December 15, 2019
Surrounded by history and classic beauty, Alexis and Hutson’s downtown Charleston wedding at Merchants Hall was exquisite. Aside from the location, and the monsoon-like weather, the unique touches the couple added to the wedding made this day a memorable one.
But first, a little love story…
How They Met
The couple met during Alexis’ freshman year at Clemson University. Hutson lived with her cousin and was a backup date to one of her sorority functions. She’s glad now that the first guy had to miss out!
Their First Date
Alexis and Huston went to that sorority function in downtown Clemson as their very first date. Little did they know this would be the beginning of their lives together!
“I remember going to pick up Alexis; when I saw her all dressed up, I thought she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. The night was great we talked about everything under the sun. Later that night I thought I blew it because I ended up spilling my beer all over her while we danced. Luckily she forgave me and that did not end our night.”, says Hutson about the night.
The couple planned a family trip to Asheville, NC to see the Biltmore Estate with both their families.
Once they got there, Hutson encountered several hiccups. Rain, and then a half-marathon that kept the grounds closed almost made him propose on the side of the road in front of the Elks Lodge.
Thankfully, his patience rewarded him as they were allowed on the property and the rain let up.
They roamed the grounds and found the perfect spot in Biltmore’s gardens. Hutson said, “I got down on my knee and totally blacked out, I just know she said ‘yes’.”
“We chose Merchant’s Hall because it is a beautiful blank canvas on its own. With all the windows and brick walls and gorgeous chandeliers, it was incredibly easy to go in just enhance the beauty the space already embodied.”, says Alexis.
The classic colors Alexis and Hutson chose along with the abundance of greenery really allowed the venue to shine even through a rainy day.
She continues, “The biggest challenge was planning a wedding in Charleston while we were living in Greenville. Luckily for us, we had a great group of people at home helping us out. My mom was absolutely amazing through the whole thing and really helped to make the planning so much easier. We also built a great team for our wedding. Our florist and caterer were so helpful with everything from picking our linens to helping with the layout…”
Their ceremony was sweet and simple with a long-time friend and youth pastor officiating.
Alexis and Hutson’s wedding was very unique in that they served a wide variety of food for their guests. The menu included everything from tacos to pasta! They intentionally chose non-traditional wedding food.
“For our cocktail hour, we did a signature His and Hers drink. Mine was vodka lemonade and his was bourbon ginger. For the cocktail hour, we also had hors d’oeuvres of bacon-wrapped scallops, sweet potato biscuits with ham, and fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese. Hutson and I are not formal at all so instead of doing a seated dinner we opted for station-style foods that our guest could eat as they wanted to.”, says Alexis.
Another unique part of their downtown Charleston wedding was that they hired a live painter to capture the evening and a live band to bring the party.
This couple and their guests spent the better part of the reception dancing the night away!
“I have two favorite memories from our wedding. One was just getting to spend the whole night dancing and being with all of our favorite people who have been so important in our lives and our relationship.
The second was actually leaving the wedding. It had been monsooning all day but Hutson and I had made plans to leave the wedding on a rickshaw so we had to fully embrace the pouring rain. The rain actually felt amazing and it just added a memory to the night that Hutson and I will never forget.”, says Hutson.
Alexis and Hutson,
You made vows and memories that are sure to last a lifetime and it was an honor to capture it all! Wishing you many years of blessings and joy.
Caterer: Island Porch Catering – Wanda LeNoir
Venue: Merchant’s Hall
Dress Designer/Boutique: BHLDN
Hair & Makeup: Wild Ivory Beauty
Rings: Engagement ring, Tiffany; Bands, Kay Jewelers
Suits: Jos. A. Bank
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Invitations: Printing Associates
Florists: On a Limb
Photography: Marley Photography
Cake Maker: Bakies
Live Painter: Chloe Strickland