Inn at Palmetto Bluff

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff was the perfect setting for Kelly and Ted’s southern destination wedding.  Located on the coast of South Carolina, just a stone’s throw outside Savannah, Georgia, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff welcomed us with open arms and aged oak trees draped in spanish moss.

Kelly and Ted are from New Jersey, but they knew they wanted a familiar face with them during their destination wedding weekend to handle the floral design, event design, planning and logistics.  We immediately hit it off during our first meeting, and the rest was history.

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I knew Kay English would be the perfect photographer for Kelly and Ted, and they decided to bring Kay from New Jersey down to South Carolina.  Travel is such a small price to pay when curating a team whose style and personalities work so well with yours, and since Kay and I had worked so successfully together many times before, bringing on Kay was a no-brainer.  The wedding weekend went without a hitch (except for one, of course; the marriage of Kelly and Ted!).  When the vows were made and the bourbon ran dry, I was honored when Southern Weddings decided to run a double-feature on Kelly and Ted’s Lowcountry Boil welcome dinner and wedding day.

As I re-tell their story here through photos and memories, I hope the southern hospitality and beauty of this day shines through for you as it did for me.

Kelly and Ted welcomed their guests the proper southern way with a Lowcountry Boil welcome dinner, complete with a bluegrass band.  The dress code?  “Boots and Bowties,” and guests didn’t disappoint.  Though friends and family traveled from all over the nation, we made them feel right at home with a selection of their favorite beers.  The old treehouse served as the perfect clubhouse for kids and their cousins, while the adults danced the night away as the sun set.  The oysters from local waters were freshly caught that morning, and a traditional Tidewater-style oyster roast added a wonderful visual to the culinary experience.

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As the sun set over the water, the sky turned the most beautiful shades of pink and purple.  We sent guests home happy and full, in anticipation of the day ahead; the day when Kelly and Ted would say “I do.”

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Kelly wore Jenny Packham’s ‘Eden’ gown, and the art-deco beauty of the dress lent well to her natural– but slightly glamorous– makeup.  Kelly wore her hair down, which I loved, because it photographed so well from the front (and isn’t she just lovely?).

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Kelly and Ted’s first look happened on the dock behind the chapel, and more photos with the bridal party ensued amidst the sunlit spanish moss and in the ruins on the property.

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As the ceremony time approached, guests were ushered in by trolley down the quaint streets of Palmetto Bluff.  As they rounded the bend, a little white chapel came into view.  Guests found their seats in wooden pews with gas-lit chandeliers overhead.  Windows in the front of the chapel gave way to a waterfront view.

The bridal party processed down the aisle, and the old wooden doors closed as the guests stood and prepared for the entrance of the beautiful bride.  What they didn’t know is that they were in for a wonderful surprise!  When the doors opened again, there wasn’t a bride in sight; but a full gospel choir, singing and clapping their way down the aisle as their beautiful voices filled the chapel.  They remained up front and sang as Kelly made her way down the aisle.  Kelly and Ted shared heartfelt vows, and in true fashion, made a grand exit as husband and wife.

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