By Liz Petoniak | Photographs from Amy Marie Kay Photography
Charleston, S.C., holds special significance to Arielle Schilling and William Houpt, as it’s where they met, and eventually got engaged! The couple traveled to the city for a long weekend in celebration of Arielle’s birthday, where, unbeknownst to her, he arranged to have 10 of her friends surprise her upon arrival. More friends and family members surprised the group at dinner that night, but the excitement was far from over. After he brought out a cake and everyone sang “Happy Birthday,” he dropped to one knee and proposed to Train’s “Marry Me.” “It was the best night, until our wedding!” Arielle says, as the couple naturally headed back to Charleston for their nuptials. The two said “I do” at Summerall Chapel on the groom’s college campus with a bag pipe processional, and exited as newlyweds through a sword arch orchestrated by six current Citadel cadets. “You have to kiss before you pass the last two archers!” she says. Their 150 guests made their way to the soft, lowcountry-themed reception at Cottage on the Creek, where Arielle’s mother surprised everyone with a steel drum band during cocktail hour. And, Arielle planned a surprise of her own: a bourbon and cigar bar for her hubby! “He was so willing to let me choose anything I wanted (as long as it wasn’t all pink), and I wanted to do something really special for him, too.”
Bride’s Dress: Anne Gregory for the Bride
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier for Nordstrom
Cake: Ashley Bakery
Ceremony: Summerall Chapel, Charleston, S.C.
Entertainment: Bag piper and steel drum band
Favors: Toffee Taboo and Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
Flowers: Cheryl Schilling of All in Good Taste Productions
Hair: Diana Colaizzi of Premier Salon
Linens: Lendable Linens, Party Savvy
Makeup: Reign or Shine
Planners: Bob Sendall and Cheryl Schilling of All in Good Taste Productions
Reception: Cottage on the Creek, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Stationery: Dodeline Design