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Whimsical Summer Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 17, 2013

Rachel & Chris

June 8

Beaufort, South Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

Chris and I live in Beaufort, and we wanted to show our guests why we love the area. Having the reception space overlook the historic downtown accomplished that goal — plus, it gave guests easy access to places to go after the reception. The ceremony and reception were within a block of each other, which meant we could all just walk over. It worked out great!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

This is kind of cheating on this question, but I loved the way all our DIY decor worked together so well. When we were working on the individual items — or I discussed them with my mom and grandma — it was kind of hard to imagine just how the bunting, the hand painted wall hanging, the photo booth area, the flags and ribbon streamers, etc. would all come together with the curtains, table runners and centerpieces Southern Graces created. But in the end it was perfect — when we walked into the reception, I was so amazed with how it looked and could barely believe it was our own wedding!

Our stationery, which I designed myself, was a labor of love. From the save-the-dates to the invitations, the Quaker marriage certificate all the way to the table numbers and our guide and map in our welcome bags, it was more work than I thought it would be, but it turned out great. Designing it myself cut costs, gave us something truly unique, and let us really create the vibe we wanted for our wedding from the beginning. Plus, it gave me a chance to discover that I really enjoy expressing my creativity through paper goods. I’m trying to figure out how to keep that outlet now that I’m not planning our wedding!

The barbecue sauces! We loved our food in general (we keep talking about how we want to eat it every week forever), but the “his” mustard sauce, “hers” KC style sauce, and “theirs” Cheerwine sauce was such a fun way to nod toward both our backgrounds and our combined present, and let our guests customize their meal. I even had a few Midwest friends say the KC sauce tasted like Gates’. If you know Kansas City barbecue, you know that means it was amazing.

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

Eating ice cream between the ceremony and the reception. It was a spur of the moment decision. We walked past one of our favorite ice cream shops while taking some photos, and Chris — somewhat jokingly — asked if I wanted some. I said (a very emphatic) yes, and Paige was on board, so we did it. The whole day had been so crazy; this was one nice bit of normal for us. Sharing a scoop at a place we went during one of the first days we spent together when we started dating was also very sweet. Plus, you can’t beat ice cream when it’s 90 degrees outside!

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Joyful, Sunny Wine Country Wedding in California

Posted by Alexandra on Jun 04, 2013

Marcia & Avram

February 27

Kenwood, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

The romantic rolling vineyards, and the light in wine country. It always looks like you’re in a movie.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

I really loved my flowers. Jamie did an incredible job with the colors and textures. We also loved the car. It was a really fun ride and we felt so regal. Finally, the fact that our wedding was an entire weekend to spend with friends. We could relax, drink wine, eat great food, lie around in our robes by the pool — like having our own private resort.

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

If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that patience pays off.  Sometimes you need to trust in the universe that everything will turn out fine, and it always does. 

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

Seeing Avi’s eyes when he first saw me on our wedding day.

 

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Intimate Rainy Day Wedding in Vermont

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 22, 2013

Julie & Andrew

July 28

Bristol, Vermont

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

The red barn. Andrew and I always knew we would get married in Vermont — we met in Vermont while at school. The Inn at Baldwin Creek is known for their food so it was at the top of our list when we started looking for venues. As soon as we walked on the property, we saw the barn and knew this was the place.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The ceremony. We planned to have the wedding ceremony in the flower garden, but due to a sudden rain shower, it was moved to the barn. Listening to the rain hit the roof while saying our vows was magical. As soon as we said our I dos, the rain stopped!

2. The best man and maid of honor speeches. They were both so funny and touching.

3. The food was outstanding.

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

Dancing with our friends and family.

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Intimate Navy and Pink Summer Beach Wedding in Hawaii

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 01, 2013

Katherine & Roger 

July 6

Kaaawa, Hawaii

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Q & A with the Bride:

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

We wanted our feet in the sand and the gorgeous scenery of Hawaii in the background. Although the groom is from Oahu originally, we had several out-of-town guests in attendance and wanted to give them an unforgettable (and non-Waikiki tourist) experience. Kualoa Ranch was magical!

2. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Having the guests and wedding party board a boat to head over the fish pond for the Secret Island ceremony and back for the reception was breathtaking.

2. The food was incredible. An upscale luau with simple yet elegant food. Delicious!

3. My custom handmade dress. I designed my dress and beaded it with over 30 hours of love! It was so beautiful and comfortable.

4. We had a luau performed by Chief Sielu and his team of performers. What an amazing fire show for our guests.

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

Seeing our smiling faces in every photo, some even in hysterical laughter. We had such a wonderful time and didn’t want it to end.

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Intimate Gray and Yellow Garden Wedding in Virginia

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 08, 2013

Anna & Michael 

September 9

Richmond, Virginia 

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Q & A with the Bride: 

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

The feeling we had when we walked into the gardens; it felt perfect. One specific detail was the fact that we didnt have to use any decorations. We loved the way it was as is.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. My bouquet, which I made myself out of fabric flowers. I love that I have it displayed in our home, and it is just as beautiful as it was on my wedding day. 

2. The lanterns that my bridesmaids carried. They were part of their bridesmaid gifts and suited the evening garden wedding vibe.

3.  The boys’ outfits. The gray and yellow color scheme with the suspenders and converse my husband wore. It was so different and cool. He still wears his wedding day shoes often. I’ve seen our color scheme done a lot since our wedding, but I still love the details. 

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about. 

Our first look. It was so intimate and special. I definitely recommend that couples look into it. It’s really amazing to be able to spend those moments just the two of you and your photographer, of course. The kisses have never been sweeter than in that moment.

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