Wedding Recap

What a weekend it was! I cannot believe my oldest cousin, Ashley, is married. It seems just like yesterday that we were playing barbies (forcing Austin) and being "Grannies of the South" every time our moms left the car. It is crazy how fast time flies! But, I couldn't be happier that Ashley met the man of her dreams and that they will be starting a wonderful life together. 
We went down Thursday afternoon and got in right before dinner time. The drive was long but luckily, I got to sit in the back seat the whole time and enjoy the scenery. Once we got into town, we checked into our house and unpacked. That night, close family got together at my aunt and uncles house to enjoy dinner and kick off the wedding weekend. We had an amazing dinner of chicken and steak kabobs with my new favorite salad, kale and broccoli slaw with sunflower seeds and cranberries. It was delicious! It was so good getting to know Brian's family and catching up with my own. We even got to make the Instagram chalk board sign. They used the hashtag #goinggreenwell if you want to see more pics by the way. 
The next day, my sister and I ran to the battery to explore the city a little more. We had such a busy weekend ahead and we wanted to do as much as we could which meant early mornings. We went around 8 AM, so there wasn't many people out. It was so peaceful and beautiful! 
Later that afternoon, Ashley had her bridal luncheon at a beautiful house thrown by her mom's friends. We had such a delicious assortment of food and champagne for the party. It was fun seeing everyone and hearing more wedding details!
That night we had the rehearsal dinner at High Cotton. We ran through the wedding, and Anna and I were reading a passage so we got to practice that. After, we had cocktails and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. I finally got to have some She Crab soup...yumm, it had been way too long! We kept the party going after dinner at Four Ninety Two on upper King Street. Everyone from the wedding was invited, so I got to see family members and friends. It was weird drinking with aunts, uncles, and distant cousins, but still so much fun. I made some great new memories to bring up at family holidays!
Finally to the big day! Anna and I picked up breakfast Saturday morning at Caviar & Bananas, which I had been to before and it was even better this time. They had expanded their menu, which included a side of parmesan potatoes (yum!). Then we headed to Tease to get our hair done. We both got loose curls but the stylist had to make them super tight so that they wouldn't fall before the wedding. We walked out looking like we belonged in the 1800's (Marie Antoinette style). After our hair, we headed to an apartment downtown to get ready with Ash and her bridesmaids. We all had matching shirts with our monograms on them, as you can see above. They were adorable and super comfy! While we were getting ready, there was a photographer and videographer taking pics and videos that I cannot wait to see. Once everyone was ready Ash got into her amazingly beautiful dress and we headed to the venue, The William Aiken House
Before the wedding, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the bride and groom took pictures. It called for rain the whole day, but luckily it had held out for us so far so they got some great pictures. To tie us in with the bouqets and wedding party, we wore flowers in our hair. They were a great touch! Right before the wedding, the wind started to pick up and the sky grew dark. We needed to start this wedding ASAP before it hit. Luckily, we finished about 10 minutes before it started pouring down rain. God was definitely watching over us and kept Ashley's day perfect because it only rained for 20ish minutes and then was completely beautiful. 
After the rain had passed, we took family pictures and celebrated the newly weds. The reception was filled with dancing, drinking, and eating great food. They had set up different food stations so you could try a little bit of everything. My favorite was the shrimp and grits station with fried green tomatoes! After dinner, the party was taken outside to a tent decked out in drapes and chandeliers. I can only dream that my wedding is as beautiful! We had a band and DJ to jam to all night as well as an open bar. It was such a long day that I was exhausted by the end of it. I had been wearing heels for hours and my feet were killing me. Some of my toes are still asleep from wearing/dancing in heels all night.
At the end of the night, we sent Ashley and Brian off with sparklers. It was prettier than I could ever imagine. Their getaway car was a rickshaw covered in flowers that matched the bouquets. The wedding was an amazing success and a great time. Cheers to Ashley and Brian on a prosperous and happy life together! 

1 comment

  1. Syd!! I love this post and the video at the end! Thank you so much for being such special part of it. Love you!!