January 2014

A Wedding by the Sea


Carl and Charlie Schroeder have made love and marriage a fun business, assisting over 1,000 couples to tie the knot on Hilton Head Island. Local residents for 38 years, notary public and ministers, father and son have found a niche for marrying couples on the beach and at other venues on our beautiful resort island.

Charlie’s wife, Kati Schroeder, assists in writing the vows and handling the PR between the couples and the officiants, making sure that every wedding ceremony is special. As Kati works for months helping couples write and revise the ceremonies and vows, she says that she enjoys the process of writing about love and what it takes to be married and stay married.

All the ceremonies are different and unique; they can be long or to the point, and religious or not. The brides and grooms have all the editing power, as well, to choose between different readings and prayers and to incorporate their own personal vows. This is what makes A Wedding by the Sea so special. The Schroeders say it is a fun process of meeting and coordinating all the beautiful words into ceremonies, and seeing the joy in the creation of such memorable events.

As life dictates, many interesting and funny things happen during the wedding events. Carl reflects back on the times when the brides and grooms did not enlist coordinators to help with events and he became that instant helper. He is always obliging, and he has overcome many logistical nightmares, but would ultimately prefer the couples to have their plans worked out far in advance.

Charlie has seen many funny things happen, especially at the beach weddings where passersby become “guests” as they look in on the perfect wedding and exuberant dogs off their leashes attempt to join in the excitement.
Although these things happen, all the weddings are a beautiful success, and the families and friends of the couples are always happy to remember the gorgeous day when they got married on Hilton Head Island.

To book your destination wedding, please contact Kati at hhiofficiant@gmail.com or call (843) 422-5624 to secure your date in 2014!

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