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Wingate Plantation Wedding by Monika Gauthier Photography

Wingate Plantation Wedding by Monika Gauthier Photography

Katherine + Rob's Wingate Plantation wedding on Johns Island, South Carolina by Monika Gauthier Photography and Pure Luxe Bride

Pepper Plantation Wedding by Monika Gauthier Photography

Pepper Plantation Wedding by Monika Gauthier Photography

Katey + Tony's romantic Pepper Plantation wedding with gold details from Charleston wedding vendors Monika Gauthier Photography, Elizabeth Grace Occasions, Eventworks, Harris Teeter, Island Porch, Watering Hole, Cupcake Jay Maxwell's Music by Request

Navy Dunes West Club Wedding from Monika Gauthier Photography

We fell in love with Lauren a few weeks ago when we featured her dreamy Middleton Place bridal session that the wonderful Monika Gauthier Photography captured.  Well, as luck would have it, her gorgeous Dunes West Club wedding made it's way to my inbox and it's everything I thought it would be.  With a navy and silver color palette, this Lowcountry celebration includes a gorgeous bride, hand painted programs, lovely natural light!

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Tell us a little bit about how you guys met…

Dave and I met at college our freshman year at University of South Carolina. The girl that lived in the room next to mine, my freshman year, was a friend from his hometown in Massachusetts. Throughout freshman and sophomore year we would run into one another, but it wasn’t till junior year that we started dating.

Over break our junior year Dave randomly called me to see if I would look at an apartment for him. Since he was in Massachusetts and I was in Columbia I told him I would. As a “thank you” he took me on a date to California Dreaming and we were inseparable ever since.  We have been dating going on eight year now and we are loving it!

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Let's hear all about the engagement!

We got engaged in the Dominican Republic on October 18th, 2012. We were vacationing at a resort in the Dominican Republic and having a wonderful time. The second night of our vacation we went to dinner at the most beautiful restaurant at the resort, La Yola. The restaurant was on a dock over the water with no walls. There were only a few people at the restaurant, probably four other tables.  The restaurant had a four-piece Dominican mariachi band that played for us all night. We had great food and awesome wine, and as the night went on I kept asking Dave if we could get up and dance. Finally after we had eaten our dinner, Dave caved to my persistent request ;-) and we went to the dock near the water and slow danced to the music from the band. While we were dancing Dave was saying the sweetest things and he got on one knee and asked if I would be his wife. I cannot express my sheer happiness at that exact moment and of course I said yes! While we were hugging, crying, laughing, and kissing, our server brought over some champagne, and the few people in the restaurant all cheered. Our server even took pictures of Dave proposing to me! I later learned that Dave arranged pretty much the whole night... the music, the dancing, the camera, our server, and the delicious champagne.  It was so absolutely wonderful.

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We LOVE your beautiful Lowcountry Wedding Venue!  What was it about Dunes West that sealed the deal?

We loved the view of the marsh!  We also liked the style of the club house, the walled garden for the ceremony, and the customer service from Jason Hanson.  They made the wedding planning process at the venue very easy, and were super accommodating about which vendors we brought in, decorations, etc.

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Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment?

Walking down the aisle towards Dave for sure! There was so much emotion on Dave’s face and I couldn’t look away!  He was getting teary eyed and it took everything in my power not to “ugly cry” right then and there.   It was also an amazing feeling to walk towards the person I’m going to marry and be surrounded by all of the people we love and who love us.

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What’s your favorite picture from your wedding and why?

                To be honest I have several favorite pictures! It’s hard to choose just one, so I’ll give you my top three.

  • While we were getting ready, Monika captured a picture of my mother hugging me. I love this picture because it captures the emotion of my mom beautifully. I’m so happy to have this picture.
  • After the ceremony, Monika captured a picture of me and Dave walking back down the aisle. I love the one of us both looking at the camera. We are both so happy and this picture shows it! When I look at this picture I can feel exactly how I felt that day! It’s an amazing feeling.
  • For the portraits there are so many I love!  One of my favorites is the one where I’m wearing the fur and Dave is whispering in my ear. I’m looking up slightly and smiling. I love both the back and white and color version. Brings back good memories!

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To have and to hold in case you get cold – Since our ceremony was outside and in February, we offered to the guest blankets, pashmina wraps, and hand warmers.  That way they could snuggle up during the ceremony outside in the walled garden.

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new:  My dress and earrings.  The earrings were a gift from Dave.

Something old and borrowed: For Something the ceremony I borrowed my friend’s, Ashley Lyles, silver fox fur.  The fur was also used at my friend, Amber Maeda’s, wedding.

Something blue: My shoes.  They were navy blue Badgley Mischka.

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Tell us all about the details!  Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite?

                We had many details at our wedding, and listed below are a few of our favorite:

  • Jalapeno Pepper Jelly – These were the party favors (and we had NONE left!).  As a hobby Dave grows a vegetable garden, so we used the jalapeno pepper he grew to make this jelly.  The recipe was Dave’s grandma, who is no longer with us, so we labeled the jars “Mama Frances Jalapeno Pepper Jelly”.  Jalapeno Pepper Jelly is amazing on pork and brie.
  • Coloring Books – We had a lot of kids at our wedding, so we wanted to do something special for them. I created a coloring book (including drawing all of the illustrations) and published it through the company I work for, CreateSpace. We were able to dedicate the coloring book to our four nephews and niece.

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Guest count:  We had 185 guests attend

Color Palette:  Navy and silver

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Programs – Dave’s mother is a local artist, and she painted in water color of our wedding venue.  We used the painting on the front of the programs. We wanted to be able to incorporate a piece of her beautiful artwork into our wedding.

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Tell us a little bit about your menu…

                The menu included:

  • Apps: Sausage stuffed mushroom caps, Silver dollar ham biscuits, Baked brie and crackers and a Vegetable display
  • Dinner Stations: Shrimp and Grits, Carving station with sirloin steak and ham, Pasta station with penne with red sauce and tortellini with cream sauce,  Caesar salad station

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 Most valuable piece of advice you’d give to a newly engaged bride:

Even though your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, it’s only one day.  Do not get too stressed over the details of the day, it’s only one day!  Even if things don’t work out like you planned it’s okay and it will still be perfect because you are marrying the love of your life.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Venue:  Dunes West Golf & River Club  /  Photographers:  Monika Gauthier Photography & Design  /  Reception Band:  The Coastal Breeze Party Band  /  Ceremony Music:  John Wiley  /  Bridal Shop: Jo-Lin’s Bridal  /  Cake:  Jaclyn Story  /  Bar & Catering:  Dunes West Golf & River Club  /  Florist: Pretty Petals and Jenny McCullough  /  Wedding Favors:  Homemade  /  Programs:  Homemade + Artwork by Jeny McCullough  / Make-up: JONNY COSMETICS  /  Hair: Lo's Hair and Makeup  /  Invitations:  Morgan East, Bridesmaid  /  Planners, & Rentals: Jessica Martin, Wedding Planner  /  Rehearsal Dinner:  Water's Edge Restaurant  /  Officiant: Kevin Roberts from VOW – He was absolutely FANTASTIC! We receive so many compliments on how amazing he was.

 

 

Middleton Place Bridal Session from Monika Gauthier Photography

We're gearing up to start Volume 2 of A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine, which is scary and exciting all at the same time.  So, for all of our favorite vendors, keep shooting these beautiful Lowcountry weddings and prepare to get your submission on!  We're in the market for the perfect Coastal weddings, awesome Southern details and jaw-dropping photography.  Photography like you'll find in today's dreamy Middleton Place bridal session from the talented Monika Gauthier Photography.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Monika Gauthier Photography  /  Venue: Middleton Place  /  Florist: Pretty Petals of Charleston  /  Makeup: JONNY COSMETICS   /  Hair: Lo's Hair and Makeup

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Dying to see more Lowcountry Wedding inspiration?

Check out the premier issue of A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine featuring 13 of our favorite coastal celebrations including:

-Christine + Derek’s Elegant Omni Hilton Head Wedding

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Best of 2013 {Top 20} Lowcountry Weddings

Top 20 Lowcountry Weddings of 2013 from Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach

Founders Hall Wedding {Rebecca + Jarrett} Monika Gauthier

I love a winter wedding, especially when some of Charleston's most sought after vendors are involved!  Francesca from Pure Luxe Bride took the lead for Rebecca + Jarrett's Founders Hall wedding while Monika Gauthier was on hand to capture all the details.  We love their romantic red, black and white color palette and our favorite addition, the bagpipes! charleston weddings

From Pure Luxe Bride: "This brides dream was to have a winter wedding, and that is exactly what she got. Rebecca + Jarrett had their wedding at Founder's Hall on a cool December day. Their colors were red and black with a custom black and white print incorporated into the decor. This winter classic was a great way to end the year!

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Let's start with the dress...Rebecca looked absolutely beautiful in her ball gown dress. We couldn't picture her in anything more perfect. She entered into the ceremony to the sounds of Jimmy Ryan, the bagpiper, that certainly made an entrance.

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After this sweet couple said "I Do" cocktail hour took place on the patio and inside the great hall. Dinner  was a true southern meal provided by Home Team BBQ complete with pork, chicken, and delicious mac and cheese. Guests enjoyed spending time outside standing around the roaring fire pit. After dinner, the couple cut their cake which was a three tiered white cake with cranberry garnish.

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As true South Carolina fans that they are, they had their mascot "Cocky" make an appearance at the reception. The guests had a blast dancing and taking pictures with Cocky and the bride + groom were in gamecock heaven.  It was certainly a great ending to a wonderful evening that Pure Luxe Bride was so happy to be apart of."

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Planner: Pure Luxe Bride  /  Venue | Founder’s Hall  /  Rental Company | Event Works  /  Caterer | Home Team BBQ  /  Flowers | Friend of the Bride - DIY /  Bar Service | Mix  /  Cake | Publix  /  DJ | Finger Snappin’ Ent.  /  Ceremony Musicians | Bag Piper: Jimmy Ryan  /  Photographer | Monika Gauthier  /  Hair & Make-up | Hair Dimensions and Paper Dolls  /  Officiant | Wayne Horne  /  Cake: Publix

Charleston {Kellie + Andrew} USS Yorktown Wedding

As you drive over the Cooper River Bridge from Downtown Charleston, on your way into Mount Pleasant, you'll see the majestic USS Yorktown docked in the Charleston Harbor.  As eye-catching as it is  from the Bridge, it's nothing compared to the view you'll see once you step foot on the massive ship.  It's ah-mazing.  You get a gorgeous view of the Holy City and as you look to your right, the Cooper is in the background.  It's unreal and makes for the perfect setting for a beautiful Charleston wedding.  Kellie + Andrew recently tied the knot on the flight deck for an unbelievable nautical-themed, military affair.  The couple's red, white and blue bash was planned by the talented crew over at Intrigue Design + Events while Monika Gauthier Photography captured all the details of this charming USS Yorktown wedding! a lowcountry wedding blog featuring charleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddings

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Monika Gauthier Photography | Wedding Coordination and Design: Intrigue Design & Events | DJ: Creative Sound | Cake: Ashley Bakery | Rental: Snyder Events | Floral: Distinctive Events | Catering: Jim n’ Nicks | Bar: Spike Bar

 

 

 

South Carolina Aquarium Wedding {Erika + Logan}

I've become kind of a pro at determining which Southern wedding details our readers will go crazy over, and I'm pretty positive that these wonderful Summer bouquets fromWildflowers Inc. will be a huge pinterest hit!  Erika + Logan's sweet Charleston wedding was filled with love, laughter and lots of color and, lucky for us, Monika Gauthier Photography was on hand to capture all the adorable details.  The duo tied the knot in an intimate outdoor ceremony before heading over to the South Carolina Aquarium for one heck of a celebration complete, with a stunning Jim Smeal creation! charleston wedding

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Photographer: Monika Gauthier  //  Venue: SC Aquarium  //  Day of Coordinator: Crystal Muir  //  Officiant: Anthony Kowbeidu  //  DJ: Gardner Beson  //  Caterer: Duvall Catering  //   Décor: Duvall Events  //  Cake: Jim Smeal  //  FloristWildflowers Inc.  //  Transportation: Bus Bank  //   Photobooth: Palmetto City Photo Booth  //  Hair: Hair by Alise

Founders Hall Wedding {Kristen + David}

The talented crew over at Pure Luxe Bride teamed up with Monika Gauthier Photography for a New Year's Eve wedding that is sure to knock your socks off!  This dreamy, wintry affair took place on Charlestowne Landing at Founders Hall and was filled with an abundance of must have details, starting with that gorgeous bouquet from WildFlowers Inc.! Not a bad way to ring in the New Year, eh? charleston weddingscharleston wedding vendorsweddings in charlestoncharleston wedding blogsfounders hall weddingcharleston destination weddingscharleston wedding venueshilton head weddingsmyrtle beach weddingspure luxe brideWild Flowers Inc.southern weddingshilton head wedding vendorsmyrtle beach wedding vendorswedding blogsMonika Gauthier PhotographyCafe CateringSoul FishOld St. Andrew's ChurchEvent Works Rentalslowcountry weddingssouthern wedding blogsa lowcountry weddinghilton head wedding blogsmyrtle beach wedding blogs

 

 

Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Monika Gauthier Photography  /  Reception Venue: Founders Hall  /  Flowers: Wild Flowers Inc.  /  Food, Bar: Cafe Catering  /  Cake: Family  /  Planner: Pure Luxe Bride   /  Band: Soul Fish  /  Ceremony: Old St. Andrew's Church  /  Rentals: Event Works Rentals