Ocean Course Wedding // Emily & John

John & Emily's Ocean Course wedding on Kiawah Island  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography

EMILY & JOHN

Ocean Course wedding

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Charleston bride's Anna Maier - Ulla Maija gown  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography
Peach rose bouquets for wedding at Kiawah Island SC  // Charleston florist Branch Design Studio
Bridesmaids prepping for Kiawah Island wedding at The Ocean Course  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Watercolor wedding invitations at The Ocean Course  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

“We still argue about it,” says John Ware, on how he and Emily Horton first crossed paths. “I insist that I saw her first.” It was the first game of the 2011 South Carolina football season when the Gamecocks were taking on East Carolina in Charlotte. While he didn’t have a chance to talk to her initially, with the help of a mutual friend, he didn’t have to wait too long. After a few more tailgates and friendly gatherings, he finally got his chance on her birthday of all days. “I know hindsight is 20/20,” says John. “But what a birthday gift, huh?” There was an instant connection and they quickly began their relationship. Five years later, John surprised Emily with a Gamecocks-inspired proposal on the 50-yard line at Williams-Brice Stadium. 
Without hesitation, Emily said ‘yes’ and the couple began planning their beachside wedding, starting with save the dates aptly designed in the shape of football tickets!

White peonies, peach roses and ranunculus bouquets by Branch Design Studio  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Charleston Bride's sandals at The Ocean Course  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography
Bridal accessories for Kiawah Island wedding  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography
Groom's Custom cufflinks  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography
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Bridesmaids in long mint Azazie dresses at Kiawah wedding at The Ocean Course  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Bridesmaids in long mint Azazie dresses at Kiawah wedding at The Ocean Course  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Bridesmaids in long mint Azazie dresses at Kiawah wedding at The Ocean Course  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine

Emily was always certain that her wedding day would be by the beach and luckily, John felt the same way. But they were also hoping to infuse their oceanfront setting with a country-club atmosphere and found the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island to be a perfect marriage of the two. “Sure enough, as soon as the front doors opened to the Ocean Course Clubhouse we were in love,” remembers Emily. “It had everything that the two of us were looking for!” The couple decided on a late April date and brought on Chelsye Harp of Intrigue Design & Events to wrangle all the details.

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Bridesmaids in long mint Azazie dresses at Kiawah wedding at The Ocean Course  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
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Bridesmaids in long mint Azazie dresses at Kiawah wedding at The Ocean Course  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Pink peony centerpieces by Branch Design Studio  //  Kiawah Island wedding photos by Aaron and Jillian Photography
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They set out to create an idyllic ambiance with a nautical twist by using a color palette of mint green with coral, navy and gold accents. Their color story began with their invites, featuring a mint and coral watercolor and their custom-designed anchor logo, a hint of the outdoor festivities to come.

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They set out to create an idyllic ambiance with a nautical twist by using a color palette of mint green with coral, navy and gold accents. Their color story began with their invites, featuring a mint and coral watercolor and their custom-designed anchor logo, a hint of the outdoor festivities to come. As the couple’s evening ceremony began, Emily’s bridesmaids, dressed in a long, mint green dresses, walked out to an acoustic version of “Here Comes the Sun,” by The Beatles.  Emily followed, wrapped in an intricate Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija gown, which featured a halter top neckline and illusion back. She paired the lace design with her mother’s veil — her “something blue” — a low up-do and bold, red lip. She met John under a custom-built driftwood arch where they exchanged personalized vows and performed the God’s knot ritual — symbolizing the joining of their marriage with God as their focus. As the ceremony concluded, the newly-coined Mr. & Mrs. Ware departed to the sounds of “You’re My Best Friend,” by Queen.

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Mirrored bar at The Ocean course on Kiawah Island, SC  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian
Kiawah Island wedding guest style at The Ocean Course
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Bridesmaids in long mint Azazie dresses at Kiawah wedding at The Ocean Course  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
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Spring floral centerpieces with peach ranunculus, roses and hydrangeas at The Ocean Course by Branch Design Studio
Mirrored bar at The Ocean course on Kiawah Island, SC  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian
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Spring floral centerpieces with peach ranunculus, roses and hydrangeas by Branch Design Studio
Mirrored bar at The Ocean course on Kiawah Island, SC  //  photographed by Aaron and Jillian
Pink peony centerpieces by Branch Design Studio  //  Kiawah Island wedding photos by Aaron and Jillian Photography
Wedding guest style at The Ocean Course  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Vintage blue lounge furniture at outdoor wedding reception
Charleston Bride & Groom's first dance at The Ocean Course
Kiawah Island wedding reception decor at The Ocean Course  //  Designed by Intrigue Design & Events

The crowd of 180 gathered under the open-air tent and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, including shrimp & scallop ceviche, tuna tartare and lobster fritters. The space was set with silver chivari chairs that surrounded seating tables draped in an assortment of textured linens. Centerpieces were a cluster of clear bud vases filled with pink peonies, ranunculus, apricot tulips and callas lilies, or low arrangements of white hydrangeas, blush and peach roses and dusty miller.  Mirrored bars, which added a touch of glam, stood in front of driftwood doors, while a mix of tufted and leather lounge furniture gave guests a chance to enjoy the perfect spring evening.

Ocean Course wedding on KIawah Island Resort photographed by Aaron and Jillian
Vintage lounge furniture for outdoor reception at The Ocean Course  //  Planning by Intrigue Design & Events
Spring floral centerpieces with peach ranunculus, roses and hydrangeas by Branch Design Studio
Emily & John's Kiawah Island wedding at The Ocean Course by Aaron & Jillian Photography
Open-air wedding reception on the lawn at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, SC  //  Charleston wedding photos by Aaron and Jillian
Three-tiered blue watercolor cake by Jim Smeal at Ocean Course wedding
Emily & John's Kiawah Island wedding at The Ocean Course  //  Charleston wedding photos by Aaron and Jillian

Delicious lowcountry specialties were the stars of the dinner menu as guests enjoyed classics like shrimp & grits, pan-seared pork tenderloin, and oak-smoked chicken. The design of the three-tiered wedding cake from Jim Smeal incorporated many personal touches including a replica of the watercolor scheme from the couple’s invitations and the lace pattern of Emily’s gown. Thanks to stellar tunes by band Super Deluxe, John, Emily, and all their guests spent the rest of the evening dancing under the Lowcountry stars.

Open-air wedding reception at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course  //  Planning & design by Intrigue Design & Events

 

CHARLESTON WEDDING VENDORS - Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort  ll  Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography  ll  Event Planning & Design: Intrigue Design & Events  ll  Floral Design, Drapery & Lighting: Loluma  ll  Gown: Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija  ll  Dress Boutique: Nitsa’s Apparel  ll  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie  ll  Hair: Ellen Smith Beauty  ll  Makeup: Lashes and Lace Bridal Hair & Makeup  ll  Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank  ll  Catering & Bar: Kiawah Island Golf Resort  ll  Rentals: EventWorks  ll  Linens: Nüage Designs  ll  Tent: Sperry Tents  ll  Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal  ll  Invitations: Salt and Shore  ll  Band: Super Deluxe  ll  Calligraphy Signage: Kristin Sheetz Design  ll  Videographer: VideoFilm Productions  ll  Photobooth: Sound Quest Photobooth  ll  Officiant: Dr. Steve Mays  ll  Rehearsal Dinner: Mingo Point

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