Alisa & Corbin had the most amazing wedding at the Westin of Hilton Head. The day began with getting ready photos in their suites and then a first look near the coy pond located on the main grounds at the Westin. The couple then wed in the upper ballroom area which overlooks the beach and ocean then had their reception in the covered area which also overlooked the ocean. It was an amazing day and we were so fortunate to spend it with this gorgeous couple!
How did you and Corbin meet? What would you like to share about yourselves? Corbin and I (are both teachers. He teaches high school special education and I teach elementary school. Our careers are a huge part of our lives, so we really connected over that commonality. In our limited free time, we enjoy exploring the Hilton Head and Bluffton area, refinishing furniture, and renovating our new house!
Tell us about your proposal: Corbin proposed in Savannah, Georgia. We took a beautiful carriage ride through the historic district and he proposed in Orleans Square. As he tells the story, “It was perfect October evening in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia. There was a light breeze in the air, and not a cloud in sight. It was the perfect evening for a carriage ride through the city. We arrived at our carriage at about 6 o’clock, and I immediately thought that Alissa had it all figured out. The carriage had white flowers all over it, and the driver handed Alissa roses when we boarded. She looked at me and simply asked, ” Did you do this?” I replied with a smile and a “Yes”, and we were on our way. As the carriage lazily meandered through the streets, I thought the ring was going to burn a hole in my pocket. Finally, we arrived at Orleans Square. The driver stopped the carriage, told us a brief love story about the fountain. Legend has it that the fountain was a spot where two lovers could make a wish, and have it come true by tossing a coin into the fountain. The driver then invited us to make a wish in the fountain.
We hopped out of the carriage and walked to the fountain. I pulled a coin out of my pocket, and gave it to Alissa to make a wish. After some resistance and a little persuasion, she agreed to do so. After she tossed her coin in, I pulled the ring from my pocket and took a knee. I told her, “I only have one wish in this world, and this fountain can’t give it to me. Alissa Kozulis will you marry me?” To which she replied with a look of shock and surprise, three “Shut-Ups!”, and an eventual “Yes!” It was one of the best days of my life.
What were the deciding factors for your Ceremony and Venue location? I tried to go into searching for a venue with an open mind. But, the Westin was what I really had my heart set on before we even began! My family had vacationed at the resort a handful of times and really enjoyed it. Additionally, when I moved to the Hilton Head area a couple years ago, my mom and I had stayed at the Westin as I was looking for an apartment and beginning my first year of teaching. I had a special connection to the hotel, and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else!
Additionally, the event planners at The Westin Resort and Spa Hilton Head Island were excellent! Throughout the entire process, they were easy to communicate with, did a great job handling the vendors, and set up the ceremony and reception beautifully!
Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for your wedding details? Inspiration for the details came from many different wedding magazines and blogs. The “colors” were chosen with the ocean backdrop in mind. I knew that pictures would be taken on the beach, and the reception location overlooked the ocean, so I wanted the wedding colors to complement the natural beauty of the water. I was looking for something rustic with elegant details. We used burlap, lace and wooden elements, complemented by rich metallic accents and candle light. Full flower arrangements with flowers that were different shades of pinks and corals really pulled the entire look together!
Approximate # of Guests: 80 / Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander; “The White Dress” Brighton, MI / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Beyond Beautiful by Heather /Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather / Bride’s Jewelry: J.Crew /Bridesmaid’s Dresses: J.Crew/Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse / Ties: The Belle and the Beau (Etsy) Wedding Official: Dr. Rev. Larry C. Williams / Ceremony Music: The Wedding Violinist / Cocktail Hour Acoustic Music: n/a / Band: Neil and Bob Band / Florist: Flowers by “KK” /Wedding Venue & Caterer: The Westin Resort and Spa Hilton Head Island / Wedding Cake: Ronnie’s Bakery and Cakes by Lou/Rehearsal Dinner: The Westin Resort and Spa Hilton Head Island /
Honeymoon: The Westin Lagunamar Resort, Cancun, Mexico