We love this romantic downtown wedding in Charleston of Amy and Xouchee. We love all the classical elements yet it was such a intimate and beautiful day.
How It All Began
High school sweethearts seal the deal in a wedding at Merchant’s Hall venue located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston! Amy & Xouchee’s love story began in middle school!! How sweet is that!! They started out as locker buddies at the age of 11, became close friends around 15, and then fell in love at 17! Over the years, their love has endured long distance and a cross country move to South Carolina. The sweethearts have been together for a decade now and have built a wonderful life in Charleston. In fact, they just bought their first home together! Nowadays, they spend their time working on home improvement projects (so many trips to Lowe’s), beach walks, and Wednesday date nights.
Amy knew the moment her and Xouchee became friends that he was special. He always went above and beyond to make sure she felt loved and cared for, even before they officially started dating. The surprise proposal came right before they were about to go home to Wisconsin for Christmas last year. They had planned to have their own personal celebration before they started the craziness of holiday traveling. They went for a nice dinner downtown and afterwards decided to walk around and enjoy the Christmas lights. This is when Xouchee proposed under the glowing lights of the big Christmas tree in Marion Square. Amy was super impressed that Xouchee was able to surprise her! She absolutely adored the stunning ring he had picked out for her. Furthermore, the timing made for such a special holiday season home sharing the good news with their loved ones.
Historic Downtown Charleston Bridal Portrait Session
Before the big day, Amy met with me for a bridal portrait session. It’s a popular bridal tradition in the South. I just adore the one on one time I got to have with her! And what bride doesn’t want to wear her dress twice! It was also a perfect time for Amy’s hair and makeup trial. Amy was very smart and booked her venue as our portrait location. It was a good move as it was an overcast and rainy day too! If you haven’t visited Merchant’s Hall near the historic market in downtown Charleston you should. It’s a real show stopper with multiple crystal chandeliers, original wood columns, and exposed brick walls. When the rain took a break, we took to the street to get some bridal portraits with a historic downtown Charleston Wedding vibe as well.
Charleston Wedding Day
Merchant’s Hall was a perfect choice of wedding venue for giving out of town guests a little taste of historic downtown Charleston. Some other Charleston elements were sprinkled throughout the decor and food. For example, gilded oyster shells were used for the table place settings and sea shell tea light candles were wedding favors! The decor was simple but elegant with hues of blush, gold, ivory, and greenery. Guests were spoiled with donuts for dessert, a favorite of the groom who has a big sweet tooth! Overall, this highly anticipated union was a perfect fusion of two people from very different cultural/religious backgrounds coming together. Because of COVID their celebration was smaller than expected, looked different, but it was definitely all theirs!
Reception Venue: Merchants Hall
Linens and Coverings: Snyder Event Rentals
DJ: Wedding Music Charleston- Charleston Disc Jockey
Caterer: Good Food Catering
Event Planner: Patrick and Co Events
Floral Designer: Whole Foods Market
Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal
Apparel: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair Stylist: Micki Hair Artistry
Beauty: Silhouette On Site
Photographer: Leigh Hayward Photography