A Kiawah Island Wedding with the Most Upbeat Colors and Unparalleled Views of the Atlantic Ocean

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Perry Vaile

Daniel's plan to propose to Lauren while on a wine tasting trip in Willamette Valley, Oregon, was very nearly thwarted by the weather. "It rained the first two days we were there, but on the third day the sun finally came out!" says Lauren. Daniel said he wanted to take advantage of the weather and drive to the coast, so the pair headed to the beach—where he proposed at sunset. "The next night, back in Portland, he surprised me again—all of our parents had flown there to celebrate with us!" recalls the bride.

Wedding planning commenced once the duo returned to their home in Houston; the pair put a lot of thought into the locale. "Our families and friends are spread out across the country," says Daniel. "Since we knew so many people would have to travel regardless, we wanted to pick a place that was not only important to us, but would be a fun destination for everyone." Kiawah Island in South Carolina ultimately fit the bill. "I've been going there for vacation with my family since I was in middle school," says Lauren, "and Daniel has joined me for the family trip every year since [we got together]." With its ocean views and emerald green lawns, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort quickly became their first pick for the event.

With the location locked in, the couple was able focus on the overall feel of their nuptials. "Our running joke on the theme was that it was 'beach-adjacent'—the Ocean Course [lawn] overlooks the ocean, but we wanted to make sure that nothing felt beachy or nautical," explains Lauren. "We also knew that we wanted all the color and nothing too traditional. Having the entire event feel fun and comfortable was our biggest priority." The pair had a great time planning the details. "Everyone always says to step back and remember the wedding as it is happening, but I feel like it's important to also do that with the planning," says Daniel. "There are a lot of fun elements (like the tasting) that are great memories."

On August 30, 2019, Lauren and Daniel were married in an outdoor ceremony in front of 150 guests. "Keeping the guest list small was really important to me," says the groom. "I knew it was going to be such a special day and I wanted to make sure everyone there was someone special to us and our families." As planned, the day was filled with color, family, friends, and music—all of which were important to the pair. "The band was phenomenal," says Daniel. "The dance floor was packed the whole night."

"I think the color was the most special thing about our wedding," adds Lauren of the day's bright hues. "It definitely helped our big day feel like it represented the two of us!"

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Vivid Wedding Stationery

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The brightly-hued backing on the couple's wedding invitation suite by Yonder Design was reflected in the envelopes, setting the tone—color-wise—for the entire wedding. "We wanted our invitations to give a hint at what people could expect for the wedding. They were bold and fun," says Daniel.

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A Bright Bridal Bouquet

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Full roses, sweet peas, and ranunculus blossoms in shades of peach, pink, and gold starred in the bride's lush bouquet by Philo Floral.

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Colorful Bridesmaid Dresses

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When it came to her bridal party's ensembles, Lauren had a very specific overarching vision in mind. "I knew I didn't want them to match or be traditional bridesmaid dresses," she says, "and I knew I wanted color!" She chose golden yellow dresses with a fun, bohemian vibe for her sisters before helping her other bridesmaids select bright pink gowns for the big day.

The bride's own ensemble came together unexpectedly. "I fell in love with the embroidered texture of one particular wedding dress, but it had a plunging neckline and I knew I wanted something with more coverage," she explains. I decided to try it on backwards and fell even more in love with it. That way, the neckline was high but had a fun dip in the back." Seamstresses at Casa de Novia were able to make the garment's long sleeves removable, so that she could switch up her look for the reception. "It was truly one of a kind and wouldn't have been possible without their awesome team!"

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Unique Tuxedos

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Daniel wanted his half of the wedding party to feel equally nontraditional, so he chose navy blue tuxes for himself and his groomsmen.

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A Site to Behold

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Located on the green of a world-class golf course, the site for the couple's ceremony featured an arch paved with blush pink baby's breath. Large ferns marked the entryway, enhancing the emerald green of the lawn.

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Lovely Live Music

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A string trio played a slowed-down version of the song "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure for the bride's processional.

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A Personal Ceremony

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The pair's pastor from Houston officiated the moving ceremony, which featured two religious readings and a book passage. For Lauren, it was the best part of the day. "Finally getting to hold Daniel's hands once I got up to the altar was my favorite moment," she says. "I had specifically said to the pastor beforehand that I wanted to get to the part where I could hand off my bouquet and hold Daniel's hands as quickly as possible!"

The ceremony was also the first time the couple saw each other that day. "Our first look was as Lauren was walking down the aisle," says Daniel. "It was a moment I had been waiting for all day because I had missed her so much. My heart felt full."

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Back Up

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Lauren and Daniel newlyweds recessed back up the aisle to "Flowers in Your Hair" by The Lumineers.

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An Elegant Escort Board

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Guests found their seating assignments on a colorful board designed to reflect the couple's wedding flowers. "The escort board was 100% our wedding planner's idea and it was perfect!" says Lauren.

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A Graceful Reception Tent

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A towering white tent trimmed in multicolored flowers housed the couple's reception.

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Handsome Lounge Areas

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Indoor furniture was arranged to mimic mini living rooms (table lamps and all!), creating lovely outdoor lounge areas for guests to gather around.

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Coordinating Flowers

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Tiny hyacinth arrangements matched the pink in the pillows used throughout the lounge areas.

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A Spectacular Floral Arrangement

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Under the tent, however, floral arrangements were super-sized. The center of the space was marked by a wooden stand overflowing with fresh, colorful flowers. Lush ferns were suspended from the ceiling overhead.

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Vibrant Reception Tables

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Swathed in white linens and draped with gingham runners, the reception tables were dotted with vibrant flowers in shades of yellow and pink. "We knew we wanted long tables and family style service," says Lauren. "The linens were, again, fun and bold."

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Rosy Reception Seating

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Blush Lucite chairs surrounded the tables left without white linens for a splash of color.

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Pretty Place Settings

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Each place setting featured personalized décor. "The week before the wedding, we decided to do Lucite place cards for every guest and I'm so glad we did," says Lauren. "They were fun keepsakes and looked so beautiful on the tables!"

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A Classic Wedding Cake

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The couple was decidedly hands-off when it came to choosing a wedding cake. "All we knew was that we wanted it to look simple and taste good—my mom actually picked the rest!" says Lauren. The confection's three tiers were iced in white buttercream and dotted with fresh blooms.

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Generous Gift Bags

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Guests received monogrammed gift bags filled with drinks and special treats sourced from small businesses close to the destination.

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Photography, Perry Vaile

Venue, Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Event planning and design, Fox Events

Catering, Kiawah Island Resort

Flowers, Philo Floral

Videography, Artistic Eye

Stationery, Yonder Design

Calligraphy, Yonder Design; J.Lily

Cake, Kiawah Island Resort

Music, Le Pumpe

Rentals, Emerson James; La Tavola; Ooh Events; Snyder Event Rentals

Hair and Makeup, Lashes and Lace

Lighting, Technical Event Company

Transportation, Coastal Limo; Ten Twenty Travel

Draping and custom fabric, The Social Spool

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