A Rustic, Elegant Wedding at The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia

The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia, is a fantastic destination wedding spot full of casual Southern charm, intimate spaces and gorgeous

The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia, is a fantastic destination wedding spot full of casual Southern charm, intimate spaces and gorgeous natural scenery. That’s why it was an easy decision for Whitney Kushner (29 and works for NBC Universal) and Trey Milburn (28 and works for The Gores Group) to host their wedding where they often vacation themselves! Augusta Cole of Easton Events guided Whitney and Trey through the decision-making process and helped them plan the details of their perfect day. They had a classic black tie wedding with a rustic twist, and played up the natural surroundings with neutral tones of blush, beige, gold, silver and bronze with touches of wood and metals. Incredible fresh flowers, greenery and even fruit from their florist, The Vine, brought their theme of understated natural elegance to life, including exquisite, rare touches in Whitney’s bouquet: carnivorous pitcher plants! Our favorite detail? Whitney and Trey wanted to make their guests feel at home, so their reception began with custom wooden boards of charcuterie, cheeses and fruits, followed by a delicious family-style meal and beautiful, rustic naked cake (and all totally gluten-free!). The talented Ashley Seawell Photography created long-lasting memories in her gorgeous photos (without making Whitney and Trey feel like they had to constantly pose)! Check out the pretty details below!

Neutral Formal Wedding Invitations
“All men look great in a tux,” says Whitney. Trey, a traditional Texas guy, wanted a black tie wedding, so he wore a custom tuxedo with pearl cufflinks and buttons from his grandfather. His groomsmen all wore their own tuxes with loafers to reflect their individual styles and feel comfortable throughout the evening.
We can’t believe Whitney had pitcher plants in her bouquet! The florist, The Vine, continued the wild, undone floral theme with ruffled white peonies and long sprigs of herbs and greens to create an undone arrangement of understated elegance.
Whitney doesn’t wear simple clothing in her everyday fashion, and neither do her friends. That’s why she wanted each of her bridesmaids to choose a neutral dress with an interesting twist—some lace, some sparkle. Each girl’s individual style could shine, and they all came together beautifully!
Oval Engagement Ring with Diamond Halo
Whitney’s mermaid style Monique Lhuillier wedding dress had crystal beading with touches of silver and gold from head to toe and it still felt light as a feather. She kept her accessories light and wore a simple tulle veil to show off the stunning detailed illusion back: “The dress was so detailed and intricate that I wanted it to speak for itself,” says Whitney.
Whitney went to a Scottish Episcopal school growing up, and it is a tradition in her family to honor occasions with a bagpiper. Of course, she and Trey had to have one at their wedding! At the end of the wedding ceremony, the bagpiper played “Scotland the Brave” and led guests into the reception to get everyone into the partying mood!
We love how fresh and natural this escort card table looks with all the greenery and fruit! Whitney and Trey’s florist, The Vine, pulled together earthy elements in eclectic vases, boxes and crates to turn this understated rustic farm table into a beautiful, lush display and statement piece prior to the reception.
Neutral Escort Cards with Fresh Cherries
Whitney and Trey love entertaining and having food on the table when everyone sits down to eat, so they had wooden food boards of charcuterie, cheeses and fruits on the wooden and zinc-topped tables before dinner commenced. Wooden cross back chairs continued the casual elegant vibe.
Sugar Paper in Los Angeles custom designed all of the stationery for Whitney and Trey’s wedding, including these adorable menu cards. The formal kraft paper menus had silver and cream lettering with a cool touch of whimsy: a cute graphic of utensils, which matched the style of the bowtie on the invitations and the shell on the ceremony programs.
Wooden Cross Back Chairs at Neutral Table
Wild Bud Vase Centerpieces with Pitcher Plant
Dessert is Trey’s favorite part of every meal, and it was important to him that the cake looked as good as it tasted! A naked cake was the way to go for their rustic, natural wedding: It was a three-tiered carrot cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting and drizzled caramel sauce with fresh flowers and berries on top. Also, their cake was totally gluten-free!
Sea Island Jeep Exit Car with Fireworks