Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings

You know you've found the one you need to spend the rest of your life with when you can laugh through everything life throws at you. For Nikki and Colin, their wedding at a family friend's house in Bluffton, South Carolina, was filled with happiness and laughter from start to finish: it might have been small, but it was anything but subdued, much to the pleasure of the couple and their guests.

The talented team at Cariad Photography worked with the couple to showcase all of the carefully chosen details throughout their special day. 

Nikki and Colin’s wedding was a dream to photograph. The details were beautiful and romantic with a bit of fun sprinkled throughout.
— Laura, photographer at Cariad Photography

Rustic meets Elegant

As they planned their wedding, Nikki and Colin knew they wanted a celebration for their family and friends that was casual, personal, and uniquely reflective of their relationship. They settled on Bluffton, a quaint town near Hilton Head, since it was where the groom had gone to high school and where his parents still call home. The laidback, hometown feel of Bluffton coupled with the coastal charm of the area sold Nikki and Colin on the area as the perfect wedding locale.

Their wish for an upbeat and rustic event was executed perfectly with their chosen vendor team, and they gathered among their guests for a beautiful Lowcountry wedding. 

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings

The couple opted for a first look in the garden of the nearby Church of the Cross, where the bridal party and the couple laughed their way through their photographs, keeping up the lighthearted feel that permeated every moment of this joyous day. Groom Colin's favorite parts of the day included the first look and seeing how happy his new bride was throughout the day (so sweet!).

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
Nikki’s dress was absolutely lovely and so fitting her bubbly and fun personality. Her bouquet complemented her dress to perfection. It was all the way around a lovely spring coastal South Carolina wedding.
— Steffi Smith, owner of Cariad Photography and friend of the bride

They then exchanged vows under the Spanish moss laden trees of their friend's backyard in a picture perfect ceremony. "Saying my vows was my favorite part of the day," recalls bride Nikki. "We were so relaxed and all of our family and friends were there to share in our commitment to each other."

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
We love the Spanish moss hanging from all of the big oak trees in Bluffton and loved the idea of the May River being the backdrop for our wedding day.
— Nikki, bride

Craft Beer and the Perfect Small Town Reception

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding

After the bride and groom led their guests into the reception area, the party began! The couple's love of craft beer showed up in the reception decor, as the centerpieces on each of the tables were bottles that the couple had collected throughout their relationship.

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Wedding

They also served up their favorite brews in custom beer glasses designed by a friend. One other fun detail about their custom glasses was that the design was inspired by the couple's favorite song, "Drunk on Your Love" by Brett Eldridge.

We tried to shy away from a lot of the traditional wedding “stuff” and just enjoy the day with each other and our family and friends. We wanted it to be more of a party than a checklist of to-do items.
— Nikki, bride

One More Time!

 we wished the night lasted forever

As the afternoon faded into the evening, the guests ate, drank, and danced merrily with the new couple. The bride and groom's favorite local band, Night Train, provided the music for the lively affair and had everyone out on the dance floor.

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings
 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings

Nikki and Colin had opted for a stunning dessert centerpiece made up of stacked doughnuts topped with a carrot cake, which was a unique creation that the guests adored. 

When it was time for the couple to leave the reception, they went through the sparkler line...five times! "We wished the night lasted forever!" says bride Nikki. 

 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton | Palmetto State Weddings

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Venue: Private residence, Bluffton, South Carolina

Photography: Cariad Photography

Wedding dress shopFormally Yours, Lilburn, Georgia

Bridesmaids' attireShow Me Your Mumu 

Groom and groomsmen's attire: Macy's and Nordstrom for suits, suspenders from Etsy shop BePrettyBeBold

Caterer:  Sippin' Cow 

Baker: Alljoy Donuts and Twisted European Bakery

Wedding planner: family members

InvitationsWedding Paper Divas

Hair and makeupMakeup in the 843

RentalsAmazing Event Rentals

Florists: Magnolia Designs - Stephanie Mendenhall & Melinda Palmer 

Band: Night Train

Lighting: Hilton Head Event Lighting 


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 Nikki + Colin: A Lighthearted Backyard Wedding in Bluffton, South Carolina | Palmetto State Weddings