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Pink River Course wedding on Kiawah Island

Pink River Course wedding on Kiawah Island

Carolyn & Simmons’ River Course wedding on Kiawah Island South Carolina by Virgil Bunao Photography and Boutique Planning with a pink, cream and gold color palette.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Rehearsal Dinner at The Ocean Course

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Rehearsal Dinner at The Ocean Course

Carolyn & Sim’s Ocean Course Rehearsal Dinner at Kiawah Island Golf Resort by Virgil Bunao Phtoography and Boutique Planning

Charleston Wedding {Erin + Steve} The Island House

I went weak-in-the-knees for every single Lowcountry wedding that has graced the pages of our premier issue!  They're all stunning!  But I have a special place in my heart for Erin + Steve's Island House bash.  I'm not sure if it's how their amazing photographer Virgil Bunao captured all the details, or maybe  how Ooh! Events dreamed up this eclectic color palette with eye catching flower arrangements, or what sounds like the perfect menu of libations and Southern dishes from Cru Catering that the duo treated their guests to, but I adore every last detail of this Charleston wedding.  Thanks to Erin and her talented mother for adding all the personal touches to their big Southern wedding day!  Even though we tried, we couldn’t include everything in the magazine, so to find out a little more about Erin’s big day you can read her answers below, but to see ALL the details check out the Mag here! charleston weddingsHow did he propose? How long were you engaged for?

I think I may have the best proposal story ever.  In August 2011, we'd planned to spend a weeklong vacation with Steve's parents in New Hampshire.  The night before we were supposed to leave, Steve handed me a piece of paper.  It took me a minute to realize that it was an itinerary for a surprise trip to Madrid - leaving the next day!!  He'd planned everything - and had even done my laundry so I would have plenty of clothes for the trip!  During our first day in Madrid, we roamed around the city and even went back to the place where we had our first kiss.  The next day, he took me a private Spanish cooking class, and then to the Retiro park.  He proposed in the park, and then told me we were going to spend the rest of the week on an engagement-moon in the Basque Country!  It was like a dream.

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What made you choose your Charleston wedding venue? What elements drew you to it?

I grew up in Chesterfield, SC and Steve is from New York, but we currently live in San Francisco.  We knew we wanted to get married in South Carolina as a nod to my childhood, and we chose Charleston because we'd traveled there together and made some amazing memories.  We looked at a ton of venues, and we really wanted to find a place that celebrated the natural beauty of the lowcountry.  When we saw the Island House for the first time, we both knew it was where we wanted to get married.  The proximity to the water, the wide open outdoor space, and the simple beauty of it all took our breath away.

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Specialty Drinks?

Steve and I are cocktail aficionados, and the team at IceBox exceeded all our expectations (plus they let us do a really fun cocktail tasting ahead of time!).   Our specialty cocktails were: Holiday in Spain (nod to our engagement and where we met - it was a jalapeno and cilantro margarita with macerated red peppers for a reddish tint) and the Johns Island Cider (Rum, Spiced Apple Cider, Mint, Ginger Beer).

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

That's really tough - mainly because Virgil is incredible.  There's a picture of Steve and me holding hands out on the dock that I really adore, and then a party shot with us in front and all our friends behind us rocking out (and wearing neon glasses!).

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

-My mother handmade a lot of my favorite details from the wedding - homemade peach bourbon jam for the wedding favors, travel-themed placecards, and homemade pralines and benne wafers for our welcome bags.  She worked so hard on everything, and it was so beautiful (and delicious!) so her creations were some of my favorite details.

-I really loved using table names instead of numbers.  Steve and I love to travel, so I used chalkboard signs to write the names of places Steve and I have traveled together.  People really got a kick out of sitting at the Reykjavik, Iceland or Zanzibar, Tanzania table

-The brooch that I pinned to my bouquet was particularly special to me.  It's from a set of jewelry made by Tiffany's in the 1800s as a replica of the jewelry designed by Abraham Lincoln for Mary Todd to wear on her wedding day.  I was the 5th generation in my family to wear this jewelry on my wedding day.

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Tell us a little bit about your Charleston wedding menu…We are obsessed with good food, and Cru Catering made the wedding dinner of our dreams.  For appetizers, we had a yellow tomato gazpacho shooter with habanero crema, collard green wontons, and a raw bar.  We served a tomato and muskmelon salad with candied pecans, and a choice of ginger seared wreck fish or pomegranate glazed cornish hen.  Objectively (or maybe not), this was one of the best meals of my life.

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We did wedding pies instead of a wedding cake, and I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out!  Lauren from Wild Flour Pastry blew us away with bourbon pecan pie, key lime pie with gingersnap crust, walnut derby pie, triple berry pie with oat streusel, and a banoffee (banana-toffee) pie!  I heard that one older lady went back to the pie table five times to try all the varieties!

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Something old: The family heirloom brooch I put on my bouquet.

Something new: My parents gave me diamond earrings, and my gorgeous Badgley Mischka shoes!!

Something borrowed: A sapphire and diamond bracelet from my grandmother

Something blue:  Lots!  My sapphire engagement ring and the sapphire/diamond necklace Steve gave me as a wedding day present.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Virgil Bunao  /  Flowers, Décor & Design: Ooh! Events  /  Coordination: Ooh! Event, Emily Miller  /  Venue: The Island House  /  Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston  /  Reception Music: Atlanta Party Band  /  Catering: Cru Catering  /  Bar: IceBox  /  Wedding Pies: WildFlour Pastry  /  Tent & Rentals: Atlantic Tent  /  Photo Booth: Oh Snap!  /  Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Fernandez

Charleston Wedding Winter Fashion {Zero George}

A few weeks ago, thanks to the hospitable ladies of Easton Events, I had the pleasure of spending an evening knee-deep in Charleston wedding fashion (just how I like it!) at the lovely Zero George.  If you’ve never moseyed on over to the quaint hotel on the corner of George and East Bay, you’re simply missing out.  It’s effortlessly luxurious vibe made me feel like I had stumbled upon a little hidden secret in the heart of the Holy City.  It was the perfect backdrop to enjoy a collection of swoon-worthy gowns from Maddison Row and their dreamy counterparts from Bella BridesmaidCharleston Events Hair and Makeup finished the off the looks with show-stopping hair and makeup while Sara York Grimshaw designed elegant arrangements throughout.  As always, thanks to the talented Virgil Bunao for capturing all the pretty!

Charleston Wedding Vendors

Venue: Zero George  /  Gowns:  Maddison Row  /  Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid  /  Event Design: Easton Events  /  Florist: Sara York Grimshaw  /   Photographer: Virgil Bunao  /  Accessories/Styling: Stacy Smallwood of Hampden  /  Beauty: Dana Armstrong and Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup  /   Invitation Artwork: Happy Menocal  / Invitations: Dulles Designs


Pepper Plantation Wedding {Jennifer + Mike}

Grey and Yellow Pepper Plantation wedding in Charleston, SC with rustic details by Virgil Bunao, Loluma, Wildflowers Inc., and Sweetgrass Social Event & Design

Maddison Rown + Bella Bridesmaid Event

Last week, the creative geniuses of Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaid teamed up for 'The Art of the Dress' event and treated all of their guests to an evening of luxe bridal heaven.  The soiree took place at the gorgeous Rebekah Jacob Gallery and  the fabulous Dana Cubbage Photography was their to capture the crazy beauty.  Another one of our favorites, Charleston wedding vendors, Virgil Bunao, was there to man the photo booth!  Check out some of these ridiculous bridal creations.  If you find something that suits your fancy, check the designers below.  I mean, can somebody give me that mint bridesmaid gown!?!? I die. charleston wedding show at rebekah jacoby gallery

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 Gowns for our Lowcountry Ladies!

Peplum Gown: Legends by Romona Keveza  /  Silver Beaded Top Ballgown: Claire by Anna Maier  /  Illusion Lace neckline gown with Nude underlay:  Gemma by Anna Maier  /  Silver Lace gown: Treasure by Monique Lhuillier  /  Chantilly Lace Cap Sleeve Sheath Gown with detachable tulle skirt: Embrace with Embrace Skirt by Monique Lhuillier  /  Hand Beaded A Line gown with tulle bottom – Amethyst

 Bridesmaid Attire:

Floor Length Mint Bridesmaid Dress: Melinda by Dolly Pearl  /  Floor Length Blush Bridesmaid Gown: New Monique Lhuillier tulle  /  Floral Print Dress on models: Amsale in shell printed chiffon  /  Striped Short Dress: LulaKate Pearl dress with 31 Bits necklace  /  Long Sleeve Lace Shortie: Posey by Encore  /  Taupe Cap Sleeve Neutral: Newbury long by Ceremony by Joanna August with 31 Bits necklace


 Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photography: Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography  /  Photobooth: Virgil Bunao  /  Florals: Sara York Grimshaw  /  Gowns + Dresses: Maddison Row + Bella Bridesmaid  /  Bracelets: Bourbon and Bowties  /  Venue:  Rebekah Jacobs Gallery  /  Hair + Makeup: Charleston Events Hair and Make Up  /  Necklaces: 31 Bits  /  Desserts: Matt Watts