#TravelTuesday | Charleston + Kiawah Island, South Carolina

2018 has been a unique year of travel for Johnny and I as several of the trips we've been on/have planned are for wedding celebrations of our friends. Personally, I love attending destination weddings because it's an excuse for a vacation and the guest list tends to be smaller so the event itself is more intimate for the guests and the couple. Last month, we had the pleasure of traveling to South Carolina for some destination nuptials. I had never been, but always wanted to visit SC, so this wedding picked the perfect destination! 

**FYI, The amount of pictures I took on this trip is severely lacking due to my phone SIM card not working. No reception : less phone usage : photography neglect. 

DAY 1 + 2 // CHARLESTON 

Upon landing in Charleston, our initial impression was how much smaller of a city it was than we had assumed. Downtown was quaint antiquity rather than imposing skyscrapers. I welcomed the change, and enjoyed how much history all the buildings seemed to contain. Perhaps none more so than The Old Slave Market, pictured down the amazing cobblestone street in the final image. 

All of Charleston was full of little details: spiral staircases, nooks and crannies serving as courtyards, and fanciful architectural ironwork. I could have spent a long time just walking around taking in all these details. We did in fact take a walking "ghost tour" of Charleston at night, which was interesting to hear and see some of the history and tall tales of the city. 

// CHARLESTON QUICK TIPS // 

EAT // GRILL 225 (ORDER THE CRAB COCKTAIL...OMG!!) 

DRINK // CARAMELLA (BOOZY ICE CREAM/SORBET FLOATS) 

STAY // WE LOVED OUR COZY TREE HOUSE AIR BNB! (PICTURED ^)

TOUR // WALKING GHOST TOUR (NIGHT), HORSE + BUGGY TOUR (DAY)

DAY 3-5 // KIAWAH ISLAND 

Kiawah Island is approximately an hour's drive from Charleston over bridges twisting through marshlands and beautiful forests. The thing that's most noticeable about Kiawah is the seclusion. Many houses, villas, golf courses and The Sanctuary Hotel (the wedding venue) are on the island, but they are not so noticeable nestled within the dense growth of trees and foliage. With no Uber or ride-sharing service, and limited restaurants/bars, the island is decidedly non-touristy--a concept I can readily get behind! With no working phone, and no Uber services, the theme of the trip for me was a bit of a throwback in the sense that we actually had to make plans in advance! 

The wedding was held at The Sanctuary hotel (last two pictures, above). The property was everything you would imagine for Southern glamour, and the wedding was picture perfect on the green, overlooking the ocean. 

Aside from the wedding, and a close runner-up to seeing a wild alligator, my favorite part of the trip was the beach at night. It is mating season for the sea-turtles of Kiawah and I guess they like to preserve their modesty by having it pitch-black at night for their trysts. SO, since Kiawah is far enough from the mainland, and maintains no artificial light at night, you get to see a truly spectacular sight: a perfect black sky full of stars above and below you as the night sky is reflected back onto the tide and gently rolling waves. I could not stop staring. It's worth the trip to Kiawah just for that experience! 

// KIAWAH QUICK TIPS //

EAT//CHILL // MADE-TO-ORDER CUSTOM PICNIC FROM TOWN CENTER MARKET

EAT//FANCY // HEGE'S RESTAURANT (FRESHFIELD VILLAGE) 

DRINK//CHILL // BYOB ROSÈ ON THE BEACH

DRINK//FANCY // HOTEL BAR @ THE SANCTUARY 

TOUR//DAY // BIKE RENT + RIDE AROUND THE ISLAND

TOUR//NIGHT // NIGHT STARGAZING BEACH WALK 

Thanks to Dan + Laura, and their families, for inviting us to the wedding! 

// MY OUTFIT DETAILS FROM THE WEDDING DAY // 

DRESS // ISABELLA GOWN BY ALEXIS 

SHOES // LOEFFLER RANDALL 

BAG // SAINT LAURENT (SIMILAR)

BRACELETS // KENDRA SCOTT 

 

#REVOLVEWEDDING

Wedding season is well upon us (does it really ever end?), and as those invitations start to pile up in the mailbox, you may find yourself rummaging through your closet in exasperation. With an event like a wedding, the wardrobe expectations are upped. You want to look classy as it's an elegant event, yet you still want to impress the bride's hot, single, second cousin on her dad's side. Finding that perfect combination of classy and sexy is hard to do. Once you've gotten to the saturation limit of your exasperation, do yourself a favor and head over to The Wedding Shop at Revolve.com.

I love how Revolve already has dresses sorted out into categories. This takes a lot of the hassle of sifting through a whole online boutique of dresses. The "For the Guests" section is your go-to for finding the perfect outfit. Not only can you find a selection of dresses for the wedding day, but also other nuptial-related festivities like showers and bachelorette parties. The dresses are even more or less arranged in color groupings--is this real life?! With today's wedding crazy world, an entire section of the website broken down into categories like this just makes so much sense. Here are my top three picks for a spring/summer wedding guest dress!

Wedding guests aren't the only ones Revolve Wedding caters to. The shop also has a selection of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Being located in the Midwest, I think styling your wedding from the Revolve Wedding Shop would be a great way to make your big day look unique since you will be wearing styles and brands most brides aren't looking to. Many of the dresses feature cutouts or sheer paneling and unique detailing. You're sure to stand out and feel your most beautiful in any of the selections, but this Parker Black dress is my personal favorite (it is sold out currently, but can be special ordered). I love the open back, boho glam bodice and flowy skirt. Plus, it's priced under $500!

Bridesmaids have their own section of chic looks as well. The focus is mainly on the very trendy nude colored bridesmaid dress, but other colors are featured as well. I personally like the nude trend. Looking back at past wedding photos, the trendy colors sometimes end up looking dated, but I think the classic pale blush or tan will be timeless in photographs. While this color trend isn't for everyone (and I've heard very vehement denunciations of it!), if I had to have a favorite bridesmaid dress, it would be this Stone Cold Fox mini dress. SCF is one of my favorite brands, and I think with your wedding it's important to reflect your own style onto the bridesmaids dresses. If I was assigned this dress as a bridesmaid, the saying "you can wear it for so many other occasions!" would definitely be true for me!

Overall, I can't recommend Revolve Wedding enough if you're shopping for your wedding or as a guest. As with the rest of the site, the styles are fresh, sexy and elegant. The only drawback with many of the dresses (especially if you're looking at bridesmaid or dresses as a guest) is that they are a bit more pricey. If you have several weddings to attend and will need a lot of dresses, I would suggest using the styles on Revolve as inspiration and then looking to a more affordable site like Tobi or Sabo Skirt to find comparable styles. However, I'm all about the splurge when it's a quality wardrobe piece, so if you do decide to rock one of the dresses from the great brands Revolve carries, you can be assured it will be a statement piece in your wardrobe for many wedding seasons to come! Check out my Instagram throughout the week to see samples of wedding looks from my own closet!