A Waterfront Beach-Inspired Wedding at The Tides Hotel in Folly Beach, South Carolina

Alissa Wolter, 26, an account manager and Michael Orr, 28, a software developer, met in 2009 while volunteering at a homeless shelter in Atlanta, GA,

Alissa Wolter, 26, an account manager and Michael Orr, 28, a software developer, met in 2009 while volunteering at a homeless shelter in Atlanta, GA, but it wasn't until 2013, after multiple promotions, career changes and a cross country move that everything really came together. "We were in New York City under the sparkling lights and falling snow when it finally clicked," says Alissa. The pair started dating and a year later, Michael surprised Alissa with a trip to Savannah where he proposed in Forsyth Park. The whole event was captured by Alissa's best friend and her husband who were hiding in the bushes photographing the moment and waiting to celebrate with them. The couple decided on a destination wedding in South Carolina at the Tides Hotel right on Folly Beach, where they could spend a relaxing weekend with close family and friends, playing games, enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful expanse of warm sand and deep blue ocean. "I feel in love with Folly Beach a few years back and I loved the laid-back vibe. It was the perfect backdrop for our casual wedding weekend", says Alissa. Playing off the natural setting, the couple chose a neutral color palette for the affair, including soft shades of taupe, tan and white with punches of navy blue for just a hint of color. Low-country touches like a southern-inspired menu, complete with shrimp and grits, allowed out-of-town guests to get a taste of the local flavors.

Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring
rnAlissa already had something in mind when she set out on her mission to find the perfect wedding dress — an A-line gown with a ruffled halter neckline. "I knew I wanted something different, but wasn't sure I would be able to find a similar style" says Alissa. Luckily she was able to track down a dress she loved, with a dramatic train, ruched bodice and covered buttons running down the back.
Alissa's bouquet was filled with a fresh mix of ivory peonies and roses. Blue thistles and green hypericum berries added a hint of color and texture to the arrangement.rn
Alissa wanted to choose an outfit for her bridesmaids that would keep them cool and comfortable during the beachfront ceremony, while working with the wedding's neutral color palette. She opted for brown maxi skirts and white tank tops, which the girls dressed up with their own navy necklaces.
Michael and his groomsmen kept things light and casual, donning khaki trousers and white button-down shirts for the wedding. For a pop of color, they dressed up their shirt pockets with a navy gingham pocket square
Waterfront First Look Photos
Alissa's father escorted her arm-in-arm across the beach and down the aisle to the waterfront where the ceremony was to take place.
Folly Beach Waterfront Wedding Ceremony
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds hopped around town in their bright yellow golf cart, stopping for photos at some of Folly Beach's iconic spots before heading to the reception.
Burlap table runners, bright blue menus and understated wood and succulent centerpieces gave off a beachy vibe that worked seamlessly with the wedding's theme.
Succulent and Wildflower Centerpieces
Neither Alissa nor Michael were huge fan of cake, so instead of having both a wedding cake and a groom's cake, they hired a Kings Pops popsicle stand to serve a selection of delectable frozen treats after dinner.
While sipping on a cocktail or two, guests could try their hand at a variety of lawn games, like corn hole, that were out on display.
Ribbon sticks in the day's color palette were passed out to guests to wave as the couple made their exit from the reception instead of sparklers. rn