A Modern Ballroom Wedding at Hibernian Hall in Charleston, South Carolina

Colleen O’Keefe (29 and a credit broker) first met Rob (Robbie) Schroeder (28 and a broker) in middle school and only casually dated throughout their

Colleen O’Keefe (29 and a credit broker) first met Rob (Robbie) Schroeder (28 and a broker) in middle school and only casually dated throughout their teens. After moving away to college and the wedding of Colleen's sister to Robbie's brother, the pair realized their relationship was stronger than friendship and began dating long distance. On Robbie's birthday, Colleen came home from work to find him on one knee with flowers and both of their parents. After a surprise celebration with friends, the couple began planning their destination wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, where Colleen's sisters were also married. Colleen and Rob exchanged vows at The Citadel Summerall Chapel surrounded by 500 guests and lush hydrangea, rose and mixed green arrangements. Following the intimate ceremony, the party kicked of at Hibernian Hall. The cocktail hour filled both levels of the expansive venue with modern couches, appetizers, a jazz band and transfusion signature cocktails. "There wasn’t a certain theme that we were planning around, just trying to keep everything very modern and fresh with colors that popped," says Colleen. "I started out with just royal blue, but as we continued to plan and look at fabrics, I realized that I wanted to incorporate Kelly green to add distinct colors and patterns since Hibernian Hall is an old building." A mixture of blue and green hydrangeas filled tall glass centerpieces, enhancing the contemporary ikat pattern linens and colorful draping. The after party continued at O-Ku for late-night dancing and snacks. “Everyone told me that the day goes by quickly, but I didn’t realize how quickly until I went through it myself!” says Colleen.

Colleen incorporated pops of color into her oversized bouquet with lush clusters of garden roses, dusty miller and green vibernum.
Collen's 13 bridesmaids wore mixed slate blue Amsale crinkle chiffon long dresses. "When I went to the Amsale store to try on different dresses, I was in between a few colors, but as soon as I tried on the slate I knew it was perfect!" says Colleen.
Silk Flower Girl Dress and Hydrangea Flower Crown
Pastel Hydrangea and Rose Bridesmaid Bouquets
Colleen and Robbie carried their royal blue and kelly green color palette throughout their Citadel Summerall Chapel ceremony with hydrangea, rose and lush greenery arrangements.
Contemporary White and Blue Lounge Decor
White Fabric Draped Reception with Inkat Linen Accents
The mixed blue and green hydrangea centerpieces were designed to complement the ikat pattern linens and draping. A custom corder of green and blue hydrangeas was created to frame the fabric-covered stage.
The cocktail hour filled both levels of Hibernian Hall with couches, appetizers, a jazz band and transfusion signature cocktails.
Modern Hydrangea Filled Glass Lounge Table
Royal Blue and Kelly Green Reception Decor
"There wasn’t a certain theme that we were planning around, just trying to keep everything very modern and fresh with colors that popped," says Colleen. "I started out with just the royal blue color, but as we continued to plan and look at fabrics, I realized that I wanted to incorporate kelly green to add distinct colors and patterns since Hibernian Hall is an old building."
A mixture of blue and green hydrangeas filled tall glass centerpieces. "I wanted the florals to match the blue and white ikat pattern and marina blue linens and draping," says Colleen.
The statement five-tiered wedding cake was decorated with a delicate blue floral pattern. "We sent our baker the fabrics we were using as inspiration for the overall design," says Colleen.
Packaged S'more Favors with Monogram Detail
Before the after party at O-Ku, guests were treated to personalized blue koozies and matching match boxes.
Colleen and Robbie danced to “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. "We've loved this song since it first came out and the lyrics that Adele sings are very relative to the love we have for each other," says Colleen.
Festive Navy Blue Ballroom Reception
Colleen and Robbie chose Hibernian Hall for their destination wedding because of the venue's expansive  space, prime location and rich Charleston history.
Colleen and Robbie's Hibernian Hall Grand Exit