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

Amber Durgom (26 and a server) let her mother take the wheel while planning her wedding to Patrick Tarantino (28 and a golf shop assistant). "I've nev

Amber Durgom (26 and a server) let her mother take the wheel while planning her wedding to Patrick Tarantino (28 and a golf shop assistant). "I've never been the girl who dreamed about her wedding day," Amber says. "I dreamed about finding the perfect guy, but the details of a wedding couldn't be farther from my mind." Luckily for her, she had her mom to help line up all the details and create a bright, springtime wedding at the historic Hibernian Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. There were two main pieces to the wedding that Amber helped decide: the bright fuchsia and blue colors (Amber’s favorites) and the unique peacock feather centerpieces made by her mom. The rest of the wedding was simple and intimate. Long dining tables were lined with a variety of candles on tulle, which created a warm glow at the reception. One more creative, fun detail: As a nod to the surf shop where Amber and Pat first met, guests signed a blue striped surfboard with their well wishes. David Strauss Photography perfectly captured all of the details!

Pat actually bought Amber's engagement ring on Etsy from a California-based jewelry maker, Chasing Victory. The unique engagement ring was made out of ebony wood and featured crushed pearl inlays. Amber and Pat’s wedding bands came from the same Etsy jeweler and matched Amber’s engagement ring.
Amber's bridesmaids wore floor-length bridesmaid dresses from David’s Bridal in Amber’s favorite color: fuchsia. Their dresses featured sweetheart necklines with one shoulder straps -- a look that perfectly complemented Amber’s sweetheart neckline and off-shoulder cap sleeves. The eye-catching color of their dresses spoke for itself, so they went with minimal accessories.
Pat and his groomsmen wore dark gray suits and white button-up shirts from Berlin's for the wedding. The suits featured black satin lapels that resembled the lapels of a tuxedo (also known as a hybrid tuxedo-suit). Fuchsia ties that matched the bridesmaid dresses gave the bridal party a cohesive look. Pat stood out from the groomsmen in a black tie.
Amber walked down the aisle a string duo playing “Don’t Stop Believing.” Her off-the-shoulder, mermaid-style wedding dress featured a fitted bodice, ribbon sash and a tulle skirt.She added a traditional lace-trim wedding veil for the ceremony. "My dad said he couldn't have imagined my dress to be any more perfect for his daughter," Amber says.
The ceremony was held at St. Luke's Chapel, the chapel of Medical University of South Carolina. "We wanted something intimate, and historical for our ceremony," Amber says. The inside of the chapel featured wooden beams and arches plus pretty stained-glass windows. “It perfectly represented our idea of marriage: strong, sound, and by God’s design.”
Amber and Pat had their guests sign a blue surf board instead of a guest book. This was a nod to Pat's former job working in a surf shop and his love of surfing. It was also a reference to their first meeting in surf shop!
Because Amber didn’t want flower arrangements as her centerpieces, her mother went the DIY route without using flowers. She arranged ostrich and peacock feathers in tall, skinny vases and  then wrapped each one in lights. The arrangements were placed on mirrors at each table. We love that they chose bright purple tablecloths to contrast with the feather centerpieces.
Amber and Pat were showered in bubbles as they exited the Hibernian Hall reception at the end of the night. They shared one last kiss before they headed out for their short mini-moon to Disney World in Orlando followed by a romantic weeklong getaway to Belize.