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South Carolina Wedding Charleston | Gena & Emil | Amelia + Dan

Gena & Emil’s South Carolina Wedding Charleston.

“Our story is perhaps a quintessential Washington, D.C. love story.  Although we had been living in D.C. for many years, and had some friends in common, our paths did not cross until the fall of 2008.  We had great conversations and felt a spark the night we met, but I became consumed with working on the Presidential campaign and we did not see each other again until an inauguration party in January.  We went on our first date the following month, and the rest is history…”
– Gena & Emil


“A shared appreciation for travel led to our decision to do a destination wedding away from our base of Washington, D.C.  Charleston immediately came to mind, for our South Carolina wedding, because the Bride spent several childhood vacations at Kiawah.  In addition, the Groom and his family enjoyed the holidays there with the Bride and her sister in 2012, and ever since, shared an enthusiasm for Charleston’s incredible food scene, gorgeous architecture, and romantic vibe.  We loved the idea of creating new memories in a special place already associated with much meaning and nostalgia.
We wanted an elegant and unique, yet understated, event.  And more than anything, we envisioned our wedding weekend as one continuous party.  We were initially going for “Modern meets Charleston.”  However, somewhat quickly into the planning process, the charm and romanticism of Charleston supplanted any modern elements.  We selected the Gibbes Museum early on, with its gorgeous blank canvas of a courtyard and interior art galleries.  The couple, both detail-oriented and experienced in events, was very hands-on throughout the process of creating their dream event, with the assistance of Sweetgrass Social.
The Bride had not given much thought to her wedding dress until she started shopping for one, but quickly discovered she wanted something unique, which posed a bit of a challenge in a sea of traditional dresses.  She felt like Goldilocks in that each dress was a little to this or a little to that, but not quite right.  As the end of the year approached, after trying on close to 100 dresses on both coasts and facing crunch time to place an order, she began to wonder if THE dress even existed.  Then, after trying on some Vera Wang gowns, the saleswoman showed her the Mira dress.  They only happened to have the dress for an upcoming runway show and had not even received their sample, but it fit close to perfectly and she knew instantly that it was the one.  It was the last dress she tried on.  The groom wore a custom tuxedo.
As soon as we saw the incredible wedding photography of Amelia + Dan, we knew we wanted them to capture our wedding.  They have an ability to render moments and details in an artistic and beautiful manner, and are unobtrusive in their style of shooting.  They also are a lovely couple and true pleasure to work with.”
-Gena & Emil


One DIY detail entailed a Polaroid camera area for guests in lieu of a photo booth (we used the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8). By the end of the evening, guests had taken almost one hundred polaroids for the couple, and took the same number of shots for themselves.
Guests also enjoyed late night passers of Southern Fried Chicken and Waffle Sliders and Parmesan Truffle Fries, before a sparkler-filled sendoff for the happy couple, and more dancing at the after-party location, Leaf Café, a short walk or pedicab away from the Gibbes Museum.
There was a shared feeling of joy and festiveness in the air, and many guests commented on how moved they felt by the wedding, that it was the “best wedding they had ever been to!”
It was the happiest day for the couple, and the euphoria of being surrounded by loved ones, and joining in matrimony their lives and their families, lasted for weeks. Pulling off this wedding was a labor of love for the couple and their families.
“We are so grateful for our parents’ support.”- G & E

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