12.13.2013

Folly Beach Wedding {Becca + Jay} Pink Flamingo House

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If you’re in the mood for a coastal bash, I have a feeling Becca + Jay’s Folly Beach wedding will be just what the doctor ordered. At least, it was for me!   The minute I laid my eyes on this preppy soiree I knew it needed to find a home in A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine.  Bride Becca’s choice of navy, coral and mint had me immediately hooked.  It didn’t stop there!  The adorable stripped bridesmaids dress, tasty Bourbon bar, gorgeous bouquet, amazing photography from Dana Cubage Weddings….the list goes on and on!  Even though we wanted to, we couldn’t include everything in the magazine, so to find out a little more about Becca’s big day, check out her answers below and to see all the details you can purchase a digital edition of the Mag here! a lowcountry wedding blog featuring charleston weddings, hilton head wedidngs, myrtle beach wedidngs

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

I knew that I wanted to get married on the beach and have my reception at a fabulous beach house afterwards.  In a house, I was looking for an open floor plan, breathtaking ocean views and unique design that would set it apart from your typical beach home. When I met with the owner and builder of the Pink Flamingo in Folly Beach, I knew immediately that this was the home! The décor was beautiful, the floor plan was open and warm, the view was incredible and it had a rooftop cabana style deck (where we did our first look) that made it so unique!

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

My husband owns a personal training gym in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. I started training there in February of 2010 with his business partner.  Over time we became very good friends and eventually he asked me out on a date….and we haven’t been apart since!

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

I wanted the details to showcase my personal style and also reflect myself and my husband as a couple.  Being a Southern girl, born and raised, of course monograms were a must. 

Some of which included:

-large wooden monogram of our married name that was hung over the dance floor

-SEC themed corn hole boards from our respective universities. (I am a UK Wildcat and he is a Florida Gator)

-Adirondack chair “guest book” with a custom Moose pillow (my “guest book” was my favorite detail, because we get to see it and use it everyday J)

-Window pane photo collage with our favorite photos together

-Bourbon Bar on the rooftop… a MUST for me since I am a Kentucky girl.

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

This is a 2-way tie!!

-During the reception, my husband gave the most beautiful speech telling everyone how I changed his life. It was the most touching thing hearing the man I love telling all of our friends and family all the reasons he loves me.

–My sister-in-law (who was 7 months pregnant at the time) gave the most beautiful speech at the reception and ended asking both of us to be the godparents of her son. It was a beautiful moment!

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

He proposed on July 9th, 2012 the night before we were to leave for our summer vacation to Mexico.  He proposed at home. It was intimate, personal and perfect! (most of all it was a SURPRISE..which is almost impossible to do with me…I am a bit of a snoop J ) We were engaged for 9 months.

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Specialty Drinks?

  • Brides drink: Spiked Arnold Palmer
  • Grooms drink: Old Fashioned

How many guests attended? 65

Color Palette: Mint, Coral, Navy

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Something old: My grandmother’s pearls.

Something new: A David Yurman cuff bracelet given to me by my aunt the night of my rehearsal dinner.

Something borrowed: A beautiful hairpiece from J. Majors Bridal.

Something blue:  Monogrammed Hanky Panky undergarment J

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

BREATHE!!  Enjoy every moment of planning your wedding and being engaged.  It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and consumed with all that goes into planning a wedding, but it’s a magical time and will be over before you know it.  Everything will fall into place and the little things won’t matter in the end!

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Venue: The Pink Flamingo  /  Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals  /  Caterer: CRU CaterinG  /  Cake/Cupcakes: Bon Bon’s Baked Goods  /  Hair/makeup: Honey and Associates  /  Florist: Keepsakes Florist  /  Photography: Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography  /  Bridal Gown + Accessories: J. Majors Bridal

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12.12.2013

Charleston Wedding {Kristin + Brenden} Hibernian Hall

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Shannon Michele Photography, so when I laid my eyes on Kristin + Brenden’s Charleston wedding, I just knew that it had to find a home in A Lowcountry Wedding Mag!   I might be a little biased, but Hibernian Hall is the perfect Charleston wedding venue.  Right in the heart of Downtown, this Holy City landmark mixes history with a healthy dose of charm.  Beautiful bride Kristin and her bridesmaids looked like the perfect Southern bridal party as the all rocked fabulous LulaKate frocks.  Sara York Grimshaw killed it with her reception design of burlap runners, lace, mercury glass and flowers in a dreamy blush color palette.   Even though we wanted to, we couldn’t include everything in the magazine, so to find out a little more about Kristin’s big day, check out her answers below and to see all the details here!

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How did you decide on your venues for the ceremony/reception? St. Lukes was an obvious choice because of its simple elegance, the history, and the most beautiful courtyard outside! The reception venue was a little more difficult to nail down because there are sooo many incredible venues in Charleston. When we toured Hibernian Hall we both fell in love from the first step inside the iron gates. The walk up the staircase, the incredible rotunda, the stage, the chandeliers, all of the detail in that room was what sold us! It also didn’t hurt that it used to be an old Irish Society Hall and Brenden is Irish. ;)

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1.    When, Where, How did you meet? What is “the story” behind Kristin and Brendan?

Brenden and I both attended UNCW however he was 4 years ahead of me and to our knowledge we had never met. Brenden grew up in Raleigh as did one of my roommates and we often had house guests visiting from Raleigh in order to take advantage of the beach. Well these house guests were friends of Brenden’s as well and he would come over to see them and hangout at our house. Oddly enough, even when he was at my own house we never met!! Years later we were at Wild Wing Café in a large group of friends and when he and I introduced ourselves our friends stopped in their tracks and all said “Wait y’all don’t know each other??” NOPE! In all the years of our shared mutual friends and close encounters at the same place and the same time, we never met until the summer of 2010. It didn’t take long for us to start bantering back and forth with our own witty humor and the rest is history!

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When did you know Brenden was “the one”? I knew Brenden was the one pretty early on. We went on a weekend trip to Raleigh to stay with some of our friends (yes we were both friends with them before we met) and I remember thinking that everything was so easy with him. We always had a great time together and fed off of one another’s personality. My mother always said to marry my best friend and Brenden is definitely my best friend!

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How did he propose? Brenden told me we had reservations for dinner one night and I needed to be ready by 6:30pm. This wasn’t out of the ordinary because we loved to surprise one another so at 6:30 I walked into our den and found him fidgeting with his computer. We had just come back from a weekend trip to Hilton Head and I had been complaining about how we were horrible about taking pictures together, so he told me to sit down because he had put something together to show me just how many pictures we had taken together. On our TV a slideshow started to play of every picture and experience we had shared together! I was so into the slideshow I hadn’t noticed Brenden slide down on one knee until the last slide said “Kristin…… I have something I need to ask you… “ and when I turned there he was! It was the most perfect proposal! He then took me to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse where we had our first date! It was a great night!

Why Charleston? I grew up in Atlanta but Charleston was always somewhat of a second home. My parents met and married in Charleston and moved back a few years ago. Brenden and I would visit often and we fell in love with the history and romance of downtown Charleston. We also knew that we would be having a fairly large wedding and that our guests would be traveling from all over the country so we wanted them to come to a place that we loved and that had a lot to offer. It didn’t surprise us when the RSVP’s started coming in with all “Yes’s”! Who doesn’t love this city?!

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Tell me about finding your dress/your bridesmaids dresses- After a day of unsuccessful bridal gown shopping we had our last appointment at Lula Kate downtown. My sister and I started pulling dresses to try on when she held one up and said “what do you think about this one?”. It was different than all the dresses I had been trying on but it was exactly like a dress I had picked out of a magazine months earlier. It was the third dress I tried on that day and as soon as I put it on I knew it was my dress (something I didn’t think I’d ever say). It was simple yet unique, sporty yet sexy, comfortable yet elegant… I was in love! I knew my colors for the wedding were going to be blush pink and champagne and of those two colors pink would look best on a bridesmaid dress. I chose different styles of tops for the dresses that all incorporated a ruffle and let my bridesmaids select their top and skirt style. They looked fabulous all together!

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What is one piece of advice you’d offer to another Lowcountry bride? Make it yours! There are so many details that go into a wedding and you may not have a strong opinion on all of them and that’s fine. BUT speak up when it matters and don’t be afraid to make it your own! Brenden and I wanted to incorporate a few things that represented us into our big day so we elected to do a gourmet popcorn bar instead of a candy bar to pay homage to Brenden’s film past, we served late night fried pickles and chicken salad sandwiches as well as a signature drink from our favorite spot in Wrightsville Beach, played with our floor plan so that guests were encouraged to mingle and dance, and used a local book of photos from the lowcountry as our guest book. I think the more personal the wedding the more memorable it is!

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Ceremony Venue:  St. Luke’s Chapel  /  reception venue:  Hibernian Hall  /  Cake: Publix  /  Caterer:  Hamby Catering & Events  /  Florist: Sara York Grimshaw Designs  /  photographer: Shannon Michele Photography /  Videographer: KLC Video Productions  /  Bridal gown + accessories: LulaKate, Kate Spade  /   Bridesmaids dresses: LulaKate  /  Groomsmen attire: Vera Wang  /  Entertainment: Fantasy Band

 

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12.11.2013

Charleston Wedding {Kathryn + Bob} Charleston Place Hotel

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Shannon Noel Photography sent this beauty over and the intimacy and color palette of Kathryn + Bob’s Charleston wedding quickly caught my eye.  These two sweethearts decided on a Downtown affair starting with an outdoor ceremony at Washington Square Park.  Here the duo invited their guests to enjoy the garden vibe and intimate setting Washington Square Park provided.  After a beautiful ceremony, the couple and their guests made their way over to Charleston Place Hotel to celebrate over dinner!  Did I mention how much I adore Kathryn’s bouquet!?!  To enjoy the rest of the details, you can see  A Lowcountry Wedding Mag here!

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ATTIRE Kathryn wore a short, white, silk crepe dress by Thakoon topped with an Alexis woven white jacket, while Robert sported a classic black tuxedo JEWELRY She donned strands of pearls she borrowed from her family members and a pearl bracelet her mother gifted her as a wedding present. Kathryn’s wore a pair of beautiful Dannijo earrings SHOES For a splash of color, the bride wore a fabulous pair of blue Manolo Blahniks CEREMONY Washington Square Park provided the private setting for their intimate garden wedding as the couple exchanged vows in front of close family members.

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BOUTONNIERE Robert’s traditional tuxedo was accented with a pink peony boutonniere and crisp white pocket square BOUQUET Keeping with the English Garden atmosphere, the Bride carried a lovely bouquet of soft and bright pink peonies, peach garden roses, light pink spray roses with pops of blue and purple TRANSPORTATION The newlyweds rode in true Charleston-style as they arrived to their Charleston Place reception by horse and carriage

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Shannon Noel Photography  /  Dress:  Thakoon  / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahniks  / Bride’s Jacket: Alexis  /  Ceremony Venue: Washington Square Park  /  Bride’s Earrings: Dannijo   /   Reception: Charleston Place Hotel – Charleston Grill  /  Favors: Godiva

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12.11.2013

Charleston Wedding {Tamika + Juan} Legare Waring House

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 The minute I laid my eyes on Tamika, I knew I need to share her joy and happiness with the World, not to mention her romantic Charleston wedding! This gal totally understands the importance of friends and family and with the help of her sweet husband Juan, the duo perfectly incorporated those they love throughout their Lowcountry wedding at the beautiful Legare Waring House.  With the help of Cafe Catering’s Lauren Miller and the talented Branch Design Studios, they created a dreamy evening under the Oaks for all to enjoy.  Lucky for us, Fia Forever Photography was there to capture it!  Since we couldn’t include every last detail in the magazine (even though we wanted to!), I couldn’t not share the rest of Tamika’s details with you!  If you’re dying to see more of the images (and trust me, you need to!), you can purchase the issue here!

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What made you choose your venue? I split my time between Maryland and Charleston and I wanted to show off my home state (I’m from Summerville) My parents are deceased and I wanted a place where I could feel their presence. Growing up we spent a lot of time at Charles Town Landing, but I never toured the Legare Waring house. What elements drew you to it? The resilent oak trees with the spanish moss and the lagoon. I wanted a place that had water and the oak trees with spanish moss. To me, those things are quintessntial Charleston. The avenue of the oaks is breathtaking.

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How did he propose? It was very low key but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I had just got in from Vegas where I was speaking at a cancer conference. I was catching up on all my shows that I missed that were in the DC. I don’t like to be interrupted when I watch my shows (I know, crazy, but it’s my thing and everyone has a “thing” and that’s mine) I noticed that he was up and down the stairs like he wanted something but he never said anything to me. Finally, I paused the DVR and asked him what was up. He was behaving so weirdly. He said, “If I asked you to marry me, would you say yes” and of course my response was “Duh” of course I would. Again, I didn’t think anything of it. Then he walked away and said, “Ok, I will be right back” He came right back got down on one knee. He spoke about how much he loved me, everything that we had gone through and what he dreamed for our future and asked me to be his wife. Of course, I said yes and I started planning immediately. It happened at about 10pm. He totally caught me off guard and no, I didn’t finish watching my shows.

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Tell us all about the details!  Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite?Gosh there were so many. My favorite was probably my family bible. It is was one of the oldest items in our family (my Mother’s fathers bible). Its very worn and tattered so I had my sister tie an orange cord from my mothers sewing things around it so my great nephew could easily hold on it. Because it’s exteremly fragile. I was worried about using it because I thought something would happen to it but I knew I made the right choice when I saw my photos. My great nephew Ty is a bit of a rascal. But there is the great photo of him holding the bible during the ceremony and he is looking up into the trees. He’s the only one looking up. I believe that he felt the precense of my mother. They had a very special relationship. I tear up every time I look at the photo. It gives me chills. It’s such a special moment that was captured.  We also had a spiked Italian Ice cart (and non spiked for the few children and non drinkers) that was a huge hit. People are still talking about that sweet treat. We had a photo booth. We had a Mr. & Mrs. Lounge.

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Tell us a little bit about how you met your husband… I smile just thinking about him. He is so romantic. We met on the steps of a DC Nightclub back in the ’90′s. I was walking out and he was walking in. I lost my footing on the step and he reached out his hand to steady me. It was love at first sight, but we would only date briefly and ended up parting  ways as I was really focused on my career and he really wanted to get married. We were just at two different places. But as fate would have it. The stars and heaven aligned and we had a second chance to live happily ever after and we did.

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I wanted a romantic evening but not too stuffy. Gorgeous long farm tables. Lots of candles and flowers. We had crystal chandeliers hanging from the oaks. Oh, and I wanted to get married under the oaks because of their resilience. We even had an oak tree planting ceremony. We had lots of family heirlooms on the tables. For example, a silver tea set that we used for the centerpiece and add flowers in the tea pot and candles on the tray. I placed it on the table of my friend who loaned it to me for the wedding. I also had a beautiful silver candelabra that my aunt loaned me and I placed it on her table. Our favor was a recipe card for an American Apple Pie (our first date was to see the movie American Pie and we ironically, love apple pie) We did a photo shoot of us making the pie and included it on the card with heart-shaped measuring spoons attached

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Tell us a little bit about your menu… Our menu was everything lowcountry except for one thing and I thing it had a lowcountry spin (the crabcakes, the only thing my Maryland raised husband requested) for the cocktail hour along with ham bisquits. For dinner we had shrimp and grits (of course!), Pan Fried Chicken Breast with gravy, Lowcountry Mac and cheese topped with lobster, Dirty Rice, string beans, cornbread/biscuits/sweet potato biscuits with an assortment of butters and jams, mixed green salad with candied pecans. Can you say carb overload! LOL

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Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment? My fiance’s nickname is Rocky. His co-workers are the only ones who call him Juan. I wanted to find a way to use “Rocky’ at the ceremony. So, I had the theme song from the movie Rocky play as soon as we kissed as we were pronounced husband and wife. It was a priceless moment that is beautiful captured. It took are guest a minute to get it because the very beginning of the song sounds like a wedding march. It’s a recessional that we will never forget.

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Most valuable piece of advice you’d give to a newly engaged bride? Just be in the moment and enjoy it. Several people told me how fast it goes and just to enjoy it. You spend all this time planning what will be the most important event of your life and in truth it only lasts about 20 minutes. It doesn’t matter what went wrong. At the end of the day none of that stuff matters. I was so happy and in the moment that nothing else mattered. It took me months to come down from my cloud of bliss and in truth I’m still on it. It was magical.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Vendors: Venue: Legare Waring House  /  Event Planner:  Lauren Miller, Cafe Catering  /  Caterer:  Cafe Catering  /  Event Design: Branch Design Studios  /  Flowers: The Bride  /  Stylist: Adrin ‘Seven’ Washington  /  Rentals: Event DRS  /  Tent: Haus Tents  /  Makeup: Meshia Davis  /  Nails: Karen Cobin  /  Cake: Publix  /  DJ: DJ Wildman, Karlton Sanders  /  Dress: Curvy Girl Bridal  /  Suits: Jos. A. Bank  /  Cinematography: Fia Forever & Low Country Wedding Films  /  Photography: Fia Forever Wedding Photography

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12.11.2013

Charleston Wedding {Kristen + Jake} Boone Hall Plantation

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You know how sometimes a wedding catches your eye and just makes you smile?  Well that’s exactly what happened when this insanely awesome Charleston wedding designed by Ashley Rhodes made its way into my inbox!  Mixed with a little chevron, this vibrant color palette of bright pinks and blue with pops of orange brought a whole lot of sass to the lovely Cotton Dock!  Even though we wanted to, we couldn’t include everything in the magazine, so to find out a little more about Kristen’s big day, check out her answers below and to see all the details you can purchase a digital edition of the Mag here!

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

Boone Hall Plantation was one of the most well rounded venues we could find.  The drive in with the Avenue of the Oaks was the perfect scene we wanted to set as our guests drove in.  We wanted a mix of indoor and outdoor, with a beautiful backdrop to give our guests a true taste of Charleston.  We started out with just renting the Cotton Dock for our reception site, but then after touring the entire property, we knew we wanted to get married on the front lawn in front of the beautiful plantation house.  The back patio offered the perfect area for our cocktail hour also.

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Tell us all about the details!  Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite?
We wanted to make sure that the entire weekend was focused on the guest experience.
We rented a gigantic beach house on the Isle of Palms, and stayed there with all of our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and their dates.  It was only 2 blocks from the beach, it had a swimming pool and hot tub, and basketball court, a putting green, you name it!  To kickstart the weekend, we had all of our family over Friday night for a cook out and just a chance to let everyone meet each other and relax.  Our rehearsal dinner was on Saturday, and we did a catered dinner downtown at Granville’s Catering, and then took our guests on a sunset cruise through the Charleston Harbor on the Palmetto Breeze.  That was Jake’s favorite part of the entire weekend!
At the actual wedding, we had a lounge out front of the Cotton Dock with cigars, craft beers, and custom made cornhole boards that were a truly family effort.  Jake’s brother made the boards, Jake and I painted them to fit our look, and my mom made the bags.  We also had a candy bar, and koozies as our wedding favors.  My favorite detail of the entire evening was all of the custom made linens that my mom made – the napkins, the runners, and the backdrop for our photo booth.  Jake’s favorite detail was the bottom layer of our wedding cake -funfetti – which is our absolute favorite!

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a lowcountry wedding featuring charleston weddings, hilton head weddings, myrtle beach weddingsTell us a little bit about your menu…

We used Granville’s Catering for our wedding.  Trae’s style is true Southern cooking, but elevated.  We served she crab soup, cajun style shrimp and grits, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes with a balsamic reduction and crumbled goat cheese, and my absolute favorite which is Trae’s grandmother’s specialty – angel hair mac and cheese.
Specialty Drinks?
We didn’t do any specialty drinks, but we did have an open bar.  Out front in the lounge area, we did serve specialty craft beers.

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

Our photographer was absolutely incredible – it would be very hard to pick just one photo.  The one I love the most of just the two of us is in the rose garden near the front lawn.  The sun was starting to set, he kissed me, and Carmen captured the moment beautifully.

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

Leading up to the wedding, the one thing I was soo nervous about was the actual ceremony.  I was so afraid I was going to be a teary, mumbling mess, and wouldn’t be able to get any of the words out.  In actuality, the entire ceremony was the most memorable and special part of the entire day.  We were both just grinning ear to ear, looking into each other’s eyes, and committing our lives to each other.

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Color Palette
My color palette was a bright coral watermelon, tiffany blue, and tangerine. My entire color palette was created from a picture I saw of a bouquet on Pinterest – it was love at first sight!

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How did he propose?  How long were you engaged for?
From Jake’s perspective:
I had decided for months that I wanted to propose to Kristen on the Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant where we had our first date. The trouble was, trying to figure out how to get her there without my plans being too obvious, as we had moved to, and were living in Savannah, GA. I planned the engagement for the weekend of her 29th birthday, and we had purchased tickets to visit a tiger preserve in Myrtle Beach. Perfect! It also just so happened that my Aunt Jessamine’s birthday was the same weekend and (like the mastermind that I am) I had my cousin, Lynne, send us an invitation to a “surprise party” that was being thrown on…..the Pitt Street Bridge.
So I made the arrangements; I was freaking out because the ring was taking longer than they had originally told me, and I wasn’t able to pick it up until that morning. Kristen was dropping the dogs off at the kennel, and we were going to meet there and drive up to Charleston together. So of course when when we go to leave the kennel, the battery to the car was dead. At this point I was about to rip every hair out of my head….
Finally, we got the car jumped and drove to Charleston. We got to the bridge and started walking down to the end where there is a dock (I told her that is where the surprise party was, and thats why we didn’t see anyone yet). I was walking slowly, trying to let my cousin, DuBose, catch up with us as she was going to sneakily meet up with us to take photographs.
Once we got to a good spot, I stopped Kristen so that we could look over the Charleston bay together; it was sunset and a beautiful site. I let her know that there really was no party taking place. I got on one knee and let her know that the last four years together had been the best of my life, and I couldn’t imagine my life without her there to share it with. I asked her to spend the rest of her life with me.

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

We were both working at Enterprise Rent A Car, in the city that we both love: Charleston, SC.  We knew of each other through work, but hadn’t really ever hung out. Some of our mutual friends put together a surprise birthday party for one of my best friends (and now bridesmaids), Nicole Miles.  We hit it off immediately, and literally stayed up the entire night talking and laughing, and getting to know each other.  The next day Jake called and asked me out on an afternoon date.  So he picked me up, along with my dog, Zoe, who has ALWAYS been my most loyal companion and took us to a place I had never been before… the Pitt Street Bridge. The Pitt Street Bridge is a beautiful waterfront view in the “old village” of Mount Pleasant.   We spent the afternoon just walking, talking, and soaking up the sun.  Feeling a little adventurous, Jake took Zoe down to the marsh to wade through the water, sniff around, and explore. While they were down there Zoe stepped in the pluff mud and cut her paw on an oyster shell! It wasn’t a bad cut but she got a few little bloody paw prints in my new company car! I still give Jake a hard time about it to this day, and let him know he is lucky I stuck around, haha!I The Pitt street bridge is still one of our favorite places in Charleston, and holds a very special place in both of our hearts.The last 4 1/2 years have been spent pretty much the same – continuing to get to know each other, making each other laugh, and making wonderful memories along the way!

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Carmen Ash Photography  /  Event Planner & Stationery: Ashley Rhodes Events  /  Venue: Boone Hall Plantation /  Rentals:  Amazing Event Rentals, Ooh Events, Snyder Event Rentals  /  Lighting & Dj:  Jlk Events  /  Catering:  Granville’s Catering  /  Floral:  EWW Floral Design  /  Ceremony And Cocktail Music:  Charleston Virtuosi  /  Cake:  Ashley Bakery  /  Photobooth : Coast Photo Booth  /  Hair/Makeup: Salon Capelli  /  Officiant: Reverand Rich Robinson  /  Bridal Shop: Gown Boutique Of Charleston

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
12.10.2013

Charleston Wedding Winter Fashion {Zero George}

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A few weeks ago, thanks to the hospitable ladies of Easton Events, I had the pleasure of spending an evening knee-deep in Charleston wedding fashion (just how I like it!) at the lovely Zero George.  If you’ve never moseyed on over to the quaint hotel on the corner of George and East Bay, you’re simply missing out.  It’s effortlessly luxurious vibe made me feel like I had stumbled upon a little hidden secret in the heart of the Holy City.  It was the perfect backdrop to enjoy a collection of swoon-worthy gowns from Maddison Row and their dreamy counterparts from Bella BridesmaidCharleston Events Hair and Makeup finished the off the looks with show-stopping hair and makeup while Sara York Grimshaw designed elegant arrangements throughout.  As always, thanks to the talented Virgil Bunao for capturing all the pretty!

Charleston Wedding Vendors

Venue: Zero George  /  Gowns:  Maddison Row  /  Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid  /  Event Design: Easton Events  /  Florist: Sara York Grimshaw  /   Photographer: Virgil Bunao  /  Accessories/Styling: Stacy Smallwood of Hampden  /  Beauty: Dana Armstrong and Jennifer Fernandez of Charleston Events Hair and Makeup  /   Invitation Artwork: Happy Menocal  /
Invitations: Dulles Designs

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
12.03.2013

William Aiken House Wedding {Kelsey + Brian} Southern Protocol

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We always go gaga for a Charleston wedding at the swoon-worthy William Aiken House but this beauty designed by Southern Protocol is just what we need to get over that Tuesday afternoon hump.  It’s elegant and preppy with a vibrant punch of color that keeps us wanting more.  We’re digging Bride Kelsey’s stunning strapless gown and her man’s dapper attire (get a load of those shoes!), not to mention that killer cake from Delicious Desserts!  Thanks to the talented Jennifer Bearden for sharing this gorgeous William Aiken House wedding.

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer:  Jennifer Bearden Photography  //  Event Planner: Southern Protocol  //  Reception Venue: The William Aiken House  //  Cake: Delicious Desserts  // Lighting and Audio: AV Connections

 

 

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
11.27.2013

Charleston Weddings {Ashley + James} William Aiken House

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The ladies at Ooh! Events always take my breath away when they send over stunning Charleston weddings, especially when they take place at the lovely William Aiken House, and I’m so excited to send you off into the long weekend with such a pin-able masterpiece.  The mix of graceful peony arrangements with a touch of dusty millers and mercury glass sprinkled throughout gave an effortless elegance to this Summer affair.  Not to mention lanterns hung from the trees!  Thanks to the talented Brandon Lata Photography for capturing this timeless Lowcountry wedding!  Oh, and is that not the most adorable flower girl you’ve ever seen!?

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 Charleston Weddings Vendors

Venue: William Aiken House  /  Photographer: Brandon Lata Photography  /  Cakes: DeClare Cakes  /  Catering: Fish  / Florist: Ooh! Events  /  Hair: Meg Workman  /  Makeup: Ellina Mile

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A Lowcountry Wedding
10.22.2013

Charleston Engagement {Jennifer + Cory}

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I have a few favorites on Instagram that I’ve never met before but love everything about them.  I love where they go, what they say, and am always envious of their amateur photography skills and their spot-on filter selections (it’s so hard to choose sometimes!), so needless to say, I was beyond thrilled when I was introduced to Miss Jennifer at a recent Social Media meeting.  It was so exciting to finally meet the face behind the French Quarter Inn’s (@fqicharlestonsc) wonderful Instagram feed.  Take my word for it, it’s awesome.  Not only is she simply wonderful in person, but she’s a Georgia grad (bonus points) and engaged (yay!).  After hearing all of this good news, I told her it only made perfect sense for us to share her lovely Downtown engagement session from the talented crew at Richard Bell Photography!  Luckily, she obliged and I’m super excited to welcome Jennifer and her fiancé Cory to A Lowcountry Wedding.  Thank you for sharing you’re adorable Charleston wedding engagement, we can’t wait for your big day!

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Charleston Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Richard Bell Photography

 

 

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A Lowcountry Wedding
09.24.2013

Marion’s in the French Quarter {Meaghan + Loyd}

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I love when two of my favorite vendors, Chancey Charm Weddings and Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt, team up for a Charleston wedding, and this bad boy is bound to knock your socks off!  Meaghan + Loyd said ‘I do’ in a beautiful, traditional ceremony in the heart of the Holy City at the majestic Cathedral of St. John’s the Baptist.   After tying the knot, they headed over (via carriage ride, of course!) to Marion’s in the French Quarter where they celebrated the evening away with family and friends!  The entire black and yellow affair was dressed in white hydrangeas, sunflowers and sweet grasses roses for that added Lowcountry touch.  To top off the perfect day, the couple rode off rickshaw-style down East Bay Street!

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 Charleston Wedding Vendors

 Planner: Chancey Charm Weddings  /  Photographer:  Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt  /  Venue: Marion’s in the French Quarter

 

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