I’ve always been a big fan of cocktail hour (and not just because I enjoy a good specialty drink), but it sets the stage for the entire evening. Cocktail hour typically begins as guests start to file into the reception venue and are anxiously awaiting the bride and groom’s arrival. As they wait for the celebration to kick off, it’s always nice to treat your guests to a preview of the menu to come. It’s a great way to get the party started and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love being greeted by servers with trays full of delicious appetizers! I’ve rounded up some of my recent favorites that are very fitting for a spring/summer affair!
Image by Serena Grace
Fish and Chips via Adeline and Grace Photography
Lasagna Cupcakes via Quick Dish
Mini Wine + Cheese by Peter Callahan
Mini BLT Bites by Sunday Supper
Antipasta Kebobs by The Hungry Housewife
Chili Lime Shrimp Cups by Inspired Taste
Okra Cornmeal Cakes by Annie's Eats
Mini Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Bacon by Jana Laurene
I hope everyone had a lovely Easter (and Masters!) weekend and was able to enjoy the weather! We’re going to get things started this week with an effortless, Fall engagement session by Emily Horton Photography at the famed Boone Hall Plantation. The historic plantation was a beautiful Lowcountry backdrop for the couple’s autumn afternoon and Whitney + Chris went classic attire to compliment the scenery. Whitney was glowing and relaxed as Emily captured the soon-to-be newlyweds in their element.
Each designer will showcase their latest collections in a runway presentation of environmentally friendly, trend-setting fashion. Featured designers include Caroline Baker MAUDE COUTURE, Mallory Curlee CURLEEBIKINI, Antonina Ramsey IN HARMONY and Hannalie Taylor 3 THIMBLES.
Maude Couture by Caroline Baker
Oh, and did I forget to mention that the crew from Earth Fare will be providing the wine and the first 50 guest will receive a sweet gift bag provided by Cos Bar and Paul Mitchell! So, get to steppin’ and buy your tickets here because space is limited!
Finally, it’s Friday and, per usual, we’re sending you guys off with some sun-kissed photography to get the weekend started just right. Salpy + Anto are both musicians, so they had to incorporate their love of melodies into their engagement session, especially since that’s what brought them together in the first place. He’s a guitarist and she’s a singer in an up-and-coming band. At first sight they fell madly in love and are now they’re going to make it official! They chose a quiet little spot in Griffith Park to highlight their edgy, vintage style with their love of music and photographer Randi Marie captured every spectacular moment.
Brittany + Edward selected a Charleston staple for their March nuptials. If you’ve ever strolled down King Street, I’m sure you’ve seen the American Theater (or at least remember if from The Notebook!) It’s a beautiful, historic venue that’s unique space even allows for on-site ceremonies…which today’s couple took full advantage of! But, the bride and groom didn’t just stop with a killer venue, they went all out with a talented round-up of Charleston wedding vendors. Our friends over at Tiger Lily Weddings knocked it out-of-the-park with stunning flowers in a sweet blue and white color palette, while the fabulous Paige Winn Photo was on hand to capture their adorable day with these classically beautiful images…
So, things have really taken off over here at A Lowcountry Wedding! Our readership grows every week and on a daily basis we’re receiving emails, tweets and facebook messages from Lowcountry brides who are in search of their perfect vendors…well not to worry, your wish is our command! We’re currently in the process of adding a vendor section for each region of the Lowcountry to assist with your wedding day needs! Until then, continue to shoot us emails and we’ll make sure to point you in the right direction
Now, to the good stuff! One of our favorites, Brooke Christl Photography, kindly sent over this gorgeous Myrtle Beach wedding and we just couldn’t wait to share it with our brides-to-be. Katie + Rob tied the knot last May in an outdoor ceremony on the grounds of Pine Lakes Country Club. The bride strolled down the aisle in a stunning strapless gown by Justin Alexander Bridal while her maids looked charming in Navy dresses. After saying ‘I do’, they continued the celebration in the ballroom where Bright and Beautiful Flowers adorned the space with beautiful, natural floral arrangements that complimented the blue, yellow, green and white color palette. Guests enjoyed tasty Lowcountry cuisine before the bride and groom departed in a classic, old school ride!
While I tend to be a big fan of flip flops, I sure do love a good pair of heels…especially with a wedding dress. I’m not sure what it is but when you throw on a fun pair of heels it automatically gives you a little sass in your step. So, I’ve rounded up a few of my favs to spark a little inspiration in your wedding day attire. I’ve got dainty and neutral to swanky and colorful. I’ve got buttons and bows, ruffles and sparkles…a little something for everyone!