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Elegant BrookGreen Garden Wedding Inspiration

My fiancé and I came very close to considering South Carolina for our wedding, with his Southern family roots. And I can easily say that Brookgreen Gardens would have been my number one choice if we went that direction. All it took was one peek at this ridiculously pretty shoot from Pasha Belman and Blossoms Events to determine that. I mean, this tree? This dinner setting? These blooms? It’s all so wildly beautiful, and you can see even more right here.

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From Blossoms EventsEver changing, simply amazing. It’s how Brookgreen Gardens describes itself and if you’ve ever been it is easy to see why. Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve located just south of Murrells Inlet, SC, and one of the most beautiful places in the South. The gardens were founded in 1932 on 9100 acres of former plantation land that have become the largest public sculpture garden in the United States.

Beyond its history and beauty, Brookgreen Gardens also holds a special place in the hearts of the Blossoms Events team. For several years now it has been a home away from home for us as we have designed, styled and produced weddings and events across the gardens. Our main effort in this styled shoot was to showcase an incredibly beautiful wedding venue and bring awareness to the amazing creations it is capable of.

We teamed up with the talented Pasha Belman Photography and wedding fashion gurus The Little White Dress to tackle the massive expanse of beautiful oaks, blooming gardens and exquisitely crafted sculptures. We hope you find the gardens as amazing as we do and make this a stop on your next trip to the Coastal South.

Photography: Pasha Belman | Floral Designer: Blossoms Events | Cake: Incredible Edibles | Shoes: Nina | Makeup Artist: Paige Winesette | Hair Stylist: R. LOZIER SIGNATURE SALON | Grooms Outfit: Formal Wear Of Myrtle Beach | Bridal Shop: The Little White Dress | Design And Planning: Blossoms Events | Dress 1: Justin Alexander #8735 | Dress 2: JUSTIN ALEXANDER #8724 | Jewlery: Nina | Male Model: LEE FULCHER | Model: PAIGE WINESETTE | Venue: Brookgreen Gardens

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Rustic Charleston Wedding

At first glance, this is a wedding that is all about the pretty.  But dive into the story behind the day, and you realize it is so much more than that.  Because these two sweeties managed to dot every second of their day with unique touches and heartwarming details, including an amazing tribute to someone they love. See it all designed by Ooh! Events and captured by Timwill Photography right here.

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From Ooh! Events… Jamie and Pat met through mutual friends in 2002 as college freshman at Indiana University. As she says, “we spent the next four years taking classes and growing up together.” After graduation, they each lived in different places for a while, spending some time committed to a cross-country relationship until Pat joined Jamie in Chicago. 10 years later, he decided to pop the question. He secretly invited her mother, father and stepfather along with his parents to Chicago in May 2013. He put them up at The Ritz Carlton to make them feel like this weekend was not only about him and Jamie, but about family, which is so important to both of them. He had her picked up by a driver and taken to Lincoln Park. On a cold night in May, not a soul was around and it felt like their own little place. They then went to a private dinner with their families and proceeded to celebrate for the entire weekend.

A little over a year later, the families reunited in Charleston, South Carolina at Boone Hall Plantation to see the long-awaited nuptials. Though her two sisters and his two brothers stood beside their siblings when they said their vows looking down the classic avenue of oaks, there was one important family member missing. Pat’s mother, Charlotte, passed away Christmas 2013 from her long battle with cancer. And though she wasn’t there in body, she was there in spirit. Jamie and Pat had her rings melted down to be their wedding rings, and when the couple asked their guests to join them on the dance for a dance in her memory, there wasn’t one dry eye. They celebrated everything, marriage, family, life and death, and it was truly a remarkable gathering.

From the processional of a trumpeter leading guests from the plantation home to the Cotton Dock playing “When the Saints Go Marching In,” to dancing the night away out on the dock overlooking the Charleston marshes, it was clear no detail was left unturned (even flying down that quintessentially “Chicago” Garret’s popcorn for an homage to their home), and this couple was married for a lifetime.

When asked about her design inspiration she says, “Classic, but rustic. I didn’t want a lot of colors so I wanted to stick with grays, ivories, and burlap. I was determined to make it rustic, without it feeling vintage.”

Photography: Timwill Photography | Flowers: Out Of The Garden | Cake: Ashley Bakery | Invitations: 42 Pressed | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vera Wang | Catering: Hamby's Catering | Band: The Ascension Band With East Coast Entertainment | Favors: Garrett's Popcorn | Bar: Squeeze On Site | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Ceremony & Reception: Boone Hall Plantation | Design & Coordination: Ooh! Events | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Wedding Band: Classical Charleston

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel

With the holidays just behind us, and engagement season in full force, there are lots of sparkly new rings upon fingers! Now that you and your honey have decided on forever, the wedding planning can begin. First up? A gorgeous venue. Lucky for you, I’ve got just the place — the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

This incredible venue located on Jekyll Island, Georgia, is as gorgeous as they come. Offering couples a huge variety of settings where they can tie the knot — garden, beachfront, ballroom, cottage lawn + chapel to name a few — the breathtaking grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel will have you and your guests head-over-heels. To help you navigate the planning process, the hotel has a top-notch sales + catering department that will walk you through everything from package options, room blocks, booking vendors, day-of coordination and so much more.

I don’t know about you all, but I’m seriously smitten with this stunning locale. It’s not too late to book your 2015 big day at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel — there are even a handful of discounted weekends available! To learn more about the venue and to get started planning, call 912.635.5170, email sales{at}jekyllclub.com or head over to their website. Happy planning, my dears!

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