Whether you’ll be spending your 4th of July in Hilton Head, Charleston or Myrtle Beach (or somewhere in between!), the crew from A Lowcountry Wedding wants to wish you a happy (and safe!) holiday week/weekend. I’ll be kicking it on Shem Creek tonight, sipping on something cold and watching some fireworks, which means you won’t hear from us until Monday. I know, how will you ever survive, right? Don’t worry, we’ll be back at it with a beautiful Charleston wedding to kick off next week….so until then, enjoy the sunshine, this crazy heat, and good times with friends and family.
We are counting down the minutes until our Fourth of July celebrations get started and to kick off this extra long, holiday weekend here in the Lowcountry, we’re sharing Shannae’s Downtown Charleston bridal session from Nadean of Gene Ho Photography. She donned a breathtaking, Maggie Sottero gown from Bridal House of Charleston that boasted a timeless silhouette and gorgeous, lace sleeves…that we just can’t get enough of! The talented duo of Affair Hair by Tanesha and Jonny Cosmetics made sure this Southern Belle looked her best with the perfect combination of hair and make up.
If there is ever a time when I’m particularly happy that I’m a girl, it’s when it comes to the act of proposing. I am sooo glad that responsibility falls on the guys. Lord knows I would be a complete disaster: splotches, sweaty palms, shaky voice…oh, it would just be a mess. So, I’m always particularly impressed when I hear a guy has gone out of his way to surprise his soon-to-be fiance with a truly, thoughtful engagement. One of my favorite compliments to the perfect Lowcountry engagement is hiding a talented photographer (cue Kelly Sauer Photography) in the bushes to document the moment…and surprisingly, very few guys think to incorporate this key element, Joseph being one of them! Rebecca and Joseph met during their junior year of college and have always enjoyed traveling the world together. So, when Joseph suggested a trip to Charleston, she thought nothing of spending a few days in the Holy City. He treated her to a day at the spa (lucky gal!) and told her to get all dolled up for an intimate, formal dinner later that evening…to which she kindly obliged. They took a relaxing carriage ride before stopping at Waterfront Park to take in the scenery where Joseph popped the question with the fountain as the backdrop! Thanks to Kelly Sauer for capturing this darling Southern couple and their perfect Charleston engagement!
Girls, you know I love to blog about a fabulous bridal session, especially one with a stunning bride! Today’s Southern Belle, Empi, went with a country, vintage-inspired look for her bridal portraits, and with the talented CivicPhotos on hands, that look was easy to achieve. Things got started at the timeless Lancaster Hotel before heading out to the countryside so she could show off her boots…oh, and ride a horse!
I’ve been slaving away this week as I work on adding a whole new vendor section to A Lowcountry Wedding (keep your eyes peeled, it will be launching at the beginning of July!), so needless to say, I’m really looking forward to taking it easy this weekend! So, to kick off this gorgeous Lowcountry weekend, we’re sharing a touching, Charleston National Golf Club affair from the crew at Richard Bell Photography, that was coordinated by Charleston Wedding Design. The beautiful Bride, Erica, walked down the aisle to the sounds of Charleston Virtuosi before meeting her Groom at the altar to say ‘I do’ in front of their closest friends and family. Thanks to the sweet couple for giving us a peek inside their fairytale wedding…
“We feel our story is unique and our relationship has transcended an ocean, time zones and united two cultures. This has been a huge commitment of love, time, patience and unswerving determination to be together. The trials and tribulations of our relationship together with our faith have been a stern test, which we’re certain will help our marriage stand the test of time. Erica and I have become passionate travelers (we’ve had to because we are from different countries!) and we’ve weaved our love of travel into the fabric of our wedding. Each table is personalized to represent an important milestone in our relationship. Bahamas – our first holiday together, London, England and Westerville, Ohio – our hometowns, Las Vegas – where we met and our journey together began, San Francisco – our future home and of course Charleston – where we fell in love and will be married. We have a vision for our wedding which is to make it feel personal and each small detail is important to us. We will have strings to play Vivaldi four seasons, which we listened to in an outdoor concert in Somerset, England on Erica’s first visit to the UK. Our Wedding colors of purple and green are inspired by Wimbledon (Toby’s town of birth), where we were fortunate enough to spend a day at the Championships in 2011. We will be sipping on PIMM’S at our cocktail hour, which is a popular English cocktail filled with fresh fruits perfect for a springtime affair. At the end of the night a black cab will be driving us from the reception, which we think is fitting because we currently live in London and regularly use these cabs to get around. Charleston National Golf course is a fitting location for our Wedding as Erica’s father, Ken, who sadly passed away in February 2011 was a keen golfer. He would of been delighted to have known that the happiest day of his daughters life would be spent in the beautiful setting, one which brought him so much joy in his life.”
It’s a question on every bride’s mind…what on earth am I going to give as favors? OR should I even going to spend money on favors? Now let’s be serious, we’ve all chunked many-a cheesy wedding favors in trash (and rightfully so!) but with all the inspiration the Lowcountry offers, there must be a handful of memorable (and useable) surcees your wedding guests can appreciate. For instance, maybe our Hilton Head brides can send their guests home with a little sweet tea for the road (Firefly, anyone?), or maybe your Charleston folks would enjoy some classic benne wafers or sweet pralines (I know I would!). What about some grits with your favorite shrimp and grits recipe for your Myrtle Beach affair? Take a look at a few of our favorites and leave us a note if you’ve got a local favorite we forgot!
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It’s no secret that the ladies from Fabulous Frocks of Charleston know what it takes to make a gal look good in her gown, and now thanks to their new Bride Pilates class, you are sure to be the belle of the ball!
Kicking off June 13th, at their Church Street location, Jessica from Core Essentials Pilates will offer a brides-only Pilates class geared towards toning up for your big day! Classes begin this Wednesday at 6 pm and last for 8 weeks. It’s $10 a class; 20% discount for an 8 week session. Limited to 10 brides per class, so sign up now by calling 843.754.1855 or via email at email@example.com.