06.28.2013

Charleston Wedding Vendors {Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography}

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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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A Lowcountry Wedding
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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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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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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