A Classic Summer Wedding at the Island House in Johns Island, South Carolina

High school sweethearts Haley Wilson (22 and a teacher) and Dillard Stephens (23 and a medical student) met when Dillard transferred schools and Haley

High school sweethearts Haley Wilson (22 and a teacher) and Dillard Stephens (23 and a medical student) met when Dillard transferred schools and Haley couldn’t help but notice the cute new boy in her class. The duo threw a seaside wedding at the Island House in Johns Island, South Carolina, near Charleston, that focused on simple elegance with a neutral palette of blush pink and white. The muted tones were used in the blush-colored, strapless, chiffon bridesmaid dresses by Mori Lee as well as in all the bouquets and floral arrangements. A medley of blush and white roses, garden roses, dusty miller and hydrangeas were used plentifully to decorate this summer soiree. Creatively, Haley incorporated her mother-in-law's jade necklace by wrapping it around the stems of her bouquet as her "something borrowed." The men wore preppy blush pink bow ties paired with their navy suits, and the flower girls had halos of fresh baby’s breath tied in their hair to create a romantic atmosphere. Rows of white chairs and umbrellas set up on the lawn on the Island House faced the water during the ceremony. “At the end of the aisle, we had a custom-built 12-foot cross covered in greenery and hydrangeas,” Haley says. The reception was held under airy blush drapes hanging from the ceiling of a white tent, “along with fans and misters to help with the summer heat,” she says. Traditional Charleston cuisine was served at stations around the tent to guests, which included Lowcountry Boil, barbecue, mashed sweet potatoes and more. “I feel the venue was a direct reflection of our relationship,” Haley says. “It was a fun, outdoor wedding venue that allowed everyone to have a good time, socialize, and relax.” —Juliette Cheatham

Opting for comfortable footwear on her big day, Haley paired her gown with gold monogrammed Jack Rogers sandals. Her look was preppy yet casual, perfect for the waterfront Charleston venue.
Elegant simplicity was the driving force behind Haley and Dillard’s stationery design, with plain white paper and black lettering printed in capital letters. Two solid black lines around the perimeter framed it in a tidy rectangle.
Sticking to a simple yet elegant theme, Haley’s bouquet was a mix of roses, garden roses and dusty miller. “It was a very light color scheme that tied in perfectly to the rest of the decor,” she says. Haley wrapped her mother-in-law's jade necklace around the stems as her "something borrowed."
Hanging at the entrance to Island House in Johns Island, South Carolina, Haley and Dillard had a giant S (for their newly shared last name) made entirely of blush and white flowers.
Haley’s bridesmaids were dressed in subtle yet elegant strapless, chiffon floor-length Mori Lee dresses. The blush color coordinated with the men’s bow ties as well as the rest of the wedding day decor.
The groomsmen sported navy blue suits paired with a blush bow tie that matched the wedding's overall palette. Their blush-colored boutonnieres incorporated the same flowers that were used in all the bouquets and flower arrangements.
Haley had the aisle leading to the altar lined with long black shepherd's hooks. On each hook hung a glass vase of blush-and-white-colored flowers matching the bouquets.
The waterfront reception took place under a large white tent with blush-colored fabric draping from the top with hanging lanterns. White linen tablecloths with blush napkins and flowers were placed on the dining tables.
As Haley and Dillard exchanged vows in front of the breathtaking view of the water, a 12-foot cross stood behind them covered in greenery and hydrangeas. Guests sat in rows of white chairs facing the water under scattered white umbrellas.
Haley looked stunning in her ivory, all-lace Stella York gown in a mermaid fit-and-flair style. “While it wasn't what I set out looking for, I knew it was the one the instant I tried it on,” she says. Haley added a sequined belt for waistline emphasis and paired it with a fingertip-length veil.
Although they had multiple cake tastings planned, when Haley and Dillard sampled a champagne cake with a wild strawberry filling, their decision was made. The three tiers were iced in white and fresh blush-colored flowers and were placed around the middle tier.
Wreaths of fresh greenery hung on the backs of chairs marking the bride's and groom’s seats at the reception. Keeping with the theme, the wreaths were a simple, summery way to identify the bride's and groom’s chairs.
“Neither of us likes bright bold colors, and that was one of the reasons we chose a neutral palette,” Haley says. Muted tones of blush pink and white were used for the bridal party, floral arrangements and decor, allowing the oceanside scenery to take center stage.
The cocktail hour included lawn games like cornhole, which guests played on a custom set complete with the couple's monogram.