We have such a treat for you this Friday with a beautiful wedding and some lovely advice from our bride, Jill. Gene Ho captured this stunning yet unexpected day. You see, Jill and David were to get married at a plantation however, the plantation flooded (thanks Hurricane Joaquin!) the weekend before and they had to scramble at the last minute to find a plan B. Elizabeth Hodges was Jill’s wedding planner and made everything come together at their new location of the Conway Farmer’s Market. This little venue practically lit up with personality once they added florals by Dave Bryant Designs and the cake by Pawley’s Island Bakery! Jill dazzled her groom and everyone else in her Mori Lee gown from Fancy Frocks and Dilly Beans Catering kept everyone full and happy. Such a quaint wedding that the little venue in Conway ended up being just as perfect as ever for a special day.
First of all, hire a wedding planner/coordinator!! I tried to do it all on my own at first, but I had no idea what I was doing. They have connections to people/places and know the best vendors (which I learned isn’t necessarily who has the best advertisement). If you have your mom to help, that’s great, but still, she doesn’t do it for a living, and you want her to enjoy herself on the day of, not run around trying to coordinate things. And I honestly wouldn’t have gotten through those few days leading up to my wedding without my planner’s help, advice, and support. She was worth every penny.
Second, if you’re going to plan for an outdoor wedding, make sure you have an indoor option as a plan B in case it rains (or comes a hurricane). I really never considered it. I thought “It’s one day out of the whole year. Surely it won’t rain.” Wrong. Yeah it will. Especially in the Myrtle Beach area.
And the most important piece of advice is this.. not everything will go perfectly that day, even if pinterest makes it look like it will. But no matter what obstacles are thrown your way, at the end of the day you’ll be married to the person you love the most. Which is the whole point of it all anyway. I always pictured myself walking down the aisle with the sun shining and beautiful greenery everywhere, but that didn’t happen, and that’s okay. I could’ve gotten married in a cardboard box while wearing sweatpants, and the end result would’ve been the same. Keeping that in mind really helped.
Venue: Conway Farmer’s Market | Photographer: Gene Ho | Planner: Elizabeth Hodges with Grand Occasions Inc. | Cake: Pawley’s Island Bakery | Florals: David Bryant Designs | Hair: Hair by Stacey Savers | Makeup: Maggie at Cheveux Hair Salon | DJ: Pat Taylor with Paul Matthew Entertainment | Dress: Fancy Frocks / Mori Lee | Catering: Dilly Beans Catering | Equipment: Hotz Rentals