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Summer Lovin’

The best part of having a wedding is that all of your favorite people in the world come together for one night of dancing, laughing, embracing, crying, feasting, drinking — and it’s all in the name of love. The Rody wedding party made the most of it all, and created unforgettable memories that will forever be loved and cherished by this tight-knit crew.

Dating friends of friends is always a good idea; so when Rachel’s friends from college introduced her to their childhood friend Cody, the two could sense that something kismet and promising was about to happen. Since the moment they met five years ago, Rachel and Cody have been coupled up in the Carolinas, looking forward to the day when they will officially call themselves Mr. and Mrs. Rody Allred.

On a Friday in June, their big day came, and thanks to a bottle of Basil Hayden buried deep in the ground of the William Aiken House, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! (Southern legend has it that burying a bottle of bourbon at your wedding venue the month before the big day keeps storm clouds at bay!) Upstairs, in the crimson and gold bridal room of this historic mansion, Rachel and her lilac adorned bride tribe got ready together in a flurry of excitement. Rachel slipped into her White Magnolia wedding gown with delicate spaghetti straps fastened to a pleated silk bodice. With her blonde, wavy locks brushing her shoulders, and her mermaid train sweeping the historic floors of the William Aiken House, she radiated timeless beauty.

At their first look Cody was in awe of her, taking moments to look deep in her eyes and appreciate her, inside and out. He was brought to tears when she gifted him with cufflinks engraved with his late parent’s handwriting stating “Love you. Love you a lot.” In the couple’s portraits we adore how Rachel’s vibrant bouquet adds a burst of pink pigment to the green hedges and rustic brick walls found throughout the courtyard. In the lush gardens of this charming venue, the couple looked like the perfect picture of summer love.

Guests began to arrive, sporting their brightest and breeziest summer best. Everyone grabbed a new raffia woven fan, thoughtfully gifted to them by the sweet couple. Taking their seats under white umbrellas on wooden folding chairs, the guests drank in the relaxed magic of the inviting courtyard. The music began to play, ushering the wedding party down the aisle. Cody took a deep breath in preparation for Rachel’s entrance, and relaxed into the moment as soon as he saw his beaming bride. The couple stood under a stunning floral arrangement, weighted to the right of the trellis, perfectly framing the bride and groom. After reading their vows, and saying the two magic words, they shared a passionate first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Rody Allred!

With Old Fashioneds and champagne circulating throughout the venue, the wedding party was ready to have some fun! The long, farmhouse style tables provided an open dining experience that allowed for lots of mingling and recalling of old college memories. Each table was decorated with elegant gold and white dinnerware and gorgeous, lush arrangements by Festoon florals. The speeches were touching and hilarious, bringing this group to tears and lots of “Cheers!” as they reflected on what was and what may be.

The sun went down and the dance floor opened up, queuing Rachel to put on her shimmering party dress and all the groomsmen to take off their jackets. In total elation, the wedding party bolstered their new favorite couple up in the air, causing Cody and Rachel to laugh until they cried. LED glow sticks and neon trucker hats stamped with “Rody 2022” on them were distributed among the crowd, bringing everyone back to their glory days together in college. For a literal taste of nostalgia, the late night bites highlighted Rachel’s favorite Primanti Bros. sandwich from her hometown in Pittsburgh. The party twisted and shouted, with a sandwich in one hand and a drink in the other, until the final song of the night.

Congratulations to these glowing newlyweds! We wish you a lifetime of celebrations with the people you love the most!

Check out a few of our favorites from this wedding day below!

xox Kai & Tim

bride and groom softly holding hands with yellow wall, string lights and al fresco dining reception set up

pink and yellow watercolor invitation suit with palm leaf hand held fan

palm leaf fan with light coral engagement ring box

bride details with pink flowers and mrs. clutch purse

bride straps skinny heel anklet strap while putting on wedding day heels in downtown Charleston

bold spring colors with bridal heels and veil

mom helps blonde bride get into wedding dress in red room with gold lined drapes at william aiken house.

maid of honor helps with wedding dress in red room with red drapes.

spaghetti strap wedding dress bride standing in front of window in historic red room at wedding venue in downtown Charleston

black tie groom with sharp creased bow tie stands in front of window

downtown Charleston black tie groom spring wedding.

nervous emotional groom makes sure everything is perfect while bride walks up to see him for the first time

smiling bride heads to first look. black and white wedding photo

william aiken house first look. yellow walls and checkerboard floor with lantern

first look elation. Downtown Charleston spring first look

bride and groom share a hug after seeing each other for the first time on wedding day.

spring florals bride and groom standing under portico at william aiken house in downtown charleston. black tie groom

custom cufflinks bride gift to groom. I love you cufflinks.

groom sees gift from bride for the first time.

william aiken house spring wedding bride and groom. downtown Charleston

classic bridal portrait at william aiken house on the morning of a spring wedding. bold spring colors for bouquet.

charleston spring bride and groom

black tie charleston spring groom

close up of bride holding spring themed asymmetrical flowers. bold pinks with pops of yellow and light purple.

mother and grandmother of the bride look down on all the wedding day fun from the grand porches of william aiken house.

black and white wedding photo. bride and groom kiss while holding dirt covered bottle of bourbon.

whole wedding party has fun bourbon toast

full bridal party posed photo with half of group sitting at william aiken house. Mixmatched bridesmaids dresses. Charleston wedding photographer.

bride and groom laugh towards each other with rest of bridal party with spring wedding.

groom walks into the golden sunshine with groomsmen.

bride and groom walk together with bridal party.

groomsman in black tie and light purple boutonniere

bride walks with bridesmaids in mixmatched periwinkle dresses.

bridesmaid with spring blooms and textured plunging light periwinkle dress.

bride gives emotional gift to dad.

black and white wedding dad photo. father of the bride shares a moment with his daughter.

groom holds brides dress to help her walk with wedding day bouquet. Charleston wedding photographer.

bride and groom with string lights during the day.

charleston wedding photographer

black and white intimate wedding day moment at spring charleston wedding.

bride and groom kiss between green bushes with yellow wall

welcome table with flowers at spring william aiken house wedding.

charleston spring wedding day details.

bright pink flowers on william aiken house arbor. spring wedding in charleston. santorini greece inspired wedding flowers.

spring wedding ceremony aisle flowers.

lush pink flowers and greenery at charleston spring wedding.

open air wedding ceremony at william aiken house with cream umbrellas for shade. east coast destination wedding photographer.

wedding ceremony aisle flowers with wooden chairs.

william aiken house spring wedding

asymmetrical pink flower installation at spring wedding in downtown charleston. East coast destination wedding photographer.

bride and dad walk to spring wedding ceremony at william aiken house.

father of bride in blue suit and light purple tie walks daughter up the aisle at spring wedding ceremony.

emotional groom with best man support at spring charleston wedding ceremony.

aerial view of spring william aiken house wedding. Southeast wedding photographer.

bride and groom share moment with guests at wedding ceremony.

family of the bride under umbrella at outdoor wedding ceremony in downtown Charleston

family of the groom at charleston wedding

first kiss under arbor with pink flower installation

east coast destination wedding photographer.

newlyweds cross the bridge at william aiken house. charleston wedding photographer

bride and groom sign marriage license and laugh with officiant

happy bride and groom charleston summer weather.

drinks waiting after wedding ceremony in charleston

sunny open air cocktail hour with big palm trees and yellow walls on the lawn.

all wedding guest big overhead group shot at william aiken house

all wedding guests celebrate with bride and groom.

bride and groom laugh with wedding guest with yellow wall and checkerboard floor

east coast destination wedding photographer.

newlywed ring detail photo. black and white wedding photo.

bride and groom walk together at cocktail hour. groom helps bride with dress.

full sun bride and groom wedding portrait on the sidewalk with william aiken house and palm tree.

black and white photo of bride and groom crossing king street with movie theater marquee

custom wedding marquee with bride and groom crossing king street

marquee from the notebook with bride and groom

bride and groom dip kiss on king street in downtown Charleston with palm trees.

gold tipped silverware with white handles with dreamy detailed table cloth. outdoor charleston wedding reception

script table numbers and pink flowers. garden party outdoor reception

spring themed tabletop wedding flowers. charleston spring wedding.

string lights open air outdoor wedding reception in downtown Charleston. East coast destination wedding photographer

simple pink and green small table flowers

pink flowers accent bride and groom chairs for head table at outdoor al fresco wedding reception dinner.

charleston spring wedding reception flowers.

long tables at outdoor wedding reception in Charleston

classy high cocktail table with textured tablecloth and small lamp.

simple white wedding cake with bold bright pink flowers.

classy spring wedding flowers

bride and groom laugh with wedding guests. east coast destination wedding photographer. candid wedding photo.

happy bride gets dress bustled before garden party wedding reception

bride and groom grand entrance. ready to party.

groom looks at bride ready to dance. black and white wedding photo.

bride laughs through spin move during first dance on black and white checkerboard dance floor

bride and groom kiss on the dance floor.

bride leans into groom during outdoor wedding reception first dance.

string lights first dance at downtown charleston wedding reception

black and white wedding photo. Groom dips bride back for a sweet kiss on the dance floor.

groom picks up bride during first dance and spins around.

wedding guests enjoy outdoor al fresco dinner reception under string lights in a courtyard

groom gets picked up in celebration during outdoor dance party at wedding reception.

bride in second dress gets picked up by wedding party on the dance floor.

custom neon party hats on the dance floor at outdoor wedding reception.

bride and groom kiss holding pittsburgh inspired late night bites

Photography: Kai & Tim ; Kailee DiMeglio Photography
Charleston Wedding Photographers
Venue: William Aiken House
Wedding Planner: Sarah Lillie Designs
Hair: Ash & Co.
Makeup: Cheryl Quinn Makeup
Florist: Festoon
Videographer: Point 200
Officiant: Mac Hammett
Music: Darby Events
Caterer: PPHG
Dress: White Magnolia Savannah


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