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Alex McClure & Paul Baxter Rodgers IV
March 5, 2022 / Private Residence, Wadmalaw Island
Alex and Baxter met in college, but love didn’t blossom until years later, in 2017, when they ran into each other at a concert in Colorado. Fast forward to 2020: Baxter proposed on the dock of Alex’s father’s home on Wadmalaw Island. So when it came to choosing a spot for exchanging vows, there was no question that the 20-acre property on the water would be perfect.
While the ceremony was intimate, the reception swelled to 260 guests, who gathered under a soaring Sperry tent and spilled out into the sprawling yard—all with a stunning view of the marsh in the golden-hour light. After dark, lights in the marsh and uplighting on the live oaks—created by Francesca DiSalvo Follmer and her team from Pure Luxe Bride—lent a magical air to the evening. Light blue was the primary color, used in specialty rental velvet chairs, candle holders, linens, and florals. Accents of light wood—revealed in the wood-and-white checkerboard dance floor and the raffia lanterns—and lush ferns and greenery captured the spring-forward coastal garden vibe they were going for. It was an elegant yet casual affair, with Alex foregoing a bridal party and inviting her best gals to sport their own blue dresses in an array of patterns and prints. Dinner was stationed to keep a party-like atmosphere. And guests had plenty of seating areas to eat, drink, mingle, and celebrate the newlyweds.
Top Tips
• Make a statement with your rentals. Using multiple companies to source your rentals can help you achieve an eclectic look with unique patterns and textures. 
• Just because it’s a “backyard wedding” doesn’t mean it will save you money. It will save you the venue fee, but a wedding on private property means you have to build the space from the ground up. Generators and portable restrooms are among the many considerations.
• Want to keep it casual? A stationed dinner works well if you want to strike a party-like atmosphere. It keeps things moving and enables the band to get the party started sooner. And having various seating areas ensures that guests have a place to go at any point, which also keeps the flow easy and breezy.
Planning & design: Pure Luxe Bride
Photography: Sloan Photography
Videography: Charleston Media Company
Catering: Salthouse Catering
Bar: Squeeze
Baker: Ashley Bakery
Florals: Juniper & Jasmine
Bridal Attire: Alexandra Grecco
Beauty: Wild Ivory Beauty
Invitations: Studio R
Rentals: EventWorks
Specialty Rentals: Curated Events Charleston
Linens: Stradley Davidson
Lighting: TEC
Entertainment: Classical Charleston (ceremony), Right to Party (reception)
Transportation: SC Express
Specialty Service: Paint by Chloe