How they met: We met on the first day of college in 2008. We lived on the same floor at New York University, and Alex’s friend from Charleston (who also lived on the same floor) knew my sister. She recognized my name on the door, and they all came over to say hello. We became fast friends!
The proposal: We got engaged on New Year’s Day 2016. We spent the day in Charleston to visit Alex’s family, but Alex said we should stay at the Market Pavilion Hotel because of my animal allergies. After a fabulous dinner at Charleston Grill at The Belmond Charleston Place, Alex said we should take a walk on the beach and toast the new year. Little did I know we were toasting the new year, and he asked me to marry him!
The vision for the wedding: We really wanted to get married by the water, and we wanted to keep it as intimate as possible. We were pretty laid-back in terms of planning, but we knew that we wanted to keep it colorful, modern and simple. For Alex, he knew he wanted to have his friends DJ.
Why they got married in Charleston: We chose Charleston because Alex’s family is from there. It is a beautiful wedding destination, and we fell in love with the idea of having the wedding at the aquarium. My family lives in Myrtle Beach, so it was convenient for them as well.
Most memorable moment: The ceremony, officiated by my father, was the most memorable part of the wedding. We also knelt on kente cloth from my parents’ wedding, which felt special as well.
Ceremony and reception venue: South Carolina Aquarium
Wedding planner and rentals: Ooh! Events
Photographer: Sara Bee Photography
Caterer and bar service: Salthouse Catering
Entertainment: JeffET and Bird Flu
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.
Cake: ABCD Cakes
Makeup and Hair: Paper Dolls
Bridal Store: Lovely Bride
Florist: Out of the Garden