Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand

 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings

When you love coffee and your better half, the only thing to do is have a coffee themed wedding! 

For Grand Strand residents Emily and Stephen, a day punctuated with unique details and plenty of coffee was exactly how they wanted to celebrate with their family and friends. The result was a warm, casual, and inviting Myrtle Beach wedding that was the perfect start to a life of married bliss. Given that one of their inspirations for their event was the Gilmore Girls television show--which is all about coffee and family--the final result was exactly what they wanted.

Myrtle Beach photographer Michele Smith of Silver Charm Photography was along to capture every detail of their beautiful, coffee fueled day. 

 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings

Hometown Love and Delicate Details

Emily and Stephen chose to have their wedding in the charming Grand Strand town of Conway. Located next to the Waccamaw River, Conway has an adorable historic downtown which was the ideal backdrop for this family-focused event. Plus, the weather was perfect thanks to their fall wedding date. 

 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
From the moment Steve saw Emily he had the biggest smile. He kept that same huge smile all day and never took his eyes off of her.
— Michele Smith, photographer

Even their event spaces were carefully chosen in order to best showcase the town to their guests. "Both reception spots are local gems in downtown Conway; Rivertown Roasters and Fifth & Main. We figured our special day was a great occasion to support local businesses and female entrepreneurs," states bride Emily. 

This introspective addition to detail also extended to their rings. Both of their wedding bands were handmade to coordinate with Emily's raw black diamond engagement ring. 

 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings

Memorable Moments

Despite the fun, casual vibe throughout the day, Emily and Stephen made sure there were some sweet moments for family during their event. 

Emily and her dad let the emotions of the day wash over them during her dad's first glimpse of Emily all dressed for her wedding.

"Emily is a no fuss kinda girl and that's my favorite thing about her as a bride. The only time she was flustered at all was when she was walking outside to see her dad for the first time as a bride. She cried, I cried, and her dad just kept saying "Wow!" It was my favorite part of the whole day," said photographer Michele.

 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings

Later on, Emily and Stephen chose to include their parents into the walk down the aisle. Instead of the bride's dad walking her to the alter, Emily and Stephen's approach was much more about the symbolism of two families being united into one. Emily and her parents met Stephen and his parents in the middle of the aisle for hugs before the couple approached the officiant and the ceremony began.

 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings

During the ceremony, the couple exchanged the vows that they'd each thoughtfully written for one another. To create an even more special ceremony experience, they were married by their close friend Jeremy Mohr. 

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Coffee Bean Bride and Groom

In addition to being tasty, it turns out that coffee is perfect for weddings, too. After their beautiful ceremony, Emily and Stephen led their guests down the street to a local coffee shop, where everyone enjoyed a variety of pastries and coffee for a fun twist on the traditional cocktail hour before the brunch reception. 

The coffee and cocktail hour was our favorite! It was fun and magical to walk into Rivertown Roasters and be greeted by our loved ones enjoying Baker Barbara’s mini cinnamon rolls and locally roasted coffee. We could have stayed in the coffee shop all day.
— Emily, bride
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings

Furthering their caffeine-fueled theme, Emily and Stephen placed coffee beans around tea lights in vases. As the tea lights warmed the beans, "it made the room smell so good!" says photographer Michele Smith. 

The dessert buffet included some scrumptious selections including cappuccino chocolate brownies, petit strawberry cupcakes with a rose petal cream, and lemon chess bites.

The favors were chocolate covered coffee beans for a sweet way to remember the day. 

The morning wedding and reception was just what the couple wanted. "Brunch is our favorite meal to share together, and it's a unique wedding choice, so it felt just right for us," says Emily.

 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings
 Emily + Stephen: A Coffee Themed Wedding in the Grand Strand | Palmetto State Weddings

VENDORS:

Venues: Riverfront Park (ceremony), Rivertown Roasters on Main (coffee/cocktail hour), and Fifth and Main (reception)

Photographer: Silver Charm Photography

Wedding Dress: Little White Dress boutique

Groom's attire: Kenneth Cole

Catering: Crady's and A Difference in Dining

Wedding Planner: Memorable Moments

Invitations: Vistaprint

Hair and makeup: Baddhare

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