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…CONTINUE READING...
We just love when Chris Isham’s camera graces a Southern wedding with it’s presence. This time, the South Carolina based photographer headed to Augusta, Georgia to capture Ashley + Brian’s darling, April affair at the Marbury Center. Ashley dazzled in a structured gown that she accessorized with a whimsical flower in her hair, while the men sported blue suits and assorted ties to compliment the vintage blue and yellow color palette.
Southern Wedding Vendors
We’re coasting into the weekend with a darling Lowcountry Wedding from one of our favorites, Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt. With the help of some crafty family members, the couple was able to incorporate fabulous DIY elements including the bouquets, centerpieces and that adorable cake! Heather + Bryan tied the knot in a low-key, outdoor ceremony before grabbing some newlywed pics along the Conway Riverwalk. The celebration took place at the Peanut Warehouse where guests were treated to delicious Lowcountry cuisine from Jade Thomas Catering and an evening of dancing!
Myrtle Beach Wedding Vendors
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.
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&BCONTINUE READING...
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.