Sarah and Crayton

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

 

 

Photography | Sara Touchet Photography | @sara_touchet_photography

Venue | Creek Club at I’On

Event Planner | Katie Jean Events | @katiejeanevents

Floral Designer | Creech’s Florist

Gown Salon | Dressing Dreams @dressingdreams

Bakery | Pretty Little Pie Company | @prettylittlepieco

Invitation Designer | The Olive Shoe Paperie and Goods | @theoliveshoe

DJ | Dragon Live Entertainment

From the Photographer

CRAYTON AND SARAH’S WEDDING DAY WAS SO VERY WONDERFUL! THEY WERE MARRIED ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019 AT THE CREEK CLUB AT I’ON IN CHARLESTON SC. EVERYTHING ABOUT THE DAY WAS BEAUTIFUL AND FUN, EVEN THOUGH WE HAD A BIT OF A MONSOON. HOWEVER, BOTH THE BRIDE AND GROOM STAYED IN GOOD SPIRITS, WHICH IS ALL THAT MATTERS ON THE DAY OF. KATIE WITH KATIE JEAN EVENTS DID AN AMAZING JOB COORDINATING THE DAY AND THE CEREMONY WAS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE. RALEIGH OF CREECH’S FLORIST DID A SPECTACULAR JOB WITH THE FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS, JUST SEE THE CEREMONY PHOTOS BELOW.

 

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY FOR ME AS THE PHOTOGRAPHER WERE:

AFTER SARAH WAS DRESSED SHE HAD A FIRST LOOK WITH HER DAD, AND WHEN MR. HOUSAND SAW HIS LITTLE GIRL IN HER DRESS, HE COULD NOT HOLD THE TEARS BACK AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS. SARAH GAVE HIM A HANDKERCHIEF WITH A NOTE ON IT YOU CAN SEE BELOW. IT WAS A TIMELY GIFT. THE MOMENT WHEN SARAH WALKED DOWN THE AISLE AND CRAYTON SAW HER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER DRESS. HE WAS BEAMING WITH HAPPINESS. THE FIRST DANCES WERE SWEET ESPECIALLY, CRAYTON AND HIS SWEET MAMA. THEN THE CLEMSON TIGER SHOWED UP AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN A MASCOT WITH SUCH AMAZING MOVES. HE WAS PICKING UP AND TWIRLING MULTIPLE BRIDESMAIDS AND WAS SHOWING EVERYONE OUT ON THE DANCE FLOOR! THEN THE CAKE SMASHING WAS EPIC AS CRAYTON AND SARAH REALLY WENT FOR IT. KATIE THE PLANNER AND I WERE CHATTING AND I SAID THEY WOULD DEFINITELY SMASH THE CAKE IN EACH OTHER’S FACES AND SHE WAS LIKE “ARE YOU SURE?” WELL, I’VE BEEN FRIENDS WITH THIS COUPLE FOR OVER A YEAR NOW AND I HAD NO DOUBT THIS FUN LOVING COUPLE WERE GOING TO MAKE A BIT OF A HYSTERICAL MESS, AND THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! THE NIGHT CARRIED ON WITH SO MUCH DANCING AND A UNIQUE SPIN ON THE GARTER REMOVAL. EVERYONE HAD A GRAND TIME CELEBRATING THE UNION OF THIS AMAZING COUPLE! THEY EXITED UNDER THE WARM GLOW OF SPARKLERS.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

The inspiration for my wedding was everything low country. Growing up in the lower region of South Carolina, I was constantly surrounded by wrap around porches, the marsh of the Intracoastal Waterway, salt water and rocking chairs, so I wanted to bring that into my wedding in every way possible. My colors were inspired by the blues and greens of the marsh that was just steps away from our venue. I grew up in the most beautiful area, and I was so excited to be able to show that off.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

I really wanted a low country antique feel to the decorations. I went with black lanterns with simple white linens for the larger tables, along with the blue accent linens for the high-top tables to bring in all of the colors. My dad actually custom built my doughnut wall from pictures that I sent him and it was everything that I could have dreamed of with the doughnuts from Pretty Little Pie company hanging as a beautiful backdrop to my cake. The antique brick of the fireplace and the large floral installations was a wonderful focal point for the entire reception area.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

I absolutely loved my florist, he was able to capture so much of what I envisioned in my head. I wanted flowers on everything. The lanterns, the tables, the aisle. We used peonies, garden roses, delphinium, blue thistle and all varieties of eucalyptus. The flowers were a huge part of how we were able to turn the outdoor wedding that was planned, into a beautiful indoor wedding because of rain. They brought unity to my colors that I chose and looked amazing with both the groomsmen’s navy suits and the bridemaid’s green dresses.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

As my husband and I are both huge Clemson University fans and alumni, we had the Clemson Tiger mascot make a special appearance during our reception! Many of our friends are Clemson fans and graduates as well so it was a special experience for everyone! We even caught a couple of rival fans having their picture taken with him as well!

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I wanted to extend the antique style that I chose for my decorations into my wedding look as well as our bridal party. I chose an A-line style gown that had hand-sewn lace that gave it a delicate and custom feel. I chose minimal jewelry as I wore my Clemson class ring, my engagement ring, and a bracelet that my Father-in-Law gave me that was my “something blue”.

 

Because I was going without a necklace, I did choose some larger, fun earrings. I had a loose idea of how I wanted it to look but once I chose my dress, everything else fell into place! As far as the men’s attire, my only request was they wear navy suits. Crayton was able to find the one that he liked, and they other guys followed suit. No pun intended! The colors of the dresses my bridesmaids wore looked perfect with the navy and their matching ties!

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Crayton and I met downtown Clemson after the 2016 National Championship. The short version of this story is that one of my friends I was with that night, who was one of my bridesmaids, knew a friend of his he was with. Our groups collided and Crayton and I hung out that night and later he asked me out on a date. The proposal was our kind of beautiful because we’re both a little funny when it comes to the emotional things. My parents, sister, and grandmother were there but the only people that had any idea what was going on were my parents. To give you an idea, my grandmother actually thought I got hurt somehow because of the strange, whale-like noise I made when I realized what was going on. We were in Marion Square in the middle of downtown Charleston, two days before Christmas in front of a giant Christmas tree. Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE Christmas, and I LOVE Charleston, so it was nothing short of perfect.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The most special part of my wedding day was dancing with my new husband. We had everyone we loved around us and they were all having a good time, which was the most important thing to me besides the marriage license showing up. We wanted our guests to have fun, and as long as that happened, nothing else really mattered to me in that moment. Our family and friends were having fun and I had my husband.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

You’ll hear this time and time again, but when the day of your wedding comes, don’t sweat the little stuff. If you have to move your wedding inside, it’s no big deal. If they serve your drinks in the wrong glasses, don’t worry about it. Your wedding day will FLY by, you don’t want your only memory to be how much you were freaking out over something that didn’t really matter in the long run. Enjoy the whole day and try not to rush, it’s going to go faster than you think!