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Real Joy Wedding: Karissa & Ben

by Kelsey Vickers
Real Joy Wedding: Karissa & Ben

First off, congrats! What is your most memorable moment from the wedding?

Definitely having all our loved ones in the same, beautiful place blessing and celebrating our marriage! And, of course, marrying my soulmate! Ben’s poem vows were pretty great, and the music was hype!

What were the colors of your wedding?

We really didn’t have set colors. The bridesmaid’s dresses had a mix of prints, which I love. There were greens, blues, pinks, and whites mostly.

Roughly how many guests were present at your wedding?

We had 160 people.

What do you think worked really well at your wedding that you would recommend every couple to do?

Really enjoy everyone who came out to celebrate with you and make sure you dance! Live in the moment because nothing else matters. This day is yours!

Would you have done anything differently—splurge on a pricier dress, nix the favors, go for that extra passed appetizer?

No, our wedding was literally the best day ever, for us! No regrets.

What tips do you have for other Joy couples still in the midst of wedding planning?

I didn’t worry about the small details… and I’m glad I didn’t! I think they can be overlooked and while planning, people get too stressed out over them.

What were your favorite features of Joy?

We had everyone RSVP on our Joy site and I was able to keep tabs on guests, digitally. It kept me really organized! I also like the love story you can include on the site. Some people who attend don’t know it and it’s nice to share. I know I personally like reading others!

What were the features you found missing in Joy?

Nothing, the Joy app is great! It’s pretty high tech and helpful during the planning process!

At Joy we believe that although a wedding lasts one day, joy lasts forever. What does that mean to you and your husband?

Our wedding brought us so much joy! It really meant the world that so many people blessed us. Everyone brought the Aloha spirit and positive, loving vibes to our special day. It was such an incredible feeling! We will always carry on that same Aloha spirit within our marriage. When two people love each other like we do, there will always be joy!


Vendor Details

Venue: Charleston Yacht Club

“The Charleston Yacht Club is such a beautiful venue. It over looks the harbor and you can have your wedding indoor and outdoor. It’s located in downtown Charleston, so it’s convenient for guests who want to explore the charming city.”

Wedding Planner: Monica Vanderbeck
“This was Monica’s first wedding ever! She was studying at CofC and interning at Intrigue. She did an amazing job and we were so lucky to have her help!”

Photographer: Rachel Venter

“Rachel is so sweet! She spent the whole day with us, getting ready until the very end of the wedding. All of her pictures really capture the essence of our day. I couldn’t have asked for a better style. They were beautiful and real! I’m really glad she took our photos!”

Videographer: Cam-Mac Visuals

“Cam was seriously the best videographer! I was so excited to have him create our video. He is a true artist and his video really captured the day. It makes me tear up. The coloring is amazing! I highly recommend Cam for any wedding!”
Florist: Agnes Yetman

“Agnes is such an incredible woman! She decorated our whole entire wedding. Her floral arrangements made our venue look like a tropical paradise. She added so many special touches and spent so much time making sure everything was perfect! She is a one of kind wedding decorator. She’s very creative and knows weddings, which made me very comfortable. She’s fun to work with!”

Officiant: Michael Peter

“Michael Peter is such a nice human being! It was great how he let us structure our ceremony. I was able to pick out the music. We both wrote our own vows! He had a really lovely speech. The ceremony was great!”

Caterer: First Impressions

“The food was great southern food! Working with Angela is a dream. She is so nice and accommodating.”

Baker: Monica Vanderbeck

“She (our wedding planner) made our cake too! First Impressions also brought an Ice Cream bar.”

Dj: DJ Lonzo

“DJ Lonzo! Seriously so glad that we met! We had the best music throughout the day and he worked with me for months because I wanted to have the perfect playlist. I’m obsessed with music and he really brought the best vibes, personality, and sounds! I would highly recommend him! He’s not your average wedding DJ. He makes his own beats! He introduced me to Cam Mac who is not your average videographer either. These two guys are so cool to work with.”
Hair Stylist: Carrie McDole
“Carrie was great! She did all of my bridesmaids hair and mine too! The perfect mermaid hair!”

Makeup Artist: Danielle Lanigan

“Danielle did such a lovely job with my makeup! These two were very sweet. They came to my house to get everyone ready and looking beautiful!”
Dress Boutique: Renz Bridal

“This company is amazing! I sent them images of a dress that I loved and they made it. I barely needed any alterations and it looked exactly like the picture. Custom made dress!”

 Bridesmaid Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar

“I am obsessed with Plum Pretty Sugar. I wanted all the girls to have different floral pattern dresses and it turned out great! I didn’t want the traditional monochromatic dress. They really brightened up the environment! Everyone looked stunning!”

Registry: Blueprint Registry 

“This is a really cool concept. You can add blueprint as a bookmark and add anything to your registry from any website.”

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