With the massive amounts of social media in today’s tech-savvy society, it’s hard not to create an Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram wedding hashtag for your upcoming nuptials, especially since it stores all of your guests’ photos in one place for you to relive all those wild ‘n’ crazy moments aftwerwards. How do you create an awesome one like #krebstietheknot, #thisishowelldoit, or #ahappylittlewedding? Find out what our Adivce Editor suggests here.
Brooke and Matt were married at Boone Hall Plantation overlooking Horlbeck Creek in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. on August 9. “Looking back on our wedding day, I think what made it so special was sharing our love with those who mean the most to us,” Brooke said. “I really feel like everyone got a taste of everything that makes Matt and I who we are.” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown with a beaded bodice and ruffled skirt, accessorized with a braided crown updo, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, and a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short dresses and carried bouquets of roses, craspedia balls, succulents, hydrangeas, and baby’s breath. The wedding colors? “Neutrals with accents of turquoise, yellow, and orange,” she said. “A subtle yet warm palette for a summer wedding.” As guests arrived, they were encouraged to sit anywhere! But after the ceremony, “my brother led the Grand March, weaving them throughout the cotton deck to the Italian cookie cake we had in addition to the traditional cake,” Brooke said. “The cookie cake and Grand March have been a part of my parent’s wedding, my grandparent’s wedding, my great grandparent’s wedding, and so on. Ours would not have been complete without it.” Along with the three-course fare and late night snacks, there was also a signature drink — “Lowcountry Mojito,” which included firefly vodka, mint, simply syrup, and soda. A nod to the South! “It was sort of a mix of rustic and vintage with the laid back Charleston attidue,” she said. “Decorations were minimal.” Tables were named after streets such as Rutledge, Simons, and Broad. “I truly believe that our wedding was the definition of care free,” Brooke said. “From the casual attire to the all-night dancing, I could look around the room and see the spirit of our families on the faces of our loved ones.”
Not sure which bridal bouquet suits you best? Our Flowers Editor can name seven tried-and-true styles that can be seen time and time again — posy (smaller, petite option that’s easier to hold), nosegay (arranged into a dense, dome shape because stems are cut to the same length), hand-tied (gives off a more “just-picked” vibe), pageant (meant to rest on one arm), composite (imagine a single, oversized bloom), biedermeier (comprised of concentric rings) , and cascading (creates a waterfall effect).
Maria and Jason were married at their own home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 14. “Our engagement party was actually a surprise wedding to all of our guests,” Jason said. “For the first hour and a half of the event, we were dressed casual. We made an announcement over the microphone thanking everyone for coming to share in our special day. We then dropped the bomb that no one was supposed to leave because the party was really our ‘surprise wedding!’ We said were going upstairs to change, and we were to be married in 30 minutes. And that is exactly what happened. People’s faces were in complete shock, and one person even yelled out, ‘Are they for real?’ Once reality settled in, everyone started clapping and congratulating us.” The bride wore a strapless lace wedding gown, accessorized with a her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls with a jeweled headband, while the groom wore a khaki vest and pants, accessorized with a pale blue tie and pair of Vans slip-ons. Her bouquet featured cymbidium orchids. The very important extra was Piglet, the flower pup. Following the outdoor ceremony, dinner and dancing began underneath a tent. To beat the heat, refreshing drinks in beverage dispensers, such as pink lemonande, were served. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Not everything is going to come out perfect,” he said. “Just roll with the punches and enjoy your day.” Almost everything was handmade! Tables included burlap runners, mason jar centerpieces, lanterns, and lots of candles. “They were full throttle on making something beautiful from scratch,” Stephanie Rawcliffe, the photographer, said. “What an amazing job she did!”
Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? After browsing through the farm’s gift store for a few short (but long) minutes, William rushed Jocelyn outside toward the largest Christmas tree on the property. “Umm, I don’t think the little ones are going to be in with the big ones,” she said. “What do you think of this one?” as he pointed to a smaller Christmas tree in return. On it was a tag that said, “JAM, look at me!” Fun fact: JAM is the nickname he gave her. It will be the new initials once they’re officially married. As he got down on one knee, “I felt like I was a deer in headlights,” Jocelyn said. Following the proposal, there was also surprise fireworks too! Read more here if you want to find out what the enagement ring looks like.