Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. I can’t believe it’s already Monday morning again I swear these summer weekends just keep flying by. I wanted to kick off this week with one of the coolest engagement sessions I’ve ever seen. The gorgeous couple, Aubrey + Jeff, share a love of collecting random things (Jeff may jokingly refers to his bride-to-be as a hoarder) and they plan to incorporate many of the treasures they’ve acquired into their upcoming wedding. Jeff compares Aubrey’s hobby to their five-year relationship saying, “If you keep something around long enough, you end up never wanting to let it go.” So, it made perfect sense they chose the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas as the backdrop for their eclectic engagement session. From the natural light and beautiful couple to the mounds of vintage finds and mustaches, photographer Caryn Wood of Love Caryn Photography, did an AH-mazing job capturing these two in their element. I still can’t get over how Aubrey’s dress pops in every picture? Love it.
Kelly + Tom’s journey started alllll the way back in the first grade. The future lovebirds first crossed paths in Mrs. Stuart’s class but shortly after their 7th grade year, Tom moved away. It wasn’t until years later on a random evening in Philadelphia that a relationship started to form…and we’re so glad it did! Lucky for us, Kelly + Tom chose Fripp Island as the backdrop to their beautiful Lowcountry Wedding. The darling couple enlisted the talents of Charleston wedding photographer, Philip Casey, of Studio 1250, and boy did he deliver! Throughout the day, Kelly + Tom were just oozing with happiness and love. Their emotions for each other definitely spilled over to their guests and allowed Philip to catch some truly frame-able images. The couple wed on the beach in a simple. laid back ceremony in front of all their family and friends. I’m really loving the one of Kelly and her dad walking down the aisle. Afterwards, they had a fabulous time enjoying their guests, the dancing and the Lowcountry…and can we talk about them jumping in the pool!
Hey everyone! My name is Brit and I’m abloggerand wedding stylist. I was thrilled when Erin invited me to guest post while she’s off on vacation. I have been itching to share this latest color board with readers. Yellow and gray are two colors I never tire of. There is just something modern, yet classic and antique about them together that I really love. With this palette I added a splash of olive green, for added freshness, and a touch of white gives it a great backdrop. This is one of those versatile palettes that can carry from Spring to Summer to early Fall.
So, I’ve been waiting for quite awhile to share Jennifer + Rob’s Honey Horn Plantation Wedding. From the moment I first saw these images I couldn’t stop gushing over this color palette…and can you blame me? Those bouquets are ridiculous! The fabulous Jenny Evelyn was on hand to capture the gorgeous bride and her dapper groom tie the knot at this perfect Lowcountry Wedding. I’m so in love with this wedding that I just had to know more, so I asked Jennifer to fill us in on some additional details about their big day…
So give us a little background on you and Rob…
I first met Rob at a church I visited with a few of my friends. We all went out for lunch after the service and he sat beside me. We had casual conversation at that point, but I had no idea he was even interested in me. I remember he was in a hurry to leave when we finished lunch because he was looking forward to watching a Clemsonbasketball game! We didn’t keep in touch until we became friends on Facebook. We began chatting and exchanged numbers after some time. He claims he asked me out to dinner while we were chatting on Facebook, but I didn’t think it was very obvious and I turned him down! Thankfully, he pursued me and eventually called me to ask me out for our first date.
Tell us about the proposal…
Rob planned the best proposal ever on December 19, 2009! He sent a package to my apartment filled with a beautiful dress and fancy shoes. The package also contained a letter telling me that I was in for an evening I wouldn’t forget! He explained that I was not to contact him and that someone would be there at 3:45 sharp to pick me up. Well, as I am reading this letter, I panicked because I hadn’t showered and it was already 2:45. Rob’s best friend picked me up promptly at 3:45 and handed me anotherletter that gave me clues to our first destination. We stopped at three places and, at each place; a note was waiting for me. Each one was romantically written, rhymed, and reminiscent of our relationship and the experiences we’ve had together. At the final location, Rob was waiting for me on the beach. He read the final letter and it was then and there that he asked me to be his wife. Obviously, I said yes! The surprises didn’t stop there – we picked up my dad from the airport then met the rest of our family and friends for dinner to celebrate!
Why did you choose to haveA Lowcountry Wedding?
We chose to have a lowcountry wedding because we live here – it’s where we met, where began our relationship and we share so many memories here. Hilton Head Island also offers beautiful scenery for a wedding.
Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment was the firsttime I saw Rob as I walked down the aisle with my dad. I couldn’t stop smiling! I also loved walking back down the aisle with Rob after we had been declared husband and wife!
Rob would say his favorite momentwas the same and add that he loved the sound of the bagpipes playing as I walked toward him. The bagpiper was a surprise from me to him!
So, how did Honey Horn Plantation win you over?
We attended a wedding there together about a year before our wedding and it was extremely beautiful and very practical for a wedding. The large oak trees, the Spanish moss, the palm trees, and the dock by the water offered all the scenery you expect in the lowcountry. We also liked the ability to have the ceremony, social hour, and reception all in the same place but at different locations within walking distance on the plantation.
Tell us a little bit about your menu…
Our menu was all Lowcountry – pulled pork and chicken barbecue, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, green beans, salad, fruit and served sweet tea, lemonade, and water in small mason jars.
One of my favorite questions to ask brides is what was their favorite ________. I especially like to know, out of all their gorgeous photographs, which takes the cake. Obviously, you can tell Jennifer had plenty of gorgeous options thanks to Jenny Evelyn Photography but below was her ultimate favorite….don’t you agree?
Looking back on your engagement and wedding, isthere any advice you would give to brides in the planning process?
My advice would be:
If you have a budget, do your absolute best to stick to it. Work backwards starting with how many people you are going to have attend the wedding.
Enjoy the wedding and the wedding planning process – do your best not to get caught up on every little detail, especially as the wedding day gets closer.
Remember this is your day as a couple – you cannot please everybody!
The most important advice is to keep your focus on the marriage and commitment you are about to make instead of just the planning of one day.
Hi! I’m Amanda from baci designer stationery + events, a custom stationery and event planning boutique located in Northeast Ohio. A huge thank you to Erin for having me today ) My husband and I lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for three years and while we were there our love for the south grew greater with each year that passed. We loved it so much that in 2006 we were engaged while visiting Isle of Palms near Charleston (hands down our favorite place on earth!!)! While we were sad to leave, our need to be closer to our families prevailed and we moved back to the Midwest a few years ago. Everyday we miss all the things we adored so much about the south – the perfect weather, the soft southern accents that accompanied some of the most wonderful people and of course, the food!! So I thought there wasn’t a more perfect audience to create a Lowcountry Inspiration Board for than you all! I envision the warm, vintage palette at an outdoor wedding on the land of a local plantation followed by a fabulous black tie reception in the main house complete with a fresh-caught seafood dinner, finishing off the night with a fully stocked cigar bar. Southern charm at its best!
Hi there – Lauren fromSouthern Aislehere! When Erin asked me to take a look back at my wedding just a few short months ago, I was delighted to reflect on a few things I learned throughout the process. One BIG thing planning my own wedding taught me was how to be a better wedding guest myself. So, here’s a little run down of a few things that drove me completely bonkers as a bride and I have profusely vowed to never ever do again myself. Scouts honor!
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RSVP – I get it. We’ve all had that moment when you’re sorting through your pile of bills and magazines and out slips an RSVP card you haven’t sent back…to a wedding you’re attending this weekend. Ruh roh! Life gets hectic and sending back that little response card isn’t always on the top of everyone’s to-do list, but I cannot express to you enough how dire this is. I promise it’s not just for the benefit of knowing who to expect on your big day. The bride needs to be able to report her final head count to many other vendors and it could ultimately affect her budget. I once heard of a wedding where 60 extra people who did not RSVP showed up last minute; nowhere for them to sit and no food for them to eat. Talk about every bride’s worst nightmare! Luckily this did not happen to us, but I did have to do my fair share of pestering a handful of unaccounted for guests. If you misplace your card, a phone call, email or airplane banner will also get the message across.
Image by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty
Presents – This may sound picky but if at all possible, try to avoid bringing your present to the wedding. By bringing it the day of the event, you run the risk of your gift getting lost in the mix. It’s one more thing for the bride and groom or their parents to transport after the wedding. And, if the bride and groom do not reside in the city where they are getting married, it further complicates the process of getting the items to their final destination. If you absolutely have to bring it, make sure the card or gift tag is securely attached so the couple will know whom to thank. We had a few gifts that by the time they reached our hands had been separated from their card. I had to play detective for days until we got it all sorted out. When in doubt, ship it!
Image via Elizabeth Messina
Face Time –Everyone wants a little face time with the bride and groom. After all, that’s the reason you are there; to show your love and support for the couple and give them your well wishes. However, assess the situation before flocking. For instance, when the bride and groom have just sat down to eat – probably not the best time to go interrupt. Let them have a few moments of peace with each other and their (probably much needed) plate of food. You can catch them on the dance floor later. We personally tried to visit with and thank each guest for coming but inevitably missed some of our guests. And, if you aren’t able to get a little face time, do not be discouraged, I promise it’s not personal. It’s just the way the wedding cookie crumbles – so many guests, so little time!
A big, big thank you to Erin for letting me pop over to A Lowcountry Wedding and share with all of you! So, go forth and be a better wedding guest!