South Carolina had their very own Will and Kate on June 12th. They may not have had the huge royal wedding, but they had a huge amount the faith and friends.
Kate's mother,Lori, contacted B&R for our Marilyn Package, day-of coordination. Kate chose blue jay, white, and a mossy green for her color palette. With 280 guests and 21 people in the bridal party, the Dowe Amphitheater was an excellent spot for their early summer nuptials. When B&R met with Kate two days before the wedding and asked what the rain plan was, Kate assured us that she would still get married in the amphitheater. And she did!
The sun was shining when we showed up to the Wyche Pavilion to help Kate's friends and family decorate. Lori has many talented friends from their church in North Carolina that were willing to come down and help make the space exactly to Kate and Will's expectations. Will and Kate were able to take portraits outside separately with Michael Costa prior to the ceremony. It wasn't until about an hour before the ceremony that the sky turned dark and the rain started to pour. All the flowers had arrived with Bella Blooms and were meticulously placed and the Bakery Off Augusta had delivered the cake with words of Will and Kate's favorite places and things written in butter cream.
Vic Thomas with G Vegas! DJ had set up and guests were starting to arrive. The rain was still going strong, so Kate and her parents decided to put the social hour before the ceremony. A quick call to Vic and Larkins to let them know, and no guest was the wiser! Kate, now in medical school, told me that she liked facts and logic. While we were watching the radar and there was still a shadow of green over the ceremony site, the facts were not on our side.
Finally, Kate and Will agreed that we would encourage guests that had umbrellas to stand in the ceremony area and if they did not have umbrellas they could stand under the adjacent tent. B&R always has 7 white umbrellas on hand (they live in our vehicle) and then with the help of Larkins we issued enough black umbrellas for everyone to make it down the aisle safe and dry.
Kate's uncle officiated the ceremony, and by the time it was over the rain was down to a sprinkle. The sun was starting to shine as guests made their way to the pavilion. J-Rob Productions caught Will and Kate's wonderful first dance on film. Members of their bridal party sang part of the father-bride dance. Guests enjoyed a stationed appetizer style reception and fellowship.
At the end of the evening, guests lined up and for a sparkler send off and Will and Kate drove off in Kate's blue FJ Cruiser.
Congratulations Will and Kate!
Here are some photos courtesy of Michael Costa:
Positively gorgeous! Thank you Michael for sharing!