I sure do wish my good friend Pinterest was around when I was planning my Lowcountry wedding. I always felt like I could never drool over enough wedding inspiration (which may have just started my blogging obsession…who knows!), particularly some swoon-worthy bouquets. I’ve rounded up a few fabulous Summer bouquets that might be fitting for your big Southern wedding. They range from airy and whimsical to structured and sassy. Hopefully, one will be exactly what your Charleston wedding has been looking for…
Image by Stephanie Fay via Ruffled
Image by Abby Jiu via Style Me Pretty
Image by Caroline Frost via Style Me PrettyImage by Tyler James Photography
Image by Tyler James Photography via Style Me Pretty
Image by Eric Kelly via Ruffled
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Image by Austin Gros Photography via Wedding Chicks
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Image by Lane Dittoe Photography via Wedding Chicks
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Image by Meredith Perdue via Style Me Pretty
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Image by Lane Dittoe Photography via Wedding Chicks
I know everyone loves to see the wedding day details (and who can blame them!), I can swoon over some whimsical Charleston lighting, fall head over heels for a fabulous, Hilton Head floral arrangement and go ga-ga over some dreamy, Myrtle Beach drapes with the best of them…what’s not to love. But do you know what my favorite part of blogging about beautiful Lowcountry weddings is? Hands down, the raw emotions. Your wedding day is this crazy mix of happy emotions and since there’s a good chance that some of it might feel like a bit of a blur, it’s always clutch to have a talented photographer on hand to capture these timeless, special moments.
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Image by Matthew Evans Photography by Brides
Image by Samuel Lippke via Enfianced
Image by James Cooke via Brides
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Image via Jeremy Beasley by Brides
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Image by Jack Vogel via Style Me Pretty
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Image by Sarah Rocky Photography via Aisle Candy
Hope everyone enjoyed their Lowcountry, holiday weekend! We’re taking a little bit of a field trip today to swoon over a beautiful, New York wedding captured by the talented Sasha Felix Photography. With the Catskills Mountains in the distance, the Ashokan Dreams Bed & Breakfast was the perfect backdrop for Heather + Ryan’s Fall wedding. Heather dazzled in timeless, Nicole Miller gown with classic, lace straps, while Ryan, dressed in J. Crew, sported a bow tie and his late grandfather’s hat. My favorite part of this wedding is the ceremony. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but these two are just adorable. The images are precious (and oh, so pretty!)…one very, happy couple!
Photographer: Sasha Felix Photography / Caterer: New World Home Cooking / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Dress Designer: Nicole Miller, The J. Crew Bridal Boutique / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: J. Crew / Event Venue: Ashokan Dreams B&B
Whether you’ll be spending your 4th of July in Hilton Head, Charleston or Myrtle Beach (or somewhere in between!), the crew from A Lowcountry Wedding wants to wish you a happy (and safe!) holiday week/weekend. I’ll be kicking it on Shem Creek tonight, sipping on something cold and watching some fireworks, which means you won’t hear from us until Monday. I know, how will you ever survive, right? Don’t worry, we’ll be back at it with a beautiful Charleston wedding to kick off next week….so until then, enjoy the sunshine, this crazy heat, and good times with friends and family.
Image by Gia Canali via Style Me Pretty
One thing we love to share with our Lowcountry Brides (well, besides stunning, jaw-dropping wedding inspiration, of course!), is tried and true tips straight from our horses, I mean, brides’ mouths. Our gal, Brittani, is back today to give us a few pointers about what she’s learned thus far as she navigates her way to her big, Charleston wedding day!
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Yay it’s time for another ALW update! Last time I dropped by, I updated the fantastic ALW readers on my DRESS
! That was such an unexpectedly exciting part of the process and I actually go for my first fitting in just a few weeks! I cannot WAIT to get back into my beautiful wedding dress, cowboy boots and all! The last few months since making that big decision have been CRAZY! I have been blown away by how quickly the time has gone, and I’ve learned a lot
about wedding planning. Phew! I’d love to share some of the things I’ve learned you probably want to do, and some of the things you probably don’t want to do…
- Do hire a wedding planner! Ugh, what a mistake it was thinking wedding planners aren’t always necessary. As a wedding photographer, I of all people should know how important it is to have someone running the show. Oops! If I could do-over, that definitely would have been the FIRST vendor I would have hired!
Image via Riverland Studios
- Do be realistic about what weddings cost. I LOVE weddings, trust me…there’s nothing more exciting and special and exhilarating than a wedding day. BUT, having said that, there is SO much that goes into a wedding. I was the bride that wanted to be able to spend big on the things that were most important to Dustin and I (photography, the venue, and food), and DIY and save as much as possible elsewhere. I’ve learned that’s not really realistic, at least for me and my lifestyle. When you have a full-time job, wedding planning is a whole other full-time job. That’s why planners are so important! There were so many “great big ideas” we had to save money but there’s just no TIME to make these things a reality. Life happens, and you have to be realistic about how much time you can really put aside to manage, create, and plan all of these things that seem so easy to do yourself.
Image via Tim Will
- Do start whatever DIY projects you are doing early. In my mind, August was going to be wide open (the hot summers are usually my slower time work-wise), so I could do sooooo much DIYing then. Wrong. August is already halfway crazy for me. I’ve started tackling some projects now but honestly at the end of the workday, I just want to relax! I know some brides are so into crafting for their weddings and it is their way to relax at the end of the day, but between taking care of my dogs and horses, trying to work out (gotta look good for the big day!), cooking dinner, cleaning, regular household and farm chores…there never seems to be enough time at the end of the day.
Image via Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt
- Don’t get too caught up in Pinterest. Used the right way, Pinterest can be such a great tool for planning your wedding and coming up with fun projects. BUT, the trick with Pinterest is to not feel like your wedding has to look like someone elses’s. The whole point of getting really creative with your wedding is to make it a true representation of you and your fiancé and the things that are most special in your relationship. It’s so easy to look at pin after pin and think “that’s perfect!” but you should really start with a list of unique traits or themes you want to include in your wedding and search out inspiration from there. For us, since we were long distance for so long and spent a LOT of time flying and driving, travel is going to be a big theme. We’re also super dedicated to our farm and both grew up with horses, so that’s a big shared passion. We love our dogs like kids, so of course the dogs and being a blended family (Dustin has a 5-year-old son) are also very “us.”
Image via Richard Bell Photography
- Maybe this is just me, but if I had to do it again, I would not try DIYing invitations. I work with a really good print lab because of my business, so I totally thought I could handle this on my own. Invitations are important, but to me they weren’t one of the biggest priorities. In reality, invitations are basically the first impression you are giving your guests. It’s worth it to invest in a talented designer (I love Sarah at Dodeline Design) who gets what you’re going for and can handle this for you. Invitations have Stressed. Me. Out. You can even find TONS of great invitation suites on Etsy, if going through a designer isn’t for you. At the end of the day, by weighing the pros and cons, spending another $200 or so on invitations would have been totally worth it, rather than dealing with the headache I’ve caused myself.
Image via Dodeline Design
- Don’t lose sight of what your wedding is really about. There are going to be things you want to do but won’t get done. There are things that aren’t going to go as planned. Don’t forget what the day is really about…you and your new husband, your new life together, and the opportunity to have all of the people you love the most in one place at the same time, celebrating together. What will be, will be.
Image via Girl in the White Dress by Kelly Sauer Photography
Hopefully those little tips are helpful in some way or another. There are definitely some things I wish I could re-do but we’re this far in and we’ve just got to roll with the punches! I know the next three months are going to FLY, and although I can’t wait for the day to be here, I don’t want the days to fly by too fast because I don’t want our actual wedding day to fly by too fast! I know that no matter what happens, the day will be wonderful and I really look forward to the celebration!
What’s going on next? I’ll be back pretty soon with some insight into the vendors we chose and some other fun details like bridal portraits and what we’re doing for bachelor/bachelorette parties! See ya soon ALW!