This is the story of a Hilton Head girl and guy who were high school sweethearts. Since a high school love story rarely ever becomes more than that, it was only fitting that Blake Fraum and Jimmy Schmid’s May 2014 wedding reflect their fairytale. Surrounded by their mutual friends and close knit family, the couple were married under the majestic oaks and stunning vistas of Colleton River. In a glamorous tented reception, guests danced the night away and celebrated in true style.
The ceremony took place at the Dye Clubhouse at Colleton River Plantation on the lawn overlooking the river. Fraum was escorted down the aisle by her father to an instrumental version of “Over The Rainbow” and says she’ll always remember and cherish the moment her dad gave her to Schmid.
Since Fraum and Schmid have been together since they were 13, most of their family and friends were already acquainted and close friends, making the ceremony feel intimate and personal.
Fraum was accompanied by 10 of her closest friends as bridesmaids. They wore varying shades of pink in a same dress that can be worn 16 different ways. The mother of the bride wore teal to give another pop of color.
After 15 years as a couple, Fraum and Schmid had a lot to say, so they chose to write their own vows. It was an incredibly moving and romantic ceremony, where both couples shed tears of true joy as they pledged their devotion. Fraum says “committing to each other forever was the most meaningful” part of the day.
The elegant outdoor reception was held in a tent on the lawn of the Nicklaus Clubhouse. The inside of the tent was draped with thousands of yards of fabric, completely transforming the tent to an elegant, soft space. Beth Baldwin, a local event designer and planner, worked with Fraum and Schmid for over 18 months to plan this wedding. Though she says none of it felt like work. Fraum had a clear direction for what she wanted in terms of colors and style and Baldwin worked with talented local vendors to ensure her vision was perfectly executed.
Shades of pink dominated the floral design, which was inspired by one particular bouquet that Fraum had found. A Floral Affair found ways to make this bouquet inspiration uniquely for the couple. Pops of orange and magentas made it vibrant and exciting. There was even a touch of teal, reflecting the mother of the bride.
Round tables, square tables and rectangular tables were mixed with high flower arrangements and low ones. Glass and crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling, elevating the tent to something much more sophisticated and classy than just an ordinary tent – all provided by Amazing Event Rentals. High bar tables, lounge furniture, specialty flatware and china, beautiful linens and glassware were all other items that Amazing Event Rentals also provided, elevating the wedding and bringing an added layer of sophistication and class.
Guests dined on a choice of chicken, grouper or steak. During cocktail hour, Chef Robert Wysong wowed guests with a variety of locally sourced food displayed to perfection. A master at seafood and small appetizers, guests were wowed by the taste and selection of food served.
It was extremely important to the couple and the father of the bride to ensure that the dance floor was big enough for all the guests. This turned to be a smart move because “some folks were out there moving even before the salads were served,” said Fraum. Large baskets of flip-flops in every size flanked the dance floor to ensure the party crowd had comfortable feet to dance well into the night.
After the father/daughter and mother/son dances, Fraum called her grandfather up to a surprise dance to “Forever Young.” To Fraum, her grandfather is the true definition of living life forever young, not only in his age but in his passion for life.
More dancing and celebrating ensued as at the end of the night, this close knit group of friends and family linked arms, swayed back and forth and had a sing-along to “Piano Man.”
This is one fairytale that doesn’t have an ending. If you are interested in seeing more of Fraum and Schmid’s wedding, visit www.hiltonheadmonthly.com for more photos and stories, as well as to keep up with the beautiful couple!
Planner: Beth Baldwin
Officiant: The Rev. Steven Schulte Amazing Event Rentals
Trolley: Old Savannah Tours
Cake: Anne Marie Romano
Ceremony and cocktail entertainment: HH Entertainment
Flowers: A Floral Affair
Hair and makeup: Danielle Keasling and staff, Salon Karma
Photographer: R. Lee Morris
Videographer: Jackson and Moore Productionside