Southern Style Wedding on Kiawah Island
Kelsey & Patrick
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
"We just wanted the day to be fun for our friends and family."
Kelsey Darnell and Lieutenant Patrick Moran wed at The Kiawah Island Club River Course in South Carolina.
The Wedding Colors
The bride loved the idea of a soft pink palette for spring and chose muted cream and taupe accents.
The Bride Wore
Kelsey chose the very first dress she tried on at bridal boutique Maddison Row in Charleston—a one-shoulder lace column gown by Ulla-Maija, which she paired with strappy Jimmy Choo heels. For dancing at the reception, she changed into a short, white-lace, sweetheart strapless dress by Legends by Romona Keveza.
The Groom Wore
Patrick, an officer in the United States Navy, donned the dapper dress whites of his uniform for the 5 p.m. ceremony. Later, he changed into a light khaki suit, a pale pink shirt, and a monogrammed Vineyard Vines tie in wedding colors to match his groomsmen.
The Bridesmaids Wore
Kelsey chose knee-length cream silk dupioni dresses from LulaKate for her attendants. A big plus that the ladies loved: pockets for lip gloss and tissues!
Engaging Events florist Judy Johnston created an ethereal feel using pink peonies, garden roses, rice flower, trachelium and dendrobium orchids, ranunculus, Spanish moss, and dusty miller.
Wedding planner Cindy Zingerella of Engaging Events set the romantic mood—beef tenderloin and lobster for dinner, dancing, a cigar bar on the lawn behind the clubhouse, and late-night caramel popcorn and brandy Alexander milkshakes. "We just wanted the day to be fun for our family and friends," Kelsey says.
The delicate wedding cake mimicked the intricate lace pattern of the bride's gown.
Waiting until after Patrick's deployment to Japan for an official honeymoon, the newlyweds spent a week at The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah. "The best part was spending time, just the two of us," Kelsey says.