Belmond Wedding Stories: Sarah and Jeffrey

Charleston, S.C. is a city filled with sweet love stories and romantic charm. So what better location to celebrate a timeless love story than Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic city? A classic venue for couples to create wedding memories that will be cherished for years, Sarah and Jeffrey Wamble decided it was the perfect locale for their wedding celebration.

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Sarah and Jeffrey first spotted each other on Sarah’s 28th birthday in New York City while having drinks after work with friends. They worked at the same large advertising agency in the city but had never met, and fate just happened to bring them to the same bar on the same night. Sarah spotted Jeffrey across the bar and was brave enough to approach him after fighting off some initial nerves. Her move was a success, as Jeffrey offered to buy her a drink, and the two immediately hit it off. The pair says they spent the rest of the night chatting and, “the rest is history!”

Sarah has a long and beloved history with Sullivan’s Island, located just north of Charleston, having visited with her family during the summers since her childhood days. She first brought Jeffrey to the special island in 2010, and it’s where the couple exchanged their first “I love you’s.” Three years later, at the same sandy summer spot, Jeffrey got down on one knee and asked Sarah to be his wife.

Having a special tie to the Holy City, the two chose Belmond Charleston Place to plan their wedding because they believe it is “by far the nicest hotel in downtown Charleston.” They love that it offers the “upscale, premium experience that discerning New Yorkers expect but maintains the historic, Southern charm that makes it distinctly Charleston.”

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The newlyweds celebrated their nuptials at the iconic Riviera Theater at Belmond Charleston Place. Inspired by the floor-to-ceiling murals in the ballroom, they chose a 1920s theme and simple color palette to highlight the true beauty of the theater. The Riviera also has special significance for Sarah’s family, as her father would frequent the theater as a young man on dates.

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Bloom at Belmond Charleston Place created the bride’s gorgeous bouquet featuring an arrangement of hydrangea, freesia and mini calla lilies. Bloom finished the design by wrapping the bouquet in ivory ribbon and material from Sarah’s dress, and pinning it into Sarah’s family Bible for a special, personal touch.

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Catering was also provided by Belmond Charleston Place, and the couple says everyone at their wedding raved about the food. Cocktail hour featured bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed angus beef, shrimp and crawfish cakes and tuna tartare on wonton crisps. After guests had mingled and munched on hors d’oeuvres, dinner was served buffet-style and included a gourmet mac and cheese bar, gumbo with dirty rice, baron of beef with asparagus and custom sliders. The perfect finishing touch to the evening, the gorgeous multi-layered wedding cake was red velvet and carrot with cream cheese filling and buttercream frosting.

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Sarah’s tip for anyone planning a wedding soon? “Don’t stress, and have fun!” Belmond Charleston Place was truly thrilled to host Sarah and Jeffrey’s wedding night and we wish them nothing but abundant love and happiness!

(All photographs courtesy of Todd Surber from King Street Studio)

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Show Stopping Accessories

With Charleston Fashion Week right around the corner, it’s time to amp up your accessory game with some sharp and stylish accessories. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place has you covered with fashion-forward looks that will complete any outfit and get you ready for the runway. Choose a statement piece or something delicate and elegant. Mix up your current look or keep it classic. Whatever you choose, Charleston Fashion Week will be the perfect spot to show off your new adornments.

Carrie Tiff Belt – Anne Fontaine

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This gorgeous Italian calfskin leather belt adorned with a large emblematic flower is sure to make a statement. Named after Sex and the City’s iconic Carrie Bradshaw, this piece is sure to keep heads turning. Choose from black or blue and pair with a crisp white shirt and skirt.

Dellie Wedges – Kate Spade

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Add a pop of color to any ensemble with these fun wedges from Kate Spade. These fabric-covered, open-toed beauties have just the right amount of quirk to finish off your outfit. Pair with an LBD or pantsuit, and let your shoes steal the show.

White Beaded Tassel Necklace – The Resort Shop

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Sometimes you just need a delicate necklace to finish off your look. This white beaded tassel necklace from The Resort Shop will be a lovely final touch to your Fashion Week outfit. You will receive nothing but compliments with this simple stunner.

Tassel Bracelets – LouLou

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The easiest way to update your look is to have some fun with color with these bright tassel bracelets from LouLou. Keep it simple by picking your favorite color or mix it up with different hues to match your personality. Choose one, two or more to stack; the perfect final addition to any outfit.

Lemon Love Necklace by Gunner and Lux  – Pink Chicken

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The little ones in your life want to be fashionable too. Surprise them with this Love Necklace by Gunner and Lux sold at Pink Chicken. Choose from Pineapple, Lemon or Watermelon charms, and they will be the trendiest little one at the show.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place and pick up the perfect accessories to go with your outfit. Make sure to stop by Charleston Fashion Week from March 15 to March 19, where The Shops will be the title sponsor of the Style Lounge, to show off your glam accessories. Don’t forget to follow @TheShopsBCP on Instagram to get the newest looks, offers plus behind-the-scenes scoop from Fashion Week.

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What’s New at Belmond Charleston Place

Classic, timeless and steeped in history, Belmond Charleston Place never goes out of style. Considered one of the top luxury hotels in Charleston for almost 30 years, the hotel has remained current and relevant by updating and renovating to further our offerings for guests. As an ode to the everlasting tradition of Belmond Charleston Place, we have rounded up a list of the gorgeous renovations and convenient, new services that were ushered in with 2016.

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Perhaps the most impressive update to the hotel is the completion of a $34 million, 3 year renovation of its 434 guest rooms. The renovation truly left no stone unturned, stripping each room down to its bare bones and replacing everything from the ground up. Fresh, new carpet and fully redesigned bathrooms round out the complete redo. The gorgeous rooms and suites reflect a dreamy, light and airy atmosphere coupled with sophisticated, Charleston elegance.

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Exclusive, premier and also newly renovated, the Club Level at Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect space to unwind after a long day. Available by private access only, the cosmopolitan lounge is located on the top two floors of the hotel offering the best views of Charleston. A cozy velvet and leather banquette with velour and silk pillows invites you to sit back and relax while enjoying the all-day complimentary food and beverage service. Or, saddle up to the newly expanded bar for a cocktail served by the Club Level’s dedicated staff.

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If official business calls you to Charleston, then you’ll want to take note of the sophisticated yet modern Belmond Boardroom. Warm and inviting, a custom-built 15-foot-mahogany conference table is surrounded by oversized, plush executive chairs. Hold your meeting amongst floods of natural light, all while overlooking historic King Street and the beautiful Art Deco Riviera Theater. This new, innovative space is just what the CEO ordered.

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Fitness is often hard to maintain when traveling, so our Fitness Center underwent a refreshing update to make working out while away from home a seamless task. Doubling in size, the Fitness Center now includes all new, state-of-the-art equipment. The cardio room consists of exercise bikes, ellipticals and treadmills, including built-in televisions on each machine. Separate from the cardio equipment, the weight room is stocked with everything from free weights to foam rollers, with plenty of room for barre routines or floor exercises.

Belmond Charleston Place is located in the very heart of downtown Charleston, and within walking distance of all the major attractions, making the need for a car nonexistent. For those guests flying into Charleston, the travel process is now even easier with a convenient airport transportation system. Running from the hotel to the Charleston airport every half hour from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, the shuttle is quick, easy and eliminates the worry of securing and parking a rental car.

Discover all of these new amenities on your next trip to Charleston by taking advantage of The Grand Reveal Package. Enjoy 20% off Club Level rooms and suites, a complimentary bottle of champagne and a $100 credit to be spent at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place, or any of the hotel’s dining options, for travel now through May 31, 2016.

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