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Charleston Weekend Getaway Engagement

The one time I visited Charleston, it poured buckets. So, until I experience it’s charm and beauty again, I’m living vicariously through engagements like this one from Lucy Cuneo Photography—complete with cute moments from A-Z. It’s a full on weekend getaway including a sunset walk, a gelato date and a romantic night on the town. Adorable? I think so.

From Lucy Cuneo PhotographyMorgan & Jacob love to visit Charleston and it has become particularly special to them since last November when Jacob proposed here. They love so much about the city, it was too tricky to pick just one spot to photograph. We planned a ‘getaway’ weekend packed with their favorite activities: a sunset walk on Sullivan’s Island, gelato from the best spot in town, a downtown walk and drinks at their favorite restaurant, the Ordinary!

Photography: Lucy Cuneo Photography | Dress: Red Valentino | Venue: The Ordinary | Men's Clothes: Ralph Lauren

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Elegant Charleston Plantation Wedding

This Bride deserves a round of applause, for not only creating an elegant, romantic affair not soon to be forgotten, but doing it all in only four months! That takes talent, and it was on full display as guest enjoyed every minute of this Southern celebration, captured completely by Virgil Bunao and Life In Rewind for us to enjoy. See all the pics in the Vault right here and don’t miss the film below!

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From the Bride… We planned our destination wedding in four months because, having been together for almost five years, we didn’t want to wait and we knew that springtime in Charleston would be beautiful. Our wedding planner made the planning process exciting and enjoyable; she understood our vision and executed it perfectly. From a “Bacon Bar” filled with late night treats to an outdoor Gentlemen’s section with cigars, scotch, darts, leather couches and even deer antlers, it was a true Southern wedding on a historic plantation.

The wedding day was—not to sound trite—the best day of our lives! We wrote our own ceremony and vows, dined on amazing food and danced like there was no tomorrow. We were sent off under sparklers to our hotel in a vintage Bentley with bacon mac-n-cheese waiting for us in the trunk. It was such an amazing day, and there was no moment of dullness at all. It was all that we wanted: our sweet family and friends gathered to celebrate our new beginning as husband and wife under classic Southern oaks.

Photography: Virgil Bunao | Cinematography: Life In Rewind | Event Planning: Haley Harper Kelly, A Charleston Bride | Floral Design: A Charleston Bride | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander Bridal | Cake: Connie Ryan, Bride's Aunt | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Catering: Cru Catering | Makeup: Paper Dolls | Hair: Paper Dolls | Groom's Attire: Hamilton Douglass Clothiers | Wedding Venue: Middleton Place Plantation | Ceremony Musician: Nikolai Duo | Cocktail Hour Musician: Charleston Virtuosi | Flower Girl Dress: Pink Princess | Reception Musician: DJ Wade | Veil: Justin Alexander Bridal

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Rustic Elegant Spring Wedding at Boone Hall Plantation

Oh golly, it can be hard to not have favorites but Boone Hall Plantation? Yeah, you really can’t beat it (Ryan and BlakeNoah and Allie, they knew it) – and Virgil Bunao’s pics show exactly why I go gaga over this venue. It played host to this romantic celebration that reinforces my belief that Charleston knows how to throw a proper party. See all the goodness in the gorgeous gallery and Cinema 843’s film below!

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From the Bride… When you get engaged, everyone talks about how stressful it is to plan a wedding but in my experience, that couldn’t be further from the truth. If I wasn’t already counting my blessings in finding Graham, I certainly did so during the planning process. He took charge of all of the integral pieces: booking the venue and band (before he even popped the question!), arranging for transportation for our guests, reviewing contracts, and coordinating all of our vendors. Taking these not-so-fun aspects off my plate let me focus on the parts that I enjoyed: design, florals, and food!

When we envisioned our wedding, we wanted it to feel natural, relaxed and celebratory – of our marriage, our family and our friendships. Ooh Events! executed our vision perfectly with rentals that complemented the rustic space and an abundance of greenery with subtle pops of florals. Cru Catering provided a family-style BBQ dinner that our guests are still raving about. And my favorite piece of decor was the signage provided by Paper Tangent: hand-painted watercolor programs and menus that lent a personal touch to the evening.

We were so fortunate to work with vendors who are not only perfectionists at their craft, but also wonderful individuals whose personalities made our wedding day all that much better. As one who does not crave being in front of the camera or the center of attention, Virgil was a blessing and made me feel at-ease instantly. We were also incredibly lucky to stumble across our ceremony musicians in a café in Savannah, and are thankful that Isaac and Ethan made the trip up to Charleston to serenade us. I’d be remiss not to mention Louisa Jacobs, our planner, whose professionalism, execution and care far exceeded our expectations.

There are two moments from our wedding that stick out most in my mind. First and foremost, the private dance at sunset on the dock with my groom – I will be forever grateful to Virgil for creating and capturing that moment for us. And secondly, the moment I paused to take in the scene during dinner – the candlelight, beautiful marsh sunset, and most importantly, the conversations and laughter of friends and family who had traveled from all over the world to celebrate with us. I hope all brides are as lucky as I am to have these memories.

Photography: Virgil Bunao | Videography: Richard Esposito, Cinema 843 | Event Planning: Louisa Jacobs, A Charleston Bride | Floral Design: Out Of The Garden | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: cakes by kasarda | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Catering: Cru Catering | Makeup: Lindsay Skog | Hair: Lindsay Skog | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Boone Hall Plantation | Ceremony Musician: Isaac Smith and Ethan Stewart, Magnolia Bloom Music | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Invitations/Paper: Paper Tangent | Reception Musician: Pure Party Band | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Veil: Bride's Head Revisited

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