Baxter and John

Georgetown, SC

This past summer, in the charming coastal town of Georgetown, South Carolina, a team of vendors came together from across the country to bring Baxter and John’s incredible wedding day vision to life. Every event that Neillie Butler of Mariée Ami plans is exquisitely detailed and undeniably hospitable, and this celebration was certainly no exception.

While Baxter and John’s elegant style would have fit right in in many cities across the South, Baxter’s beloved home church made the decision of where to tie the knot an easy one. She grew up attending Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church and has many childhood memories of sitting in the box pews in her Sunday best. This time, it was her family and friends who filled those pews as they watched her walk down the aisle to John, who proudly wore his Marine dress blues. After the ceremony, I pulled them aside for a few portraits before they greeted their loved ones, and in those moments, their joy and love for one another was palpable. You can feel it in those images!

The newlyweds and their bridal party hopped on a boat post-ceremony and toasted as they pulled up to Hobcaw Barony for the reception. I could hardly wait to see the magic the Mariée Ami team had created, and I know Baxter and John felt the same way. Blossoms Events installed a breathtaking ombré floral wall at the entrance of the tent, and everyone was all too happy to enjoy cocktail hour outside so they could admire it! As the sun set over the water, everyone headed inside and then spent the magical evening dining on Southern cuisine and dancing to a live band.

From beginning to end, it was a privilege to be a part of the team that served Baxter and John throughout their engagement and on their wedding day. I’m honored and excited to share the culmination of their joyful wedding weekend with you!

“Davy exceeded all photography expectations we had for our wedding! Not only is he extremely talented, but he was also such a pleasure to work with. We were completely blown away by all the special moments he captured, and he made the whole process effortless and enjoyable. Thanks to Davy, we will have these photographs to relive the best day of our lives forever!” – Baxter, the bride

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Vendor Credits

Cake Designer: Jim Smeal
Ceremony Venue: Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church
Reception Venue: Hobcaw Barony
Gown Designer: Modern Trousseau
Gown Shop: Hayden Olivia
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bride’s Earrings: Elizabeth Browns Inc. Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
Groom’s Attire Shop: Taylor Richards & Conger
Groom’s Shoes: Gucci
Groomsmen Suits: Paul Simon
Paper Suite Designer: Caroline Borders of Mariée Ami
Rentals: Snyder Events
Band: Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters
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Baxter and John

Pre-Wedding Festivities

Baxter is a classic Southern belle and John is a former Marine. Proving love can be found in unexpected places, they met on a bus, just a week after he returned from Afghanistan. That bus ride marked the beginning of their love story, which led to John’s surprise proposal on Baxter’s grandmother’s property, which led to the gorgeous June weekend when they were married. Before the main event, though, Baxter and John jumped at the opportunity to welcome their guests to South Carolina in style, planning and hosting a welcome party, a rehearsal dinner, and a pre-wedding lunch.

The festivities began on Thursday night at Big Tuna in Georgetown, South Carolina. The back of the restaurant stretches over the water, so guests thoroughly enjoyed eating and drinking on the pier and watching the sun set while the band Solid Country Gold played. The themes of great food and live music continued throughout the weekend; next up was a rehearsal dinner at Frank’s Restaurant, where the festivities overflowed from the dining room to an outdoor tent, complete with a set by the lively Wonder Bread 5. Finally, Baxter and John began their wedding day with a casual gathering on the beach, a fun contrast to the formal celebration later that day. They covered a long table with sunflowers where guests could sit to enjoy lunch, wine, champagne, and beer a friend custom-brewed for the occasion.

It was so much fun to see Baxter and John’s loved ones come from all over to encourage them as they began their marriage and celebrate this special weekend alongside them. Stay tuned for a recap of their incredible wedding later today!

Vendor Credits

Welcome Party Venue: Big Tuna
Welcome Party Band: Solid Country Gold
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Frank’s
Rehearsal Dinner Band: Wonder Bread 5
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