06.20.2013

Wedding Woes: A Bridesmaid’s Dress Distress

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For our first installment of Wedding Woes we’re sharing a reader’s less than functional relationship with every bridesmaid’s worse enemy – her dress. Enjoy!

 

“From the get-go I had a bad feeling about this particular dress. For starters, it was for a winter wedding and while the dress was gorgeous, I knew the color would completely wash me out that time of the year. On top of that, when I went to have my measurements taken the number written on the order form was TWO SIZES bigger than what I normally wear – and even I sucked in!

Needless to say, my bruised ego and I took our time returning to face the dress again. However when I zipped it up I found myself pleasantly surprised – not only did the dress fit, but it was at least two sizes TOO BIG! The only bad news was, there were only weeks until the wedding and the dress was in desperate need of alterations.

Luckily one of my fellow bridesmaids knew a seamstress who promised I’d have the dress back within days. So I went and got it fitted and as promised I picked it up again with a week to spare. It wasn’t until the day of the wedding that I finally stepped back into the dress. But as I pulled it up it got to a point where it wouldn’t pull up anymore. After a few seconds of complete confusion I realized the bottom of my dress was sewn shut!

I went into total panic mode. I soon realized only the underlay of the dress had been sewn together. After some quick moves with a pair of scissors my dress was functional again. Shortly afterwards I was headed to the church in my dress that was finally flawless. And as for the color – I got a spray tan so Casper didn’t make an appearance while my best friend said ‘I do’!”

While this bridesmaid’s story makes for a good laugh now, we came up with a few ways to avoid a similar state of panic for any of our future bridesmaids:

  • If you really think your measurements are off, say something! They may even have a spare dress you can try on for size.
  • Don’t procrastinate! Pick your dress up as soon as it has arrived and take care of alterations right away.
  • Even the most trusted seamstress can make a mistake. Try the dress on before you take it home to make sure it fits perfectly!

We were in stitches with last week’s submissions so keep them coming to elizabeth@alowcountrywed.com!

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A Lowcountry Wedding
06.10.2013

DIY Centerpieces

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We’ve got a big week on the horizon at A Lowcountry Wedding!  For starters, we’ll be teaming up with a crew of crazy, talented Charleston wedding vendors for a nautical-inspired shoot at the South Carolina Aquarium that is going to knock. your. socks. off.   On Thursday, you’ll find us at The NotWedding with some of South Carolina’s finest wedding vendors as we treat Lowcountry brides to an evening full of inspiration at the beautiful Rice Mill Building, but in the meantime, Blake is showering you with some easy, yet impactful, do-it-yourself centerpieces.

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I just love the idea of using vintage bottles as flower centerpieces. You can use different sizes, shapes, and colors. There are so many things you can do with them and they just look so cute!

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If you want to add a pop of color you can do it yourself! All you have to do is pour paint on the inside of the vase and swirl around to coat. So easy!

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Images via La Chica de la Casa De Carmelo

XO,

Blake

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A Lowcountry Wedding
06.07.2013

Intern {Elizabeth}

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Last, but certainly not least, I’m excited to officially introduce you to Elizabeth, who some of you may lovingly refer to as Spelly!  I’ve got a feeling everyone will soon be falling in love with her envious sense of style, her humorous approach to wedding planning and her love for all things Lowcountry.  Y’all say hi to Elizabeth!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself…and by a little, we mean a lot :)

My name is Elizabeth and I’m your typical 20-something recent graduate who is trying to navigate the super murky waters of the “real world”. I’m was born and raised in beautiful Charleston, SC and am so excited to explore all my amazing hometown has to offer in the upcoming months with A Lowcountry Wedding! I played competitive tennis for the majority of my life but hung up my rackets after playing for two years for the women’s team at Villanova University. While I still play from time to time, now I like to mix it up and stay active by running, doing yoga, spinning, barre, taking my puppy to the beach… you name it. I’m a complete Francophile – French cities, people, language, culture, food – I love it all and would move to Paris tomorrow if I could. I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm and a complete Harry Potter nerd. Other slight obsessions: shopping, any beach or boat related activity, eating awesome food, and spending time with my family and friends. Speaking of my family I have a little sister who often gets mistaken for my twin, awesome parents who have recently become my “roomies”, and Maddie my precious mutt-dog. Like any family they can drive me crazy, but without them I wouldn’t be who I am  today.

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Top Five All-time favorite TV Shows…

Ok, so I wasn’t able to narrow it down to 5 but I’ve got 3 categories for you!

  • Go-to’s: Sex and the City and Friends. I’ve seen all the episodes so many times that I can recite them but the story lines and characters never fail to put a smile on my face.
  • Guilty pleasures: Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. I watch these religiously for a weekly dose of absurd drama, romance, and mystery. 
  • Nerdy obsessions: Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. Downton appeals to my love of historical fiction and GoT to my epic/fantasy obsession (and I’ve read the whole series). Like I said, NERD.

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What are you excited to bring to the table this summer?

I have always had a passion for writing, which is what drew me to the editorial opportunity at A Lowcountry Wedding. I’m excited to put this to use as well as explore my creative potential as my new teammates and I continue to expand the blog and combine our talents to create the new virtual magazine!

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 What’s your favorite thing about weddings?

I’m not a super emotional person and rarely cry, but weddings can really get to me. From the bride and groom, to their family and friends, everyone is filled with so much love and genuine happiness for the couple – gah when my first friend got married last summer I was a wreck! It took some practice but thankfully I’ve learned to keep my tears in check.

 

It’s Friday and you just cashed your paycheck….what’s your first splurge?

In my real life? A night out with my friends. In my dream life? I’m bringing in the big bucks, so a ridiculously awesome pair of shoes.

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If you were a major league baseball player, what would be your ‘at-bat’ song?

O wow this is so hard because my taste in music is all over the place. Back in my tennis days Nelly’s “Heart of a Champion” always got me fired up because he yells “Did you hear that Elizabeth, here comes the big one!” in the intro so I guess I’d have to pick that!

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Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

College/Major: University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Management

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My Lululemon crop wunder under pants – I could live in those things.

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Favorite Summer beverage..

I know its finally summer when I can scoop up a Painkiller (recently renamed “Gamechanger” just FYI) from Home Team on Sullivans and head to the beach.

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Current favorite color palette…

Pale blues or purples mixed with neutrals always manage to catch my eye!

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Favorite Quote…

“It’s no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature… Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it’s all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Our darkest. It’s our choice.”

- Andre Agassi, Open

Must have Lowcountry Wedding detail…

Sweetgrass anything – it is such a unique part of Lowcountry culture and can make a beautiful accent!

 

 

 Welcome to the team!

xo, Erin

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A Lowcountry Wedding
06.06.2013

Introducing the Wedding Woes

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Here at A Lowcountry Wedding we strive to bring to life the best of local weddings on a regular basis. With the area’s skilled vendors, top of the line venues, and the incomparable beauty of the Carolina lowcountry putting together a picture perfect moment seems almost effortless. However we know from experience, just as well as you do, that a lot more happens behind the scenes as the journey to the altar progresses.

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While the final result may be flawless, weddings can bring out the worst in people – from bridezilla to the absent maid of honor – its incredible the drama that can arise in the midst of all that planning! As a bride, bridesmaid, or just a friend, we’ve all found our self in the midst of pre-marital mayhem so we decided to create the Wedding Woes. The purpose of the Wedding Woes series is to share real life stories with our readers with the hopes you can relate them to your current frustrations, laugh while remembering past disasters, and at the end of the day come away a little wiser.

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And as with any good story, there is always a lesson to be learned, so the ALW team will be putting together our noggins to  come up with the best way to (try!) and avoid all the drama so the special day goes off without a hitch!

So let’s hear it ladies! Email submissions to elizabeth@alowcountrywed.com. And don’t fret, absolute discretion will be enforced!

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
05.30.2013

The NotWedding Charleston {Save-the-Date}

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As many of you have heard, The NotWedding is heading to the Lowcountry in TWO short weeks!  This big ol’ fake wedding is taking place at one of our favorite Charleston wedding venues, the Historic Rice Mill Building, and is bound to blow your little socks off.  Literally!  They’ve assembled a cast of crazy, talented wedding vendors to provide you an evening of amazing food, awe-inspiring décor and one heck of a good time.  But you know what’s really awesome…they’re offering 2 lucky ALW readers a pair of tickets to attend the event!  That’s right, grab your hubby-to-be, mom or MOH to enjoy this Lowcountry bash!  To enter, leave a comment, tweet us or facebook us telling us just how much you want to attend!  Winners will be chosen next week :)

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So, if you thought we were kidding, or semi-exaggerating about just how awesome this event is going to be, check out The NotWedding Charleston Save-the-Date photo shoot from Lime Green Photography and tell me you aren’t dying to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves.  It’s insane…

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A Lowcountry Wedding
05.22.2013

Charleston Engagement {Noah + Sarah}

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When Stefanie of sMm Photography asked Noah + Sarah to pick an activity for their Charleston engagement session, the adorable twosome decided to pull out their tandem bike and head on over to the West Ashley Greenway, and they couldn’t have picked a more picturesque backdrop!  The old souls both have a casual, retro style that they incorporated into their outfits. Noah picked a retro, skinny tie, and Sarah decided to wear a modern dress with vintage jewelry. Thanks to sMm Photography for capturing this beautiful Lowcounry afternoon!

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Photographer: sMm Photography

 

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
05.21.2013

The NotWedding {Vendor Applications}

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Just in case you haven’t heard, our friends at The NotWedding are heading to Lowcountry in just a few weeks and, lucky for all you Charleston wedding vendors, you can still be involved.  That’s right…it’s the last call for vendor applications! This bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding is coming to the Rice Mill Building June 13th, and they’d love to hear from any local wedding vendors interested in joining in on all the fun! They especially love hearing about new businesses, so don’t be shy! You can find out more and apply online at www.thenotwedding.com/apply.

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I actually was lucky enough to recently mix and mingle with the crew of vendors involved in this season’s NotWedding Charleston just a few weeks ago, and I’ll tell you what…it is one talented group!  We munched on delicious Lowcountry cuisine at Rue de Jean from Holy City Hospitality that included oysters, ham biscuits and mac and cheese as Angela Cox captured the entire evening.  Can’t wait til June!

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A Lowcountry Wedding
05.13.2013

Fripp Island Wedding {Paige + Andy}

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Destination wedding photographer, Jeremie Barlow, recently traveled to the Lowcountry to capture a beautiful Fripp Island wedding and y’all are going to go crazy over it!  The couple met when Bride Paige visited a winery in Napa and, lo and behold, her soon-to-be Husband Andy was the owner.  After a whirlwind romance, they fell madly in love and Paige now resides in wine country where the duo produces Lambert Bridge wine!  As a child, Paige frequented the sleepy, coastal town of Fripp Island, so it was the obvious choice for their destination wedding which made for quite the effortlessly elegant Lowcountry affair.

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Photographer:  Jeremie Barlow Photography  /  Event Planner:  Fripp Island Golf and Beach Resort  /   Reception Venue:  Fripp Island Country Club  /   Cinema and Video:  Life Stage Films

 

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
04.25.2013

Old Sheldon Ruins {Judianna + Chris}

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Some of you may have already heard that we’re ramping up for a huge summer here at A Lowcountry Wedding, starting with the launch of our first ever online Publication (yay!).   What does that mean for you?  We need real weddings!  We’ve started accepting submissions for the best Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Charleston weddings that were photographed in the past year.  To submit, shoot us an email at hello{at}alowcountrywed.com and we can talk details!  Now….onto the good stuff!  When you pair the beauty of the Lowcountry with one helluva of a Southern wedding photographer, the end result is always breathtaking.  Always.   So, when Amy Arrington spent a beautiful Beaufort afternoon capturing Judianna + Chris as they soaked up the scenery at Old Sheldon Church Ruins, what we were left with was simply magical.  Go ahead, get your pin.  I know you want to!

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Photographer: Amy Arrington Photography

 

 

 

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
04.24.2013

Middleton Place Wedding {Jessi + Matt}

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If you’re in the mood for a Southern plantation wedding, then we’ve got just the Middleton Place stunner for you!  Jessi + Matt tied the knot last summer in an airy affair that is sure to get your Lowcountry wedding motor running!  The vibrant flowers laced with bright peonies were a lovely match for the bridesmaids’s grey dresses while Bride Jessi was the picture of perfection in a one-shoulder gown.  Guests were treated to what looks to be a lively celebration while dining on Lowcountry staples like She  Crab Soup and corn pudding!  Thanks to Patrick Hall Photography for capturing all the fun!

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Reception Venue:  Middleton Place  /  Photographer:  Patrick Hall Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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