Here at Coastal Bride, beach weddings are our jam so we were super excited when Ava Moore Photography shared this sweet Westin Hilton Head Wedding with us. With exposed beams and a panoramic view of the ocean, this venue is the ideal backdrop for a beach bride. Featuring bridesmaids in light blue dresses, coral bouquets, and a seaside ceremony, this Westin Hilton Head wedding is what coastal wedding dreams are made of! Read on below for more of this couples sweet story including all of the thoughtful elements they included in their big day!How did you meet? David and I met in college at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. For two years straight we got randomly assigned to the same building, just a few doors apart. It had seemed we were destined to meet! One day, my suitemate was walking with David and I asked her to introduce us (which to this day, I still can’t believe I was that forward – I’m usually the shy one!) The first night we met, we stayed up until 5 am in our dorm hallway talking about anything and everything. Instantly, we had a connection that we had never felt before. We started officially dating in October of 2010 and have only fallen more in love since.What is your proposal story? David and I love to travel and we had planned a trip to Greece with some members of my family in July of 2017. For part of the trip, we stayed in a beautiful villa on the island of Mykonos. One night, David recommended that we take a hike in the morning to this secluded beach that he had talked to a local about – saying the sunrise was breathtaking. In the morning we hiked to the beach and when we arrived, I immediately took my shoes off and ran into the water. To avoid getting sand stuck to my feet, David offered to give me a piggyback up the beach to a rock so I could sit to put my shoes back on. He stopped short of the rock, in the middle of the beach where I saw a big heart made out of rocks, with a bottle of champagne and a small jewelry box in the middle. I said, “Oh my god – look, David, someone’s getting engaged!” I turned to realize that person was me, as I saw him down on one knee and we both instantly burst into tears. I have no clue what words came next but I know that I wholeheartedly said yes. My brother was hiding at the beach taking pictures of the entire thing. We hiked back together to our villa to see my family playing music and cheering. It was the most perfect proposal I could ever imagine.Tell us a little a bit about your wedding: Since we love to travel we wanted our wedding to feel like a vacation for everyone. We were actually looking at two different venues in Amelia Island, FL and Kiawah Island, SC and decided to fly into Hilton Head Island airport. When we picked Hilton Head airport I thought to myself, “huh, Hilton Head I never thought to look there for a venue…” I typed “Hilton Head wedding venues” into google images and instantly I saw the perfect spot – the deck at the Westin. For our color palette, we chose muted blue tones with pops of warm shades to add to the coastal vibe. We also wanted simple greenery and some fun touches here and there to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.What was most important to you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip? We wanted our wedding day to feel like ‘us’ through and through, so we skipped out on the traditions that didn’t have meaning to us – the bouquet toss and garter to name a few. We wanted the entire weekend to feel authentic. The most important thing that we focused on was our guests – we wanted every person to have an incredible time and get a chance to take a break and to feel taken care of. From the perfect venue that wasn’t too far of a trip (but still far enough to feel like a vacation), to custom welcome bags, a welcome party and a farewell brunch, we hoped that every guest felt special and loved.What were your favorite parts of the day? We can genuinely say that every moment was beyond what we could have ever imagined. We never thought we could be that consistently, through the roof/cannot stop smiling happy for an entire weekend. One thing that was unique and definitely stood out about our wedding day was the special surprise we planned for my sister.
In 2012 my dad was diagnosed with cancer and had a heart attack resulting in triple bypass surgery. Our family went through a lot but we got through it together. My sister Abby’s married in November of 2012 but unfortunately my dad was in the hospital during the wedding. He begged his doctors to release him long enough to walk my sister down the aisle. He was in a wheelchair and we all were filled with such emotion. Right after the ceremony he went back to the hospital and my sister unfortunately didn’t get to have a first dance with her dad. The week we got engaged, I told David I wanted to split my first dance in two and give half to my sister. We surprised Abby on our wedding day and she and my dad got have the father daughter dance they never got to have on her wedding day. To say it was an emotional moment that we will never forget is an understatement.Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now? First and foremost, talk with your future spouse about the things that are the most important to you (ours was our venue and photographer) and focus your budget there. If you don’t love something don’t have it at your wedding! There are no rules in wedding planning. The only thing that matters is that you and your future spouse enjoy and love the day. Also, space tasks out! Order things in advance as much as you can – you will thank yourself later!
Photography: Ava Moore Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Westin Hilton head | Event Planning: Sincerely Yours Events | Floral: forever flowers | Stationery: Minted | Table Numbers: etsy | Signage: etsy | Place Cards: etsy | Videography: KNOTTED ARROW | Wedding Cake: Publix | Rentals: beachview rentals | Hair: Erin graham hair | Makeup: amy banas | Wedding Dress: BHLDN (similar) | Entertainment: Moon River Productions | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Submitted via: Matchology *This post contains affiliate links