The last person Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson expected to meet at Jay Z and Kanye's launch party for Watch the Throne in 2011 was her future husband. "Someone bumped into me on the dance floor," says Lindsay. "I turned around and saw tall, dark, and handsome." That someone was Sean Clayton, and after the pair ran into one another again the next day, they knew it was meant to be.
Two years later, Sean proposed near his family's home on Thanksgiving morning. "A storm had just passed through, and there were two feet of snow on the ground," Lindsay remembers. "We went for a walk and got to a little wooden pavilion where his parents had carved their initials when they were in high school. I looked up and saw 'Lindsay will you marry me?' written in chalk!" The couple planned a wedding down south at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. "Sean and I love it there," says Lindsay. "The first time we ever talked about getting married was during a trip there, so it was only fitting that we go back for our wedding."
Keep reading to see all of the rosy-hued details, photographed by Perry Vaile.
The cream-and-gold invitation featured the couple's ornate monogram and a soft pink belly-band, created by Emily McCarthy.
The bride chose rose gold Jimmy Choo sandals — to match her engagement ring, of course! Inside the strap of her dress, she wore a blue pin that belonged to her late grandmother. She carried a bouquet of sweet pea and lily of the valley. "I wanted something really classic, and every picture I pinned on Pinterest had them," says Lindsay. "My florist said we were breaking every rule by using them in July, but she got them for me anyway!"
Having spent enough time on the catwalk to know what she likes, Lindsay commissioned a wedding gown by French designer Sophie Theallet for her July 12, 2014, nuptials. "It's so special to wear a gown no one else will have," she says of the silk-and-lace dress. "Sophie knows how to make a woman feel beautiful." Her favorite detail was the crisscrossed open back. Instead of a veil, the dress included fabric and ribbon draping from the shoulder, creating a veil-like effect.
Lindsay's bridesmaids were her two sisters, who wore pale pink wrap dresses to complement the color scheme.
Sean and his groomsmen looked sharp in classic black tuxedos. The groom's was a timeless Tom Ford design.
"The chapel is so beautiful on it's own, so we didn't want to add too much," says the bride. The aisle was simply lined with blush and white rose petals.
At 6 p.m., the bells rang and Lindsay headed to the chapel for the ceremony. "Sean and I locked eyes as I walked down the aisle," says Lindsay. "It felt like we were the only ones there."
The couple's signature cocktail matched the color scheme, as well. Guests sipped on smoked strawberry margaritas, served with gold sugar rims.
The blush-and-gold reception featured soft pink linens, sequined runners, gold chairs, and lush arrangements of roses and hydrangeas.
The couple served not one, but two, cakes. The bride's cake was a pale pink confection of almond frangipane and white cake with key lime curd. The groom's cake, designed to mimic his tuxedo, was rum-soaked Bananas Foster, topped with a dog inspired by the bride and groom's pup, Carly.
A sparkler exit led Lindsay, Sean, and their guests to Palmetto Bluff's fire pits, where late-night s'mores and dancing awaited. "We partied all night with our friends and family," says the bride. "It was the best day of my life!"
Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Palmetto Bluff || Reception Venue: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort || Wedding Planner: Ashley Rhodes of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort || Bride's Wedding Dress: Sophie Theallet || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Accessories: Wendy Nichol, Kwiat || Hair: Dominick Pucciarello || Makeup: Meredith Baraf || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August || Groom's Attire: Tom Ford || Groom's Wedding Band: Van Cleef & Arpels || Floral Design: em creative floral || Invitations & Paper Goods: Emily McCarthy || Music: ceremony - Hilton Head Entertainment, reception - Epic Charleston || Catering: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort || Cake: Signe's Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe || Rentals: Snyder Rental, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Favors: Corey Alston Gulla Sweetgrass Baskets, Emily McCarthy || Videography: Life in Rewind || Photography: Perry Vaile