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South Carolina Lowcountry Wedding at Oldfield

I am loving the southern charm that has been popping up on my desk lately. Weddings like this one where you can practically see the smiles, feel the warmth and laughter, and feel the sweet Southern sun. Mira Photographs captured it all, from the beautiful cotton-filled bouquets to the sunset kisses, and it’s all sitting pretty right here.

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Though we met in New York City, Carter and I were both born and raised in coastal towns in the South–he hails from Virginia Tidewater area and I grew up in the South Carolina Lowcountry–and we knew we wanted our wedding to feel like a wonderful party that could have been thrown in either of our childhood backyards. The venue also needed to be close to the water, to have at least one grand oak tree on the property, and to have catering options that reflected our favorite foods from growing up. Oldfield in Okatie — just 15 minutes from where I grew up — filled every one of our must-need requirements and surpassed our expectations as a venue. It is both stunningly beautiful and, like us, can either be dressed up or dressed down. We chose to dress it down a bit to match the relaxed feel of our relationship, and let the location’s natural beauty take center stage. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t comment on how amazing the staff there is. By the end of our wedding weekend they all felt like family, especially the Events Director, Dani.

Family is extremely important to both of us, and we were sure to include them and our memories with them in as many aspects of the day as we could. The inspiration for the decor and details at came from those important family memories. We chose to use cotton as one of our main floral elements because my family’s farm grows cotton in the Fall and I spent many weekends driving through cotton fields, admiring how beautiful they were. Each of the stems was hand-picked by my family, including my 85-year-old grandmother. We wanted the floral arrangements to feel natural, so we stuck to a green and white color scheme with a few pops of yellow. My aunt graciously took on all of the floral duties, from the bouquets to the centerpieces and even the escort card display, which included rosemary picked from her garden.

Choosing our menu was definitely the easiest part of the planning process for us. We knew we wanted to serve southern staples such as pulled pork and collard greens, but we also chose to set up tables with a lowcountry boil — shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes boiled with Old Bay seasoning — like my dad made for family events growing up. In addition to picking all that cotton, my grandmother also made her famous 6-layer chocolate cake and miniature key lime and pecan pies for the dessert table.

Carter and his groomsmen all grew up playing in the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Corps, and we chose to forgo some of the more traditional wedding elements like a cake cutting and garter toss so they could play a few tunes to open the reception and introduce our guests to Carter’s second greatest love, fife and drum. Our cake topper was also inspired by one of Carter’s passions: the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Every bride should be able to have a wedding that they can truly describe as one of the best days of her life and our celebration at Oldfield was definitely the best day of my life so far. The intimacy of the small guest list meant everyone who was there felt like a member of our extended family and having our family members contribute so much to our wedding made it feel as though it was a true family celebration. It’s hard not to look at the pictures and relive how amazing it was every single day.

Photography: Mira Photographs | Floral Design: The Bride's Aunt | Wedding Dress: Theia At Lovely Bride In New York City | Invitations: Delphine Press | Ceremony Venue: The River Club At Oldfield | Reception Venue: The Outfitters Center At Oldfield | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Oldfield | Make-up: Jessica Shefsick At Skinzin | Hair & Makeup: Christine Stephens & Annie Emison At Karisma Salon | Bride's Necklace: Catbird | Cake Topper: The Pink Koala | Dessert: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: DKNY | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Signage: The Paper Walrus

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Sparkling Sequin Winter Wedding

There’s nothing better than a winter wedding, in my book. And while I might be a tiny bit biased as a January bride myself, it’s soirees like this that truly prove my point. Designed in the hands of Meagan Warren, it’s layered with gold sequins, rows of candles and white florals for as far as the eye can see. Landon Jacob Productions captured the gallery and don’t miss the film from Palmetto Digital.


From Meagan Warren WeddingsAmanda and Michael started planning their wedding in January 2013. They knew they wanted a candle-lit Winter wedding with touches of gold and neutrals throughout. Amanda hired Meagan Warren as her wedding planner with no other vendor booked. Amanda had no idea where she wanted to have her ceremony or reception. She was open to just about every suggestion Meagan offered… a dream bride.

We booked the historic 701 Whaley building to house her ceremony and reception that took place on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The ceremony was upstairs with the reception following downstairs on the first floor. Amanda wanted a neutral and champagne-toned color palette so she chose champagne dresses for the bridesmaids and black, floor-length dresses for her honorary bridesmaids. The groom and groomsmen wore classic, black tuxes.

Our vision was composed of simple classic florals under the glow of candlelight with white, ivory, champagne and a few very soft and tiny bits of blush hued blooms. Event colors also included soft beiges, khakis and touches of gold and metallic (e.g. sequin head table linen as well as on the bar and cake tables!)

The overall decor was comprised of crystal chandeliers, white soft draping, lots and lots of candles, gold Chivari chairs, custom linens from Connie Duglin and Creative Coverings, florals from the talented ladies of Fern Studio… all complimented by delicious food from Hudson’s Classic Catering. The night was highlighted by the bride and groom’s first dance, sung by local guitarist, Chase Asmer.

Flowers included blooms such as hydrangeas, french tulips, stock, garden roses, dahlias, sweet peas, ranunculus, queen anne’s lace, white astible, ruffled edge tulips, lisianthus, scabiosa, dusty miller, lambs ear, and eucalyptus.

This bridal party, by far, has been one of the most beautiful groups we have worked with, complete with a gorgeous bride and dashing groom. A winter wonderland!

Photography: Landon Jacob Productions | Videographer: Palmetto Digital | Wedding Planner: Meagan Warren Weddings | Floral Design: Fern Studio | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Parkland Cakes | Stationary: By Farr Design | Food: Hudson's Classic Catering | Hair & Makeup: Charlie Mack Salon | DJ: Partytime DJs | Ceremony & Reception Venue: 701 Whaley | Ceremony Musicians: Simply Strings | Guitarist: Chase Asmer | Honeymoon: Dominican Republic | Lighting & Draping: Ambient Media Of SC | Linens: Connie Duglin Linens | Linens: Creative Coverings | Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Rentals: Party Reflections

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Summer Pastel Wedding at Daniel Island Club

If pretty gets your heart going the way it gets mine, I’m here to warn you to sit down. This Charleston wedding from Jennings King Photography is pretty embodied, with it’s pastel color palette, the rustic touches, and the ceremony moments after the rain stopped and the sun popped through the clouds.

After my husband Collin proposed to me, I visited a few venues in the Chicago land area even though I had a secret wish to be married in Charleston. When I didn’t fall in love with any of the venues in Chicago, I shared my secret with Collin and he was just as excited about the potential idea of being married in the Low Country! When I saw Daniel Island Club, it was love at first sight! I knew it had to be the place for our wedding.

Daniel Island Club was the perfect venue for an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. We planned for a ceremony on the back lawn overlooking the beautiful marsh. We also prepared for a sunny and hot summer day in late June with fans for ceremony programs, parasols, and groomsmen in shades. It turned out dark clouds followed by a lot of rain rolled in about an hour before the ceremony began. We moved the ceremony under a covered patio, which turned out to be just a wonderful. It was a smaller area, so everyone sat close together and it made the setting feel very intimate. In fact, the rain stopped and the sun peeked through the clouds right before I was about to walk down the aisle. My mom surprised us at the end of our ceremony with a release of a dozen butterflies – representing “new beginnings”. It was such a special surprise!

I knew I wanted our wedding to have a rustic-vintage feel to it. We incorporated this with touches of burlap, twine, and rustic signage. When I couldn’t decide on wedding colors, I had the wedding party wear neutrals and brought in many colors through the flowers. I was so happy with the flowers put together by Branch Design Studio. The variety of flowers used in the bouquets created bright pops of color and texture. The flowers on the tables were in mason jars and vintage bottles surrounded by mercury glass votives. It was exactly what I had hoped for!

The bridesmaids wore one of their gifts – robes from Plum Pretty Sugar while we enjoyed the day getting ready at Daniel Island Club. I couldn’t wait to put on my “something new” – my dress! Along with the dress, I wore a very special “something old” – my 95 year old grandmother’s opal ring. My mom and older sister also wore the ring on their wedding day. Due to health reasons, my grandmother couldn’t attend the wedding, so it meant a lot to have a piece of her with me that day.

Collin and I exchanged letters before we saw each other for our first look. It was our version of writing our own vows before we said traditional ones during the ceremony. Collin and I decided we wanted to do a first look and share time together before the ceremony. I’m so glad we did – it was one of my favorite moments of the day!

We celebrated and danced all night long! Guests drank “His & Her” cocktails served in mason jars and dressed up with silly props in the photo booth. We exited through a tunnel of sparklers to our golf cart “getaway car”. – it was the perfect end to a perfect day! We couldn’t have been happier!

Photography: Jennings King Photography | Videographer: Low Country Wedding Films | Event Planning: Sara Cavallon Celebrations | Floral Design: Branch Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Ashley Bakery | Invitations: William Arthur | Ceremony Venue: Daniel Island Club | Reception Venue: Daniel Island Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coren Moore | Catering: Daniel Island Club | Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co. | DJ: Epic Charleston | Rentals: Synder | Transportation: Low Country Valet And Shuttle

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