A Beach-Chic Wedding at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

With everything from inclusive accommodations to delicious catering to wonderful service, it was a no brainier for Nicole Rhodes (28 and cofounder and

With everything from inclusive accommodations to delicious catering to wonderful service, it was a no brainier for Nicole Rhodes (28 and cofounder and president of Seirén Inc.) and Joseph Boulukos (30 and vice president at Siebert Brandford Shank & Co) to choose The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, for their beach-chic fete. “Charleston has always been one of our favorite places, and we quickly fell in love with the surrounding area,” Nicole says. “The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island was everything we were looking for in terms of a venue.” Wanting the overall look of the wedding to feel warm and relaxed, yet polished, the couple used coastal shades of blue, silver and cream for their color palette and worked with wedding planner Luke Wilson to ensure they got hitched without a hitch. “Luke was truly the most magnificent planner I could have asked for,” Nicole says. “His balance of intensity and light-heartedness made me feel so secure about every detail while still enjoying the process every step of the way.” Sparing no detail, Nicole and Joseph made sure everything effortlessly flowed together—from the watercolor portrait of the ocean on the save-the-dates to the firework show at the end of the night. “Right as we cut into the cake we had a fireworks show over the Ocean Course, which was coordinated with a few of our favorite songs including ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford and Sons,” Nicole says. There are so many details we love! See them all, beautifully captured by Corbin Gurkin Photography, below!

The couple’s crisp blue-and-cream invitation suit was entirely custom designed by Studio R. “Our ceremony was outside overlooking the dunes and the water, so for the save-the-dates, we included a watercolor portrait of the ocean to tie in both the look and feel of the venue,” Nicole says.
Nicole had 14 bridesmaids for her gorgeous wedding. She chose J.Crew’s Arabelle style in casablanca blue to complement her blue color palette and beachfront venue.
A driftwood arch draped in hydrangeas, roses, peonies and delphiniums served as the backdrop to Nicole and Joseph’s waterfront wedding, while petals adorned the aisle. “I wanted the overall look to feel warm and relaxed, yet polished,” Nicole says of their wedding decor.
“Charleston has always been one of our favorite places and we quickly fell in love with the surrounding area,” Nicole says. “The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island was everything we were looking for in terms of venue: accommodations for our guests and overall experience.”
“Our reception tent was actually a combination of four tents spread throughout the grand lawn at the ocean course,” Nicole says.
Greenery and blue hydrangea wreaths were paired with crystal chandeliers to create a floral focal point at the couple’s tented reception.
White Sand Escort Card Display
To complete the coastal-chic feel of the open, outdoor space, flower-filled mercury bowls were added to mirrored dining tables.
Blue and White Hydrangea, Mercury Glass Centerpieces
Blue and White Chair Hanging Table Numbers
“Our wedding cake was created by the amazingly talented Jim Smeal,” Nicole says. “We met with him in the winter for a tasting and creative session to come up with the look we wanted. The cake was four tiers and our monogram was on all sides of one of the tiers. It was primarily white with light blue accents and sat on a custom made stand painted and distressed to go along with our vintage blue décor scheme.  The cake flavors were almond amaretto and butter cake with buttercream.”
“Right as we cut into the cake we had a fireworks show over the Ocean Course, which was coordinated with a few of our favorite songs including ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford and Sons,” Nicole says.