Melissa & Kevin // Grey & Peach River Course Wedding

River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events

Melissa & Kevin began dating their junior year at Colgate University and after graduation their love continued to grow as they moved to New York City.  But when Kevin began planning his proposal, he decided it was only fitting to pop the question in Melissa's home state of South Carolina. In 2013, just days before Christmas, Kevin surprised Melissa with an engagement ring at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, to which she excitedly accepted.  After spending the holidays celebrating with family and friends, the couple began planning their unforgettable Charleston wedding with the help of the team at Engaging Events.  The end result was an elegant Lowcountry reception in soft shades of grey and peach with natural elements fitting of the scenic backdrop.  Find all details captured by Richard Ellis below along decor inspiration and tips from the bride herself.

River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events

From Melissa: "I was incredibly overwhelmed with how every last detail came together so harmoniously on our special day. Though I'd been involved in most of the details, it still was a beautiful surprise to see how everything we had planned and decided on over the months came together so beautifully that day: the flowers, the personal handmade touches, the mixed variety centerpieces, and mostly that flawless room at the River Course finally filled with all of our family and loved ones."

River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis

Favorite details: "Hand made his/hers chair hangers my mom made as a surprise for our big day. Framed family photos of our parents/grandparents through the generations on their wedding day. The hand painted tree "guestbook" that our mutual friend (husband of a bridesmaid, my close friend)  made for us - that matched the oak tree emblem that was a consistent design element throughout the details of our day."

Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis

The Vision: "I wanted to be true to the natural beauty of the river course inside and out. The views, the natural elements - all so stunning on their own. We added only small details to enhance the natural elements of our setting."

Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis

"Additionally, because my gown was unique (blush) we wanted to ensure all elements went along with the very soft features of the dress, as well as the soft natural features of the outdoor elements at the River Course. We carefully chose flowers, invitation design, fonts, and day-of-design accents, to help create a very soft and natural overall look and feel.

Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
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Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
Grey & Peach wedding on Kiawah Island by Richard Ellis
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events

Advice: "Go with your gut! I flip flopped about a lot of decisions and usually came out deciding on my original choice, and once I made it - I didn't look back. I promise you'll enjoy your day so much, you won't be thinking twice about a napkin color or the placecards you chose. If you are even considering a first look: DO IT. And do one with your dad, too, if you can. Best parts of the day were those two moments, hands down."

River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events
River Course wedding on Kiawah Island by Engaging Events

 

Check out the CHARLESTON WEDDING VENDORS who created it...

 

Venue, Catering & Bar - The River Course  ll  Photographer - Richard Ellis  ll  Event Planning & Design - Engaging Events  ll  Floral Design - Engaging Events  ll  Videographer - Artistic Eye Productions  ll  Ceremony/Cocktail Hour Music - Clelia Reardon  ll  Dinner Music - Joe Clark Quartet  ll  Dinner/Dance Music - Lee Edwards Entertainment  ll  Cake - Jim Smeal  ll  Photo Booth - Charleston Party Booth  ll  Rentals - BBJ Linen, Eventworks  ll  Transportation - Charleston Style Limo  ll  Hair/Makeup - Vanity Salon  ll  Bride's Dress - Monique Lhuillier  ll  Bridesmaids Dress - Amsale  ll  Men's Attire - The Black Tux

 

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