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Southern Fall Wedding Inspiration in Charleston

Bring on the cable knit sweaters and hot cider, because this inspiration from Heather Waraksa has got us ready for fall. From its seasonal fare to fantastic frocks courtesy of Gabriella New York, this is one styled shoot that’s blooming with Gathering Events berries, Ceci New York invites, and of course a bit of romance. See every thoughtful detail from Bellafare in The Vault!

From BellafareInspired by the European Elegance that RiverOaks Charleston exudes, this creative collaboration was an exercise in understated beauty and restraint. The design encompassed organic materials and rustic yet refined elements that highlighted the lush Lowcountry landscape. The soft light served as an ethereal backdrop for the rich tones of gray and various textures used throughout the tablescape. Though the table design was a defining thread throughout the aesthetic, the romance between the couple set the tone for the intimate and food-focused event.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Event Design + Styling: Bellafare | Floral Design: Gathering Floral + Event Design | Cake: DeClare Cakes | Invitations: Ceci New York | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair + Makeup: Wedding Hair By Charlotte | Calligraphy: Ink Meets Paper | Groom's Attire: Lanvin | Venue: RiverOaks Charleston | Additional Serving Pieces: The Commons | China, Flutes, Serving Pieces + Napkins: Open Door Shop | Food Styling: Feast Charleston | Groom's Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Models: Lucky Penny Blog | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Table Runner + Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Wedding Dress + Hair Accessories: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

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A Wedding (Or honeymoon!) in Paradise Never Looked So Good

Summer may be “officially” over, but that doesn’t mean the fun in the sun has to come to end. Nope, around these parts we’re spending our days dreaming of the fabulous Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, a place that knows all there is to know about luxe accommodations. Think breathtaking views, an on-site marina and stellar customer service. In other words? It’s time to pack.your.bags.

Whether you’re looking for a dreamy destination locale for your upcoming nuptials or just want to kick back and relax with your honey, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village has everything you’ll ever want or need. I’m talking a sweet stay in paradise with views of San Carlos Bay, the Caloosahatchee River and the Gulf of Mexico, plus an on-site marina and 400+ miles of navigable waterways perfect for kayaking or boating (they have those, too).  Not to mention that The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village can host up to 200 people in their gorgeous indoor and outdoor event spaces, making for one awesome wedding destination for you AND the ones you love.

To start planning that dream honeymoon, wedding or last-minute vaca to Florida, contact The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village TODAY or request to submit a RFP here!  And don’t forget to ask about their special offer for your next getaway, which includes a 4th night free (applied at checkout), a $100 food and beverage credit per stay and a room upgrade (based on availability). Have sooo much fun, lovelies.

The Sweetest Southern Wedding Filled with Charm

As Kelsey and H.Clay planned their big day they decided to pick the most important factors and focus their time and energy there. First up? An intimate destination wedding. Secondly? Hire a stellar photographer. Enter Sarah Joelle Photography and a romantic Charleston celebration with their nearest and dearest in tow. From the romantic outdoor ceremony, to the al fresco reception, we’ve got it all waiting for you to witness in The Vault!

Al Fresco

From the Bride…When H.Clay and I decided to get married (in the midst of medical school) we knew that we would need a non-extravagant day. We sat down and talked about what was really important to us—family and the commitment. We made a decision to focus on what matters most, and I am so thankful that we did.

My favorite part of the day would definitely have to be the first few moments after the ceremony, after we had actually made the commitment. We just were so giddy and excited about what had just happened.

My advice to newly engaged gals (by the way, CONGRATS!) would be absolutely follow your heart. Find the three most important things to you and your fiancé and focus your time and money there. H.Clay and I knew that we wanted an intimate day to focus on one another and our families. We also wanted stellar photography and videography. Don’t get me wrong, there were moments throughout our engagement where I lost sight of these things and began to question an intimate destination wedding. But as soon as our wedding day began I was grateful– Grateful that we followed our hearts (and our guts), grateful that our day was so laid-back and meaningful, and grateful for the sweet moments with our families.

My only other piece of advice to new brides would be—find vendors that you would be friends with! Things will go much smoother when you are on the same page. Carri from Mac and B events was AMAZING and I always felt like I was talking to my girlfriend. Also, our photographer, Joelle was my good friend already and she knew exactly what I hoped for on our wedding day. She captured our giddiness, excitement and love to a T. Most of all, savor every second of your day!

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Photography: Sarah Joelle Photography | Cinematography: Velos Films | Event Planning: Mac & B Events | Floral Design: Stephanie Gibbs Events | Wedding Dress: Angel Sanchez | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Invitations: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Hair + Makeup: Charleston Events Hair & Make-up | Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Lighting: IES | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Live Music: Palmetto Strings | Rentals: Polished | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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