A Glamorous, Bohemian Wedding at the Island House in Johns Island, South Carolina

Jessica Hoffman (29 and a bridal stylist) and Nicholas Kiss (31 and bartender) planned a boho-glam fete for their winter wedding in Johns Island, South Carolina. The Island House offered the ideal backdrop, with its waterfront location, its Low Country vibe and a striking outdoor space where the couple hosted both their ceremony and reception. Rich jewel tones, luxe metallic touches and elements that paid tribute to their Maryland roots and South Carolina home made for an unforgettable day that perfectly captured the couple’s fun-loving personalities. “Our families agreed that everything was so 'us,' and we attribute that to our incredible planners, who got to know us and really cared that our day was perfect,” Jessica says. Wanting the ceremony to be short, sweet and informal, Jessica and Nicholas passed on tradition. Instead, they incorporated an E.E. Cummings poem and an American Indian blessing into the proceedings. “We didn’t need a lot of decoration because the water view created a stunning backdrop. That said, our florist put together an incredible driftwood arbor adorned with flowers, greenery, Spanish moss and pheasant feathers. It made quite a statement,” Jessica says. The reception kicked off with comical entrances by the wedding party, followed by a mouthwatering station-style meal, complete with a taco bar, a mac and cheese bar, lamb lollipops and roasted brussels sprouts. Whitewashed farm tables, strands of brightly lit bistro lights, driftwood details, feathers and metallic crab and oyster shells brought the couple’s vision to life, establishing an eclectically elegant bohemian aesthetic. “We were blown away when we saw it all come together. It just so perfectly matched our vision and our personalities as individuals and as a couple,” Jessica says. A bonfire blazed through the night, inviting guests to gather for fireside chats. A live painter captured the couple’s first dance, and Ben Fagan and the Charleston Groove Factory ensured the dance floor was bumping all night. “No one left the dance floor the entire night because our band had such amazing energy and was just so talented,” Jessica says. A tip from Jessica and Nicholas: “Relax and remember what the day is truly about. If at the end of the day you're married to the love of your life, who cares if every detail is in perfect order. Don’t take for granted the meaning of the day and your marriage. Take a minute and look around the room at all the people you love, and memorize their expressions in that moment.” —Libby MacCarthy