Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Southern Soiree

Photos by S.Roberts, Contributor: Nicole Roberts
There's no better inspiration for choosing your wedding colour palette when you're surrounded by beautiful waters and breathtaking sunsets living in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This bride chose a brightly hued palette of aquamarine, tangerine, and fuschia, and incorporated the palm tree into their monogram to symbolize the south. The bride walked down an aisle lined with fuschia and tangerine rose petals, and wed under a Southern oak tree decorated with fresh flower pomanders. She even had silk aqua robes embroidered with each of her bridesmaids' own monogram in fuschia. The bride, in contrast, subdued the colours by wearing a traditional Melissa Sweet dress with lace overlay, and held a cascade of white phalaenopsis orchids.

During cocktail hour, while the bridal party boarded a 45 foot sailboat for pictures and the bride and groom's first champagne toast, guests were invited to enjoy bottles of personalized Jones Soda in aqua and orange, as well as personalized bottles of water and a selection of Italian sodas.

The reception was staged in a tent at the exclusive Long Cove Plantation, in which a combination of long family tables and square tables were dressed in Italian inspired linens, and decorated with multilevel orchid & fruit centerpieces. Tangerine parasols brimming with white orchids over the edges and balls of pink roses hung from the ceiling, while a romantic pink glow came from coloured spotlights. As a sweet nod to both the bride and groom's heritage, guests were treated to orange flavoured (and coloured) fortune cookies in custom boxes, as well as an Italian cookie buffet (200 dozen cookies) and a candy buffet. At the end of the evening, the bride and groom parted through a sea of guests holding sparklers, making their getaway in a matching blue convertible.

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