Coastal Blue Wedding at Wachesaw Plantation

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STEPHANIE & JASON

A Wachesaw Plantation Wedding

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach bride wearing floral robe for a wedding at Wachesaw Plantation
Myrtle Beach wedding details photographed by Pasha Belman Photography  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Blue dragonfly pin at Murrells Inlet, SC wedding
Coastal invitations by RSVP Shoppe for Wachesaw Plantation wedding in Murrells Inlet, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Myrtle Beach wedding details photographed by Pasha Belman Photographyy

Stephanie Franza was a freshman at the College of Charleston when she first met Jason Marks. “Jason was a sophomore and living with a high school friend of mine who introduced us,” remembers Stephanie. This fateful introduction turned into a close friendship and the two quickly bonded over their love of the water and surfing. A few years later, Stephanie had just completed nursing school and was preparing to start her first day of work when Jason whisked her away to San Diego for a surprise vacation. Excited to blow off some steam after a stressful few months of studying, an unsuspecting Stephanie had no idea a proposal was coming. On their last day of vacation, Jason took Stephanie to Swamis Botanical Gardens where he popped the question, the beach they both love so much serving as the perfect backdrop.  

Coastal invitations for a wedding in Murrells Inlet, SC at Wachesaw Plantation  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Myrtle Beach bride prepping for her with oceane perfume photographed by Pasha Belman Photography
Myrtle Beach bride's half-up hairstyle by PaperDolls Wedding Hair & Makeup  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Groomsmen in black tuxedos for wedding portraits at Wachesaw Plantation  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog

The next chapter of their love story brought the couple back to the East Coast (and the neighborhood Stephanie grew up in) for their seaside-themed wedding at Wachesaw Plantation. When it came time to make their Lowcountry wedding a reality, the couple worked closely with designer Jacin Fitzgerald who expertly combined natural details and foraged greenery with their coastal-inspired color palette. “Jacin helped us bring our vision to life by designing the perfect wedding to fit our personalities,” says Stephanie.

Myrtle Beach bride in Leanne Marshall gown from Lovely Bride Charleston  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Wachesaw Plantation Ceremony site along the Waccamaw River in Murrells Inlet, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Myrtle Beach bride and her bridesmaids wearing long blue Jenny Yoo dresses
Organic succulent bouquet by Scarlet Begonias for Murrells Inlet wedding  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Custom wedding programs at Wachesaw Plantation ceremony photographed by Pasha Belman Photography

When Stephanie and her girl squad visited Lovely Bride in Charleston, she knew she wanted a romantic, flowing gown that would allow her to dance throughout the evening. “I went into my appointment with a totally different dress in mind, but as soon as I tried on my gown I knew it was the one,” admits Stephanie. The show-stopper was an effortless Leanne Marshall dress with a halter top neckline, paired with a cathedral-length Rue De Seine veil and embellished belt from Untamed Petals. 

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Floral horseshoe at Wachesaw Plantation wedding ceremony on the Waccamaw River  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
White trolley from Carolina Limousine at Wachesaw Plantation wedding  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
First look at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet SC  //  Myrtle Beach wedding photos by Pasha Belman Photography
Groomsmen in black tuxedos at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet SC  //  Myrtle Beach wedding photos by Pasha Belman Photography

Stephanie wore her hair half up with big waves and, adding a subtle element of greenery, pinned three small succulents loosely in the back. “I felt like a mermaid,” says Stephanie of her beachy look. She toted a bouquet of white peonies and garden roses, succulents, and astilbe with greenery accents. “It felt like a wild bouquet and I could not have been happier,” recalls Stephanie of the dreamy Scarlet Begonia Florals creation. Her bridesmaids continued the ocean trend in long, tulle Jenny Yoo dresses in the perfect shade of Mayan Blue to enhance the day’s overall vibe. “I loved how the dresses could be worn in a variety of ways, so everyone could feel comfortable in a style they liked,” said Stephanie.

Myrtle Beach bride and her bridesmaids wearing long blue Jenny Yoo dresses
Floral ceremony horseshoe by Scarlet Begonias at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet SC  //  Myrtle Beach wedding photos by Pasha Belman Photography
Floral ceremony horseshoe at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet SC  //  Myrtle Beach wedding photos by Pasha Belman Photography
Hand-lettered wedding welcome sign at Myrtle Beach SC wedding
Wachesaw Plantation ceremony wedding programs  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Bridesmaids wearing long blue Jenny Yoo dresses for Wachesaw Plantation wedding ceremony  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Outdoor wedding ceremony at at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet SC  //  Myrtle Beach wedding photos by Pasha Belman Photography

The ceremony took place on the bluff overlooking the Waccamaw River where Jacin and her team designed a stunning floral horseshoe to serve as the altar. “She used lots of different flowers to create it, but my favorite was the astilbe that reminded me of a coral reef,” remembers Stephanie. After a heartfelt ceremony, the newlyweds departed under a shower of rose petals to the tune of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys.

Outdoor wedding ceremony at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet SC by Pasha Belman Photography
Bridesmaids wearing long blue Jenny Yoo dresses for Wachesaw Plantation wedding ceremony  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Wedding ceremony rose petal toss at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet SC by Pasha Belman Photography
Myrtle Beach wedding portraits at Wachesaw Plantation
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Stephanie & Jason's Wachesaw Plantation wedding  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
Bridesmaids wearing long blue Jenny Yoo dresses for a wedding at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Bridesmaids wearing long blue Jenny Yoo dresses for a wedding at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Coastal place settings at Wachesaw Plantation wedding reception  //  Design by Jacin Fitzgerald
Coastal wedding reception decor at Wachesaw Plantation
Wachesaw Plantation wedding portraits in Murrells Inlet Sc  //  Myrtle Beach photography by  Pasha Belman Photography
Coastal wedding reception decor at Wachesaw Plantation
Myrtle Beach bride in Leanne Marshall gown from Lovely Bride  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine
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Bridesmaids wearing long blue Jenny Yoo dresses for a wedding at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, SC  //  A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog
Coastal wedding reception decor at Wachesaw Plantation
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Inside, the organic motif continued throughout the table settings. Round tables were topped with tall arrangements of white blooms and foraged greenery from nearby riverbanks, while long tables featured driftwood from local beaches surrounded by air plants, succulents, oyster shells and sea ferns. As cocktail hour began, guests sipped on the couple’s specialty drink, a grapefruit margarita they coined “The Washout” as a nod to a well-known surf spot on Folly Beach — a place Stephanie & Jason frequent on weekends. After an elegant seated dinner, all eyes were on the dance floor as Tru Sol turned up the tunes. Guests kicked off their shoes and joined in the dance party, only stopping to grab late night treats — hot, soft pretzels with all the dipping sauces!

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Coastal wedding reception decor at Wachesaw Plantation
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MYRTLE BEACH WEDDING VENDORS - Ceremony & Reception Venue: Wachesaw Plantation  ll  Photographer: Pasha Belman Photography  ll  Event Planning & Design: Jacin Fitzgerald  ll  Event Coordinator: Jessica Rourke  ll  Floral Design: Scarlet Begonia Florals  ll  Catering & Bar: Wachesaw Plantation  ll  Gown: Leanne Marshall  ll  Veil: Rue De Seine  ll  Dress Boutique: Lovely Bride Charleston  ll  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids Charleston  ll  Hair & Makeup: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup  ll  Men’s Attire: Black by Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse  ll  Rentals: EventWorks  ll  Cake: Pawleys Island Bakery  ll  Invitations: RSVP Shoppe  ll  Transportation: Carolina Limousine  ll  Ceremony Music: Strand Strings  ll  Band: Tru Sol  ll  Videographer: Jason Wheeler Video  ll  Officiant: Wesley Peyton  ll  Rehearsal Dinner: Inlet Affairs  ll  Rings: Croghan’s Jewel Box