The stunning Mary Catherine is kicking off our week at A Lowcountry Wedding with her effortlessly, beautiful bridal portraits captured by Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt. She choose Grande Dunes Resort and Pine Lakes Golf & Country Club, two of Myrtle Beach’s premier wedding venues, as the backdrops for her timeless, Southern afternoon. Outfitted in a beautiful lace gown from The Little White Dress, she accessorized her bridal attire with a sparkling sash, fabulous, lengthy veil and a classic bouquet of white buds designed by M. Gladden Designs.
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!
Good morning, my little Southern Belles! We’re going to get right to it this Monday morning with a sweet, farm engagement session from South Carolina based D’Attoma Studios.
Sherry and Jonathan met several years ago when she was a manager at Abercrombie. Jonathan was genuine and funny and was always asking her to join him at parties or out with friends. He would tease her at work, picking her up over his shoulders and carrying her around the store. She laughed with him, but mainly “stuck him the dressing room” where he couldn’t cause trouble. She chose to not join him outside of work, blaming it on the companies strict policy of not fraternizing with employees.
Jonathan stopped working at Abercrombie, and Sherry moved on to work in marketing and advertising. Time passed and she didn’t hear from him for awhile. Both were pursing lives and careers with different groups of people, and their paths didn’t really cross. Until one night. The phone rang, and it was him. He invited her out to eat with friends and to go watch a fight. Sherry used to do martial arts and instantly asked who was fighting. It happened to be someone she knew… and so she decided to join him that night. They didn’t skip a beat. They reminisced like long lost friends and connected as never before. From then on, they were inseparable.
I’ve been totally digging how brides and vendors have been incorporating garland into our beautiful Lowcountry weddings. It’s fun, whimsical and a different way to spice up your ceremony altar, dessert table or outdoor reception. Take a look at a few of our favorite, dreamy ways to add a touch of garland to your wedding day! I’m loving these balls of yarn…presh.
Ohhh, ladies! We’re diving right into this week with a big dose of Lowcountry wedding heaven that is sure to knock your socks off. Captured by our friend Brooke Roberts Photography, this fabulous inspiration shoot highlights everything we love about this time of the year. Getting hitched by the coast lends itself well to beautiful outdoor event, whether it’s your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or an intimate shower…you just can’t go wrong. With the help of Judi Watson Florals and Dutchman Designs, the team matched soft furnishings with pops of colorful accent pieces to achieve a cozy, laid back setting at The St. Simons Lighthouse and A.J. Jones Heritage Center. Aren’t you loving the summery color palette of turquoise and pink? The models were outfitted in dresses from Lady in White and Snippety Do Da’s topped them off with the perfect hair and make up. Possibly my favorite part? That food! Tasteful Temptations whipped up some delicious Lowcountry cuisine (and a tasty specialty drink!) perfect for a garden affair.CONTINUE READING...
Now that summer has un-officially started, we’ll start seeing loads of beautiful, Lowcountry coastal affairs (and I can’t wait!) While some brides might choose a Hilton Head, beach ceremony, others may opt for a classic, Charleston plantation wedding or a Southern, Myrtle Beach soiree! Regardless of the location, one thing is for certain in the Lowcountry…the temperature will be hot and steamy! So, prep your guests for a wedding they won’t soon forget by adding a few of our favorite Lowcountry must-haves to your wedding day details.
Keep your guests cool during your outdoor ceremony with these fabulously, beachy fans!
Seersucker screams a Lowcountry summer
and we’re loving it’s addition to this ring bearer box!
Having an outdoor fete? Then don’t forget these essentials!
A little Burlap and Madras for your decor?
A little Firefly and Lemonade is the perfect way to quench everyone’s thirst…
Umbrellas not only provide shade but look adorable in ceremony pics
Flip flops for dancing? Yes, please!
Spice it up with Lawn Games.
We’re loving this Cornhole set!
…and, let’s finish it off with a bourbon bar…CONTINUE READING...
It’s no secret we love the gals of Memorable Moments, but what we love even MORE is sharing their gorgeous weddings! They’re a fabulous Lowcountry wedding vendor specializing in event design, planning and coordinating in the Grand Strand, and were the brains behind Cari + David’s vibrant, Myrtle Beach wedding. Scott Smallin Photography was on hand to capture the entire event at the beautiful Ocean Palms Beach House where guests were treated to a sweet, outdoor ceremony overlooking the pool, followed by beach-y, lowcountry cuisine catered Tommy Bahamas. The bridesmaids were dressed in jazzy LulaKate gowns, while Cari looked stunning in a strapless gown from Impressions Bridal. But honestly, my favorite part about this wedding is the AH-mazing flowers from Little Shop of Flowers! The colors and textures are bright and relaxed and couldn’t be more fitting of a Myrtle Beach affair!
How did you meet?
David and I worked together in the operating room at a local hospital. We liked working with one another, constantly talking to each other, which in turn made work more enjoyable. We worked well together as a team and found it easy to get to know one another. Early in 2009, we were both going through some personal issues in each of our lives and confided in each other. Together we got through some pretty tough times and became close friends. I remember working with him one Super bowl Sunday and we ended up staying around talking to each other for hours after we were done working. I think it was then that I realized that he and I had a lot in common. After each of us sorted through what was going on in our lives, we began to spend time together outside of work. We began dating and realized we were a good fit! We shared many of the same beliefs, have many of the same goals, and have so many common interests. I pretty much fell in love with David immediately and knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He is an amazing person and an incredible role model and stepfather.
Tell us your engagement story. (Give us every romantic detail!)
David and I had scheduled vacation time for August 2010 and planned on getting married during that week off. So, I really never expected any “formal” proposal. One day in July 2010, David took me to lunch at a small restaurant in the Hammock Shops in Pawley’s Island. It was a restaurant that he and I had gone to during one of our first dates. He was distracted through lunch, but I really didn’t think anything of it. After lunch, we went to Brookgreen Gardens, one of our favorite spots in Myrtle Beach. We were sitting on a bench in Oak Tree Alley talking and laughing. When I turned around to look at David, he was down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him. He had bought me a sapphire ring which was a complete mirror image of an engagement ring that we had looked at before. We still got married in a small civil ceremony on August 2, 2010 but knew that we wanted a wedding where we could share our joy with our friends and family in a religious ceremony, which we did on October 15, 2011.
What are your ties to the Myrtle Beach area?
After completing his residency at Emory University in Atlanta in 2005, David moved here to join a private practice. My parents retired to Myrtle Beach in the spring of 2006 and I moved here from Pennsylvania the fall of that same year.
Describe what made your wedding unique…
We wanted our wedding to be casual with a very tropical “feel” to it. It was also important to us to incorporate my children in the ceremony. After discussing it with our Pastor, we decided on a “recognition of civil marriage”. We included a sand ceremony that incorporated Athan and Allie in the ceremony, since we realize that they, too, are a very significant part of this unity. To incorporate an island feel, we had a steel drummer perform both the ceremony music and the reception music. I also wanted all tropical flowers used and my florist was able to have flowers that were imported from all over, including, Southeast Asia, Ecuador and Hawaii. My mother’s birthday is also October 15th so we had a special birthday cake for her, as well. Also, it was important to me to do something really special for David so I had a special Groom’s cake made for him and presented at the rehearsal luncheon. I had a cake designed that incorporated all the things that are important to him – a grand piano, an acoustic guitar, a banner with the Emory University logo, a fly fishing rod and our dog. It’s always hard for me to keep a secret, but I managed to keep this from him until I presented it to him.
What was the best thing about your wedding day?
The best thing about my wedding was the fact that David and I were able to share our happiness with our family and friends. We were able to have a casual wedding and it truly felt like we were on a tropical island. I would have to say that my wedding day was everything that I could have ever dreamt of!
Photographer: Scott Smallin Photography / Event Designer: Memorable Moments / Cake Designer: Croissants Bistro & Bakery / Flowers: Kelly Byers Hoagland of Little Shop of Flowers / Gown Designer: Impressions Bridal from Fancy Frocks and Other Fineries / Bridesmaids’ dresses: LulaKate / Hair and Makeup: Ami Creations / Music/Entertainment/Booking Agency: Pan Fusion steel drums – Tim Peterman / Clergy: Rick Adkins – Lead Pastor of Carolina Forest Community Church / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Ocean Palms Beach House through Palmetto Properties / Caterer: Tommy Bahamas Restaurant / Rental providers: Bravo! Rentals