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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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Proof A Traditional Wedding Is Anything But Boring

Southern weddings are full of tradition, and this beautiful day from Clay Austin Photography and Cinema Weddings is no exception. But what makes it so special is all the personal touches — the “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” serenade and Lissie and David’s getaway in her father’s vintage, Triumph TR-6. See all the beautiful moments in The Vault!

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From Clay Austin Photography… Lissie and David got married in the historic gardens of the Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina on May 9th, 2015. 350 guests attended this early summer soirée, with a classic color palette of gold, ivory and touches of navy blue. As guests entered cocktail hour, they were greeted with a lavish spread of foie gras, crab and heirloom tomato salad. The reception tent was draped in soft, white fabric and was lit with three, antique crystal chandeliers. Tables were dressed in champagne dupioni silks highlighted with gold Chivari chairs and lots of candles and mercury glass votives.

Guests enjoyed a candy bar displayed in oversized martini glasses as their favors to take home. The 5-tier cake was exquisite with flavors such as lemon, chocolate, strawberry and almond amaretto – set upon a silver cake stand and featured in one of the interior rooms within the historic Lace House. Before the couple danced the night away (and jumped up on stage for a few songs), they snuck away to unbury the bourbon in the gardens (which they had buried approximately one-month prior to the wedding in hopes to keep the rain way!) Towards the end of the evening, all of the Citadel Alumni (and fraternity brothers of the David) serenaded Lissie to You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling’ before ending the night with rally towels as the Bride and Groom departed in her father’s vintage, Triumph TR-6.

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Photography: Clay Austin Photography | Cinematography: Cinema Weddings | Event Planning: Meagan Warren Weddings | Floral Design: Carolina Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Parkland Cakes | Invitations: Crane | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Loosh Culinaire | Band: The Mighty Kicks | Ceremony Music: The Jackson Sisters | Venue: Lace House At SC Governor’s Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Maddison Row | Flower Girls Dress: LaRoque | Rentals: Party Reflections | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother