Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. October is the height of wedding season in Charleston, so as you can imagine, quite a few Lowcountry Weddings were celebrated this past weekend and we hope they all went off without a hitch! I’m a little jealous some of you are probably still in weekend mode cozied up in bed on this dreary, drizzly Columbus Day while the rest of us are at work.
Today I’m sharing my favorite attire options for your wedding’s little darlings. The ring bearers and flower girls are like the bridal party’s perfect accessory. It’s imperative they flow with the rest of the group and decor. From Hilton Head whimsical to Myrtle Beach waterfront and Charleston chic and Big City, Southern Glam, you’ll find a fabulous selection of little ones dressed to the nines.
Happy Friday! Today I wanted to kick off the weekend with Jaclyn + Zach’s darling engagement session from our friend, Michelle Koechle. I’ve never really been out West and up until 2 years ago the farthest West I had ever been was New Orleans (sad, I know), but seeing those breathtaking mountains in the backdrop makes me want to catch the next plane.
I still kick myself for not getting bridal portraits taken, especially after a stunning shoot like this shows up in my inbox. Everything about this vintage Oklahoma bridal session from Secret Rose Photography will make you swoon (scouts honor!) For starters, can we talk about the scenery? I mean, come on. You can’t beat those gorgeous sun-kissed plains…and how about her magnificently, whimsical gown? I could romp around in that ALL. DAY. LONG.
We’re kicking off today with a classic California Engagement Session from JC Page Photography. The couple, Jill + Ron , chose one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, the beautiful Japanese Tea Gardens in the Golden Gate Park. The Tea Gardens are home to stunning monuments, gorgeous bridges and exquisite native Japanese plants and ponds…all of which Jill + Ron made sure to take complete advantage of.
If you haven’t joined Pinterest yet, you really should…especially if you’re planning a wedding. It’s a plethora of fabulousness. You can find countless recipes, decor options, lighting possibilities, attire choices, perfect photography and tons of oh-so-lovely flowers for your Lowcountry affair. So, on this chilly Monday morning, I’ve rounded up some of my recent favorites for Part III of our Wedding Bouquet Series. (FindPart I and Part II here.) There’s a mix of different textures, seasonal flowers, color palettes and styles from some of our favorite Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach wedding vendors. Hopefully one of these beauties will give you that perfect bit of inspiration that has been the missing link to your Charleston wedding day vision…
A good bridal session should be standard for any pretty little Southern Belle…and Mrs. Kaci’s shoot is a prime example. Planning an afternoon to get all dolled up in your wedding day attire is key. Not only will it allow you a solid run through to make sure everything looks good and time to make any adjustments, it will also provide you with some stress-free time with your photographer to create some seriously frame-able images you might not have time for day of. Photographer Gillian Reinhardt of Carolina Studios spent a beautiful Lowcountry afternoon capturing this stunning bride in all her glory Check back later this afternoon for Kaci and her studly husband Nigel’s engagement photos.
P.S. My favorite of all these beauties is the one directly below and to the right…the close up. Gorgeous!
I love when I open my inbox and I see a completed questionnaire from one of our brides. I think it’s so easy to get caught up in all the craziness that wedding planning brings and it’s not until after the wedding that you can take a step back and really see what is truly important. I’m excited to share today’s Washington Wedding from CALIMA Portraits along with Bride Tiffany’s heartfelt answers. The photography is just beautiful and Tiffany + Kevin are a precious couple. Make sure you read which image is her favorite…it made me tear up a bit!
Tell us a little bit about how you met your husband…
Kevin and I are from the same hometown and have a lot of mutual friends, so we saw each other here and there throughout the past 7 years. We didn’t become close though until about 4 years ago when I moved back home and was looking for a place to live, he conveniently had a room to rent in his new house and we quickly became inseparable.
Tell us about the proposal…
We were staying at a nice resort a couple days before Thanksgiving, at the end of the night we were just laying in bed talking about our life together and he pulled the ring out. It was sweet and great timing. I found out later that he had been trying so hard the whole day/night to find the perfect moment. We were engaged for 1.5 years before the wedding.
Your wedding was filled with tons of gorgeous details.Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite part?
That is tough. Having such a homemade wedding, most of the details were personal. A couple of my favorite things were writing our own vows and having a good friend officiate, our arbor made by my dad and brother, and our table runners that I worked on with my mother in law.
Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment?
Another hard question. I think the most memorable part for me was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband’s face, even though we had our first look pictures it was like seeing him for the first time. He normally isn’t a very emotional guy, but he was sobbing. I remember thinking, ‘this is it, this is forever.’ Our whole wedding was extremely emotional and heartfelt. It was exactly what I wanted.
How did you choose your venue?
We were on a pretty strict budget and we preferred an outdoor wedding. The park had everything we were looking for, a gorgeous backdrop, wide open space, and the freedom to bring in our own food, etc.
Tell us about the menu…
Another very personal part of our wedding was the food. There was sooo much of it. A family friend barbecued, we had ribs, pulled pork and chicken. Then our moms and aunts made a bunch of different kinds of salads. Our cake was made by one of my bridesmaids, and my mother-in-law and aunt made about 20 pies. Then my mom also made cookies and brownies. It was over the top!
What’s your favorite picture from your wedding?
I love all of our pictures, and it’s hard not to choose one of Kevin at the alter or our first dance. Part of dreaming about my wedding has always been the daddy/daughter dance and my dad giving me away. I felt like I was a little girl again. I think this picture captures the emotion perfectly.
Knowing what you know now, is there any advice you would give to future brides?
It is never too early to start planning, or to get started on projects. I thought I had all the time in the world with a year and a half to plan, but it goes by fast and you want to enjoy the days leading up to the wedding. Also, as everyone says, the day is a complete blur, take that time to enjoy yourself and your new husband. Don’t stress the little details that people won’t ever notice.