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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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Boho Beach Wedding on Hilton Head Island

All I had to do was read that this beautiful Bride is an Anthropologie display artist to know I was in for a treat. And what a treat it is! Having DIY’d every decor item themselves, this couple’s talents shined bright, from their driftwood arbor to the Bride’s fantastic floral crown, photographed for us to enjoy by Riverland Studios. Get swept away with all this boho beauty right here.

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From Riverland StudiosNoelle and Patrick finally tied the knot! The couple had been dating for ten years prior to their wedding day. The two grew up vacationing with their families on Hilton Head Island. “We have always joked about getting married there, so when it finally came time to take the next step, it made sense to begin there,” Noelle told us. “Our ideal wedding is a celebration of our union in front of our closest friends and family members. We want everyone to relax and be comfortable and just have fun together! We feel so blessed that for a long weekend we will be able to have all the people we love more than anything together at once.”

Noelle, a display artist at Anthropologie, worked with Patrick to design the entire wedding day from scratch! We love all of their DIY details: a beautiful driftwood arbor, handcrafted tablescapes, and a flower crown made from scratch! Noelle chose linen, baby’s breath, sea glass, and driftwood to compliment Hilton Head’s rustic and natural landscape. Soft pastel colors and natural textures wash over guests like a vintage dream.

An eager group of family and friends watched as Noelle and Patrick exchanged vows at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. After a beautiful beachside ceremony, the celebration continued at the reception with dinner, dancing, and homemade (of course!) cookies and cake for dessert.

Photography: Riverland Studios | Floral Design: Flowers By Freshcuts | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Free People | Catering: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort

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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

Coastal South Carolina Private Plantation Wedding

When the venue happens to be a historic family-owned waterside plantation, you know the Big Day is bound to be beautiful. From Jacin Fitzgerald Events (formerly Lovely Little Details) incorporating their love of the sea, to the sweet Southern invitations from Momental Designs, to the father’s surprise danceTec Petaja snapped every moment of merriment, while Shaking Hands Productions captured their timeless love on film below!

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Elegant
From Jacin Fitzgerald Events (previously know as Lovely Little Details)… Beth Ann + Wesley were married at the groom’s family’s private plantation right on the water in historic Georgetown, South Carolina. Their 480+ guest wedding felt like an intimate gathering thanks to the event being broken in to several “vignettes” scattered around the property, from the ceremony overlooking the water (with a surprise gospel choir singing “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” at the conclusion), to cocktails + canapes in front of the plantation, to a plated dinner set in a custom built 50′x150′ tent, to dancing under the stars on the back lawn (with a surprise guest singer arranged by the father of the bride for the first dance, Edwin McCain!), to libations and merriment in the “man cave” bourbon bar and custom built bar around the property’s oldest oak tree. Fun facts: the planner had to work with a neighbor the week before the wedding to relocate alligators from the cocktail hour pond area (no gators were hurt in the process, they were just moved to a better location), and she also traded jars of homemade jam with a local blueberry farm in exchange for using blueberry bush sprigs in the arrangements. As a nod to the couple’s love of the sea and the location of the property set right on the water, they incorporated mussel and oyster shells in the place settings as salt + pepper cellars, and hand-lettered driftwood place cards for each guest. The bride’s sister surprised the couple with a butterfly release at the end of the ceremony to evoke the “butterflies” the bride felt when she met her groom. The bride + groom made their own wine the summer before in Italy, and served it at the wedding to all of their guests…. So many amazing and heartfelt details went in to this wedding but one of the guests said it best “Just wanted to say I woke up happy from your out-of-this-world wedding. It did what all good weddings should…Renewed mine and I’m sure countless others faith and hope in love and marriage!”

Photography: Tec Petaja | Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Cake: Myra Ranta, Incredible Edibles | Stationery: Momental Designs | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale (in Champagne) | Hair & Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Calligrapher: Traci Green | String Quartet: Classical Charleston | Antique Doors: Ted Watts | Bride's Earrings: Yael Designs | Bride's Gown (Purchased From Joan Pillow In ATL): Anna Maier | Catering + Bar: Cru Catering | Ceremony + Reception: Private Estate In Georgetown, SC | Cocktail Hour / Reception Musicians: Sol Fusion | Driftwood Arch + Driftwood Wine Bottle Candleholders: Lee Arthur | Gospel Choir: Voices Of Deliverance | Landscaping: Palmetto Landscaping / Dana Marsh | Lighting + Custom Bar + Walls: Production Design Associates | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Logistics: Dovetail | Mosquito Control: Mosquito Pest Experts | Photobooth: Michael Newton | Restrooms: Nature's Calling | Security: Knight Protection Services | Tent Draping: Duvall | Tent, Custom Built Flooring, Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Valet: Shoreline Valet | Wedding Invitation + Save The Date Design / Painting: Momental Designs | Wedding Planner, Designer + Florist: Jacin Fitzgerald Events

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Romantic Plantation Wedding in South Carolina

Drawing inspiration from their favorite things, these long-distance lawyers wed in the old South surrounded by sparkling chandeliers and Spanish moss. Their Big Day was a marriage of antique classic with a glamorous ballroom affair. From the choir singing ceremony to the meaningful vows in a midst of ancient oak trees, every detail Posh Petals And Pearls planned Erin Rene Photography captured, here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Bryan and I were introduced by a mutual friend while we were in law school — he was at University of South Carolina and I was at University of Alabama. When we ran into each other at an Alabama football game, we just “knew,” as hokey as it sounds, and were inseparable after that. We were long distance for the first few years, but so smitten that it didn’t even seem difficult to balance our relationship while we each finished law school. We went through everything together, from graduation to the bar exam and braving the recession to working the “real world,” and we were best friends and so in love the entire time. He was my favorite part of those years. By the time he proposed, we had been dating for six years. I was so excited that he couldn’t surprise me, even though he desperately wanted to. On the intended “big day,” we were out on the boat in Bluffton, S.C., near where we had our wedding, and the sun was setting. It was perfect. He was waiting for the right moment when the boat motor gave out. A friendly passer-by had to tow us in. He tried to recover by taking me to a romantic dinner, but the restaurant was closed. The next restaurant was closed as well. He was so despondent that we finally bought some ground beef for hamburgers and headed back to the house. It took him a few days to recover before he could give proposing a second shot, and it was worth the wait!

Our relationship was Old South born, and Lowcountry raised. South Carolina is my home and my family has grown up on the May River in Bluffton, S.C. for generations. Bryan and I fell in love on our weekends there, skipping class for one more day on the water, dreaming of who we would be together, and watching sunsets through chandeliers of Spanish moss. We are the happiest there, and we couldn’t imagine a better setting than a historic home on our favorite tidal waters. There’s something about that part of the world that feels like a holy place, its own kind of sanctuary, and we could not decorate a room to be more beautiful than the landscape itself. Our guests were traveling from all over, some from other countries, and we wanted our wedding to not only welcome them with the famed hospitality of the South, but also to surround them with the romantic landscape that we love so much.

Our wedding was inspired by who we are as a couple and the things that we love the most. Our style is very antique classic with a touch of glamour, so it only seemed appropriate to host a formal affair in a ballroom of ancient oak trees and sweet, salty air. We love the romance of the South Carolina low country and the white glove elegance of history, so we used the fragrant, natural beauty of the coastline as a backdrop, and amplified it with the contrast of formal, heirloom items, like crystal chandeliers, crisp white linens, and family silver. For us, it was everything beautiful, all in one place.

Our wedding was full of special touches, but our favorite was our ceremony music, the choir from the Second Euhaw Baptist Church in neighboring Ridgeland, SC. A dear friend of my mother’s raised her voice in that choir every Sunday until she passed, shortly after agreeing that the choir would sing in our wedding. In her honor, her church family rallied their choir to our wedding and sang with a zeal that will continue to bless our marriage for years to come. They sang our guests to their seats, then went into the house, and as we walked down the front steps for the first time as husband and wife, they burst through the doors behind us, clapping and singing. The chorus of their joyful music carried us the rest of the way down the aisle in the most spirited, exalted soundtrack of worship we had ever heard. As Bryan would later say, “Once they started singing, everything else was just window dressing.”

My most vivid memory is Bryan’s face as we exchanged vows. Everything had been so busy and exciting, but as I walked down the aisle, all the wedding planning and nerves fell away, leaving me with only overwhelming love and appreciation. I wondered for an instant if he would be too nervous or preoccupied to feel it too, and at that very moment, a light breeze swelled off the marsh, blowing my veil to the side, and I saw him clearly. His face beamed with emotion, brimming with joy, adoration, gratitude, pride, and love, and I knew we were feeling the exact same thing at the exact same time. I remember watching his lip quiver and how hard he worked to keep the tears welled in his eyes from slipping onto his cheeks, and I remember dancing the fine line between surrendering myself completely to the emotions, but not too much, lest I melt into a blubbering pile of happy tears right there on the plantation steps. I remember seeing in his face that we were completely together in that moment, living the day we had dreamed of for so long, saying out loud the words we had whispered to each other so many times, in a gorgeous setting tailor made for us, with everyone that loved us looking on. For those few minutes, the world slowed and the only emotion we felt was our love for each other. Our photographer was so incredibly talented that she caught too many precious moments to count, but my favorites are from those few minutes during the ceremony, kissing Daddy goodbye and committing myself to my husband. Our photographer was seriously the best decision we made for our wedding.

Bryan wanted our first look to happen during the ceremony. Because we were outside, we had to fabricate a “first look,” since we didn’t have any doors to hide behind. We agreed that after the procession of wedding party, he would turn his back to the wedding, facing the officiant, until I got to the beginning of the aisle, when he would turn back around to watch me walk to him. After the last bridesmaid, Bryan turned around and listened to the bagpipes that preceded me come down the aisle playing “Highland Cathedral.” He listened to their keening, majestic music get closer and closer, anticipating the reveal, until his father tapped his shoulder to turn around as I walked toward him on Daddy’s arm, in full bridal glory. We had planned every other detail of the wedding so much that we had seen it all in advance, but that moment was left a surprise.

Think Sound of Music’s “A Few of My Favorite Things,” translate it into your relationship, and make it a wedding. Here’s what I mean: There was so much pressure to develop a grand, cohesive vision that it was really overwhelming. After agonizing over a few things, we ended up deciding that our theme, our “vision,” would be “Britton and Bryan’s favorite things”: crystal chandeliers, oak trees, clear top tents, Spanish moss, tuxedos, pearls, marsh grass, etc. It started out as a joke, but ended up being exactly what we needed to filter the decisions — when asked to make a selection, we didn’t think about how trying to make it look like this or that or what others would think. Instead, we would just pick what we liked the best, generally, in life. We were the common thread for all our selections — it was all stuff that made us happy, and that made it all work.

Photography: Erin Rene Photography | Event Planning: Posh Petals And Pearls | Floral Design: Harvey Designs | Wedding Dress: White On Daniel Island | Ceremony Venue: Rose Hill Mansion | Reception Venue: Rose Hill Mansion | Catering: Celebrations Catering | Makeup: Dollface By Jules | Hair: Sheri's Hair Affair | Lighting: JLK Events | Ceremony Music: Second Euhaw Baptist Church In Ridgeland, South Carolina | Ceremony Music: Cameron and Christian Kloot | Rentals: Savannah Special Events

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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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