Melissa Sands & Kyle Sawyer
Low-Country Wedding With A Bahama Twist
Nov 10, 2017
Charleston , South Carolina
Love at first sight is definitely not how our relationship began. A mutual friend thought that Kyle and I would be a great match, so she tried numerous times to set us up. I remember being at a fishing tournament with my best friend and pointing at Kyle through the crowd, “That is the guy that Darlene is trying to set me up with”…her response “The one with the ponytail?!” We both laughed and didn’t think anything of it. At least not until a few weeks later when I finally caved and decided to go on a lunch date with Kyle. We met at a local sushi restaurant and the rest is history. During our date we realized that we had a lot in common and the conversation was so easy and smooth. Ever since then we have been inseparable and our bond has really become that of best friends, not just husband and wife.
We live in the Bahamas, so all of the planning was done long distance. From the Low-country barbecue welcome reception to all of the details for the wedding day itself. Kyle is an outdoorsman, and enjoys big game hunting. With this in mind, we incorporated some elements of the great outdoors in the design including antlers in the centerpieces and in the chandeliers. I wanted to incorporate the colors and elements of the Bahamas, with the primary color, ocean blue The bridesmaids wore sea glass blue-green flowing long tulle skirts, the flower girls sprinkled Bahamian sand in place of rose pedals. The overall design was a delicate blend of rustic and romance.
The Big Day
Guests arrived to the venue on vintage crown busses and were greeted by refreshments prior to the ceremony.
The nuptials were exchanged along the banks of the Ashley River, under a live oak tree, draped with Spanish moss. Following the ceremony cocktails were served and guests were serenaded by a string quartet. For dinner we offered a variety of classic Low-country cuisine, and guests kicked up their heels to the music provided by the energetic and talented Stephen Darby of Darby Events. The night conclude with a grilled cheese food truck and a sparker sendoff while Kyle and I rode off in a Vintage 1949 Desoto.
Kyle & I decided not to go on a “honeymoon” as we had just purchased a condo that was a bit of a fixer-upper. We decided we wanted to invest our funds into the renovation of our very first home. We extended our wedding trip to Charleston for a few days to spend some time together and unwind after all the wedding excitement, which was just the break we needed. We were able to return home excited and eager to begin working on our new place.
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