So, I know we’ve taken a bit of a blog hiatus, but I promise it’s been for a great cause! Over the past few months, we’ve been slaving away over the premiere issue of A Lowcountry Wedding mag. It’s been quite the process, we’ve been planning shoots, selecting real weddings and attempting to figure out the world of InDesign. We’ve had a few hang ups with some things behind the scenes, so we thank you for your patience! With it being our first issue, everything has taken a little longer than expected, but we’d rather have it perfect then send out something we’re not 100% proud of…and we promise you’re it’s going to be well worth the wait! So, to hold you over until the end of the week, we thought you’d give you a sneak peek of the beautiful cover shot by the talented Angela Cox Photography at the stunning RiverOaks. Ash and Co. Bridal killed it with model Katie Cockman hair and makeup, as she rocked a gorgeous LulaKate gown and that beautiful Moon and Lola necklace….Do you like!?!CONTINUE READING...
It’s Friday and I get to present and awesome contest to all of our loyal ALW readers and that always makes me smile! But now I want to make you smile. In honor of her brand new website, we’ve teamed up with our friend and Charleston wedding photographer, Mackenzie of The Click Chick Photography, for a big ol’ giveaway that we’re positive will have you grinning from ear-to-ear. The best part is it combines two of our favorite things…a free wedding photography package and Pinterest. My kind of heaven!
And let’s be serious, who doesn’t want their wedding captured by an awesome photographer and then featured on A Lowcountry Wedding! Excited?! I knew you would be! Now, for the rules…
A Lowcountry Wedding
The Click Chick Photography
So, have fun and get to pinning!
We’re taking a trip down to the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa this morning to share a beautiful Oceanside affair from King Street Photo Weddings that is sure to have you dreaming of a destination wedding! With plans for a short engagement, Bride Jaime immediately dove into her wedding planning duties and quickly selected HHI as the destination. Thanks to their stunning renovation, beautiful ceremony deck and an amazing coordinator, Julia Dodson, it was no surprise The Westin Resort & Spa became their venue of choice. But it was Julia’s recommendation of Michel Berda of King Street Photo Weddings that was the missing piece. Michel’s artistic eye and diligent approach to his craft made for stunning images and a pretty awesome blog post for our A Lowcountry Wedding readers!
Photographer: King Street Photo Weddings / Venue: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa / Event Coordinator: Julia Dodson, Westin / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Flower: The Flower Garden / Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes / Musician for Ceremony: Johnny Breeze / PhotoBooth: Charleston Photo Booths / DJ: Hilton Head Entertainment / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy by Alfred Sung / Groom’s/Groomsmen’s Suits by Jos. A. Bank
There are a few things that make my heart skip-a-beat quite like a Southern wedding venue paired with an oh-so lovely tent. Now add our friends at Sperry Tents to that mix and you’ve got a little slice of Lowcountry wedding heaven. Sperry Tents is the end all, be all when it comes to breathtaking Southern tents and, lucky for us, they’ve stopped by today to share a few tips to assist in planning your outdoor reception…
Considering an outdoor reception under the classic, Lowcountry backdrop of Spanish moss-covered live oaks? Here is our quick guide to what you need to know as you begin to plan your outdoor wedding reception.
Using a tent isn’t just about keeping your family and friends out of the elements (they can be heated and cooled!), but also about creating your own unique venue, customized for your celebration. The exact same tent can lend itself to a modern-style aesthetic featuring clean lines and crisp colors or be transformed into a romantic haven with draped fabrics and crystal chandeliers.
Our Sperry Sailcloth tents are undeniably special. Any bride-to-be who has spent time clicking around on wedding blogs or Pinterest has surely come across these tents. The tents are round or oval-shaped, installed on custom milled wooden poles and topped with pennant flags on each peak. They’re reminiscent of a great old teak sailboat you might see gliding through Charleston Harbor.
Okay, you’re sold on hosting a tented reception. Now what?
While I always recommend hiring a wedding planner, if your reception venue is outdoors, your first call should be to the tent company. What you may not realize is that the tent provider usually offers a range of services including flooring (dancefloor and stage or even custom-built decking), lighting, custom draping, and furniture rental. In fact, our company also provides power distribution equipment, restroom trailers, and onsite event service. We also create scaled layout drawings for every event—from a 50 person cocktail reception to a 5,000 person seated dinner. We will become fast friends as we help you navigate through some fun decisions (Customized pennant flags! Bistro lights! Hanging lanterns!) and some not-so-glamorous ones (fire permits and restroom trailers, anyone?).
Before picking up the phone, pull together a few details to have on hand during our conversation. Here’s a quick list of questions to help you prepare:
- When is your wedding?
- What is the reception location and how many guests will you have?
- Do you plan on hiring a DJ or a band?
- Have you picked a service style for the reception (seated dinner, standing reception, etc.)?
- What is the terrain surface and topography of the site?
- Is there any power available to the area or will you need to have this provided?
- Where will the guests use the restroom?
- Should any specific décor / style details be included in the proposal?
- What is your budget range?
Don’t stress if some of these details are still up in the air—we’ll help you work through your numbers and prioritizing equipment based on your location and budget. A site visit will also ensure all of the planning comes together seamlessly.
What else should you expect before saying “yes!” to the Sperry Tent?
Many clients mistakenly assume that a home wedding will be more cost effective than a traditional wedding venue. While the word “savings” and “wedding” should never coexist in the same sentence, consider the extra money you’re spending to host the wedding at your home as an investment in the venue that holds the most meaning for you. Parts of the ‘outdoor equipment package’ are not always the most exciting, but are necessary to make everything function. Generators are not as beautiful as hand-engraved invitations; however, walking down the aisle in your grandmother’s garden might land higher on the priority list.
Finally, make sure to bury the bourbon. We can’t control the weather, but we can control how to manage it on your wedding day. Hire a company you trust, one that provides emergency numbers and holds weekend hours. Weddings are truly a team sport— leave covering home plate to us.
In need of one of these beauties?
Contact Tim Woodland at Sperry Tents Southeast
Last week, we announced that we teamed up with Lowcountry wedding photographer extraordinaire, Priscilla Thomas Photography, to gift one, lucky 2014 couple a free 8-hour wedding package. Well, now it’s time for Round 2!
Below, you’ll find NINE adorable duos who will be tying the knot in Hilton Head, Charleston or Myrtle Beach next year, and they’d love it if you could help them out. To vote, head on over to our Pinterest board, 2014 Wedding Photography Giveaway, and repin your favorite couple. Voting ends April 9th at 11:59PM, so get your pin on!
1. Amanda + Andrew – taking the plunge in September at Boone Hall Plantation!
2. Jennifer + Joe – heading down the aisle in January at Pepper Plantation!
5. Lindsey + Keenan – tying the knot in Charleston!
6. Mary Elizabeth + Ed – getting hitched at the Visitors Center in March!
7. Mary Jo + Greg – dropping the anchor at the William Aiken House in February!
8. Michelle + Charles – become man and wife at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in April!
9. Sara + Jorge - will say ‘I do’ in the Lowcountry in 2014!
Yesterday, we joined the industry’s best for a fabulous (yet rainy) afternoon of Lowcountry bridal fashion at Charleston Fashion Week‘s Spring Bridal Show…and I can tell you this, it did not disappoint! Make sure to check out our instagram feed to see a few snapshots of some of the lovelies and, of course, we’ll recap things later this week. Okay, so now to the (REALLY) good stuff. We’ve teamed up with our talented friend and Lowcountry wedding vendor, Priscilla Thomas Photography, to bless one lucky, Lowcountry couple with one heck of a prize…(drum roll, please!) A Free Wedding Photography Package! Fabulous, I know! So, read the details below and get to pinning!
I have to say, I couldn’t be more excited about this week’s ALW line-up. We’ve got one stunning Lowcountry wedding after another, a charming Downtown Charleston bridal session and even an Isle of Palms bachelorette party that will probably have you running for the nearest bottle of champagne just so you can join in on the fun! But to kick-start what’s sure to be a very pin-able week over here, we’re heading down to Hilton Head for Ashley + Phil easy-going, beach affair planned by Weddings with Leah. This cute couple tied the knot in a low-key, ocean side ceremony in front of an intimate gathering of family and friends before making their way back to the beach house to celebrate the night away! My favorite part…all of the wonderful pop-up stationery that the bride and groom designed themselves. Genius! Thanks to amelia + dan photography for capturing this beauty.