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Beachside South Carolina Engagement Session

This gorgeous couple’s engagement session brought them back to the Bride-to-be’s college town, for an adorable photo shoot that has us oohing and awwing with every click. From perfectly capturing the stunning ring, to the darling story of how they met (his Mom set them up!), Shannon Michele Photography made sure this shoot is one to remember! Click here for so much more.


From Shannon Michele Photography… I met up with Molly and William a few months ago for their engagement session. Molly and William flew in from Baltimore, Maryland, where they both live and where their wedding will be held, to take some photos in Molly’s college town, Charleston. Molly attended the College of Charleston so we started off in downtown Charleston. We then headed out to Kiawah Island, where Molly and William were engaged a few months prior. Although it was a cloudy day, these two were up for anything, so it was a fun session. Molly and William met in Baltimore, pretty much set up by his Mom. They went on one date, went their separate ways, and then did not see each other again for almost 2 years. But it was meant to be the second time around.

Photography: Shannon Michele Photography | Coordination: Stephanie Bradshaw | Bride-to-be's Beach Attire: Kate Spade | Bride-to-be's Downtown Attire: J. Crew | Groom-to-be's Beach Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groom-to-be's Downtown Attire: J. Crew | Location: Kiawah Island Sanctuary Resort | Location: Downtown Charleston, South Carolina

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Rustic Elegant Fall Wedding at Boone Hall Plantation

I just may have a little obsession with Boone Hall Plantation. ‘The Notebook’ got it all started, Blake and Ryan’s “I do’s” reinforced the love, and every wedding since has continued to make my heart flutter faster. And this one here is no exception, with the Plantation’s natural beauty shining through, accented by this beautiful coupleClay Austin’s pics have me planning that Charleston trip pronto.

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From Clay Austin Photography… This little love fest took place at the postcard-esque backdrop that is Boone Hall Plantation outside of Charleston, SC. Every time I step foot on that long driveway lined with oak trees that leads up to the plantation house, I am still in awe! Such a perfect setting for a low country celebration! Every little detail right down to the place cards on vintage stationery, were absolutely breathtaking.

Photography: Clay Austin Photography | Event Design: Ooh! Events | Event Planning: Ooh! Events | Floral Design: Ooh! Events | Wedding Dress: Lela Rose | Cake: Ashley Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Hamby Catering & Events | Hair And Makeup: Allure Salon | Band: Yacht Rock Revue | Wedding Venue: Boone Hall Plantation

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Charleston Antebellum Plantation Wedding

I’ve yet to make it to Charleston, but after perusing the gorgeous gallery a la Lauren Jonas,  I’ll be daydreaming about oak trees and Spanish moss for days. With a National Park setting the scenic surroundings, this perfect pair wed in true style perfectly planned by Yoj Events. And with every pastel bloom (I’m looking at you Wildflowers Inc.), I’ll be sure to visit this gallery time and time again.

From the beautiful Bride… I grew up in Ohio, and when I first visited Charleston with my husband I fell in love. The city, the people and most of all the beautiful scenery surrounding us with the large oak trees and the Spanish moss. Our wedding was inspired by those very trees. We chose Legare Waring for its unforgettable ambiance. The national park provided us with the aisle of oaks for our ceremony, and a plethora of trees and foliage that produced a romantic sentiment. I wanted a lot of feminine touches, so I chose soft colors for the day which were blush, robin’s egg blue and cream. A few rustic touches kept me close to home such as our mahogany farm tables and slatted wood chairs.

Our take home gifts were a pepper jelly, produced and bottled locally from Gatherings, in Ashtabula Ohio. I tied each one with raffia and the guest’s “nickname” to keep things lighthearted and less formal.

Every time Luke and I travel to Charleston we make our way to the open air market. During one of our vacations there we came across a local artist whom we purchased a beautiful painting of the Angel Oak from. That became our “guest book” for the special day. The most important aspect for the groom was the music. He came across the Louie D experience at a local bar in Charleston and fell in love with their blues quality and local feel. They quickly became our band, and we could not have been happier. Guests were shuttled to and from the Francis Marion by trolley to keep with the old southern charm.

CRU Catering provided a menu of down south cookin’, which included fried chicken, shrimp and grits and a mac and cheese bar.

What made the day unforgettable was not only the love we felt from our friends and family, but the care and attention we were given from all of our vendors. Katherine Miller at YOJ events handled all the decor/timelines, CRU Catering was delicious and accommodating with everything, Ash & Co. Makeup made me look and feel like a bride should on their special day, and most importantly our Photographer Lauren Jonas who captured the day. I look at these moments caught on film and I am instantly taken back, and I am so thankful for everyone that day.

Photography: Lauren Jonas | Event Planning: Yoj Events | Floral Design: Wildflowers Inc. | Cake: WildFlour Pastry | Catering: Cru Catering | Hair And Makeup: Ash & Co. | Lighting: Technical Event Company | Venue: Legare Waring House | Event Rentals: Snyder Rentals | Tent Rental: Event Works

Elegant Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding

Every time I set sights on Lowndes Grove Plantation, I get a cozy, warm feeling inside like I’m at home. Call it the Southern hospitality or just how darn gorgeous this venue is, but it’s captivating for sure. And when you throw a team of talented vendors in the mix to craft a downright beautiful wedding day? It’s all over. Aaron & Jill Osteen gracefully captured this elegant soiree and you can feast on every bit here.

From Aaron & Jill OsteenHave you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a beautiful quintessential Southern wedding?! Well, pull up your chairs, because you’re about to get a sneak peak into one of our favorites to date! Stephanie and Chad envisioned their wedding day with hospitality in mind, so they enlisted the help of the incredibly talented ladies at Pure Luxe Bride, to bring their vision to life! They wanted their guests to feel as if they were coming to a wedding at their family’s historic Charleston home, welcome to move about as they pleased! I’m 100% sure they pulled off their vision! I’ve never heard so many wedding guests rave about the decor, the house, the views… it seemed as if every corner I turned, someone was saying they wished they could come back and relive this night every year! What a wonderful compliment, huh?!

The entire house at Lowndes Grove was open to their guests to roam around during cocktail hour! Most could be found sipping drinks on the porch while the incredibly talented 3 piece jazz band serenaded them on the 2nd floor foyer! The weather was warm, the sunset was to die for, the guests enjoyed sets of rocking chairs in the cigar lounge by the water, their reception tent was draped in white linen and chandeliers, the tables were set with gold silverware and gold rimmed glassware, the beautiful menus were graced with hand sketched pictures of the venue, and magnolia and olive branch table runners ran the entire length of the longest tables I’ve seen to date! The 3 course seated dinner was incredible, the beautiful white bar and tufted gray couches allowed guests a chance to get out of their seats and mingle with other guests! The band played Big Band music all night long and had the dance floor hopping!! A vintage rolls royce swept Stephanie & Chad off to their after party downtown… and what more can I say! It was just PERFECT, and we’re so happy for Steph & Chad because we know it was perfect for them too!

Stephanie and Chad’s wedding was stunning! It was magical! It was oozing with Southern charm… and in our eyes, it was perfect… and there’s nothing more we could want for such a sweet, generous, thankful, and gracious couple like them! I’m not sure we stopped smiling all night that night and we’re still dreaming of their wedding day and the chance we had to be with them on the day they committed to forever together! Congratulations!!

Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation | Aaron And Jillian Photography: Aaron & Jill Osteen | Branch Design: Whitney | Charleston Style Limo: To Whom It May Concern | EventWorks: To Whom It May Concern | Fish Restaurant: Christie G | Hayden Olivia Bridal: To Whom It May Concern | Joe Clarke Big Band: To Whom It May Concern | Modern Trousseau: To Whom It May Concern | Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup: Carrie McLeod Algeo | Patrick Properties: Christie G | Pure Luxe Bride: Francesca | Sam Edelman: To Whom It May Concern | Snyder Rentals: To Whom It May Concern | St Luke's Chapel: To Whom It May Concern | The Silver Starfish: Kristen

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From Say Yes to the Dress to an Elegant Wedding at Lowndes Grove

This gorgeous Bride might look a bit familiar to all of our fellow die-hard wedding fans out there. Her dress journey was profiled on “Say Yes to the Dress” and we were left wondering how the rest of her adventure played out post dress decision. To call it a success would be an understatement, with this glamorous Southern soiree at Lowndes Grove Plantation, led by the team at Burlap ElephantJennifer Bearden and Artistic Eye captured every bit so we don’t have to miss out on a second of this fairy tale.

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From Lowndes GroveKelly and BG’s wedding was a fantasy of clean tonal shades which took place at the legendary Lowndes Grove Plantation in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Married under the arms of an ancient sweeping oak along the banks of the Ashley River, the sparkling white reception also took place on the grounds upon the stately terrace of the mansion. The reception included a raw bar, bourbon bar, and a an individual pie and dessert selection inside a custom pie safe.

Kelly and BG’s amazing wedding was also the subject of Say Yes to the Dress! It was magnificent and the couple are beautiful inside and out.

From the Bride… Being from the same hometown and growing up just down the street from one another, it still took years for BG and I to formally meet. As a 21 year old returning from studying abroad in Italy, I walked into a local bar where I introduced myself to what would be the love of my life. Living in two different cities, BG and I began dating even though we lived miles apart; he in Erie, PA and I in New York City. Regardless of the distance and frequent weekend trips, we were madly in love.

Envisioning my engagement wasn’t something I thought about often. However, what I did know was I wanted that special moment to include our amazing family and close friends. On the eve of December 28th, 2012, BG asked me to marry him. It was one of the most incredible nights of my life. Quickly after our engagement, we decided on a low country soiree down south. With a southern affair, family and friends could join us for the vacation of a lifetime. Within a few short weeks, we flew to Charleston, a beloved city with unending charm, immense history and culinary delights. After checking into the Charleston Place, strolling down King Street and sharing an incredible dinner at FIG, the decision was a no-brainer.

The moment we laid eyes on the Lowndes Grove Plantation, I knew immediately this was the venue for us. It is absolutely breathtaking, sitting along acres of Oak trees, the calm and radiant Ashley River and a country-chic plantation home filled with endless amounts of character. As a former event planner, I was ecstatic about planning my very own wedding. With the help of Pinterest and bridal magazines, coordinating the special details for our day came quite easily. Working in fashion, I’ve come to know my taste and wanted the event space to feel like a shabby-chic and glamorous affair. The neutral palette allowed for me to really highlight specific details without color taking the spotlight. The gorgeous handcrafted bar pieces, vintage chandeliers, custom signs for the Bourbon Bar, tufted sofas and furniture and the market lights created a space that was so warm, elegant yet filled with lots of character unique to us. Some special details we were excited to incorporate included BG’s very own Bourbon Bar, books in the bar shelves (BG’s a writer) and first dances with my three brothers. Our tablescape included ivory linens, gold accented chargers, vintage floral dinnerware and loads of candles ranging in size and form. The floral arrangements adorning the tables included mercury compotes with white hydrangea, ivory peonies, ivory and blush garden roses and white ranunculus finished off with dusty miller. With the reception outdoors, our guests got to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Lowndes Grove while drinking and dancing underneath the strings of radiant market lights. I couldn’t have been more happy with the way everything turned out, especially the customized Bourbon Bar for BG. Not only did it become a special place for him and his friends, it became a focal point for all of our guests who spent much of the evening enjoying spirits under the stars.

Our wedding day was one of the best days of our lives and we couldn’t have dreamt it would look and feel as magnificent as it did. Most importantly, above all else, we were surrounded by those we love and adore so much in this world and they all made this day unforgettable!

Planning the wedding while living in Chicago was made so much easier with the significant help of Leslie and Naomi at Ooh Events, Kelly at Snyder Rental, Katie at the Burlap Elephant and Barrett and team from Patrick Properties. This group of women I cannot thank enough, each made our wedding incredibly special because of their exceptional work and passion for what they do. To them, we are forever thankful!

Photography: Jennifer Bearden Photography | Event Planning: Burlap Elephant | Wedding Dress: Haley Paige | Cake: Fish Restaurant | Invitations: Scotti Cline | Ceremony Venue: Lowndes Grove | Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Lighting: Ooh! Events | Video: Artistic Eye

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