Love and family the focus of perfect Colleton River wedding
When planning the ultimate dream wedding, there are many ingredients that go into creating the perfect day. A few key ingredients? A gorgeous couple, a bride who is supported by her family and enjoys the wedding planning process with her mother, a wedding planning team that is able to translate inspiration into reality, a beautiful location, and plenty of of personal and meaningful details.
Put all these things together, and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect wedding for couple Lizzie Lewis and Nick Devine. The couple was married on the lawn of Colleton River Plantation’s Dye Clubhouse, set against the Port Royal Sound. Spencer Special Events’ team created a church-like setting, complete with a beautiful altar designed by A Floral Affair. They even sourced a mix of natural wood and white pews that were adorned with coordinating flowers. Soft blush and peach flowers were used throughout, and perfectly placed petals aligned the pews and set the stage for a romantic and delicate look.
Lizzie accented her beautiful gown with family heirlooms. She wore an aqua marine diamond ring that once belonged to her grandmother; her own mother redid the ring for her years ago and it’s a treasured keepsake. The ring bearer’s pillow was made from one of her grandmother’s old doilies. It’s little touches like these that make a wedding personal and meaningful.
The bride, her mother and the bridesmaids all carried bouquets of garden roses and gardenias. The fragrant smell of the blooms filled the air at the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, which had a loose, natural look completed with garden roses, seeded eucalyptus, jasmine vine, dusty miller, astilbe and snapdragons.
After the ceremony, the soulful and joyous Voices of El Shaddai greeted the guests on the lawn of the Nicklaus Clubhouse overlooking the Colleton River. A comfortable cocktail hour setting complete with soft seating, custom pillows and glowing candlelight surrounded by beautiful flowers set the stage as guests enjoyed delicious offerings by chef Robert Wysong and his staff. The cocktail menu included prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, bacon-wrapped scallops, spiced lamp chops, and mini lump crab cakes. There was also an abundance of local seafood thanks to a chilled seafood display featuring freshly shucked oysters, crab claws, poached shrimp and marinated mussels.
Moving into the reception inside the Nicklaus Clubhouse, the ballroom was draped ceiling to floor in soft cream fabric to set a romantic and elegant mood. Flowers hung from light fixtures and the fireplace. Gold Chiavari chairs and blush sequined specialty linens were used. Tables were topped with a mix of and high floral centerpieces to create a ballroom look that was sophisticated and interesting to the eye.
Guests were served a plated dinner of seared beef filet mignon and spiced roasted grouper. For dessert, there was a delicious and beautiful cake crafted by Savannah Custom Cakes, then the guests danced the night away and celebrated into the early morning hours before the bride and groom made their spectacular exit.
Looking back, Lizzie has a few pieces of advice for future brides. “Start planning early,” she says.” I think this helped ease a lot of stressors early on. Definitely pick a theme of colors and how you want the wedding to feel in order to set the tone for the rest of your planning. Lastly, have fun with it. It can be a fun experience if you let it.”
Amanda Spencer, founder and owner of Spencer Special Events, says the big day is truly a reflection of the bride and groom.
“Not only were (Lizzie and Nick) dream clients, but they treated myself and my team like family,” she says. “The warmth and love that this family has for each other, their family, friends and wedding guest was obvious in every detail for the wedding weekend.”
Ceremony and reception: Colleton River Plantation
Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes
Invitations: Pretty Papers
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Makeup and hair: Bride's Side Beauty
Flowers: A Floral Affair
Cocktail hour rentals: Savannah Special Events
Reception tent and ballroom draping: Party Tables
Linens and pillows: Party Tables
Lighting and ceremony AV: JLK Events
Reception entertainment: The Maxx (East Coast Entertainment)
Ceremony music: Alyssa Jae duo of Hilton Head Entertainment
Cocktail hour music: The Voices of El Shaddai and Gail Ragland
Photographer: Landon Jacob
Wedding planner: Amanda Spencer of Spencer Special Events
Videographer: Withers Films
Transportation: Old Savannah Tours
Transportation for the bride and groom: A Rolls-Royce provided by FX Limo