How they met: Huseyin and I met in Dublin. I was studying abroad there for a semester, and he was there doing an European student exchange program at the same college. It had only been three days since I arrived when we met at another student’s on-campus apartment. We were instantly drawn to each other and started dating right away. We were so in love so we decided after the semester ended, we would do long distance. We ended up doing a long-distance relationship while we both finished school for four years, and the distance ended just three days before our wedding when he and his family flew in from Turkey.
The vision for the wedding: I envisioned a wedding that portrayed an ethereal, natural and romantic tone. I love greenery, probably even more than flowers, so the florals were mostly different types of greenery and neutral-colored flowers, except for the pop of color in my bouquet. I am a pretty minimalistic person, so I liked having a less is more approach to many things, but with added uniqueness, whether it was with the mismatched vintage bottles along the tables, the handmade paper used for the wedding invitations I designed, or the table of cheesecakes instead of a wedding cake. I wanted to have a subtle nod to travel, as traveling the world is how we met, as well as how we’ve spent a lot of our times we have together, so I also collected suitcases, a globe, and a travel book as the guest book. Huseyin and I also thought it would be nice to include parts of his culture into the wedding, such as Turkish delights as favors, a reading during the ceremony spoken in Turkish by his sister, and other decorative elements.
Why they got married in Charleston: One of the times Huseyin and I were together, we took a trip to Charleston. I remember him saying how he thought his family would like visiting the city, so when it was time to pick a city/venue for our wedding, I thought Charleston was a perfect place. Because his family and friends were coming from overseas, and my relatives and friends were coming from multiple states, we wanted it to be a perfect destination wedding for the guests to also have a nice vacation, as it was Memorial Day weekend. Also, Charleston is so beautiful and romantic, it was the perfect place to celebrate our wedding.
Ceremony and reception venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Caterer, bar service, florist, decor and cake: Duvall Catering & Events
Day-of-Coordinator: Kala Turpin, MOD Events
Photographer: Sara Bee Photography
Entertainment: Island Sound
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.
Makeup & Hair: Lashes and Lace