Southern Glamour and Vintage Charm ~ Wedding From Richard Israel
August 6, 2009
By: eddye

Southern charm just oozes out of every pixel of today's Little Black Book feature from Richard Israel and the lovely ladies at A Charleston Bride!

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I can't tell you how much we love these sweet moments that Richard captured ...

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And ... I can't tell you how much we love this place!

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Christy and  Rodney were married at the historic William Aiken house.

(We featured Alice & Jeff's wedding here a few weeks ago and each time we see it, we fall in love with the venue all over again!)

When asked why they chose to marry at this particular spot, Christy said,"Charleston is only 3 hours from Charlotte and offers great restaurants, shopping and the beach—our perfect getaway spot. We wanted to share this city with our friends and family and make a weekend of our special day! We evaluated many places but agreed that the William Aiken House was exactly what we wanted."

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more from Christy ...

Modern Vintage/Glam sort of evolved—I never had a planned vision leading up to the process—I was actually very unprepared for once in my life! I’ve always loved mixing modern and vintage—I fell in love with damask early in the process and wanted to incorporate my favorite color yellow (which, to me, is very modern). When talking about it with the wedding planner, she suggested an invitation that really set the stage. It was perfect—yellow damask border with a pewter modern font and letterpressed! I also really wanted to incorporate vintage/glam elements such as mercury glass and brooches. The vintage brooches were an important theme of the wedding —on the bouquet wrap, chair ties, bridesmaid’s necklaces, and **mother’s corsages.

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**note from the editor (Abby's mom) ... I've seen 3 daughters walk down the aisle and I have to say that I personally don't love corsages. BUT ~ this corsage ~ I DO LOVE!

Aren't the pewter gowns and pearl necklaces gorgeous?

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Jewelry for the ladies?  Gray pearl necklaces with vintage brooches—necklaces designed with each girl in mind by Designs by Krissy (brooches selected by Christy). LOVE 'em!

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The fantastic team of wedding designers and coordinators at A Charleston Bride outdid themselves for Christy & Rodney's wedding! You can read more about Melissa, Carrie, Leigh and Jonie on their website. A Charleston Bride does all floral design in-house (sooooo beautiful, Jonie!).

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Christy told us, "My bouquet was all white  blooms—white tulips, calla lilies and sweet peas. The tulips and callas tied into the wedding décor—sweet peas were added since that was my dad’s pet name for me when I was growing up!"

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Not to leave Rodney out of the story, here is a bit from him about the proposal ...

I was nervous because I wanted it to be perfect. I knew she was the one for me, so I was also excited to move into the next phase of our lives. I told Christy that we really needed a getaway weekend, but it was not the weekend I would propose, and she took me at 100% face value. We went to a great resort in Georgia with a great spa. After her spa treatment, she was so relaxed that she suggested not even going to dinner and just having room service and champagne out on our balcony. I had arranged for a private dinner out by the lake - some of the tables were less intimate but I arranged for the most private—we were literally surrounded by woods on the lake. In the end, the evening turned out perfectly.

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Something old: vintage brooch from grandmother

Something new: attire

Something borrowed: diamond necklace

Something blue: Christian Louboutin heels in sapphire

Sixpence in shoe: doublesided tape concealed the six-pence in the bow of the shoe!

Attire: Hayden Olivia Bridal, Priscilla of Boston

Accessories: Custom clutch by Up Style (*on etsy), Russian tulle cage veil by Kristina Eaton

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SO LOVELY! Congratulations Christy and Rodney!

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Thanks to Richard Israel for sharing your awesome images and to A Charleston Bride for another great wedding!!

Christy's dress is from one of our newest Little Black Book members, Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte NC. They have all sorts of great "gown guidance" and wedding trend tips on their blog (girl talk) ... and a schedule of their fall trunk shows lined up for Modern Trousseau, Kenneth Pool, and Christos to name just a few.

You can also browse through these wedding dress designers' newest collections on Style Me Pretty's Look Book (links above).