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Christina Shanahan & James Davie

Coastal Romance


May 18, 2019
Isle of Palms , South Carolina

Photo Credit

Jenna Marie Weddings

Style Guide

Color Palette





The Proposal

It was a day full of surprises to say the least. The morning started with an unexpected day at the spa in the city for pampering. After the spa, James picked me up for a drink around the corner before bringing me back to our house for one of his amazing home cooked dinners. While dinner was cooking, he told me he got me a gift and set up an adorable scavenger hunter with clues around the house to find it. Some of the clues were funny and some were very sweet but the last clue was the best one. It led me into the kitchen where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I‘be never been so happy in my life! To make the proposal even sweeter, He told me that he asked my mother for her blessing, and even stopped by my father’s grave to make sure he agreed, as well.

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In Preparation

After looking at a host of venues in the Boston area, we knew we wanted a non-traditional venue. So, we decided to rent a beautiful home alongside our favorite beach off the coast of Charleston to host our big day. We opted to only invite our immediate family and friends, as we wanted to provide an intimate and unforgettable weekend. Envisioning a southern affair with nods to our New England roots, the design focused on coastal romance with glamorous, modern touches. The color palette of cotton white, blush rose + gold was a driving force to bring this vision to life. With the help of our wedding planner, Samantha Anderson, and vendor team, we were able to do just that!

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The Big Day

An intimate ceremony space on the house lawn featured a draped arbor with sprays of floral + greenery along with two white-washed consoles accented with blooms in gold compotes upon the entrance. The reception dinner was held on the house’s third floor balcony, under the sweeping pergola accented with greenery and crystal chandeliers. The monochromatic, white patterned linens gave some texture to the base layer of the tablescape design. The limewashed chairs and Capiz shell place cards were nods to the coastal setting while the gold-rimmed chargers and brass candlesticks brought the Northeast glam. After the four course meal, we headed downstairs with our guests to dance the night away poolside!

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The Retreat

After a three day celebration with our immediate family and wedding party, we jetted off to St. Barts. We rented a stunning villa on the ocean where we soaked up our newlywed bliss for over a week. The days were full with exploring the island and relaxing on the beach, while the evenings were filled with enjoying the amazing cuisine and craft cocktails. St Barts will always hold a very special place in both of our hearts. Even though we were sad to leave, we were looking forward to getting back home to continue our wedding celebration with our extended family and friends.

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Contributing Vendors


Jenna Marie Weddings


Samantha Anderson Events


EM Creative Floral


Private Home on Isle of Palms, SC


Embers & Ashes


The Cake Stand



Party Tables


Alexa Nelson Prints


Siegel Films

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