We are excited to share this destination Charleston wedding as we begin the new year. Edy + Sam’s day was full of sentimental moments, a charming design in the South’s low country, and unique details, we are positive any destination-seeking couples will love this feature!
Edy + Sam were DREAM CLIENTS! They were so incredibly decisive and trusting, which is HUGE for a planner. It was such an ideal partnership for both parties – I would present them with vendors and ideas, and they would have a quick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or ‘ let’s go with them!’ and it would be onto the next task. It made planning their wedding with them such a breeze. They were very relaxed and easy going, yet they knew exactly what they wanted. Together we crafted a huge, cocktail style reception with an incredible band + party – which was one of their top priorities. E + S are total foodies, so we knew the menu had to be one-of-a-kind! From a create-your-own sushi station, to yummy signature cocktails, to late night pork belly corn dogs + parmesan fries – the food was divine. Their vendor team was easily one of my favorites of all time. They had live music from before the ceremony, through to the end of the evening; a live painter that had guests memorized all night; and so many beautiful + meaningful decor + details. One of my favorite ideas I brought to the couple was to surprise the bride’s grandparents with a miniature wedding cake for them to cut after their own cake cutting. Their anniversary was a couple of days prior, and there was not a dry eye in the venue when they were surprised with the cake! -Suterland Weddings for Chancey Charm
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another? We meet in class at the University of Georgia! We had seen each other in passing a few times and were in the same major and several classes together but had never spoke. Edy built up the courage to speak to Sam at a campus event and the rest was history! We both admired each other’s work ethic and compassion as well as a deep commitment to our faith.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship! We buried the bourbon! It’s an old southern tradition that if you bury a bottle of bourbon (upside down) at the site of your wedding a month out you’ll have perfect weather. Well the weather was perfect and immediately after we walked up the aisle married we dug the bottle up and our entire bridal party did a swig! It was a perfect way to get the party started and warm ourselves up on that cold November day! (Although it hit a few people pretty hard- including the bride and groom! Hahaha)
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning. Sam graduated a semester before Edy in December 2020 and we got engaged in March. During the stretch of December- October we did long distance while Sam started his career and Edy finished planning and moving. After being inseparable since we started dating it was a really really tough period and we had to learn to communicate and love each other in different ways.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you? Our service was the most important part to us. We chose music that we both loved. Our pastor that had counseled us both individually and together for years did our service. So it was deeply intimate and meaningful. We wanted our faith and dedication to come first.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be? Just do your best to enjoy the day. Once it’s here there’s no use in stressing about what could go wrong or right. Relax, look at your amazing friends and family around you, and realize this is such a special day because you get to marry your best friend. Nothing else matters!
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? The food! As certified foodies and Charleston cuisine lovers we wanted to have the best possible food and drink! We loved our tasting and had the most fun (although we were so stuffed). We also did signature cocktails and picked out drinks we both loved to share with our friends and family.
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day? Edy’s grandparents were married the same weekend 56 years ago on Thanksgiving day. We honored them by having a little “anniversary cake” made that they cut alongside us. We also displayed a picture of their wedding day with the cake- they loved it so much and it was a special way to include the couple that influenced our chosen day.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love? Love is an action. It takes practice. It takes time to serve each other and learn about each other. But wow is it worth it. True love from one another is the best thing we will experience in this world.
Photographer: Catherine Hurt Photography
Venue: Founder’s Hall
Beauty: Lashes & Lace
Attire: Verita Bridal Boutique
Wedding Cake: Dessert Designs by Gisela
Florals: Bliss in Bloom
Catering: CRU Catering
Paper Goods: Dodeline Design
Lighting + Ceremony Draping: Lowcountry Entertainment
Planner: Suterland Weddings for Chancey Charm
Rentals + Linens: Snyder Events
Specialty Rentals: Ooh! Eventhaus
Band: Emerald Empire Band
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet
Live Painter: Nicole Schmitz Studio
Bridesmaids Dresses: Revelry
Wedding Submission Services: Published + Pretty