It’s been a minute since we properly celebrated Southern Wedding Sunday, so I figured if we were going to bring it back we really needed to do it with a bang…and Marcy + Chris’s Reid Barn wedding is the definition of a bang!  This beauty has made me fall in love for an orange and purple color palette like I never thought I could…partially thanks to Bedazzled Flower Shop for those ah-mazing bouquets.  Designed by Signature Weddings & Events, their rustic details in the North Georgia Mountains are sure to make you get your pin on!  For their intimate ceremony, the aisle was flanked with bare branches and the rafters were draped with whimsical ribbons in shades of blush.  After, guests celebrated the night away with homemade whoopie pies and mason jar filled drinks!  Thanks to Brita Photography for sharing all the beautiful Southern details!

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Photographer:  Brita Photography   //  Floral Designer: Bedazzled Flower Shop  //  Cake Designer: Bonne Bedingfield  //  Shoes: Brianna Leigh   //  Dress Store: Elite Bridal  //  Dress Designer: Essense of Australia  //  Musicians: Leslie Rummel  //  Bridesmaid Dresses: love by Enzoani  //  DJ: Randy Herrin  //  Hair Stylist: Rhonda McLain  //  Event Planner: Signature Weddings & Events, LLC.
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Sometimes it’s a beautiful Lowcountry wedding venue, or an adorable Southern detail, an amazing photographer, a killer florist…I never know what will set our hearts a-flutter!  But there is something about everything single one of the Lowcountry weddings that we post that we just can’t get enough.  And then every once in a while, one comes along that I wish I could have been right in the middle of.  You know, just jump right in the mix and party the night away, because it looked like such a good time!  One of those weddings that people still rave about how much fun it was.  The ones that have guests throwing back drinks, kicking off their shoes and running to the dance floor.  Well, that’s exactly what this Charleston wedding photographed by Riverland Studios was all about! Even though Kate + Nate’s Carolina Yacht Club wedding is stunningly beautiful (and I know you all will go crazy pinning the details), I think the combination of such a sweet couple, their team of truly talented Charleston wedding vendors and a fun-loving guest list in the mood to celebrate, proved to be just what the doctor ordered…a big ol’ Southern wedding bash, Lowcountry-style!  Seriously, some of these bridesmaids dancing are just cracking me up!

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Photographer:  Riverland Studios  //  Hair Stylist: Stella Nova  //  Musicians:The Risse Band, East Coast Entertainment  //  Shoes: Jean’s Bridal  //  Floral Designer: WildFlowers Inc.  //  Venue: Carolina Yacht Club

I’ll tell you what, it’s been a crazy week over here!  It still can’t believe it’s already August.  This summer has just flown by!  As I head out to Dayton, Ohio this weekend for my sister’s bridal shower, I thought I’d share a little dose of what we all love the most…a lovely South Carolina wedding with a preppy green and navy color filled with adorable Southern wedding details.  This beauty took place in Aiken, South Carolina at Woodside Plantation Country Club and was shot by our friend Britt Croft Photography.  Happy Friday, y’all!

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Photographer:  Britt Croft Photography  /  Event Venue:  Woodside Plantation Country Club

 

There a few things we love more than a stunning Lowcountry Bride and her Southern bridal session, especially when that bridal session is executed by a talented team of Charleston wedding vendors, starting with our friend Carmen Ash Photography!  Beautiful Bride Natalie donned a lovely strapless lace gown from The Bridal House of Charleston.  Her hair was swept back in an effortless up-do from Affair Hair by…Tanesha, while Pamela Lesch Makeup gave Natalie that sweet bridal glow.

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Photographer:  Carmen Ash Photography//Hair Stylist: Affair Hair by…Tanesha//Dress Store: Bridal House of Charleston//Makeup Artist: Pamela Lesch Makeup

 

 

We’re so excited to share this lovely Lowcountry wedding engagement from our friends at Sweet Tea Imagery.  The session kicked off with a low-key tour of Downtown Charleston, which for all of us romantics means historic homes, cobblestone and alleyways.  Swoon!  Then the adorable couple, Alexandra + Thomas, headed over to Folly Beach to soak up the sunset, sand and the salty breeze.  We’re positive you’ll love this Folly Beach wedding engagement!

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 Photographer: Sweet Tea Imagery

This time on Wedding Woes we’re sharing one of our bride’s biggest “blonde moments” that coincided perfectly with her bridal portraits.  Definitely not the best timing for her, but it’s happened to the best of us, right?! Enjoy!

 

“ For a working bride, weekends are about the only time to get key pre-wedding tasks as well as every day appointments taken care of. With only so many weekends in a month you often find yourself over booked. In my case, I had the bright idea to make an appointment to test out my “wedding hair color” the day before my bridal portraits. Everyone knows you need a couple of days for your highlights to blend in and fade to a natural color. Well, everyone except for me. The day before. Really? WHAT was I thinking!?

Well, I wanted my hair “summertime blonde” for my wintertime wedding and boy did my stylist make it blonde! Half an hour after my appointment I went to pick up my gown for my portraits the next day. As soon as I got to the gown shop and caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror I thought “Oh s***, this is waaayyyyy too blonde!” The staff at the shop saw my concern but they all assured me “it was fiiiineee”.

I drove home immediately afterwards and showered, praying some of the color would wash out.  After blow-drying my hair I just stared at myself in the mirror and started sobbing. I was going to look like My Size Wedding Barbie in my portraits and what if I couldn’t get it back to normal in time for the wedding?!

I frantically drove back to the salon hoping my stylist could work some magic. She (of course) told me it looked great but she could fix it if I really wanted her to. Bridezilla much? I think so. After what seemed like hours of the entire staff at the salon reassuring me it looked good, I finally convinced myself that it was OK and I would come to enjoy the color.

In the end, my bridal portraits turned out fine and my hair was back to normal in time for the wedding. However my bridesmaids did enjoy teasing me about how I managed to keep my hair so sun kissed that late in the fall!”

 

Brides, we’ll quote Elle Woods on this one for you: “The rules of hair care are simple and finite. Any Cosmo girl would have known.” But just incase you forgot like this Lowcountry bride, here are a few helpful tips to avoid hair-do horror.

  • We know your schedule leading up to the big day is packed, but try to avoid planning appointments that will directly affect the other back to back!
  • For brides who color their hair, it does fade so give yourself a week or two before panicking!
  • Make sure your stylist knows exactly what you want when it comes to both color and style. And if it doesn’t turn out the way you want it, don’t be afraid to say something!

Think you can top this? Send submissions for Wedding Woes to elizabeth@alowcountrywed.com

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on our wonderful friend and A Lowcountry Wedding Vendor, Dana of Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography!  Dana is an amazing photographer who is based in Charleston, South Carolina but is always down for a destination wedding!  When she’s not photographing beautiful Lowcountry couples, you’ll probably find Dana hanging out with her husband and her 3 pups.  Fun facts: She’s slightly addicted to Diet Mountain Dew, Taco Boy and Starbucks…so much so, that she was recently upgraded to a Starbucks Gold Card.  Girlfriend likes her caffeine!  So sit back, and take a minute to meet the our friend and wonderful Charleston wedding vendor, the  fabulous Dana Cubbage!  Please excuse the excessive use of exclamation points.   I just think she’s really awesome :) charleston weddings

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

I was born in New York and raised in Maryland, but my heart belongs to South Carolina.  After spending 6+ years in finance, I rediscovered this love for photography and decided to try and fulfill my dream of building my own business + finally doing something I absolutely love for a living.  And wow – 2 years into it, I can finally say I’m living the dream!  I started out specializing in pet photography, which is something I still do + love.  I’ve always had a special connection with pets, especially dogs, so that was a natural fit for me.  While volunteering at my local animal shelter in Baltimore, I met another photographer who specialized in weddings.  We became good friends through volunteering and so I asked her if I could tag along and help out with some of her weddings.  She said yes and I fell in love with it.  That was in the fall of 2011.  We moved to Charleston in January 2012 and I spent all of 2012 second shooting with some amazing photographers here in Charleston, learning the business + sharpening my technical skills.  After booking pretty much every weekend, I thought to myself “maybe I could do this full-time and quit my day job” (which I hated).  So I gave myself a deadline – by August 1, I would have a website up and I’d start marketing myself.  Well, as luck would have it, I was laid off from my full-time job on July 31 and so I was pushed into life as a full-time photographer.  But it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  Since then, I’ve been working hard to build my wedding photography business and it’s been amazing.  I think back to my life a year ago and still can’t believe how much has happened and how incredibly lucky I am to finally be doing something I absolutely love for a living.

I’m married to my best friend, Brian, and we have 3 dogs – two Golden Retrievers named Camden + Brady, and a small lab-pit bull mix named Beckham.  I love to read, travel + eat… but not necessarily in that order.  I love reality TV, Starbucks, and anything that sparkles.

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Hometown:  

Fallston, Maryland

College/Major:

Gettysburg College – BA in Business Management; Mount Saint Mary’s University – MBA

One crazy fun fact we wouldn’t know about you… 

I have been involved with animal rescue for years and I’ve fostered several Golden Retrievers and 3 pit bulls for local rescues + shelters. Someday, I hope to start a pit bull rescue here in the Charleston area.

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Top Five All-time favorite TV Shows…

  1. Friends (hands down, my favorite TV show EVER)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy
  3. Real Housewives
  4. Modern Family
  5. Friday Night Lights

Give us a little background on how your business came to life…

I’ve always loved photography.  I can remember using my parent’s film Minolta when I was young and I just LOVED taking photos of anything… but especially of my pets.  When my parents got me my own camera one year for my birthday, I was in love.  I took a camera with me everywhere and I still have boxes of prints + albums from my childhood.  I just can’t bear to get rid of them!  When I bought my first DSLR camera in 2010, something clicked.  I had always loved photography – capturing moments – but the DSLR allowed me to create art.  I loved that!!  So I dove into it, learning how to shoot manually and taking in as much information as possible.  I started my pet photography business in early 2011 and my wedding photography business in August 2012.  It’s been an amazing couple of years!

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What is the one tip you wish you could tell every bride?

When you’re looking for a wedding photographer, make sure whoever you book makes you feel confident and comfortable.  Feeling at ease with your photographer will only enhance your images in the end.

How can a bride come prepared to her first appointment with you?

I love when my brides come to me with ideas.  Although I rely on my own creativity, it’s always great when brides are vocal about what inspires them and what exactly they love about my work, so that I can focus on providing them with great images that they will be over-the-moon excited about.  I guess I really like brides who aren’t afraid to speak up and let me know what they are really looking for when they hire me.  It helps ensure that we’re both on the same page and that we are the right fit for each other.

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Favorite Item of Clothing:

Probably my grey J Crew sweatpants :)

 

Favorite Summer beverage:

Sweetened Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks… yum!

 

In three words, sum up your style… 

Fun, fresh, editorial

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Favorite wedding image you’ve ever snapped.

There are so many wonderful images, it’s hard to choose just one!  Right now, it’s a tie between Becca + Jay’s portrait on the beach (below) and Stephanie + Jason’s portrait on the beach (first image).  I just love the light in the first one and the cool tree in the second one :)  Both of them are on the homepage of my website.  That’s where most of my recent favorites live!

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

I’m pretty good at saving money and sticking to my budget, but every once in a while, I have to hit up the J Crew outlet for some new clothes :)

 

What blogs provide you daily inspiration to keep your creative juices flowing (non-wedding related) ?

I follow a lot of designers on Facebook that keep me inspired – Promise Tangeman, Ravyn Stadick, Jennifer Olmstead.  Most of the blogs I read are wedding related or pet photography related.  I gain my inspiration from real life and things around me.  When I’m out and about, I’m constantly inspired by light, architecture, textures, colors + unique locations.  I am always on the look out and thinking of new things I could bring to my work.

What the most rewarding thing about your line of work?

Being a part of my clients’ wedding day is so rewarding.  Becoming friends with them throughout the process is amazing and something I cherish.  Sharing + capturing their joy and their love is indescribable.  I’m so blessed.

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

Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5… that song always makes me want to dance!

Must have Lowcountry wedding detail….

Antique furniture rentals (think 428 Main Vintage Rentals… one of my faves) and lush Southern florals… the perfect combo!

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Current favorite color palette:

I’ve always liked a muted color palette – muted greys, blues, greens, etc.  I’m also loving champagne-colored sparkles right now :)

Favorite Quote:

“In a world of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more”

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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!

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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