Great Gatsby inspired wedding at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club

What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We were originally inspired by Great Gatsby-esque 20’s. As we began gathering decoration ideas we drifted more towards a 20’s style with our color palette black, ivory and gold. We strayed from a specific theme, and chose to stick with a more classic elegance.

How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

With our decor, we did about a 50/50 mix of DIY and purchased. We made tabletop decor with quotes from our favorite movies by hand. We also practiced tying knots for our reception chairs so that they would be just the way we liked them. We purchased a large mirror for our entrance, but then applied the decal with our names and wedding date by hand. Overall, a good mix!

What were the florals like in your wedding?

We wanted to incorporate something fun but that would still work with our more elegant theme. I’m not a huge fan of roses so we went a completely different route and used palm leafs for our centerpieces. We also incorporated white roses into them to really bring it all together. For my bridesmaids bouquets, we wanted to do something we hadn’t seen before and came across floral rings. They were so unique and turned out beautifully! I am so happy we went with something less traditional!

What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We had originally planned to have an italian ice vendor at our wedding, however were unable to work it into our budget. Regardless, we felt our wedding was elegant while fun and inviting! By far, our favorite memories of the night were our “I Do’s” and all of our family and friends on the dancefloor.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look?

My wedding dress decision was actually completely unexpected. Going in, I knew I didn’t want something strapless or mermaid style but wasn’t sure farther than that. At our 4th shop, my grandmother picked a dress off of a mannequin that she loved and wanted me to try on. I was not a fan but wanted to appease her as she really loved the dress. I ended up trying that on first simply to “get it out of the way”. However, when I first looked at myself in the dress I knew immediately it was the one. It had thicker straps on the shoulders with intricate lace appliques.  We had a belt with gemstones attached at the smallest point of my waist. The dress is an ivory color that cascaded down into a beautiful train. I wore a long veil  that touched the top of my bustle with pearls and rhinestones trimming the veil.

How did you meet?

My husband and I met at church on Valentine’s Day. We went on several dates but soon after he left for bootcamp as he had just enlisted in the army. We didn’t maintain contact while he was gone but when he returned it was only a few short months before we started dating. We knew very early on that we would eventually get married. On Christmas eve the following year we had just finished opening presents when my mother in law brought out another gift she had for me. I was surprised as I had thought we were finished. It was a beautiful white and silver box with a silver ribbon tied on. As I was attempting to untie the ribbon I actually tied it further into a knot so my husband was able to get on one knee to help me “untie it”. When I opened the box a gorgeous jewelry box was inside. I took out the box, opened it up, and my ring was sitting inside. My husband then said my name and asked me to marry him. I of course said yes! My brother in law had been filming for extended family and it was so wonderful to have all of the people I love surrounding me in that moment!

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

One of the most special moments of my wedding day was during the father daughter dance. My grandfather actually walked me down the aisle so we danced together. Growing up, he would always make me listen to Patsy Cline in the car so I of course knew that would be what we danced to.  When the song came on, he immediately begin singing it softly to me as we danced. It is a memory I will cherish forever! (And if you haven’t yet heard “Always” by Patsy Cline, you must!)

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

The one thing I wish I could have told myself throughout planning would be that not everything is going to be picture perfect and that’s okay. When you’re wedding planning you think it’s going to be the most perfect day of your life, and it is, but for entirely different reasons. When I walked out and saw my soon to be husband, all the crazy little details that weren’t exactly how I wanted them didn’t matter. He was my husband and that was more than I ever could have asked for. So with that said, don’t sweat the small stuff! No matter what goes wrong, you are leaving the event with the love of your life as one! Nothing gets better than that!

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