Holly & Nicholas' elegant Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC from Riverland Studios.
We're excited to share a beautiful Francis Marion Hotel wedding from our friends at Richard Bell Photography. Cameron + Kaleb were married in a traditional ceremony at James Island Presbyterian Church before heading downtown to celebrate at the Francis Marion. Country & Lace Florist designed beautiful bouquets in shades of white, pale pink and yellow, while The Cake Stand created an elegant (and tasty!) focal point.
Photographer: Richard Bell Photography//Floral Designer: Country & Lace Florist//Event Venue: James Island Presbyterian //Dress Store: Modern Trousseau//Hair Stylist: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup//Cake Designer: The Cake Stand//Caterer: The Francis Marion Hotel//
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If there's one thing I love about Fia Forever Photography, it's how they always bring a little sass and loads of glamour to our beautiful Lowcountry couples. Their heartfelt approach mixed with their eye for a fabulous editorial takes Charleston wedding photography to a whole new level...and it doesn't hurt to have a good lookin' couple like Kellie + Nick to photograph! I'm fairly confident they both might be models :) Happy Friday, y'all!
Photographer: Fia Forever Photography
You know we love some Charleston weddings, especially when killer photographers are involved. This past April, the Lowcountry was graced with a visit from the talented destination duo of Kate Botwinski Photography. The husband and wife team traveled all the way to the Holy City to capture the fabulous Spring wedding of Nikki + Shane. The ladies spent the morning getting all dolled up thanks to the crew at Stella Nova and the magical brushes of Andrew C. Petersen. Nikki looked flawless in her stunning Monique Lhullier gown while her husband-to-be looked dapper in his dress blues. They kicked off the perfect Saturday afternoon with a traditional Catholic ceremony at the grand Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. After saying 'I do', the couple hopped in a carriage for a gorgeous photo session at The Battery & White Point Gardens with their bridal party. The evening continued with a jaw-dropping reception at Downtown's lavish Francis Marion Hotel where the newlyweds revealed a showstopping first dance that got the party started!
Photographer: Kate Botwinski Photography / Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist / Reception Venue: The Francis Marion Hotel / Dress Designer: Monique Lhuiller / Shoes: Zappos / Hair Designer: Stella Nova / Makeup: Andrew C. Petersen / Stationery: Dee Ruel / Bridesmaids Dresses:After Six by Dessy / Floral Designer: OK Florist / Videographer: That Frank Guy / Cake Designer: Artistic Cakes by Linda / Linens: Covers by Nicole / Entertainment: Super Deluxe
The best time to begin gathering information on room blocks is about 9 months prior to your wedding. Most hotels are unable to quote rates for a wedding that is more than nine months away. At the same time, keep in mind, it is important not to wait too long because hotels usually only offer a certain number of discounted group rooms.
To be considered a group block and receive a discounted rate for your guests, you must plan to block 10 rooms per night.
Depending on the size of you wedding, consider booking 3 hotels in varying price ranges to accommodate everyone's budget. Make sure at least one property is downtown so out-of-town guests are able to enjoy the sites!
It's okay to tell the Group Sales Coordinator the price range and amenities (like free breakfast, wi-fi or shuttle service) that are important to you and your guests.
If you think some of your guests might arrive early or stay a little longer it might be beneficial for them if you extend the block from Thursday-Monday instead of just Friday and Saturday evening.
Be prepared to hear higher rates during peak months and especially if you are marrying over a busy Charleston weekend like; Spoleto Festival, SEWE or Citadel/CofC Graduation.
Be prepared to sign some sort of group agreement or contract laying out all the terms of the group block and the policies of the property.
In order to hold the rooms, some hotels will include an attrition clause that will require you to give a credit card number in case some of the rooms are not picked up. In this case, if all of the rooms are not reserved you will be charged.
A Custom Web Page. Larger chain properties (like a Marriott or Hilton) can offer a custom wedding web page that you can send out to your guests. It's like your own little Expedia page with your group rate pre-loaded so guests don't even have to call the hotel itself.
- A complimentary upgrade or even a room/bridal suite. Some locations will offer a complimentary upgrade/room depending on the amount of rooms your group books.
When the cut off date will be. The cut-off date is usually 30 days prior. After this date, all remaining rooms will be released back into the hotel's inventory. At that point, your guests will be unable to take advantage of the discounted rate but can still book a room based on availability.