When: December 31, 2015 | Where: Hilton Head, SC | Theme: Beach, Outdoors | Colors: Mint, Gold
Inspired by the beach and low country southern charm, Lauren and Luke tied the knot in Hilton Head with their beautiful Mint Gold Beach Wedding. And what better time to celebrate than on New Year’s Eve! Because most of their guests were traveling from out of town, they wanted to make sure it was a fun and relaxing experience. With the help of their family and friends, their simple whimsical mint-colored wedding complemented the soft neutral tones of the coastal vibe – which all set the perfect tone that day as mellow and joy-filled.
Lauren never expected to have as much DIY as she did, but like most brides, she found herself excited to be part of the wedding planning process, especially with her mom who designed and sewed both her wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses.
About the Mint Gold Beach Wedding
“The beach, of course, was a huge inspiration, but we also wanted to keep the low-country southern charm. Hilton Head is a very special place for me, and as soon as I knew we could have it there, and once we found the beach house to have it at, the rest of the planning was fairly simple (sometimes).
I wanted a beach ceremony (pending the weather) and a backyard reception, complete with yard games and a relaxed feel. Since it was NYE, I also wanted a bit of sparkle, and that’s where the gold came in. Our guests were traveling from out of town, but I didn’t want it to feel like they were attending some stuffy event.” Lauren
“Our “how we met” story is not that exciting – we met at a bar. But, I love our “how we got engaged” story. My husband, Luke, had to travel to Alaska for a work event and I was going to meet him out there a couple days later so we could spend the following week there – I had never been there and he had only been one other time. The whole trip was amazing from the time I got there, and halfway into the week, we had planned a guided kayaking trip in a little bitty town in Southern Alaska.
We woke up to rain that day, but we absolutely love kayaking and passing it up in Alaska was not an option 🙂 Our float started in the bay and the scene was just amazing. It was slightly foggy and drizzly, but still gorgeous with the mountains and vastness as well as the aqua color of the glacier water. We all floated around this bend and per the plan, we stopped on this little rocky shore where the guide was taking us on a short hik e. (Let me preface the rest of this by saying the guide had no idea Luke was going to propose. It just all happened to work out.)
As we were coming back to the kayaks, we had to pass over this little bridge and our guide offered to take our picture. When I turned toward Luke, he was down on one knee holding a ring asking me to be his wife. It was absolutely the most perfect thing. The guy behind us had been quick enough to pull out his phone and take pictures of the whole thing. Our guide was so excited, saying he’d never had that happen before.” – Lauren
Wedding Planning Advice
“Be willing to delegate work. Friends & family will want to help make this the best day for you. Also, prepare for the fact that at some point in time along the way, something will not go as planned.
It rained the morning of our outdoor wedding, there were problems with the delivery of the rental items that took hours to resolve, and there were a few other minor things, and as much help as we had with everything, I also knew that it would all work out in the end and what was important to me was marrying my best friend, with my closest friends and family there, and that they were dry and had a good time.” – Lauren
Photography: Turner Photography | Venue: Private Residence | Wedding Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses: DIY | Hair and Makeup: Eye Do Makeup and Hair | DJ: Crush Entertainment | Catering: Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ | Cake: DIY | Florals: The Flower Shop Bluffton | Cornhole Boards: DIY