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A classic destination wedding in Charleston? We LOVE.

Wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of NYC, these two sweeties landed on the sweet city of Charleston for their Big Day and, my oh my, was it a fabulous choice.  With the help of the uber-talented Fox Events, they hosted a day that was classic, southern AND stunning with Aaron and Jillian Photography on hand to capture every beautiful moment. Fall in love in THE VAULT, then press play on the film from Siegel Films below.

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Spring
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Classic

From Fox Events… As an active New York City couple, Quinn and Kevin wanted to bring their family down south to take in the beautiful unique scenery of Charleston. The couples love for Live Oak trees and Spanish moss made Legare Waring House the perfect place to gather all their family and friends to experience historic southern charm. Fox Events designed a reception capturing southern spring style with gray and white La Tavola linens, blush, white and green florals, and beautiful chandeliers hanging from a clear top tent, making sure not to block the gorgeous scenery. The huge black and white tiled dance floor kept the bride and groom dancing the night away with friends and family for a Charleston memory they will never forget.

From the Bride… Introduced through a mutual friend, Kevin and I met seven years ago in New York City. We were both working at our first jobs post graduation and finally after lots of moves, more school, career changes and a few bouts of long distance – we got engaged one chilly night in Central Park.

Deciding on a wedding location was the toughest part for Kevin and me during the wedding planning process. We love living in NYC but really wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and do something unique and special. We both enjoy traveling and were always partial to the idea of a destination wedding. I have family connections in South Carolina, and I remember visiting Charleston as a child and absolutely loving its charm. One month before we got engaged, I took Kevin there for his first time and knew he had the same feeling about the city as I did. We felt that our friends and family would enjoy traveling to the southern gem just as much as us and that’s when we reached out to Lauren Fox. After a full day of site visits throughout Charleston we finally rounded out the venue tour at Legare Waring House where we knew instantly that it was exactly what we were looking for.

We wanted our wedding to include southern elegance and details unique to Charleston so that our guests could really embrace being in the south with most guests traveling from the New York Metro area. The breathtaking avenue of oak trees was the selling point for us. We absolutely loved how Fox Events designed our entire wedding. Since day one we wanted something unique from what people are used to and Fox Events totally made our wedding day vision a reality. Some of our favorite details included the clear top tent under the oak trees (which Kevin hates to admit the last-minute decision was one of the best things about the wedding), the chandeliers, and the gorgeous floral arrangements that Fox Events put together while complementing the natural beauty of the venue itself. Working with all of our vendors including Cru Catering, Aaron and Jillian Photography, the Voltage Brothers, and Siegel Films truly made our day the best day ever. Kevin and I have never had so much fun in our lives and will inevitably remember this day for the rest of our lives along with the people who helped make our day so special.

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Photography: Aaron And Jillian Photography | Cinematography: Siegel Films | Cake: Wildflour Pastry | Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral Of St. John | Reception Venue: Legare Waring House | Catering: Cru Catering | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet | Beverage Services: Squeeze OnSite | Event Planning + Floral Design: Fox Events | Greenery: Everleaf Greens | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Innovative Event Services | Rentals: Snyder | Rentals: Event DRS

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Charleston Rehearsal Dinner With Loads of Southern Charm!

We count any day Ryan Ray’s photos grace our pages as a REALLY good day. This time around, he’s taking us on a two-part adventure to Charleston, South Carolina for a wedding weekend that’s anchored in classic Southern elegance. Beginning with the rehearsal dinner designed by A Charleston Bride and described as “an ode to the groom’s Kentucky upbringing” you can dive right into the fun and stay tuned for the I Do up next!

From A Charleston BrideTaylor and Rhett met in the ordinary circumstances of life working together, but years later when they decided to date, it transformed into something amazing. Upon meeting them both, you are immediately comfortable. It’s almost instantaneous. They both have a way of making you feel familiar and important with just a smile and a kind word. There is a bright light that radiates between the two of them and makes you believe in happy endings. You can feel all the gratitude and love they have for each other and it has a wonderful effect on everyone and everything around them.

The wedding weekend took place the last weekend in June in Charleston SC. The couple chose this location because they have a second home and business in the holy city and they frequently travel to visit for downtime. The rehearsal dinner took place at The Governor Thomas Bennett House, the wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation, and the post-wedding brunch at The Mills House Hotel. Each venue represented unique aspects of Charleston charm and the couples love of the low country.

In meeting to discuss design, it’s always important to understand and get to know the couple well. How they design, how they dress, general taste, and just their overall demeanor. A well-designed wedding or event should evoke emotions from the guest that remind them of the couple. There is no greater compliment to a planner than to hear “this wedding is so them” and is the driving force of how I approach the design and ambiance. A wedding can be timeless, soft, and beautiful without being safe.

The rehearsal dinner had a masculine design and was an ode to the groom’s Kentucky upbringing. We created an earth-toned atmosphere of blues, greys, greens, mahogany wood, and subtle touches of gold and ivory throughout. Each place setting had a textured grey napkin, gilded stem cotton pod, fresh rosemary sprig, and horseshoe keepsake to accompany the playful bordered menu card design. Greenery runners of magnolia, eucalyptus, and rosemary ran down farm tables and loose green and white floral adorned the round tables mixed with textured natural linens.

A bluegrass band played southern melodies as guest entered the courtyard garden and were greeted with whiskey lemonade cocktails and passed buttermilk fried oysters, pimento cheese, and skewered shrimp and grits. The seating assignments were located on recycled wood pallets covered in greenery and chick wire and directed their table. The pallet was reused later in the night as a focal for speeches and a matching design backdrop with hanging vintage bulbs was placed behind the band. We used gingham fabric for pillows and utilized existing benches and rocking chairs for lounge seating.

The simplistic, yet stunning sail cloth tent for the seated dinner truly radiated in the night sky as their family and friends shared stories of the couple. The night was classic, relaxed, and naturally graceful.

A blue grass band played southern melodies as guest entered the courtyard garden and were greeted with whiskey lemonade cocktails and passed buttermilk fried oysters, pimento cheese, and skewered shrimp and grits. The seating assignments were located on recycled wood pallets covered in greenery and chick wire and directed their table. The pallet was reused later in the night as a focal for speeches and a matching design backdrop with hanging vintage bulbs was placed behind the band. We used gingham fabric for pillows and utilized existing benches and rocking chairs for lounge seating. The simplistic, yet stunning sail cloth tent for the seated dinner truly radiated in the night sky as their family and friends shared stories of the couple. The night was classic, relaxed, and naturally graceful.

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Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Cinematography: East West | Event Planning + Design: A Charleston Bride | Floral Design: A Charleston Bride | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Invitations: Studio R | Hair + Makeup: Ash & Co. | Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Band: Simply Irresistible | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Bob William Duo | Transportation: Absolutely Charleston | Venue: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Boat Exit: Classic Boat Charleston | Bridal Assistant: Cacky's Bridal Aid | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Painted Crest Banner: Anne Melvin | Rehearsal Dinner: The Governor Thomas Bennett House | Rentals: Polished | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Snyder | Ring Bearer's Attire: Florence Eiseman | Wedding Crest Design: Arabella June | Welcome Bags: A Signature Welcome

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Seaside Weddings Have Met Their Ultimate Inspiration

The sea is mysterious, it’s both frantic and fantastic, calming and captivating… it’s a million different emotions rolled into one glorious, beautiful beast and this shoot by Almond Leaf Studios captures all that and more. Bohemian Ink created a scene sure to inspire anyone dreaming of a seaside celebration, full of plums and grays, blush and lavender florals and linens. Looking for more? Head to our Vault for it all.

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From Almond Leaf Studios… Inspired by the sonnet “On the Sea” by John Keats, we set sail for Edisto Island to capture the essence of beauty in her waves. The ocean captivates. The ocean speaks. If you listen carefully you’ll hear her own sonnet. She speaks with every crashing wave. The tide will tickle your toes in one moment and engulf you the next. She quiets us and makes us still and that’s why we titled this shoot “Sonnet of the Sea”

“On the Sea”

It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.
Often ’tis in such gentle temper found
That scarcely will the very smallest shell
Be mov’d for days from whence it sometime fell,
When last the winds of heaven were unbound.
Oh ye! who have your eye-balls vex’d and tir’d,
Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;
Oh ye! whose ears are dinn’d with uproar rude,
Or fed too much with cloying melody,–
Sit ye near some old cavern’s mouth, and brood
Until ye start, as if the sea-nymphs quir’d!
-John Keats

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Cinematography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Design: Bohemian Ink | Floral Design: Philosophy Flowers | Wedding Dress: Erin Grey Couture | Invitations: Bohemian Ink | Jewelry: Kristin Hayes Jewelry | Location: Botany Bay At Edisto Island | Model: Jaymin McAffrey | Model: Savannah McAffrey

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