Kiawah is a barrier island on the Atlantic coast located 25 miles from the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Kiawah was named for the Kiawah Indians who were led by their head chieftain or cassique. In the year 1670, the cassique of the Kiawah led English colonists to settle at Charlestowne Landing. Alternative spellings and variants of the name Kiawah include "Kiawa", "Kittiwar" as in DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy, and "Kittiwah" in George Gershwin’s folk opera Porgy and Bess. Today, Kiawah is mostly a gated beach and golf resort, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. It boasts spacious villas, beaches, large and acclaimed golf courses, and other attractions like delicious dining.
The spot that Matthew settled on for his proposal to Cassandra was just outside the oceanfront Ryder Cup Bar on the 18th green of the famed Ocean Course right around sunset! The Ocean Course was the home of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 1997 World Cup Of Golf, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship, and the 2012 PGA Championship, becoming only the fourth golf course in history to host each of the PGA of America's men's major championships. The course is also featured in the 2000 movie The Legend of Bagger Vance, starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron.
The images from their proposal and session on the Ocean Course's 18th green are romantic and dreamy. :-) And if you enjoy the images in the gallery, check out another one of our couple’s Kiawah Island proposal!