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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 | Cinematography: Life in Rewind | Event Planning: Ooh! Events | Floral Design: Out Of The Garden | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Jessica Grossman | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Sara Gabriel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Twobirds Bridesmaid | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Makeup: Prime Time Pretty | Hair: UpDo Charleston | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Bow Ties: Brackish Bow Ties | Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston | Venue: Lowndes Grove | Cocktail Hour Music: Seth G. | Junior Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Rentals: Polished! | Rentals: YOJ Events | Rentals: EventHaus | Rentals: Technical Event Company | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | 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: Charleston Weddings By Allison | 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 | Hair + Makeup: Ash & Co. | Lighting: EventWorks | Band: Threshold Band | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: William Aiken House | Bridal Boutique: Atlanta Bride Couture | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals

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A Wedding at Home? Sign Us Up!

When your family owns a home on Edisto Island, choosing to host an at-home wedding is sort of a no-brainer.  And so is decorating your Big Day with colorful details, like crazy gorgeous blooms from Sara York Grimshaw Designs and bridesmaid dresses that POP from Amsale in the prettiest hue ever (it’s Ocean, loves).  RLE Charleston planned the whole shebang perfectly and Kate Haus captured every moment in beautiful images.  See them all in THE VAULT.

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From RLE Charleston… The bride’s family from Charleston, had recently purchased their second home at Edisto Island and immediately determined it would be the perfect location for Chesney and Ryan’s wedding.

I visited the property many times with the family as they transformed the spaces and chose the perfect wedding vignettes. For the Ceremony they chose the perfect spot under the Chesney Oak, a Grand Oak with big beautiful branches that enveloped them as they were wed in a spiritual wedding ceremony officiated by close family friend Brian McGreevey.

Guests were then encouraged to join for Cocktails on the front of the house (which in the South is actually the back) to enjoy the Sunset views along Bailey’s Creek. Delicious Southern Style Hors D’oeuvres by Salthouse Catering were passed on family Silver Trays (Tomato Pie Tartlets, Mini Crab Cakes, Deviled Farm Eggs with Caviar, & Mini Smoked Duck Rubens).

For the reception, Guests promenaded around the house to the Sailcloth reception tent placed alongside a dual reflecting pond – perfect for bouncing light as the evening light crept in. Guests danced the night away to the Emerald Empire Band and enjoyed delicious Red Velvet and Lemon cake, Mini Pecan Pies, Chocolate Cups with Peanut Butter Mousse, Mini Lemon Bars, Mini Coconut Cream Tarts by the talented Ashley Bakery pastry chef, Hayden Campbell.

Bringing in some of the Old World vintage touches, we purchased a guest book for Guests to sign: A Vintage 1952 Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas Maps.

Floral Designer, Sara York Grimshaw Designs created the perfect continuous free-spirit floral tablescapes of loose and organic florals with interesting greenery surrounded by hobnail votives and vases. Utilizing ‘single type’ arrangements of: Hyacinth, astilbe, chamomile, ranunculus, sweet peas, delphinium, veronica and seasonal blooms for that perfect ‘picked from the garden’ feel.

Trixie, Chesney’s Pug, was a special wedding attendant, adorned with her own floral collar and stayed until the last guest departed!

Guests Showered the Bride & Groom as they exited into a Classic Rolls Royce with dried Lavender – a favorite childhood ‘smell’ memory of Chesney’s.

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Photography: Kate Haus Photography | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Invitations: Studio R Design | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Salthouse Catering | Makeup: Demetrius Washington | Hair: Jimmy Faile | Lighting: Technical Event Company | Band: Emerald Empire Band | Favors: Peter Hauschka | Groom's Attire: Neiman Marcus | Groomsmen Attire: Berlins Formal Wear | Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston | Venue: At Home | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Desserts: Ashley Bakery | Event Planning, Design + Coordination: RLE Charleston | Lounge Furniture + Chandelier Lighting: GDC Home | Mother of Bride Dress: Lela Rose | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals

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