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Rustic Outdoor Fall Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Kim on Apr 30, 2013

Katie & Daniel

October 1

Westminster, South Carolina

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Q & A with the couple:

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

When thinking about a wedding location, we wanted it to be intimate and personal.  My aunt and uncle own Ramsey Creek Preserve, so I grew up playing at the preserve with my cousin and sisters—it is a family site that holds many happy memories.  The old school house church was moved to the property and restored with loving care.  As soon as Daniel and I set foot in the church, we knew it was the perfect place to start our marriage.  The entire preserve—the church, barn and fields—are all filled with an indescribable sense of joy and serenity.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The “Family Tree.”  Daniel and I felt that it was important to memorialize family members who are no longer with us, and to pay homage to those relationships that made us who we are today.  Daniel and I collected photographs of those we wanted to remember and had them framed and hung on a giant tree near the old barn.  It was such a subtle but meaningful way to remember those who we missed on our special day.
  2. The giant pumpkin.  The week before the wedding I was driving around running errands and happened to pass the world’s largest pumpkin.  For some reason, I just had to get the pumpkin and I’m so glad I did.  It truly finished off the barn décor.  (A special thanks goes to my dad for lifting the 100 lb. pumpkin)
  3. Custom bowties.  Alison from Hullaballoo events was a godsend during the entire wedding process.  She created so many special touches in the wedding, and this was one of them. LaRoque in Columbia, SC makes custom bowties as well as dresses.  We were able to “create” the perfect ties for Daniel and his groomsmen.  It was so special for the guys to have some custom flair, instead of wearing the same old suit and tie.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from WeddingWire!

Posted by Kim on Feb 14, 2013

watters weddingwire valentines shoot 4 e1360784623825, wedding dress style ideas and trends bridesmaids ideas and trends navigation From left to right: Alix Tydings is wearing the Camellia dress in Coral/Black ($274) by Watters Maids; Becky Matlack is wearing the Pepper dress in White/Gardenia ($350) by Encore by Watters; Madeleine Kent is wearing the Iris dress in Coral ($256) by Watters Maids; Cristina Fioramonti is wearing the Posey dress in Ivory/Almond/Black ($278) by Encore by Watters; Katey Houck is wearing the Ginger dress in Coral ($360) by Watters Maids.
Photography by Allison & Chris Britton Photography. Makeup by Blend

On this very special holiday, the team at WeddingWire is so excited to bring you a Valentine’s Day-themed fashion shoot. With the help of Watters, Allison & Chris Britton Photography, and Blend, we staged a photo shoot right here in our offices featuring our staffers as models. Inspired by current runway trends, and the classic hues of Valentine’s Day – pinks, reds, and corals – we selected wedding dresses and bridesmaid styles that would be totally perfect for a V-Day wedding – or for any other time of the year. And boy, did our models have fun wearing them!

Take a peek at our first WeddingWire fashion shoot here, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Photography by Allison & Chris Britton Photography. Makeup by Blend

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Incorporating hearts into your wedding decor can be tricky business. Going too overboard can cause your wedding to look like a second-grade classroom adorned for Valentine’s Day. But a few carefully chosen hearts can add just the right amount of sweet and whimsy to your celebration. Check out some of our favorite heart-shaped ideas for your wedding decor.

Bouquet: If you’re feeling bold, a bouquet made entirely of hearts and feathers packs a contemporary punch.

Programs: The red-and-pink ombre chevron pattern elevates these heart-shaped ceremony programs into true works of art.

Mirror: A vintage-inspired frame with a cheeky heart drawing serves as a fun backdrop for an escort card or dessert table.

Topiary: We love the contrast of the heart’s femininity and the natural, almost edgy-looking, moss. Hang from the ceiling or on the doors to your ceremony venue.

Dress: Mix sexy and sweet with this Hayley Paige gown, featuring a heart-shaped cutout in back.

Are you incorporating hearts in your wedding? Tell us how in the comments!

Red and Blue Rustic Summer Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Kim on Feb 04, 2013

Maggie & Justin

July 28

Union Mills, Maryland

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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 simplicity of the barn and the overall setting. It was beautiful on its own, so we knew it would be beautiful with any of our personal touches.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The oversized red balloons

2. My son and nephews coming down the aisle in a red wagon

3. The vintage bottle centerpieces

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

Don’t be afraid to do something different; thinking outside the box will usually allow you to not only make it more personal, but also less expensive.

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

As my husband and I said our vows my seven-month-old son decided to put in his two cents. Jackson shouted out gibberish as I was about to say my vows it was perfect time and nice to have his approval.

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Rustic, Red and Gray Fall Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2013

Cailin & Ryan

October 19

Thurmont, Maryland

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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?

Even on a weekday morning when no events were set up, Thorpewood’s lodge was warm and inviting from the minute we walked in the door. Everything about the place was gorgeous in a very natural and laid-back way, and we knew that all of our friends and family would feel at home celebrating with us there.

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

Our favorite details were the things that made the day “ours,” and it’s difficult to narrow them down. Ryan’s mom spent hours baking desserts for the reception, including his favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. My aunt and uncle built a sign post showing the distance to all of the towns we had lived, which our guests passed on the way to the ceremony site. Since I grew up in Florida and Ryan is from California, we had a sand ceremony using sand from beaches where we had spent lots of time growing up. We also chose readings and music that had meaning for us, even though most would not be considered traditional wedding picks. I loved walking down the aisle to Peter Gabriel and watching our guests laugh during the readings.

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

My husband is a known procrastinator, who was up until 4 a.m. the night before the wedding writing his vows. Knowing that, I was completely blown away when he spoke, and I’m not sure that I even noticed the 100 or so people, who were watching us.

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