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Romantic Palmetto Bluff Wedding

If there is one thing I know about the pretty little locale known as South Carolina, it’s that it’s one state that really, really  knows how to throw a wedding.  I’m talking weddings that are dripping in gorgeous details and awe-inspiring blooms, like this one captured by Sara Parker Photography.  It’s a traditional affair with a dash of glittery gold and you can see it all right here in the full gallery.

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From Sara Parker Photography… Bryan and Liz are an amazing couple. Bryan is so gentle and loving and Liz is super bubbly and detail-oriented. I mean, the girl thought of everything! Invitations, personalized EVERYTHING, gold Christian Louboutin shoes, Vera Wang dress dubbed the name Kathleen, personalized gifts for her maids, Breitling watch for Bryan, Cartier love cuff from Bryan to Liz, you name it! You could just take one look and KNOW that she put tons of thought and energy into each detail. She even brought her dogs and had wedding collars on them. As a photographer, I so appreciated her attention to every little detail of her wedding day.

Liz is a pharmacist and Bryan works in financing. Really an amazing sweet and genuine couple. By the end of the day, my husband and I were “baptized” as part of the family. This was an intimate day for Bryan and Liz– they had all of their closest friends and family who were all an absolute blast to be around. Bryan and Liz live in Alabama, but have ties with Miami and New Orleans. They wanted to incorporate these places into their wedding day. For Alabama, they had red and white pom poms to end the reception along with an Alabama cheer. For Miami (Liz’s side of the family is Cuban), they had a Latin band play at cocktail hour. For New Orleans, they had a second line dance from cocktail hour to the reception.

The wedding day was September 7, 2013. A PERFECT September day, zero percent chance rain and 80 degrees. Aaaaamazing. The wedding style was a southern and elegant, 1920′s glam mixed with a bit of New Orleans/ Latin feel. Crazy you say? Not at all. It all blended perfectly thanks to Kelli Corn, the genius event planner.

We were excited when they decided they wanted a first look. We did the first look on a bridge with spanish moss trees surrounding it. Liz walked up to Bryan on the other side as his back was turned and she pinched his booty to get him to turn around. I have to say that’s a first and it was so perfect. The ceremony was held at 5pm and it was the most light-hearted and genuine ceremony we had ever photographed. Nothing stiff about it. Lots of laughing and tears. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour, which included gold sparkle linens, white couches, a latin band and dancing. This was followed by a second line dance to the reception. At this time, Liz changed her hair to an up-do and added a blingin’ necklace that she got from an Etsy vendor. All the guests were so enthusiastic — once we got to the reception, it seemed dancing was priority. Before drinks were poured and appetizers were out, everyone was FULL OUT partying. We loved it. There was a 3 course sit-down dinner with toasts- a very light and intimate feel to it all. At the end of the night, it is a tradition at Palmetto Bluff to have s’mores outside on the lawn. The couple had a sparkler send-off.

Photography: Sara Parker Photography | Event Planning: Kelli Corn Weddings And Events | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Minette Rushing | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Diamonds Direct | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lula Kate | Hair And Makeup: Karisma Salon Wedding Team (Christine, Annie, Gloria) | Tuxes: Jos. A. Bank | Ceremony Music: The Alyssa Duo | DJ/ Dance Floor/ Photo Booth: Other Brother Entertainment | Florals: A Floral Affair | Flowergirl Dresses: Pegeen | Latin Band For Cocktail Hour: Gino Castillo Quartet | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Paper Design & Calligraphy: Holly Hollon | Personalized Hangers: Etsy- Trendy Trappings | Reception Necklace: Etsy- The Crystal Rose | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Resort: Palmetto Bluff | Wedding Jewelry: Baublebar

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Rustic Bluffton Wedding at Colleton River Plantation

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years at SMP, it’s that Southern weddings are awesome.  The kind of weddings that mix romance and rustic in crazy gorgeous ways and always (always) fill our hearts with happiness.  Case in point?  This beautiful gem planned to perfection by Spencer Special Events, which has Southern charm down to an absolute science.  See it all captured by Marcus Krause right here.

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Tessa and Dennis’ soft, natural and romantic Low Country wedding paid homage to the natural setting they were married in and every detail reflected southern elegance and charm.

Tessa and Dennis married May 11, 2013 under a handmade driftwood chuppah on the green of the signature Colleton River Plantation Club golf course. The bride wore a stunning fitted gown, outstanding family heirloom jewelry and her bridesmaids wore a soft french blue. The groom and groomsmen were dressed in khaki suits that reflected the natural setting with coordinating ties. The couple’s niece was a flower girl and came down the aisle in a custom wagon decorated in flowers and greenery.

At the dinner reception, guests sat at long tables under cafe lights with long birch containers of hydrangeas, soft white blooms, and tall pillar candles, setting the ambiance for a beautiful evening. Tables were named after Lowcountry trees, further paying homage to the Low Country environment. The bride and grooms chairs were marked with vintage chalkboard signs hung from jute.

After dinner inside the clubhouse, guests enjoyed a sweets bar and large white cake with spectacular sugar flowers and danced the night away. It was true elegance in the Lowcountry for Tessa and Dennis!

Photographer: Marcus Krause | Videographer: Hart to Heart Media | Event Planning: Spencer Special Events | Floral Design: A Floral Affair | Cake: Savannah Custom Cake | Reception Venue: Colleton River Plantation | Band : East Coast Entertainment | Music: Hilton Head Entertainment | Rentals: Ranco Event Rentals

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8 Tips to Beautiful Wedding Flowers on a Small Budget

You know what brightens my day the most? Pretty blooms, hands down. And oh do I love a wedding filled with them, but I also know they cost a pretty penny. So, rather than sacrificing style for savings, I’ll be taking pointers from Embellished Events on how to get the most of a floral budget. Judging from Hunter McRae Photography‘s gorg shots of A Floral Affair‘s handy work, it’s totally do-able.

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Head on over to the gallery for more beautiful shots of this wedding from Hunter McRae Photography!

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Photography: Hunter McRae Photography | Planner: Embellished Events | Floral Design: A Floral Affair | Bakery: Tier Luxury Cakes | Hair: Lush Salon | Officiant: David Leininger | Makeup: SkinzIn Makeup | Music (ceremony) : Hilton Head Entertainment | Music (reception) : Momentum Party Band | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Table Numbers: Keller-Creative Designs | Transportation: Silver Oak Transportation | Wedding Venue: Colleton River Plantation Club

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