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Hilton Head in December

In many places throughout the country December is characterized by a white, snowy blanket covering the ground as everyone looks forward to the holidays. People put on their hat and mittens and travel to visit friends and family while sipping on hot coco (maybe with a dash of Baileys?- no judging here!) December in Hilton Head is very different. We aren't far enough south for the guaranteed tropics Florida is blessed with, yet we are not far enough north for any winter flurries. This makes December weddings in Hilton Head a planning surprise until a few days before the wedding- the type of event that keeps us on our toes! Do we need to bring in heaters or fans, we never really know until that week! This uncertain season is worth it though when you factor in the off-season discounts, plus increased privacy and availability. This is exactly the state we were in for Nathan & Heather's December 29th wedding on the island. To our delight we were blessed with the most perfect day for a wedding! Partly cloudy and 70 degrees at 1pm which cool off into a crisp night. No heaters and no fans needed.

Heather and Nathan were married at the SC Yacht Club on Hilton Head. This was perfect for them because as far as I could tell they spent most of their free time on the water. The ceremony took place on the harbor side of the club, with sail masts and ocean waters as their backdrop. The must-have southern porch was the site of the cocktail hour and dinner took place within the club. Heather and Nate chose to embrace the holiday decor they knew would be in place by choosing a pallet of cranberry and navy. They also fully embraced their love story and the location by incorporating fishing motifs wherever possible. The "guestbook" was a set of oars that are now mounted on their walls at home. The table numbers were fish, which were accompanied by a photo of Heather, Nathan or the both of them catching said fish. ( I told you they spent a lot of time on the water ) Thankfully my wonderful husband was on-site to match fish photos with their proper names, that is not a skill I have. Did I mention their fur-baby Midas was in the ceremony? Obviously my kind of people! After dinner champagne glasses filled with milk and topped with cookies were served along with the cake. Everyone partied as Whitley Deputy performed the couples favorite songs. Those who needed a break made their way to the hot coco bar and headed outside to enjoy the perfectly clear night. The night ended with a sparkler farewell and a ride home in the groom's grandmother's rolls-royce.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day:

PLUS checkout their highlight video!

A big thank you to all the wedding pros that made the day possible!

Venue & Catering: South Carolina Yacht Club

Videography: AG Videography

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero

Officiant: Rev Dr Dan Hogan

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