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Nicki & Andy: A Beach Wedding in Charleston, SC

  • Michael O’Bryon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Cindy Zingerella, Engaging Events LLC, Mt. Pleasant
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Nicki & Andy in Charleston, SC
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To complement her gown, Nicki carried a hand-tied bouquet of ivory calla lilies and yellow-throated green cymbidium orchids.
Mandy Davis, Flowergirls LLC, Charleston
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In beach-chic fashion, each of the three bridesmaids wore a knee-length, sapphire, halter-neck gown with a bubble hem. Nicki gave her attendants earrings and bracelets custom-made of navy pearls and Swarovski crystals.
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The guys looked dapper in taupe suits with white button-down shirts, navy silk shantung ties, and brown sandals with the University of Georgia “G” on the side to honor the couple’s alma mater. To stand out, Andy chose a navy-and-green striped tie.
Stephen Geoffrey, Berlin’s, Charleston
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Fifty of the couple’s closest family and friends gathered on the beach just before sunset to watch Nicki and Andy exchange traditional vows. To make the ceremony even more special, the couple asked Rev. Doug Burrell, the minister at Andy’s home church, to preside over the ceremony.
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A large bamboo canopy draped in white linen was placed on the beach for the ceremony and was held in place by brown urns overflowing with sea grass.
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White tented cards with each guest’s name were tucked into green ribbon that was wrapped around two palm trees on the terrace.
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Nicki and Andy named each table after beaches, ranging from local favorites to some on the Australian coast, which they’d also visited together. A do-it-yourself project, they painted and distressed wood and then stenciled on the names with navy paint.
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Slated-wood chairs were tied with navy ribbon to incorporate the aquarium’s blue hues.
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Long tables set for 12 guests were covered in neutral linens and lined the edge of the aquarium windows.
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Glass cylinders wrapped with raffia were each filled with sand and a glowing white candle to add to the romantic, undersea feeling.
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After making their grand entrance to a personalized recording by Larry Munson (aka the legendary voice of the Bulldogs) and the Georgia fight song, the couple took the floor for a choreographed spin to David Gray’s “The One I Love.”
DJ Brian, Lee Edwards Entertainment, Charleston
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Placed on a wooden box surround by wheat grass, the Italian buttercream-frosted confection seemed to be floating in the aquarium water. Guests enjoyed layers of red velvet cake with custard and chocolate ganache filling.
Elaine Mincey, Elaine’s Events, Charleston

Nicki & Andy in Charleston, SC

Nicki and Andy met after a University of Georgia vs. University of Florida football game. A group of her friends was staying at a beach house in Simon’s Island, Georgia, and she decided to tag along. She first laid eyes on Andy when he was passing around champagne in celebration of a Georgia win. Andy asked Nicki for her number at another football game a few weeks later, and the two were soon dating. The Bride Nicole (Nicki) Schaefer, 27, clinical pharmacist The Groom Andrew (Andy) Balchin, 27, civil engineer The Date October 13 Given their football history, it was only fitting that the couple got engaged on the day of a Bulldogs game. Andy gathered all of their friends and family together for a tailgate party and proposed with everyone around. After the proposal, he whisked her off to the game in a limo, and during halftime “congratulations” flashed across the big screen.
- Tia Albright
Their Ingredients
  • Michael O’Bryon, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Cindy Zingerella, Engaging Events LLC, Mt. Pleasant
  • Mandy Davis, Flowergirls LLC, Charleston
  • Bari Jay
  • Stephen Geoffrey, Berlin’s, Charleston
  • DJ Brian, Lee Edwards Entertainment, Charleston
  • Elaine Mincey, Elaine’s Events, Charleston

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