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Elegant Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding

Every time I set sights on Lowndes Grove Plantation, I get a cozy, warm feeling inside like I’m at home. Call it the Southern hospitality or just how darn gorgeous this venue is, but it’s captivating for sure. And when you throw a team of talented vendors in the mix to craft a downright beautiful wedding day? It’s all over. Aaron & Jill Osteen gracefully captured this elegant soiree and you can feast on every bit here.

From Aaron & Jill OsteenHave you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a beautiful quintessential Southern wedding?! Well, pull up your chairs, because you’re about to get a sneak peak into one of our favorites to date! Stephanie and Chad envisioned their wedding day with hospitality in mind, so they enlisted the help of the incredibly talented ladies at Pure Luxe Bride, to bring their vision to life! They wanted their guests to feel as if they were coming to a wedding at their family’s historic Charleston home, welcome to move about as they pleased! I’m 100% sure they pulled off their vision! I’ve never heard so many wedding guests rave about the decor, the house, the views… it seemed as if every corner I turned, someone was saying they wished they could come back and relive this night every year! What a wonderful compliment, huh?!

The entire house at Lowndes Grove was open to their guests to roam around during cocktail hour! Most could be found sipping drinks on the porch while the incredibly talented 3 piece jazz band serenaded them on the 2nd floor foyer! The weather was warm, the sunset was to die for, the guests enjoyed sets of rocking chairs in the cigar lounge by the water, their reception tent was draped in white linen and chandeliers, the tables were set with gold silverware and gold rimmed glassware, the beautiful menus were graced with hand sketched pictures of the venue, and magnolia and olive branch table runners ran the entire length of the longest tables I’ve seen to date! The 3 course seated dinner was incredible, the beautiful white bar and tufted gray couches allowed guests a chance to get out of their seats and mingle with other guests! The band played Big Band music all night long and had the dance floor hopping!! A vintage rolls royce swept Stephanie & Chad off to their after party downtown… and what more can I say! It was just PERFECT, and we’re so happy for Steph & Chad because we know it was perfect for them too!

Stephanie and Chad’s wedding was stunning! It was magical! It was oozing with Southern charm… and in our eyes, it was perfect… and there’s nothing more we could want for such a sweet, generous, thankful, and gracious couple like them! I’m not sure we stopped smiling all night that night and we’re still dreaming of their wedding day and the chance we had to be with them on the day they committed to forever together! Congratulations!!

Aaron And Jillian Photography: Aaron & Jill Osteen | Branch Design: Whitney | Charleston Style Limo: To Whom It May Concern | EventWorks: To Whom It May Concern | Fish Restaurant: Christie G | Hayden Olivia Bridal: To Whom It May Concern | Joe Clarke Big Band: To Whom It May Concern | Modern Trousseau: To Whom It May Concern | Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup: Carrie McLeod Algeo | Patrick Properties: Christie G | Pure Luxe Bride: Francesca | Sam Edelman: To Whom It May Concern | Snyder Rentals: To Whom It May Concern | St Luke's Chapel: To Whom It May Concern | The Silver Starfish: Kristen | Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation

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From Say Yes to the Dress to an Elegant Wedding at Lowndes Grove

This gorgeous Bride might look a bit familiar to all of our fellow die-hard wedding fans out there. Her dress journey was profiled on “Say Yes to the Dress” and we were left wondering how the rest of her adventure played out post dress decision. To call it a success would be an understatement, with this glamorous Southern soiree at Lowndes Grove Plantation, led by the team at Burlap ElephantJennifer Bearden and Artistic Eye captured every bit so we don’t have to miss out on a second of this fairy tale.

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From Lowndes GroveKelly and BG’s wedding was a fantasy of clean tonal shades which took place at the legendary Lowndes Grove Plantation in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Married under the arms of an ancient sweeping oak along the banks of the Ashley River, the sparkling white reception also took place on the grounds upon the stately terrace of the mansion. The reception included a raw bar, bourbon bar, and a an individual pie and dessert selection inside a custom pie safe.

Kelly and BG’s amazing wedding was also the subject of Say Yes to the Dress! It was magnificent and the couple are beautiful inside and out.

From the Bride… Being from the same hometown and growing up just down the street from one another, it still took years for BG and I to formally meet. As a 21 year old returning from studying abroad in Italy, I walked into a local bar where I introduced myself to what would be the love of my life. Living in two different cities, BG and I began dating even though we lived miles apart; he in Erie, PA and I in New York City. Regardless of the distance and frequent weekend trips, we were madly in love.

Envisioning my engagement wasn’t something I thought about often. However, what I did know was I wanted that special moment to include our amazing family and close friends. On the eve of December 28th, 2012, BG asked me to marry him. It was one of the most incredible nights of my life. Quickly after our engagement, we decided on a low country soiree down south. With a southern affair, family and friends could join us for the vacation of a lifetime. Within a few short weeks, we flew to Charleston, a beloved city with unending charm, immense history and culinary delights. After checking into the Charleston Place, strolling down King Street and sharing an incredible dinner at FIG, the decision was a no-brainer.

The moment we laid eyes on the Lowndes Grove Plantation, I knew immediately this was the venue for us. It is absolutely breathtaking, sitting along acres of Oak trees, the calm and radiant Ashley River and a country-chic plantation home filled with endless amounts of character. As a former event planner, I was ecstatic about planning my very own wedding. With the help of Pinterest and bridal magazines, coordinating the special details for our day came quite easily. Working in fashion, I’ve come to know my taste and wanted the event space to feel like a shabby-chic and glamorous affair. The neutral palette allowed for me to really highlight specific details without color taking the spotlight. The gorgeous handcrafted bar pieces, vintage chandeliers, custom signs for the Bourbon Bar, tufted sofas and furniture and the market lights created a space that was so warm, elegant yet filled with lots of character unique to us. Some special details we were excited to incorporate included BG’s very own Bourbon Bar, books in the bar shelves (BG’s a writer) and first dances with my three brothers. Our tablescape included ivory linens, gold accented chargers, vintage floral dinnerware and loads of candles ranging in size and form. The floral arrangements adorning the tables included mercury compotes with white hydrangea, ivory peonies, ivory and blush garden roses and white ranunculus finished off with dusty miller. With the reception outdoors, our guests got to enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Lowndes Grove while drinking and dancing underneath the strings of radiant market lights. I couldn’t have been more happy with the way everything turned out, especially the customized Bourbon Bar for BG. Not only did it become a special place for him and his friends, it became a focal point for all of our guests who spent much of the evening enjoying spirits under the stars.

Our wedding day was one of the best days of our lives and we couldn’t have dreamt it would look and feel as magnificent as it did. Most importantly, above all else, we were surrounded by those we love and adore so much in this world and they all made this day unforgettable!

Planning the wedding while living in Chicago was made so much easier with the significant help of Leslie and Naomi at Ooh Events, Kelly at Snyder Rental, Katie at the Burlap Elephant and Barrett and team from Patrick Properties. This group of women I cannot thank enough, each made our wedding incredibly special because of their exceptional work and passion for what they do. To them, we are forever thankful!

Photography: Jennifer Bearden Photography | Event Planning: Burlap Elephant | Wedding Dress: Haley Paige | Cake: Fish Restaurant | Invitations: Scotti Cline | Ceremony Venue: Lowndes Grove | Reception Venue: Lowndes Grove | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Fish Restaurant | Lighting: Ooh! Events | Video: Artistic Eye

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Elegant Charleston Spring Wedding at Hibernian Hall

This classically beautiful spring soiree by Easton Events is why I so adore Charleston. From the Amsale gown to the city strolls, Corbin Gurkin captured every bit of this wedding’s elegance and Southern charm, captivating and enchanting me photo after photo. After feasting on this eye candy, I’m ready and eager to fast forward to daffodils and springtime and these pics are leading the way.

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From Easton Events… For this April wedding, we were inspired to create an environment that embodies the classic charm of Charleston that is additionally brought to life in a beautiful array of color during the spring.

We partnered with fabulous creatives such as Happy Menocal to commission a watercolor with this spirit in mind and Anne Bowen of Charleston Stems to create a Charleston garden environment. The living trees, arching garland, and floral detail adorning the entry to Hibernian Hall were signature elements that brought life and joy to the guest experience.

Photography: Corbin Gurkin | Event Design: Easton Events | Florist: Stems | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Cake: Edible Arty | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Duvall | Hair And Makeup: Elysium Salon | Lighting: Technical Events | Ceremony Music: St Philips Church | Linens And Rentals: Tavola & Snyder Event Rentals | Music: Atlanta Showstoppers | Printed Collateral: Dulles Designs | Venue: Hibernian Hall | Watercolor: Happy Menocal

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Elegant Pink + Navy Lowndes Grove Plantation Wedding

If you’re seeking Southern elegance with sprawling views, look no further than Lowndes Grove m’dears. It seems every time I set my eyes on this venue, I walk away feeling charmed. And this fete from Aaron And Jillian Photography is no exception. Dressed in a slightly energetic navy and hot pink, and filled with personal touches (like this dog tag adorned bouquet!)—you can find even more right here!

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From Aaron And Jillian PhotographyWhat’s grander than having a destination wedding at a beautiful historic Charleston plantation home on the Ashley River that also happens to be one of the top wedding venues in America according to Brides Magazine?! Well, not much I think?! And to make it more awesome in this case, Dan & Anna’s first trip they ever took together was to our charming little town of Charleston and the first time Dan told her he loved her was right here!! It’s no wonder they chose it to start their first day of forever together!! I love when our couples chose Charleston not just for it’s charm and beauty, but because it’s special to them and their love story, and these two are no exception! One of my favorite things about their story is that Dan is actually stationed with the army in Italy right now and they’ve been writing, skyping and calling each other through their entire engagement! There’s something so intentional to me about long distance relationships! Plus, Dan didn’t fly into Charleston until a couple days before the wedding, so you can imagine the build up of excitement and giddyness to see each other! I feel like you can see it in their eyes in almost every photo! …He’s so proud to be her husband and she feels so safe and loved in his arms! It sounds cheesy, but it was SO apparent and so adorable! Since Anna was doing the planning on her own, she enlisted the help of the ever so talented Southern Protocol to bring her winter wonderland wedding to fruition and boy did they nail it with beautiful Christmas trees, twinkling lights, lanterns hung from live oak trees, beautiful winter florals, chinchilla throw blankets, elegant lounge furniture…and 3 CAKES!!!! Yes, 3 beautiful cakes! We loved it and had the best time following these two around all night and documenting their beautiful wedding! Enjoy some of our favorites from the day!

Photography: Aaron And Jillian Photography | Videographer: Siegel Films | Florist: On A Limb | Cake: Fish Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Caterer: Fish Restaurant | Hair And Makeup: Lashes & Lace | Bar Service: Fish Restaurant | Bride's Heels: Jessica Simpson | Getaway Transportation: Charleston Style Limo | Planner / Designer: Southern Protocol | Venue: Lowndes Grove | Wedding Dress Designer: Tara Keely

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Radiant Runnymede Plantation Wedding

Tucked in every corner of this warm Charleston fete, are personal touches that will pull at your heartstrings. Every single bloom was crafted by the family, while the Bride wore vintage jewelry from her mother and grandmothers and favors consisted of Costa Rican coffee beans from the couple’s visit in 2012. With Michelle Lange behind the lens, you can soak up every heartfelt moment right here.

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From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding day was everything we dreamed of and then some. It was a misty, warm fall day in Charleston, SC surrounded by our closest friends and family. When we started planning, our goal was to create a day that represented our relationship and all the wonderful memories we shared in our 5 years of dating. We wanted it to be authentic and real to who we are and our families.

It was important to us to incorporate sentimental items throughout the day. The majority of my wedding day jewelry was borrowed, including a bracelet from both of our mothers and our 4 grandmothers. I was honored to carry a family bible from 1949, that has been carried by every married woman on Jordan’s side of the family in their weddings. Our rings were carried in a wooden box made especially for us in Uganda, from where my god son/ring bearer was adopted.

Every detail was thought out to share our story with our friends and family. I’m a photographer and naturally a visual person so what better reason to create custom seating cards with each guests’ picture. All they had to do was find their face to find their seat! At each table sat a wine bottle as part of the centerpiece. Throughout our engagement, Jordan and I drank each of these bottles to celebrate a special occasion. We saved them all and had labels made explaining each of these celebrations. As guests left the reception, we wanted to share one of our favorite travel moments together. We are huge coffee drinkers and visited a wonderful coffee plantation on our trip to Costa Rica in 2012. Everyone received a coffee cup with a small bag of our favorite beans from the plantation.

During planning, everything felt like a DIY project because every aspect had such a personal touch. My favorite project was the custom video booth I built with my dad. Everyone has a photo booth or guest book to sign, but I wanted something different – a digital guest book with videos from guests. I purchased an app designed to take multiple videos and my dad and I designed a booth around that! It was so much fun watching the videos on our honeymoon.

Throughout the day, there were so many amazing moments. Jordan’s favorites included our first look and seeing me, his beautiful bride (in his words) for the first time, and when he learned of the surprise honeymoon stop at Pebble Beach to golf! Besides actually marrying Jordan, my favorite moments included seeing Jordan for the first time in his fancy tux he designed and opening the custom Mrs. G necklace he had made in his handwriting. I will always hold dear the more private moments of our prayer circle over our marriage before we walked down the aisle and the private vows we shared with champagne after our ceremony.

Not everything went as planned, but it all happened just the way it was meant to. We had a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony, full of love followed by a night of dancing with our favorite people in the world. I wish we could get married every year and celebrate just like we did September 27, 2014!

Photography: Michelle Lange | Cinematographer: Iron Kite Films | Wedding Coordinator: Kala Turpin At Mod Events Charleston | Floral Design: Ordered Online And Done By Family | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Caterer: Dixieland Delights | Hair & Makeup: Kelsie Boyles | Groom's Shoes: The Black Tux | Choreographer: Metropolitan Ballroom With Mike | Dessert: King Of Pops | Groom's Tux: Custom Tom James | Hotel (Getting Ready): Restoration On King | Invitation & Stationery: MAG Design & Paperie | Reception Necklace: J.Crew | Rehearsal Dinner: Coast Bar & Grill | Rentals: Snyder Event Rental Co. | Transportation: Low Country Valet And Shuttle | Vintage Jewelry : Borrowed From Mom, Grandma And MOH Grandmother | Wedding Venue: Runnymede Plantation

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