A Romantic Southern Wedding at Dunes West Golf and River Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Gladys Velasquez (28 and a resident physician) and Tony Clarke (34 and an account manager) exchanged vows at the ocean, a scene that resembled the day they met. The beach-loving duo hosted a romantic Southern-inspired wedding under century-old oaks at Dunes West Golf and River Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Since this was a destination wedding for a majority of their guests, South Carolina native Gladys knew that Charleston’s antebellum charm would be the perfect setting for a winter wedding full of Southern romance. “Charleston and the Lowcountry are just naturally beautiful, and we really wanted our guests to experience this, since most people were traveling from around the world and had never visited this area,” she says. Gladys and Tony kept decor to a minimum, using soft candlelight and lanterns with Spanish moss and baby’s breath at every opportunity. Tall glass vessels, ivory hydrangeas and willow branches were placed at the center of each table, and subtle shades of ivory, blush and gray became the delicate winter palette. Gladys embodied classic Southern femininity in a Paloma Blanca ivory gown with Chantilly lace, a sweetheart neckline and a keyhole back. “I have always loved pearls, so it was fitting that I wear them on my wedding day,” the bride says. A pearl and diamond pendant necklace with pearl drop earrings completed her timeless look. Guests spent the evening dining on quintessential Southern fare, including shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes.Juliette Cheatham