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Myrtle Beach Weddings {Tiffany + Chris} Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Let's face it, Lowcountry brides always know how to throw gorgeous, elegant Myrtle Beach weddings and the stunning Mrs. Wilcox is no different... and thank goodness for us, Gene Ho Photography was there to capture it all!  The oh-so-attractive couple, Tiffany + Chris, had a fabulous wedding at Myrtle Beach's Marina Inn at Grande Dunes last July, and boy, was it a stunner!  With the help of the ladies of Memorable Moments, who were on hand to organize every last dreamy detail, and the talented design team from Blossom Events, they were able to create a vibrant, summer evening that their guests are still raving about.  Thanks to Tiffany for giving us an inside view into their Myrtle Beach wedding!

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How did you meet? At Enloe High School in Raleigh North Carolina, high school sweethearts!

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Tell us your engagement story. (Give us every romantic detail!) We were home in North Carolina for the NBA All Star break visiting family. Valentine’s Day was that Sunday.  We flew back to Detroit on Valentine’s Day and didn’t get back until that evening.  Chris mentioned taking Tiffany out to dinner but she didn’t want to go, too many people.  So they ordered takeout and enjoyed the night in.  Tiffany gave Chris his Valentine’s Day present and the night went on.  We were watching a movie and Chris told me how he felt about me and how much he appreciated me and loved me.  He also told me he didn’t get me anything for Valentine’s Day.  I was a little upset but tried not to show it!  Later that night he gave me a box, I opened it and asked what is this.  He asked me to marry him and I cried like a baby! The proposal fit us perfect!

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What are your ties to the Myrtle Beach area? Chris and I love Myrtle Beach.  A nice getaway that’s not too close but at the same time not too far from home! We have traveled and visited the area since we were in High School.  We thought there would be no better place to say, “I do!” We also support the Lupus Foundation due to him having a history of lupus in his family. With that being said, Chris has an annual golf tournament in Myrtle Beach to support and raise money in hopes to find a cure for the disease.

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What was the best thing about your wedding day? The best thing about our wedding day was LOVE.  It was so strong and so powerful! It was romantic and everything was perfect!  You could feel the love that we both shared for each other.  There weren’t too many dry eyes at the ceremony!  There were so many people there but all I saw was him and all he saw was me!

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Describe what made your wedding unique... Our wedding was unique because it was us! From the bold vibrant colors and hints of bling throughout the entire wedding (and stationary) representing Tiffany’s personality, to the food being some of Chris’ favorites!   Not to mention,  Chris’ groom’s cake, his car, a 1972 Chevelle sitting in the center of the Maryland Terrapins basketball court, it was amazing. We did not miss one detail!

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MYRTLE BEACH WEDDING VENDORS

Wedding consultants/planners: Leslie MenichMemorable Moments Event Planning Venue: Marina Inn at Grande Dunes  /  Cake and groom’s cake: Crumb de la Crumb  /  Flowers: Blossoms Events  /  Gown Designer: Alfred Angelo Reception Dress: Ever After Private Label Shoes Designer: Limited Edition Lesilla (Italy)  /  Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung  /  Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse  /  Groom’s: Custom Tux from Elevee, Los Angeles, CA  /  Headpiece: Blossoms Events  /  Veil: Bridal Couture of Birmingham  /  Hairstylist: Aminah-Ami Creations  /  Make-up: Nicole Peglow- peglowdesigns_(Miami, FL)  /  Stationery: Maria Scheel Invitations and More  /  Entertainment: Don Colton (saxophonist) and DJ Billy Bill (Raleigh NC)  /  Photographer: Nadean Bruehlman of Gene Ho Photography  /  Videography: Hart to Heart Media   /   Transportation provider: Groom’s Rolls Royce Phantom  /  Rentals/Linens: Cloth Connection  /    Hotz Catering  /  Snyder Event Rentals

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

Southern Wedding Vintage Inspiration by Chris Cornwell Photography

Oh, my! Never before have I wanted to don gorgeous red locks so badly until I laid my eyes on this garden themed inspiration shoot from Chris Cornwell Photography.  This natural shoot is full of wedding day inspiration and includes a soft, whimsical color palette of blush pink and creams with an irresistible vintage ease.  So, as I pick my jaw up off the ground, please feel free to get your swoon on with these stunning images...

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 Southern Wedding Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Chris Cornwell Photography  /  SHOES: Feather Your Nest  /   HANKY: PJ’s Attic  /  BEADED NECKLACE, SALT SHAKER, MUSICAL FIGURINES: Feather Your Nest  /  BRIDE ART: Feather Your Nest DISHES: Casafina from Home & Garden Store  /  SILVERWARE: Something Borrowed  /  LINENS, DISHES & BIRD VASES: Home and Garden Store  /  VENUE: Private residence  /  FLORALS: Fresh cut hydrangeas from the garden & pale pink lilies MODEL/ BRIDE/MAKEUP ARTIST: Jemma Merrifield Gayheart   /  HAIR: Kayla Holbrook of Karma Spa and Salon,DRESSAlfred Angelo  /  EVENT STYLIST: Davida Patrick

 

 

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

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

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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Imae via Simply Hue
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Image via Ritzy Bee

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Maggie + Mike {Burke Manor Inn Wedding}

Beautiful bride Maggie tied the knot to her handsome husband, Mike, this past summer in an intimate ceremony on the grounds of North Carolina's Burke Manor Inn where Faces in Focus Photography was on hand to capture the entire day.  Maggie was kind enough to fill us in on all the details of her darling Southern Wedding!

Tell us a little bit about how you met your husband... My husband and I met on Match.Com…. Yup it really does work. I feel in love with a picture where the sun was in his eyes. That bald head of his was really the magic ticket. Honestly it does help that he is a sexy man, but his words in the profile he wrote went straight to my heart.

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How did he propose? How long were you engaged for?

Mike proposed to me at Winter Green Ski Resort this past January. Martin Luther’s King’s birthday. A year prior he took me there as my first time ever to ski. I broke my ring finger. This January as we started to get all of our gear on he told me to wait a minute.. He walked into the bedroom came around the corner bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And I quote this is his proposal “even know that you are a pain in my ass, I love you more than life itself and cannot imagine my life without by my side” Will you marry me? AS I stand there in my ski wear with face and head gear on and he could not see my face. Only my eyes I was floored. Yeah we spoke of rings etc…. but never did I expect that. We were engaged for 7 months before we said our dos. And keep in mind that on our wedding day of August 27th we had a hurricane, Days prior a heart quake and one week to the day my father had a heart attack where he got two stints but in, but was still there to give me away and we had our very first dance EVER.

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Your wedding was filled with gorgeous details. Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite? The flowers had special meaning. The girl who did them lived outside the box as I asked her to do. I gave her a clear canvas to show her talents but at the same time my touch. The flowers were done in Japanese lettering to match my shoulder tattoo. It means double happiness and love. And those are what we stood on when we said our own vows to each other. We did a sand ceremony as well that I wrote myself and the class that we poured our sand in matched the flowers and my tattoo.

How did you choose your venue? We choose the B&B to be sure that all of our family was together and not spread apart. As they come from far and in between we wanted our family close and to share memories and to make new ones.

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Tell us a little bit about your menu... Well I am a very picky eater. And our family and friends all love meat and potatoes. So we had prime rib, salad, mixed garden veggies and a potato bar with all the fixings. It was delicious. There are still people talking about the food and it as over three months ago. We had wine imported in from our engagement night that we later found out that is not easy to find. We had NY wine sent to us as well. Each had a meaning and those were shared with everybody.

What’s your favorite picture from your wedding? My favorite pic is where my father and I are dancing. As I said that was the very first time I ever danced with him and considering he had a heart attack one week prior to that. Well I just about didn’t get that chance of a life time. My father raised me from 15 years old until the time I was 17 by himself. Until I gave him a shot of courage to ask someone out who now is my step mother. Yes, I hooked my dad up…

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Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment? Out of the entire day... sitting here with tears in my eyes as I type this is that I shared special, priceless moments with my father. We danced to Britney Spears all the way to Pit Pull. His hands in the air and feet off the ground he never skipped a beat and told me that it was the best day of his life. My dreams weren’t just answered or my blessings didn’t stop when god gave me a guardian angel with Mike…. They continued when he spared my dad’s life to give me memories that only very few of us ever get a chance to have with their fathers. If you knew more about me you would clearly understand why my dad is my world. And the best memorable moment with Mike was when cake went down the front of my halter wedding dress between my cleavage and he went right in after it in front of god and everybody. That was a memory that I don’t just have it is also on DVD…..

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Looking back on your engagement and wedding, is there any advice you would give to brides in the planning process?

Take one day at a time. Don’t let anybody talk you into something that you or your soon to be husband doesn’t want. And enjoy it. It goes by way to fast. Remember it is about both of you and nobody else. So do what makes you happy and what is meaningful to the both of you. After all this is the first party as husband and wife that you are giving so make a hell of day.

Vendor
Photographer:  Faces in Focus Photography  /  Ceremony and Reception Venue: Burke Manor Inn  /  Designer/Planner: The bride!  /  Invitations: Juliepatolies  /  Cake: Carolina Cake  /  Flowers: Eleventh Hour  /  Bridal Gown: David's Bridal  /  Hair & Makeup: Hair done by Jillian Cannon and Make up by Stacy Sharerrill  /  Entertainment: Island Sound  /  Transportation: My brand new 2011 JK. (Jeep) I bought it just so my gown wouldn’t get dirty….. Honest!!
 

 

Becca + Kalani {California Engagement}

 Bride Becca and her photographer, Brittanee Taylor, decided they just had to put a fun twist on this California couple's engagement session.  Becca went all out with the perfect vintage-inspired hair and makeup by A Glamour Bride, a classic floral print dress, darling props and beautiful pink lips.  From there, Becca and her man-to-be, Kalani, moseyed on over to Frank G. Bonelli Park for a gorgeous Summer afternoon filled with swoon-worthy lighting and some amazing images.  We can't wait to see their wedding!
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