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Romantic Plantation Wedding in South Carolina

Drawing inspiration from their favorite things, these long-distance lawyers wed in the old South surrounded by sparkling chandeliers and Spanish moss. Their Big Day was a marriage of antique classic with a glamorous ballroom affair. From the choir singing ceremony to the meaningful vows in a midst of ancient oak trees, every detail Posh Petals And Pearls planned Erin Rene Photography captured, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Bryan and I were introduced by a mutual friend while we were in law school — he was at University of South Carolina and I was at University of Alabama. When we ran into each other at an Alabama football game, we just “knew,” as hokey as it sounds, and were inseparable after that. We were long distance for the first few years, but so smitten that it didn’t even seem difficult to balance our relationship while we each finished law school. We went through everything together, from graduation to the bar exam and braving the recession to working the “real world,” and we were best friends and so in love the entire time. He was my favorite part of those years. By the time he proposed, we had been dating for six years. I was so excited that he couldn’t surprise me, even though he desperately wanted to. On the intended “big day,” we were out on the boat in Bluffton, S.C., near where we had our wedding, and the sun was setting. It was perfect. He was waiting for the right moment when the boat motor gave out. A friendly passer-by had to tow us in. He tried to recover by taking me to a romantic dinner, but the restaurant was closed. The next restaurant was closed as well. He was so despondent that we finally bought some ground beef for hamburgers and headed back to the house. It took him a few days to recover before he could give proposing a second shot, and it was worth the wait!

Our relationship was Old South born, and Lowcountry raised. South Carolina is my home and my family has grown up on the May River in Bluffton, S.C. for generations. Bryan and I fell in love on our weekends there, skipping class for one more day on the water, dreaming of who we would be together, and watching sunsets through chandeliers of Spanish moss. We are the happiest there, and we couldn’t imagine a better setting than a historic home on our favorite tidal waters. There’s something about that part of the world that feels like a holy place, its own kind of sanctuary, and we could not decorate a room to be more beautiful than the landscape itself. Our guests were traveling from all over, some from other countries, and we wanted our wedding to not only welcome them with the famed hospitality of the South, but also to surround them with the romantic landscape that we love so much.

Our wedding was inspired by who we are as a couple and the things that we love the most. Our style is very antique classic with a touch of glamour, so it only seemed appropriate to host a formal affair in a ballroom of ancient oak trees and sweet, salty air. We love the romance of the South Carolina low country and the white glove elegance of history, so we used the fragrant, natural beauty of the coastline as a backdrop, and amplified it with the contrast of formal, heirloom items, like crystal chandeliers, crisp white linens, and family silver. For us, it was everything beautiful, all in one place.

Our wedding was full of special touches, but our favorite was our ceremony music, the choir from the Second Euhaw Baptist Church in neighboring Ridgeland, SC. A dear friend of my mother’s raised her voice in that choir every Sunday until she passed, shortly after agreeing that the choir would sing in our wedding. In her honor, her church family rallied their choir to our wedding and sang with a zeal that will continue to bless our marriage for years to come. They sang our guests to their seats, then went into the house, and as we walked down the front steps for the first time as husband and wife, they burst through the doors behind us, clapping and singing. The chorus of their joyful music carried us the rest of the way down the aisle in the most spirited, exalted soundtrack of worship we had ever heard. As Bryan would later say, “Once they started singing, everything else was just window dressing.”

My most vivid memory is Bryan’s face as we exchanged vows. Everything had been so busy and exciting, but as I walked down the aisle, all the wedding planning and nerves fell away, leaving me with only overwhelming love and appreciation. I wondered for an instant if he would be too nervous or preoccupied to feel it too, and at that very moment, a light breeze swelled off the marsh, blowing my veil to the side, and I saw him clearly. His face beamed with emotion, brimming with joy, adoration, gratitude, pride, and love, and I knew we were feeling the exact same thing at the exact same time. I remember watching his lip quiver and how hard he worked to keep the tears welled in his eyes from slipping onto his cheeks, and I remember dancing the fine line between surrendering myself completely to the emotions, but not too much, lest I melt into a blubbering pile of happy tears right there on the plantation steps. I remember seeing in his face that we were completely together in that moment, living the day we had dreamed of for so long, saying out loud the words we had whispered to each other so many times, in a gorgeous setting tailor made for us, with everyone that loved us looking on. For those few minutes, the world slowed and the only emotion we felt was our love for each other. Our photographer was so incredibly talented that she caught too many precious moments to count, but my favorites are from those few minutes during the ceremony, kissing Daddy goodbye and committing myself to my husband. Our photographer was seriously the best decision we made for our wedding.

Bryan wanted our first look to happen during the ceremony. Because we were outside, we had to fabricate a “first look,” since we didn’t have any doors to hide behind. We agreed that after the procession of wedding party, he would turn his back to the wedding, facing the officiant, until I got to the beginning of the aisle, when he would turn back around to watch me walk to him. After the last bridesmaid, Bryan turned around and listened to the bagpipes that preceded me come down the aisle playing “Highland Cathedral.” He listened to their keening, majestic music get closer and closer, anticipating the reveal, until his father tapped his shoulder to turn around as I walked toward him on Daddy’s arm, in full bridal glory. We had planned every other detail of the wedding so much that we had seen it all in advance, but that moment was left a surprise.

Think Sound of Music’s “A Few of My Favorite Things,” translate it into your relationship, and make it a wedding. Here’s what I mean: There was so much pressure to develop a grand, cohesive vision that it was really overwhelming. After agonizing over a few things, we ended up deciding that our theme, our “vision,” would be “Britton and Bryan’s favorite things”: crystal chandeliers, oak trees, clear top tents, Spanish moss, tuxedos, pearls, marsh grass, etc. It started out as a joke, but ended up being exactly what we needed to filter the decisions — when asked to make a selection, we didn’t think about how trying to make it look like this or that or what others would think. Instead, we would just pick what we liked the best, generally, in life. We were the common thread for all our selections — it was all stuff that made us happy, and that made it all work.

Photography: Erin Rene Photography | Event Planning: Posh Petals And Pearls | Floral Design: Harvey Designs | Wedding Dress: White On Daniel Island | Ceremony Venue: Rose Hill Mansion | Reception Venue: Rose Hill Mansion | Catering: Celebrations Catering | Makeup: Dollface By Jules | Hair: Sheri's Hair Affair | Lighting: JLK Events | Ceremony Music: Second Euhaw Baptist Church In Ridgeland, South Carolina | Ceremony Music: Cameron and Christian Kloot | Rentals: Savannah Special Events

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Elegant Gold and Blush Southern Wedding

From the second I saw those killer metallic heels, this wedding had my heart in a serious way. And with fashion moments that take your breath away plus impeccable design by Spencer Special Events, it’s going down an a SMP fave – no doubt about it. The ever-talented Landon Jacob Productions told the story through their lens, and you can watch it unfold right here in the gallery.

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From Landon Jacob ProductionsRachael & Jeff were married Saturday, May 24th, 2014 in beautiful Bluffton, South Carolina at the United Methodist Church and reception at Colleton River. A destination wedding for most guests, it was a special Memorial Day Wedding Weekend that was very family oriented. The wedding was full of glamour and still had a bohemian flair. Rachael’s stunning wedding gown was very avante garde. Her shoes and jewelry were very fashion forward. The open back and slit on the side was a bit sexy, but the beautiful lace detail and sleeves kept this extremely tasteful. The bridesmaids were wore beautiful halos. Blondes did white blooms and pink, the brunettes had lighter pink and white. They were married in the church that they always wanted to be married in and were so happy it became available for the day of their wedding.

Immediately after they were pronounced husband and wife, the Voices of El Shaddai Gullah Choir was a surprise to everyone and there was not a dry eye in the house! Singing Oh Happy Day and a variety of other Gullah choir favorites, all the guests truly enjoyed this surprise. Colleton River is a very special place for Rachael and Jeff – they quite simply adore the natural beauty of Colleton River – so with the world class service and dining, it was a natural fit. Gold was reflected in all the aspects of the wedding design, from the linens to the chargers, to touches in the flowers.

Custom made bars with mirrors were built, gold gilded screens sat on the lawn with living room furniture for the cocktail hour. Family is very important the couple, a lot of children at the wedding, they had a kids room with kids buffet and Ninetendo Wii.

Escort card display was on the entryway chandelier, guests names dangled from beautiful ribbon. Head table was a dramatic display of stemmed glass with submerged florals. The chandiliers in the ballroom were covered with baby’s breath and gold seeded eucalyptus. A large “W” monogram was adorned in all white florals that hung above the fireplace.

Food for the wedding – Chef Robert Wysong did not disappoint with beautiful and delicious tasting food. Beautiful chilled seafood display, crab claws, marinated mussels, poached shrimp, buttler passed pot stickers, blue cheese stuffed mushrooms, mini lump crab cakes. Plated dinner was exquisite, choice entrée – local grouper, Meditterian roasted chicken, filet.
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Rachael’s bouquet all white florals with a touch of pink, and included peonies, roses, lilac, freesia, hyacinth, ranunculus. Bridesmaids wore blush dress and carried mono botanical white flowers accented by gold seeded eucalyptus. Gold wedding cake by Custom Cakes, Minette Rushing. The cake wanted to reflect. Monogram above the fireplace, custom drapery by Party Tables.

Photography: Landon Jacob Productions | Event Planning: Spencer Special Events | Floral Design: A Floral Affair | Wedding Dress: Berta | Cake: Minette Rushing | Reception: Colleton River Plantation Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Lighting: JLK Events | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Linen: Party Tables | Makeup And Hair: Christine Stephens | Rentals: Savannah Special Events

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Darling DIY South Carolina Wedding

This wedding has it all. Gorgeous images form Jade And Matthew Take Pictures, the sweetest of settings, the cutest little bridal party members and heartfelt details coming out of every nook and cranny – it’s easy to see why we fell in love with this fête. Top it all off with a couple that just can’t be more in love, and ladies and gents, we have a winner

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From Jade And Matthew Take PicturesMaureen + Adam are two cuties who feel in love and got married along the May River in Bluffton, SC. They were married under the live oaks, partied on the dock, and danced the night away under the stars. Maureen and her friends/family made all of the details and they helped through out the night with everything. Family and friends are very important to them and they wanted to make sure everyone was happy.

Photography: Jade And Matthew Take Pictures | Florist: Lisa Saylor And Mercedes Hueyo | Catering: Anuscha's Kitchen | Makeup: Jackie Friel + Jennifer Filippone | Hair: Jennifer Filippone | DJ: Sean Saylor | Band: The Bluffton Project | Baker: Jen Welper | City: Bluffton,sc

Romantic Palmetto Bluff Wedding

If there is one thing I know about the pretty little locale known as South Carolina, it’s that it’s one state that really, really  knows how to throw a wedding.  I’m talking weddings that are dripping in gorgeous details and awe-inspiring blooms, like this one captured by Sara Parker Photography.  It’s a traditional affair with a dash of glittery gold and you can see it all right here in the full gallery.

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From Sara Parker Photography… Bryan and Liz are an amazing couple. Bryan is so gentle and loving and Liz is super bubbly and detail-oriented. I mean, the girl thought of everything! Invitations, personalized EVERYTHING, gold Christian Louboutin shoes, Vera Wang dress dubbed the name Kathleen, personalized gifts for her maids, Breitling watch for Bryan, Cartier love cuff from Bryan to Liz, you name it! You could just take one look and KNOW that she put tons of thought and energy into each detail. She even brought her dogs and had wedding collars on them. As a photographer, I so appreciated her attention to every little detail of her wedding day.

Liz is a pharmacist and Bryan works in financing. Really an amazing sweet and genuine couple. By the end of the day, my husband and I were “baptized” as part of the family. This was an intimate day for Bryan and Liz– they had all of their closest friends and family who were all an absolute blast to be around. Bryan and Liz live in Alabama, but have ties with Miami and New Orleans. They wanted to incorporate these places into their wedding day. For Alabama, they had red and white pom poms to end the reception along with an Alabama cheer. For Miami (Liz’s side of the family is Cuban), they had a Latin band play at cocktail hour. For New Orleans, they had a second line dance from cocktail hour to the reception.

The wedding day was September 7, 2013. A PERFECT September day, zero percent chance rain and 80 degrees. Aaaaamazing. The wedding style was a southern and elegant, 1920′s glam mixed with a bit of New Orleans/ Latin feel. Crazy you say? Not at all. It all blended perfectly thanks to Kelli Corn, the genius event planner.

We were excited when they decided they wanted a first look. We did the first look on a bridge with spanish moss trees surrounding it. Liz walked up to Bryan on the other side as his back was turned and she pinched his booty to get him to turn around. I have to say that’s a first and it was so perfect. The ceremony was held at 5pm and it was the most light-hearted and genuine ceremony we had ever photographed. Nothing stiff about it. Lots of laughing and tears. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour, which included gold sparkle linens, white couches, a latin band and dancing. This was followed by a second line dance to the reception. At this time, Liz changed her hair to an up-do and added a blingin’ necklace that she got from an Etsy vendor. All the guests were so enthusiastic — once we got to the reception, it seemed dancing was priority. Before drinks were poured and appetizers were out, everyone was FULL OUT partying. We loved it. There was a 3 course sit-down dinner with toasts- a very light and intimate feel to it all. At the end of the night, it is a tradition at Palmetto Bluff to have s’mores outside on the lawn. The couple had a sparkler send-off.

Photography: Sara Parker Photography | Event Planning: Kelli Corn Weddings And Events | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Minette Rushing | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Diamonds Direct | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate | Hair And Makeup: Karisma Salon Wedding Team (Christine, Annie, Gloria) | Tuxes: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony Music: The Alyssa Duo | DJ/ Dance Floor/ Photo Booth: Other Brother Entertainment | Florals: A Floral Affair | Flowergirl Dresses: Pegeen | Latin Band For Cocktail Hour: Gino Castillo Quartet | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Paper Design & Calligraphy: Holly Hollon | Personalized Hangers: Etsy- Trendy Trappings | Reception Necklace: Etsy- The Crystal Rose | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Resort: Palmetto Bluff | Wedding Jewelry: Baublebar

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Rustic Bluffton Wedding at Colleton River Plantation

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years at SMP, it’s that Southern weddings are awesome.  The kind of weddings that mix romance and rustic in crazy gorgeous ways and always (always) fill our hearts with happiness.  Case in point?  This beautiful gem planned to perfection by Spencer Special Events, which has Southern charm down to an absolute science.  See it all captured by Marcus Krause right here.

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Tessa and Dennis’ soft, natural and romantic Low Country wedding paid homage to the natural setting they were married in and every detail reflected southern elegance and charm.

Tessa and Dennis married May 11, 2013 under a handmade driftwood chuppah on the green of the signature Colleton River Plantation Club golf course. The bride wore a stunning fitted gown, outstanding family heirloom jewelry and her bridesmaids wore a soft french blue. The groom and groomsmen were dressed in khaki suits that reflected the natural setting with coordinating ties. The couple’s niece was a flower girl and came down the aisle in a custom wagon decorated in flowers and greenery.

At the dinner reception, guests sat at long tables under cafe lights with long birch containers of hydrangeas, soft white blooms, and tall pillar candles, setting the ambiance for a beautiful evening. Tables were named after Lowcountry trees, further paying homage to the Low Country environment. The bride and grooms chairs were marked with vintage chalkboard signs hung from jute.

After dinner inside the clubhouse, guests enjoyed a sweets bar and large white cake with spectacular sugar flowers and danced the night away. It was true elegance in the Lowcountry for Tessa and Dennis!

Photographer: Marcus Krause | Videographer: Hart to Heart Media | Event Planning: Spencer Special Events | Floral Design: A Floral Affair | Cake: Savannah Custom Cake | Reception Venue: Colleton River Plantation | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Music: Hilton Head Entertainment | Rentals: Ranco Event Rentals

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