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Romantic Charleston Fall Wedding

I really try not to pick favorites, but today I just can’t help it. Gathering Floral & Event Design and Kristin Newman Designs created an absolutely stunning Southern affair, and I’d be lying if I said that my eyes were dry watching the film by East West. Tim Willoughby captured every beautiful moment and this gallery pretty much just made my day.

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From East West… Jodi (the bride) & John (the groom) decided to plan a destination wedding to Charleston after the groom planned a proposal in Charleston. During their first trip to the city, they fell absolutely in love with the atmosphere and romance of the city and decided it would be the perfect location to bring their closest family and friends to celebrate their marriage.

The bride is in the wedding business herself and launch her newest venue in Raleigh, NC: http://merrimonwynne.com

From The Bride… We were engaged in Charleston and it immediately became one of the most important pieces of our love story. The city’s beauty, hospitality, and charm won our hearts and we decided that since it was a place that wasn’t mine or his, but ours, it was the perfect setting to celebrate our wedding.

What we wanted most was to have a big celebration and to give our guests a wonderful experience. We hosted 3 events that we hoped would allow everyone to get to know Charleston and feel how important they are to us at the same time. Live music was a big part of each event. At our Thursday night beach party, we had music on the back porch overlooking the ocean, which led to dancing and singing, and was followed by everyone setting off Thai wish lanterns that symbolized our love for travel and our hope that everyone there would make a wish that was special to them. For Friday night, we took our guests from the beach to the historic district, where we dined alfresco under market lights and listened to live jazz music at our favorite Italian restaurant. We knew right away that we wanted to have a traditional church wedding, but we wanted it to feel intimate and full, so we chose the French Huguenot Church because of its setting, history, and warmth. Our reception was at the gorgeous Lowndes Grove Plantation, where we had dinner under the stars beside the river and a canopy of live oak trees. We wanted the meal to feel elegant but inviting, and to give our guests the sense that they were at a beautiful family dinner. We knew the reception had to be capped off with a rocking band and a giant party on the dance floor, and we followed our reception with an afterparty complete with a french fry bar, where the dancing continued until the early hours of the morning.

It was truly a weekend beyond our wildest dreams, made possible by an amazingly talented team. Each moment was captured perfectly on film by East West and in beautiful images by Tim Willoughby. Kristin Newman Designs took our vision for our guests experience and made it a reality, and Gathering Events + Designs created a backdrop for the experience that was perfect in every way. To this day the thing that we hear the most from our guests is that it was magical, which is all we could have asked for.

Photography: Tim Willoughby | Cinematography: East West | Event Planning: Kristin Newman Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Georgina | Cake: Jim Smeal | Invitations: Oscar And Emma Custom Design | Shoes: Kate Spade | Caterer: Fish Restaurant | Lighting: Technical Event | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Church: French Huguenot Church | Event & Floral Design: Gathering Floral & Event Design | Live Band: Groovetown | Make Up & Hair: Meg Workman | Plantation : Lowndes Grove | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Pane E Vino | Rentals: Snyder Events

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Springtime Wedding on Hilton Head Island

I like to think of Hilton Head Island as my secret vacation spot. It has beautiful beaches, great golfing and stunning scenery but it’s not overly touristy. This wedding by Spencer Special Events captured the low country vibe perfectly and didn’t try to compete with the Island’s natural beauty. And while it’s my hidden gem, I’ll share all these beautiful pics by Erin Sage, because well, they’re just too pretty to not.

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From Libby O Marketing… Becca and Jon were married in May 2014 in a beautiful ceremony under the Liberty Oak Tree in Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The 300+ year old Liberty Oak was a stunning and special Lowcountry venue under which to exchange vows, with the 200 guests overlooking the iconic red and white striped Harbour Town Lighthouse.

Becca looked stunning in a form-fitting gown, her bridesmaids wore beautiful shades of robins egg blue and carried varying hues of pink flowers. It was a soft and romantic look. The groom and groomsmen wore khaki suits, which contributed to the overall soft and romantic look.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the lawn of the 18th green of Harbour Town Links golf course, which was custom designed with living room furniture, patricians, and set up with cafe lights for under the stars – all to give it a polished look and elevating the outdoor tent experience.

Inside the custom draped tent, Spencer Special Events touched upon rustic elegance. Beautiful, rustic lanterns hung from the ceiling. With custom farm tables, specialty made linens, gold mercury class votive candles, and exquisite centerpieces, this was truly a spectacular display inside.

Photography: Erin Sage Photography | Videographer: Lowcountry Wedding Films | Flowers: Flowers By Freshcuts | Cake: Sea Pines Catering | Ceremony Music : Bill LeClair | Hair : Haute Locks By Spencer Special Events | Hair: : BLOW, The Hair Bar | Lighting : TEC | Linens: Party Tables | Makeup : SKINZIN | Marketing Services: Libby O Marketing | Rentals : Amazing Event Rentals | Tent : Ranco Special Events | Wedding Designer And Planner: Spencer Special Events | Wedding Venue: Sea Pines

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Elegant Charleston Wedding at Gibbes Museum of Art

If I could relocate to anywhere in the United States, it would be Charleston. I adore its perfect mix of Southern charm and chic city life, and this wedding captured that vibe to a T. With beautiful florals by Branch Design Studio, and a couple who look like they had one fabulous time at their celebration. Amelia + Dan snapped up every moment and I’ll be living vicariously through this gallery for the rest of today.

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From The Bride… Our story is perhaps a quintessential Washington, D.C. love story. Although we had been living in D.C. for many years, and had some friends in common, our paths did not cross until the fall of 2008. We had great conversations and felt a spark the night we met, but I became consumed with working on the Presidential campaign and we did not see each other again until an inauguration party in January. We went on our first date the following month, and the rest is history…

A shared appreciation for travel led to our decision to do a destination wedding away from our base of Washington, D.C. Charleston immediately came to mind, because I spent several childhood vacations at Kiawah. We selected the Gibbes Museum early on, with its gorgeous blank canvas of a courtyard and interior art galleries. Both of us are detail-oriented and experienced in events, and were very hands-on throughout the process of creating our dream event, with the assistance of Sweetgrass Social.

I had not given much thought to my wedding dress until I started shopping for one, but quickly discovered I wanted something unique, which posed a bit of a challenge in a sea of traditional dresses. After trying on some Vera Wang gowns, the saleswoman showed me the Mira dress. They only happened to have the dress for an upcoming runway show and had not even received their sample, but it fit close to perfectly and I knew instantly that it was the one. It was the last dress I tried on. 

As soon as we saw the incredible wedding photography of Amelia + Dan, we knew we wanted them to capture our wedding. They have an ability to render moments and details in an artistic and beautiful manner, and are unobtrusive in their style of shooting. They also are a lovely couple and true pleasure to work with. The bouquets and floral arrangements, created by Branch Design Studio, were thoughtfully decided upon given the significance of flowers and gardening for us as a couple. The color palette for the wedding was ultimately inspired by the flowers, blush, light sage, and ivory, along with gold and charcoal. We worked closely with family friend and stationer extraordinaire, Rachael Blessinger of R Studio, on all stationary for the wedding weekend. I drew by hand and painted with watercolor a map that we enclosed with the invitation.

We chose the Unitarian Church on Archdale for the ceremony due to our respect and appreciation for Unitarianism, and the gorgeous architectural details. After the ceremony, guests took pedicabs or strolled along Gateway Walk, the garden path beside the Church, to reach the Gibbes Museum, where servers greeted guests with Airmail cocktails, and an assortment of hors d’oeuvres.

We danced our first dance to Sade, Kiss of Life, and rarely left the dance floor for the remainder of the evening and were constantly surrounded by guests enjoying the fun dancefloor vibe. We chose a smaller two-tiered wedding cake, made of yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. The Bride loves to bake and has a serious sweet tooth, and the Groom grew up among bakers, so the couple also chose an assortment of mini-desserts.

One DIY detail entailed a Polaroid camera area for guests in lieu of a photo booth (we used the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8). By the end of the evening, guests had taken almost one hundred polaroids for the couple, and took the same number of shots for themselves. Guests also enjoyed late night passers of Southern Fried Chicken and Waffle Sliders and Parmesan Truffle Fries, before a sparkler-filled sendoff for the happy couple, and more dancing at the after-party location, Leaf Café, a short walk or pedicab away from the Gibbes Museum.

There was a shared feeling of joy and festiveness in the air, and many guests commented on how moved they felt by the wedding, that it was the “best wedding they had ever been to!” and that it looked like it was “out of a magazine.” It was the happiest day for the couple, and the euphoria of being surrounded by loved ones, and joining in matrimony their lives and their families,’ lasted for weeks. Pulling off this wedding was a labor of love for the couple and their families. We are so grateful for our parents’ support.

Photography: Amelia + Dan Photography | Floral Design: Branch Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Saks Jandel | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Wildflour Pastry | Stationary: Studio R | Ceremony Venue: The Unitarian Church In Charleston | Reception Venue: Gibbes Museum Of Art | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Catering: Cru Catering | Lighting: TEC | DJ: DJ Dirty Hands | Coordination: Sweetgrass Social Event + Design | Hair And Make-up: Paper Dolls Makeup | Rentals: Event Works | Rentals: Snyder | Rentals: 428 Main | Transportation: Tri-County Transportation

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