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Rhythm of the Waves Wedding Editorial

Overcast skies and a windswept shoreline, this pastoral editorial evokes daydreams of mermaids. A misty morning paired with rushing blue waves, Tamara Gruner snapped up every strand of beauty.  From an elegant setting awash with calligraphed shells and flowing table linens, it’s organic beauty leaves us mesmerized. Like the rhythm of the waves, each image drifts dreamily into our hearts and you can see them all here!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyThe wind whistled through as the waves danced to that tune. The splash on shore created a mist of enchantment. This surreal backdrop provided the most mystical setting for our wedding inspiration. The rushing blue waters played an elegant part for our table setting – calligraphed shells and flowing table linen. To match the setting the bride was wearing a grey Veronica Sheaffer dress which drifted in the wind. The groom, not to be left wanting, was spritely dressed in his black tuxedo. The entire orchestra of the moment was completed by the rhythm of the waves.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Floral Design: Life In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Veronica Sheaffer | Cake: Bombon Bakery | Makeup: KC Van De Merkt From Solo Salon | Hair: Solo Salon | Groom's Attire: ESQ Clothing | Venue: Foster Beach | Antique Ring & Shoes: The Left Bank Jewelry | Calligraphy & Invitation Suite: Layers Of Loveliness | Female Model: Willow Star | Male Model: Chris Maher | Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Silke Table Cloth & Ribbons: Silk And Willow | Silver Tray, Tabletop & Oysters: Nimblewell

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Traditional Southern Wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation

A joyous day overflowing with pretty is always a winner in our book. Especially when said day includes crazy talented vendors like Amy Arrington Photography and Hart to Heart Media. Graced with gorgeous details and golden light, this Lowndes Grove Plantation affair is timeless and traditional, and it’s all waiting for you in the gallery!


From the beautiful Bride… The stunning architecture of the church and the riverfront setting of the gorgeous Lowndes Grove property really set the tone for the event. I chose creamy tones of ivory, champagne, peach and blush, as a reflection of my simple, traditional style, and to really let the beauty of our venues shine. We got lucky with a clear, sunny October day and a show-stopping sunset as dinner was being served.

Some of my favorite details were the ones we added to pay homage to our alma mater, where we also happened to meet as graduate students: UNC. We had Carolina Blue touches sprinkled throughout, and a few golden ram figurines (in honor of our beloved mascot) were on site to pay tribute.

Our church ceremony was traditional, but personal at the same time. I was a bundle of nerves getting ready to walk down the aisle, but I felt immediately calmed when I made it to the altar and Jeff took my hands. I still had a little stage fright, but I knew I would be fine as long as I had him beside me. I hope I will always remember that feeling. Although we said standard Methodist vows, our pastor did a great job of incorporating details about our personalities and life together into his service.

The cocktail hour was inside the Lowndes Grove house so that our guests could enjoy the historic character of the home while sipping champagne and nibbling on a southern-style, Lowcountry spread, which included bite-size chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits, and a full raw bar. The string trio played just inside the sunroom as we greeted our arriving guests individually at the front door and welcomed them inside.

As the sun was setting, we moved our guests to the dinner and dancing area on the banks of the Ashley River. Fried green tomatoes, she crab soup, bacon macaroni and cheese, crab cakes, and filet mignon fueled our guests for the dance marathon that was to come later. Our friends were so eager to bust a move that they hit the dance floor before dinner was even over and caused our coordinator to have to shift the timeline of the toasts to later in the evening to accommodate their (and our) enthusiasm.

As everyone says, it goes by so fast. We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our personalities, and our love for each other and for our family and friends. The whole weekend was a blur of activity and emotion, but there are certain things that I hope will stick in my memory forever, and thankfully we have wonderful photographs to look back on. Amy and Brandon captured the day exactly how I want to remember it: full of joy.

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Videography: Hart To Heart Media | Floral Design: Out Of The Garden | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Ceremony Venue: Trinity United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering : Fish Restaurant Via Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Makeup: Kelly Campbell | Hair: Paper Dolls | Hair: Sherri Rodriguez | DJ: Lucas Wade Of EPIC Charleston | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Reverend Daniel Flessas | Transportation: Julian's Transport | Bridal Boutique: Traditions By Anna | Ceremony Director: Helen Robbins | Chandelier Rentals: Technical Event Company | Cornhole Boards: Victory Tailgate (Custom Painted By Bride) | Custom Matches: | Event Coordination: Ooh! Events | Flowergirl Dress: Olivia Kate Couture | Garter: Florrie Mitton | Getaway Car: ACW Limo | Getting Ready Robes: Silk And More | Getting Ready Venue: Embassy Suites Charleston | Going Away Dress: David's Bridal | Groomsmen Gifts: Aesthetic Wood | Groomsmen's Accessories: Alfred Sung | Invitations, Menus And Programs: Minted | Photo Booth: Coast Photobooth | Rehearsal Dinner: 82 Queen | Rentals: Ooh! Events | String Musicians: Charleston Virtuosi | Tableware Rentals: Polished! | Tent & Linen Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Trolleys: Lowcountry Loop

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Gorgeous Bridesmaid Dresses with Macy’s + Clinton Kelly

You can shop for bridesmaid dresses the old-fashioned way (read: trekking all around town with your besties) or you can head directly to Macy’s and find those dream gowns with the help of their Weddings’ Best Man, Clinton Kelly; THE lifestyle genius that knows a thing or two about color choices, gown lengths and flattering silhouettes that will make your BFF’s sooo happy.

With Clinton Kelly + Macy’s, choosing those perfect bridesmaid gowns has never been easier… or more stunning.  Imagine a never-ending lineup of drop-dead gorgeous dresses (plus accessories!) with tips and tricks from Clinton that will transform your bridal party into the chicest part of your wedding.  Mix and match with everything from silhouette (v-neck, a-line and empire waist) to shades of color (think lavender to purple) to different styles all in the same hue.  And don’t forget to play with length, loves. Short and sassy for a daytime affair, long and elegant for that black tie soiree.

For more information on Macy’s breathtaking bridesmaid options and even more wedding tips from Clinton on everything from choosing flatware to bridal shower 101′s to rehearsal dinner essentials, visit Macy’s today.  You can peruse all of the oh-so-awesome advice from Clinton, as well as the amazing benefits of a Macy’s Registry (I’m talking Perks & Privileges and Dream Funds, my friends).  It’s a Clinton Kelly extravaganza… and you don’t want to miss a fabulous minute.

Gowns: Adrianna Papell Spaghetti Strap Beaded Blouson Gown + Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Lace Sheath + Adrianna Papell Embellished Gown + Adrianna Papell Belted Chiffon Halter + Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeved Beaded Illusion Gown + Adrianna Papell Floral Embellished Sheath


Rustic + Romantic Jackson Hole Ranch Wedding

Maybe because I’m saying my own “I do’s” beside gorgeous mountains in only a mere couple of weeks, but these pics from Carrie Patterson have me practically jumping out of my seat. From the intimate ceremony scene to the detailed decor throughout the celebration, In Any Event created one beautiful bash weaving the rustic natural elements elegantly through it all (I’m taking notes!). More this way!


From the beautiful Bride… Sami’s first trip with my family was a ski trip to Jackson Hole, a place my family has enjoyed many a summer and winter vacation. It has always been a special place to me, and it didn’t take long for Sami to fall in love with Jackson as well. We met five years prior while Sami was in med school and I was in nursing school. We’d like to say we met thru some scholarly endeavor, but we met at a graduate school event in a bar in North Carolina. After a few bourbons (I’m a Kentucky girl afterall) and teaching Sami the pretzel, the rest was history. Our dog, Pup, joined us shortly thereafter, and the pack was complete. It was only fitting Pup attend our wedding as the flower girl.

The day of the wedding was cool and rainy, but it didn’t matter. The sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a short moment after we said our vows, and that was enough for us. We are forever grateful to our wedding planner, Elizabeth Kelleher of In Any Event, for arranging a back up tent for the ceremony just in case. Outdoor weddings can be risky, and you have to be just as excited about your rain plan as you are about your perfect weather plan. The weather also provided an excellent opportunity for Carrie Patterson to showcase her incredible photography skills. Enduring the cool temps was well worth the amazing photographs!

Although we decided to get married on a ranch in the great outdoors, we were hoping for an intimate, spiritual feel for the ceremony. What better way to accomplish that than church pews and classical music? Yes, under that intimate tent in the great outdoors, we had church pews to provide that sense of reverence and community. Beautiful classical music provided by my brother, an amazing cellist, was icing on the cake for what proved to be our perfect ceremony. At the reception, we kept the décor simple, but elegant and added a few local touches. We flew the Wyoming state flag atop the reception tent and used a moose icon on several items including the cocktail stirrers. Instead of a traditional guest book, we decided to frame two photographs by Tom Mangelsen, a local legendary nature photographer. Guests inscribed their well wishes on the matte border of the photographs. Both photographs now hang in our home, and are a constant reminder of the love and support we felt from our family and friends on our wedding day and every day. Many of our guests were traveling to Jackson for the first time. We were so excited to introduce them to all Jackson has to offer from rafting trips to bike rides to mountain hikes. A wedding day is special for any couple, but add in your best family and friends in your favorite place on earth, and it doesn’t get much better than that.

Photography: Carrie Patterson Photography | Floral Design: Lily And Company | Invitations: The Lettered Olive | Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Bistro Catering | Hair & Makeup: Leslee Anne | Calligraphy: Claudia Engle | Groom's Attire: Armani | Ceremony Music: Harrison Bryant, Cellist (Bride's Brother) | Ceremony Music: Richard Brown String Quartet | Transportation: AllTrans | Venue: Snake River Ranch | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Event Planning And Design: In Any Event | Reception Music: Party Crashers | Tent & Party Rentals: Canvas Unlimited | Veil: Family Heirloom | Wedding Cake & Dessert Bar: Persephone Bakery

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