“Up” Inspired Beach Wedding (With Holga!)

I’m so excited about featuring Janet & Jim’s destination beach wedding. It took place at the beginning of June and was a truly personal, whimsical and joyous affair. “It started out as your basic sandcastle fairytale theme” Janet told me. “However, we have a 2-year-old son, Parker, who adores Pixar films, and one of our family favorites is” Up.” I walked down the “aisle” to the theme music “Carl Goes Up.” For anyone who’s ever seen the first 20 minutes of that movie you know that the true fairy tale is in the adventure a couple has as they grow old together.”

The couple chose blue, tan and yellow for their colour scheme to mirror their beach theme. They told their bridesmaids they could choose any dress they liked as long as it fitted in with that colour palate. “How cool for me that they all ended up with blue dresses from Boston Proper, BCBG Max Azria, Anthropologie and Victoria Secret Janet continued. “They looked comfortable and stunning. Mission accomplished.”

When I asked Janet about their venue, she was keen to tell e the story behind selecting Folly Beach. “People have been curious as to why we chose Folly Beach for the site of our wedding. Well, truth be told, it sorta just ended up being a serendipitous compromise between a few of the preceding ideas we were throwing around about where to have it.”

“I originally wanted to have it in Puerto Rico because that’s where Jim and I went for our first anniversary as a couple. And, if you click on this link for Tres Sirenas, you’ll see why. Jim and I love it there, but it just didn’t fit with our idea for the wedding, which was to really include as much of the family as we could.” 

“We looked in New York, or, more specifically, Brooklyn, because that was the city in which we met and fell in love, but wow, I think only five of you would have been invited had we gone with my first choice of venue there, The Foundry, or even my second choice, the awesome rooftop deck here.” 

“So we left it alone for awhile. When Parker was almost a year old, I started looking for a place to get away to alone — to get back to my writing. I hadn’t written in almost 18 months, and my writing muscles were getting cabin fever and needed to be flexed. I knew that if there was a writing retreat near a beach within my budget, I would find it (I’m a relentless web researcher).” 

“I found the Lowcountry Writers’ Retreat, and I spent a week writing and getting to know Folly Beach. The owner of the retreat, asked me what I did for a living. When I told her I was in online marketing, she told me about this other business she’d been doing for a decade — wedding ceremony planning and officiating— the web site of which needed a facelift at the time. See where I’m going with this whole serendipity thing?”

Thanks to photographer Tara and to Janet & Jom for sharing their wedding with us today

Credit: Dixie Pixel Photography
Venue: Folly Beach, South Carolina
Bride’s Dress: Ann Taylor
Make Up: Diy after a lesson at Mac
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Boston Proper, BCBG Max Azria, Anthropologie and Victoria Secret
Groom & Groomsmen’s Outfits: My Cuban Store
Groom’s Shoes: Vans
Flowers: Branch Design Studio
Cake: Cakes By Kasarda
Officiant: Mary Ann Henry from A Charleston Beach Wedding
Planner: Laurel McLaughlin, based in Nashville, TN

4 comments

  1. Gemma

    I absolutely love this! The theme is perfect and brought a lump to my throat when I remembered the beginning of UP! And such a beautiful dress too. Complete and utter gorgeousness! x

  2. Janet,
    You and Jim were definitey one of the coolest couples ever!
    We founded our company on the idea of less stress and more
    focus on personalizing your wedding while keeping it simple and inexpensive.
    By the way, you look stunning in your photographs: you do our wedding company proud. Congratulations and Keep Writing,
    Mary Ann

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