Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Chelsea & Hunter

April 14

Awendaw, South Carolina

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We looked at so many gorgeous venues in Charleston but Hunter’s parents house was set on the perfect backdrop so it just made sense.  We had the OK to have the wedding our way, and we were also able to pick any date (which can be very tricky with Charleston being a top wedding destination).

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

I have and will continue telling new bride-to-bes that it’s YOUR day so stand up and say it! Don’t over-invite because you “have to”.  A wedding is for you and your closest family and friends to enjoy and have those memories forever.  Keep the guest list small, it makes every other number grow.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My favorite moment was walking down the aisle. I was so nervous and excited waiting to walk, but my dad helped make light of that and joked and teased with me. My brother-in-law was singing and playing guitar to Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be” which I had picked out long before getting engaged. I had not told or shown Hunter anything about my dress so I couldn’t wait to see him. Once I saw him I really don’t remember the rest of the walk down. The nerves calmed and I couldn’t wait for that KISS! And to get our party started!

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Romantic, Dreamy South Carolina Backyard Wedding

Posted by Kim on Jul 18, 2012

Katie & Mike

May 5

James Island, South Carolina

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From the Photographer: “The wedding was held in the groom’s close friend’s backyard on James Island. Green grass, oak trees, and beautiful city views are just some of the features of this venue – plus, the couple was married on the evening with the largest full moon of the year. For me, the kiss at the ceremony was quite powerful. The officiant had to tell the groom several times “Not yet, Mike!” But once he got approval, Mike lifted Katie up while kissing her.”

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Izetta & Jordan

June 10

Hanover, Pennsylvania

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Our Q&A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

I loved growing up on a farm, and although I don’t consider myself ‘country’ I wanted to have my wedding in a place I felt cozy and comfortable.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My favorite parts of the decorations would be the burlap wrapped mason jars, with twine and pearls. We hand made everything and it was so worth it! We also incorporated scrabble letters to show off my husband’s family’s favorite game, and froze our home-grown berries in the ice cubes to add some color!

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Lists, lists, lists! One thing I wish I had done better is made lists of tasks that could be delegated. So many people offered to help, but even with my planning skills I couldn’t keep everything straight! Mega organization is KEY in the final weeks especially.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

One of the highlights of the day was the mother and son dance! They danced to “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor, didn’t plan anything but just rocked the floor! The whole crowd was laughing and clapping and it turned the wedding into a party instantly! It was a perfect segue from solemn to fun!

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Casual (But Chic) Wedding Dresses

Posted by Kim on Jun 12, 2012

If you’re getting married in your family’s backyard, in a barn, or in some other casual setting, you’re probably trying to steer clear from the grand beaded ballgown in favor of a wedding dress with more of a relaxed vibe. Fortunately, many wedding dress designers have created dresses that are appropriate for informal weddings, but still feel “special” and “bridal.” Check out a few of our favorite (brand-new!) casual wedding dress styles here.

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Backyard Style Shoot Inspiration

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 12, 2011

From the Designers: “For this styled shoot we wanted to create a unique and colorful “backyard chic” wedding and capture the essence of a couple who is carefree and light hearted. In the age of DIY we felt this was the perfect setting to show how simple it can be to create a one-of-a-kind beginning to a couple’s new life together. A quilt complete with worn holes and tears is all that is needed for a ceremony backdrop, and two mismatched accent tables with colorful arrangements in painted coffee tins complete the look of where the two first become one. The seating for the guests are simple benches made out of pine topped with foam and covered with colorful graphic fabrics. The aisle is lined with shepherd hooks, home-made pillows, birdcages, and mason jars. A unique guest book is incorporated with a hand drawn birdcage and thumbprints turned into birds! For the guest’s dining experience, Beaumont Catering incorporated appetizers that are fresh and easy for a backyard family setting. This Cake’s For You continued with the bird theme and made a visual cake complete with tree limbs and miniature birds. We wanted to create a unique set-up for some fun novelty foods as well, so we came up with the “popcorn bar”, K & K It’s a Hit Events provided the cork labels for the popcorn as well as the popcorn holders made out of scrapbook paper and ribbon. The floral was designed to look as though it was freshly picked from a family member’s garden. We wanted to convey a wildflower effect with the bouquets and centerpieces. For the lounge area we used wicker patio furniture complete with home-made colorful pillows for guests to relax and visit with the happy couple. Our escort cards are succulent plants that also double as a favor. A wooden picnic table was the perfect option for guest seating, topped with vintage books, mason jars, potted plants found at a local garden center, and a few flower centerpieces made in vintage tins purchased from antique stores.”

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