Childhood friends wed surrounded by beauty

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Kevin and Victoria Basirico’s love story didn’t bloom until they were young professionals living in two different states, but the seed was planted much, much earlier: They met at Sea Pines Montessori School when they were just 6 years old.

The couple, who are both 30 and now live in Hilton Head Plantation, were married March 30 at a private estate in Bluffton that Victoria said “showcased the beauty of the Lowcountry in a laid-back yet sophisticated way.”

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About 300 guests gathered under the oaks to celebrate with the happy couple and their extra-large wedding party — 11 bridesmaids, 12 groomsmen, four flower girls and a ring bearer. But before the crowds came, the couple enjoyed a “first look” that Victoria said is among her favorite moments from the day.

“It was so nice to be outside at the venue, just us, before it was covered with people and music!” she said of seeing her groom, who is a real estate agent with Kevin King Associates at Charter One Realty.

WE ARE BOTH IN LOVE WITH WHERE WE GREW UP AND WANTED THE LOWCOUNTRY TO BE A BIG PART OF OUR WEDDING WEEKEND.

- VICTORIA BASIRICO

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Lynn King, the mother of the bride, didn’t love the idea of the groom seeing his bride before she walked up the aisle, but said watching it from afar — and also seeing her husband’s “first look” at their daughter — was touching and sweet.

“(Her dad) was given a letter from her, and he was reading it and I watched her go up and tap him on the shoulder … that had to be one of the best moments,” she said. “This was his baby girl.”

People used the word “magical” when describing the wedding site, Lynn said.

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“We have clients and friends who’ve been to weddings all over the world, and we had people saying, ‘This was the most amazing venue we’ve ever seen.’”

Victoria’s sister had gotten married at the same place in June 2015, but Victoria and Kevin made their nuptials truly unique.

“I refer to our wedding as ‘a little Lowcountry, a little boho, and absolutely us,’” Victoria said. “We are both in love with where we grew up and wanted the Lowcountry to be a big part of our wedding weekend. But I was very passionate about doing so in a classy and sophisticated way.”

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That vision included a few key elements she says were “must haves”:

  • A hanging floral arrangement. “I wanted your eyes to travel upward as you entered the tent,” Victoria said of the striking décor element, which was pulled off beautifully by childhood friend Elaine Savarese at Fresh Weddings and Events in Charleston. “She is so innovative, open to new ideas and making sure she knows what you want. She listened to all my ideas and suggestions and created florals that were beyond what I had dreamed up in my head.”
  • String lights all over the property. “Without the decor and lighting, my vision wouldn't have come to life.”

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  • Lots of color and texture. “I work at an interior design firm and see a lot of designs and concepts regularly,” said Victoria, who is the design and marketing coordinator at J. Banks Design Group. “I knew I wanted to mix and match colors and textures.” Light blue tablecloths were paired with Kelly green and mauve-pink napkins on differently shaped tables, which were also styled with fresh green garlands, floating candles and mercury votives in a variety of sizes and colors.

  • Good food, good music, and a great time for all. Caterers Roy and Becky Prescott served a casually elegant Southern dinner that included shrimp and grits in martini glasses, pulled pork sliders, coleslaw, ham biscuits, and beef tenderloin, plus an oyster roast cocktail hour. “Becky is so organized and well-versed in the wedding world; she thinks of everything that you never knew you needed to think about and helps down to every last detail,” Victoria said. “And the food is beyond delicious.”

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The vision for the look and feel of the wedding came together, Victoria said, thanks to a lot of help from her mother, the vendors and the gracious hosts. But the people gathered there that day are what truly made the wedding a dream come true.

“After the ceremony and pictures … at one point, Kevin and I stood on the back porch of the house and just took it all in. It is one of my favorite memories — he and I looking over the venue and seeing all these people that mean the world to us, interacting and having a great time together,” she said. “I still get pretty choked up thinking about that, because really that is a once-in-a-lifetime situation where we are able to bring all these people together.” 

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