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.”
Garlyn and Dutch were married at the bride’s parent’s ranch in Lockwood, Calif. on May 3. The bride wore a lace a-line wedding gown with a tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair swideswept in a curly ponytail and birdcage veil, while the groom wore a light gray three-piece suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short navy blue satin dresses and carried bouquets of colorful garden roses. Notice they all wore cowboy boots? “These two have been together for many, many years,” Amanda McCullough of Hearts and Horseshoes Photography said. “It was the most amazing wedding filled with so much love.” And that it was! Guests were greeted with a wooden sign post that directed them to the ceremony and reception. In lieu of folding chairs, there was hay bales underneath a giant oak tree. The cutest flower girl and ring bearers processed down the aisle, complete with a red Radio Flyer wagon and two bow tie-collared pups. Following the exchanging of vows and rings, the newlyweds took off on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Dinner and dancing took place inside the barn lit with crystal chandeliers. “Her sister, Lacey, was the caterer, and her mom orchestrated and put together the tables,” McCullough said. They were decorated with mix ‘n’ matched linens, mason jar and spray-painted wine bottle centerpieces atop wooden slices, and “love is sweet, so take a treat” favor bags at each place setting. In lieu of a traditional guest book, cards were placed inside vintage suitcases. Even gifts were placed inside a clawfoot bathtub! Inspirational quotes were found throughout the night such as “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite,” and “Forever starts here.” Plus, family photos could be spotted hanging along the walls. “They are just the sweetest couple,” McCullough said.
Gail and Brian were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch in Dardanelle, Ark. on September 21. “The boho-inspired wedding day was super unique and fit their personalities so perfectly,” said Lance of Shingleur Photography. “Every detail, from lighting a prayer candle at the guest book table to gold cow skulls in the reception, was executed based off these two’s crazy dreams.” Their first look? Extremely intimate! “Gail walked barefoot through a field blanketed in flowers as Brian stood waiting her arrival,” he said. “When she tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around, saw his bride for the first time, and was absolutely speechless.” The ceremony featured a ribbon backdrop, rustic tree stump aisle markers, and wooden pews for guests. Bridesmaids stood side-by-side wearing white dresses, accessorized with wreaths in their hair, while groomsmen did the same wearing gray suits, accessorized with cowboy hats. Following the reception, everyone enjoyed a wish lantern send off!
Shannon and Steve were married at Tivoli Tool! in Laguna Beach, Calif on September 15. The couple opted to have a first look prior to the ceremony with the sand between their toes along the Pacific Ocean. Shannon wore a sweetheart ruched wedding gown accented with a beaded embellishment and carried a eco-friendly bouquet of succulents, roses, dahlias, berries, and scabiosa pods. To make her maid of honor stand out, she wore a coral chiffon dress whereas her bridesmaids wore aqua chiffon dresses. Steve said “I do” to his bride in the garden courtyard next to a waterfall backdrop. Guests were escorted to their seats with ombre tags attached to vintage keys. As the sun set, twinkling lights and heart-shaped paper decor hung overhead as the newlyweds performed their first dance and cut the three-tiered wedding cake topped with glittery signage.
“I was very excited to shoot Caitlin and Jeff’s wedding knowing that it was going to be just a little different than the traditional. We eagerly arrived early afternoon at the family farm, and we knew immediately we were in for a treat from how calm everyone was, even the dogs, who greeted us. The ceremony was held on the front lawn – the location held a special place in the couple’s hearts. Caitlin and Jeff arrived at the outdoor reception in a candy red vintage ford. By then, the clouds had lifted, guests mingled amongst the hand-picked and crafted vintage decor and the tent was glowing with garden lights, colorful bunting, hay bails, and eclectic seating at each table.
There was a certain magic in the air that evening that I can’t really describe, you could feel the love. It was like we were attending a long overdue family reunion more than a wedding and thats the way Caitlin and Jeff wanted it. Guests were treated to a superb meal from a local catering company buffet with an build your own appetizer burrito station, to endless gourmet salads and corn on the cob to top it off. It seemed like the buffets went on forever. A homemade pie station ended the perfect meal.
After dinner, everyone’s hearts filled up with touching speeches (I think the photographers even cried!), we saw people hugging, smiling, and lots of watery eyes. A little fire pit outside kept people cozy while everyone danced without any hesitation. You could hear the laughter and guests singing out loud until it was time for us to wrap up and head home. We ended the night with one last shot – the bride and groom in a bohemian tent under the stars. Everything was perfect.” – Clint Russell of Renaissance Studios Photography