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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!

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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Fall
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Plantation
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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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Sperry Tents

Give me a tented wedding any day of the week and my heart is happy.  But give me a wedding celebrated under the sailcloth canopies of Sperry Tents and that’s an entirely new level of pure, unadulterated joy. Think breathtaking silhouettes, solid wood support poles and seriously sweet pennant flags waving in the breeze.  It’s romance meets elegance and it’s exactly how your wedding should be.

There are weddings, and then there are weddings held under the handcrafted goodness of Sperry Tents. Those are the type of weddings where sophistication takes center stage with sweeping panels of genuine sailcloth intricately crafted by sailmakers in coastal New England.  Imagine an array of tent sizes, creative lighting and luxurious floor options seriously perfect for your Big Day, no matter the size of your party.  So whether you plan on dining with an intimate group of 50 or dancing the night away with 500 of your favorites, Sperry Tents’ nationwide network of licensed providers has a tent just waiting for your creative touch… and flare for the amazing.

Contact the Sperry Tents Southeast location nearest you to begin your journey towards your dream wedding.  Offices are now open in Naples and Miami, Florida, as well as Charlottesville, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina.  Happy planning, lovelies!

Photography: IRIS Photography + Al Gawlik Photography + Concept PhotographyNeil Landino

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Modern + Fresh Industrial South Carolina Wedding

Where, oh where do I start with this wedding from Finch and Farrow… maybe the stunning Bride, Lindsey, the super cool typography signs she MADE, the wildly beautiful bouquet from Philosophy Flowers, or the donut bar (yes, donut bar!) from Joe’s Doughs. Just for starters. There’s even more waiting for you right here, and might I suggest reading the adorable story below on how the Bride and Groom met via Instagram!

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Spring
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Elegant

From The Bride…My husband and I met on Instagram in Feb 2014 and were married just one year later in March 2015. We are freelance graphic designers & photographers, and when he found my profile his very first comment to me within seconds was, “We should get married and start a creative studio.” We fell in love instantly, dated long distance from Nashville, TN to Wilmington, NC, and were engaged six months later. We now reside in Charlotte, NC where we both work as creatives- I run a freelance business for design & styling, and he works as the Lead Digital Designer for Elevation Church.

Prior to my freelance business as a designer and meeting my husband, I had photographed weddings with Millie Holloman Photo for almost 10 years. I had witnessed so many stunning events, but I just hadn’t seen anything that felt like my style- minimalistic and refined, with the right touch of fresh and modern. My husband and I share the same style- our loft is all white, with small touches of black and gold, and all of our furniture and decor is inspired by Scandinavian design. We knew we wanted our wedding day to reflect our personal style- in our design work, personalities, and our home- and this would mean keeping it very simple, and adding in a few DIY designs to incorporate our work. We searched for months for the right venue for us- open floor plan, industrial loft style, with high ceilings and large windows. We wanted a very raw space. When we found 701 Whaley with raw cement floors, giant windows, lofted ceilings, exposed textured walls- we knew it was it. We kept our palette white and black to keep it modern, added in touches of gold in the table elements & silverware for a hint of vintage, and chose a wider range of muted colors in our florals to let them speak loudest.

When I started searching for a florist, all I knew was I wanted someone who could create a wild, rambling bouquet with very uncommon flowers and shape (I am such a lover of wildflowers). I stumbled upon Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers and knew the second I saw her arrangements that she was the florist for me. Every single arrangement she made was so different from the next, and I could truly see myself in each one. She paid careful attention to who Corey and I were as individuals, artists, and together, and created that in each flower choice. We knew we wanted very little on our tables, so we went with large floral centerpieces and TONS of candles, and for a main element we had our floral designer create a 22ft. garland of dark greenery that draped across our banquet table with candles mixed in. She tucked unique florals throughout it, and it was an absolute dream.

Another main element that I loved was a DIY chandelier we hung over our banquet table. I found an old, giant, brass chandelier on the side of the road and decided to freshen it up with some white paint. We hung it over our table with thick white rope for a modern feel, and simply added candelabra bulbs. It was a simple touch that we felt was a great accent with the lofted ceilings. We knew we wanted to make our personal design and love for typography a big part of our day as well, so we designed and printed our wedding invitations ourselves and came up with an idea to hand-letter giant flags and hang them throughout the space. For the invite suite, I wrote our names in ink and had it printed onto vellum. We overlaid the vellum on top of the final invite design with a simple brad. It saved us so much money to do them ourselves, and we loved the outcome! We made two 6ft tall canvas flags with our favorite lyrics on them for our ceremony centerpiece, and one 4ft wide canvas flag for over our cake table. The flags were so special to us, because we came up with the idea on our own since we had never seen it done before, and they were the truest expression of ourselves in our wedding day. We now have them hung all around our loft, and they are constant reminders of the most incredible day of our lives.

In our original planning, I had fallen in love with the idea of tapered candles for our reception, but most venues (including ours) have a policy against open-flame, so we found two weighted, large brass candelabras we could use for the ceremony only, and were able to have a small touch of the romantic taper look in the midst of a raw space. It was so simple and intimate. For our food we knew we wanted something very fun and not formal or stuffy at all. Corey and I both LOVE tacos and eat them multiple times a week, and we originally looked into a taco food truck… however, after one visit to Columbia to see the venue and a lunch stop at Cantina 76 on Main St. we HAD to have their tacos and delicious sides at our wedding. We created a custom taco bar with the help of their incredible catering team, and had giant bowls of chips and salsa on every single table (a crowd fave) for cocktail hour munching.

Another crowd fave was our donut bar! Corey and I frequent NODA (Charlotte’s Arts District) where we have fallen in love with so many amazing small businesses. We found Joe’s Doughs donuts being sold at a local coffee shop in NODA, and knew it would be the perfect touch to the cake table, and a way to support local and bring a little bit of Charlotte to Columbia. Not only does Joe’s Doughs have almost 60 flavors to choose from- everything from Goat Cheese Raspberry Balsamic to Maple Bourbon Bacon- but he created mini versions of each donut for us so guests could have multiple flavors. We kept our cake small and decadent- a layered chocolate cake soaked in raspberry, with espresso ganache (major coffee lovers) between each layer, and edible gold paint splattered onto the top layer.

We kept our bridal party simple by each having our one sibling as our maid of honor and best man. Corey and I wanted the classic look of “bride and groom” with a twist of our personal styles being reflected in both of our outfits. I am very relaxed and went for a bohemian style dress with a simple nude ankle bootie, and he mixed and matched his slim suit pants and blazer from H&M, finished off with brown wing tips. Our flower girls dresses were paired with simple greenery crowns, and they each carried a flower to our mothers for the ceremony and threw confetti poppers for our kiss.

As a final fun touch, we decided to skip the classic guest book and went for a photobooth! We kept a simple backdrop and hung an all-white tassel banner with a few extra large 38″ white balloons. It was the best guest book we could have ever asked for! We absolutely love looking back on our day, mostly because the simplicity of everything helped us focus on what the day was truly about- each other, and our vows for a lifetime ahead. We were able to have our dream loft wedding with a small budget and stress-free planning by focusing on the details we loved most, creating a few key DIY elements ourselves, and skipping out on things that have been over-done or are traditions that didn’t feel like “us”. We are so thankful for every vendor, family and friends, that made it the most amazing, peaceful, laid back, beautiful day for us, and most of all, for our AMAZING photographers who captured it all.

Photography: Finch and Farrow | Floral Design: Philosophy Flowers | Wedding Dress: ALVA Bridal | Cake: The Noshroom | Invitations: Lindsey Pruitt | Ceremony Venue: 701 Whaley | Reception Venue: 701 Whaley | Groom's Attire: H&M | Bridesmaid Dress: ASOS | Donut Bar: Joe's Doughs | Flower Girl Dresses: Estella Sparkle Dress | Rentals: Party Reflections SC | Taco Bar: Cantina 76 | Typography Flags: Lindsey Pruitt