City Chic Destination Wedding in South Carolina

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Bryan and Adea’s city chic destination wedding took place in Greenville, South Carolina, where the couple traveled from Memphis to reunite with loved ones on their big day. The bride shared with us some of her favorite moments and memories throughout the planning process and their beautiful big day.

We chose the Hyatt because of the hotel atmosphere being downtown Greenville and there studio 220 view where we had our reception.

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My best memory of the wedding was when the door opens and I say Bryan on the stage waiting for me at the end and I took my last walk as Adea Jackson with my Dad and my brother.

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Another favorite moment? The poet and the violinist performance during the ceremony.

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My wedding dress is very breathtaking! It was not a traditional dress, but it brought out my personality and displayed a beautiful bling design in the front and also in the back. My shopping experience took place with my brother at J. Andrews Bridal and Formal in Peachtree, Georgia. I wanted him to be with me to pick my dress because my Mom passed away and he has been beside me throughout everything. He was a great help because he knows me and gave his honest opinion and that was the only opinion I wanted. When he saw my dress when I tried it on he kept saying that’s it you don’t have to try on anymore. He said this is not a normal wedding dress and it looks good on you. I wanted it but wasn’t 100% sure this was the first wedding dress shopping experience. I tried on more dresses and they just didn’t do anything for me and wasn’t my vision. My entire wedding key word was different and my dress was definitely that, so I purchase the dress that day and been in loved with it ever since.

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Our first dance was elegant and different. We love “Real Love” by Eric Benet and dancing to it really made it more loving.

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We wanted just a pop of color with elegance and “different” from other weddings. The yellow really made it pop.

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The exit send off with sparklers held by guest was exciting and fun while they cheered us on as husband and wife.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: FamZing Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Greenville, Reception Venue + Catering: Studio 220 Hyatt Regency Greenville, First Dance Choreography: Fred Astaire Dance Studio Memphis, DJ: DJ Exclusive, Florist: Carolina Event Services, Rentals: Carolina Event Services, Cake Designer: Couture Cakes, Hair Stylist/MUA: Kesha Brown, Videographer: FamZing, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Dress Designer/Bridal Salon: Allure Bridal/ J. Andrews Bridal and Formal, Groom tux/suit: Miguel Wilson Collection

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Incredible Destination Wedding Resort: Sea Island, Georgia

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Today I want to tell you a little bit about an amazing spot for destination weddings and even domestic honeymoons too!  I recently had the chance to stay at The Cloister at Sea Island during the Engage!16: Sea Island wedding industry summit and I was delighted to discover a sweet southern property ideal for destination weddings.  You can see all the parties they put on throughout the conference featured in our stories earlier in the week – their catering department sure knows how to give every guest a great time!

The hotel, The Cloister, is part of a larger resort, one that encompasses the small island it sits on – complete with a sister lodge property, golf, shopping and fine dinning and lots of natural wonders to explore.  Located in the south east of Georgia, on the Atlantic Ocean, the property boasts a big beautiful beach, a dock overlooking the marsh lands and epic sunsets every night.

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For couples tying the knot, there’s a beautiful ivy-clad chapel on property to host your ceremony within.  Surrounded by small pathways and old, inviting trees, this spot is idyllic to say “I do” in.  Every turn at The Cloister, indoors and out, has a romance to it that can only be found in this part of the world, and their wedding spaces have it in spades!

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We also had the rare chance to celebrate in the lobby of the hotel, this beautiful two-story space was perfect for cocktail hour, following a would-be ceremony.

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But my favorite part of the property wasn’t the actual hotel itself, though my residence suite was spectacular!  The natural surroundings of The Cloister at Sea Island were absolutely breathtaking.  The serenity around you finds its way within you as a feeling of peace falls over everyone who steps foot on the island.  Nature walks, romantic sunset strolls, and even a kids club to get the little ones in your group out into nature are some of the delightful activities you’ll experience here.  And for groups who like a little more action, there’s also biking, boating, beach and water sports at the beach club, hunting, horseback riding, and fishing too!  The outdoor activities at Sea Island are endless; your group will certainly have a great time, no matter their speed.

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Despite all the modern amenities, the hotel has a nostalgic feeling to it, one rich in tradition (past presidents have stayed here) and an air of formality that is effortless, not stuffy.  The top-notch service, superb food and beverage program, formal (and not-so formal) restaurants give you the opportunity to experience incredible luxury with any style, from pool-side drinks to black tie dinners, and of course outdoor adventure in between.

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But the hotel rooms are so delightful, you might find yourself skipping the expansive spa and fine dinning and ordering in instead!  My residence came complete with a full kitchen, fireplace-clad living room, wrap around balcony, two full bathrooms and possibly the most delightful and cozy hotel room bed I’ve ever slept in.  The rooms at The Cloister at Sea Island are so inviting, you really don’t ever want to (or need to) leave! …But when you do, you’ll find details, like these monogrammed loaves of bread, that really do dazzle you throughout your stay.  Sea Island may not be the traditional barefoot in the sand destination wedding, but we like it that way.

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

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Formal Wedding Ideas: Engage!16 Sea Island

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Every time I attend an Engage Summit wedding industry event I am blown away by the new ideas, brilliant talents, and creative design of the final night gala.  And this past Engage!16: Sea Island was no exception.  The event took place at The Cloister at Sea Island and the beautiful surroundings were the inspiration for much of the decor.  The creative team literally brought the outdoors inside with grand trees growing from the centers of tables and a dance floor map of the south that looked more like a famous mural than a party rental.  From the moment guests entered the foyer lit up with candles and hurricanes dressed with inspirational messages to the slate menus describing the delicious meal, each and every turn was a deeper dive into a fantasy world of wedding ideas!  If you want to dazzle your wedding guests and you love the look of nature no matter where you wed, you’re going to fall head over heals for this inspiration from Engage!16: Sea Island.

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Thank you to our amazing hosts, our fearless leaders, and the brains behind Engage!16: Sea Island.  Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce work with a ton of talented partners to make this magic happen (see the list below), but in the end, none of it would be possible without them – the lessons we learn, the friends we make, the ideas we get for our readers and clients, the invaluable classroom (and life) education, and a lot of fun and fantastic memories along the way.  Thank you ladies for yet another inspiring week at Engage and for almost a decade of unforgettable experiences together!

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

Location: Sea Island Resort, Event Design + Production Management, Elevated Stage, Boxwood Hedges, Rose Gold Tables, Chairs, Chargers, Custom Bar + Barback, Dance Floor: Beachview Event Rentals, Floral + Event Design: Vine Garden Market, Custom Drapery + Event Design, Linens + Napkins: Party Tables, Inc., Entertainment: Elan Artists, Custom Slate Menus: TPD Design House, Videography: Elysium Productions, I Do Films, Tree Lighting: Full Moon Lighting,  Dance Floor Artwork: Gunnersdaughter, Wholesale Florist: Mayesh Flowers, Entertainment Hair + Makeup: The Back Porch Salon & Spa, Taittinger La Francaise: Kobrand, Jewel of Russia: Quality Wines & Spirits, Sanford Winery: Terlato Wines International, Wooden Tree Trunk Bowls: Adrian’s

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Speakeasy Wedding After Party Ideas: Engage!16 Sea Island

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What to do when your venue has a curfew or your destination has restrictive liquor laws?  Throw your afterparty in a speakeasy!  Have fun with your event limitations and theme out your party and guests will never know this might just have been your plan B.  Today’s Engage!16: Sea Island inspiration is from a late Sunday night speakeasy party where guests got to serve themselves in order to abide by the laws of the state we were celebrating in.  What a brilliant way to get guests in on the action and play by the rules at the same time!  And if you’re hosting your destination wedding in a region known for a type of liquor or beverage, why not theme your afterparty accordingly and serve up the local favorites?!  This late night gathering was absolutely picture-perfect and though it may have been an Engage Summit afterparty, it certainly was no afterthought!

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

Location: Sea Island Resort, Furniture + Drink Displays + Custom Linens + Mahogony DJ Stations: Beachview Event Rentals, Floral Design: Vine Garden Market, Custom Linen + Drapery: Party Tables, Inc., Silent Disco + DJ Collective + Performers: Elan Artists, Themed Props + Décor: Aloha Interior Plants, Calligraphy: Megan Gilmartin Designs, Videography: Elysium Productions, I Do Films,Cups + Napkins: Emily McCarthy, Old Forester Historic + Jack Daniels: Brown-Forman, Ketel One: Ketel One, Don Q Rum: Don Q Rum, Chandeliers: Full Moon Lighting

 

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Country Chic Welcome Party: Engage!16 Sea Island

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We’ve got more great event inspiration from parties at the recent Engage!16: Sea Island wedding industry summit.  Today’s fete has a southern flair – fitting since we were in Georgia for the week!  The country chic outdoor welcome party was perfectly designed for a relaxed kickoff to a destination wedding weekend.  Complete with live bluegrass music, a fried green tomato station and a pie bar, no detail was overlooked and the decor had just the right amount of southern charm.  I love the modern pattern linens mixed with picnic tables and bistro lighting overhead!  Plus, a perfect backdrop all around on Sea Island as our setting.

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Photography: Laura Dee Photography, John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Joel Callaway Photography, Carla Ten Eyck, Paul Morse Photographs, Genevieve De Manio Photography

Location: Sea Island Resort, Furniture, Tables, Chairs + Event Design: Beachview Event Rentals, Floral + Event Design: Vine Garden Market, Custom Linen + Pillows _ Tree Wrap: Party Tables, Inc., Marshgrass Brand: Lulu Entertainment, LLC, Musical Entertainment: Elan Artists, Wholesale Florist: Mayesh Flowers, Videography: Elysium Productions, I Do Films, Napkins + Serving Trays: Emily McCarthy, Edison Bulbs, Dock Lanterns + Chandeliers: Full Moon Lighting, Bowties: Brackish, Calligraphy: Ashley Curry, Cloth Dinner Napkins: Dot & Amy, Cast Iron Fire Pits + Cookware: Sea Island Forge, Jack Daniels + Woodford Reserve: Brown-Forman, Entertainment Hair + Makeup: The Back Porch Salon & Spa

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