Monday, May 4, 2009

Giesy-Dexter Wedding

Bride's Name: Rhea Giesy
Groom's Name: Brad Dexter
Wedding Date: June 23, 2006
City of Wedding: Charleston

Story: I met Brad, a native of Kingston, Ontario, in Charleston while he was still playing hockey for the South Carolina Stingrays in 2001. At that time I had lived in Charleston since starting the College of Charleston in 1997 (I am a Virginia native) and was working in the arts community. Brad and I moved abroad so that he could continue his hockey career in Denmark, and, later, in Victoria, British Columbia. We got engaged over the 2005 Christmas holiday and decided the wedding had to be in back in the town where we first met.

The entire event took place at The Historic Rice Mill Building, on the Ashley River. I wore my mother’s wedding dress from her wedding in 1966. We had it altered into my dream dress – a halter-style bodice with an A-line skirt. Three of my five bridesmaids live in Charleston – Kenton Barham, Georgia Crawford Nettles and my sister, Rachel Giesy Chesser. One of Brad’s attendants, Dave Seitz, is a former Stingray and a Charlestonian. The officiant was a dear family friend, Glen Langston.

We wanted the reception to a fun party! Black Eyed Susan was our band; our friends and family danced all night! We had a cigar bar on the patio and all sorts of surprising people were found with stogies out there, even my dad! Our wedding decorations had a slightly Asian theme and our colors were chocolate and turquoise with hints of red. Flowers for the ceremony were calla lilies and the reception flowers were an assorted of orchids; by David Singleton. We had a sushi station (our favorite) and lots of Lowcountry goodies. At the end of the night, a rickshaw swept us away to our honeymoon suite at the Meeting Street Suites, although we put on our dancing shoes and joined our wedding guests at Club Trio. Kevin Harrison, a friend and local artist, photographed the entire day of events including the post party.

Submitted by Rhea Giesy Dexter
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