Above Par

Above Par | A downtown duo ties the knot steps from the Atlantic on one of Charleston’s sea islands  

Lisa Reed & Mike Roy
September 1, 2012
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

“He felt like home right away,” says Lisa Reed of her courtship with Mike Roy, whom she met through a mutual friend during her senior year at the College of Charleston. While Lisa says the two had chemistry from the onset, she also says, “We were so very different, and he wasn’t at all my type.”  That worked in the pair’s favor, though, and allowed a close friendship to develop. Then, one night when Mike offered Lisa a ride home from a party, he took the plunge and kissed her.  Their opposites-attract romance evolved in a cozy, comfortable way thereafter, she says.

Six years later the couple was in their home overlooking the Ashley River when the perfect pop-the-question moment presented itself. Sitting on their balcony with cocktails in hand, Al Green playing in the background, and the sky awash in a pink and purple sunset, Mike proposed. Since the two can recount their entire love affair in the Holy City, says Lisa, they began planning a Lowcountry wedding here.

Lisa entrusted her vision of a romantic, waterfront garden party to Tara Guérard and the Soirée team, who planned a day for 150 guests at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island with an outdoor ceremony, a clubhouse dinner, and an after-party in a reception tent resplendent with carpet, sheer fabric draping, and luxe lounge areas. Ivory furniture, green linens, and teal accent pillows complemented the natural colors of the coastal setting, and gilded dishes, votives, and place cards added glamour. Floral garlands hung from chandeliers while metal lanterns tossed off light as the sun faded into the Atlantic. Lisa’s verdict? “Utterly magical.”


Baker: Jim Smeal; www.WeddingCakesbyJimSmeal.com
Bridal attire: Augusta Jones, Gown Boutique of Charleston, www.GownBoutiqueofCharleston.com; Christian Dior, www.Dior.com
Bridesmaid attire: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaid, www.BellaBridesmaid.com; J.Crew, www.JCrew.com
Caterer: The Atlantic Room, Kiawah Island Golf Resort; www.KiawahResort.com/dining/the-atlantic-room/
Groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Bank; www.JosBank.com
Hair: Kristy Cuthbert, Velvet Salon; www.VelvetSalonCharleston.com
Makeup: Moore Makeup; www.MooreMakeup.com
Musician (ceremony): Robbi Kenney; www.RobbiKenney.com
Musician (reception): Debut, Inc. and Pat Patrick Band; www.EastcoastEntertainment.com
On-site Dresser: Cacky’s Bride+Aid; www.CackysBrideAid.com
Photographer: Liz Banfield; www.LizBanfield.com
Planner, florist, and linens: Tara Guérard Soirée; www.TaraGuerardSoiree.com
Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals; www.SnyderEventRentals.com
Stationery: Lettered Olive; www.LetteredOlive.com
Videographer: Lowcountry Wedding Films; www.LowcountryWeddingFilms.com