Once a week we like to take a little road trip out of the Lowcountry to feature some wedding fabulous-ness from across the country and today, we’re headed to beautiful Maryland for Casey + Matt’s SURPRISE wedding. That’s right, I said surprise! The couple arrived early to the stunning Black Ankle Vineyard to make sure they had time to squeeze in some portraits before the party got started. They toured the grounds with the talented Carmen Wang to take advantage of their picturesque backdrop. Shortly after, guests began arriving for what they thought was a cocktail party. After about 30 minutes of mingling with their guests, the bride and groom slipped away to change into their ceremony attire to kick off the magical evening. The couple did such a good job keeping their big day a secret that only the mother of the bride, minister and maid of honor had been kept in the loop, so needless to say they were shocked when they found out a ceremony was taking place!
First thing’s first, I have to say thank you for all the wonderfully sweet comments we’ve received about the new site. I’m simply over-the-moon with the response. It’s taken a lot of hard work for A Lowcountry Wedding to get to this point and I’m really excited about where it is headed! We’re always thrilled to hear from vendors and brides, so don’t be afraid to reach out to us if we can be of any help at all in planning your Charleston, Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach wedding.
I had been planning on posting a sampling of my favorite Winter wedding bouquets for quite some time but the weather just wouldn’t cooperate with me. I mean, it’s suppose to be almost 70 in Charleston tomorrow…it hasn’t felt like Winter once this season! Regardless of the temperature, the season is still the same and for that reason alone, we’re paying homage to some beautiful wintry bouquets today that will hopefully give you loads of inspiration for your big day! Some are full of dark, rich colors and others carry a more neutral palette but every single one will make you feel warm and cozy!
Well, my holiday vacation officially started last night…which meant I had to sleep in this morning So, sorry for the delayed post! But, since we’re in the Christmas ‘home stretch’, I just had to share this rustic winter wedding shoot from the talented twosome of McGowan Images and MegB Designs. I know it’s been unseasonable warm in our neck of the woods, but these images may just help put you in the holiday spirit!
“My idea for this shoot was really simple – I wanted to convey a beautiful winter wedding scene, without being overtly Christmas or using any holiday cliches. I tried to stick with a few basics – neutral colored china and linens, antiqued silver and mercury glass, various sizes of pinecones, and just a few touches of bright red. We were so lucky to be granted the use of a local Christmas tree farm, which was the perfect backdrop for this scene. When I’m designing, it’s helpful for me to think of what I what I already own, what I can probably borrow, and what I might be able to source cheap, or second-hand. That’s pretty much the basis for my philosophy: beg, borrow, or thrift. I guess my point is, you don’t need a lot of money to set up a fabulous-looking event, or table-scape. We did two table settings, a desert station, and styled a bride and groom, and did it for cheap – my final total for this shoot was less than a hundred bucks: $20 for the whoopie pies ingredients, $20 for the florals/materials, $15 for 5 yards of cotton muslin to recover the chairs cushions/cloth napkins, $10 for a few well-priced Goodwill finds, and about $20 for the candles, peppermints, cranberries, and rock salt. As I did on my own wedding day, I trusted McGowan Images to capture this shoot the way I imagined it. We talked about wanting it to feel wintery, but at the same time, warm and sun-drenched. That’s the kind of Christmas you get in Central Texas. I think the images turned out even better than we were hoping for, and I hope they help inspire a cash-strapped bride to think outside the box for winter wedding design.”
Don’t you just love the bride and groom’s accessories? That red jacket and scarf are just perfect.
It’s Thursday and I’m going on vacation tomorrow (sorry to rub it in!. Hopefully, I’ll be productive today…but I’m not making any promises. I’m so excited I kinda can’t stand it but I’m even more pumped to share today’s real wedding with you all. Yesterday we featured Peter + Nicole’s rustic Cotton Dock Rehearsal Dinner and today we’re following it up with their winter wedding that I’m pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with. Once again, Peter + Nicole enlisted the talents of The Daniels and Eventa Bella and, no surprise, they did not disappoint. The couple hosted their guests for an evening of live music by Charleston favorite, Plane Jane, at the picturesque Pepper Plantation,. It was the perfect backdrop for Nicole’s rustic pewter color palette, cozy lighting and of course, some cowboy boots!