason that we loved getting to celebrate Niki and Bay’s island wedding as their wedding photographers. Niki and Bay have been together for twelve years! Bay saw Niki at cheer practice in high school, and the rest was history. This couple has lasted through high school, college, and a terrifying accident that left Bay with a broken back. A year later, the couple are stronger than ever and officially married!
The day was perfect- for once this summer, the Charleston skies didn’t open up, and there was no rain. In the worship center of James Island Baptist Church, Niki and Bay said their vows surrounded by all of their friends and family. In coral bridesmaids dresses were Niki’s oldest friends (they’d all known each other since middle school!). Next to them stood Bay’s niece, the flower girl, in a giant, tulle, tutu dress. She was so adorable! The groomsmen all looked handsome in their matching, crab patterned ties. The pattern was a very southern style- as was the rest of the wedding. The couple left their ceremony in a cloud of smoke and burned tires in Bay’s father’s red vintage Chevelle convertible.
The reception was held at the Island House on Johns Island. With a giant tent over head, and a gorgeous marsh to look out on, the guests danced the night away to the sounds of the live band, Two 3 Ways. After champagne toasts (one of which was given by Bay’s father, who was instructed to stall as long as possible- that was a funny sight! He spoke very slowly, and kept checking his watch :-)), dancing, a surprising garter toss, and the cake cutting, Niki and Bay left the reception in the Chevelle, to their Happily Forever After.
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An island wedding is one thing but a private island wedding is an exclusive experience that adds that extra something special to all nuptials. For this reason The Island House which is located on a private island on the Stono River is a sought after wedding ceremony and reception location.
The Island House is situated in the low country of Johns Island, South Carolina. Speaking of exclusivity, the proprietors of this venue are also the owners of the island. This means that a wedding party can be accommodated with ease in many different ways.
This island escape caters to weddings of just about all sizes; from intimate nuptials to deluxe affairs. The property overlooks a private marina and the waterways of the Stono River. This makes for an unforgettable waterfront wedding. At this location, privacy and security are not at all lacking.
The house itself is made available for the bride to get dressed while the exterior property can be booked for eight hours. A wedding party of two hundred twenty five (225) guests is the usual maximum but larger wedding parties can be accommodated. Only one event is booked per day so the wedding party can enjoy a truly relaxed environment.
The Island House is only about fifteen minutes away by car from downtown Charleston. This allows for easy access for any last minute purchases or activities. Vendor setup can begin at 10:00 AM and the party can continue to as late at 11:00 PM.Read More »
When an outdoor, beach-inspired wedding is what is desired; then Mingo Point on Kiawah Island, South Carolina is the ideal venue and setting. This Barrier Island as well as gated community provides privacy and exclusivity that only adds to the memorable event of a beautiful wedding.
One of the beauties of an outdoor wedding is the fact that the wedding party can be as large as you want it to be. This kind of seating liberty is a sigh of relief for the couple-to-be who would like to comfortably accommodate a large number of guests.
The natural beauty of the environment, the ocean smells of the Atlantic coast, the sounds of water interacting with the environment, and birds chirping and singing; are bonuses that are priceless.
The Sanctuary which is located at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a splendid wedding venue. Its oceanfront grand lawn, private beach, and ballrooms afford all the facilities and amenities for weddings of any style and size. The statistics of the three ballrooms are as follows:
-Terrace ballroom: 2 880 square feet
-Grand Oaks ballroom: 6 099 square feet
-Heron Room: 1 853 square feet
These ballrooms can be partitioned for smaller weddings or expanded for large events. The ballrooms can comfortably seat 350 seated dinner guests. The facility also offers 255 deluxe guest rooms as well as 13 suites. Also, a great number of the rooms have an ocean view. They also offer full spa salon services as well as airport transportation.Read More »