Hey everyone! My name is Brit and I’m abloggerand wedding stylist. I was thrilled when Erin invited me to guest post while she’s off on vacation. I have been itching to share this latest color board with readers. Yellow and gray are two colors I never tire of. There is just something modern, yet classic and antique about them together that I really love. With this palette I added a splash of olive green, for added freshness, and a touch of white gives it a great backdrop. This is one of those versatile palettes that can carry from Spring to Summer to early Fall.
Hi! I’m Amanda from baci designer stationery + events, a custom stationery and event planning boutique located in Northeast Ohio. A huge thank you to Erin for having me today ) My husband and I lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for three years and while we were there our love for the south grew greater with each year that passed. We loved it so much that in 2006 we were engaged while visiting Isle of Palms near Charleston (hands down our favorite place on earth!!)! While we were sad to leave, our need to be closer to our families prevailed and we moved back to the Midwest a few years ago. Everyday we miss all the things we adored so much about the south – the perfect weather, the soft southern accents that accompanied some of the most wonderful people and of course, the food!! So I thought there wasn’t a more perfect audience to create a Lowcountry Inspiration Board for than you all! I envision the warm, vintage palette at an outdoor wedding on the land of a local plantation followed by a fabulous black tie reception in the main house complete with a fresh-caught seafood dinner, finishing off the night with a fully stocked cigar bar. Southern charm at its best!
Hi there – Lauren fromSouthern Aislehere! When Erin asked me to take a look back at my wedding just a few short months ago, I was delighted to reflect on a few things I learned throughout the process. One BIG thing planning my own wedding taught me was how to be a better wedding guest myself. So, here’s a little run down of a few things that drove me completely bonkers as a bride and I have profusely vowed to never ever do again myself. Scouts honor!
Image via Minted
RSVP – I get it. We’ve all had that moment when you’re sorting through your pile of bills and magazines and out slips an RSVP card you haven’t sent back…to a wedding you’re attending this weekend. Ruh roh! Life gets hectic and sending back that little response card isn’t always on the top of everyone’s to-do list, but I cannot express to you enough how dire this is. I promise it’s not just for the benefit of knowing who to expect on your big day. The bride needs to be able to report her final head count to many other vendors and it could ultimately affect her budget. I once heard of a wedding where 60 extra people who did not RSVP showed up last minute; nowhere for them to sit and no food for them to eat. Talk about every bride’s worst nightmare! Luckily this did not happen to us, but I did have to do my fair share of pestering a handful of unaccounted for guests. If you misplace your card, a phone call, email or airplane banner will also get the message across.
Image by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty
Presents – This may sound picky but if at all possible, try to avoid bringing your present to the wedding. By bringing it the day of the event, you run the risk of your gift getting lost in the mix. It’s one more thing for the bride and groom or their parents to transport after the wedding. And, if the bride and groom do not reside in the city where they are getting married, it further complicates the process of getting the items to their final destination. If you absolutely have to bring it, make sure the card or gift tag is securely attached so the couple will know whom to thank. We had a few gifts that by the time they reached our hands had been separated from their card. I had to play detective for days until we got it all sorted out. When in doubt, ship it!
Image via Elizabeth Messina
Face Time –Everyone wants a little face time with the bride and groom. After all, that’s the reason you are there; to show your love and support for the couple and give them your well wishes. However, assess the situation before flocking. For instance, when the bride and groom have just sat down to eat – probably not the best time to go interrupt. Let them have a few moments of peace with each other and their (probably much needed) plate of food. You can catch them on the dance floor later. We personally tried to visit with and thank each guest for coming but inevitably missed some of our guests. And, if you aren’t able to get a little face time, do not be discouraged, I promise it’s not personal. It’s just the way the wedding cookie crumbles – so many guests, so little time!
A big, big thank you to Erin for letting me pop over to A Lowcountry Wedding and share with all of you! So, go forth and be a better wedding guest!
Hiya! My name is Ariana Watts and I’m a Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer in Burlington, NC.
I love engagement sessions. They’re my favorite types of sessions. It’s your announcement to the world that you found your perfect match and you are indescribably happy! But I speak, not as a photographer, but from personal experience – they can be slightly nerve-wracking. What do I wear? Where do we go? Should I bring props? How long will it take? Heels or flats? Makeup or no makeup? Fiance or no fiancé?!!!
Okay well hopefully you can answer some, if not most, of those questions (yes, bring your fiancé, silly!) But in case you can’t, I thought I’d share a couple of tips to make your session as fabulous as you are.
1. Choose A Special Location
Couple always ask me – where should we meet? Any suggestions? Of course, we HAVE suggestions. We know the prettiest parks and locations in a 60 mile radius, and beyond. But how much more sentimental and sweet is it to get an engagement shot on the steps of the coffee shop where you met? Or the playground you both grew up on (where he used to pull your pigtails!) Or how about that college campus where you had your first kiss? Every time you look at your photographs, you won’t just be seeing a photo of the two of you, you’ll be seeing the story of your relationship.
2. Pamper Yourself
The last thing you want to worry about is your makeup, nails, and hair. I mean you’re gorgeous – I know it, and HE definitely knows it. And it’s your ENGAGEMENT session, with your husband to be. You should be focused on him – his hair, his cute dimple, his laugh. Not YOUR hair silly girl. So go get pampered. Get your hair, makeup and nails done (they’ll be taking photos of that ring, you know). The best part? You will feel AH-MAZING. You’ll walk like you look amazing. You’ll smile endlessly. All because you’ll know you look beautiful, which you are. Duh.
**Side Note – Of course, we’ve all spent YEARS perfecting our makeup applying and curling iron techniques. So if you can do it – by all means do it. This is just my suggestion so it’s a totally stress free session for you!
3. Show Us Your Love
Yes, we know you love each other, and as photographers, we loooOOoove to see it. The sideways glances, the tickling, the ear nibbles. Those are the things that make you guys unique. Only you laugh like that when he kisses you on your cheek. And he’s the only guy in the world who giggles endlessly when you tickle him. Its what makes you two… YOU! Be yourselves and give us the chance to document it.
Engagement sessions are fun. Relax. Enjoy them. Be in love. Be you. It’s an amazingly awesome part of your life and you need to make sure EVERY. ONE. KNOWS. IT. For reals. And if these tips make it a little easier, well I’m a happy photographer! Happy loving!
My husband and I got married a little over a year ago and we were so touched that so many of our friends and family made the trip to Charleston for the weekend. Since I grew up outside of Atlanta and my husband hails from Florida, even though we didn’t consider our Lowcountry shindig a destination wedding many of our guests did. Those travel expenses can add up pretty quickly! So, needless to say, it meant a lot to us that, in addition to just attending the wedding, they also showered us with gifts.
While most guests stuck to our registries (which my kitchen very much appreciates!), some veered off and did their own thing…and not always in a good way. Let’s just say I still haven’t acquired a liking for a few of the items. I actually considered taking a picture of some of the “interesting” and cheesy gifts we received but figured that’s pretty rude. Like I said, I am more than thankful for any and ever gift we received, it just made me think that if guests choose to stray from the registry, it should be for something the bride and groom will treasure and not just toss to the side.
I guess you could say I’m a pretty sentimental person and I love any gift that has significant meaning, so I thought I’d round up some of my favorite wedding day gifts that are absent from your everyday registries. I can promise you all of these keepsakes will be cherished for years to come.
“Remember the Day” Pillows
I may have a slight obsession with burlap which is why it’s probably no surprise that Etsy dealer, Next Door to Heaven‘s, “Remember the Day” Pillows are one of my favorites. These are the perfect day-to-day reminder of a couple’s nuptials.
Remember the Day Pillows from Next Door to Heaven
Point DeVue is a Chicago based company that is a master of architectural artwork. These unique sketches will add that personal touch to your gift. What could be better than a constant reminder of the venue that was home to their magical evening.
Venue Prints from Point DeVue
Custom Heirloom Bowls
Located in Austin, Texas, Paloma’s Nest specializes in all things heirloom. They offer a large selection of handmade beauties that are intended to last for generations (just the way we like ‘em!). One of our favorites is the Large Custom Heirloom Bowlsand it will look perfect displayed in the bride and groom’s home.
Heirloom Bowls via Paloma’s Nest
Ahhh, sweetgrass baskets. The art of sweetgrass weaving is a Charleston staple that takes local palmetto strips and hand stitches them into intricate designs. These sturdy keepsakes incorporate themselves nicely into any Lowcountry woman’s serving ware collection.
I just love these. Chocolate Butterbean makes the most beautiful wedding signs…don’t you think? They are completely customizable and come in a range of sizes, mediums and the message is up to you. The newlyweds will welcome this heartfelt addition to their humble abode!
Weddings Signs via Chocolate Butterbean
Weddings Signs via Chocolate Butterbean
Weddings Signs via Chocolate Butterbean
Wedding Art Prints
I ran across Jenna Sue Designs on Sparkle & Hay last week and I’ve been smitten with it ever since. This print is perfect for the sentimental bride and groom and can easily be reworked to include the couples own vows or the words their first dance.
Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! Even though, I’m pretty excited about the idea of cooler weather (and football season), I can’t believe the summer is wrapping up. One thing I love just love about Southern Weddings, and the South in general, is the vintage feel. You know that a Southern bride is going to look classically beautiful. She’s not going to overdue it with too many accessories or crazy hair and make up. It’s more about her personal style then the current trends and fads. She has a timeless appeal in every aspect of her wedding day, from her flower selection to the choice of music and the end result is always a stunning affair. That’s what I love about Shannon’s Orchard House Bridal Shoot from our friends at Connections Photography. I’m pretty sure I was gasping as scrolled through every image.
Her hair – perfect. Earrings – love ‘em. Setting – Nailed it. Go ahead…get your swoon on!
Being a Georgia grad, I’m kind of a sucker for anything that has to do with the city of Athens. (Speaking of, did you hear the Georgia Theatre finally reopened?!) Athens is just a charming Southern town. It’s got great people, an awesome music (and bar!) scene and obviously a fabulous football team :) So, naturally when the talented Nick Branch sent over Shannon + Quincy’s April wedding I couldn’t wait to get it up on the blog. Shannon was a knock-out in her David’s Bridal gown while the men rocked tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse. She walked down the aisle of the Seney-Stovall Chapel (an Athens staple) carrying a beautiful bouquet of red rose. After the ceremony, the crowd headed down the street to the Hardeman-Sams House where they enjoyed the rest of the evening.