Cheers to That

Cheers to That | With help from her family and husband-to-be, a crafty Summerville bride pulls together an exquisite—and mostly handmade—reception at Harborside East

Melissa Vause & Stephen Feetham
December 1, 2012
St. Luke's Chapel & Harborside East

When Stephen Feetham gifted Melissa Vause a blender, she knew their betrothal was seconds away. How? A long-running joke of the couple’s held that the kitchen tool was fit only for wedding registries. Soon after Melissa said, “Yes,” the couple got to work creating an eco-friendly, budget-conscious Big Day. Among other things, they designed save-the-dates (which doubled as bookmarks), created flowers from upcycled maps, and wrangled spent corks for décor from area restaurants. “You’d be surprised at how resourceful you can be,” Melissa says, adding they tackled 90 percent of the wedding on their own. After outsourcing the catering, music, and the bridal bouquet, the Summerville couple gave the elements they’d fashioned and detailed instructions to day-of coordinators Felicia Byers and Caoimhe Higgins of Lady In Waiting Events. The final ingredient? “Our supportive friends and family,” says Melissa. “They made it the most joyous event.”



Vendor List

Baker: McKenzie’s Bake Shop,
Bridal Gown: Allure, available through Jean’s Bridal ( and Bridals by Jodi (
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Bari Jay,
Cake Topper: Heather Boyd Wire,
Caterer, Bar & Wine Service, & Linens: Cricket & Kyle,
Ceremony Location: St. Luke’s Chapel,
Florists: On a Limb ( and Horst Wholesale Florist (

Flower Girl Attire: Pretty Flower Girl,

Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang,
Makeup Artist: Dannon K. Collard,

Musicians: Classical Charleston (ceremony, reception, choir),; DJ Sinclair Ray (reception),
Photographer: Landon Jacob Productions,
Reception Venue & Rentals: Harborside East,
Stationery, Signage, Paper Flowers, Cork Décor: DIY by the couple