We’re wrapping up our Southern Wedding Sunday with Thomas + Aubrey’s Florida engagement session from Julie Paisley Photography. The adorable couple are college sweethearts and will be tying the knot this November. Their rustic, low-key engagement session was filled with dreamy lighting, Spanish moss and perfect clothing choices.
While the boys are knee-deep in fantasy football today, we’re going to celebrate Sunday with a beautiful Southern wedding in Lebanon, Tennessee from Evin Photography. The couple chose the bride’s parent’s home for the event which featured a quaint, private garden that was perfect for their outdoor ceremony. They said ‘I do’ on a perfect Spring day in May under a beautiful wisteria arch. After, they joined guests for a tented reception on the property where guests were treated to an elegant evening under the stars. They complimented their purple and green color palette with touches of birch wood and stunning wooden chandeliers throughout their reception.
We’re wrapping up this week with a classic Charleston wedding from Carmen Ash Photography, and if I had to guess, you’ll be daydreaming about these Lowcountry details for the rest of the weekend! Janie + Cameron met while their dads were coaches for the Chicago Bears. As the couple’s friendship grew, so did their football family! Janie’s brother coaches for the Carolina Panthers, Cameron’s dad coached for the Colts, his brother coaches for Standford and his uncle is Norv Turner, the head coach for the San Diego Chargers (hence they didn’t get married during football season!) Personally, I can’t get over Bride Janie’s beautiful strapless, lace gown, birdcage veil, flawless hair and the perfect pink lips! She’s just glowing. Her bridesmaids looked equally stunning in peacock blue dresses from J. Crew that were accessorized with gorgeous green and white bouquets from Branch Design Studio. The guys looked handsome in tan suits with green ties…perfect for a summer wedding in Charleston. Since the groom had previously worked at the Citadel, the couple tied the knot in front of a packed house on campus at the beautiful Summerall Chapel. After, they snapped some seriously frame-able shots on the parade deck and in the barracks (must-haves if you get married at the Citadel!). The couple and their guests headed to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for one heck of a celebration from a group of fabulous Charleston wedding vendors! Guests dined on Lowcountry cuisine from Granville’s Catering, Branch Design Studio set the mood with dreamy florals, d’lish served up a jaw-dropping cake and Archer Music Services kept the crowd dancing all evening long, but the BIG hit of the night was the cigar bar! Even grandma loved it!
Alright gals, we’ve invited the pros to join us today on a fun little topic that we’ve all dreamed about since we were little girls….wedding dress shopping! The ladies of Gown Boutique of Charleston, one of the top wedding gown boutiques in the South, are giving us some helpful tips to on how to Be A Prepared Bride before venturing out into the land of fitting rooms and wedding dresses!
If you are anything like me, the whole idea of dress shopping was ridiculously exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. We’ve all watched ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and have witnessed the mistakes some brides have made while shopping for their dream gown but I thought it might be helpful to have an expertise join us to give us the real scoop on how to prepare for shopping for your gown.
Gown Shopping Tips – Be a Prepared Bride
How will you feel when you face the racks full of gowns? Will you dive right in? Will you not know where to start? Whether you have dreamed of this day for years, or never given a single thought to what your wedding gown might look like, all brides have a few anxieties about shopping for a wedding gown.
Some brides are fixated on their body image, some are concerned about staying in budget, and some worry that they simply won’t find one they like. As a bridal consultant, I cannot make all those anxieties go away, but I can tell you on how to best prepare for your shopping appointment. A little preparation will help ensure you have fond memories of shopping for your wedding gown.
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#1 – Try to bring just 2-3 people with you. Stepping onto that pedestal can be your moment to shine…or your moment to get picked apart by critical Aunt Betty. It is very tempting to bring along a crowd of people to watch you model gowns. Some brides love the spectacle of it all, while other brides just simply can’t say “no”. However, too many people voicing their opinions can make it overwhelming for the bride. You want feedback, constructive criticism and positive reinforcement are good, but you also want to be able to hear yourself think. Making your dress shopping experience a positive one starts with who you bring with you. Please think carefully on who will sit with you that day and help you wade through the racks of gowns.
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#2 – Think about your budget. Before you step foot in that first bridal shop, you should give some thought to the amount of money you are willing to spend on a gown. Shopping for your wedding gown is such an emotional purchase, and you could feel pulled in different directions if you don’t decide on the gown budget before you shop. Some brides have an ideal number in their head. Other brides feel they have wiggle room, and they are willing to cut corners elsewhere in the budget to afford the perfect gown. Either way, please don’t put yourself in the position of falling in love with a $4500 gown when you never intended on spending more than $2000. You are just setting yourself up for heartache. We believe you can find a gown you will love at any price.
#3 – Know your timeframe. One of the first questions the bridal consultant will likely ask you is, “What is your wedding date?” Wedding gowns are typically special ordered in the size and color you select, the gown is not made until your order comes into the designer, and it can take anywhere from 4-6 months to be completed. Then you will need time to have your gown tailored once it arrives. Many brides are surprised that the standard recommendation is to order your gown 1 year – 9 months before your wedding date. This is to ensure that your gown will arrive in time to have the necessary alterations completed before your wedding date. If you are one of the many brides that decide to have a bridal portrait done before your wedding date, this means your gown actually needs to have alterations completed by that portrait date, not the actual wedding date. Don’t have 9 months? Don’t worry! Many gowns can be ordered in shorter time frames, however there may be additional rush shipment charges added to ensure the gown will ship on time. Also, you can find some gowns available to purchase off-the-rack, which is perfect for really short engagements!
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#4 – Do a little research. You are not expected to bring in a massive notebook full of magazine pages or a 10 page Pinterest board print-out. In fact, it is possible to have too many ideas. However, it is good to know if you are drawn to photos of ballgowns with beaded accents or romantic Grecian style gowns. This gives us a jumping off point. If you love how a gown looks in a photo, and you love it even more once you put it on, that is wonderful! However, if you think you found the perfect look, but feel underwhelmed once you put it on, then we go in a new direction. Many brides end up in a gown they never thought they would wear. It is hard to tell how you will feel about a gown until you put it on, but as long as you listen to your gut feeling, you will be happy…and beautiful!
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I hope that by thinking about these tips, your worries about gown shopping will be eased just a bit. Know that you are not alone in feeling nervous, and whether you try on 2 gowns or 20 gowns, your perfect gown is out there!
Alright gals, you’re not going to want to miss this…I promise! Charleston wedding photographer, Dana Cubbage, is offering Lowcountry brides a serious discount on her wedding packages for the first 10 brides. Right now, brides will receive a 30% discount on their wedding photography package of choice. Once those spots are filled, the discount will drop to 20%, and then 10%….so please don’t wait to snatch this deal up. You can’t beat a talented photographer at a fabulous rate! You can contact Dana via email at email@example.com.
Who’s ready for a little bout-scootin’ Wednesday?!? Today in the Lowcountry, we’re sharing our current obsession…boutonnieres! I’m not sure why, but boutonnieres have become one of my favorite wedding details. They sum up your entire wedding in one adorable little package and, let’s be serious, who doesn’t love accessorizing all the men in your bridal party? You know I get a little Pinterest crazy sometimes and I live for beautiful, Southern wedding details, so here are a few that caught my eyes from some of our favorite Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Charleston weddings.
You’re going to die over this charming, Lowcountry wedding at the Pavilion at Pepper Plantation. Designed by Winship Productions, every ounce of Brittany + Tim’s Charleston wedding is so stinkin’ cute I can barely stand it! The bridesmaids were dressed in icy, blue LulaKate dresses matched with vibrant, pink peony bouquets from Branch Design Studio (that will make you melt!), while the men sported classic tan suits. I have to say this might be one of my favorite bridal parties ever. Not only do I love everything about their attire, but they were clearly ready to have a good time. The group shots Reese Moore Photography captured after the ceremony are just priceless. At the reception, Brittany kicked up her cowboy boots as guests dined on delicious Lowcountry cuisine before enjoying tasty treats from the surprise ice cream truck! At the end of the evening, the newlyweds jumped in their antique car and jetted away!