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EDITOR’ S NOTE An Introduction to A Lowcountr y Wedding’s Premier Issue

LOWCOUNTRY FLAIR An Ode to the Carolina Coast!

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Our Guide to Nav igating the World of Group Blocks

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MIX & MINGLE Marion’s in the French Quar ter

BE AU T I F U L B OU QU ET S

Collection of the Lowcountr y’s Best Bouquets

LOCAL FAVORITES Round-up of our Region’s Specialties!

WEEKEND ACCOMMODATIONS

57 WORDS OF WISDOM Ladies of the Fall Issue Share Their Planning Tips

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SOU THERN SPARKLE

South Carolina Aquarium

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LEIGH ANNE + D OUGL AS Litchfield Plantation

CAROLINA ENGAGEMENT

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CHRISTINE + DEREK

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COASTAL CHARM

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AMANDA + DEREK

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ASHLEY + BRIAN

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BECCA + JAY

Aloft, Greenv ille

RiverOaks

Creek Club at I’On

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The Omni Hilton Head Resor t

The Pav ilion at Pepper Plantation

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KATHRYN + BOB

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TAMIKA + JUAN

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CHLOE + KYLE

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KATIE + FRANK

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Charleston Place Hotel

Legare Waring House

The Cabell House

The William Aiken House

JENNIFER + CARL

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KRISTEN + JAKE

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KRISTIN + BRENDEN

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ERIN + STEVE

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Boone Hall Plantation

Hibernian Hall

The Island House

DANCING FO OLS

Grande Dunes Ocean Club

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First of all, I want to thank you, our

readers, for your interest and continued support in our premier issue of A Lowcountry Wedding. This magazine is a compilation of the efforts of many and it has been such a privilege working alongside of some of the industry’s finest to create something I’m so proud of. A Lowcountry Wedding started a few years ago as a hobby, something to pacify my obsession of all things pretty, and it worked quite well! Since then, it has slowly but surely grown into a beautiful blog recognized for its wonderful content by the talented wedding vendors who call the Lowcountry home. The decision to add a magazine to our repertoire has been a loooong time coming, with the goal of taking things one step further and giving brides more of what they want…Lowcountry Weddings! And I think we’ve done just that! With this being our first go ‘round, it has been a massive undertaking with a lot of late nights designing and editing, and I am extremely excited that it is finally ‘on the shelves,’ so to speak! Inside, you’ll find two breathtaking styled shoots, a roundup of our favorite Southern bouquets and a killer fashion editorial shot by Angela Cox at RiverOaks that is bound to knock-your-socks-off! But that’s not all. In our inaugural issue, we’re treating you to a collection of our favorite Lowcountry weddings from the Carolina Coast, each of which are brimming with dreamy photography and thoughtful details that we know you’ll love. So dive on in, and as you turn the pages, just know that this was put together with you in mind...it is my hope that you enjoy it, and that we’ve succeeded in inspiring your very own, Lowcountry Wedding! Sincerely,

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INTERNS

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Blake Bush Elizabeth Spelman Kelsey Hagon Sessalee Williams

COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Angela Cox Photography

PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Amelia + Dan Photography Jenna Marie Weddings Jennings King Photography Shannon Michele Photography Taylor Rae Photography Corina Silva Photography Carmen Ash Photography Virgil Bunao Paige Winn Photo Landon Jacob Productions Shannon Noel Photography Fia Forever Wedding Photography Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay Photography

Images: 1.) Carmen Ash Photography, 2.) Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay, 3.) Taylor Rae Photography

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OUR WAY OF SAYING

Thanks...

to all of our friends who have helped make our premier issue such a success! We appreciate your support, creativity, and most of all, the time you put in to making A Lowcountry Wedding a hit! Angela Cox Photography Ash and Co. Bridal Candy Shop Vintage Charleston Flower Market Charleston Wholesale Flowers Dana Cubbage Weddings Declare Cakes Dodeline Design EventWorks First Bloom of Charleston Julia Pagan Designs Kira Elizabeth Designs Limos for Less Charleston LulaKate

Maddison Row Marion's in the French Quarter Mingle Modern South Modern Trousseau Moon and Lola Nuage Designs Paige Winn Photo Paperdolls Hair & Makeup Pure Luxe Bride RiverOaks Salthouse Catering South Carolina Aquarium Wildflowers

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Flair

In our inaugural issue, we wanted to pay homage

to the region that sets our hearts-a-flutter and to the undeniable characteristics that weave their way into our Southern weddings. Ever-apparent traces of the historical South; breathtaking, scenic backdrops; the unrivaled charm of it’s locals...It’s these characteristics that have made our coast the wedding destination of choice for couples from across the country, and it’s these details that we can’t get enough of. So, with the help of some of our friends, and as an ode to the Lowcountry, we’ve created a list - a guide if you will - to embracing the coastal culture and incorporating that signature Lowcountry flair!


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“Things that come to mind when I think of a Lowcountry wedding would have to be: sweet tea, shrimp and grits...and the sweet gentlemen [laughs].” – Britta Williams, Francis Marion Hotel OPPOSITE PAGE (From top to bottom) 1.) Jennings King Photography 2.) Artsinfotos Photography 3.) Riverland Studios ABOVE 1.) Paige Winn Photo 2.) Carmen Ash Photography BELOW 3.) Carolina Studios by Gillian Reinhardt 4.) Diana Deavers Photography

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DECOR A little touch of cotton, whether it pops up in a boutonniere or centerpiece, is the perfect addition of rustic, Southern elegance. Wrap your bouquet in burlap or run it down the table for a little added Lowcountry flair... and don’t forget, monograms go on everything!

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Cuisine

-Oysters -Shrimp and Grits -Benne Wafers -Pralines -Boiled Peanut Bar

Scenery

-Marsh -Spanish Moss -Plantation Singers -Palmetto Trees -School Pride -Oaks -Plantation Homes

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-Cotton -Burlap -Mason Jars -Sweetgrass -Monograms -Seersucker

Beverages

-Sweet Tea -Local Brews -Firefly Vodka

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CUISINE Throwing a wedding in a coastal town begs for an appropriate use of locally caught, and in-season seafood. Our first choice - oysters! We dig oyster roasts to kick-off the weekend’s festivities- whether it’s a laidback rehearsal dinner or welcome party- then we recommend stepping it up a notch with a raw bar and oyster shooters for the main event. While shrimp and grits might be a regular occurrence around these parts, a few of our friends from up North have never had the privilege of diving into this Lowcountry dish. Our suggestion - add it to the menu! Some might be hesitant to indulge in their first spoonful of grits, but we promise they’ll rave about it for years to come! BEVERAGES As if we even had to tell you, sweet tea in some form is a must; we prefer ours in the form of Firefly Vodka with a splash of Lemonade, served in a mason jar. To round out the evening, send your guests off with a bag full of pralines or benne wafers - reminding them just how sweet the Lowcountry is! OPPOSITE PAGE Christina Watkins Photography ABOVE 1.) Collette Mruk Photography 2.) Morgan Trinker Photography 3.) Carmen Ash Photography BELOW 1.) Carmen Ash Photography 2.) Carmen Ash Photography

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“Oak trees and Spanish moss are a must-have when it comes to weddings here in the Lowcountry. It creates a true southern feel.” –Taylor Langford & Lee Blakely, Charles Towne Landing OPPOSITE PAGE Amy Marie Kay Photography ABOVE 1.) Sally Watts Photography 2.) Carmen Ash Photography BELOW 1.) Photography Design by Jenny

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Firefly Moonshine - We like to “Light It Up” with this Wadmalaw Island specialty. Our favorite - Carolina Peach! http://fireflymoonshine.com

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Grey Ghost Bakery - Y’all, these cookies are divine! We’re obsessed with the chocolate espresso. http://greyghostbakery.com

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Carolina Coaster Company - Now you can relive your wedding day right on your coffee table. www.carolinacoaster.com


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Rewined- Custom-blended, hand-poured candles in scents we can all appreciate. This Fall, Spiked Cider is all the rage. http://www.rewinedcandles.com

5. Molly & Me Pecans - Perfect for Favors or Welcome Bags. Test out our personal favorite - Praline! http://mollyandmepecans.com/

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Brackish Bow Ties - The original feather bow tie handcrafted in the Lowcountry. We’re diggin’ the Big Spur! http://www. brackishbowties.com/

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When Megan Morgan-Finne of Mingle says she’s throwing a party, girlfriend ain’t kidding! As the owner of one of Charleston’s most-sought after wedding planning firms, she was thrilled that her company was coming up on it’s 2nd anniversary- how did she celebrate? In true Charleston style! She invited A Lowcountry Wedding along as she enlisted a killer crew of Charleston’s finest to create a chic gold and black affair at Marion’s in the French Quarter for the entire Charleston wedding industry to enjoy. After Paige Winn captured all the beauty, we raised our glasses to many more years of beautiful Mingle weddings!

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TABLESCAPE Black and gold maze taffeta linens provided by Nuage Designs draped the tables, and gold candlesticks with black candles set the mood. A single, purple orchid greeted guests at each place setting.

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Charleston Wholesale Flowers supplied a gorgeous array of FLOWERS for First Blooms of Charleston to create vibrant arrangements in shades of purple, red and orange STATIONERY Dodeline Design developed an elegant invitation suite in black, white and sparkly gold!

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LANTERNS Chic gold lanterns hung from the ceiling, draped in lush greenery with orchids CAKE Michaelangelo’s Kitchen designed a two-tier, gold and black art deco-inspired creation.


Vendors: Event Designer: Mingle / Floral Designer: First Bloom of Charleston / Venue: Marion's in the French Quarter / Photography: Paige Winn Photo / Flowers: Charleston WholeSale Flowers / Dresses: Maddison Row / Stationery: Dodeline Design / Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals / Linens: Nuage Designs / Model: Katie Cockman / Transportation: Limos For Less Charleston / Hair & Makeup: Paperdolls Hair and Makeup / Headpieces: Julia Pagan Designs / Catering: The Swing by Chef / Cake: Michaelangelo's Kitchen FA L L 2 0 1 3 2 9


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Accommodations

You’ve been planning your dream

Lowcountry wedding for months, slowly checking things off your todo list, and now it’s time to take care of your guests’ accommodations. Not quite sure where to start? Let us help… Our advice is…the sooner you get cracking, the better! So, the minute you nail down your wedding date, start researching hotels! Be prepared to hear higher rates during peak season or busy weekends like Bridge Run or the Heritage. Shoot to make your final decisions around nine months out.

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Recommendations • Depending on the size of your guest list, consider booking 2-3 different properties in varying price ranges to accommodate everyone’s budget. • Look for hotels close to your reception site, tourist attractions or the beach so guests are able to experience the Lowcountry. • Most guests who see a coastal town on a wedding invitation immediately think “Vacation!” So, as a thoughtful Bride, ask if the group rates can be extended a few days before and after the wedding for those making a long weekend out of it. • To receive a discounted group rate, remember that most hotels require 10 rooms per night.

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Questions to ask your Group Sales Coordinator • Complimentary Room Policy – how many paid room nights are required to receive a complimentary room? • Welcome Bags – If you plan on gifting your guests with welcome bags (and we hope you do!) how will your hotel make sure they’re delivered? At check-in? In their room? • Cut-off date – What will be the last day that your guests can receive the group discount? Usually, after this date, any rooms left in the block will be released back into the hotel’s inventory for re-sell. Guests will still be able to make reservations, but only at the hotel’s prevailing rate.

• Custom Webpage – Can the hotel supply you with a custom wedding webpage that pre-populates the group rate and allows guests to book easily online? • Amenities – What is included in the rate (breakfast, shuttle service, Wi-fi, etc.)? • Agreement/Contract – Most hotels, if not all, will require you to sign a courtesy group agreement or contract to confirm the group block. This can be as minimal as a courtesy group agreement that does not require you to pay for any unused rooms, or a contract with an attrition clause that will hold you financially responsible if all the rooms are not reserved. Under these circumstances, you will be required to provide a credit card to guarantee the block.

Oh, and lastly, when sending out your savethe-dates, be sure to include each property’s name, phone number, address and website. And, if you are getting hitched during the summer months, consider including the contact information for beach house rental properties in case your guests are planning to go all out! DE DUNES

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As we continue to scour the top weddings in the Lowcountry, occasionally you’ll find us mesmerized by a handful of charming details…and this time, it’s bouquets! We’ve been stopped dead in our tracks by a few standout creations from the best florists in the biz. So, as an ode to every Bride’s best friend, we’re showering you with the top Lowcountry bouquets with the hopes of inspiring your most beloved wedding day accessory!

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Words of Wisdom Nobody ever said wedding planning was

easy, and Lord knows, it’s not for the faint of heart. So, take some advice from the sweet brides gracing the pages of our premier issue who were kind enough to share a few pointers. We hope you’ll keep them in mind on the road to your stress-free wedding day! “Just be in the moment and enjoy it. It took me months to come down from my cloud of bliss and in truth I’m still on it. It was magical.” -

Tamika +Juan

LEGARE WARING HOUSE

“Try not to worry about what other people will think. Think about what you want, what you love, your love for your fiancé, and take help from whoever offers! Most importantly, soak up every moment of your wedding day. After months of planning, it goes by way too fast. I remember being on the dance floor and the wedding planner tapped me on the shoulder saying it was time to prepare for our farewell. I started crying because I wasn’t ready for the party to be over!” -

Amanda + Derek

PEPPER PLANTATION

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“Get a wedding planner - they will be worth their weight in gold!!! I was so thankful to have Ashley Rhodes through every step of this process. She took every crazy idea I had or Pinterest image I could get my hands on and made it into a reality. She just helped elevate the entire weekend, and helped to create my dream wedding!” -

Kristen + Jake

BOONE HALL PLANTATION

“During the reception, take lots of time to step back and look around, everything goes by so fast and it’s nice to take a few moments to appreciate how beautiful things are.” -

Erin + Steve

THE ISLAND HOUSE

“BREATHE!! Enjoy every moment of planning your wedding and being engaged. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed and consumed with all that goes into planning a wedding, but it’s a magical time and will be over before you know it. Everything will fall into place and the little things won’t matter in the end!” -

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“Your wedding day goes by in a flash, so savor every moment that you can. And don’t sweat the details! -- The most important thing is that you’re marrying the love of your life.” -

Christine + Derek

OMNI HILTON HEAD RESORT

“Make sure your choices are authentic and meaningful to you and everything else will fall into place.” -

Katie + Frank

WILLIAM AIKEN HOUSE

“Brian reminded me throughout the planning process: ‘Keep the main thing the main thing.’ It didn’t matter if we had the right flowers or the best band; at the end of the day, we would be married. That perspective helped me remember what I was really planning.” -

Ashley + Brian CREEK CLUB AT I’ON

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CHARITABLE Donations It’s easy to get a little overwhelmed

MUSC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

and lose sight of what’s truly An integral part of the Medical important while navigating University of South Carolina, the through the world of wedding MUSC Children’s Hospital is dedicated to enhancing the health of children planning. We all know how it throughout the state of South Carolina goes, you get hung up on which by allowing kids to be kids without a shade of pink dress your bridesmaids care in the world, and to providing an environment that supports excellence will wear, or whether you’ll serve in pediatric patient care, teaching and Shrimp & Grits or Mac and research. Cheese during your reception (Answer...serve both!), which is HEALING FARMS MINISTRIES why we love the idea of foregoing Located in Mount Pleasant, Healing the traditional wedding favors Farms strives to provide sustainable in place of a donation in your community-based support that promotes guests’ honor to your favorite inter-dependence and empowers adults with developmental disabilities, their local charity. families and communities.

We’ve rounded up a few of our FIELDS TO FAMILIES favorite regional organizations that work hard every day to make Fields to Families empowers the a difference in the Lowcountry! Lowcountry’s hungry by providing

nutritional education and fresh produce from local farms and gardens.

CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY The mission of the Charleston Animal Society has been the same for 139 years – preventing cruelty to animals. Through a large-scale spay/neuter program, a free roaming cat initiative, educational outreach programs that teach our children to be humanitarians and a food bank for pets that helped 900 families last year, the Charleston Animal Society strives to protect, care and love for our animals.

CHARLESTON WATERKEEPER Charleston Waterkeeper focuses on water quality issues in the Charleston Harbor, the Ashley, Cooper, Wando, and Stono Rivers, and coastal areas by patrolling and monitoring Charleston’s waterways to protect our right to enjoy life on the coast.

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If you’re looking for a little sparkle and sass, then there’s no question Francesca of Pure Luxe Bride is your girl. She joined us for a lovely (albeit seriously hot) day at the South Carolina Aquarium where she transformed the Harbor Deck into a stylish afternoon. With the striking Cooper River Bridge in the background, a bride in a Modern Trousseau masterpiece and champagne flutes drenched in glitter, we couldn’t take our eyes off of this dreamy tablescape.

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GOWN Model Blake stunned in “Hope,” a head-to-toe, hand-stitched lace gown from Modern Trousseau TABLESCAPE Pure Luxe Bride designed a glamorous, nautical-inspired tablescape with a rich navy base, layered with pops of pink and a whole lot of sparkle! STATIONERY Modern South whipped up a crisp invitation suite enclosed in a classic gold envelope and topped off with a custom map BEAUTY Ash and Co. Bridal went for a “Pin-up” meets Southern Belle look...and she totally nailed it!


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CAKE DeClare Cakes designed a two-tiered, seafaring treat.

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HORS D’OEUVRES Salthouse Catering delivered a tasty punch with a round of Clammer Dave’s before serving up a vibrant, tri-colored beets canapé DECOR Gold Chivari chairs were treated with chair sashes in hues of pink ACCESSORIES Oh, Kiel James Patrick! You and your Anchor bracelet are the perfect addition for any maritime Misses! SHOES Gold peep-toes rounded out the sassy look.


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Vendors: Event Designer: Pure Luxe Bride / Floral Designer: Charleston Flower Market / Venue: South Carolina Aquarium / Rentals & Decor: Eventworks / photographer: Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography / Stationery: Modern South / Caterer: Salthouse Catering / Dress: Modern Trousseau / Cake: DeClare Cakes / Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick / Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co. Bridal / Model: Blake Bush FA L L 2 0 1 3 6 9


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Photography: Angela Cox Photography Location: RiverOaks Styling: Erin Whitsitt Hair and Make Up: Ash and Co. Bridal Model: Katie Cockman Assistants/Bridesmaids: Sessalee Williams, Blake Bush 7 8 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G


“Gemma” gown by Anna Maier found at Maddison Row, Earrings from Moon and Lola

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“Powell” by LulaKate, Necklace by Moon and Lola

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Coastal Charm “Powell” by LulaKate , Veil from Kira Elizabeth Designs, Necklace by Moon and Lola

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Bouquet by RiverOaks

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Bridesmaids Dresses by LulaKate, Earrings via Candy Shop Vintage

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“Gemma” gown by Anna Maier found at Maddison Row, Earrings from Moon and Lola

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McCants Gown from LulaKate Necklace from Moon and Lola

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“McCants” Gown from LulaKate, Necklace from Moon and Lola

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“The It Dress” by Reem Acra found at Maddison Row, Necklace from Candy Shop Vintage

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Ashley+ Brian Mount Pleasant, South Carolina This athletic duo first met when their running

club met up behind a pizza parlor. Fast forward to a Costa Rican engagement, and before you knew it this Washington D.C. couple was in the midst of planning a Lowcountry blowout! Ashley and Brian tied the knot on a lovely Spring day in early April at the Creek Club at I’On. The combination of a nautical color palette of emerald and navy mixed with floral arrangements drenched in color, flawlessly 1 0 2 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

captured the crisp beginnings of the season. The couple said they wanted their reception to be a “big, fun party,” and that’s exactly what they delivered! The ceremony was followed by a lively reception filled with thoughtful details. An evening on the dance floor, including an encore from The Boomers, was capped-off with the newlyweds boarding a getaway boat and cruising off into the moonlight!


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CAKE An elegant, three-layer confection showed off the couple’s navy color palette SIPS Specialty drinks always taste better when navy striped straws are involved COLOR Vibrant bouquets from Charleston Flower Market highlighted the emerald bridesmaids dresses to a ‘T’! VENUE The couple loved the rustic, yet refined atmosphere the Creek Club offered...and who can blame them with that beautiful view and relaxing porch!

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PATTERN The rustic tablescapes featured patterned table-runners in navy and white SPECIALTY DRINK Guests were served our favorite Lowcountry staple - Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade, so aptly named “Lowcountry Lemonade” SOMETHING OLD Ashley incorporated her paternal grandmother’s brooch of two swans, as a symbol of a new life-long partnership.

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SOMETHING BORROWED Mixing function with style, Ashley sported her maternal grandmother’s fur stole to keep her warm for her late-night departure GROOM’S CAKE To symbolize the couple’s love of rock climbing, camping, biking and all things outdoors, Ashley enlisted the help of The Cake Stand to recreate the Patagonia logo- and they delivered!

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PERSONAL TOUCH Each place setting had a note from the Bride & Groom thanking everyone for their involvement and support DEPARTURE The Bride and Groom exited their reception to a charming, sparkler-filled aisle, before hopping on a boat and riding off into the Lowcountry night!

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Leigh Anne + Douglas Pawleys Island, South Carolina Unlike those of us who grow up daydreaming

about our wedding day, the bug never quite bit Bride Leigh Anne; that is, until she visited the magical Litchfield Plantation. After a few minutes of reveling in the beauty, she quickly turned to her father and said, “Daddy, I want to get married in the Spanish moss.” And we’re so thankful she did, because this Southern, plantation-style home in Pawleys Island has a knack for 1 1 0 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

sweeping brides-to-be off their feet. On the day of their wedding, rain threatened to put a damper on their outdoor festivities, but as luck would have it, the clouds opened up just in time for Leigh Anne + Douglas to say ‘I do’ under the oak trees. Afterward, they joined their guests for a Lowcountry evening complete with swanky chandeliers, mason jars and rustic lanterns.


GROOMSMEN The men looked sharp in grey suits, striped bow ties and a smile! SHOES Leigh Anne’s glam Southern look was finished off with these eye-catching, peep-toe heels under her flowing gown.

MAIDS We adore these sassy, oneshoulder, floor length chiffon gowns. But our favorite detail the lanterns! In place of traditional bouquets, the lanterns (tied with a bow!) added a rustic touch to their stroll down the aisle.

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RECEPTION Guests enjoyed Lowcountry cuisine from Inlet Affairs as they gathered along estate tables dressed in blue with burlap runners.

BOUQUET Corina Silva created a soft bouquet, filled with sweet pink roses and lilies to complement Leigh Anne’s dainty dress.

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VENUE The Bridal Party suited up on-site at Litchfield Plantation’s Carriage House TREATS In lieu of a traditional cake, guests indulged in an assortment of delicious cupcakes from Cravinley’s.

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ACCESORIES Leigh Anne wore a delicate birdcage veil, while the groomsmen sported darling rose boutonnieres.

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Vendors: DECOR & FLORALS: CORINA SILVA STUDIOS / PHOTOGRAPHER: CORINA SILVA / Reception Venue: LITCHFIELD PLANTATION / VIDEOGRAPHY: FEUZA REIS STUDIOS / RENTALS: EVENTWORKS RENTALS / CAKE AND CUPCAKES: Cravinley's / CATERING: INLET AFFAIRS / ENTERTAINMENT : DJ SCOTT AND COMPANY FA L L 2 0 1 3 1 1 7


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Christine + Derek Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Christine + Derek both hail from Chicago

ever visited before...The Shorehouse at the Omni Hilton Head Resort was the clear and are accustomed to frigid temperatures in March, so the decision to plan a destination winner. In the midst of palmetto trees, and wedding was an easy one. The couple knew tucked away from the rest of the resort, the Shorehouse offered a romantic setting for a they wanted a venue that offered warm weather ceremony under the sun with a cozy atmoand memorable ocean views, but they also wanted to find this in a destination neither had sphere for an evening reception. FA L L 2 0 1 3 1 1 9


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DECOR The blush color palette of pale pinks with white and black accents made for an timeless Southern affair MEMORABLE MOMENT Derek: “Seeing Christine for the first time in her dress walking down the aisle.” Christine: “Saying our vows and dedicating our lives to each other. It was such a sweet and humbling moment.”

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BRIDESMAIDS Her ladies wore matching pale pink frocks with black sashes CEREMONY As a nod to their Filipino culture, the couple incorporated the traditional veil and cord ceremonies to symbolize their newly anointed unity.

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Amanda + Derek Awendaw, South Carolina Since Amanda wasn’t having much luck in the

With Amanda’s family hailing from California love department, her friends decided the time and Derek’s crew in Alabama, they came to had come for Amanda to test out the world of the conclusion that a destination wedding was internet dating. So one night, they popped a inevitable, which cleared the path for A bottle of wine (maybe more, who knows!) and Lowcountry Wedding! created Amanda’s online profile. They must Planning a wedding is never easy, especially have nailed it, because it caught the eye of Derek, when you’re 3,000 miles away, but Amanda + an Alabama transplant and Southern gentleman. Derek went with their instincts when selecting It started with emailing and texting, and before the beautiful Pepper Plantation. After finding they knew it, their relationship had blossomed out there was only one March date left, they into a beautiful engagement and some serious took the plunge and booked it from afar! long-distance wedding planning. 1 2 6 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G


VENUE: When they finally made the trip to Pepper Plantation, the twosome knew they made the right decision. They loved the open wood beams and the rustic/ masculine feel it had to offer. Not to mention its close proximity to the Holy City! PHOTOGRAPHER FUN The couple had a blast with their photographers Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay. Amanda said, “They met with us before the wedding a couple times, spent quality time with us, laughed with us...I mean, really got to know us. Sean knew Derek was a big hunter and brought this really cool antique gun for us to pose with. They brought fun props for us to play around with. It made our pictures tell our love story and every time I look at them I smile at how much fun we have together.�

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BEVERAGES Guests made their way to the antique bar where they had their choice of specialty drink: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Scotch, or Palmetto...a local micro-brew FOR THE BOYS The cigar bar, complete with custom deer head matchbooks, was an ideal addition to the selection of Scotches found at the bar MENU Upon their arrival, Boiled Peanuts greeted guests at the bar and Pimento Cheese was passed, while Shrimp & Grits and Pork Tenderloin were served for dinner CUTIES Baby pictures of the couple directed guests to the appropriate restroom COLOR PALETTE Amanda chose muted whites, peachy pinks and teal/green to give their Southern venue a touch of Spring CAKE Ashley Bakery continued the rustic vibe with an elegant creation situated under the stunning chandelier.

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Vendors: Venue: The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation / Photographers: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay / Reception Band: Travis Allison Band / Ceremony Music: Charleston Virtuosi / Bridal Shop: The Dresser Bridal Couture / Cake: Ashley Bakery / Bar & Catering: The Crazy Dutchman Catering / Event Planner, Florist & Rentals: Out of Hand Events & Ooh! Events / Hair & Makeup: Generations of Designs / Invitations: Invitations on Main / Officiant: Glenn Eubanks FA L L 2 0 1 3 1 3 3


Becca + Jay Folly Beach, South Carolina In February of 2010, Becca started training at a new gym in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. Shortly after, she struck up a conversation (and a friendship!) with the Gym’s owner, Jay, and before she knew it things had blossomed into a loving relationship. After a surprise in-home proposal in 2012, the day before a big trip to Mexico, the couple began planning their intimate, beachy affair in Charleston.

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Becca + Jay were on the hunt for a beach house that allowed for an Oceanside ceremony, with a reception just steps away. That’s just what they found the moment they walked inside The Pink Flamingo on Folly Beach. The house offered an open floor plan with scenic views of the Atlantic, and a rooftop, cabana-style deck (perfect for their first look!) that was everything they hoped for!


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MONOGRAMS A large, wooden monogram of their new married name hung over the dance floor, while Becca sported a monogrammed button-down as she prepared for the big day CORNHOLE Becca cheers for the Kentucky Wildcats and Jay for the Florida Gators, so it was no surprise to find SEC-themed cornhole boards awaiting their guests.

SOMETHING OLD Becca wore a strand of her grandmother’s pearls. Her SOMETHING NEW was a David Yurman cuff bracelet from her aunt.

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MENU Guests dined on some of our favorites from Cru Catering, including Lowcountry Fried Green Tomatoes, White Truffled Deviled Eggs (heaven!), Collard Green Wontons and even a Crab Cake Station! COLOR PALETTE Perfect for a coastal affair, Bride Becca chose a coral, mint and navy color palette to complete their coastal soiree.

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BRIDAL PARTY Keeping with their preppy beach vibe, the bridesmaids donned coral and navy striped maxi dresses topped with classic navy cardigans, while the men kept it casual with khaki pants and blue ties. GUESTBOOK Instead of a typical guestbook, the couple chose to have their guests sign an Adirondack chair (complete with a Moose pillow!) that they are now able to enjoy every day BOUQUETS Keepsakes Florist created timeless Southern bouquets. Becca’s featured peach roses, white dahlias, pink ranunculus and green hydrangeas SIGNS Guests were guided through the day’s schedule by handmade chalkboard signs DETAILS Everyone kept their drinks cold with custom “Mr. & Mrs. Moose” koozies.

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SPECIALTY DRINKS When you hail from Kentucky, serving up good Bourbon is practically expected...and Becca didn’t disappoint! She created an entire spread for the Bourbon lovers to enjoy on the rooftop deck.

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Kathryn + Bob Charleston, South Carolina After graduating from high school in Columbia,

internal medicine resident, Bob. The two soon embarked on their Lowcountry love affair. Kathryn headed to the Music City where she completed her Art History degree from Vanderbilt They decided on an intimate, Charleston wedding accompanied by their closest family members. University. She soon returned to her native Kathryn had dreamt of an outdoor ceremony South Carolina to pursue a degree from the with a “vintage, English garden� vibe, so the Medical University of South Carolina where, historic Washington Square Park, where as luck would have it, she met the man of her dreams. It was at MUSC that Kathryn crossed the duo spent time after their Legare Street engagement, was the perfect ceremony spot. passed with Pawleys Island native and fellow 1 4 2 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G


ATTIRE Kathryn wore a short, white silk crepe dress by Thakoon topped with a white Alexis woven jacket, while Robert sported a classic black tuxedo JEWELRY She donned strands of pearls borrowed from her family members, a pearl bracelet her mother gifted her and a pair of beautiful Dannijo earrings SHOES For a splash of color, the bride wore a fabulous pair of blue Manolo Blahniks CEREMONY Washington Square Park provided the private setting for their intimate garden wedding as the couple exchanged vows in front of close family members.

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BOUTONNIERE Robert’s traditional tuxedo was accented with a pink peony boutonniere and crisp white pocket square BOUQUET Keeping with the ‘English Garden’ theme, the Bride carried a lovely bouquet of soft and bright pink peonies, peach garden roses, light pink spray roses with pops of blue and purple TRANSPORTATION The newlyweds rode in true Charleston style as they arrived to their Charleston Place reception by horse and carriage.

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Tamika + Juan Charleston, South Carolina Tamika + Juan began their love story after

meeting unexpectedly on the steps of a nightclub in Washington, D.C. Though the duo took a brief hiatus, they eventually reunited and began planning the rest of their lives together. Tamika always knew she wanted to get married in her home state of South Carolina, and after a surprise in-home proposal, the couple began planning their dreamy Lowcountry wedding under the oaks! 1 4 8 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

Having grown up just a short distance away, Tamika and her family had spent a lot of time at Charles Towne Landing, and after touring The Legare Waring House, Tamika was certain that this was the perfect spot for them. The fairytale-esque oak trees, dressed in Spanish moss and surrounded by crystal lagoons, set the beautiful scene that Tamika had dreamt of. But most importantly, it reminded her of her parents, allowing her to feel their presence on this special day.


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DETAILS Tamika included her family’s Bible in their ceremony. The worn and tattered heirloom was carried down the aisle by her great nephew, Ty. COLOR PALETTE Persimmon and ivory anchored this Southern bash SOMETHING OLD Tamika created a beautiful and sentimental arrangement by tying her parents’ wedding bands to her bouquet. 1 5 0 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G


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DESIGN ELEMENTS With the help of Branch Design Studios, Tamika created a laidback, romantic evening starting with long farm tables, family heirlooms, gorgeous floral arrangements and loads of candles, while crystal chandeliers hung from the majestic oaks FAVOR Guests left with a recipe card of the couple’s favorite southern dessert delicacy - apple pie, paired perfectly with heart-shaped measuring spoons.

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CUISINE The couple turned to CafÊ Catering to help serve up their southern favorites! The menu consisted of Shrimp and Grits, Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Gravy, Cornbread and Biscuits, Lobster Mac and Cheese, and Mixed Green Salad with Candied Pecans BRIDESMAIDS The ladies wore strapless, floor length gowns in a vivid shade of persimmon that continued the formal tone of the wedding, but also kept with Tamika’s sassy personality.

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Chloe + Kyle Charleston, South Carolina Chloe + Kyle were so excited to get married

knew the city’s charm was exactly how she wanted to introduce Kyle’s family to her Southern and couldn’t wait to dive right into the wedding planning process. In fact, they got started even roots. It didn’t take Kyle long to come to the same decision; immediately after seeing The before Chloe had a ring on her finger. Two Cabell House and Battery Park, Kyle was all the days before Kyle proposed, the couple had way on the Charleston-bandwagon! From that already decided on their fairytale wedding venue, and a few hours before their March 9th point on, everything came together seamlessly, all surrounding the common theme of a family engagement, Chloe even spotted the gown of affair that embodied a relaxed, yet traditional her dreams. Their jumpstart enabled the duo to finish planning their intimate Downtown affair in Southern elegance. Chloe made their wedding their own, but the just 2 short months. beautiful contributions from her family added The location was an easy choice for Chloe, who fell in love with Charleston as a child and special touches to their lovely day! 1 5 6 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G


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DÉCOR Chloe’s father and his partner own a design firm in Wilmington, NC called Morpho Designs, and the talented duo was able to transform Chloe’s vision of mercury glass and traditional white blooms into a delicate Lowcountry celebration COLOR PALETTE The couple decided on an elegant combination of greys and whites with touches of black to complete their effortless soiree.

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BOUQUET Chloe’s bouquet was full of luscious white peonies, roses, and for an added meaningful touch, her father included her grandmother’s small antique bell DETAILS A custom, flower-filled chandelier dripping with moss hung over the seating table TABLES Farm tables from Event DRS were used to create a “family dinner” atmosphere RUNNERS Spanish moss served as the table runner and the arrangements were kept low, as the guests were the true centerpieces.

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MENU As a way to pay homage to holiday dinners at Chloe’s grandmother’s house, Chloe + Kyle put together a good, classic, Southern feast for their guests. Granville Catering designed a Lowcountry menu of Country Ham Biscuits, Deviled Eggs, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese, Stuffed Potatoes, Fried Okra…and, of course, Shrimp and Grits, just to give guests a that signature taste of Charleston ENTERTAINMENT Musician David Dixon, friend of the Bride and Groom, performed a rendition of Alicia Keys’ song “No One” for the couple’s first dance in the Cabell House’s cobblestone garden EXIT To end the night, the couple departed down a romantic, sparkler-filled aisle, before hopping into a horse-drawn carriage to ride off into newlywed bliss.

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Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Battery Park / Reception Venue: Cabell House / Photographer: Taylor Rae Photography / Gown: Fountaine Bridals / Rentals: Event DRS / Catering: Granville's Catering / Entertainment: David Dixon / Tuxedo: Men's Warehouse / Cake: Callie Baxter / Hair/Makeup: Kacie Fauling / Planning, Design, Floral: Morpho Designs FA L L 2 0 1 3 1 6 1


Katie + Frank Charleston, South Carolina There aren’t too many opportunities to use the

word serendipitous, and after hearing about Katie + Frank’s chance encounter on a flight from Dublin, I knew I wasn’t going to pass up the chance. Katie decided to spend a few extra days traveling around Europe after a work trip to Edinburgh, and ended up missing a flight… when she made it onto another plane, Katie found herself seated next to Frank for the long trip back to the States. By the time flight attendants began serving dinner to passengers, Frank found Katie fast asleep. Not wanting to wake her, and definitely not wanting her to go 1 6 2 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

without dinner, Frank went out on a limb and ordered her the chicken. When Katie awoke, the kind stranger next to her asked, “I hope the chicken is OK.” Apparently it was, because the two quickly became inseparable. That, my friends, was the beginning of a beautiful (and serendipitous!) intercontinental love story. With Katie remaining in the States, and Frank back in Ireland, the couple made it a priority to see each other as much as possible. And wouldn’t you know it, their first holiday together was spent in Charleston! While visiting, they walked past the William Aiken House and Katie had inkling they’d get married there someday!


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FAVORITE PICTURE Katie said, “The one where we are holding hands, before the ceremony, and can't see each other. I am inside the doorway, those huge lovely doors leading into the courtyard, and he's facing the courtyard. I remember exactly how I felt! So excited and full of love!�

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FAVORS Guests were treated to local Charleston candy, and to commemorate their first encounter, airplane-decorated koozies! SPECIALTY DRINKS A little bubbly for the ladies and Irish Whiskey for the fellas! MENU Guests could choose from the classic Irish fare of Meat and Potatoes, Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits, or Blackened Swordfish.

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Jennifer + Carl Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Michigan-native Jennifer had been making the trek to Myrtle Beach with her family for over 15 years. Over time, her family fell in love with the laidback lifestyle that the Lowcountry had to offer; so much so that her parents purchased a winter home along the Grand Strand, and her brother moved in permanently. So, when Jennifer + Carl got engaged in November of 2011, the couple’s first decision came easily- Myrtle Beach was going to be the backdrop for their “I do’s”. 1 7 2 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

As members of the Grande Dunes Ocean Club, the soon-to-be married couple knew this elegant atmosphere would be the perfect setting for their nuptials. The ceremony took place outdoors on the terrace, and immediately following, the group moved into the Main Dining Room for the reception. With a guest list of 35 of their closest family and friends, the couple opted for an intimate cocktail reception to keep people mixing and mingling throughout the evening.


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We’ve all heard the day-of horror stories where things just don’t go as planned. Once it arrives, all we can really do is cross our fingers and say a little prayer that everything goes smoothly. Well, Jennifer wasn’t so lucky...but we’re glad she’s able to laugh about it now! The salon she had booked to do her hair and makeup (months in advance, mind you!) somehow managed to lose the appointment. Nightmare, right? Luckily, seeing the pinch they were in, another salon was able to accommodate Jennifer and her maids last-minute. Despite the situation, Jennifer was able to stay calm and keep a smile by reminding herself that the highlight of the day, her marriage to Carl, was still very much intact and no vendor malfunction could keep them from their nuptials!

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COLOR PALETTE With the help of M. Gladden Designs, the evening at Grande Dunes Ocean Club was adorned in shades of cream, black and white with pops of yellow and orange.

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Kristen + Jake Mount pleasant, South Carolina These two Charleston transplants, Kristen +

Jake, crossed paths while working at a car rental agency, but it wasn’t until one fateful night at a friend’s birthday party that they really hit it off. After staying up all night chatting and getting to know each other, Jake took a chance and asked Kristen (and her pup, Zoe) to join him at the Pitt Street Bridge. The trio enjoyed the afternoon in each other’s company, amid the sunshine and the pluff mud, and have been inseparable ever since. 1 8 2 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

When Jake began plotting for a surprise engagement, he knew immediately that the site of their first date would be the perfect location. But he just had to figure out how to get her there! Since that first date, the couple had relocated to Savannah, so attempting to pull off a surprise proposal without being too obvious was going to be tough. But, with the help of a few friends, and a fake “surprise birthday party,” Jake was able to make Kristen’s 29th birthday celebration a weekend she’ll never forget!


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CORNHOLE Truly a family affair, the Groom’s brother constructed the boards, Jake + Kristen painted them and the Bride’s mom made the adorable bags BOUQUET Kristen’s vibrant bouquet from EWW Floral Design consisted of light pink peonies, bright pink and orange roses, succulents, and even a few pin cushion proteas PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES Guests enjoyed mini She Crab soup shooters from Granville’s Catering CANDY BAR As an after dinner treat, guests dove into a massive, color coordinated candy bar SHOES Kristen’s tiffany blue wedged heels were the perfect accent for her wedding day attire LOUNGE Ashley Rhodes Events created a relaxing space with comfy couches for guests to soak up the coastal breeze.

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LINENS Kristen’s mom custom made all of the linens - the napkins, the runners, and the backdrop for the photo booth CAKE Ashley Bakery created a preppy white cake finished with fresh flowers. Jake’s favorite part...the bottom layer was funfetti! DEPARTURE The newlyweds departed into a confetti-filled night!

Vendors: Photographer: Carmen Ash Photography / Event Planner & Stationery: Ashley Rhodes Events / Venue: Boone Hall Plantation / Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals, Ooh! Events, Snyder Event Rentals / Lighting & DJ: JLK Events / Catering: Granville's Catering / Floral: EWW Floral Design / Ceremony and Cocktail Music: Charleston Virtuosi / Cake: Ashley Bakery / Photobooth : Coast Photo Booth / hair/makeup: Salon Capelli / Officiant: Reverand Rich Robinson / Bridal Shop: gown Boutique of Charleston FA L L 2 0 1 3 1 9 1


Kristin + Brenden Charleston, South Carolina Despite the fact that they both attended the

University of North Carolina Wilmington, had many mutual friends, and were often at the same place at the same time, it wasn’t until the Summer of 2010 that Kristin + Brenden finally met and quickly fell for one another. After an intimate at-home proposal, the couple began to plan the ultimate Lowcountry affair in the heart of the Holy City. For Kristin, Charleston has always been a second home. Her parents met and were married in Charleston, so the family frequented the 1 9 2 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

Lowcountry throughout her childhood. Shortly before Kristin and Brenden began dating, her parents returned to Charleston for good, which made it the perfect spot for weekend getaways. Kristin and Brenden fell in love with the history and romance of Downtown Charleston. They knew their wedding would be a large one, with guests traveling from all over the country, so they wanted a location that had a lot to offer as a destination, which made the Holy City an obvious choice!


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GROOMSMEN looked sharp in black Vera Wang tuxedoes with black ties while the groom sported a black bowtie. BRIDESMAIDS The ladies wore pale pink LulaKate ruffled frocks, personalized to their liking STYLE bride Kristin wore a LulaKate gown that was accented with a beaded sash and Kate Spade earrings. Later, she traded in her sash and highlighted the neckline of the dress with a statement piece from J.Crew.

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After a simple, yet elegant ceremony at St. Luke’s Chapel, guests made a short trip across the peninsula to the Hibernian Hall where they were greeted with Kristin and Brenden’s drink of choice from their favorite bar in Wrightsville, NC, along with Lowcountry fare from Hamby Catering & Events. The menu included Fried Oysters, Shrimp and Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes, a Biscuit Bar and our favorite - a Popcorn Bar to pay homage to the groom’s past in the film industry. Guests spent the night mingling and dancing to Fantasy Band before they were treated with some more Hamby’s deliciousness – late night eats included Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Fried Pickles! BOUQUET Sara York Grimshaw Designs created a lush bouquet of peonies, garden roses, sweet pea and parrot tulips in feminine shades of ivories, pale pinks and blushes.

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Vendors: ceremony venue: St. Luke's Chapel / reception venue: Hibernian Hall / Cake: Publix / Caterer: Hamby Catering & Events / Florist: Sara York Grimshaw Designs / photographer: Shannon Michele Photography / Videographer: KLC Video Productions / Bridal gown + accessories: LulaKate, Kate Spade / Bridesmaids dresses: LulaKate / Groomsmen attire: Vera Wang / Entertainment: Fantasy Band FA L L 2 0 1 3 1 9 9


Erin + Steve johns island, South Carolina There are two things every Southern girl

dreams of- a magical wedding, and of course, a one-of-a-kind engagement story to get the party started. Bride Erin got both! In August of 2011, the couple had planned for a weeklong vacation with Steve’s parents in New Hampshire. What Erin didn’t know, was that Steve had other, more romantic plans. The evening before their scheduled departure, Steve handed Erin her first surprise...the itinerary for a trip to 2 0 0 A L OW C O U N T RY W E D D I N G

Madrid, the city where they first met! Steve had meticulously planned every detail – he even did Erin’s laundry so she would have plenty of clothes for the trip! After hopping around Madrid for a while, even making a pit stop at the site of their first kiss, Steve got on one knee in the middle of Retiro Park and asked for Erin’s hand in marriage. Adorable, right? Well, that’s not all. To top things off, he surprised Erin (again!) with a romantic engagement-moon in the Basque Country!


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TABLES Instead of using table numbers, this traveling twosome named each table after places they had visited together. Guests enjoyed spending their evening at “Reykjavik, Iceland” or “Zanzibar, Tanzania!” DETAILS The mother-of-the-bride was responsible for some of our favorite additions homemade peach bourbon jam favors, travel-themed place cards, and homemade pralines and benne wafers for the welcome bags. VENUE The proximity to the water, the wide-open outdoor space, and the simple beauty of it all made The Island House an obvious choice for this San Francisco-based couple.

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APPETIZERS During cocktail hour, guests indulged on Yellow Tomato Gazpacho Shooters with Habanero Crema, Collard Green Wontons and a Raw Bar ACCESORIES Neon sunglasses were distributed to sport on the dance floor!

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BROOCH The brooch pinned on Erin’s bouquet was particularly meaningful. The set was designed by Tiffany’s in the 1800s as a replica of the jewelry designed by Abraham Lincoln for Mary Todd to wear on her wedding day. She was the 5th generation in her family to don the sentimental piece on her wedding day FAVORITE MOMENT “Right after the ceremony, we were so excited to be married - I even forgot my bouquet as we walked back down the aisle. But that moment when we were by ourselves and realized that we were husband and wife, I could barely catch my breath and definitely started crying.”

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SPECIALTY DRINKS With IceBox manning the bar, the couple designed specialty drinks to give a nod to their relationship. Holiday in Spain (a tribute to their engagement and where they met) was a Jalapeno and Cilantro Margarita with macerated Red Peppers, and the Johns Island Cider was a mix of Rum, Spiced Apple Cider, Mint, and Ginger Beer WHAT’S FOR DINNER Cru Catering whipped up a Tomato and Muskmelon Salad with Candied Pecans, and gave guest a choice of Ginger-Seared Wreck Fish or Pomegranate-Glazed Cornish Hen. Erin said, “Objectively (or maybe not), this was one of the best meals of my life.”

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SWEETS Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple enlisted WildFlour Pastry to wow their guests with a pie bar! Guests were blown away with bourbon pecan, key lime with gingersnap crust, walnut derby , triple berry with oat streusel, and a banoffee (banana-toffee) pie! It was so delightful that one guest who will remain nameless hit the pie bar a record 5 times!

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COLOR PALETTE Erin described it as “eclectic� - eggplant bridesmaids dresses anchored the rich design.

Vendors: Photographer: Virgil Bunao / Flowers, DEcor & Design: Ooh! Events / Coordination: Ooh! Event, Emily Miller / Venue: The Island House / Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston / Reception Music: Atlanta Party Band / Catering: Cru Catering / Bar: IceBox / Wedding Pies: WildFlour Pastry / Tent & Rentals: Atlantic Tent / Photo Booth: Oh Snap! / Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Fernandez FA L L 2 0 1 3 2 0 9


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DANCING Fools! Let’s get real here...I love Lowcountry weddings. Everything about them. From the engagements and gorgeous gowns to the mouthwatering cuisine and amazing florals. I love it. All of it. But when it boils down to it, the best part, without a doubt, is always the reception. Once the drinks start flowing, the band starts playing and guests start kicking off their shoes...that’s when the pictures get good. Real good. So, to round out our premier issue, everyone raise your glasses to those “dancing fools” who star in our favorite pictures! Cheers!

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A Lowcountry Wedding Fall 2013  

A Lowcountry Wedding is the premier guide for Southern brides who have fallen in love with the mystique of the Lowcountry. Inside, you’ll f...

A Lowcountry Wedding Fall 2013  

A Lowcountry Wedding is the premier guide for Southern brides who have fallen in love with the mystique of the Lowcountry. Inside, you’ll f...

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