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Wedding at The Westin Resort & Spa of Hilton Head

I had been in close contact with Whitney and Claiborne for quite some time before their wedding and was beyond excited when their wedding day finally arrived. They were very hands on with the planning process and did a fantastic job working together to make everything happen—both Whitney and Claiborne are beautiful people as individuals and even better as a couple. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with them, their family and their awesome wedding party! From the view of the ocean  to the live band it was unique and a magnificent celebration and I have no doubt that everyone involved made some great memories.

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 For instance how did you meet? Claiborne and I met at my sister’s wedding 6 years ago! We have been together ever since 🙂

Where do you currently live? We live in Richmond, Virginia

What activities do you enjoy doing together? Claiborne and I love to travel, try new restaurants, cook, and entertain at our home.

What made you choose the Westin Resort and Spa of Hilton Head Island as your Reception location? We loved the covered pavilion and the beautiful ocean view.

What made you decide to have your wedding in Hilton Head? Claiborne and I are both from Georgia but have lived and gone to school all over the southeast. We both grew up going to Hilton Head Island for vacation and decided that HHI would be the best central location for all our guests.. not to mention it is a beautiful vacation spot!

What do you like most about the Hilton Head area? I love the shopping, the restaurants, and the beautiful sunsets! It really is one of the best beaches! Claiborne loves the golf!

Do you visit here often? Whenever we can! We will be back this summer, I’m sure!

Where did you get the inspiration/ideas for the details? Honestly, I got most of my ideas from Pinterest and Etsy. I knew I wanted to play on the beach theme and Pinterest and Etsy helped me bring all the ideas to life.

The colors? I wanted navy and coral because I love the way they compliment each other. They are very beachy colors too!

The lighting and the Band? The band was suggested to me by our friend, Lizzie Baker. We loved Two 3 Ways! I had seen a wedding at the Westin with the cafe lighting all over the dance floor and decided I think it would look best with the lighting covering the pavilion. I’m glad we did! I think it looked amazing.

Dylan and including him in photos? We love our Miniature Australian Shepherd, Dylan. He is so well behaved(for the most part), loving, and photogenic!! We knew we couldn’t get married without him!

Approximate planning time for wedding: 10 months

Any planning obstacles with this being a long distance wedding? Not really. We took a week in July for our meetings and decision making. That seemed to be enough time with the vendors and of course, there was plenty of email correspondence!

Officiant: Rev. Harriette Simmons
Approximate # of Guests: 150
Ceremony Music: JL music service – Viola and Violin
Wedding Gown: Gavin Michaels, from Bella Rosa Boutique in Richmond
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Hair: The Westin
Makeup: The Westin
Bride’s Jewelry  Earrings: My mom’s sapphire earrings
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff Navy strapless cocktail length dresses
Bridesmaid’s Dresses/Accessories/Jewelry: Anne Klein coral and gold earrings
Groom’s attire: Grey Jos. A. Bank’s suit
Ties: Silver tie from Jos. A Bank
Groomsmen’s attire: Grey Jos. A. Bank’s suit and navy ties
Cocktail Hour Music: Two 3 Ways
Band: Two 3 Ways
Florist: A Floral Affair
Cake/Caterer: Signe’s Heavenly Bakery
Rehearsal Dinner: Port Royal Club House
Guest Accommodations: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
Honeymoon Plans: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


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Katie McKinney

So pretty! Sad we missed it 🙁