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Traditional Charleston Wedding

I adore KT Merry. Not only is she as sweet as they come, but her images speak to me in a way I’ll never be able to fully explain. They always seem to leave me speechless, and this Charleston soiree that graced the pages of our latest SMP Fashion & Beauty Magazine is the perfect example of why. Every image tells a beautiful story of a day straight out of a fairytale, and there is even more waiting for you right here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding day was filled with so much love and happiness! Jason and I met 7 years ago in Raleigh, NC, where we went to college and currently reside. Jason is originally from the San Francisco Bay area, and I am originally from Charleston. Before we got engaged, we took a week-long vacation in Charleston, and we both instantly knew that this would be the place we would start our lives together. Charleston has so much to offer – beautiful outdoors, insanely great food, and southern hospitality. We really wanted a venue that had an amazing backdrop, like a plantation – but with our 90 guest count, we felt that would not be intimate enough. Instead, we chose a charming historic mansion in downtown, The William Aiken House. It was the perfect setting to our elegant and intimate wedding, with small yet gorgeous courtyards, and spectacular rooms. And we still had the best of both worlds, leaving the sprawling plantation as the setting for our encore shoot, which we did two days after our wedding.

As soon as we got engaged, I started researching the most important aspect of our day (aside from getting married!), the photographer. I stumbled upon KT Merry after seeing her gorgeous wedding. After looking through her work, it was very clear that we had the same style. To this day, the photography was the only thing I never worried about, because I knew I had chosen the best! Some of my favorite décor aspects was the beautiful vintage LOVE sign I found at a local vintage shop in Charleston, our polaroid photo station that served as our guest book, and the gorgeous Louis IXV vintage style furniture that our lovely coordinator, Melissa Barton at A Charleston Bride, provided. I also took on many DIY tasks; from hand stamping our lavender toss bags, creating our blush drink stirrers, painting gold foil on our white matchboxes for the cigar station, and going just a tad bit crazy with our welcome baskets.

We chose to marry in March, as it rarely rains that month in Charleston, and the temperatures are usually in the mid-70s. However, our wedding weekend was full of storms and temperatures never left the 50s. Miraculously though, the skies cleared only for the 7 hours of our wedding, and the chillier weather allowed for everyone to get a little closer (and provided an opportunity to give out Pashminas that went with our color scheme!) Our wedding was perfectly us and was more than I could ever ask for.

Photography: KT Merry | Wedding gown: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: William Aiken House | Catering: Fish | Wedding Planner: A Charleston Bride | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Ceremony Musicians: Signature Players | Groom and groomsmen attire: Vera Wang Black | Invitation: Studio R Design | Love Sign: 428 Main Vintage Rentals | Rental: Synder Event Rentals | Transportation: Charleston Black Cab | Wedding Band: 7 Once


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Charleston Wedding from Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

Charleston is the sort of city just made for marrying.  The kind of place where romance, tradition and whimsical details join forces with some of the cutest duos you will ever meet.  Together, it’s a combination that makes for one crazy gorgeous party… and when it’s a breathtaking day like this one captured by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay, it’s all kinds of amazing.  See so much more right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… We started hanging out as friends, then we became best friends, then realized “Hey I think I like you more than a friend!” I met Alex about five years ago up in Erie, PA. Being a Canadian native, and Alex from Louisville, KY, the chance of meeting was fate. We were both coaches at the University when we realized as friends that we had more in common and shared the same interests than we thought!

Throughout the years of us both coaching, I moved away to Asheville, NC where Alex soon followed eight months later. North Carolina was a familiar place for me because I went to school and played basketball at Campbell University in North Carolina. That is where we both absolutely fell in love with the Carolinas! Having already visited Charleston during my four years in college, I knew that one day I wanted to marry my best friend “under a moss tree!”

After the engagement on August 23, 2012, the plans for the dream wedding in Charleston began. Now living in Indianapolis, where my new coaching job brought us, we started to plan our wedding from across the country. With bridesmaids, from Canada, Sweden and the US, we were determined to make this the most special day of our lives.

I absolutely fell in love with Magnolia Plantation when I went to go venue shopping in September. The rustic feel, as well as the gardens were absolutely breathtaking. A couple weeks after the engagement the wedding destination and date was set, now came all the planning. Without the help from Lindsey Shanks at A Charleston Bride, none of this would have been possible. She is hands down the best wedding planner, as well as the most personal wedding planner ever, and she’s got great style.

Choosing colors wasn’t that hard for me, my favorite color is green, so I knew that one day it would be incorporated in my wedding. The groomsmen ties were hand made with vintage fabric, we found a cute little shop in Charleston that were selling them, so we knew that would definitely fit into our rustic theme. I love details and the little things more than all the glitz and glamour, and I felt I could get that with the vintage/rustic feel. Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay were amazing at capturing the little things, and that’s what meant the most to us.

The favorite part of the day for the both of us was having all our family and friends there all together at this gorgeous venue. It rained everyday leading up to the wedding, however on the wedding day the minute we stepped on the plantation it was nothing but sunshine, then the minute we got introduced as the new couple, and the doors closed, it poured down rain; it was absolutely perfect.

Charleston will always be a special place for both of us and we hope and pray that one day we will live down there with our family.

Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay | Catering: Cru Catering | DJ: DJ Bryan M with Other Brother Entertainment | Officiant: Dr. Clark | Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Magnolia Plantation + Gardens | Event Planning + Design: Lindsey Shanks of A Charleston Bride | Florals: Tiger Lily Florist | Hair/MUA: Ash & Co | Makeup : Kelly Campbell Of Charleston On-Site Makeup | Photo Booth: Charleston Party Booth | Rentals: Event DRS | Transportation: Tri Country

Charleston Wedding from Paige Winn Photo

Paige Winn Photo is about to lull you into the prettiest of dreamy weddings you’ve ever come across. It’s sweet and southern, it’s sparkly and bright, and it’s so full of the very best kind of love. I’m warning you right now, you may want to grab a cup of tea and snuggle in with this one for a while, because it’s the kind of wedding dreams are made of.

A beautiful highlight film from Siegel Films

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From the photographer… Taylor and Lee were married on the first day with a true Fall feel in Charleston. We had a crisp cool air that added to the coziness of the night lit by a fire in front of a marquee sign spelling out Love. It was perfect for the midwesterners from Ohio to be welcomed to the South. Taylor’s dress was amazing on her and rightly so since it was picked out by the designer himself at a trunk show! One of my favorite elements were the doors constructed just for them – used as a grand entrance for the bride on her way down the aisle and an excellent backdrop for photos later.

Photography: Paige Winn Photo | Floral Design: Charleston Stems | Stationery: Marmalade Press | Catering: Fish | Hair: Wedding Hair by Charlotte | Lighting: AV Connections | Burlap Pillows: Kailey Jackson of Creative Designs | Coasters: For Your Party | Makeup: Elizabeth Quinton EQ Makeup | Planning: Sara/ Southern Protocol | Rentals: Eventworks | Tent / Gold Side Tables : Snyder Event Rentals | Vintage Rentals: 428 Main


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