For centuries, knowledge of boating knots and nautical knots has abounded in Georgetown, but after Sunday’s wedding showcase at the Kaminski House Museum and grounds, nuptial knots might be added to the list.
Under a lighted banquet tent and a perfect afternoon sky, area caterers, photographers, bakers, florists, makeup artists and event specialists welcomed over 50 betrothed couples and hundreds of their family members, treating many to gift bags, cake samples, macaroons, sweets, magazines and more as they explored the many possibilities that Georgetown offers for both the wedding ceremony and the reception.
From the front porch of the Kaminski House, Pawleys Island performing artist Doug Fankhauser, opened with live music including “Here Comes the Sun” for the event and continued as more and more guests arrived and milled about the house and grounds. He was later followed by local personality DJ Buff and Gator 107.9 announcer Jeff Benton.
Inside the Kaminski House, historians and fashion-lovers were treated to a display of wedding couture from the past hundred years including the Edwardian and Jazz Age. The collection belongs to Melissa Levey, formerly of Niagara Falls and New York City, who has lived in Georgetown for bout ten years. “I’ve done Christmas, evening gowns and cocktail dresses. I have thousands of pieces,” said Levey who will be featuring a 1920s exhibit at the Waccamaw Library in March and April.
Volunteers from the Kaminski House Museum were also on hand to help guide guests and sell museum souvenirs. Assistant Director Kim Leatherwood pointed out the perfection of the scenery, the climate and location. “If you’re getting married or know of someone getting married,” she said. “We would love to show you our venues. We have businesses that have been really supportive of brides. It’s just a great place for a destination wedding. We love happy, happy brides.”
One such happy bride was 23-year-old Olivia Battaglino who was enjoying the nice weather with her mother, Michelle. “We are getting ideas for my daughter Olivia’s wedding,” said Michelle. “She’s here to write the check,” countered her daughter who already bought her dress online, then drove six hours to pick it up. “I’m the check-writer and driver,” joked Michelle. The two were in search of cake ideas for Olivia’s December wedding.
Myrtle Beach Speech Therapist Michelle Hrycenkl, 33, also arrived with her mother. “I just got engaged and I’m excited,” said the bride-to-be. “Looking forward to trying on some dresses,” she added, explaining that she will opt for a traditional style and ceremony. “She’s beautiful in and out,” her mother remarked of her daughter’s choices.
Bride Megan McDonnough and fiancé Daniel Brigman drove in from Columbia and stopped for lunch at Root before seeing what the area and the event had in store for them as they plan their wedding. “I was looking at venues on The Knot and I saw where they were having a showcase coming up in February and I thought, that’s perfect because we haven’t planned anything yet,” said the bride who is with the South Carolina State Museum. “We’re thinking April next year,” said Brigman who is in law enforcement.
After the door prizes winners were announced, two engaged teachers, Britni Cavalieri and Matthew Fox of Myrtle Beach, were awarded the $5,000 wedding prize package. “Essentially, they solicit ten stories. Different couples submit a summary of their love story, their proposal, how they met, things like that. I actually wrote it myself,” said Fox who teaches Social Studies at St. James High School. “We’re actually getting married at the Kaminski house so this will be very helpful,” said Britni who teaches science at Myrtle Beach Middle School and coaches LaCrosse.
The Indigo Blue Events fashion show followed, featuring wedding gowns from The Dressing Room Bridal Boutique in Pawleys Island. Bridal models and remaining guests were treated to a Trolley Tour Ride through historic Georgetown and an open house at Baxter’s Brewhouse Inn.