A Romantic Beach Wedding at a Private Home in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Marie Zgoda (24 and an event designer) and Ryan McConnell (27 and a civil architect) met when they were just 14 years old and started dating not long after. "I used to see him walking in the halls and I had the biggest crush on him," says Marie. Ryan popped the question one evening at their apartment, having filled the space with lots of warm candle light to give off a romantic, ambient vibe."I was getting ready to go out and while I was doing that, he was lighting candles and preparing to propose," says Marie. "When I walked out he was on one knee with the ring in his hand." For their wedding, the couple headed to Hilton Head Island, SC. They rented a private home right on the beach for the day, kicking things off with a ceremony in the sand, followed by a lively evening filled with dinner and lots of dancing under the stars. The inspiration for the day was the beach itself and the vibrancy of summer. The couple filled the outdoor space at their beach house venue with lush bunches of wildflowers, vintage lanterns and a cheerful color palette of navy, dusty purple, white and silver. Plenty of candlelight lent an air of romance as the sun began to set over the water and added to the day's whimsical feel.