Indian and American Wedding at The Historic Rice Mill – Monica & Andrew
Monica and Andrew met in 2005, as Freshmen in college at Campbell University, North Carolina. But it wasn't until sophomore year that they started a relationship. In 2017, Andrew's mother, and one of their best friends went to The Masters in Augusta, Georgia, which is known to be one of the most prestigious facilities in the world for golf. Andrew had been planning to propose on those historic grounds, but the weather was showing 100% chance of thunderstorms, and a good chance for tornados! Somehow, the weather cleared up just long enough for them to be allowed on the property, find the landmark clubhouse, and have Andrew propose. Shortly after the proposal, the thunderstorms came and they were evacuated. To this day, Andrew says that it was his late father who cleared the skies from Heaven for 20 minutes allowing him to ask the big question!
This happy couple had two weddings in one weekend - an Indian wedding and an American wedding, both at the Historic Rice Mill in Downtown Charleston, to celebrate both the Indian and American culture. While they say that they didn't have a specific theme, they utilised the colour red on Thursday for the Indian ceremony and coral and teal on Friday for the American ceremony. On Thursday, Andrew arrived in a horse and carriage in a parade-like fashion with music and dancing. On Friday, the ceremony was held outside on the waterfront, on a sunny 75-degree day in beautiful downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The two days of life-changing experience not only for the bride and groom but also for many of the attendees experiencing either their first Indian or American ceremony!
For Thursday's outfits, the bride and groom made a special trip to Queens, New York to find authentic Indian attire. Both wearing outfits showcasing a beautiful shade of red and gold. On Friday, the groom's navy suit was nicely complemented by the white dress of the bride, and the coral and teal colour bridesmaid dresses. The gentlemen had personalised tie clips and cufflinks, and their ties and pocket squares matched the coral worn by the bridesmaids.
The rustic venue didn't require a lot of decoration as it was already a beautiful location on the harbour. They had vases on each dining table with a different flower in each vase and floating candles. They purchased a wooden table setting with gold numbers to keep the rustic look, and also purchased a monogrammed wood board as the guest book to cherish in their home.
For the Indian wedding, the bridal bouquet was full of white hydrangeas with ivory spray red roses lightly backed with greenery. The bride's side of the family had red boutonnieres and the groom's side of the family had white boutonnieres. There were swags of white hydrangeas, red roses and ivory roses with greenery on the curtains for tie-backs for the mandap (alter). For the American wedding, the bridal bouquet was coral roses with teal button mums and white hydrangeas. They were a perfect match to the bridesmaid dresses, groomsman ties and pocket squares. There were aisle vases in the first, middle and last chairs with a small vase containing a bouquet of white hydrangeas and teal button mums. The bridesmaid bouquets were white hydrangeas, coral spray roses and teal button mums. One flower girl was carrying a small nosegay of coral spray roses with babies breath and teal button mums and the other flower girl was carrying a sign that said "Uncle Drew, here comes your bride" that was handprinted by the brides best friend.
"One of our favourite parts was a bit untraditional, as all of the attendees danced with the bride and groom as they were introduced onto the dance floor. It wasn't your normal wedding announcement, but it added a lot of fun to an already unique two days."
The Historic Rice Mill is an oceanfront event space right in the middle of Downtown. The amazing waterfront views and intimate ballrooms make any event perfect! Monica and Andrew truly had the destination wedding of their dreams!
Photographer: Rebecca Hicks Photography // Venue: Historic Rice Mill // Hair & Makeup: Alter Image // Cake Designer: Publix // Transportation: Carolina Executive Limo & Old South Carriage Company // Officiant: From This Day Forward // Floral Designer: Keepsakes Florist // Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal // Groomsman Attire: Jos. A Banks // DJ: EPIC Charleston // Caterer: Good Food Catering/Historic Rice Mill