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Rustic Elegant Spring Wedding at Boone Hall Plantation

Oh golly, it can be hard to not have favorites but Boone Hall Plantation? Yeah, you really can’t beat it (Ryan and BlakeNoah and Allie, they knew it) – and Virgil Bunao’s pics show exactly why I go gaga over this venue. It played host to this romantic celebration that reinforces my belief that Charleston knows how to throw a proper party. See all the goodness in the gorgeous gallery and Cinema 843’s film below!

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Spring
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From the Bride… When you get engaged, everyone talks about how stressful it is to plan a wedding but in my experience, that couldn’t be further from the truth. If I wasn’t already counting my blessings in finding Graham, I certainly did so during the planning process. He took charge of all of the integral pieces: booking the venue and band (before he even popped the question!), arranging for transportation for our guests, reviewing contracts, and coordinating all of our vendors. Taking these not-so-fun aspects off my plate let me focus on the parts that I enjoyed: design, florals, and food!

When we envisioned our wedding, we wanted it to feel natural, relaxed and celebratory – of our marriage, our family and our friendships. Ooh Events! executed our vision perfectly with rentals that complemented the rustic space and an abundance of greenery with subtle pops of florals. Cru Catering provided a family-style BBQ dinner that our guests are still raving about. And my favorite piece of decor was the signage provided by Paper Tangent: hand-painted watercolor programs and menus that lent a personal touch to the evening.

We were so fortunate to work with vendors who are not only perfectionists at their craft, but also wonderful individuals whose personalities made our wedding day all that much better. As one who does not crave being in front of the camera or the center of attention, Virgil was a blessing and made me feel at-ease instantly. We were also incredibly lucky to stumble across our ceremony musicians in a café in Savannah, and are thankful that Isaac and Ethan made the trip up to Charleston to serenade us. I’d be remiss not to mention Louisa Jacobs, our planner, whose professionalism, execution and care far exceeded our expectations.

There are two moments from our wedding that stick out most in my mind. First and foremost, the private dance at sunset on the dock with my groom – I will be forever grateful to Virgil for creating and capturing that moment for us. And secondly, the moment I paused to take in the scene during dinner – the candlelight, beautiful marsh sunset, and most importantly, the conversations and laughter of friends and family who had traveled from all over the world to celebrate with us. I hope all brides are as lucky as I am to have these memories.

Photography: Virgil Bunao | Videography: Richard Esposito, Cinema 843 | Event Planning: Louisa Jacobs, A Charleston Bride | Floral Design: Out Of The Garden | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: cakes by kasarda | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Catering: Cru Catering | Makeup: Lindsay Skog | Hair: Lindsay Skog | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groom's Shoes: Gucci | Wedding Venue: Boone Hall Plantation | Ceremony Musician: Isaac Smith and Ethan Stewart, Magnolia Bloom Music | Invitations/Paper: Paper Tangent | Reception Musician: Pure Party Band | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Veil: Bride's Head Revisited

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Sophisticated Southern Wedding at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

There’s no question that KT Merry‘s captures of this slice of Southern lovin’ will steal up a good portion of your afternoon. Simply put, it’s wedding gold. But if you want to elevate that spark, direct your eyes toward the Bride’s eloquent story below. Paired with this incredible gallery, she’ll make you feel as if you were one of the lucky guests at this perfectly intimate soiree, tagging along for the sweet journey.

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From The Bride…James’ and my love story began our sophomore year of college. We became best friends as we lived in the same dorm and shared a love of music. Throughout the next several years we would travel together to music festivals and on weekend trips with our friends and I went to see James’ band play almost every weekend each summer. While I was insistent on not ruining our friendship with a relationship, it was my father who gave me the best advice. “Looks will fade but conversation and friendship never will.” He married my mother, his best friend, 44 years ago and he loves her more and more every day. Finally, a few years after college I took my father’s wise advice and James and I began dating. Two and a half years later, James got down on one knee on a pink sand beach on Harbour Island, Bahamas and asked me to marry him.

We were married in an intimate destination wedding at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC on Friday, May 16th, 2014. Our wedding weekend began with a welcome dinner hosted by my parents at their beach house on Hilton Head Island. Catered by the Bluffton Oyster Company, our guests enjoyed fresh oysters on the half shell, roasted oysters, fresh fish tacos, and a classic lowcountry boil.

The weather forecast was calling for rain the night of the welcome dinner but we remained optimistic as the sun periodically peeked out. However, by the time hors d’oeuvres were being passed and oysters were being shucked, the downpour started. Even in spite of the forecast, the amount of torrential rain that poured down surprised everyone. We had made a last minute decision to move the tents from the beach side of the house to the more protected front yard but even that didn’t stop the rain from soaking everyone. Everyone huddled around the bar and oyster tables with their mason jars of peach sangria and raspberry rum iced tea and laughed together over the drenching rain. Towards the end of the night when the rain finally began to let up our guests moved to the deck overlooking the pool while cigars were passed out and James and his old band-mates played music.

The morning of the wedding we awoke to the most spectacular day. Our weather misfortune the night before brought us the most perfect weather for our wedding day. I got ready in my parent’s beach house where I’ve spent every summer since I was born. While my bridesmaids and I had our hair and makeup done, James and his friends went golfing.

Our ceremony was held at the Waterside Chapel at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff overlooking the May River. My father came to meet me in the tiny post office across from the chapel to walk me down the aisle. I was overwhelmed with emotion from the moment he appeared at the door. As we walked down the cobblestone street to the chapel families in golf carts drove by yelling wishes of congratulations and little girls on bikes rode past telling me how pretty they thought my dress was. It was an incredibly surreal moment as I walked with my father through this magical little town to marry my best friend.

Once James and I were pronounced husband and wife the chapel doors opened to the Voices of El Shaddai, a large Gullah gospel choir, singing “Oh Happy Day.” The choir led all of the guests over to a beautiful lawn on the bank of the river for an extended cocktail hour. The choir immediately got all of the guests up singing and dancing with them as waiters passed our signature cocktails, ‘peaches and bourbon’ and ‘el matrimonio clandestino.’ Waiters passed southern inspired hors d’oeuvres including she-crab soup shooters, white cheddar rosemary mac and cheese bites, spicy tuna sushi, shrimp cocktail, grilled beef salad on endive, and mini andouille sausage corndogs. After the cocktail hour guests were escorted into the grand ballroom in the Inn for the reception.

We decorated the ballroom simply for the reception, focusing on the surrounding natural beauty of the venue. We had two long tables with white linens and grey table runners. The table runners on each table were monogrammed at the ends in white with our monogram that was used on our invitations. Urban Poppy designed simple but stunning all white centerpieces that were interspersed with mercury glass votives and small bud vases with big blooms. The incredibly talented Laura Condouris of Trial by Cupcakes did all of the calligraphy, which included music and literary quotes on grey paper with white ink that we placed around the reception.

Surrounding the ballroom was a large veranda on which we had a lounge area and the bar with our monogram embroidered on the fabric in the center inlay. James and I shared our first dance to Ray Lamontagne’s “Can I Stay,” followed by an incredible welcome speech by my father. Our seventy-seven guests enjoyed a three-course dinner, which included grilled local grouper and filet mignon. For dessert we served homemade warm beignets in baskets on the tables and our wedding cake in two flavors, white cake torted with lemon and coconut and white cake torted with fresh raspberry filling and white chocolate mousse. Groovetown played through the four-hour reception and kept everyone up and dancing.

Once the reception was over, guests were invited to stay for cigars, s’mores, and other late night snacks by three bonfires, where we had set up another bar as well as a table with sliders, mini pimento grilled cheese, and French fries. Guests roasted marshmallows and sipped on cocktails as James and his friends once more broke out their guitars. The night finally wound down around 2:30am when the last shuttle ferried our remaining guests back to their respective hotels.

The day after the wedding our guests were invited back to the Inn at Palmetto Bluff for a casual farewell brunch and a relaxing day by the pool. Some guests joined us on a kayak trip down the May River while others sipped cocktails poolside. The weekend concluded with a casual BBQ at one of the beautiful village homes we had rented at Palmetto Bluff.

Our wedding weekend was even better than we dreamed it could be. We were surrounded with love from our closest friends and family as we celebrated the most incredible and unforgettable day of our lives. We are so thankful to our families for helping to make the day possible and to our guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with us. We are also so appreciative to all of our fantastic vendors who helped to make the day so perfect, especially the incomparable KT Merry who was able to capture our wedding day with pictures that we’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Photography: KT Merry | Videography: IMint Media | Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rory Beca | Hair And Makeup: Agata Helena | Calligraphy: Trial By Cupcakes | Band: Groovetown | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bride's Dress: Custom Made Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony + Reception Location: Inn At Palmetto Bluff | Ceremony Musicians: Alyssa Jae Duo | Choir: Voices Of El Shaddai | Day Of Paperie: LoveLeigh Invitations | Floral: Urban Poppy | Groom's Tie: Celine | Invitation And Save The Date: Stephanie Pryor Designs | Man Of Honor's Dresses: Reformation | Matchboxes And Monogrammed Napkins: GraciousBridal On ETSY

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Intimate Beachside Spring Wedding on Fripp Island

I’m convinced that this wedding’s color palette is pure magic. Within seconds of gazing (or let’s just be honest, obsessing) over Shannon Duggan’s pics, my mood is instantly lifted, with pretty petals and dreamy dresses pushing worries away. The grays complemented the seaside ceremony oh so well and blush and gold details added the perfect amount of elegance. See why I’m smiling right this way!

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Spring
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Beach Resort
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Elegant

From Shannon Duggan Photography… There’s nothing quite like a love beneath Spanish moss. I drove into Fripp Island through a maze of tree lined roads. The Spanish moss draped everywhere. Alexa and Kyle worked with family and friends to put together such an intimate, beautiful day. I truly have never seen a couple work together so seamlessly to put together the best pieces of their love. I hope you enjoy this beautiful beach wedding!

From the Bride… Kyle and I have known each other our whole lives and grew up in a small, rural town in Missouri. We first started dating as I was preparing to leave to study abroad in Spain. After my classes were finished, Kyle and I traveled through Europe and fell in love over our mutual desire to travel. A few years later, he popped the question and we immediately knew we wanted to travel for our wedding as well. My brother-in-law is currently stationed at Parris Island, SC and after visiting them several times, we knew South Carolina would be the perfect destination to exchange our vows. We chose Fripp Island, a private island in SC, where we rented a beach house. The ceremony was held in the sand right in front of the house and was directly followed by the reception on the deck. We envisioned our day as being a small, intimate gathering with our closest friends and family, so keeping the guest list under 50 was important to us and the beach house we chose was the perfect size. All of our guests stayed on the island and were only a short golf cart ride away from the wedding festivities.

We bought our first home about two years prior to the wedding. Ever since then, we’ve been building and DIYing things for our home, so we spent a lot of time on Pinterest drawing inspiration for projects that would make our day special. I wanted to stick with soft, neutral hues (gray, blush, gold) so as not to distract from the beauty of the ocean and rocky beach. As much as I love blush and gold, these tones aren’t Kyle’s favorites so we mixed in rustic, wooden details to bring some of his personality into the decor.

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were greeted by a DIY chalkboard sign and sangria, made by myself, to enjoy during the ceremony. Post ceremony, everyone gathered on the deck for cocktail hour. Kyle and I have an addiction to sweets so each place setting had an iced sugar cookie from our favorite place in Savannah, GA, for guests to enjoy before the catering began. After dinner and cake were served, we moved tables and chairs out of the way so we could dance the night away under the stars!

Planning a destination wedding can be extremely stressful and requires a lot of trust since being hands-on isn’t always an option. Despite this, our day was everything we could’ve wanted and more! We are thankful everything came together just as we pictured (even the weather – 75 and sunny) to have the most magical, oceanside evening with all of our closest friends and family.

Photography: Shannon Duggan Photography | Event Styling: Emilie Stephens | Floral Design: Shannon Duggan | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Fripp Island Resort | Favors: Two Smart Cookies | Groom's Attire: Jos. A Banks | Wedding Venue: Fripp Island Beach Club

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Elegant Navy + Blush Charleston Wedding

If you’re a sucker for romance, then boy are you in for a treat! This darling duo spent their first weekend together at a friend’s wedding in Costa Rica, got engaged during a surprise trip to Paris (he proposed in front of the Eiffel Tower!), and then brought it home for a proper Southern wedding in Charleston. SMP-fave Sarah Kate captured all the magic in the gallery here, and you won’t want to miss a single bit!

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From The Bride…Ty and I “met” in NYC on several different occasions- first time we met was during a big group dinner (he sat on one end, I sat all the way on the other) and I ended up leaving afterwards because I was so exhausted. The second time we saw each other – well – let’s just say there was a bit of a road block by way of a guy I was dating. Nonetheless, both times, we caught each other’s eye. I found myself talking to Ty more than I was talking to the guy I was dating! Fast forward to several months later, our mutual friends Lauren & Adam, plan a wedding in Costa Rica. We both end up going (I was living in Virginia at the time & Ty came from NYC). The whole group met at the airport once we landed in CR & I think it is safe to say that Ty and I were together from that moment on. I will always remember seeing him again in the airport (11/2/2013 to be exact) and the very first thing he said to me. We ended up riding together to the wedding destination – a long car ride broken up by a ferry ride in the middle. During the ferry ride, without me knowing, Ty decided it would be funny to sign me up for karaoke (yes, they had karaoke on the ferry). So, next thing I know the DJ is calling my name and the first song I happened to see in the book & ended up picking was Beyonce’s “Single Ladies – If you like it, then you should put a ring on it.”

I thought we were going to Maine for a long weekend. But, little did I know Ty had different plans. Ty SURPRISED me with a trip to Paris (which is also where we ended up meeting our photographers Sarah Kate & Josh)!!!!! He planned the WHOLE THING without me knowing, even getting his hands on my passport. It was so perfect! Ty and I travel very similarly where we don’t really have much of an agenda, we just like to get out and go. We ended up at the Eiffel Tower several days into the trip after walking around the city most of the day. We packed a picnic & a bottle of wine and right as we picked the perfect spot to relax, Ty got down on one knee and all I remember is the tears started to come!

We are both from the South, so I knew we wanted a wedding somewhere in that region. We chose Charleston for its beautiful southern charm, amazing cuisine & gorgeous architecture. We thought what better idea than to have our wedding the weekend following New Year’s so we could keep the holiday going! I wanted a winter type feel to our wedding even though I knew the weather would be nothing like true winter weather! I envisioned simplicity with lots of greenery, natural elements and candles. I also wanted to incorporate as many personal touches as I could – we used my mom’s veil as the drape at the front of the church, I wore my grandmother’s cocktail ring from the 1940’s, my best friend’s veil and also Ty’s grandmother’s vintage stole! We discussed early on that the 3 most important things for us were good music, good food & good photography. I would say we nailed all 3! We hired Seth G for the ceremony & cocktail hour & DJ Smiles Davis from The Flashdance for the reception, had the most delicious cuisine & cocktails hosted by Cannon Green, and of course got to use our beloved friends, Sarah Kate & Josh, as our amazing photographers. I would definitely say that was a top personal touch as well! Our signature drink was a Manhattan to pay homage to the city where our romance blossomed & where we currently live.

It’s all brides favorite day, but we can honestly say that we took everyone’s advice and WE had so much fun! I think you can easily get caught up in making sure that everyone else is having a good time that you forget about yourselves, but if the bride & groom are having fun, everyone else is guaranteed to as well!

Photography: Sarah Kate | Coordination: Mac & B Events | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Church: St Luke's Chapel | Reception Venue: Cannon Green | Bridemaids Skirt: Dillards | Bridesmaids Shirt: Shopbop | Floral: Sweet Grass Events | Getting Ready Hotel: Zero George | Photo Lab: PhotoVision Prints

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Rustic Fall Wedding at Litchfield Plantation

I just can’t get enough of the colors in Philip Casey‘s pics, from the beautiful blues as the Bride got ready to the magical glow surrounding this couple as they said their I do’s – and these fabulous teal Jenny Yoo bridesmaids’ dresses don’t hurt either. It’s a Southern feast for the eyes – see it all right this way!

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Rustic

From the Bride… Tyler and I met way back in 2003 in one of the first weeks of our freshman year of college. We didn’t start dating until our sophomore year when Tyler got up the courage to switch one of his classes to be in mine so he could spend more time with me. Shortly after that I finally agreed to go out on a date with him for my birthday in February but we didn’t become officially “boyfriend/girlfriend” until May 28th, 2005 while on vacation with his family. After that we dated for eight years, some in the same town and some long distance. We got a chocolate lab after the first year of being together and moved in together in 2011. Then exactly 10 years to the weekend of the first time we met eyes, Tyler got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together as a married couple…. I said “yes!”

As for the wedding, we knew we wanted to be surrounded by live oaks and Spanish moss. Pawleys Island wasn’t exactly our first choice as we had actually never been to the town. But one Saturday my parents and I drove to Pawleys Island to look at Litchfield Plantation. Honestly, I don’t even remember how I found the plantation but as soon as we drove on to the property I knew that it was the place. It had such a magical feeling to it and it was absolutely breathtaking!!! I am a designer and have actually designed a couple of weddings so I knew I wanted a big say in how the decor turned out. My Mom and I shopped for everything and one afternoon we put together each table, decor item, and lighting plan, and then she stored them in big boxes with lists and pictures so on the day of the wedding, Kelly from Gigi Noelle Events could put them together as easy as possible. My Dad is a great carpenter and made the LOVE letters, the altar, and the bar for me – those of course were my most favorite details!! One of my good friends, who owns a floral shop in Atlanta, drove all the flowers in a big van the day before and put it together the altar and added the final touches to the rest of the venue!! Every little detail turned out to be better than I imagined and I wish I could do it over and over again.

Photography: Philip Casey | Event Planning: Gigi Noelle Events | Floral Design: Floral Creations Florist | Wedding Dress: Anjolique | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Creative Catering | Lighting: MC Lighting and Sound | DJ: DJ Scott & Company | Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Wedding Venue: Litchfield Plantation | Bridal Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Angels | Hair & Make Up: Wedding Hair By Charlotte | Rentals: Hotz Event Rentals | Tranportation: Carolina Limos

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