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RYAN | WIECHERT WEDDING

Kelly Ryan and Scott Wiechert were recently married in Savannah, Georgia at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They had their reception at Bethesda Academy. Kelly and Scott met in Savannah at rooftop bar, The Grove. Scott proposed to Kelly in her hometown of Hilton Head Island in front of the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Scott is a Marine Scientist in the U.S. Coast Guard and Kelly is the VP & Marketing Director at her family’s business Weichert, Realtors®- Coastal Properties.

WHAT’S TRENDING IN WEDDING RINGS

BY NINA GREENPLATE 

Engagement rings are as unique as the couples who are betrothed. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind expression, with today’s design choices more brilliant than ever, from elegantly simple, to bold and prominent.

BROWN | HEXAMER WEDDING

Living in the very small town of Ridgeland, S.C., the families of Brittany Brown and Timber Hexamer have always known each other. Brittany and Timber went to the same school and had the same group of friends before dating. Their first date was going to the movies in 2016. They dated for five years, and Timber proposed on their fifth anniversary in Nashville, Tenn. They were married at Malphrus Oaks in Ridgeland.

VANDERSLICE | CUNNINGHAM WEDDING

Sarah Vanderslice of Hilton Head Island married John Cunningham of Monroe, Louisiana in a home ceremony and reception in Spanish Wells. They met through a mutual friend when John visited Sarah in Tennessee. They now reside in Bluffton, South Carolina.

MAKE THE BIG DAY MORE MEMORABLE

Are groom’s cakes a thing of the past? 

Local cake maker Courtney Glover doesn’t think so.

Glover, of Brown Sugar Custom Cakes, which serves Beaufort and Bluffton, still finds them regularly requested.  She says groom’s cakes are very appealing to couples, especially if the wedding budget is substantial enough to include special little extras that make an entire wedding weekend more memorable.

PLANNING A PERFECT REHEARSAL DINNER

In 2020 many engaged couples said “I do” to postponing their nuptials until 2021. Now that couples are revisiting their wedding plans, celebratory events like the rehearsal dinner are getting a COVID-friendly makeover.

“Now, venues that are doing events have had to start thinking outside of the box as to how they can safely host while protecting the guests and their staff,” said Beth Anderson, Director of Events for Sea Pines Country Club. “One such option is to have the event outside.”

REVAMPING YOUR PLANS DURING A PANDEMIC

What do you do when you’ve paid $60,000 for a wedding that’s supposed to take place in five days and a pandemic threatens to bring everything to a halt? 

Aimee Fennessey, local wedding planner and owner of Amanda Rose Weddings, says, “Modify!”

Bento Boxes. Tiny toasts. Custom sneakers.

As the saying goes: Necessity is the mother of invention.

Bridal trends for 2021 are no exception. Everything from crowd size to fashion choices reflects the aftermath of COVID-19’s appearance. Nevertheless, hope and flexibility have prevailed.

The types and combinations of popular wedding flowers come and go, but one trend with staying power is the bridal bouquet. We asked local wedding florists for the inside scoop on today’s trends, inexpensive alternatives, timeless wedding flowers and the latest ways couples are letting nature beautify their nuptials. 

Many brides already have an idea of what they want their wedding dress to look like before they even begin shopping. And, maybe more importantly, they often have in mind what they don’t want their dress to look like. 

But whatever your preferences, it’s easier for that perfect dress image to come into focus if you understand the styles and hues that flatter you to the fullest. We asked Christina Vicaro of Lowcountry Bride & Gown and Cassandra Gamble of Blush Bridal & Formal Wear to help us help you. 

Your wedding day is just that: 24 hours that seem to be over in a flash. 

Thankfully, a skilled photographer can capture the best moments from that whirlwind day, providing a lasting way to relive the magic for years to come. 

DANCE INSTRUCTION HELPS COUPLES FIND THEIR RHYTHM

It’s becoming more popular to have your wedding dance professionally choregraphed. Some brides and grooms are even building their wedding themes around the dance. People are also willing to spend more time preparing for this special moment, which gives them more “together” time to get know each other in a different way.

Some brides and grooms are currently planning their perfect 2020 weddings, while others are making last-minute adjustments to plans for a wedding that’s just a few months away. Whether your nuptials are next year, in a few weeks or not till 2021, it’s fun to keep an eye on the trends highlighted on wedding websites across the country that are having a moment — or are about to.