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Lowcountry Wedding Favors

It's a question on every bride's mind...what on earth am I going to give as favors? OR should I even going to spend money on favors?  Now let's be serious, we've all chunked many-a cheesy wedding favors in trash (and rightfully so!) but with all the inspiration the Lowcountry offers, there must be a handful of memorable (and useable) surcees your wedding guests can appreciate.  For instance, maybe our Hilton Head brides can send their guests home with a little sweet tea for the road (Firefly, anyone?), or maybe your Charleston folks would enjoy some classic benne wafers or sweet pralines (I know I would!). What about some grits with your favorite shrimp and grits recipe for your Myrtle Beach affair?  Take a look at a few of our favorites and leave us a note if you've got a local favorite we forgot! Charleston weddings blog, myrtle beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, sweet tea, favors

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South Carolina Engagement {Sherry + Jonathan}

Good morning, my little Southern Belles!  We're going to get right to it this Monday morning with a sweet, farm engagement session from South Carolina based D'Attoma Studios. Sherry and Jonathan met several years ago when she was a manager at Abercrombie. Jonathan was genuine and funny and was always asking her to join him at parties or out with friends. He would tease her at work, picking her up over his shoulders and carrying her around the store. She laughed with him, but mainly “stuck him the dressing room” where he couldn’t cause trouble. She chose to not join him outside of work, blaming it on the companies strict policy of not fraternizing with employees. Jonathan stopped working at Abercrombie, and Sherry moved on to work in marketing and advertising. Time passed and she didn’t hear from him for awhile. Both were pursing lives and careers with different groups of people, and their paths didn’t really cross. Until one night. The phone rang, and it was him. He invited her out to eat with friends and to go watch a fight. Sherry used to do martial arts and instantly asked who was fighting. It happened to be someone she knew… and so she decided to join him that night.  They didn’t skip a beat. They reminisced like long lost friends and connected as never before. From then on, they were inseparable.

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Lowcountry Weddings {Garland}

I've been totally digging how brides and vendors have been incorporating garland into our beautiful Lowcountry weddings.  It's fun, whimsical and a different way to spice up your ceremony altar, dessert table or outdoor reception.  Take a look at a few of our favorite, dreamy ways to add a touch of garland to your wedding day!  I'm loving these balls of yarn...presh. Charleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, festive décor, garland

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Lowcountry Wedding Inspiration

Ohhh, ladies!  We're diving right into this week with a big dose of Lowcountry wedding heaven that is sure to knock your socks off.  Captured by our friend Brooke Roberts Photography, this fabulous inspiration shoot highlights everything we love about this time of the year.  Getting hitched by the coast lends itself well to beautiful outdoor event, whether it's your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or an intimate shower...you just can't go wrong.  With the help of Judi Watson Florals and Dutchman Designs, the team matched soft furnishings with pops of colorful accent pieces to achieve a cozy, laid back setting at The St. Simons Lighthouse and A.J. Jones Heritage Center.  Aren't you loving the summery color palette of turquoise and pink?  The models were outfitted in dresses from Lady in White and Snippety Do Da's topped them off with the perfect hair and make up.  Possibly my favorite part?  That food!  Tasteful Temptations whipped up some delicious Lowcountry cuisine (and a tasty specialty drink!) perfect for a garden affair. Charleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photographyCharleston weddings blog, Myrtle Beach weddings blog, Hilton Head weddings blog, lowcountry weddings blog, spring, summer décor, pink, turquoise, st. simon’s island lighthouse and heritage center, brooke Roberts photography

Dunes West Wedding {Lindsay + MacCrae}

I knew we were in for a treat when Charleston wedding photographer Kayla Jones sent over Lindsay + MacCrae's February wedding.  The ceremony took place at the picturesque Isle of Palms Methodist Church (seriously, isn't it gorgeous?) followed by quite the celebration at Mount Pleasant's Dunes West.  Not only did the adorable couple team up with an impressive team of vendors, their guests we're ready to have a good time...and Lindsay + MacCrae gave them just that!  Did I mention they did a flash style first dance?!?  Impressive, eh? A Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogsA Lowcountry wedding blog showcasing daily Charleston weddings, Myrtle Beach weddings, Hilton Head weddings, featuring Lindsay and maccrae, Charleston wedding venue dunes west, Charleston wedding photography by Kayla jones and ooh! Events florist Charleston wedding blogs

 

Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Kayla Jones Photography  /  Florist: Ooh! Events  /  Reception Venue: Dunes West  /  Ceremony Venue: First United Methodist Church, Isle of Palms  /  Videographer/music : Complete Music and Video  /  Cake: Tiffany and Amy Drennan  /  Gown: Bridal & Formal  /  Bridesmaid Attire: David's Bridal Tux Rental: Men's Warehouse  / Makeup Artist: Merle Norman  /  Hairstylist: Bonnie Joly  /  Invitations : Invitation Consultants

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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Fly Home Married {Destination Wedding Contest}

Ok, so how does this sound?  Reserve your dream Charleston, Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach wedding venue (think Lowndes Grove, Hibernian Hall, Cassique, William Aiken...the list goes on!), buy your fabulous gown, one that will make any Southern bride swoon, book your plane tickets and then...FLY HOME MARRIED!  Not bad, eh?

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Well, you're in luck.  Nathan Peel Photography has rounded up a group of truly talented vendors to offer you the destination wedding of your dreams and all you have to do is enter (check out the rules below).  That's it. But don't wait, the deadline is this Friday, February 17th.  So, get crackin'to win your free Lowcountry wedding!

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The lucky couple will receive...

Photography – Nathan Peel Photography ($8500 value)

  • 12 hours of coverage on your wedding day by 1 photographer
  • Day After Session for perfect couple/bridal portraits
  • 10 spread leather album
  • Digital Negative DVD of wedding and portrait session
  • Up to $1500 paid travel budget for photographer

Stationery – Five Dot Design ($1000 value)

  • A credit will be applied to the final balance of your wedding stationery package.
  • This can be used towards Save the Dates, your invitation suite, reception pieces like programs, favors and thank you notes.

Planning – Blue Dahlia Events ($750 value)

  • 3 sessions of expert planning advice to assist you with your destination wedding planning: budget, style + design, travel, timeline, etc.

Makeup - Brideface ($125 value)

  • Custom DIY makeup consult to help you create two looks.
  • *if couple isn’t local or plans to hire an artist on location then a gift basket with product of equal value will be sent.

$10,000 toward the destination wedding of your dreams…not too bad, huh?

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Here’s how to enter:

Round 1:

  1. Send an email to contest@nathanpeelphoto.com. Round 1 entries will be accepted through email only. All Facebook, Twitter, blog comments, etc will be disregarded.
  2. Include couple’s names, wedding date, wedding location and wedding venue. (A booked wedding venue and date will be valued highly.)
  3. Include a 100-200 word blurb (keep it short!) about you guys as a couple. We’re looking for insight into your personality.
  4. All Round 1 entries must be received by noon on February 17, 2012.

Round 2:

  1. 10 finalists will be selected and contacted by February 18, 2012.
  2. Finalists will be asked to submit a picture and a short description of their wedding.
  3. Voting will be opened to the public via online poll.
  4. Voting will close at noon March 1, 2012. The finalists with the most votes wins.

Fine Print:

  1. All finalists will be selected by Nathan Peel Photography.
  2. A wedding will be considered as a “destination” wedding at the sole discretion of the photographer.
  3. If you have already contracted a photographer please consider your contractual obligations before entering.
  4. Current NPP couples are not eligible.
  5. Votes will be handled via secure online poll.
  6. Photographer travel will include 1 coach plane ticket, 3 nights of lodging on site, transportation and food.
  7. If $1500 budget is exceeded the winning couple will be responsible for extra expense.
  8. Wedding date availability will be taken into consideration when selecting finalists.
  9. To protect the integrity of the contest wedding vendors above reserve the right to disqualify any entry at any time

Charleston Weddings {Rachel + David} Island House

Rachel & David's Island House wedding on Johns Island, SC by Charleston vendors Richard Bell Photography, Cafe Catering and Tiger Lily

A Brand New A Lowcountry Wedding!

I'm sure most of you guys thought this day would never come for A Lowcountry Wedding (and sometimes neither did I)!  But, it's finally here!  Our brand, spanking new site has gone live and I couldn't be happier.  It looks better than I could have ever imagined and it's all thanks to a few truly talented individuals and I just have to sing their praises...

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First up, Mrs. Emily Ley.   Emily is the creative mind behind A Lowcountry Wedding's fabulous branding.  Emily hit it out of the park with the perfect color palette and spot-on logo and for that I have to give a HUGE, HUGE thank you!

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Then, we have Sarah Kate Snyder, owner of Studio Snyder who, to put it mildly...nailed it.  Sarah Kate took our perfect branding and translated it into a killer new website.  It's got that laid-back, Lowcountry ease we were missing before.   I'm so over-the-moon with how everything has turned out  that I just can't say thank you enough!

I hope y'all love it as much as I do!  We appreciate everyone's kind words and are excited about all the big surprises we have in store for you this year!  Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS feed here.

 

 

Andra + Chad {Texas Engagement}

Yesterday, my sister Emma called me to tell her boyfriend had finally proposed!  Yay! I'm so excited and happy for them.  Being engaged is such a fun, memorable time and I, personally, can't wait for the wedding planning to begin :)  So, now all I have to do is plan a trip out to Houston to see that shiny, new rock!  Congrats, you two! Since the newly engaged couple resides in Texas, I thought what better way to kick off the week then with a vintage-inspired engagement session from one of my favorite Texas photographers, Love Caryn Photography.  This darling couple wanted their quirky, off-beat style to shine through and with the help of Love Caryn Photography, they were able to achieved some stunningly beautiful images.

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Kristen + Jonathan {Hawkesdene House Wedding}

Before we jump right in today fabulous Southern affair, we had to tell you about a new resource for all things travel in Charleston.  Our friends over at the uber-luxurious Charleston Place Hotel have started up a new blog, Hidden Charleston.  Whether you're a lifetime local or Lowcountry newbie, this is your guide to the most talked about dining establishments, favorite watering holes, one-of-a-kind events and all the historic hotspots. Normally, I like to write a little somethin' somethin' about the weddings that we post but  I just love what Louisiana photographer Claire Elyse had to say about Kristen + Jonathan's destination wedding that I thought I'd let her share today. So, from Miss Claire Elyse herself...

"Kristen and Jonathan’s wedding was one of those where I found myself counting down the days ‘til show time! It may have been because the wedding took place in the mountains of North Carolina, or perhaps because the bride and groom brought all the best of Louisiana to meet those mountains. It was all that and more. The details of this wedding were stunning, and even the vendors were the perfect mix of fun-loving South Louisiana meets breath taking North Carolina mountain highs. Jonathan proposed to Kristen in Andrews, North Carolina, so it was only appropriate to pack up the dress, cake, family, and bar and make a vacation out of it. The Hawkesdene House was one of my favorite venues to work with. The owners matched elegance with comfort. From the flowers, to one of Zoe’s Bakery’s masterpieces, to Abita Blues playing the requests of the bride and groom mixed with their own style. Kristen dreamt an amazing day into reality."

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Southern Wedding Vendors
Photographer: Claire Elyse Photography  /   Venue: Hawkesdene House  /   Floral Designer: An English Garden  /   Hair Stylist: Barbers and Bombshells  /  Dress Store: Southern Bridal  /   Band: Abita Blues Band  /  Cake Designer: Zoe's Bakery 

Stripes {Wedding Decor}

We've been loving how many brides have incorporated stripes into their wedding color palettes.  Stripes are the perfect preppy and coastal addition to any girl's wedding decor...and let's face it, we love all things coastal and preppy here in Charleston. We've rounded up quite a few of our favorite ways to incorporate some stripped accessories into your Lowcountry Big Day!  They range from linens and invitations to bridesmaids dresses and favors... charleston weddings blog, myrtle beach weddings blog, lowcountry wedding blogs, Hilton head weddings blog, stripes, bridesmaids dress, favors

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Samantha + Scott {Pawleys Island Wedding}

Just up the road from Charleston, on the South Carolina coast, there's a little gem of town called Pawleys Island. It's the epitome of a Lowcountry lifestyle...fresh seafood, laidback locals, Southern charm and the perfect mix of the ocean and marsh. It's those qualites that Northeastern natives Samantha + Scott wanted to share with their wedding guests.  The couple had recently relocated to Myrtle Beach and wanted their wedding to reflect their love for their new Lowcountry home. Samantha looked like the perfect Southern bride thanks to her gorgeous strapless gown from The Little White Dress and her fabulous up-do from R. Lozier Signature Salon. They selected the Reserve Harbor Yacht Club to host their ceremony and reception and this new wedding venue did not disappoint.  One of our favorite photographers, Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt, did her usual fabulous job capturing the Lowcountry entire affair.  Their elegant poolside reception looked stunning with the help of a talented team of vendors, Greenskeeper Florist and The Trestle while Steve & Company kept the guests up and moving all night long!

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Photographer: Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt  /  Reception Venue: Reserve Harbor Yacht Club  /  Hairstylist: R. Lozier Signature Salon  /  Floral Designer: Greenskeeper Florist  /  Dress Store: The Little White Dress  /  Cake Designer: The Trestle  /  DJ: Steve & Company  /  Transportation: Carolina Limos  /  Officiant: Simple Wedding Day

Skylar + Chad {Washington Wedding}

Before we jump right in to today's dreamy Washington wedding, we wanted to give everybody a little update. Our brand spanking new blog will be launching in the next few weeks (hopefully the beginning of February!) and as our way of saying thanks to all our favorite Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head wedding vendors, we're offering some fantastic introductory rates on our new blog tiles.  So, if you're interested in reaching Lowcountry brides, shoot us an email at hello{at}alowcountrywed.com and we'll pass along the info! Okay....now on to Skylar + Chad!  This adorable couple wed in an intimate outdoor ceremony this past September in beautiful Blaine, Washington. Skylar impressively handled the rustic decor (and even tackled that gorgeous cake!), while her mother used the green and purple color palette to design all of the fabulous flowers. Courtney Bowlden Photography captured emotional images of the glowing bride in her stunning strapless gown as she saw Chad for the first time. I mean...they kinda made me tear up.

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Isn't Skylar amazing!?!  I love these images...
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Chelsea + Ryan {Florida Wedding}

I'm loving Chelsea + Ryan's classic Southern wedding at the rustic Lange Farm in Dade City, Florida.  Lange Farm is a 233 acre horse farm with beautiful open fields and stunning oak trees...all of which provide the perfect backdrop for a charming wedding with that laidback Florida ease.  After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their bridal party toured the farms as Scott Kelsey Photography captured some droolworthy images.  Don't you just love this natural setting?
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Vendors
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lange Farm  /  Photographer: Scott Kelsey Photography

Natalie + David {South Carolina Wedding} MCG Photography

Natalie + David translated their love for vintage European and Southern tradition into a beautiful Lowcountry wedding at the romantic Roseville Plantation in Florence, South Carolina.  The couple enlisted a team of talented vendors to create their special day including the sought after duo of MCG Photography.  Our blushing bride, Natalie, gave us an inside look into her once-in-a-lifetime afternoon...
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Tell us about the proposal...  

We both specialized in post-1660 British literature and enjoy old-fashioned charm and beautiful settings. Thus we love Jane Austen novels, and we’re members of the Middleton Place Foundation which helps to support the Middleton Place Plantation in Charleston. At Middleton Place we have an oak tree where we like to sit and spend time on the plantation grounds. We consider it “our tree,” if you will.  It was while we were sitting under this tree that David proposed to me. He was actually so thoughtful about it that he proposed in both a traditional American way and in a nineteenth-century British way.  He asked “Will you marry me,” and “Would you do me the honor of making me the happiest of men” while on bended knee.  I was absolutely ecstatic and exclaimed, in between light yet passionate kisses, “Yes, yes, always, and forever and ever yes”!! We were engaged for exactly one year and celebrated our engagement anniversary and first day as spouses the day after our wedding under “our tree” at Middleton Place Plantation.
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Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment? 
It might sound trite, but in all honesty, the most memorable moment of the day was when we exchanged vows. We both kept crying tears of the deepest kind of joy.
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What’s your favorite picture from your wedding?

Corrie and James of MCG Photography are such amazing photographers, it’s difficult to choose just one favorite.  One that certainly is at the very top of our list, however, is the one of our first kiss as wife and husband. It really was such a magical moment. 

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Why did you choose to have A Lowcountry Wedding? 
Since I grew up in the South, it’s easy to consider me a “southern belle,” and even though David is from Portland, Oregon, we both cherish the elegant, traditional, hospitable charm that the south has to offer.
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 How did you choose your venue? 
We wanted to get married outside at a place that feels like it has southern and old-fashioned British charm, along with a sense of timelessness. We were thrilled when we found a plantation that met all criteria and even helped us to feel like we had stepped into the setting of nineteenth-century novel.
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Tell us a little bit about your menu.  Did you add any Lowcountry elements? 
Since our wedding was in the afternoon, we just had heavy hors d’oeuvres in addition to the wedding cake, which had lace details and yellow roses, my favorite flower, to match my bouquet.  Since I’m a vegetarian, and some of our friends are too, we served a variety of meat and vegetarian options. Favorites among the guests included the bacon-wrapped scallops and tea cookies cut in the shape of our initials, which both have Lowcountry flair.  Seafood is popular in the Lowcountry, and tea cookies reflect the way that the south, especially areas like Charleston, continue to incorporate our British heritage while also celebrating particularly American twists.  In the South, for instance, we drink a lot of tea, but instead of often serving it hot like the British, we usually serve it iced instead.  Not surprisingly, we had plenty of both sweet and unsweet iced tea for guests to enjoy at the reception.
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Your wedding was filled with gorgeous details.  Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite?  
Since we both specialized in post-1660 British literature, we wanted elements that reminded us of both the Romantic and Victorian Periods. Because of this we incorporated details such as cap sleeves and lace. My dress was mostly lace instead of satin and had cap sleeves. The Maids of Honor, too, had dresses with these elements. We also used lace to drape many of the tables, embellish the guest book, flower girl baskets, and ring bearer pillows, and wrap around the birdseed that guests tossed at us during our “grand exit.” Incorporating these kinds of details made the wedding excitingly feel “very us,” and carefully cutting piece after piece of lace with my mom is a part of the planning that I’ll always fondly remember.
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Looking back on your engagement and wedding, is there any advice you would give to brides in the planning process? 

Absolutely- It’s so easy to get caught up in what can seem like the million and a half details. With so many elements to choose and try to perfect, it’s really no wonder that there are countless programs, books, and magazines dedicated to planning a wedding. When planning gets stressful, it’s important to remind yourself what the day is really about. It’s not details like your shoes, the table drapes, and the design on the napkins that matter most, but the love that you and your fiancé share and are there to celebrate. The day is about that celebration and your devotion to one another, not how elaborately you can throw a party to please the guests.  What you, and even your guests, will remember most are the moments that help express just how much you and your fiancé love each other.  Keeping these thoughts in mind can help immensely when you and your fiancé are working your way through the stress of planning and after the wedding as well.  No one, I imagine, wants to look back on her wedding day and remember it as the most stressful day of her life, but instead one of the happiest. Keep your focus on the love and happiness you and your fiancé share, and your wedding day will be one of the happiest days of your life, regardless of how any of the details unfold. 

Lowcountry Wedding Vendors
Photographer: MCG Photography  /  Ceremony and Reception Venue: Roseville Plantation  /  Videography: Heart Stone Films  /  Designer/Planner: We did most all of the planning, but we had assistance from Theresa Mann of As Southern As Possible Events  /  Invitations: The American Wedding  (and programs were by Laura Ashley)  /  Cake: Freeman’s Bakery  /  Flowers: Flowers by Starks  /  Favors: The American Wedding  /  Gown: David’s Bridal  /  Bridesmaids Dresses: Southern Brides  /  Tuxedos: Jos. A. Banks  /  Hair & Makeup: Stuart Laurence Salon  /  Caterer: The Catering Connection

Dusty + Travis {California Wedding} Michelle Johnson Photography

Oh, hey Friday! I've been waiting for you to get here all week!  With the unseasonably warm winter we've been having, I felt like today would be the perfect day to share a vibrant California wedding.  Dusty + Travis became man and wife this past June and their photographer, Michelle Johnson, shared a few sweet details...
" Dusty and Travis have the sweetest love. They adore the country and they put the sweetest details into their do it yourself wedding day. From the rustic signs, to the sweet love cake display, this wedding was magical. The bride Dusty entered the private estate on a horse drawn carriage. The vintage dresser at the end of the aisle was filled with family photos and candles. The hand made seating chart was absolutely adorable. This country wedding was just beautiful."
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Anne Marie + Ryan {Carnton Plantation Wedding}

I may be a little biased, but in my opinion, you just can't beat a big Southern plantation wedding.  They're always dripping with tradition and timeless beauty and Anne Marie + Ryan's Nashville Soiree was no different.  The bride wore a stunning lace gown while her groom looked dashing in a classic tuxedo.  After a traditional church ceremony, they moved the party to the magnificent Carnton Plantaton in Franklin, Tennessee.  The grounds of the historic plantation made for the perfect backdrop as Evin Photography was able to capture some private moments between the newlyweds.  Social Ambitions Events orchestrated a fabulous event with the help of some of Nashville's finest wedding vendors; Nashville Event Lighting, Music City Tents & Events, Sharp Garden Center and Sweet Temptations.
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Southern Wedding Vendors
Photographer:  Evin Photography  /  Event Planner:  Social Ambitions Events  /
Floral Designer:  Sharp Garden Center and Gifts  /  Reception Venue:  Carnton Plantation  /  Cake Designer:  Sweet Temptations  /  Band:  Scat Springs Entertainment  /  Lighting:  Nashville Event Lighting  /  Equipment Rentals:  Music City Tents & Events

Alyson + Chris {Bentley's on the Bay Wedding}

Bentley's on the Bay is a beautiful waterfront venue situated on the picturesque Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  Last May, Bentley's was the venue of choice to host Chris + Alyson's rustic Southern wedding.  Their wedding day was designed to a southern 'T' and I just know you guys are going to go crazy over these oh-so lowcountry wedding details and fabulous images from Dede Edwards Photography.  With the help of florist Cari DeGregorio, Alyson's achieved a gorgeous neutral color palette combined with our favorite classic southern elements: burlap, driftwood and cotton.  Basically, it's the perfect coastal wedding.
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Southern Wedding Vendors
photographer: dede edwards photography  /  reception venue: bentley's on the bay  /  floral designer: cari degregorio flowers  / cake designer: sugar lily sweet shop

Place Settings {Wedding Details}

Every Tuesday, we like to give all of our Charleston brides a healthy dose of some wedding day fabulous-ness.  Today, we're sharing some of our favorite images of place settings to hopefully inspire some of our brides-to-be while planning your big day.  Below, you'll see some brides went big with some bold colors and patterns, others kept it simple with a more neutral palette...but all of them made quite the statement.  Don't ya think!?!
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