We sure do love South Carolina Aquarium weddings!   So much so that we were lucky enough to feature it in our most recent issue.  You may remember our gorgeous Southern Sparkle shoot we shared in our premier issue of A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine.  It was outside on the Deck with gorgeous views of the Charleston Harbor.  Pretty breathtaking if you ask me!  Well, this gorgeous ocean-inspired wedding from Ashley Nicole Events and Richard Bell Photography incorporated everything we love about the South Carolina Aquarium.  A stunning evening ceremony overlooking the Harbor and the Cooper River Bridge, a festive octopus cake and whimsical fish-filled aquariums at every turn.

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From the Bride: “Brian and I love aquariums, sea life and conservation, so the aquarium was a no-brainer choice for us. Every place we visit, we make a point to visit the aquariums too- it’s our tradition. Plus, my sister works as the PR director for the Aquarium, so she really sold us on the venue! We wanted to incorporate aspects of ourselves and our loves into our wedding and reception, which is a mix of art deco and the ocean. Interesting combo, I know! My dress is a Jenny Packham and screamed art deco to me. I paired it with a vintage Eduardian pin from the 1920′s which is being made into a pendant. Brian and his groomsmen (and one groomswoman!) wore a Vineyard Vines cummerbund set with their tuxes (and a flower accent for the groomswoman) that featured little blue crabs (Brian’s favorite!) on a coral background. Brian’s boutonniere is held by an electroplated crab claw in silver. The bridesmaids wore a one-shouldered After Six gown in jade that has ruching that went hand-in-hand with my dress. Our colors were jade, coral and a deep blue…mirroring the colors of Mother Ocean. We wanted nature to play a large part in our celebration, so we decided to wed under the stars on the Aquarium’s veranda. In addition to our love of fish, we also love Phish, the band. We incorporated small, subtle tokens featuring Phish throughout, including our first dance (Show of Life), lyrics from Phish songs on each table and our favors: donations to both the waterwheel foundation (Phish’s charity that gives back to various programs throughout the nation) and the sea turtle hospital (of the SC aquarium)”

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Richard Bell Photography  //  Bakery: Abbie’s Bakery  //  Event Designer: Ashley Nicole Events  //  Transportation:Classic Carriage Works  //  Event Planner: Duvall Events  //  Floral Designer: Pretty Petals of Charleston  //  Event Venue: South Carolina Aquarium  //  Makeup Artist: Stella Nova

Dying to see more Lowcountry Wedding inspiration?

Check out the premier issue of A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine featuring 13 of our favorite coastal celebrations including:

-Christine + Derek’s Elegant Omni Hilton Head Wedding

-Jennifer + Carl’s Grande Dunes Ocean Club Wedding

-Brian + Ashley’s Creek Club at I’On wedding

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If I could gawk over a vibrant Indian wedding every day, I would be one happy lady.  Needless to say, I’m incredibly indebted to the talented Caroline Lima Photography for sharing Anita + Tyler’s stunning affair at the Downtown Charleston Renaissance Historic District Hotel.  Anita is a beauty and when draped in her traditional attire, I can only describe her as truly breathtaking.   While the couple swapped vows in a traditional ceremony, other details were a little more unconventional, like their mixed gender bridal party.  What a great idea to include those closest to you!

From Caroline Lima: “When I met Anita for the first time, her calm and sweet voice made me realize right away how special her wedding would be. Every time she mentioned Tyler her eyes lit up and it was clear to me that she had found her other half. Do you know when we are extremely happy and we can’t stop smiling? That was Tyler on their wedding day! He had this huge smile on his face. So heartwarming to see!  Anita & Tyler celebrated their Indian/American wedding among their family and best friends, it was so beautiful to see two different cultures coming together to celebrate their love!”

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

If I could be a guest at any wedding, it would definitely be this one!  These two had fun-filled Coastal wedding to celebrate their new life together and I have a feeling the newlyweds and their lively guest list won’t forget it anytime soon!  Lindsay & Tim fell in love at Clemson University. They were neighbors their freshmen year, and after a fall break trip to Charleston, they started dating. After graduating, they moved to Charleston for three years, which is why they chose to get married in this city. Even though they now live in Chicago, Charleston will always hold a special place in their hearts.  These college sweethearts got married at St. Mary’s of the Annunciation, a stunning Roman Catholic Church in Downtown Charleston.  Their reception took place at the Island House on John’s Island, one of our favorite Charleston wedding venues! This location is so scenic; there are fields of flowers and an awesome view of the Ashley River. Lindsay chose soft details, including all white linens, light pink and cream flowers, and lots of candles. Guests dined on a selection of seafood and shrimp and grits from Duvall Events and a delicious signature cocktail. They tore up the dance floor to the sounds of PlaneJane and ended the night with a group shot of all of the Clemson Alumni.

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Tell us a little bit about how you met your husband…

 We met when we were both freshman at Clemson University in SC. We were both placed in over-flow housing and we were neighbors! I asked him to my sorority’s crush party and it’s been love ever since!

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How did he propose?  How long were you engaged for?

Tim proposed in March of 2012 during his last year in law school. He planned it out with my boss so they would give me the day off. He proposed on Sullivan’s Island (I literally had no idea!) and than he flew us to NJ the next morning so we could celebrate with my family! We were engaged for about 18 months.

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Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment?

The most memorable moment was seeing Tim for the first time. We saw each other before the ceremony. I walked out on a dock overlooking the beach to meet Tim. It was a moment that all at once I felt anxious, happy and excited.

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Color Palette:

The bridesmaids dresses were “aluminum”. The guys wore grey.

The flowers were all blush tone colors.

Linens were all white.

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What made you choose your venue? What elements drew you to it?

We were looking for a venue that would amaze our guests. This was a destination wedding and we wanted our guests to be wowed by the beauty of Charleston. The Island House definitely captures that!

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Something old: My something old, borrowed and blue was one thing: my mom’s mom wedding ring. It is a beautiful ring that has sapphire stones on it. This was a piece of jewelry that I always knew I wanted to wear on my wedding day.

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Describe your Specialty Drinks?

We lived in Charleston for three years while Tim attended law school at Charleston School of Law. Our favorite restaurant, Fish had a specialty cocktail that was Tim’s favorite! That was our inspiration for our signature cocktail. It was Vodka, soda water and elderflower syrup with cucumber.. it seemed to be a crowd pleaser!

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 Tell us all about the details!  Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite?

We wanted our wedding to be like no other! We were really looking for that Charleston feel… Right on the water, under a tent, serving shrimp and grits!

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What’s your favorite picture from your wedding and why?

Hmm.. I would have to say the one of Tim and I kissing in the wildflowers at the Island house. That was the point in the day when we felt like we could finally relax.

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Most valuable piece of advice you’d give to a newly engaged bride:

I would say .. If you have a vision to go for it! I look back at the photos of our wedding day and it was exactly was I had envisioned. But throughout the whole process I kept in mind the end result: that I was marrying my best friend and no matter what, it would be perfect.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Church: St. Mary of the Annunciation  /  Reception Venue: The Island House  /  Photographer: Riverland Studios  /  Band: Plane Jane  /  Dress: Gigi’s Closette  /  Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate via Bella Bridesmaids  /  Cake: Duvall  /  Bar & Catering: Duvall Events  /  Florist: Charleston Flower Market  /  Hair & Make-up: Blushair  /  Invitations: Wedding Paper Diva  /  Officiant: Deacon James Moore.

I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the perfect weather we had this weekend.  I don’t know about anybody else, but it’s got me really craving summertime!  I’ve been dying to share this Hyde Park Polo Club wedding in Charleston, SC from Elisha Orin Photography.  It is nothing short of stunning.   Bride Erin and her sweet groom Jim are one good looking couple.  Erin was captivating in a strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, soft up-swept ‘do and a dreamy astilbe bouquet from Keepsake Florist.   The wedding planning crew at Fabulous Fete delivered up gorgeous rustic details that were the perfect addition to their gorgeous Lowcountry wedding day!

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

 Photographer: Elisha Orin Photography  /  Venue: Hyde Park Polo Club  /  Officiant: Mobile Marriage  /  Rentals: Snyder Events  /  DJ: Complete Music  /  Event Planner: Fabulous Fete  /  Catering: Home Team BBQ  /  Hair: Blushair  /  Cake: Bride’s Mother  /  Florist: Keepsake Florist 

 

Just the other day we introduced you to our new editorial intern, the lovely Miss Jenna.  She came in with a bang on her first post “That’s When I Look at the Groom,” which has been a huge hit and now is back for Round 2!  Check out her favorite ways to preserve your wedding experience

Keepsakes, souvenirs, and mementos are a fabulous way to preserve your entire wedding experience for the rest of your life. Check out these super creative ideas and learn how to treasure your special day for years to come.

  1. #Hashtag: Post a sign or hand out cards asking your guests to tag all of their Instagram photos of the ceremony and reception with a specific hashtag, personalized to your wedding, for easy access to photos of your wedding. How fun!

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  2. Frame your dress: Don’t let your gorgeous gown become just another dress stuffed in the back of your closet after the wedding- Frame it and display it in a walk-in closet, dressing room, or bedroom as a way to reminisce, daily!

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  3. Embellish your walls: Etsy shop, Reaganista Designs, offers digital chalkboard wedding posters to help you display special dates and places- your personal love story for everyone to see! It can be completely customized with your meaningful events.

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  4. Think inside the box: Take all the delicate parts from your wedding day and display them in a keepsake box. Invitations, menus, programs, save the dates, your bouquet, your garter and veil- anything that you want to keep safe and sitting pretty.   Utilize your utensils: Etsy shop, Juliethefish, creates hand-stamped cake fork sets that are perfect for both your wedding day and for years to come. These adorable forks can be customized with the date of your wedding and I Do/I Do Too, Mr./Mrs., His/Hers, and much, much more!

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  5. Utilize your utensils: Etsy shop,Juliethefish, creates hand-stamped cake fork sets that are perfect for both your wedding day and for years to come. These adorable forks can be customized with the date of your wedding and I Do/I Do Too, Mr./Mrs., His/Hers, and much, much more!

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  6. Go back in time: Offer a time capsule wedding “book” at your wedding. Request that your guests leave wishes and hopes for the bride and groom to open when they celebrate their 1 year anniversary, 5 years, 10 years, etc.

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  7. Snap photos with Eversnap: The times, they are a-changin’… In this day and age, you can expect that everyone will be snapping pictures on their cellphones throughout your wedding. Take advantage of it! Purchase an Eversnappackage and create an album code. Ask your guests to download the free app so you can collect all of their photos and videos, instantly, all in one huge album. You’ll get to see your wedding from 100 different perspectives- So cool!

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  8. Channel your inner Disney princess: Treasure your wedding shoes by displaying them Cinderella style.

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  9. Shake it like a Polaroid picture: Have a Polaroid guest book at your wedding! Ask everyone to sign the book with their photo. It’s such a cute and creative way to remember each and every guest.

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  10. Nothing is given so freely as advice: Many of your guests are going to be people who have been married for years who’ve shared a lifetime of love together. Others are going to be newlyweds just like you. And some might be in elementary school and still think the opposite sex has cooties… Whatever stage of life they may be in, let them offer you and your groom their advice. You can thank them later.  Never forget your vows: Etsy shop, Geezees Custom Canvas, offers sets of two custom canvases to decorate your home with. After the wedding, get one made with your vows and the other with your groom’s vows so you never forget those solemn promises.

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  11. Go postal: Every day of your honeymoon, send yourselves a postcard from wherever you are. Write about how much fun you’re having, what you did that day, and how head-over-heels in love you are! When you get return home, bind together all the postcards and use it as a scrapbook-journal so you never forget the details of your trip!

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  12. Wine and dine: Save all the wine corks from your wedding and turn them into a DIY keepsake.

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  13. Break the news: Save newspaper articles from the day of your engagement and wedding and frame your favorite pictures in them. It’s such a sweet idea and will help you remember what was going on in the world on the dates of big life events.

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  14. Keep your cake forever: Send a picture of your wedding cake to Aberrant Ornaments… They’ll create a small, ornamental replica of your cake to help you commemorate your special day!

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  15. Pucker up: At your bachelorette party, have all your favorite ladies leave their mark with a lipstick kiss and signature on a white poster board- the perfect décor for a bathroom or make-up area. Muah!

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  16. Keep your cards: Between your engagement, bridal shower, and wedding, you’re going to get a TON of cards. Why not collect them and make them into a keepsake book for your coffee table?

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  17. Make it a tradition: Every anniversary, take a picture with last year’s photo. Imagine how amazing it will look in 40 or 50 years!!

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  18. Have your cake and eat it, too: Storing the top tier of your wedding cake to enjoy on your first anniversary is a really sweet tradition. Learn how to keep your cake from getting stale here.

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  19. Patchwork, please!: As part of your response card, ask each of your guests to send you a piece of fabric. Piece them all together into a huge, cozy, love-filled quilt and present it to your family and friends at the reception. After the wedding you’ll be able to enjoy it at home and remember all the guests who you shared your big day with.

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  20. Lovely lace: Preserve your wedding gown by putting a piece into a necklace so you can wear it more than once. You can even have your future daughter wear it on her wedding day as a sentimental “something old”.

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  21.  Guest Libs: Have this awesome version of Mad Libs at each table for guests to fill out throughout the night. This would be hilarious to read after the wedding and thereafter.

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You may remember Megan’s Downtown Charleston bridal portraits that we featured a few months ago, easily one of my favorite’s ever!  Well today, we get to share her amazing Island House wedding from Juliet Elizabeth Photography.  Y’all it’s stunning.  The epitome of everything you’d want your Lowcountry wedding to include.  A beautiful bride in an effortless lace gown, a coastal breeze and a man in a tux!  These two tied the knot along the banks of the Stono River in a simple, yet breathtaking ceremony before joining their guest for one heck of a celebration designed by Sweet Grass Events.  We’re obsessed with the blush colored bridesmaids dresses, that amazing cake and the beautiful flowers from First Bloom of Charleston!

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Island House, Johns Island  /  Photographer – Juliet Elizabeth Photography  /  Day of Coordination – Stephanie Gibbs of Sweet Grass Events  /  Videographer – My Memories Film  /  Caterer – Duvall Events  /  Ceremony Musician – Chris Teves  /  Band – Quiana Parler & Friends  /  Cake – Elisabeth Hanckel  /  Florist – First Bloom of Charleston  /  Hair and Make Up – Vanity Salon  /  Invitations – Delphine Press  /  Calligraphy – Shea Tankersly  /  Rentals – Snyder and Stage Presence  /  Transportation – Compass Transportation  /  Dress – Allure from Bridals by Jodi  /  Bridesmaid Dresses – Dessy from Condon’s Bridal Boutique  /  Tuxedos – Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse

 

 

Emily + Leman have been together for years, and along with their two adorable daughter they wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their journey together as a family.   With the help of the talented ladies of Southern Protocol, a big Lowcountry bash at the William Aiken House is exactly what they received!  Branch Design Studio set the tone with luscious peony bouquets while Scotti Cline Designs whipped up all the lovely stationery.  One of our favorite details is the bottles of champagne that doubled as the guests’ escort cards and starter beverages, so throughout dinner  festive “pops” rang out as each guest cracked theirs open – it made for a lively start to a beautiful evening.  We also love the chic navy and pink accent pillows that added the perfect dash of color to the lounge furniture.  Guests departed with a classic Charleston wedding favor, local grits.  Thanks to Jennifer Bearden Photography for capturing this beautiful William Aiken House wedding!

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Jennifer Bearden Photography  //  Lighting: AV Connections  //  Floral Designer: Branch Design Studio  //  Caterer: Fish  //  Invitation Designer: Scotti Cline Designs  //  Event Planner: Southern Protocol  //  Reception Venue: The William Aiken House

 

 

This lovely Sunday weather has me daydreaming of long Summer days and ocean views!  Since I can’t quite have the long Summer days, I’ll settle for gorgeous ocean views, and that’s just what Meredith + Rod’s Ocean Club at Grande Dunes wedding delivers!  The wonderful crew at Memorable Moments teamed up with a talented group of Myrtle Beach Wedding Vendors for the perfect Lowcountry affair.  Apparently, the weather acted up a bit, but you would never be able to tell from these beautiful images Leslie Parrott Photography captured.  We’re obsessing over the perfect coastal color palette of pale pink and navy with touches of burlap!

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From Leslie: “Meredith and Rod are a fun couple that are excited to show off their wedding. The details were elegant yet the vibe was laid back allowing for guests to really enjoy themselves. They added personal touches such as in lieu of guest gifts a donation was made to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund (Meredith and her family are from New Jersey). And Rod is from Atlanta so he wanted the southern, relaxed touch of farm tables at the reception. The day unexpectedly ended up being cold and windy so there was a last minute decision to tent the reception. The couple was not able to walk the beach for photos as they had originally planned either. But the day turned out perfect regardless and the photos still have the Myrtle Beach touch to them.”

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Myrtle Beach Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Leslie Parrott  //  Second Shooter:Abby Smith Photography  //  Transportation: Carolina Limos  //  Cinema and Video: Hart to Heart Media  //  Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Studio Suits  //  Dress Store: Bridal Collections by Stella  //  Caterer: Grande Dunes  //  Hair Stylist: Grumption by Meggie  //  Dress Store: J Majors Bridal Boutique  //  Other:Jack Nadel International  //  Ceremony Location: Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes  //  Invitation Designer: Paper Affair  //  Floral Designer:RSG Event Designs  //  Officiant: Simple Wedding Day, LLC  //  Band: Soul Function Band  //  Jewelry: Swarovski  //  Rehearsal Dinner Venue:The Members Club  //  Reception Venue: The Ocean Club at Grande Dunes  //  Event Planner: Memorable Moments Event Planning

 

Dying to see more!?!  Check out these Lowcountry weddings

Caitlin + Ryan’s Elegant Grande Dunes Ocean Club wedding from Memorable Moments

Sara + Corey’s Formal Marina Inn at Grande Dunes wedding

 

Happy Southern Wedding Sunday to our favorite ladies!  We’re getting March started with a beautiful Magnolia Plantation Carriage House wedding from the talented crew at Richard Bell Photography.  Samantha + Max adroned the Carriage House in a preppy color palette of blue, yellow and white, while Cupcake treated guests to some tasty treats!

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From the bride: “Like many couples, we wanted our wedding day to really reflect who we are, while also remaining fairly traditional and staying on a tight budget. We selected Magnolia Plantation’s Carriage House for the beautiful venue that it provides and we wanted our southern roots to shine. One of our close friends is officiating our ceremony under the beautiful hundred year old oaks draped with softly lit lanterns. We added touches of lace and burlap to keep with the theme of rustic southern charm. Duvall Events continued our theme by providing low country cuisine, including Charleston’s famous shrimp and grits and Palmetto Brewery beer. Everything from our monogrammed mason jars to the fresh daisy center pieces really pulled our event together to make for a classic southern wedding.”

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Richard Bell Photography  //  Cake Designer:Cupcake  //  Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

 

Amy & Jes were married in the Fall at Orange Hill Plantation in Summerton, South Carolina. This family-owned property was the perfect location for Amy & Jes’s outdoor affair.  The lovely ladies from The Burlap Elephant helped turn the backyard into a lush and colorful ceremony site.  Thanks to Wildflowers Inc, this Orange Hill Plantation wedding covered with vibrant flowers in all different shades of purple and green.  Don’t you just love those bouquets and the unique succulent boutonnieres that the guys wore!  Amazing.  They also had a “wish” tree, where they asked guests to write down wishes they had for the couple’s future. Amy & Jes were great sports and ended the night by running in the rain through a romantic sparkler exit, which was the perfect ending to their Lowcountry wedding.  Thanks to Riverland Studios for capturing all the details!

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 Lowcountry Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Riverland Studios  //  Musicians: Classical Charleston  //  Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston   //  Caterer:Lilfred’s Restaurant  //  Event Planner: The Burlap Elephant  //  Floral Designer: WildFlowers Inc.  //  Hair Stylist: Willow Salon

In need of some more Southern wedding inspiration!?  Then we think you’ll love these Lowcountry Weddings…

Ashley + Drew’s Navy Island House wedding from Riverland Studios

Sara + Joe’s  Romantic Pink + Grey Thomas Bennett House wedding from The Burlap Elephant

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