I don’t usually introduce a real wedding with a shout-out to the bride’s choice of footwear, but I have to say that Stephanie rocked. it. out. in these silver Jimmy Choos. Not surprisingly, the rest of Stephanie + Avery’s South Carolina wedding at the Cloister at Sea Island was just as lovely. The bride, in a scoop-neck Priscilla of Boston gown, and her groom exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony attended by eighteen of their closest family and friends, and photographed by Ashley McCormick. Rose Sinclair of the Sea Island team styled the couple’s fresh white blooms, and Betsy White designed their classic engraved stationery.
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We were introduced to each other in 2005 by two mutual friends while we were both living in Gainesville, Florida. At the time, Avery was finishing up his last year of college at the University of Florida and I was getting ready to go to graduate school at the University of Georgia. We went out on a blind date and have been together ever since.
Describe the proposal. To celebrate five years together, Avery and I planned a trip to the Amelia Island Plantation for a long weekend. On the second night of the trip, we went to our favorite restaurant on Amelia Island. After dinner, we went down to the beach. It was nearly pitch black and very windy, but Avery insisted we continue on. We sat down and opened a bottle of sparkling wine. Avery pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him. Because it was so dark, I couldn’t see the ring and at first thought he was joking. My response was, “Are you serious?” After several assurances that he was, in fact serious, I said yes.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Intimate, elegant and unique
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The reception in the wine cellar. It was the perfect location for an intimate family dinner.
What was Southern about your wedding? Definitely the location! Our wedding took place in Sea Island, a beautiful resort community on the coast of Georgia.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I was so grateful to have my mom and sister come with me to shop for my dress. We spent an exhausting day going to three bridal salons in my hometown before we found the classic gown I was looking for.