Glamorous McLeod Plantation wedding inspiration in Charleston, South Carolina with a deep blue, pink and gold color palette by Ava Moore Photography
Amber + Andrew were married on a lovely September day at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Amber prepped with her bridesmaids at The Southern Oaks House where Stox & Co. was in charge of the day's glam services. Her girls suited up in long, neutral dresses from Jo-Lin's Bridal while Amber wore an Essense of Australia gown from Gown Boutique of Charleston. The couple exchanged vows in a traditional ceremony at Belin Methodist Church then hitched a trolley ride with their bridal party to Wachesaw Plantation. Elle Courtney Events designed a lovely Lowcountry celebration featuring personal touches and an outdoor cocktail hour. Kings Florist created soft centerpieces of pale pink and white roses, hydrangeas chamomile and eucalyptus. Thanks to Riverland Studios for capturing their Fall soiree!
Photographer: Riverland Studios l Venue: Wachesaw Plantation l Church: Belin Methodist Church l Event Planner: Elle Courtney Events l Florist: Kings Florist l Cake: Pink Pineapple European Custom Cakes l Invitations: Carlson Crafts, Minted l Dress: Essense of Australia l Dress Shop: Gown Boutique of Charleston l Bridesmaids Dresses: Jo-Lin's Bridal l Hair: Stox & Co. l Men's Attire: Jos. A Banks l Linens: Hotz Event Rentals l Transportation: Sunway Charters & Tours l Band: Intensity Show Band l Officiant: Tony A. Metze l Favors: The Knot Shop, Totally Koozies l Other: Whiskey & Wedding Bells
Best Lowcountry Bridal Style of 2015 including bridal gowns and dresses, hair and makeup and accessories from the Best Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah and Myrtle Beach weddings of the year! Photographers include Hyer Images, Brooke Ashley Photography, Dana Cubbage, Riverland Studios, Jeanne Mitchum Photography, The Click Chick Photography and Priscilla Thomas Photography
Laurie & Matt's Charleston wedding started with a ceremony at MUSC's St. Luke's Chaepl followedby a reception on Isle of Palms at The Citadel Beach House with a navy color palette and bright pink peony centerpieces at Charleston Flower Market designed by MOD Events and captured by Reese Moore Weddings
Bride Ali clearly has great taste. From her chic Martina Liana dress from the Gown Boutique of Charleston, the timeless color palette of blues and whites and her selection of talented Lowcountry wedding vendors, we can't get enough of Ali + Dave's elegant Lowndes Grove Plantation wedding. Hannah, of Southern Protocol, designed a gorgeous Southern soiree starting with a touching outdoor ceremony before guests celebrated the night away with a beautiful tented reception. Ooh! Events created beautiful centerpieces of hydrangeas, anemones and dusty millers. Guests enjoyed cuisine from Fish, a cigar bar and a rocking dance floor. Thanks to amelia + dan photography.
Photographer: amelia + dan photography // Makeup Artist: Allure Salon // DJ: Eklipse Productions // Caterer: Fish // Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston // Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation // Equipment Rentals: Ooh! Events // Wedding Planner: Hannah Grogan with Southern Protocol // Dress: Martina Liana from Gown Boutique of Charleston // Florist: Out of Hand
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When Bride Ryan submitted her gorgeous Beaufort Wedding at The Oaks Plantation, I immediately knew that it had to grace the pages of A Lowcountry Wedding. Not only did I love hearing about the sweet couple's love story, but I adore all the thoughtful details they included throughout their picture perfect day! Ryan was stunning in a strapless lace gown and an effortless up-do, while her maids rocked gold cocktail dresses from Bella Bridesmaids. Thanks to The American Photographer for capturing all the details!
Tell us a little bit about how you met your husband…
Whit (Whitney) and I met while attending Costal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. We both share a love for dancing and that is exactly where we met....on the dance floor! We were both in sororities and fraternities and had several functions together, but it wasn't until the night he asked me to dance that I really took noticed him.
Whit and I were both coming out of very long relationships so initially we talked for a few months before making anything official. After several months of dinner dates (pizza), boating trips, movie dates, and a lot of dancing, he decided to make it official. We went to A night of 1,000 candles, which is a beautiful holiday themed set up at Brook Green Gardens (Pawley’s Island, SC) and he then asked me to be his girlfriend. We later moved to Charleston together.
Tell us ALL about the proposal...
Whit and I had been dating for a little over three years. It was on a beautiful Fall Friday (October 19, 2012) that Whit and I had been planning a trip back home to visit my parents for the weekend. Being from the low country I have a great appreciation for the beautiful plantations that surround us. There was one in particular that always caught my eye, as I had to drive past it anytime I made the trip back home. It is called Bonny Hall Plantation. Whit knew my love for the place and its beauty. So on that Fall Friday as Whit and I were making the trip home "to have dinner with my family" he pulled in to the entrance of the plantation. He said that he had spoken with the manager and had permission for us to walk around and just take a look at the grounds. I was a bit hesitant about this story, but none the less proceed to follow him, hand in hand and walked around the historic grounds. He led me to the backyard where there stood a beautiful old, large oak tree, with a tree house of some sort built into it. He convinced me to climb the ladder to the top with him. (While he continuously cleared his throat over and over...he does this when he is nervous) As I stood up there embracing the gorgeous view of the marsh, he directs my attention to a rope dangling at the bottom of the tree. He begins to tug on this rope/pulley apparatus and up comes a cute little picnic basket covered in moss. He opens it up and there sits the most gorgeous diamond ring. Whit got on one knee and the rest is history.
What made you choose your venue? What elements drew you to it?
I wanted a venue that portrayed the low country and all of its southern charm. I had always imagined getting married on the water at a plantation with a historic yet romantic feel. The Oaks Plantation has a quaint historic home on the property, where the girls and I were all able to get ready. Out back is a large yard where we held the ceremony under the beautiful old oak trees on one side and the reception was on the other side; all while being surrounded by the gorgeous Beaufort River. It was my mission to find a place that had all the elements I had been envisioning. And that’s exactly what I found.
Lets hear about the details!
We were married under an oak tree, (at the Oaks Plantation) which seemed fitting given that Whit had proposed to me in an oak tree. As for the water aspect, I think one of my favorite things was leaving on a boat at the end of the evening. Whit and I both have a love for the water and this was the perfect touch to close out what was an amazing night. Also, we were married on October 19th which was exactly one year to the day that he had proposed to me. It was all about the details for me. Our guest book was not the typical book guests’ sign at weddings; it was a book of Southern Lowcountry Plantations, one of which was where he had proposed. I had a custom ring box made out of a tree stump that had our initials and wedding date etched into it. I had several added touches that incorporated where it all began, in a tree.
Keeping with the southern theme Whit and I both had specialty drinks at our separate bars. My drink was a “Southern Belle-ini” which consisted of white grape peach juice and champagne with a frozen raspberry. My bridesmaids and I were served this tasty cocktail when we went to try on bridesmaids dresses at The Gown Boutique. I thought it was so good; I had to make sure it was shared with my guests. As for the groom, his cocktail was called Southern Royalty which was crown royal and coke, simple yet Whit’s favorite. And my favorite aspect of the specialty drinks was the oyster shooters! A raw oyster in a shot glass filled with vodka and topped with cocktail sauce….a southern thing!
How many guests attended? We had approximately 200-250 guests at our wedding
Color Palette: Champagne/Gold, cream, touch of blush. Bridesmaid dresses were cement, linens were cream and sashes on cocktail tables were blush.
Something Old: a handkerchief that my grandmother saved for me to wear on my wedding day
Something New: my Louboutin wedding shoes
Something borrowed: broach in my bouquet that my MOH wore on her wedding day
Something Blue: handkerchief with my initials monogrammed in blue from my other MOH
What’s your favorite picture from your wedding and why?
One of my favorite pictures is of Whit and I staring into each other’s eyes, my veil blowing over his head, and the trees and water in the background. I felt that it captured the exact emotions of happiness and love that was over flowing that day. We both liked the photo so much that we used it to make custom thank you cards for our guests. I must say my other favorite photo was with another important man in my life, my dad. It was the photo of us during our father daughter dance. It captured the happiness in my heart that was made possible in part by my dad!
Tell us about the Lowcountry cuisine...
I admit to being a bit of a foodie, so this was very important to me. Not only was the taste of the food important but presentation was on the top of my list.
For cocktail hour we had tuna tartar topped with avocado and a chipotle crema served in mini cones that each had an individual holes they rested in on a cutting board. We had mini open faced BLT’s served on tea biscuits with an herbed mayo base. And what southern wedding is complete without a good fried green tomato topped with a Cajun cream sauce.
As for the dinner portion of the menu, I wanted to continue with good southern comfort food. We had a salad to start, which consisted of romaine lettuce, artichokes, hearts of palm, shaved red onions and parmesan topped with champagne vinaigrette. The meats included grilled pork tenderloin topped with a raspberry mustard sauce, and grilled bourbon pecan chicken. As for the sides we had sweet potato mash with brown sugar butter, smoked gouda mac n cheese, haricots verts, and a biscuit bar with fresh, hot, and fluffy biscuits served with an assortment of jams and preserves. Side note, anyone who knows Whit and I knows that we have an extreme love for pizza. So for our late night snack we brought it none other than papa john’s pizza for all.
Most Valuable piece of advice you’d give to a newly engaged bride:
Valuable advice would be, when choosing people that are a part of your wedding, choose those that will be supportive, loving and caring throughout the whole process. People that will be there for you two as a couple after the I do’s. And one more piece of advice, do hire a videographer! Best decision I made, and I’m so happy that we can relive our special day over and over!
Venue: The Oaks Plantation, St. Helena, SC // Photographers: The American Photographer, Early Branch, SC & second shooter Scott Hansen Photography // Reception Band: Tru Sol- Myrtle Beach, SC // Ceremony Music: Lowcountry String Quartet, Beaufort, SC // Bridal Shop/Wedding Dress: The Gown Boutique of Charleston, SC // Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid of Charleston, SC // Cake: Creative Cakes by RaFayele // Bar &Catering: Geist & Company- Bluffton, SC // Florist: Nix Florist, Hampton, SC // Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals- Beaufort, SC // Brides Hair/Makeup: Karen Lambert of Serenity Day Spa & Salon- Statesboro, GA // Bridesmaids Hair: Bangs Salon- Beaufort, SC // Videographer: Reel Weddings - Myrtle Beach, SC // Invitations: Jeffrey Bannon Charleston, SC // Tuxedos: Jim's Formal Wear- Florence, SC // Wedding Planner: Teresa O’Connel // Wedding Directors: Tammy Lane & Lori Poston // Officiant: Father David Dubay
Amy & Jes were married in the Fall at Orange Hill Plantation in Summerton, South Carolina. This family-owned property was the perfect location for Amy & Jes’s outdoor affair. The lovely ladies from The Burlap Elephant helped turn the backyard into a lush and colorful ceremony site. Thanks to Wildflowers Inc, this Orange Hill Plantation wedding covered with vibrant flowers in all different shades of purple and green. Don't you just love those bouquets and the unique succulent boutonnieres that the guys wore! Amazing. They also had a “wish” tree, where they asked guests to write down wishes they had for the couple’s future. Amy & Jes were great sports and ended the night by running in the rain through a romantic sparkler exit, which was the perfect ending to their Lowcountry wedding. Thanks to Riverland Studios for capturing all the details!
Photographer: Riverland Studios // Musicians: Classical Charleston // Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston // Caterer:Lilfred's Restaurant // Event Planner: The Burlap Elephant // Floral Designer: WildFlowers Inc. // Hair Stylist: Willow Salon
In need of some more Southern wedding inspiration!? Then we think you’ll love these Lowcountry Weddings…
Good morning, my lovelies! As we begin the daunting task of planning for A Lowcountry Wedding Mag - Volume 2, we wanted to remind you that you can find your guide to all things Lowcountry weddings right here. In Volume 1, you'll be inspired by 13, that's right 13, our the most jaw-dropping Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Charleston weddings from some of our favorite Southern vendors. So, join in on all the fun and head on over to check out all the Fall/Winter edition has to offer. While we get cracking on round 2, it's time we share this dreamy coastal wedding from Amy-Marie Kay Photography. The couple tied the knot along the marsh at the Groom's grandparents house in Awendaw, South Carolina. Before celebrating with Southern cuisine from Hamby Catering, a gorgeous cake from Connie's Bakery and music from Other Brothers Entertainment!
Photographer: Amy-Marie Kay Photography // Transportation: Mount Pleasant Shuttle // Other Brothers Entertainment: Uncle Funkle // Hair Stylist: Ash and co. Bridal Hair and Make up // Equipment Rentals: BRAVO! Events // Tuxedo and Men's Attire: Brittons // Cake Designer: Connie's Bakery and Specialty Shop // Dress Store: Evelyn's Bridal // Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston // Caterer: Hamby Catering & Events // Tuxedo and Men's Attire: Jos. A Bank // Other: Mickey Finn's // Cinema and Video: Mood Videography
Ashley & Drew were married in the beautiful First Scots Presbyterian church in downtown Charleston. The day’s celebrations continued at The Island House on John’s Island under twinkling strands of lights hung from their airy reception tent. Upon their arrival, guests were asked to sign river rocks as a nod to the bride and groom’s first anniversary. We're loving how the Lowcountry views were complimented by the modern outdoor décor. The bride chose a deep navy and soft ivory color scheme for her flowers designed by The Flower Cottage, guests’ favors, and table settings....and that gown, that gown from Gown Boutique of Charleston is stunning! An exit under a shower of rice made for a perfect ending to their enchanting Charleston wedding night. Thanks to Riverland Studios for capturing all the details!
Photographer: Riverland Studios // DJ: East Coast Entertainment // Transportation: Extreme Limousine // Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston // Caterer: Hamby Catering & Events // Cake Designer: Michaelangelo's Kitchen // Hair Stylist: Stella Nova // Floral Designer: The Flower Cottage // Event Venue: The Island House
While we’re still recovering from all that glittery goodness we delivered yesterday, we’re moving on to Georgetown, South Carolina where they deliver wonderful DeBordieu Club weddings that are sure to suit your fancy. Georgetown is a cozy, coastal town located north of Charleston and just south of Myrtle Beach. It is home to the beautiful DeBordieu Club which recently hosted Bevin + Casey’s lively Lowcountry wedding. The beautiful couple brought on the talented crew at Blossoms Events to dazzle their guest with dreamy peony and tulip arrangements, while the bridesmaids were dressed in fabulous LulaKate gowns. As always, thanks to the wonderful Carmen Ash Photography for capturing this one-of-a-kind DeBordieu Club wedding!
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Hey Gals! We've got yet another wonderful treat from our favorite crew at Gown Boutique of Charleston. In case you've missed the past few times they've swung by, make sure to check out their truly informative posts on how to 'Be a Prepared Bride' and 'Ordering A Gown - How Long Does it Really Take?' But today, we're talking all about the fabrics, so we'll leave it to the experts to break it down for us...
You’re engaged! Congratulations! Is your head spinning yet? For many of you newly engaged brides, there is a lot of information to take in as you start to plan your wedding. Some of you are so excited that you rush to the bridal shop the minute that ring lands on your finger! That’s not a bad thing, but often times you can be unsure of the kind of dress you are looking for when you first start shopping.
Once the bridal consultant starts putting you in dresses and throwing out all kinds of terms for fabrics & silhouettes, it can be overwhelming. I thought it might help to give you a crash course on some of the most popular bridal fabrics. Reading up on your gown terminology can help ease the learning curve just a bit, and help you select the gown best suited for your taste and wedding style.
Let’s clear one thing up first…what is silk?
One term I see thrown about loosely is “silk”. Many brides say they want a silk gown, or ask if a gown is made of silk. Well, some gowns are silk, but that is only part of the story. Silk is a type of fabric that has many different forms: silk satin, silk taffeta, silk dupioni, silk chiffon, etc. The fabric types I outline below can be made of either silk or a poly blend fabric. These terms listed below refer to the appearance of the fabric, not the actual fibers that make up the fabric. For example, you can have silk satin or poly satin. A full silk satin will be higher in price because it is a higher quality fabric. On the other hand, a poly satin gives you the look of satin at a much more affordable price.
Satin (sometimes called Duchess Satin) is the most formal bridal material, and it is also the heaviest weight. This fabric is soft & supple to the touch with a high sheen that “bounces” the light off the fabric, which helps give that bridal “glow” people so often talk about. After not seeing much satin for several years, it is starting to make a comeback. We may see the trends start to swing towards the more formal looks for a while.
Charmeuse gives the high sheen of satin without all the weight. It drapes nicely, tends to hug your figure, and often gives that old Hollywood vibe.
Taffeta is a popular bridal fabric that has some sheen along with a slight texture to the touch. This fabric is light weight with great body to it, making it a great choice for styles that bridge the gap between formal & comfortable. Taffeta is a popular fabric not only for wedding gowns, but also for bridesmaids & mothers.
Chiffon is a sheer, very soft fabric that drapes well. Chiffon is often used for that Grecian goddess look, which works well with a beach, destination, or outdoor wedding. This fabric is one of the lightest in weight and tends to have a less formal feel overall, however the silhouette shape & the accessories can dress it up or down.
Organza is another very light weight fabric. It is as light as Chiffon, but has more body to it. We love this fabric on ballgown silhouettes because it gives you a full, flowing look without weighing you down. It is also great for creating ruffles or floral details on gowns.
Tulle is a sheer “netted” fabric is also used to make veils. It has a more casual in feel and is very light weight. It is a great way to give a gown texture without doing flowers or ruffles.
Both Dupioni and Shantung are types of “raw” silk that are known for their “slubbing” or lined texture that runs throughout the fabric. Most often, Dupioni will show more “slubs” than Shantung. I am showing examples in color here so that the texture variation will show well. We see this fabric used in bridal gowns, bridesmaids & mother’s dresses. This fabric is versatile and very comfortable to wear, and is a great option for keeping some sheen, but also getting some texture.
There are many kinds of lace, but the two most popular types of bridal lace are Chantilly Lace and Alencon Lace. You can see different patterns of Chantilly or Alencon lace, but most bridal gowns made of lace will fall into one of those 2 lace styles.
Chantilly lace is a handmade bobbin lace that is named for the city of Chantilly, France. Bobbin lace is made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread that are wound on bobbins to manage them. This lace has a delicate feel. It is known for natural looking floral or scrolled design, and its pattern is outlined in a flat, untwisted strand.
Alencon lace is a needlepoint lace with a floral design that is sewn on a sheer net background. It is characterized by a heavy thread outlining the design. This lace originated in Alencon, France, and “needlepoint” lace means it is a type of lace created using a needle and thread to stitch up hundreds of small stitches to form the lace itself. In its purest form the only equipment and materials used are a needle, thread and scissors.
Well, there you have it! You are now a bridal fabric expert! I hope that these terms will help you sift through the racks of gowns in your search for the perfect gown. I know you will at least impress a bridal consultant or two by throwing out words from your new bridal vocabulary.
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A group of talented Charleston wedding vendors recently teamed up for a chic, plum inspired shoot overlooking the Cooper River Bridge, and the images from Reese Moore Photography will leave you weak-in-the-knees! The purple perfection took place at one of our favorite Charleston wedding venues, Harborside East, and allowed for a picturesque, backdrop of the Charleston Harbor. The ladies of Fabulous Fete were the masterminds behind the whole design. They dreamed up a plum evening with ombre touches complete with a modern cake from The Cake Stand, sleek sequined pillows in varying shades of purple and orchids, lots of dreamy orchids!
Photographer: Reese Moore Photography / Venue: Harborside East / Event Designer: Fabulous Fete / Catering: Newton Farms / Dress: Jim Hjelm / Rentals:Stage Presence, Event DRS / Cake: The Cake Stand / Dress Store: The Gown Boutique of Charleston / Stationery: Open House / Florist: Keepsake Events / Hair Stylist: Strawberry Blonde Salon
We're so excited to have our resident bridal experts back this week! You may remember a few weeks ago, the ladies of the Gown Boutique of Charleston joined us to share some pointers on how to 'Be A Prepared Bride' when gown shopping. As if that wasn't enough, they're back this week and diving into the topic of ordering your gown...
Ordering Your Wedding Gown – How Long Does it Really Take?
One question we are asked every day in our boutique is “When do I need to order my gown?” Brides wonder, “Do I really need to order my gown 1 year before my wedding date?”
The answer is: It is best to order your gown at least 9 months before your wedding date.
When a bride thinks of ordering her gown, she just thinks about selecting the gown and then having it arrive at the boutique. Rarely is a gown ready to be worn the week it arrives. Most need a few fit adjustments to hug your curves in the right places, and almost all of them need a hem and a bustle. These alterations take time! They cannot be turned out in a week like a pant hem, and you don’t want the work to be overly rushed…it should be done perfectly!
It takes anywhere from 4-6 months for a gown to be made and then shipped to the boutique. Then it takes another 3 months to complete most alterations on a wedding gown.
Some of you may think, “Three months for alterations?!” Well, most brides end up coming for 2 – 3 visits with the seamstress in order to achieve a perfect fit. Those visits are usually scheduled 2 – 4 weeks apart, so planning on 3 months for alterations is a conservative plan. This is why the 9 month timeframe is suggested.
Here is an ideal timeline:
There is one other pesky detail in this planning process. Many brides, especially here in the south, want a bridal portrait done before their wedding. When a bride asks if she has enough time to get her gown in, we ask “Are you doing a portrait?” Many brides aren’t ready to answer this question for sure, but the answer is ultimately important in determining your timeframe.
If you want a framed portrait to be displayed at your wedding reception, it is likely you will need that photo session done at least 1 month before your wedding date. If you want the wedding announcement to run in the paper the Sunday directly after your wedding day, you will need to have the chosen photo submitted to the paper 2 weeks prior to that issue’s run date.
When you plan to have a bridal portrait taken, you will most certainly want your gown to fit you perfectly before it is photographed. That means we need your gown to arrive in time to have any necessary alterations completed before that portrait session date.
Don’t have 9 months? Don’t panic!! Gown can be rush shipped (for a fee) if needed, in most cases. Also, we always keep a nice selection of “off-the-rack” gowns. These gowns are purchased on the spot, and alterations can be started immediately, making them a great option for brides with 4 months or less.
Ready to start shopping?
Contact the Gown Boutique of Charleston to set up your appointment:
664-A Long Point Rd Belle Hall Shopping Center Mount Pleasant, SC 29464