Spotlights

Sweet & Sentimental Spins on the First Look Photo {George Street Photo}

We're so excited to welcome our friend Amanda, of George Street Photo, over to the blog today.  She's been kind enough to tackle the subject of  the 'First Look' and I'm positive you'll love it!  When we hear 'First Look', we immediately think of the Bride + Groom, but Amanda's giving us a Sweet & Sentimental Spin on the Emotional First Look Photo!  Enjoy! wedding first look

Your enduring ‘I do’s’, that emotional first dance...there’s no doubt your wedding day will be filled with unforgettable memories you’ll treasure forever. But the moment your closest family, friends and loved ones see you in that gorgeous gown for the first time? That’s a memory that’ll last forever...and one deserving of documentation!

Can’t help but swoon over this sweet ‘first’? Grab a box of tissues and take a seat for a few of our favorites twists on this timeless wedding tradition!

Memories with Mom: Personal hairstylist, counselor, best friend...your mother has been there for you in more ways than one, and has also played such an important role in making you who you are today! There’ll be nothing but smiles (and maybe a few happy tears!) when you meet up for the first time on your special day.

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Like Father, Like Daughter: There is no bond quite as sweet as the one between a father and his daughter. A daddy-daughter ‘first look’ can capture that relationship, and not only allow you to have alone time with your dad, but also capture his reaction to seeing you in your gown for the first time! Instant tearjerker!

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Round Up Your Girls: Chances are, your bridesmaids have always been there for you, way before you had that big, sparkly ring on your finger! They’ve also been there for you throughout all the planning and preparation leading up to the big day. And when you reveal your final look to them during bridal prep, their reaction is sure to be priceless!

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The Man of the Hour: Finally, that first look surprise you’ve been waiting for since you were a little girl! The moment you and your beau lock eyes for the first time on your wedding day is sure to cause a few fireworks. Whether you meet up privately or wait for that walk down the aisle, you’ll always remember the anticipation and sweet relief you felt in that moment. Above all, it’s what makes everything — from the nervous first dates to the months of wedding planning — worthwhile.

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Amanda Liberatore is the mastermind behind George Street Photo & Video’s blog and social media resources. When she’s not scouring the Internet for the latest wedding tips, trends and adorable details, she’s shopping at Kate Spade or poring over her favorite fashion blogs!

Blogger Spotlight: Sara Burnett of Burnett's Boards

Today, we're kicking off a new series that I'm super excited to share with you.  Over the next few months, we'll be highlighting some of my favorite wedding bloggers to hear how they got their start and what keeps their creative juices flowing, so they can continue to inspire all of us day-after-day.  First up, is my favorite Hawaiian lady, the lovely Mrs. Sara Burnett of Burnett's Boards... Burnett's Boards

Name: Sara Burnett

Blog: Burnett's Boards

Year that Burnett’s Boards started: 2012

Hometown: currently in Honolulu but have lived all over the US & in the UK

College/Major: I had two: Russian & Political Science at Rice University

Tell us a little bit about yourself…and by a little, we mean a lot! I'm a crazy cat lady with a passion for weddings and traveling the Pacific Islands! I devour books like there's no tomorrow and enjoy my daily swims.

Give us a little background on how Burnett’s Boards came to life: It was a total fluke. I started in a whim while I was teaching mostly because I had discovered Pinterest, fell in love with it, and decided that wedding inspiration boards were the greatest things ever. It took 6 months but it blew up one day - like from me and my mom looking at to a post that went viral at the end of 2012 so I kept nursing it - learned about self-hosting, and set up a proper blog. Now it's my full-time job.

What has been your proudest accomplishment since launching Burnett’s Boards?  Bringing new clients and fans to the creatives who I've featured. That always makes my day when I hear that from them. Also - working on inspiration shoots. It's such a great experience and I love seeing wedding pros in action!

Your Top Five Favorite Posts from Burnett’s Boards:

  1. Banana Grove Shoot

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  2.  Orchid Veil Bridals 

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  3.  Abandoned Mansion Inspiration Shoot with flower-filled piano

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  4. Ethereal bridal Shootfrom Russia

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  5. and of course THIS shoot that I modeled in with my husband & our friends

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What blogs provide you daily inspiration to keep your creative juices flowing (non-wedding related)? Most of the blog reading I do is for blogging: Pro Blogger, Copy Blogger, Digi Day, and Nubby Twiglet

What is the one tip you wish you could tell every bride as she plans her big day? Hire a wedding planner. They are the best investment ever and they're worth their weight in gold. No matter how big or small your wedding is, you should enjoy the process and the day and a wedding planner ensures that this happens.

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One crazy fun fact we wouldn’t know about you: My cat Oliver has a little closet full of clothes & I dress him up - a lot. He loves it.

In three words, sum up your own personal style: Pointy Toe Pumps

Top Five All-time favorite TV Shows:

  1. Battlestar Galactica
  2. Sex and the City
  3. VEEP
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. Survivor

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It’s Friday and you just cashed your paycheck what’s your first splurge? Food + Wine

Favorite Item of Clothing: Jean Jacket

If you were a major league baseball player, what would be your ‘at-bat’ song? Any current Eastern European dance anthem.

Favorite summer beverage: Gin & Tonic

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Current favorite color combo obsession: anything monochromatic and entirely neutral

Most Inspiring Quote: Honestly I have no idea - I can never remember them!

Must have wedding detail: a big smile!

What is your advice to newlyweds for a successful marriage? Purchase or rent a home with two sinks in the master bathroom!

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Dying to see more of Burnett's Boards?

Check out Sara's daily dose inspiration on Twitter - Facebook - Pinterest

 

Priscilla Thomas Photography {Spotlight}

It’s about time we introduced you to our friend and Charleston wedding photographer, Priscilla, of Priscilla Thomas Photography.  Time and time again, Priscilla delivers beautiful imagery to Lowcountry brides but she always goes a step further to truly create a memorable experience for the Bride and Groom.  She says, “If you just want a pretty picture, then we may not be a fit. But if you want an experience, a visual story crafted with your unique moments, then let me grab my camera and we can see where the journey takes us…” Um, yes please!  We are so proud to have her as part of the A Lowcountry Wedding family and are excited to share her story with all of you today! Give a big ol’ welcome to Priscilla Thomas Photography

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself…and by a little, we mean a lot :)

  • I was born on a U.S. Air Force base in Keflavik, Iceland, to parents native to Mississippi and Louisiana. My early childhood was spent in Alamogordo, NM, before my family returned to some southern comfort in Charleston, SC.
  • Photography has been a part of my life since adolescence when I worked on the school newspaper and yearbook. During college, I contributed editorial op-ed pieces to The George Street Observer at the College of Charleston and continued to embrace photographic ventures. After college, I started freelancing in photography and writing in Charleston, SC.
  • My passion for photography, visual storytelling, and culture has also fueled a love of travel. Since my junior year in college, I’ve traveled to India, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Germany, and Jordan.
  • I received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Charleston. Recently, I completed the coursework for a M.A. in Visual Communication with a concentration in Photojournalism and cognate in Multimedia at one of the top programs in the nation at Ohio University.
  • When I’m not photographing, I enjoy reading, short story writing, and such guilty pleasure as This American Life, Samoa Girl Scout Cookies, and indie films. 

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Hometown...

My childhood was spent in two places. Alamogordo, NM and Charleston, SC.  

 

College/Major...

College of Charleston/B.A. in Religious Studies

Ohio University/M.A. in Visual Communication with a concentration in Photojournalism (still have to defend a master's project...maybe in 2014?)

 

One crazy fun fact we wouldn't know about you...

I was born in Iceland...and still loathe snow nonetheless.  

 

Give us a little background on how your business came to life...

The business definitely wasn't planned. After graduating from College of Charleston in 2007, I had originally planned to go abroad and teach English. But like a lot of things in life, the plan changed. Instead of traveling, I found myself working full time in an accounting office. Though I enjoyed my coworkers and was fortunate to have great bosses, that professional field just wasn't for me. I considered it cubicle servitude and couldn't imagine doing that for forty years. What eventually led me to photography was going back to my media roots. In high school, I had been on the yearbook and newspaper staffs. During college, I contributed a few op-ed pieces to the George Street Observer. So, I wanted to go back that field, but I wanted to give proper attention to the photos as well. Usually the photographs were just afterthoughts or something to go with the words. But I always love a great story, and a visual one can be more captivating than a 10,000 word novel. So, in 2008 I picked up a camera with a new purpose. It wasn't going to be a mere hobby anymore. I started seeing my mentor, Mikayla Mackaness, and photographing every chance I could. In 2010, I found myself moving to Athens, Ohio, to attend a graduate program in visual communication for photojournalism at Ohio University. And then last June, I moved back to Charleston. I honestly don't consider what I do a business. It's a service. It's a privilege. To be chosen to document a moment in someone's life, whether it's a wedding or just daily life, is an honor and a great responsibility that I do not take lightly. The business stuff just comes with making this a career, but the people I meet and telling visual stories is the reason I stay in this business. 

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What is the one tip you wish you could tell every bride?

I can only tell one?! I'm working on a welcome packet to tell them a lot of tips! I think one of the most important tips is to never forget what your wedding day is about - the love each of you have for one another. Planning a wedding can definitely be overwhelming. And I think in some ways social media has amplified that. Brides are inundated with wedding related information - example: Pinterest. So don't get too wrapped up in the burlap runners and coral stained ribbon. Plan a wedding that reflects your fiance and you and focus on enjoying your special day. 

 

How can a bride come prepared to her first appointment with you?

The first appointment is really where we determine if we're a good fit. Out of all the wedding vendors, brides need to be most comfortable with their photographer. This is because the photographer is with you the majority of the day. If a bride isn't relaxed around the photographer then it will show in the images. So, the first purpose of the initial meeting is to get to know each other a little better. The other reason is to discuss what they're envisioning for wedding photography. I always like to discuss photo ideas for the wedding and I also make sure that the bride understands my style and aesthetic approach. It's up to the couple to decide if my style and personality is a fit for them. As for being prepared, I think the most difficult part for a bride is determining the style of photography she likes and being able to distinguish styles in wedding photographs. Looking at wedding photos and finding images she likes is a step in the right direction. However, often times it takes a consultation with a photographer to help a couple figure out which style best suits them and their wedding. 

 

In three words, sum up your style...

Candid & stylized portraiture 

 

Favorite wedding image you've ever snapped.

There's one per wedding. This would take too long to tell you about all of them. ;)

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What blogs provide you daily inspiration to keep your creative juices flowing (non-wedding related)

Since I come from a photojournalism background, I often look at blogs in that field. New York Time's Lens Blog is excellent. Time's Lightbox. I also enjoy the Image Deconstructed which interviews photographers on how they captured a particular photograph. To hear the photographer's voice, which often times never accompanies the picture, offers greater insight in the photography process as well as what photographers internalize from the people they meet and the experiences they have when image making. 

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Top Five All-time favorite TV Shows…

This is a tough question...

1. Arrested Development

2. Fringe

3. Saved by the Bell 

4. Chopped

5. American Dad

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What the most rewarding thing about your line of work?

Knowing that I'm also a visual historian. That I'm photographing fleeting moments of life and preserving that for people to have and to share with others for years to come. 

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It’s Friday and you just cashed your paycheck….what’s your first splurge?

A nap. Chased with putting 20% away for tax accrual and then internet window shopping on BH Photo Video's website.  

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Favorite Item of Clothing...

Tie: pajamas and flip flops

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If you were a major league baseball player, what would be your ‘at-bat’ song?

Cliche, but "Eye of the Tiger."  

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Favorite Summer beverage...

Water, but sometimes a rum and Coke will have to do.  

 

Current favorite color palette...

Right now I'm all about a smokey purple.  

 

Favorite Quote...

"You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you." - Isadora Duncan

 

Must have Lowcountry wedding detail….

I'm partial to a mason jar filled with sweet tea, but if need be, I'll settle for some poured in a Dixie Cup.  

 

 Need some more Priscilla Thomas Photography in life?  We thought so....

twitter: @priscaphoto
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Charleston Wedding Planner {Pure Luxe Bride}

If you are tying the knot in the Lowcountry and haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Charleston wedding planner Francesca of Pure Luxe Bride, then I’m about to do you a big favor.  Francesca’s well-rounded background in the hospitality industry ranges from marketing and catering, to full-on event design, so to say she’s the missing piece in your Southern wedding bash is an understatement.  Not only is she a joy to be around, but I’ve always been super impressed with her drive, creativity and ability to execute all her bride’s dreams!  So, y’all say hi to Francesca and check out the Pure Luxe Bride gallery on ALW... charleston wedding planner

Hometown:

Williamsport, PA 

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College/Major:

St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA Marketing

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Tell us a little bit about yourself…and by a little, we mean a lot :)

  • I' m obsessed with my dogs, Paris and Ginger.
  • I' m high energy all the time, spinning class is my relief at the end of a busy day! 
  • I also love going to the beach when I have time. 
  • I drink coffee on occasion but I usually steer away from caffeine. 
  • I' m a food brat, partly from my upbringing since my Dad was a chef. I enjoy cooking myself, especially Italian. 
  • I'm fortunate enough to have become friends with most of my clients. 
  • I change my hair like a chameleon! I just went blonde :)
  • I love to travel! Justin and I travel at least once a year to somewhere warm and tropical. 
  • I would take a block of cheese any day over desert. 
  • Best concert I have ever been to was Journey! However, my pandora is always set to Maroon 5 in my office! It is sacrilegious not to listen to Maroon 5 at least once a day. 

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One crazy fun fact we wouldn't know about you...

You can find love anywhere, Justin and I met at a Dunkin Donuts! 

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Give us a little background on how your business came to life...

I was born and raised in the hospitality industry so it has always been in my blood, although my degree and background is in marketing. I was born and raised in hospitality but never thought I would work in the industry myself. I started the business for fun, and it evolved when I moved to Charleston. What a perfect spot for this industry! 

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What is the one tip you wish you could tell every bride?

Do the First Look! It's worth it in so many ways!

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Current favorite color palette?

Coral, Turquoise and Gold

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How can a bride come prepared to her first appointment with you?

Budget is key. Once we have a budget we can talk style and vision, but budget will help us match you with the vendors that fit best!

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In three words, sum up your style...

glam. girly. romantic

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It’s Friday and you just cashed your paycheck….what’s your first splurge?

Mani & Pedi or Massage

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Favorite wedding detail you've ever designed?

There isn't one specific detail, but I do love patterns. I like to pull a pattern from somewhere and incorporate it into several different elements. I like to keep things consistent, but not too matchy.  

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What blogs provide you daily inspiration to keep your creative juices flowing (non-wedding related)

We pull sources of inspiration from everywhere, whether it is walking through Lowe's, Target, or downtown Charleston. I often think of creative ideas when I' m not in front of my computer. 

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What the most rewarding thing about your line of work?

Seeing a brides face light up when she walks into her reception for the first time

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Top Five All-time favorite TV Shows…

  1. Revenge
  2. Scandal
  3. Lie to Me
  4. Iron Chef
  5. Any of the Real Housewives...

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If you were a major league baseball player, what would be your ‘at-bat’ song?

Anything Maroon 5

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Favorite Summer beverage...

East Side (it's a Mojito with Gin instead of Rum. Super yum!)

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Favorite Quote...

"If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"

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Must have Lowcountry wedding detail….

Monogram- it must be somewhere at least once at every wedding :)

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 You can contact Pure Luxe Bride via:

Email: francesca@pureluxebride.com

Phone: 843.412.2495

www.pureluxebride.com

 

 

 

 

 

Charleston Wedding Vendors {Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography}

Today, we're shining the spotlight on our wonderful friend and A Lowcountry Wedding Vendor, Dana of Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography!  Dana is an amazing photographer who is based in Charleston, South Carolina but is always down for a destination wedding!  When she's not photographing beautiful Lowcountry couples, you'll probably find Dana hanging out with her husband and her 3 pups.  Fun facts: She's slightly addicted to Diet Mountain Dew, Taco Boy and Starbucks...so much so, that she was recently upgraded to a Starbucks Gold Card.  Girlfriend likes her caffeine!  So sit back, and take a minute to meet the our friend and wonderful Charleston wedding vendor, the  fabulous Dana Cubbage!  Please excuse the excessive use of exclamation points.   I just think she's really awesome :)charleston weddings

Tell us a little bit about yourself…and by a little, we mean a lot :)  

I was born in New York and raised in Maryland, but my heart belongs to South Carolina.  After spending 6+ years in finance, I rediscovered this love for photography and decided to try and fulfill my dream of building my own business + finally doing something I absolutely love for a living.  And wow – 2 years into it, I can finally say I'm living the dream!  I started out specializing in pet photography, which is something I still do + love.  I've always had a special connection with pets, especially dogs, so that was a natural fit for me.  While volunteering at my local animal shelter in Baltimore, I met another photographer who specialized in weddings.  We became good friends through volunteering and so I asked her if I could tag along and help out with some of her weddings.  She said yes and I fell in love with it.  That was in the fall of 2011.  We moved to Charleston in January 2012 and I spent all of 2012 second shooting with some amazing photographers here in Charleston, learning the business + sharpening my technical skills.  After booking pretty much every weekend, I thought to myself "maybe I could do this full-time and quit my day job" (which I hated).  So I gave myself a deadline – by August 1, I would have a website up and I'd start marketing myself.  Well, as luck would have it, I was laid off from my full-time job on July 31 and so I was pushed into life as a full-time photographer.  But it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  Since then, I've been working hard to build my wedding photography business and it's been amazing.  I think back to my life a year ago and still can't believe how much has happened and how incredibly lucky I am to finally be doing something I absolutely love for a living.

I'm married to my best friend, Brian, and we have 3 dogs – two Golden Retrievers named Camden + Brady, and a small lab-pit bull mix named Beckham.  I love to read, travel + eat… but not necessarily in that order.  I love reality TV, Starbucks, and anything that sparkles.

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Hometown:  

Fallston, Maryland

College/Major:

Gettysburg College – BA in Business Management; Mount Saint Mary's University - MBA

One crazy fun fact we wouldn't know about you... 

I have been involved with animal rescue for years and I've fostered several Golden Retrievers and 3 pit bulls for local rescues + shelters. Someday, I hope to start a pit bull rescue here in the Charleston area.

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Top Five All-time favorite TV Shows…

  1. Friends (hands down, my favorite TV show EVER)
  2. Grey's Anatomy
  3. Real Housewives
  4. Modern Family
  5. Friday Night Lights

Give us a little background on how your business came to life...

I've always loved photography.  I can remember using my parent's film Minolta when I was young and I just LOVED taking photos of anything… but especially of my pets.  When my parents got me my own camera one year for my birthday, I was in love.  I took a camera with me everywhere and I still have boxes of prints + albums from my childhood.  I just can't bear to get rid of them!  When I bought my first DSLR camera in 2010, something clicked.  I had always loved photography – capturing moments – but the DSLR allowed me to create art.  I loved that!!  So I dove into it, learning how to shoot manually and taking in as much information as possible.  I started my pet photography business in early 2011 and my wedding photography business in August 2012.  It's been an amazing couple of years!

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What is the one tip you wish you could tell every bride?

When you're looking for a wedding photographer, make sure whoever you book makes you feel confident and comfortable.  Feeling at ease with your photographer will only enhance your images in the end.

How can a bride come prepared to her first appointment with you?

I love when my brides come to me with ideas.  Although I rely on my own creativity, it's always great when brides are vocal about what inspires them and what exactly they love about my work, so that I can focus on providing them with great images that they will be over-the-moon excited about.  I guess I really like brides who aren't afraid to speak up and let me know what they are really looking for when they hire me.  It helps ensure that we're both on the same page and that we are the right fit for each other.

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Favorite Item of Clothing:

Probably my grey J Crew sweatpants :)

 

Favorite Summer beverage:

Sweetened Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks… yum!

 

In three words, sum up your style... 

Fun, fresh, editorial

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Favorite wedding image you've ever snapped.

There are so many wonderful images, it's hard to choose just one!  Right now, it's a tie between Becca + Jay's portrait on the beach (below) and Stephanie + Jason's portrait on the beach (first image).  I just love the light in the first one and the cool tree in the second one :)  Both of them are on the homepage of my website.  That's where most of my recent favorites live!

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It’s Friday and you just cashed your paycheck….what’s your first splurge?

I'm pretty good at saving money and sticking to my budget, but every once in a while, I have to hit up the J Crew outlet for some new clothes :)

 

What blogs provide you daily inspiration to keep your creative juices flowing (non-wedding related) ?

I follow a lot of designers on Facebook that keep me inspired – Promise Tangeman, Ravyn Stadick, Jennifer Olmstead.  Most of the blogs I read are wedding related or pet photography related.  I gain my inspiration from real life and things around me.  When I'm out and about, I'm constantly inspired by light, architecture, textures, colors + unique locations.  I am always on the look out and thinking of new things I could bring to my work.

What the most rewarding thing about your line of work?

Being a part of my clients' wedding day is so rewarding.  Becoming friends with them throughout the process is amazing and something I cherish.  Sharing + capturing their joy and their love is indescribable.  I'm so blessed.

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If you were a major league baseball player, what would be your ‘at-bat’ song?

Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5… that song always makes me want to dance!

Must have Lowcountry wedding detail….

Antique furniture rentals (think 428 Main Vintage Rentals… one of my faves) and lush Southern florals… the perfect combo!

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Current favorite color palette:

I've always liked a muted color palette – muted greys, blues, greens, etc.  I'm also loving champagne-colored sparkles right now :)

Favorite Quote:

"In a world of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more"

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Charleston Wedding Vendor {Brackish Bow Ties}

A few weeks ago, I made my way to Charleston Fashion Week's Spring Bridal Show, which was, as I’m sure you could guess, over-the-top and fabulous.  Not only were the gowns amazing, but upon arrival, I was greeted by a group of talented Charleston wedding vendors, one of my personal favorites were the boys of Brackish Bow Ties! hilton head weddings

These two gents, Jeff + Ben, are the brains behind Brackish Bow Ties.  When Ben was tying the knot, he designed the first turkey feather bow ties for his groomsmen to sport on his wedding day.  Naturally, they were a huge success!

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brackish bow ties

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, these Lowcountry beauties are perfect for the Southern outdoorsman in your life.  The crew at Brackish Bow Ties handpicks each and every feather, so no two bow ties are exactly alike.

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The craftsman ship doesn't stop at the tie itself, each work-of-art comes wrapped in burlap in its very own hand-branded wooden storage box to make preservation easy.

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Currently, you have your choice of 4 different styles,

but more are being dreamed up everyday!

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You can touch base with these Southern gentleman at:

email: info@brackishbowties.com

phone : 843.276.0075

web: www.brackishbowties.com

 

 

 

Southern Weddings {Haymarket Designs}

I recently ran across Haymarket Designs on Pinterest and instantly fell madly, deeply in love!  With their preppy style and fresh modern edge, Haymarket Designs can provide that extra touch of Southern flair to any of your Lowcountry wedding events.  They've got an adorable variety of koozies that would be a perfect addition for a couple's shower or a lively bachelorette weekend at the beach.  Better yet, having a hard time picking out bridesmaids gifts?  I know some of my gals would have gone bananas over those precious wine totes...just sayin!  My favorite part, you can customize every item by selecting the design, color and font of your choice. P.S.  I know it's Wednesday morning, but tell me this doesn't make you want a Corona?!

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Sewee Preserve {Charleston Wedding Venue}

Ladies, we’ve got another new, Lowcountry venue on our hands, so let's get started gawking over it's coastal charm!  The Sewee Preserve opened its doors this year and is already booking weddings for 2012 and beyond.  Located just outside of Charleston, in Awendaw, South Carolina, this breathtaking wedding venue consists of a 500-acre conservation development dedicated to preserving the serenity and natural beauty of our beloved Lowcountry…so you know what that means, gorgeous saltwater marshes, jaw-dropping Oak trees and that soft, coastal breeze that we've come to love at a Charleston wedding.

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The property offers an array of ceremony and receptions options that will be available to you from 10am until midnight on the day of your event.  It includes 1,000 square feet of covered area, an over-sized brick fireplace, Southern-style porches, bocce ball court and horseshoe pit and a 50-acre freshwater lake with dock.  Sounds like heaven, right?  Well lucky for us, Virgil Bunao Photography and Ooh! Events teamed up to show us what the Sewee Preserve's all about (and Lord knows we love when these two talents collaborate!) So, check out this fabulous, new Charleston wedding venue…

 

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Hilton Head Wedding Venue {Shipyard Beach Club}

We're going to bid adieu to this fabulous Lowcountry week by spotlighting a gorgeous, beachfront wedding venue on Hilton Head Island.  Thanks to it's picturesque views, The Shipyard Beach Club is the Island's most-sought-after oceanside venue that is ideal for brides who are hoping for an outdoor ceremony with the sand and the sea in the background. Charleston weddings blog, Hilton head wedding venues, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, landon Jacob productions, shipyard beach club

 

Couples can choose to have their ceremonies on the beach with the toes in the sand or on the elevated deck overlooking the water.  Both options offer fantastic views of the Atlantic with that great coastal breeze!

 

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The recently renovated dining room and spacious lounge will provide your guests with a serene Lowcountry evening.

 

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The Rental fee is $2000 and it covers the cost of the venue with existing tables and chairs.   To reserve The Shipyard Beach Club for your wedding reception, contact preferred cater Celebrations to assist you in securing a sponsorship for this stunning oceanfront location.

 

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If you're looking for a Hilton Head venue that features the sand and surf with a classic Lowcountry feel, contact The Shipyard Beach Club for all your wedding day needs!

 

Shipyard Beach Club

10 Shipyard Drive

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

843.842.3507

 

 

Hibernian Hall Wedding {Erin + Brian}

Two years ago, I said 'I do' to this guy....

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So, I figured, what better way to celebrate our anniversary, then to share our gorgeous Charleston wedding day with images from Jack Whitsitt!  The ladies kicked off the day with hair and make up at Elysium Salon before returning to the beautiful Meeting Street Inn to get all dolled up.  The bridesmaids wore strapless, knee-length LulaKate dresses in a summery, apple green color.  The boys spent the morning at the Francis Marion Hotel where they were dressed in classic, black tuxedos complete with bow ties, while they waited for an Absolutely Charleston trolley to transport them to the Citadel campus for pre-ceremony pics!  A bagpiper escorted the bridal party down the aisle at the Summerall Chapel to begin our traditional, Catholic ceremony.  After our 'I do's', we headed to the historic Hibernian Hall for an amazing evening of celebrating with our friends and family!  Cru Catering served a smorgasbord of Lowcountry cuisine including shrimp and grits (which people are still raving about!), the Travis Allison Band kept everyone up and moving all night long, and for a late night snack, Brian treated our guests to McDonald's double cheeseburgers!  If we could do it over again, we would in a heartbeat...easily, the best night of our lives :)  Emma, sorry for the dancing pic - I just had to do it!

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