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This is What Happens When You Let Your Best Friend Plan Your Wedding

When your best friend happens to work at Ooh! Events, not only will wedding planning actually be fun, but you’ll also have one gorgeous big day. With Lowndes Grove as a backdrop and Virgil Bunao behind the lens, every detail of this wedding — from the Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses to the pretty purple flowers and the Bride’s beaded Lazaro dress— shined. See it all in The Vault!

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From Ooh! EventsChar is my best friend from childhood (since we were in the 3rd grade) so when she got engaged I offered to plan her wedding. She and David had some ideas that were really important to them: a fun band that could make it feel like a “party” environment and a blush, lavender, cool tone color palette. Char’s mother was very in tune with the design and we worked tirelessly to come up with an eclectic layout that accommodated a huge, 250-plus person wedding. Ultimately, the December day at Lowndes Grove turned out to be 80 degrees and beautifully sunny! It was perfect!

Char and David met while she was visiting her friend Beverly (also a bridesmaid) in New York for NYE. David was living in DC working in technology there and Char was in Charleston in PA school. She visited him in DC a handful of times after hitting it off on New Years Eve and eventually David moved down to Charleston, which is home for him, to be closer to Char. After dating for about 3 years, Char started a rotation in Hawaii. She moved down there at the start of 2015, and on NYE (a date that was so special to both of them) David popped the question on a beach in Hawaii.

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Photography: Virgil Bunao Photography | Cinematography: Life In Rewind | Event Planning: Ooh! Events | Floral Design: Out Of The Garden | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Jewelry: Sara Gabriel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Makeup: Prime Time Pretty | Hair: UpDo Charleston | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Bow Ties: Brackish Bowties | Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston | Venue: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Cocktail Hour Music: Seth G. | Junior Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Rentals: Polished | Rentals: YOJ Events | Rentals: Event DRS | Rentals: Technical Event Company | Rentals: Snyder | Veil + Necklace: Family Heirloom

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A Classic Charleston Wedding Straight Out of a Magazine

Like any good Southern wedding, this Charleston day is full of charm, grace, and a whole lot of pretty. With the Bride in a beautifully beaded Badgley Mischka gown and the Groom looking dapper in a classic black tuxedo, the pair looked right at home at their gorgeous William Aiken House venue. See all the pretty for yourself, thanks to Dana Cubbage Weddings and Film Anywhere Productions, in The Vault!

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From Dana Cubbage WeddingsTaylor + Joe’s wedding day was the PERFECT way to kick off the official start of the 2016 wedding season! I absolutely love shooting at the William Aiken House in downtown Charleston and Mother Nature was pretty much showing off for us, giving us nothing but blue skies and sunshine on their big day. Taylor looked absolutely stunning in her elegant Badgley Mischka gown with intricate beaded back. It was a showstopper, for sure! Joe looked so classic + dapper in his black tuxedo. These two looked like they could’ve stepped right out of a bridal magazine! I’m serious! They are such an amazing couple, both inside + out. I just LOVED spending the day with them!

After their First Look, we were joined by their bridal party for photos and it was plain to see just how loved and supported Taylor and Joe are. It was so much fun, watching them celebrate with their friends + family throughout the day. This is why I LOVE what I do! Taylor surprised Joe by having their wedding hashtag #jt2016experience posted on the marquee outside of the American Theatre, which is right next door to the William Aiken House. So, of course, we had to stop traffic and take some photos of them in the middle of King Street in front of their sign!

Their ceremony was held outside beneath the pergola and it was equal parts beautiful, unique, and memorable. I love how they mixed it up by having the bridesmaids + groomsmen line both sides of the altar, instead of the traditional arrangement of girls on the left/guys on the right. It was really fun and unique. I love it when clients do things “their way” instead of adhering to old, silly traditions. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the lawn before heading inside for a seated dinner. After dinner, everyone headed back outside to the dance floor to watch Taylor + Joe’s First Dance together… and then the dancefloor was packed the rest of the night! It was a beautiful way to kick off the start of a very busy wedding season and I can’t imagine spending it with anyone else.

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Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings | Cinematography: Film Anywhere Productions | Event Planning: Allison Littlefield | Floral Design: Branch Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Invitations: Scotti Cline Designs | Bride's Shoes: Shoes Of Prey | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Hair + Makeup: Ash & Co. | Lighting: Eventworks | Band: The Threshold | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Bridal Boutique: Atlanta Bride Couture | Rentals: Snyder

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Craving Color? This Springtime Shoot Is Where It’s At

Charleston Stems, thank you. Because these blooms? Such. A. Dream. We could honestly go on for days, and seeing as how spring has officially sprung we invite you to take a moment to appreciate the beauty, because honestly it’s necessary after this past winter. With the magnificent Lucy Cuneo Photography behind the lens, this is an inspraiton that tops all inspirations. Layered with Lavender & Mint paper pretties and seriously happy blooms, we’ve got it all waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

From Lucy Cuneo Photography“Best of Spring Florals” — right when early spring blooms begin to wane and the bright harbingers of warm summer days start to peak!

We wanted to highlight the vibrancy of spring flowers by using almost as many colors as we could get our hands on- there are some hues that you typically wouldn’t pair together (lavender and sunny yellow), but using them in different areas creates a cheerful tablescape. Coral sunset peonies, heirloom garden roses, bales of lilac, with almond branches, hellebores, viburnum, with local wildflowers and greenery tucked in.

We loved the idea of keeping the table colors (linens/votives/chairs) neutral and bridal and letting the flower colors shine through. When we spotted the blue glass plates we thought they would add a fresh ‘something blue’ and maintain the airiness of the table.

We had our models lined up well in advance and were so fortunate to be able to borrow two incredible 2015 Oscar de la Renta dresses from Saks Jandel which brought a formality to our lively color scheme. Middleton proved to be a timeless romantic backdrop and we also fashioned an arbor out of flowers for bountiful ceremony inspiration.

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Photography: Lucy Cuneo Photography | Floral + Event Design: Charleston Stems | Wedding Dress: Saks Jandel | Stationery: Lavender & Mint | Bride's Shoes: Oscar De La Renta | Rings: Croghans | Hair + Makeup: Dannon K. Collard | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Middleton Place Plantation | Bridal Boutique: Saks Jandel | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Monogramming: Elizabeth Joyce Monograms | Plates: Juliska | Votives: Glassy Baby

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