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Vintage Savannah Wedding Inspiration at Bethesda Academy by Ivory & Beau

Vintage Savannah Wedding Inspiration at Bethesda Academy by Savanna vendors Ivory & Beau, A to Zinnias, Lone Pine Photography and Ever Thine Vintage

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Brides, if you are currently on the hunt for the perfect Bridesmaid’s gift, then look no further!  I recently stumbled across The Bride’s Maids Shop, and I promise you, all of your prayers have been answered!  I remember struggling in the months leading up to my own wedding, frantically flipping through magazines and searching through blog after blog, attempting to find the perfect token to show my appreciation for my ladies and something they would use for years to come.  Not to mention, I didn’t want to break the bank having to buy for 10 pretty, Southern belles!  While I might not have had the opportunity to indulge in all The Bride’s Maids Shop has to offer, I’m so excited I get to share this must-stop shop with my favorite Lowcountry ladies.   As you peruse through their site, you’ll find they’ve rounded up a collection of quality and meaningful gifts that will have your gals jumping for joy, and, if I had to guess, you might even find a little something for yourself! bridesmaids gifts

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We love that many of their items are handmade or designed exclusively for The Bride’s Maids Shop and we have a feeling your gals will love it, too!  Not only can you purchase single items, but they’ve also packaged some of our favorites together to make your shopping even easier.

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Each fabulous package includes complimentary gift wrapping (yay!) and a thank you card so you can tell your maids just how much they mean to you.

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Oh, and I almost forgot, once a month The Bride’s Maids Shop host a giveaway and this month they’re giving away this beauty...

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Dying to see more? Check out our friends at The Bride’s Maids Shop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more options and plenty of inspiration!

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In the market for some Lowcountry Wedding Inspiration!?  Check out these beauties…

 

Legare Waring House Wedding by Jennifer Bearden Photography

Jennifer Bearden Photography recently teamed up that lovely ladies of  Mingle for a big ol' southern wedding celebration at Legare Waring House in Charleston, SC.  Bride Lauren and her groom Justin, wanted a dyed-in-the-wool southern affair, and it was! Married outdoors in front of a reclaimed mantle from a Charleston estate under the grand Oak trees! Gingham bow ties, oysters, bourbon bars and succulents adorning the cake. The color palate was a clean base of navy set off by a wealth of other hues of blue and white, so striking against the Lowcountry backdrop. It was a beautiful, deeply Southern and meaningful affair, full of all the things a great Southern wedding should be! Charleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach Weddingslegare waring house weddings

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Photographer:  Jennifer Bearden Photography  //  Reception Venue: Legare Waring House  //  Event Planner: Mingle .

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Legare Waring House Wedding by Caroline Ro + Mimi Nicole Events

Legare Waring House Wedding by Caroline Ro + Mimi Nicole Events

550 Trackside Wedding by Amy Arrington Photography {Emma + Eric}

My sister, Emma, got married this past October, and it was everything we all thought it would be!  A little crazy, a lot of pretty and a helluva a good time!  Emma wore a dress that I'm quite positive was made just for her.  It was strapless with a sweetheart neckline and, of course, had pockets, where we would later find her stashing late-night Taco Bell...just like her brother-in-law!  The bridesmaids wore the Chrysanthemum Tea dress from Anthropologie, which perfectly complemented our bouquets of white anemones.  Eric and his groomsmen donned black tuxedos with rustic, turkey feather boutonnieres.  What started as a calm, relaxing morning, quickly turned into sheer panic as hair appointments took longer than expected, Dad completely forgetting what time he was supposed to get in the shower, and a full-on mad dash to the church just in time for the beautiful Bride to walk down the aisle #thatshowweroll  Surprisingly, everyone made it on time watch Emma, who somehow remained completely calm and collected, and my Dad walked down the aisle.  We enjoyed a touching and entertaining ceremony where Father Sunny (and his memorable accent) pronounced Emma + Eric, husband and wife.  Afterwards, the party made its way to Downtown Lawrenceville for a lively 550 Trackside Wedding!  Luckily for us, Amy Arrington Photography captured plenty of hilarious/embarrassing shots of everyone dancing the night away!  Enjoy!

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Congratulations to Emma + Eric!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness, bird-watching, rock-collecting and kitchen-dancing!  Can't wait for some baby hoagies! -Erin + Brian #vog2hog

Southern Wedding Vendors

 Photographer: Amy Arrington Photography  //  Venue: 550 Trackside  //  Caterer: Epting Events

Southern Wedding at The Farm at Ridgeway via CM Photography

We're so thrilled that Spring is here and we're finally able to enjoy this lovely weather and the beautiful Lowcountry weddings it will be serving up.  Today, we're sharing a gorgeous Southern wedding that South Carolina vendors, CM Photography and Meagan Warren Weddings, created at the charming Farm at Ridgeway.  Bride Emma wore a ruffled, mermaid-style gown in a dreamy shade of pink!  We're loving all the beautiful rustic details.

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Photographer:  CM Photography  //  Event Planner: Meagan Warren Weddings  //  Reception Venue:The Farm at Ridgeway

 

 

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

-Jennifer + Carl’s Grande Dunes Ocean Club Wedding

-Brian + Ashley’s Creek Club at I’On wedding

 

Hyde Park Polo Club Wedding by Elisha Orin Photography

I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the perfect weather we had this weekend.  I don't know about anybody else, but it's got me really craving summertime!  I've been dying to share this Hyde Park Polo Club wedding in Charleston, SC from Elisha Orin Photography.  It is nothing short of stunning.   Bride Erin and her sweet groom Jim are one good looking couple.  Erin was captivating in a strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, soft up-swept 'do and a dreamy astilbe bouquet from Keepsake Florist.   The wedding planning crew at Fabulous Fete delivered up gorgeous rustic details that were the perfect addition to their gorgeous Lowcountry wedding day! Charleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach Weddings, Savannah WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach Weddings, Savannah WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach Weddings, Savannah WeddingsCharleston Weddings, Hilton Head Weddings, Myrtle Beach Weddings, Savannah Weddings

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 Photographer: Elisha Orin Photography  /  Venue: Hyde Park Polo Club  /  Officiant: Mobile Marriage  /  Rentals: Snyder Events  /  DJ: Complete Music  /  Event Planner: Fabulous Fete  /  Catering: Home Team BBQ  /  Hair: Blushair  /  Cake: Bride's Mother  /  Florist: Keepsake Florist 

 

That's When I Look at the Groom... {Groom's Reactions}

Typically, all eyes are on the bride when she makes her grand entrance on “the big day”- we’re captivated by her stunning gown, lovely bouquet, and the way that she exudes elegance as she makes her way down the aisle. But, let’s remember what Jane, the serial bridesmaid in 27 Dresses, described as her favorite part of weddings: “You know how the bride makes her entrance and everybody turns to look at her? That’s when I look at the groom. ‘Cause his face says it all you know? The pure love there.” A groom’s reaction when he first sees his bride is a moment unlike any other. We hope you enjoy these awe-worthy pictures of groom’s being taken aback by their beautiful brides.

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Planters Inn Wedding {Katrina + Paul} Riverland Studios

I count my lucky wedding blogging stars each and every day for the opportunity to share such a special time in a couple's life.  I love every moment of it.  The details, the back story and the emotional shots...all of it, and Katrina + Paul's Planters Inn wedding delivered every aspect of it.  Thanks to Riverland Studios for capturing all the moments! charleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddings

Tell us a little bit about how you met your husband...
 We met through friends.  We were actually at the same place with our friends multiple times but never actually spoke for several months.  We were eventually introduced and started dating shortly there after.

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How did he propose? 
We were living apart for 2 years,  I was living in Texas and he was still in Charleston.  We would take weekend trips and meet eachother at Virginia Highlands in Atlanta.  We adored the area and went back a couple of times.  On the last trip there he took me back to our favorite restuarant, which we took a trip to every visit we made, and proposed.  It was our first night of the trip so we had the rest of the weekend to celebrate together!  He proposed in November and we were married the following September.  10 months.  We dated for 6 years.

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What made you choose your venue?  What elements drew you to it?
We chose the Planters Inn and Peninsula Grill because it quaint and the perfect size for an intimate wedding.  We wanted to be surrounded by our closest family and friends but still feel like we had a full house.  The Planters Inn was perfect!   We liked the idea of getting married in a courtyard and then having an onsite reception to make it easy for our guests.  I liked how I could keep the decorations simple since the location was already so charming.

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How many guests attended?
80
Color Palette: Plum, cream and black

charleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddings  Tell us about the details!  Did any have special meaning?  What was your favorite? We love to be tourists in our own town and have always been drawn to spending our day or night dates wandering Market Street.  We loved the idea of getting married in the same area that we always pick for our date nights!  We enjoy being able to go right back to our wedding spot whenever we want. charleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddingscharleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddingscharleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddingscharleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddings

Something old: My great grandmother's engagement diamond was set into the center of a gold cross on a necklace which I carried on my flowers.
Something new: My dress!
Something borrowed: I borrowed perfume from my Maid of Honor, Mi Corazon by Oscar de la Renta
Something blue:  I had a small blue bow sewn onto the inside of my dress.  The bottom side of my heels were also blue.

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 Tell us a little bit about your menu....
The reception was catered by Peninsula Grill and the food was absolutely amazing!  They did such a great job!  We chose to do a heavy hors d'oeuvres reception.  We chose this because one of our favorite dinners is just to have appeziters.  A few of our menu items were Baed brie en croute with raspberry-toasted almond jam, Yellowfin tuna tartare with blac sesame crisp, tomato & olive salad with fresh mozzarella on a crostini and shaved beef tenderloin on crispy crouton with asiago cheese.  There was a grilled garden vegetable station.  We also had three chef stations with Roast Bershire Pork Loin with rosemary Gravy, Lowcountry crabcakes and roasted red pepper, spinach, garlic and lemon penne pasta.

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What's your favorite picture from your wedding and why?
By far, my favorite picture is one where we are standing at the entry way of the market.  There is one where we are kissing and another where we are looking at eachother.  Like I said earlier,  our absolute favorites dates involve market street.  Now everytime we go down there it has even more meaning to us and brings back great memories. There is also a picture of Paul and I crossing Market street with my maid of honor holding the back of my dress that is one of my favorites as well.  We were walking back from the Daughter's of Confederacy building and It has the Planters Inn in the background.

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Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment?
It was after we left our reception, we walked down market street together and it was our first moment alone!  We were so happy and could not stop laughing because of how excited we were to be married!

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Most valuable piece of advice you'd give to a newly engaged bride:
Make your decisions based upon what means the most to the two of you together!  Relax and have fun!  The day will come and go so fast.  Paul and I still look back and can't believe how much fun we had together that day.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Riverland Studios  //  Dress Designer: Allure Bridals  //  Dress Store: Brickhouse Bridal  //  Restaurant: Peninsula Grill  //  Event Venue: Planters Inn  //  Floral Designer: sara york grimshaw designs  //  Hair Stylist: Stella Nova  //  Reception Band: Joe Clarke Trio  //  Ceremony Music:  String Trio provided by Joe Clarke  //  Wedding Favors:  Tyler Candle Company Candles  //  Officiant:  Brad Boyles (Paul's Brother- In- Law)

William Aiken House Wedding {Sarah + Steven}

This weekend was kind of epic.  Not only did the weather finally shape up, but we had the honor of attending the 1st Draft a Celebrity Tournament at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.  It was a BLAST, and we may have even met Bill Murray!  So, as we attempt to leave the weekend behind and dive into Monday morning, we have a feeling this lovely William Aiken House wedding will be just what the doctor order to slap a smile on your face.   Sarah + Steven's romantic Fall bash was dressed up with beautiful white flowers and dusty millers from the talented ladies of Out of HandFish treated guests to delicious cuisine while Cupcake topped things of with tasty treats.  Thanks to White Wave Photography for capturing all the details! charleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddingscharleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddings

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: White Wave Photography  /  Venue: William Aiken House  /  Florist: Out of Hand  /  Catering: Fish  /  Desserts: Cupcake   /  AV: Eklipse Productions

Best of 2013 {Top 20} Lowcountry Weddings

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Boone Hall Plantation Wedding Inspiration {JoPhoto} LB Floral

Last week I had a hankering to feature a styled shoot, so I put it out there on twitter and my little heart couldn't have been happier with what rolled into my inbox.  Southern wedding photographer, JoPhoto, made my day and is about to make your week with this stunning Boone Hall Plantation wedding inspiration shoot.  With the help of LB Floral and Vanity Salon, the group created one magical Lowcountry afternoon.  We adore this lovely floral bridal halo, a blooming cotton field, and two dreamy gowns (lace wedding gown, and a flowy bridesmaid gown).   Along with the amazing natural light, The Avenue of Oaks lining the drive of Boone Hall Plantation was the perfect Charleston wedding backdrop and we have a feeling your Pinterest boards will agree.

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Confederate Home Wedding {Lee Ann + Matthew}

With the overwhelming response we've received asking about how to get a print copy of A Lowcountry Wedding, we've recently switched over to a new program that will easily allow you to order your own print copies.  YAY!   So if you’re in the mood to dive head first into all things Lowcountry and all things weddings, then boy do we have a treat for you!   So head on over and be inspired by all that the Fall/Winter edition has to offer.   Check it out and get your copies here.   I'm a big fan of Loren Routhier and her captivating photography.  It's classic and timeless and oh-so romantic!  Lee Ann + Matthew's Confederate Home wedding is no different.  The couple's destination wedding took place late this summer in the heart of the Holy City.  A combination of botanical and birds made for quite the ethereal evening.  The ceremony took place under a large, majestic oak tree, while the reception and cocktail hour were held on the expansive porch and inside the historic home. confederate home wedding in charleston sc

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Loren Routhier Photography  //  Caterer: Cafe Catering  //  Floral Designer: Charleston Florist  //  Reception Venue: Confederate Home & College  //  Makeup Artist: Generations of Designs

 

Boone Hall Plantation Wedding {Ginny + Zach} Ooh! Events

I'm just going to give you a heads up, when you see beautiful Bride Ginny, you'll immediately be super envious of how stunning she looks.  She wore a flowing, strapless gown while her hair was effortlessly curled, which is how I always want my hair to look - perfect, yet not trying too hard - and an amazing headpiece that might just stop you in your tracks.  Seriously gorgeous.  Not only did the bride take our breath away, but everything about her Boone Hall Plantation wedding had us wanting more!  That wonderful crew at Ooh! Events knocked it out of the park with rustic decor and eye-catching flowers.  Thanks to the talented Juliet Elizabeth for capturing all the details in this beautiful Charleston wedding!

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

Designer: Ooh! Events  /  Photographer:  Juliet Elizabeth Photography  /  Venue: Boone Hall Plantation

 

 

 

Southern Weddings {Whitney + Trevor}

As we sit here and patiently await the lovely wintry mix that is making its way to the Lowcountry, I thought I'd share a few Southern weddings that will perfectly complement tonight's Big Bang Theory marathon and glass of wine!  First up is Whitney + Trevor's Texas-sized soiree at The Party Barn at the MD Resort.  It was filled with adorable rustic details, the perfect bouquets, vintage cigar boxes and homemade pies!  Whitney sported a gorgeous tea length gown with blue suede shoes.  Whitney is a huge fan of Elvis, so it only made sense! She really rocked the tea length wedding gown with beautiful lace details. And how amazing did Trevor look in is perfectly paisley button up? What a great looking couple!  Thanks to POPography for capturing all our favorite Southern wedding details!

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 Southern Wedding Vendors

Photography: POPography  /  Floral: Rachael Alcon  /  Make-up: Amanda Hernandez  /  Venue: MD Resort  /  Dress: Maggie Sottero  /  Video: Brad Gamm  /  Bridesmaid Dresses: COCORICCOOO  /  DJ: Mark Brown COMPLETE, DALLAS

 

Charleston {Kellie + Nicholas} Lighthouse on Shem Creek Wedding

Good morning!  While some of you might be enjoying your weekend recovering from a crazy week at work, we're here in the ALW office prepping for a BIG week (and year!).  Early next week, we'll be debuting your premier issues of A Lowcountry Wedding Mag on Apple Newsstand, introducing some new Southern wedding vendors to the family and sharing our top picks from 2013!.  In the meantime, we've got to keep the Lowcountry wedding loveliness coming with this beautiful Lighthouse on Shem Creek wedding from the talented Reese Moore Photography with help from MOSAIC Catering and Charleston Flower Market.  We're loving this timeless color palette, the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses and the amazing view of Shem Creek!

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Reese Moore Weddings  //  Floral Designer: Charleston Flower Market  //  DJ:Complete Music  //  Dress Store: David's Bridal  //  Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co.  //  Caterer: MOSAIC Catering  //  Hair Stylist:Ziba Salon  //  Reception Venue:Lighthouse on the Creek

Charleston Wedding {Chloe + Kyle} Cabell House

I actually saw Chloe's wedding when her photographer, Taylor Rae Photography, had posted a teaser shot on her facebook page.  From there I was hooked.   Chloe's the epitome of my ideal Southern bride.  Her hair and makeup are effortlessly perfect and her gown just stops me in my tracks.  Full skirt with 3/4 length lace sleeves?  Yes, please.  So, naturally, I had to include her Charleston wedding at the Cabell House in our premier issue of A Lowcountry Wedding, and, from the looks of it, you've all been loving it!  Dying to see more?! Check out all the details in our complete digital edition of A Lowcountry Wedding Mag which you can purchase here!

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Chloe made the wedding her own, but the beautiful contributions her family made simply cannot be ignored. The bride chose a color palate of greys and white with a hint of black that created an effortless and graceful feel. These colors were incorporated in the handmade pillow her mother crafted for her nephew, the ring bearer, to carry down the aisle. Also incorporated in the color palate were the white peonies and roses that were seen in all of the day’s floral arrangements. The bridal bouquet was completed by a small antique bell that Chloe’s grandmother has worn all of her life.

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After the courtyard ceremony, the guests sat down to a family style meal at an extended farm table where they were treated to a traditional Southern fare of the fried chicken, mac and cheese, country ham, and fried okra. Spanish moss served as a table runner, which was lined with subdued floral arrangements in mercury glass votives. The intimate mood of the evening was truly set by the flower filled chandelier hanging over the table, which the father of the bride crafted for the occasion.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Battery Park  /  Reception Venue: Cabell House  /  Photographer:  Taylor Rae Photography  /  Gown:  Fountaine Bridals  /  Rentals: Event DRS  /  Catering: Granville's Catering  /  Entertainment:  David Dixon  /  Tuxedo: Men's Warehouse  /  Cake: Callie Baxter  /  Hair/Makeup: Kacie Fauling  /  Planning, Design, Floral: Morpho Designs