Well ladies, the time come to feed our peony obsession, because some days it just needs to happen! Over the past few weeks, our Pinterestboards have become jam packed with lovely inspiration and it’s time to share our favorite ways to tie our most precious Southern bloom into your lowcountry wedding day. From the bouquets and accessories to cake toppers and centerpieces, we’ve got details in all different shades to feed your flirty flower frenzy! Oh, and on a sidenote, A Lowcountry Wedding Lookbook, your resource for the best weddings in Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach launches October 31st! Mark your calendars, it’s gonna be a good one!
You know I love when I get to take my ALW faithful for a little day trip down to my home state of Georgia, especially when we make a beeline right for the magical Sea Island. With Events by Caroline behind the wedding wheel, Catherine + Josh tied the knot in elegant, outdoor ceremony overlooking the water, in what appears to be a Lowcountry afternoon that most gals dream of. To celebrate, the couple joined their wedding guests for a tented evening under the stars where the gals at Garden on the Square created superbly Southern floral arrangements of hydrangeas and baby’s breath to grace the tabletops. With a welcoming ocean breeze, Guest relaxed in a lovely outdoor lounge area and dined on a feast of Southern cuisine, including roasted quail, before kicking off their shoes and hopping on the dance floor to enjoy the sounds of The Swinging Medallions. Thanks to the wonderful Donna Von Bruening for capturing this swoon-worthy Sea Island Wedding! Oh, and yes, that is a real fish cake!
Normally, I try to set the tone for a charming Charleston wedding, but I think it sounds better coming from today’s beautiful Bride Jenn. So, I hope everyone has a lovely Lowcountry weekend and until we get there, let’s kick off this Friday morning with a gorgeous Society Hall wedding from the fab photography team at Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay…
From the bride:Why Charleston? Well aside from the obvious answers – we love the city, my family is there, it is easy to get to – we thought, and have always thought, that Charleston embodies in one place the things we hold dear, the things we have in common, and the way we want our lives together to be. Elegant and deeply Southern, with just a hint of adorable quirkiness and cool vibes; passionate about history and heritage while always striving to move forward; wonderful food and shopping wrapped in a gracious welcome – this is Charleston for us. So it was the perfect place to have what we ultimately wanted – am intimate, traditional affair that highlighted our beloved South, family and friends.We are both very traditional romantics.
As such, we knew we wanted all of the elements of a traditional wedding (church ceremony, music and dress, reception), but we also wanted to imbibe it with our personality. Hence the bagpipes for the processional…I am very Irish on “one side!” We are both what people call “old souls” who long for the elegance and glamour of a different age, and we are both very proud of our Southern heritage. We love being Southern, and since most of our guest list was from parts outside the South, we wanted our guests to feel the warmth and hospitality at every turn. So we kept things formal, but chose a buffet style reception to keep the feel of being invited to a big party.
I think at one point I explained it to the caterer as “black tie meets Sunday supper,” or something of the sort. Our old souls took the music from jazz during the cocktail hour to Motown for the dance party. White tablecloths, silver candle sticks (all collected on Etsy or “borrowed” from family collections), southern flowers (hydrangeas, roses, gardenia, magnolias) and a buffet highlighting barbecue, shrimp and grits, biscuits, she crab soup, and fried green tomatoes combined with the stately elegance of Society Hall to create the exact vibe we were hoping for.
From the open house cocktail party on Thursday to the gentlemen’s skeet shoot and ladies luncheon (complete with sundresses and hats) to the seafood rehearsal dinner to the signature cocktail (with Firefly vodka), to the last song, to the farewell brunch, our guests were welcomed into our comfort zone with all the Southern elegance and hospitality we, and Charleston, could muster.
All good things come to those who wait, it seems. We’ve known each other for 22 years. We had one disastrous date in 1993, but decided the timing was bad. Through businesses, career changes, other relationships, tragedies, and everything else you could throw at someone in life, we stayed friends. Best friends. And then one day, when all the debris clears, you look around and realize that the person you want to be with forever is the person who has always been there for you…that the “forever” you’d always imagined is waiting there for you with someone you’ve known “forever” already…that true love isn’t always found down the road you have been on, but it is exactly what you have. And you want to keep it in your heart and by your side.
Y’all, these two are ca-ute! I just feel like a warning is in order before you get to scrollin’. I’m not sure about you, but I can’t stop staring at bride Erica’s smile. Talk about beaming! The newlyweds spent the day after their Daniel Island wedding gallivanting around the streets of the Holy City to cap off their magical weekend. Thanks to fabulous Charleston wedding vendor, Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography, for capturing all of this happiness!
Oh, Sally Watts! The magic you make with a veil just makes my heart skip-a-beat. I guess it’s that wonderful combination of an awesome Charleston wedding photographer, a gorgeous bride and killer natural light that has me swooning over this breathtaking Southern wedding. Not to mention, the entire Daniel Island affair was planned and designed by the fabulous Megan of Mingle! It’s a combination of talent that is bound to deliver oohs and ahhs every single time! Amanda + Jay were blessed with a beautiful Lowcountry day where they wed along the marsh (heaven!) in front of their family and friends. The bridesmaids were dressed in floor-length navy gowns while the men looked handsome in classic black tuxedos. The festivities continued at the Pierce Park Pavilion where guests were treated to a seated dinner from Good Food Catering (don’t those Shrimp and Grits look amazing!?), an array of desserts and a celebration that last way after the sun went down! We’re in love with the effortless décor, pops shimmering gold and perfect evening lighting.
Do you mind if we take stroll down to Savannah today for a little wedding loveliness off the Georgia coast? Because our Georgia friends sure do know how to make a Lowcountry bride smile and this beauty from Diana Daley has our heads spinning! Bride Ashley was dressed in a flowing strapless Vera Wang gown and jeweled sandals that perfectly complemented her effortless style. The sweet couple became husband and wife in a lovely outdoor ceremony in Forsyth Park that is surely a daydream for any Savannah bride-to-be. After, the newlyweds celebrated their new life together with family and friends at Churchill’s Pub in the heart of Downtown Savannah.
The past two weeks we’ve been semi-MIA (sorry!), but thanks to big move, internet was hard to come by #movingproblems Now, they we’re back at it, we promise to shower you with love, lots and lots of Charleston wedding love! This Greek Orthodox beauty was captured in the heart of Downtown Charleston by the talented Amy-Marie Kay Photography. The duo said ‘I do’ in a traditional ceremony before heading over to the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel where they celebrated the night away with loads of Greek dancing!