Come away with me to this destination wedding in the quaint, historic town of Charleston, South Carolina. Stuart and Vanessa (or Stunessa, as they have been known to go by) were recommended to me by my awesome friends Esther and Jacob. The four of them hail from Atlanta, Georgia and shared an amazing experience on a mission trip in Haiti. I knew I’d get along with them instantly because of our mutual passion for travel – Stunessa chose to tie the knot in Charleston because they had been captured by its Southern charm and wanted to share that magic with their friends and family. :)
I adore gorgeous bridal details, like that belt on her dress. STUNNING!
Stuart had his suit custom embroidered for the occasion and couldn’t wait to show his bride at their first look. On the way to Chalmers Street for the first look, where Stuart is patiently waiting…
After their first look at Chalmers Street, we made our way to the Legare Waring House at Charles Towne Landing. It was about 90 degrees outside, but these two braved the heat for some amazing photos!
The bridesmaids’ dresses were the most beautiful shade of navy blue – the perfect color to contrast those vibrant purple bouquets.
Meet the entourage.
The ceremony was filled with laughter and tears! But mostly laughter. :)
Stuart wowed the crowd by reading a portion of his vows in Haitian Creole! How cute and creative are these wedding favors from a couple that loves to cook. Adorable tins of Stunessa seasoning. Add a dash of love! :)
Could ALL first dances be as fun and heartwarming as this?? While Stuart and Vanessa danced to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill, all of their guests surrounded them on the dance floor and SANG ALONG. <3
And then the epic dance party started, courtesy of DJ NattyHeavy. He was voted the Best Club DJ in Charleston for the Charleston City Paper Awards two years in a row and we could all see why!!
SO. MUCH. FUN. There was singing, there was dancing, and just all sorts of wonderful celebrating. They let me join in on the dance floor too!