Charleston Wedding Weekend

Hey friends! Happy Tuesday! I’ve sat down to start writing this Charleston wedding weekend post multiple times and I was just not feeling it until now! Currently it’s 8am on Monday and I don’t have a patient until 9. So this felt like the perfect time to get cracking on this recap. Now I’ll have more time to watch “The Originals” with the husband tonight! Ha!

Ordinarily, I write Tuesday’s post over the weekend, but like I mentioned, I was having some writer’s block. I think it’s likely due to the extended break I took from the blog over the holidays. It’s just taking me a bit of time to get back in the swing of things! I know it’s certainly not that I am disinterested in this post. Ladies and gents, I am PUMPED to talk about my sister’s Charleston wedding weekend! Eek!

Now, this is more of an overview of the Charleston wedding weekend. If she let’s me, I will do a more detailed post of her wedding once she has professional photos back. 🙂

Charleston wedding weekend

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Thursday, December 27

Jarrett and I hit the road around 6:30 am on Thursday to make the 6.5 hour drive to Charleston. Little did we know that it would actually take over 8 hours! Guys, I would not have worn jeans had I known I would be stationary for that long.

We eventually made it to my sister’s apartment, met her adorable dog, Romo, and then drove into downtown Charleston for a quick walking tour! My sister works for the College of Charleston, so she walked us around the charming campus and then down King Street for a bit.

Charleston weekend

Once we heard that the rest of our family was almost to the hotel, we hit the road and met them to check in. That was followed up with a nice pizza dinner and finally celebrating Christmas with my family! Siblings/spouses drew names and my sister ended up getting me the softest “lounge wear” and cozy slippers! Definitely one of my favorite gifts this year!

Friday, December 28

Friday morning began with a girls trip to the cutest nail salon I had ever been in, Mylkbar. That was then followed by another walking tour in downtown, this time with about 30 of my extended family members! I’m sure we were quite the sight and probably looked like ducklings following their mother. Ha! I for sure know that we walked too slow and took up the entire sidewalk. Apologies!

Rainbow Row Charleston

Our tour took us around the waterfront and down Rainbow Row of course. We then somehow all got seated at the perfect patio picnic tables at Blind Tiger. I had the heirloom burrata salad and it was incredible!

Blind Tiger Pub Charleston

Early afternoon, we made our way back to the hotel to get freshened up for the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and after party later that evening.

My sister’s in-laws had rented an Airbnb for the week and decided to home-cook a low country boil for the rehearsal dinner. It consisted of shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes. Dessert was homemade strawberry shortcake, and I could not have been more stuffed at the end of the night.

To continue the party, everyone from the rehearsal met all out-of-town guests at a local bar/restaurant called Red’s Ice House. Luckily the weather was warm, because the main feature of the bar is a large outdoor deck! It was however, raining, and the tin roof really didn’t cut it. People were definitely kept on their toes as they had large rain drops splash on their faces, down their backs, or in their drinks! It was comical to say the least! Eventually, we returned to the hotel to prepare for wedding day!

Saturday, December 29: Wedding Day!

My mom and I woke up bright and early to drive to my sister’s apartment. My sister forgot to pick up her cake on Friday, so we grabbed that on the way. Ha!

bridal hair Charleston wedding

The morning consisted of getting ready, eating a lot of food, pouring some mimosas, and relaxing. Elli had the best ladies for hair and makeup and we all felt picture-perfect by the time they were done.

Elli got us the silkiest robes to get ready in and gifted each of her bridesmaids with a coordinates bracelet from where she first met each girl! How cute!

We drove from her apartment to the reception site, The Creek Club at I’On, for Elli and Brandon’s First Look. Now, we probably weren’t supposed to peek, but everyone watched their sweet first moments from the porch! This was followed with family and wedding party pictures, before making our way to the ceremony site, the I’On Meeting House. The ceremony itself was perfect. Aside from my sister’s veil getting stuck on a chair and pulling out of her hair on her way down the aisle. Yikes! I honestly cannot wait to see the pictures though…

Charleston wedding weekend

Once they were officially Mr. and Mrs. Pippin, we hit the road to celebrate and party! The southern appetizers, consisting of pimento grilled cheese, crab cakes, and chicken & waffles, were a huge hit for me. And the dancing of course.

Sunday, December 30

Sunday was more relaxed, as everyone was recovering from a great wedding! We just had breakfast at the hotel, before heading back into downtown with some family to stretch our legs before making the drive back home.

Just prior to hitting the road, we had lunch at Locals. This was right next door to Elli and Brandon and highly recommended by the pair! I had really good sushi and Jarrett had a big bowl of breakfast items that he also enjoyed.

All in all, it was a fantastic Charleston wedding weekend celebrating my sister and her now husband! Like I mentioned, if Elli and Brandon don’t mind, I will share details of their wedding and reception. So, if you are planning a wedding and want some info, stay tuned!

Charleston wedding weekend

If you are interested in our wedding weekend, be sure to check it out here!

Want to know more about Elli’s wedding festivities? Check out her bridal shower and bachelorette. 🙂

Charleston wedding
Charleston wedding



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