A Low Country Boil Welcome Party and Movie Night At Clifton Inn
Our engaged couple’s request for the first day of their wedding weekend:
A casual, boho-chic Welcome Party that felt like a family-reunion, honored the bride’s Southern roots, and inspired by the 80’s movie Romancing the Stone.
Have I mentioned before how much fun our couples are?
The bride, Lee, considers Virginia her home state, but has lived in Argentina, Texas and now resides in Singapore where she met Adrian, an Australian native working in Singapore. With family and guests from six (6!) continents, they wanted their wedding to feel more like a family reunion than a wedding with several days of activities, shared meals, and adventures.
Adventure was a key wedding theme for Lee and Adrian as they travel frequently, having adventures on all continents. One of their first dates was attending an Eighties Party in Singapore, and they both love the film Romancing the Stone. This quintessential 80’s movie quickly became a key inspiration point for the Welcome Party. As they interviewed wedding vendors, a qualifying question was “Have you seen Romancing the Stone?”
Fortunately, we made the cut because my limited childhood VHS collection included Romancing the Stone. I must have watched it close to 20 times. The minute Lee mentioned it we started talking about emeralds, mudslides, swinging across ravines on vines, crocodiles, and Jack P. Colton. Adrian, an Australian native who works in film production, was equally passionate about incorporating the movie’s motifs and sense of adventure throughout the wedding weekend.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by a welcome sign created by Lee’s sister, Cecilia, based on the Romancing the Stone movie poster and featuring Lee and Adrian's faces. Folding fans in emerald green and black accompanied bug spray and sunscreen atop an ornate gold buffet from Paisley and Jade.
Lee and Adrian wanted a nod to her Southern roots and the Southern location of their venue- the beautiful Clifton Inn with its lush gardens, a majestic court tent, and luxurious pool area for relaxing. A Low Country Boil on farm tables under swagged bistro lights from Skyline Tent Company created the upscale casual feel with a strong sense of Southern heritage. Lee painted mallets in green and gold to accompany custom bibs to lighten the mood and Adrian handpicked Virginia craft beers.
As night fell, guests gathered in the lounge areas and low seating from Paisley and Jade. Overlapping oriental rugs and low tables paired with giant floor pillows made from fabric purchased by Lee in Singapore provided an elegant picnic feel where guests could lounge on the lawn and enjoy the movie. Tealights and pillar candles in tall hurricanes twinkled as the movie played on a giant screen provided the The AV Company.
Every so often an engaged couple comes along with a vision for their wedding that defies all categories. And we jump right on board! Many of the elements from the Welcome Party, especially the vintage furniture and rugs from Paisley and Jade, were repurposed for the wedding reception for a completely different look. Stay tuned for a second post featuring Lee and Adrian’s wedding day.