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Explore Charleston, South Carolina

S etting matters.  When Nate proposed, I’d survived a gut-wrenching season of loss and needed this happily-ever-after moment to be extra special.

I’m so thankful to the important people who loved us so well. They trekked all over the globe to celebrate with us in Charleston, South Carolina.

Our story was simply a girl and a boy.  A friend was called and a cake was made; a home generously opened;  sister’s cooked up a storm; a friend sang a song and a parent even got ordained for the occasion.

It wasn’t magic. It was His people celebrating new life.  The generosity of loved ones and strangers all captured in the gorgeous setting that is Charleston.

Reasons to love Charleston:

  • It’s Got Culture – Historical vistas, sailors in starched whites and college kids give this city accessible food, flavor and night life for every speed and budget.
  • It’s Got a Beach – Read a book, try a sea Kayak adventure, ride a bike, go for a walk. Everything’s better by the ocean.
  • Go Low or Gullah- Low Country cuisine of Gullah fair (Gullah culture is derived from the West African descendants of slaves that entered the port of Charleston.)  Great sea food, rice, grits and killer cocktails make tasting Charleston a worthwhile experience.
Charleston is the perfect setting for a romantic adventure.  It’s soulful with just the right touch of laid-back luxury, beach, history and in our case deep African heritage that can be found in it’s flavors and hospitality.

We were married in the beautiful St. Luke’s Chapel and housed our guests at Wild Dunes Resort   Need a honey moon destination? Check out Tybee Island, off the coast of Savannah, Georgia.

Need another reason to explore Charleston? Don’t take my word for it.

Sean Brock’s African Culinary Adventure

“Acclaimed Charleston chef Jeremiah Bacon agrees that Gullah cuisine is “very embedded” into the Charleston dining ecosystem. At his restaurant the Macintosh, Bacon serves up local seafood specialties like triggerfish and tilefish, and cooks with Anson Mills Carolina gold rice grits.” HOW GULLAH CUISINE HAS TRANSFORMED CHARLESTON DINING – EATER MAGAZINE

36 Hours in Charleston by the NY Times.

Travel and Leisure Charleston Guide 

25 Reasons We Love Charleston-Budget Travel

Your Guide to Tracking Down the Best Gullah Eats – Charleston City Paper

Best Restaurants in Charleston – Food and Wine

 

Someday I’ll have Minga tell you about cooking an authentic, African feast in Southern-style with the help of a couple of friends. I still can’t thank her enough, but that’s another story. . .

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Ndjerareou means 'he who builds the road in Ngambai, Nate's tribal language spoken in Chad, Africa.

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