Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekend Roadtrip to Charleston for a Beautiful wedding

**warning this is a loooong posts - with a LOT of pictures!**

This past Friday Molly, Louie, Justin and I packed up our bags and headed for Charleston, SC at 5:30am [yes you read that correctly... beyond EARLY on a Friday!] It was a 9.5 hour drive so we wanted to start early to miss any rush hour traffic
i will go on the record to tell ya'll that i am the worlds worst passenger n the car.. i get so bored and anxious because i feel like i'm not doing anything productive... i honestly think one of my saving graces during the drive down to SC was this hummus - its from giant eagle - and totally amazing! cilantro jalapeno - i'm pretty sure i almost finished this entire tub by myself!
We finally got to charleston, checked into our hotel that was supposed to be marina view only to see this when we opened up our window... is this a joke!?!

Once we got settled into the room, we decided to head out for dinner and to explore the city a little more
Molly and I heading into the city
For dinner we decided to try Hyman's Seafood, which was a recommendation from Brittan at Babbling Brunette [thanks girl for the awesome recommendation! you were totally right - it was amazing!]
Justin and I at dinner
Molly waiting on Louie to come back from the airport [clearly brittany was much smarter than us because she FLEW in for the wedding!]
So the main reason that we went to Hyman's was for the Key Lime Pie that Brittan raved about [and if you know anything about me - you know that I love all things lime - esp key lime pie]
here it goes - the first bite
and i am here to tell you - that it is/was the best key lime pie that i have EVER had [and yes - i was brave enough to tell my mother this as well - she knows that hers had been my favorite for the past 27 years!] it was more tart than a normal, the crust was a little crumbly - simply delicious!
at the completion of our meal rusty came around and asked us where we were from and how our meal was - he was so cute we just had to have a picture with him! the whole group :)
After dinner we went to the welcoming party for the everyone in town for the wedding - and i honestly think i was too full from dinner and too hot [it was easily over 90 degrees and pure humidity at 9pm] to even think about taking a picture with anyone...

The next morning we all woke up and did some sight seeing around downtown, came back to our hotel and got ready for the wedding.
Room 328 before the ceremony
Joe and Ashley saying their vows
Being taken away in a horse drawn carriage
after the ceremony, we had 3 hours before we needed to get to the cocktail hour - so we shopped around, and then found a sports bar to watch the OSU vs Eastern Michigan game and watch the Alabama vs Arkansas game. I will admit - Molly and I were calling the hogs... we were pulling for a upset! and the hogs looked good!
we may have been a little over dressed for the bar - but oh well!
the reception was at a plantation - and I have never been to a more beautiful location for a wedding
the cocktail hour was in an open [i felt like i was in a scene from the notebook!]
some of the girls on the bridge
cocktail hour went until dusk and the plantation house was all lit up - it was beyond beautiful!
the bride and groom being introduced for the first time as husband and wife

the cake
it was on the magnolia plantation - so it was only fitting to have magnolias on the invites and the cake

after dinner we moved out to another location where the dance floor was set up and I'm pretty confident in saying that we were on the dance floor the ENTIRE time! we had so much fun!
all of my sorority sisters!
miss my tri deltas
the bouquet toss
the most dramatic ending to a bouquet toss that i have ever witnessed
the band was amazing!
molly helping the saxophone player
at the end of the night with the bride and groom
the wedding was simply wonderful! i am so glad that we were able to go
it was a long trip home on sunday - but totally worth it!
we were welcomed back to Ohio with one of the prettiest sunsets that I have seen in a long time

Thank you if you stayed with me the entire time during this entire post... you can't tell me that I didn't warn you about the picture overload and the long post!

I hope ya'll have a great day!
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lindsey said...

So glad you guys enjoyed Charleston and Hyman's!!! (I live here!) The wedding looked absolutely beautiful and so did the bride! :o)

Lindsay said...

WOW! What a gorgeous wedding. I hear VA is gorgeous!

megan said...

Ooh Magnolia Plantation..definitely beautiful. Wish I would have know you were coming to Charleston..would have given you some recommendations, as well! :)

BeckyJo606 said...

Hyman's is so good! I loved the food and the atmosphere! Your pictures from the wedding are so amazing--I can tell you had a blast! :)

Keeping Up With Kaegan said...

Love your dress and you look so good! Glad yall had a great time, all the wedding pictures are beautiful.

Brittany said...

What a fun weekend!! Love all the pics!

And...we totally need to get together for a Buckeye game!

Kelly said...

Fuuun!! Looked like it was the best wedding :-D The plantation and the bride's dress were just gorgeous! Justin and you looked adorable as well :-) Fun times!!

Jenny said...

Love your dress! Where did you get it? :)

Brittany said...

Definitely looks like you all had a wonderful time! That plantation is absolutely gorgeous! Love the bride's dress.

Cute pics of you and your man!

emily said...

i love your dress! i wore the same one in a wedding that day!