January 2014

Lowcountry Wedding: Clark & Ashton

Author:  | Photographer: Photography by Anne

Clark and Ashton met in a bar.
Five years later, they were at the altar.
See, sometimes that happens!

Having both been raised on Hilton Head Island, getting married anywhere else wasn’t even discussed. (Except for that one conversation with Ashton’s father wherein he offered them money to elope. Ashton declined. She regrets that now.)

After touring various popular island venues, they decided Honey Horn Plantation was a perfect fit. An avid hunter from the time he was four, Clark loved the rustic outdoorsy feel of the location. Ashton did too, after adding a few feminine touches like twinkle lights, lanterns, and flower boxes (featuring peonies, garden roses and dusty willows) running the length of long farm tables. A whimsical, romantic look was further achieved by running ivory piping drape around the outside of the pavilion.

After the ceremony at the Coastal Discovery Museum, guests were handed spiked hot apple cider to enjoy on the walk through the grounds to the reception. A lovely distraction en route was the wooden wall with escort cards hanging from clothespins.

Ashley Rhodes was the wedding planner extraordinaire who kept things on schedule and assisted Ashton in getting through the day calmly. Lowcountry fare was provided courtesy of Celebrations Catering, and The Headliners ensured the guests were having a good time on the dance floor.

Affairs to Remember by Coastal Event Rentals and Amazing Event Rentals worked in tandem to transform the pavilion into a whimsical wedding location. The soft, intimate lighting was provided Hilton Head Event Lighting, and flowers for the bridal party and the décor were provided by Emily Wynn Wildes Floral Design. The bridal party arrived courtesy of a white trolley provided by Old Savannah Tours, and left in a Camelot Limousine. Desserts were provided by Lowcountry Flour Girls.

Clockwise from top left: Escort cards hang from clothespins on an antique wooden wall. Little black books with notes from the guests seated at that table number are stored away and read on the couple’s anniversaries. – Istvan Blair Photography. Mini pecan and pumpkin pies, cupcakes and a cake for cutting were provided by Lowcountry Flour Girls. – Photography by Anne. Twinkle lights and a roaring fireplace beckon guests into the reception area. – Istvan Blair Photography. Finley Pierce looks on with a giggle as Clark kisses his wife for the first time. – Photography by Anne.

Clockwise from top left: The sister of the bride, Lindsey Stephens, made sure Ashton had her something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a lucky sixpence for her shoe. The Bridal party all wore gowns in various styles in graphite and charcoal from The Porcupine. The bride’s apparel was from the Gown Boutique of Charleston.- Photography by Anne.

Clockwise from top left: The groomsmen pose under the oaks at Honey Horn.- Photography by Anne. The sweetheart table labeled with antique wooden signs made by the father and mother of the groom.- Photography by Anne. The guests create a wall of bubbles for the newly wed couple to pass through on the way to the waiting limousines.- Istvan Blair Photography. The groom smiles, awaiting his bride.- Photography by Anne.

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