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, 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.