Sam & Megan’s low country wedding is absolute riverside perfection. A color palette of blues, white, creams & touches of gold created a bright, timeless look for the day. While their attire & overall design is elegant & inviting. The couple’s goal was to serve their guest with great food and give them an intimate, unique experience which they accomplished beautifully!
Sam & Megan both work in the medical industry, and they actually met at the hospital! As they were planning their dream wedding for 2020, the medical world was turned upside down. And like so many couples, Sam & Megan’s wedding had to be postponed. Both the couple and the vendor team were thrilled to finally attend this gorgeous lowcountry wedding day. This sweet couple wanted a traditional and classic wedding using a French blue color palette. Charleston Wedding Studio used shades of white and blue with lots of greenery in the bouquets and centerpieces to achieve a very romantic look. Their wedding cake was also adorned with blooms and placed in the black and white portico at The River House. The sun set here on the river at the perfect time for Sam & Megan to enjoy a perfect outdoor reception with their family and closest friends! -Ava Moore Photography
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
We both worked at the same hospital and met at a happy hour event. He asked for my number “in case he needed to verify my pharmacy orders at work.” I didn’t think anything of it at the time. I honestly thought he wanted my number for work. But he later admitted it was never for work. We would then run into each other in the cafe or the halls. He would ask to grab coffee or a drink with me on my post-call days. After a few months I finally said yes. We were going to meet up for a drink, but instead he picked me up and we went to a ‘paint and sip’ class.
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
We had a lot of animal visitors on our wedding day. As we were doing photos before the ceremony, a neighborhood dog made his way on to the property and was running around, making the planners very nervous. Luckily no damage was done. There were a bunch of dolphins in the river during our cocktail hour, which made it even more magical. Then, a raccoon known to the venue as Theo, was caught lounging in a tree above our dinner tables during the reception. That was a little scary, but luckily he stayed there and didn’t come down and visit.
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
Our biggest obstacle was Covid. Our original wedding date was October 2020. Since we were planning a destination wedding in Charleston, we had to make the hard decision to postpone. We went back and forth between cancelling all together or rescheduling. We were lucky enough that all of our vendors were available on the new date and went ahead with it. I’m so glad we rescheduled because it was such an incredible day and totally worth it!
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
My favorite part of planning was adding in little details that made the day special to us. We couldn’t have our dog with us, but we had her face printed on cocktail napkins. I loved picking out all the music for the day since I’ve spent years thinking about how certain songs would be incorporated at my wedding. I wish we had even more personalized touches, but I ran out of time. I would go back and dedicate more time to those little details if I could. The best was seeing everything come together on the day of. It made all the hard work and hard decisions worth it!
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
For us, we really wanted to serve our guests great food and give them an intimate, unique experience. We choose the venue based on its beautiful location next to the Ashley River, amongst the Spanish moss, on the beautiful grounds of Lowndes Grove. Patrick Properties catering was amazing! We served 3 small plates for the meal and everyone loved it. And we had a really good DJ who kept everybody dancing all night. And from our guest’s comments, I think we successfully carried out our goal.
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Wedding planning can be overwhelming and stressful but often try to remember why the two of you want to get married and what it’s all about…starting your life together. Try to have a date night where you don’t talk about wedding planning…it can be hard to do! Stay true to what you both want and don’t feel pressured to have to do everything you think you need to do. And on the day of your wedding, be in the moment, don’t stress and have fun, it’s your party!
Photographer: Ava Moore Photography
Venue: The River House
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Charleston Wedding Studio
Floral Designer: Charleston Wedding Studio
Dress Boutique: A Little Something White
Dress Designer: Suzanne Neville
Cake Designer: The River House
Makeup Artist: Silhouette On Site
Hair Stylist: Silhouette On Site
Rentals: Eventworks Rentals
Accessories / Decor: Eventworks Rentals
Film Lab: Photovision Prints
Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings
DJ: Bryan Mahanes