Idyllic Wedding Week Getaway to Hilton Head Island

It can be difficult to slow down in business to balance career, social life, family life and planning a wedding. Your wedding date will pass you by if you are not careful.

Although I am biased myself as a former destination bride, it is the week-long wedding weekend that I can recommend for any couple who wants to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

The doctors and the parents, Liz and Gautham, have a lot going on in their daily lives. And in addition to relying heavily on their fantastic planner for Amanda Rose’s weddings, the couple decided to celebrate their wedding and invited a dedicated group of family members and friends to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for a week.

The week has been idyllic and dreamy in every way: dinners on the beach, pillows of dolphins crossing their ceremony, hours of relaxation by the pool and in the three rented houses for all their precious guests. This is the slow life of the low Country of South Carolina at its best.

Objective

Initially, I wanted to get married in a courthouse – less work! But Gautham wanted something more romantic and wanted our friends and family to be there. Since we both have very busy jobs, our priority was to have a wedding where we could spend more time with the people we love. I grew up on Hilton Head Island every year and it has always had a special place in my heart. So we rented three beach houses on Hilton Head Island and filled them with our closest friends and family.

Planning

I relied a lot on our planner Aimee Fennessy From Amanda Rose Weddings. She did everything from decorating to transparent and beautiful dishes. For our rehearsal dinner, we wanted a long farmhouse table with all thirty guests, and she did it in the backyard of one of the houses, with beautiful fairy lights and awesome food!

Dress

My mother and I went to New York to buy wedding dresses. We went to different wedding salons without much luck. Finally, on a whim, we stopped at Macy’s and found my dress. When I put it on, I cried tears of joy (especially since the races were over!)

Photography

Our photographer David (celebration photography) was also very important. I met him while he was filming my friend Sonia’s wedding. Her photos were beautiful, but more importantly, it’s a matter of honor to blend into the atmosphere of the wedding and it always made us feel at ease. We didn’t want too many staged photos, we wanted to capture real moments and he and his partner Beth did just that. In fact, he stayed in one of the houses and hung out with us all week and took pictures all the way!

Favorite moments

On the evening of our rehearsal dinner, a storm came and made the sky pink. This is one of the most beautiful skies I have seen so far, and it was an impressive backdrop for my father’s moving Toast.

On the morning of the wedding, we took our children Rohan and Isha on a trip on the zodiac to observe dolphins. I remember praying that the dolphins would come for the children, but unfortunately we didn’t see too many. After the day I walked down the aisle with my dad, a gondola with dolphins swam and stayed for the whole ceremony. Everyone looked at me as I was walking down the aisle, pointing my finger at it and shouting: “Guys, look here! Dolphins!”It was special.

Our friend Tom was our officer. This is someone Gautham has known and trusted for a long time. He has a beautiful marriage with his high school sweetheart, Mary. He was the perfect person to marry us, it’s still one of our favorite parts of the wedding.

That night, Gautham’s close friend Ken (and technically some of the guest’s bosses too) and his wife kicked us during a flip Cup round. It was unexpected and very funny!

Family heirlooms and traditions

My father-in-law Tony passed away a few years ago. It was a very important part of my life. My mother bought a special locket with her photo, which she gave to me the day before my wedding. We attached the locket to my flowers so he could walk down the aisle with me. It’s something I will cherish forever.

In the Indian Tradition, the groom of the bride puts on a necklace called Mangalsutra, which identifies her as a married woman. Gautham’s parents gave me a Mangalsutra the night of our rehearsal dinner, and my husband put it on me. Our close friend Jay explained the importance for our guests.

DIY details

Since we are both doctors, my mother made prescription Tampons for our wedding. Everyone had to write their recipe for a happy marriage. She also made our cutlery for our rehearsal dinner and placed pictures of Gautham and me around the beach houses to give it a personal touch. She also made me a tissue with the words “keep your excretion together,” which provided some much-needed comic relief as my husband and I both turned around like babies trying to say our vows.

Tips for other couples

Just to remember what is important and not get too caught up in the details. I was so grateful to my planner Aimee for taking care of the details so that I could just enjoy my family, my friends and now my husband.

Honeymoon

We went to Cartagena, Colombia, for our honeymoon and stayed at Casa San Agustin, which we highly recommend!

It can be difficult to slow down in business to balance career, social life, family life and planning a wedding. Your wedding date will pass you by if you are not careful. Although I am biased myself as a former destination bride, it is the week-long wedding weekend that I can recommend for any couple…

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