We are so glad that we chose to have a destination wedding! It was so much fun spending time with our closest family and friends on the beach. It was stressful to put it all together because you are so far away, but the end result was worth it! The Dunes House in Palmetto Dunes Plantation was the perfect location for our beach wedding. We will have great lifetime memories of our wedding because of the fantastic services from our vendors. And our family and friends!
Sheri is awesome! I was lucky and had Sherri make us 2 cakes! Yum! One cake was for the wedding and the other cake was for our rehearsal. She dropped off both cakes herself and both cakes were gorgeous! Sheri usually responded to your phone calls or emails that day or the next. She is very professional to deal with. She will ask you many questions to make sure that your vision and her vision are on the same page. I highly recommend her!
Gail was my first vendor that I called! She was so sweet and helpful. She gave me many recommendations on locations and wedding coordinators. I didn’t look any further...I booked her and saved my wedding date with her! She has done many weddings in HHI, so she has many relationships with the vendors there. She is very down to earth and I love her little southern accent. During the ceremony, I got a little teary eyed and tried to fight back the tears during my vows and afterwards she whispered that I did a great job. She was really encouraging and relaxing. She has a great ceremony. She sent it to me and told me to look over it and make changes wherever I wanted. I used most of hers and added some things that I wanted also! You couldn’t ask for a nicer person to marry you!
Lauri was wonderful! I am not a big flower girl, so I didn’t want to make a big fuss over my flowers. I wanted a bridal bouquet, 6 bridesmaid bouquets, 2 corsages for our mothers, and a bamboo arch. In my bouquets, I wanted them simple. I wanted a couple stems of the same flower. She saw my vision and ran with it. My flowers were perfect. I contacted Lauri 1 ½ weeks before my wedding and she didn’t hesitate to take my business. She really saved me! She was very professional and she responded to emails very quickly. I couldn’t have asked for a better bamboo arch, bouquets, or corsages! She was awesome to work with!
Shelly was a great professional to work with. She responded to emails quickly, usually within a couple hours or the next day. I met Shelly the day of the wedding and she was very nice. I also added another photographer to her wedding package to get 2 different perspectives of the wedding...I am glad that I made that choice! Shelly and Angela (the other photographer) had opposite personalities. Shelly was the Type A personality. She wanted to make sure everything was shot perfectly and that everyone was acting accordingly. For example, two of my bridesmaids were talking while getting lined up for the girls’ pics and she kind of scolded them and said something like, “Ladies, I am over here taking pictures...I need you to smile and look this way.” Angela was the Type B personality where she was really easy going and fun. She was taking pics of the groom and his side and you can tell from the photographs that they were having fun.
During the wedding, I forgot that they were even there! So, they did a great job not making themselves known! After the wedding, they took a bunch of pics of my DH and I. Again, it was great having both of them because Angela got some great shots from different angles that we wouldn’t have with just one photographer. I am disappointed in the pictures of my DH and me by ourselves because it was so windy on the beach that my bangs were flying and it looked like I had those 80’s bangs! I know that is not their fault, but I wish they would have told me because I could have had tucked them behind my ear or borrowed my sister’s hair clip. So, now I don’t have any pics of the DH and I that I love where you can see our faces. That makes me very sad!
As I look back at my pics, I regret that I didn’t get more fun pics taken with my bridal party. Shelly took pics of us inside waiting for the wedding to start. I was sad that I didn’t make her go kick the boys out from the beach area, so that we could have fun pics of us on the beautiful beach. Someone asked her for pics on the beach and she blew if off. I should have been more assertive, but the whole day was like a whirl wind. I am also a little put off by her because when I received my CD of the images from her, two files of pictures (about 60) were missing. I emailed her to let her know and she said that that was weird because they were on her computer. I was not upset, I just wanted to know how I was going to get the pics. So, she told me how to save them to my computer file at home from her website. That’s a great solution so that I can have the pics now, but I thought she would have offered to make me another CD with all the pics on it. So, I download 60 pics on to my computer on my own time and made myself another copy of all my wedding pics on a CD.
Overall, Shelly and Angela worked very hard the day of the wedding! They were constantly taking pictures. We invited them to dinner and they ate their meals fast and then kept working. They were great and for our budget they did a fantastic job!
My biggest regret is not spending more money on photography. It is like everyone says, that is the memory you have of your wedding that will last. And to each his own, you may feel that photography is not all the important to you, so you don’t want to spend too much money. Personally, I love the art of photography and I personally felt like I didn’t get that. I had a hard time convincing DH to spend more money on photography, so we looked at the photographers within our budget and Shelly was the best! So, we got what we paid for. I just wish that I didn’t listen to him and chose the photographer that I really wanted. If I had done that, I wouldn’t have this feeling of disappointment with our pictures. (Just as an FYI...I would have gone with Tim Zielenbach Photograhy).
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The Dunes House is located in Palmetto Dunes Plantation. It was a great location to get married. We wanted a location where you can get married on the beach and then walk to the reception. The reception was just steps away from our wedding site! Here is a post to show pictures of the Dunes House:
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Nicole Guy is the event coordinator at The Dunes House. She helps you with answering any questions you may have and she helps coordinate the schedules of the vendors you have chosen. From my understanding, she is not a wedding coordinator. She will give you a list of suggested vendors and you are to find them from there. I honestly didn’t use Nicole to find my vendors, so I am not sure if she is willing to help or not! This is just an FYI. She was very sweet and helpful. It would take 2-3 days for her response on emails, so she was pretty fast at replying! It was wonderful to have her because she took care of many of the details on the rehearsal and wedding day. It’s always nice not to have to worry about that! She really came in handy when we had our rehearsal and the groom and I forgot to pick up our wedding license that day (That’s what you get for having the bachelor/bachelorette party the night before!) She called the marriage license bureau to find out where our license would be, the Beaufort County office or HHI county office, so that the groom could pick it up on our wedding day! Whew-disaster diverted thanks to Nicole and our officiant for the reminder!
The staff at The Dunes House on our wedding day was also great! When my mom, aunt and sisters helped set-up before the wedding, they told me that Nicole and the waiters helped them set up some of my details. My family said they got set-up pretty quickly because of their help. They even came in handy and passed out my programs and maracas to guests as they came in. (I wanted them to be placed on the seats, but it was too windy!) We had a sit down dinner and they did a wonderful job. I didn’t eat much, but my friends and family kept raving about how good the food was. The whole night they kept saying to us...”Thanks for choosing The Dunes House to host your wedding.”
My only regret is very minor, but I want to pass it on! In some of my pictures, you can see a vendor with some beach rentals. Legally, I don’t know if Nicole can control how far away he can be from the wedding spot, but it was a disappointment to have him that close to the rituals. Again, it is minor in the grand scheme of things! However, I would just ask Nicole how far vendors can be asked to move away from the ceremony. It never hurts to ask!
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