So our friend Brittani, of Britt Croft Photography, is tying the knot in Charleston this coming September. I asked her if she’d take us on the journey as she navigates through all things wedding planning, right up until her fabulous Lowcountry Wedding! Today, it’s all about her photographer. Take it away, Britt…
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Hi ALW! It’s been a while, but I’ve been truckin’ along with my wedding to do list! Last time I wrote, I chatted about selecting our venue. I get so excited when I think about it because I just know it’s so “us” and will set the perfect mood and backdrop for our big day.
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Probably the most important thing to me, naturally, was the photography. Everyone has different priorities, but for us, the photography is what will take us back years down the road. It’s how we’ll remember so many of the thing that flew by that day, or that we were too busy to think about. Our wedding album will become a family heirloom that we will pass along to our children and grandchildren. Photography was definitely at the top of the list in terms of importance. Along with the venue and food (also so important to us), the photography was also a big chunk of our budget.
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As a wedding photographer myself, people have asked me from day one of our engagement who would shoot our wedding. “Surely you must have chosen that first!” people would say. Nope. Sure didn’t. In fact, the decision stressed me out A LOT. It was SO important to me that I was terrified of making the wrong decision…so I put it off and put it off, but after we booked our venue, I really had to buckle down and discuss it with Dustin before the awesome photographers I loved booked up for our date.
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I spent a ton of time thinking about it. There are so many photographers whose work I love that I didn’t know how I could choose. I finally narrowed it down to three. I thought some more. I browsed portfolios, blogs, etc. I tried to get a feel for personalities and such. I thought about it even more. I wanted someone with us on our big day that I felt I could relate to. I know that on your wedding day, you spend a lot of time with your photographer. I wanted someone who used light beautifully…that is SO important to me! I wanted someone who told a story, who would appreciate us wanting to do a first look, would pay close attention to details and the personalization we plan to add to our wedding, and who put a lot of emphasis on bride and groom portraits. Portraits of my handsome southern man and I on our big day is so important to me because I know those will be some of the most powerful and intimate pictures from the day. Just us…loving being in love. I thought some more. I figured I needed a plan of action…I needed to prioritize my list and see who was available. Well, I decided who was my number one choice and emailed yer. Yup! She was available for September 15th! Yay! We chatted a bit about the day and soon after were officially booked!
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So…who’d we choose? Well, the sweet Katelyn James. After doing all that thinking…this wedding in particular really sold me: Buddy & Jill . There was SO much that was just so relatable about it. Buddy’s looks and handiness reminds me of Dustin in a lot of ways…and of course the whole cozy country theme and “farmers wife” thing was perfect. We knew from the beginning we wanted our whole wedding party to wear boots, too, and I just loved the whole mood and vibe of this wedding. We really felt like Katelyn would know how to work with us and shoot our kind of wedding. We can’t wait to see how she tells the story of a day we are so eager to be here. Anddddd…we are getting super excited about our engagement session! It’ll be here before we know it in April and it will be so special to have some truly authentic professional portraits of us just being us.
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So what happened next? Well, we booked our caterer, DJ, AND I just recently found my dress!!! I thought the latter would be a stressful and exhausting experience, but it was anything but. I can’t wait to share about those next two steps with y’all in the next few weeks!
Have you heard the big news!? Charleston Weddings is teaming up with three of the Lowcountry’s top wedding vendors for some crazy giveaways and all you have to do is enter by April 2nd. For starters, how do you feel about a send off brunch for up to 23 guests at Isle of Palm’s Wild Dunes? Next, you could win hair and makeup for your entire wedding party from Tabula Rasa Bridal Salon and last, but certainly not least, one heck of a wedding video package valued up to 5,000! So, ladies…get cracking and enter today!
To kick off this gorgeous Thursday, we’re sharing Jamie + Mike’s gorgeous Miami Engagement Session from Stay Forever Photography. The couple spent the afternoon at the elegant Deering Estate for a very eventful day under the fabulous palms.
Once a week we like to take a little road trip out of the Lowcountry to feature some wedding fabulous-ness from across the country and today, we’re headed to beautiful Maryland for Casey + Matt’s SURPRISE wedding. That’s right, I said surprise! The couple arrived early to the stunning Black Ankle Vineyard to make sure they had time to squeeze in some portraits before the party got started. They toured the grounds with the talented Carmen Wang to take advantage of their picturesque backdrop. Shortly after, guests began arriving for what they thought was a cocktail party. After about 30 minutes of mingling with their guests, the bride and groom slipped away to change into their ceremony attire to kick off the magical evening. The couple did such a good job keeping their big day a secret that only the mother of the bride, minister and maid of honor had been kept in the loop, so needless to say they were shocked when they found out a ceremony was taking place!
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 in Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach regularly incorporate 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!
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The weather’s perfect, the flowers are starting to bloom and Spring is un-officially here! You know what that means…wedding season is right around the corner!! To help get us in the mood, our friends over at Scott Hopkins Photography are sharing Kam + Jason’s beautiful Lowcountry wedding at Hilton Head’s Windows on the Waterway. Kam looked stunning in a strapless gown that she paired with a flirty pink bouquet designed by A Floral Affair while her maids rocked darling pink dresses. The couple tied the knot in a laid back outdoor ceremony that overlooked the Intracostal waterway. After saying ‘I do,’ the newlyweds and their guests moved the party to Windows on the Waterway where the talented team from Celebrations Catering & Events treated guests to an array of Southern cuisine and Signe’s supplied the tasty cupcakes. Jojo Squirrel and the Home Pickles kept everyone up and dancing til late in the evening!
So, first thing’s first, Charleston Fashion Week is right around the corner and you know what comes with CFW!?! The Spring Bridal Show, of course! Saturday, March 24th, Charleston Weddings Magazine is bringing to life all of our favorite gowns from the top local and regional designers. Doors open at 10:30 am (and don’t be late because complimentary cocktails are only from 10:30-11!) and the show begins promptly at 11:15. Not only will you be privy to all the latest fashions, but you’ll have the opportunity to tour the lounge where you can sip cocktails, sample sweets from some of Charleston’s most sought-after wedding vendors and shop, shop, shop! Tickets start at $45.00 and can be purchased online here. If you are newly engaged this is THE place to be!
Go ahead and get your Pinterest ready because Leigh + Doug’s big Texas wedding will have you pinning like crazy…and it doesn’t hurt that the amazing LongBrook Photography hit this one out of the park! Bride Leigh is just adorable. I love everything about her. The dress, the hair, the bouquet…everything is spot on. They held their big Southern bash at Texas Women’s University which they filled darling personal touches. Leigh enlisted the talents of Lyons’ Share Weddings to pull off a fabulous affair with tons of elegant details with a sweet vintage aftertaste.
Who’s got two thumbs and like burlap!? THIS GIRL! I mean, isn’t it obvious? I remember the first time I saw this Burlap + Bling inspiration shoot (see above and below!) from Nashville Photographer, Kristyn Hogan and the team at Cedarwood Weddings, my jaw dropped right to the floor. Ah-maz-ing! I remember thinking, if only I had seen this before I got married. I’m pretty sure I would have translated every ounce of this shoot into some aspect of my Charleston wedding decor. There’s just something about burlap all dressed up that I can’t get enough of. It’s easygoing, classic, beautiful…it just screams Lowcountry. From serving trays to invitations, I’ve bundled up some of my favorite ways to incorporate burlap into your fabulous Charleston wedding. Hope you enjoy!