Oh yes, Stephen Gosling has done it again with this irresistible Southern wedding he shot this past September in the beautiful state of Virginia. The couple, Sarah + Tyler, went with a natural color palette that complimented their outdoor, rustic setting. Sarah looked like a sweet Southern Belle in her dainty strapless gown while Tyler looked handsome in his classic black tuxedo. While I may have been drooling over the simple, yet stunning, decor in this wedding, I'm really in love with the images of the couple. The weather and sunlight was perfect and I don't think they could have asked for a more beautiful backdrop. Can we say frame-able!?
Savannah Yacht Club Wedding from Jen & Chris Creed Photography
Who's up for a little slice of Lowcountry wedding heaven? Anyone? Anyone?...Bueller? Well don't worry your pretty little heads because, as usual, the talented team at Brooke Roberts Photography has quite the treat for us today. After Adam popped the question to his beautiful bride-to-be Danielle, the Chicago residents jumped right into the mix of wedding planning. They quickly settled on an intimate Summer affair off the stunning Georgia coast. They said their 'I do's' in a quaint ceremony at the Faith Chapel on the grounds of the Historic Jekyll Island Club. After, the newlyweds slipped away for some images along the shores of the dreamy Driftwood Beach. They continued the celebration at Latitudes 31 Restaurant on the Jekyll Wharf as guests enjoyed the jaw dropping surroundings and fabulous food!
Photographer: Brooke Roberts Photography / Ceremony:Faith Chapel at Jekyll Island Club / Florist: Winn Dixie / Hair Stylist: Studio 412 / Dress: David's Bridal / Reception Venue: Latitude 31 Restaurant / Cake Designer: mary a daniels
Alright, who's up for a gorgeous Lowcountry engagement session at the beach?! This girl! Then let's get started with the latest and greatest in all things Lowcountry weddings! Head on over and check out the premier issue of A Lowcoountry Wedding where you'll find the top 13 Weddings from Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, so head on over and enjoy every minute of it here. Our lack of winter has me yearning for Summertime and long days relaxing on Folly Beach, so what better way to satisfy my craving (and probably yours, too!) than with an easy-going session along the coast! Folly is a casual, coastal town just minutes from Downtown Charleston and is the perfect spot for bride's looking for a laid back beach wedding. Blessed with a perfect day by the water, the talented Chi Photography captured Haley + Robert in their element with stunning oceanside views. What a Beautiful Folly Beach Wedding Engagement!
Venue: Folly Beach, South Carolina / Photographer: Chi Photography
Hope everyone enjoyed a rainy weekend with friends at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival! We're back at this week with a laid back, oceanside Edisto Beach wedding from the talented Julie Napear Photography. Edisto is a beautiful coastal jewel that is about an hour from Charleston and two from Hilton Head...it's the perfect location for a low-key affair with some seriously breathtaking views. The couple, Adrienne + Sean, met while living in the Bay Area and decided a Lowcountry wedding was a must for their August nuptials. They wanted something simple and touching and that's exactly what they got! Their ceremony was held on the beach with standing room only before they headed back inside for an evening of dancing.
To put it simply, T. G. I. F. The Lowcountry's in for quite the weekend; Spring is unofficially here, the temperature's clocking in around 80 and the Charleston Food + Wine Festival has set up shop in Marion Square...is it 5 o'clock yet? I can barely contain my excitement. To get this party started, we're riding off into the weekend with this smashing Charleston engagement session from the talented Emily Horton Photography. The couple, Megan + Steve, reside in Washington D.C. but couldn't think of a better place to have their wedding then beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. They spent the perfect Fall afternoon gallivanting around the Battery and Waterfront Park to capture some gorgeous, sun-drenched images. BTW, if you’re in the market to be inspired, and we mean REALLY inspired, then you’ll love the 13 real weddings we’ve featured from Hilton Head, Charleston and Myrtle Beach! So, mosey on over and swoon over all that the Fall/Winter edition has to offer. Check it out and get your copies here.
We're in the midst of gearing up for quite the wedding season here in the Lowcountry and with that comes one of our favorite Southern elements...seersucker! When the weather gets warmer, seersucker is the fabric of choice along the coast and it's no wonder brides feel the need to doll up their Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Charleston weddings with this classic material into their wedding day decor. You'll most commonly find our Southern grooms donning a seersucker suit but it's not unusual to see it accessorizing lovely invitations or gorgeous bouquets. From favors and gowns to bridesmaids dresses and linens, we've rounded up a sampling of our favorite ways to include seersucker in your Lowcountry wedding!
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?
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!
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?
Here’s how to enter:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Round 1 entries will be accepted through email only. All Facebook, Twitter, blog comments, etc will be disregarded.
- Include couple’s names, wedding date, wedding location and wedding venue. (A booked wedding venue and date will be valued highly.)
- Include a 100-200 word blurb (keep it short!) about you guys as a couple. We’re looking for insight into your personality.
- All Round 1 entries must be received by noon on February 17, 2012.
- 10 finalists will be selected and contacted by February 18, 2012.
- Finalists will be asked to submit a picture and a short description of their wedding.
- Voting will be opened to the public via online poll.
- Voting will close at noon March 1, 2012. The finalists with the most votes wins.
- All finalists will be selected by Nathan Peel Photography.
- A wedding will be considered as a “destination” wedding at the sole discretion of the photographer.
- If you have already contracted a photographer please consider your contractual obligations before entering.
- Current NPP couples are not eligible.
- Votes will be handled via secure online poll.
- Photographer travel will include 1 coach plane ticket, 3 nights of lodging on site, transportation and food.
- If $1500 budget is exceeded the winning couple will be responsible for extra expense.
- Wedding date availability will be taken into consideration when selecting finalists.
- To protect the integrity of the contest wedding vendors above reserve the right to disqualify any entry at any time
I've been in love with Erin + Steve's Southern wedding since the day their photographer Julie Napear sent it my way. You can tell Erin is just over-the-moon to be marrying the man of her dreams. Her smile is so genuine and she is exuding happiness the entire day. The couple tied the knot in a quaint ceremony at Virginia's Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in front of a small crowd of only 16 guests. Their officiant allowed everyone to become involved by passing around the rings before the couple exchanged them. Erin was dying to show off the spinning power of her enchanting gown (and who can blame her!), so Steve obliged by twirling his beaming bride. After an evening of laughter, dancing and fabulous food, Julie grabbed one more shot of the couple in the rain before they headed to their cottage.
It's been an exciting first week on our new site! We love our new look and can't wait to show you what we've got in store! Think even more gorgeous Southern wedding loveliness, wonderful southern vendors and inspiration for days. Thanks to everyone for their kind words about our fabulous new design and all the love about this week's real weddings. To get a jump start on the weekend, we're going to wrap things up with a lovely Southern wedding from Georgia photographer Liz Yeakle. The couple, Whitney + Brian, tied the knot in laid back outdoor ceremony at Crystal Falls in Dawsonville, Georgia. Their rustic yellow color palette was accented with lots of sunflowers and cowboy boots!
I know this is a totally biased comment, but I just can't help but love beautiful South Carolina weddings. Lowcountry brides always do a swoon-worthy job of tying together their appreciation of friends and family with their timeless style and ability to have a good time. Their weddings always make for a memorable Southern affair...and Kristen + Taylor's classic Providence, South Carolina bash was no different! Photographed by the one-and-only, Virgil Bunao, the couple treated guests to a gorgeous tented reception with an open bar, an amazing spread from Creative Catering and lively tunes from DJ Master G that kept the party going til the wee hours of the morning!
South Carolina Wedding Vendors
This past July, darling bride Whitney and her maids arrived on the grounds of the Historic Whitehall Manor to prepare for her beautiful Southern Wedding shot by the talented Stephen Gosling Photography. This 200 year old venue is located right at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Virginia and makes for a charming backdrop. On the steps of the picturesque Manor, Whitney + Josh exchanged vows in a sweet, touching ceremony in front of their dearest friends and family. Whitney dazzled guests in a charming strapless gown that she paired with a classic strand of pearls and a gorgeous summer bouquet from Lavender Green English Floral Design while her ladies sported a shade of burgundy. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their bridal party posed for some gorgeous rustic portraits before joining their guest for toasting and dancing! We love this beautiful Whitehall Manor Wedding!
Photographer: Stephen Gosling Photography / Catering: Celebrations Catering / Floral Designer: Lavender Green English Floral Design / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Historic Whitehall / Bakery: Joy's Cake Studio
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."
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...
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!
Tell us about the proposal...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…..
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.
• You must be planning an outdoor wedding or a beach wedding. I will be giving away one of each. • Your desired photography coverage must be between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. • You must be willing/able to allot at least an hour on your wedding day for photos of the couple and the full wedding party. (If we do this pre-ceremony, we will walk you down an aisle to your groom for an uber-romantic, utterly tender first look at one another.) • I must be available on your wedding date.
1. What is the Groom’s Name/Bride’s Name? 2. What is your wedding date? 3. What is your venue/location? 4. What priority do you place on photography for your wedding day? 5. What feeling are you trying to create for your day? 6. Where are you drawing inspiration for your wedding? 7. How do you feel my work would help you capture that feeling? 8. Do you have a proposed ceremony start time? 9. What is your planned reception end time? 10. How many guests are you expecting? 11. What is your wedding budget? 12. What is your photography budget? 13. What cake flavor are you having? 14. Tell me about your wedding. What makes your wedding different from every other wedding? What details are you incorporating to tell your love story? What is your very favorite thing about the wedding? Be creative. I want to know you. I want to know your story. 15. What is your favorite image from The Girl in the White Dress slideshow, and why? 16. How did you hear about Kelly Sauer, Ltd. Co. and The Girl in the White Dress?