I’ve been soaking up loads of wedding inspiration today and thought who better to share the fruits of my labor with then my favorite Lowcountry brides and I have a sneaky suspicion you won’t be disappointed. While I’ll always love a gorgeous Fall or Winter wedding, truth be told, I’m more of a Spring/Summer gal…and I think it has a lot to do with the seasonal blooms. It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Pinterest and over the past few weeks it’s provided me with a wealth of soft Spring and Summer bouquets that I couldn’t wait to share with you!CONTINUE READING...
Tuesday is always ‘detail day’ around A Lowcountry Wedding and rather than jumping right into our normal post, I thought we’d mix it up a little bit and share a Nashville affair that’s just as sweet as pie! Ashley + Quinn were wed in an intimate, outdoor ceremony atop the soft, rolling hills of Music’s City’s most sought after wedding venue, Front Porch Farms (Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood got married there this past weekend!) and Wedlock Images was there to capture it all! This antebellum house and its picturesque scenery was the perfect backdrop for this Spring-y Southern soiree. What I love most is Ashley’s exquisite attention to detail on a small budget. She tackled the bouquets, centerpieces, homemade sweets and jams and, even designed and constructed her bridesmaids’ dresses! Impressive, eh? As you can imagine, the combination of the one-of-a-kind venue, the fabulous details and Mrs. J’s Baking and Catering the guests were raving and craving for more!
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Happy Monday, ALW-ers! We’re taking a trip down South to the Georgia Lowcountry this Monday morning to share Diana + Vincent’s swanky Savannah affair from Terri Smith Photo...and let’s just say you’re going to love it! Vincent and Diana met in college through mutual friends Katie and Teresa! At the time neither gave it much thought; except they kept bumping into each other at the local college bar. Both Katie and Teresa claim credit for matching Diana and Vincent. Diana thinks of it as a team effort. One planted the seed and the other watered it! Fast forward 3 years and they were engaged and planning a wedding. The couple had a traditional Catholic ceremony at the grand Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in front of their closest friends and family. Before joining their guests for a classic Southern reception, the newlyweds posed for pictures in the heart of downtown Savannah. The celebration continued at the historic Olde Pink House where their guests were treated to a romantic evening with soft candlelight, delicious lowcountry cuisine and one heck of a party!
Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly gawk anymore over a wedding, Chi Photography sent over Heather + Bart’s Pavilion at Patriots Point affair and I’m right back to square one! For starters, I die over this color palette of brown, purple and green. I mean, I almost can’t handle it. It’s vibrant and rich and just makes me want to see more and more of these gorgeous Branch Design Studio bouquets. Amazing. Secondly, the adorable couple picked the perfect Lowcountry venue to host their nuptials…wouldn’t you say? The Pavilion at Patriots Point not only offers a beautiful scenery, but it also allows offers countless options! Heather + Bart had an elegant outdoor ceremony that was accessorized with chic white umbrellas, petals along the aisle and simple, yet stunning, lanterns. After saying ‘I do’, they posed for portraits with the Charleston Harbor in the background before joining their guest under the tent to get the celebration started. Relish Catering delivered a delicious dose of Lowcountry cuisine while Branch Design Studio transformed the space into a swanky, coastal atmosphere with fabulous centerpieces.
I’m excited to welcome back our good friend Brittani of Britt Croft Photography. Brittani is constantly working with brides as she captures their wedding day but this year she finally gets to be a bride herself! We’ve followed her journey as she decided on her gorgeous Lowcountry venue and picked her perfect photographer and today we get to hear all about the dress…
Hey ALW! I’m so excited to be back and sharing one of my favorite parts so far in the wedding planning process! Yes, I found my DRESS!
I’ll be honest; I was dreading this part of the process. I’m not the girl who had known all along what I wanted to walk down the aisle to my future husband in. I am short and petite with an athletic build, so I was convinced every dress was going to swallow me up and make me look like a big round cotton ball. We southerners love cotton, but we don’t want to look like cotton.
Since my family is still back in Maryland and it was so important to me that my mom and grandmother were a part of the process, I flew home for a weekend solely dedicated to wedding dress shopping. Something I was excited about was having two of the most important ladies to me there for support and honest opinions. It was really special and something I’ll never forget.
I had made an appointment at Ellie’s Bridal Boutique in charming Alexandria, Virginia, and we were off bright and early that morning. I brought in a couple pages torn from a magazine and printed off my computer, and what I handed my consultant looked a little something like this…
I truly felt like my taste was ALL over the place and I had no idea what would work for my body. I also had a very modest budget, because although this is an important dress, on the practical side of things, I’ll wear it once or twice (bridals and wedding day), and that will be that.
My consultant, Crystal, was fabulous and super understanding of my overall confusion and modest budget. She told me to literally just walk around the floor and start pulling things that interested me, so that’s what my Mom and I did, and soon it was time to step into the dresses.
The first dress I put on was a gorgeous strapless Casablanca with rouching and a form fitting shape. I was in love. I could not believe how good I felt. We were all so excited and if the first one went so well, I couldn’t wait to try on a few more! So after a few minutes of oohing and ahhing, I jumped into my second dress. It just didn’t give me the same feeling. Nor did the third. Or the fourth. Or the fifth. Each dress I tried on, I’d compare to the first. I’d say, “It’s nice, but I like the first one better” or “It’s okay, but it doesn’t make me feel like the first dress did.” We were definitely seeing a pattern, so I put the first dress back on and that was all there was to it. That was it! I truly didn’t want to take it off. Crystal put a veil on me and handed me a little bouquet and I literally looked like a bride. I really loved what I saw in the mirror and I was elated with how simple and stress-free the process was!
I can’t spoil the fun and share an image of the dress, but I will say I am in love with Casablanca and for what I wanted (something relatively simple, still elegant, but within a reasonable price), I feel like Casablanca is a home run.
What was the dress shopping process like for you when it was your turn? Or if you’re in the planning stages, re you dreading it like I was, or you know exactly what you want? It truly is a unique experience for everyone but since I was so uptight about it being stressful and “impossible,” I’m so happy that it all came together like it did. I cannot wait to get back into my dress in the next few months for my first fitting!
Oh, my! Never before have I wanted to don gorgeous red locks so badly until I laid my eyes on this garden themed inspiration shoot from Chris Cornwell Photography. This natural shoot is full of wedding day inspiration and includes a soft, whimsical color palette of blush pink and creams with an irresistible vintage ease. So, as I pick my jaw up off the ground, please feel free to get your swoon on with these stunning images…
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PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Cornwell Photography / SHOES: Feather Your Nest / HANKY: PJ’s Attic / BEADED NECKLACE, SALT SHAKER, MUSICAL FIGURINES: Feather Your Nest / BRIDE ART: Feather Your Nest / DISHES: Casafina from Home & Garden Store / SILVERWARE: Something Borrowed / LINENS, DISHES & BIRD VASES: Home and Garden Store / VENUE: Private residence / FLORALS: Fresh cut hydrangeas from the garden & pale pink lilies MODEL/ BRIDE/MAKEUP ARTIST: Jemma Merrifield Gayheart / HAIR: Kayla Holbrook of Karma Spa and Salon, / DRESS: Alfred Angelo / EVENT STYLIST: Davida Patrick
You know I’m a big fan of an oceanfront wedding…and who could blame me? They’re simple, beautiful, brimming with character and charm and when you mix it with a little Lowcountry you get an ease you just can’t find anywhere else. Well, today’s Hilton Head nuptials took place this past Fall at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort and it’s was just as gorgeous as it sounds. The couple, Brianna + Bob, brought along the talented duo at Scott Hopkins Photography to capture their vibrant October wedding while A Floral Affair translated their blue + orange color palette into a colorful soiree! Their coastal vibe was carried throughout the day as sand dollars were used for escort cards, beach chairs adorned the top of their cake and, naturally, guests were treated to a soft, ocean breeze!