Jenna & Alex had been planning their wedding long distance since the couple lives in Maryland, but the bride’s family was here in South Carolina.  I knew everything would be great though, since they had the talented Melanie Murphy from By Invitation Only to help with the wedding plans!  I started the wedding day with Jenna at the Hilton Hotel where the girls were getting hair and makeup done.  The deep blue bridesmaids dresses looked great with Jenna’s shoe pick- comfortable and casual silver sandals.  

Navy bridesmaids dresses
Bridesmaid getting ready
Bridal Makeup
While I was photographing the girls at the hotel, Forrest began with the gentlemen at 701 Whaley.  When Alex mentioned that he wanted a white dinner jacket, Jenna wasn’t sure about the idea until she saw him wearing it.  He had a very sophisticated, James Bond style look.
Groom in white jacket
Bridal at 701 whaley
To get more photos done beforehand, Jenna and Alex decided to do a first look.  Such sweet moments.
First look at 701
Bride and groom at 701 whaley
701 marketplace
The bridal party looked great in front of 701 Whaley in blue and grey.
Bridal Party in front of 701 Whaley
Family at 701 Whaley
Bride and groom on stairs
Bride getting ready
The centerpiece of the in-the-round wedding ceremony was a dramatic hanging flower arrangement.  I love round ceremonies because everyone has a great view!
Granby room ceremony in the round
Alex’s talented brother played some music as guests were arriving.
Brother playing piano
Ceremony in the round at 701
Pastor Kevin Roberts of Vow did a beautiful job officiating the wedding ceremony.
Kevin roberts officiant
701 Whaley wedding ceremony
The Kiss
Bridal and groom at 701 whaley
Bridal and groom at 701 whaley alley
wedding couple by blue door
This gorgeous seating chart on the window pane was all the groom’s idea.  Way to go Alex!
Bar and seating chart

Southern Way had lots of yummies for the guests to enjoy over cocktail hour, but Jenna’s mom seemed most excited about the bacon bar. She said, “Our Northern friends are going to think we’ve gone crazy!” Crazy delicious! The chefs cooked up 3 varieties of bacon- sweet, spicy and chocolate. Who can resist bacon? Not me, so of course I had to try the variations. Sweet, brown sugar covered bacon was my personal favorite!

Wedding bacon bar by southern way
Cocktail hour

There were so many pretty details in the reception area it was hard not to get carried away with photos.  Jenna, her mom Cyndy, and Melanie Murphy and her team with By Invitation Only did a great job of making it all come together. Everything from the menus, to the flowers in the windows, to the personalized photos on each table, made the room absolutely gorgeous!

Blue wedding decor
Blue wedding decor
701 whaley wedding decor
wooden Memory hearts
Jenna chose to have 3 flavors of naked cake underneath glowing stars that her brother had brought home from Germany.
Naked cakes
First dances
701 Whaley guests

I learned a new word at Jenna’s wedding- sabrage, which is a technique of opening a bottle of champagne with a sabor sword.  This has become a traditional for Jenna’s family at special occasions so Jenna’s mom, Cyndy, did the honors.

champagne with sabor sword
Cake Cutting
Parents dance

The couple departed through a romantic sparkler exit.

Sparkler leave at 701 Whaley

Congratulations Jenna & Alex!

Other Vendors-
Cake- Michelle’s Cake Scapes
Coordinator/PlannerBy Invitation Only
Officiant– Kevin Roberts of Vow
CatererSouthern Way
DJ– Ronny of Partytime DJs
Bartending– Black Tie Bartending
Rentals– Party Reflections
InvitesPaper Pro
LightingAmbient Media
FlowersSomething Special Florist


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