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Kelly and Stephen were married at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, S.C. on March 31. The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and pair of silver peep-toe platform pumps, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore long purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and berries. “My favorite part of the day was our first look,” Kelly said. “It was the only time that we really had to ourselves where we could take in all what was happening.” The outdoor ceremony took place underneath giant oak trees with sweeping scenic views of Ashley River from behind. After they were announced husband and wife, cocktail hour kicked off with signature “Blushing Bride” and “Plantation Tea” drinks in mason jars complete with striped straws. “We felt so blessed that all our family and friends traveled to attend our destination wedding,” she said. Inside the Carriage House, farm tables were decorated with runners, mercury glass vases and vessels, and chalkboard numbers. Dinner included traditional Southern fare like crab cakes, macaroni and cheese squares, and homemade corn bread. Yum! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Take your time and really focus on what matters to both of you.” A three-tiered square cake was the focal point of the dessert display, and following the last dance of the night, sparklers were lit to send them on their honeymoon to Dubai.

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Photography: Riverland Studios | Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens | Event Planner: Southern Chic Weddings & Events | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero from Aurora Bridal | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Bridesmaid Dresses: White by Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair & Makeup Artist: Bellezza Salon | Floral Designer: Pretty Petals of Charleston | Ceremony Musicians: Bob Williams Duo | Stationery: Paperwhites Press | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Caterer: Royal Grand Events | DJ: Jay Maxwell’s Music By Request | Officiant: Greg Mason | Cake: The Cake Stand Bakery

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Jessica and Ryan were married at Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, S.C. on September 14. Rain showers passed, and skies cleared just minutes before the ceremony was to begin under the towering moss-draped oak trees overlooking Stono River. The bride walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart fit ‘n’ flare wedding dress, accessorized with a lush bouquet of garden roses, ranunculuses, and greenery, while the groom stood there waiting in a tan three-piece suit, accessorized with a cotton boutonniere. “When the Plantation Singers began the ceremony with ‘This Little Light of Mine,’ a wave of emotion spread over me like none other I’d ever felt,” Jessica said. “I was awash with joy and love. And as they sang, I looked back and saw Ryan (though he could not see me) and was completely overwhelmed by the moment. My eyes flooded with tears. Without my father’s reassurance, I would have lost it.” The reception followed on the plantation’s porch where each table was decorated with a vintage postcard, antique set, and favor boxes filled with almonds and benne wafers. Atop the cake was two bunny rabbits!

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Photography: Riverland Studios | Venue: Old Wide Awake Plantation | Event Planner: Margaret McKenzie | Floral Designer: WildFlowers, Inc. | Caterer: Hamby Catering & Events | Musicians: The Plantation Singers | Cake: Michaelangelo’s Kitchen | DJ: FingerSnappin’ Entertainment | Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein

Elegant Silver Fall Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 13, 2014

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Lindsay and Timothy were married in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony at Saint Mary of the Annunciation followed by a tented reception at The Island House in Charleston, S.C. on October 12. These two fell in love while attending Clemson University (Fun fact: they were dorm neighbors), and even though they now live in Chicago, they wanted to say, “I do” where it all began. Lindsay wore a form-fitting mermaid wedding gown, while her bridesmaids wore silver dresses in different styles. Groomsmen were more than happy to pose with sunglasses in their gray three-piece suits. The reception was oh-so-romantic decorated with white linens, ivory and blush flowers, and lanterns. Guests enjoyed Southern fare, including a raw bar, shrimp and grits, and a signature cocktail, and the night wasn’t complete without a group picture of all the college alumni!

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Photography: Riverland Studios | Ceremony Venue: Saint Mary of the Annunciation | Reception Venue: The Island House | Event Planner: Duvall Events | Floral Designer: Charleston Flower Market | Dress Store: Gigi’s Closette | Bridesmaid Dresses: LulaKate | Hair Stylist: Blushair Bridal Hair and Makeup 

Rachele & Michael 

August 23 

Charleston, 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?

It wasn’t one thing, it was everything!  The plantation was stunning, and the on-site event contact Jessica was incredibly sweet and available to help in any way she could.

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

1. Having the ceremony set outside on the Ashley River, under giant live oak trees draped with Spanish Moss.  It was simply beautiful.  It ended up starting to rain hard ten minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start, but then after five minutes, it stopped, the sky cleared, and everything got quiet.

2. The relaxing feel of the entire week leading up to wedding (we spent that week at a beach house on isle of palms with both our immediate families together) as well as the intimate feel of the wedding itself.  We only had 35 guests including the bridal party.  Everyone there was incredibly special to us and we got to spend time with each guest!

3. The rustic, vintage, feel of the décor.  We spent a lot of time formulating a simple, but chic vision and the outdoor lounge area, the dessert display framed by a collage of antique mirrors, and the chandeliers accented by hanging mason jars filled with flowers created that perfectly!

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

For my husband, it is our first dance.  We had taken a few dance lessons and had the teacher choreograph something so that people wouldn’t just be watching us sway back and forth for two minutes.  He loved getting to display some hidden talents.  My favorite moment was standing at the back of the lawn with my father waiting for our cue to walk down the aisle.  I loved having that quiet opportunity to stand back observe the wedding and everyone dear to us before getting sucked up into it myself.  It was like time stopped for a minute.

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Teal and Blush Historic Home Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 02, 2013

Ally & Jeff

May 24

Charleston, 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?

My parents met and were married in Charleston in the early 70’s.  We moved around a lot as a family for my Dad’s work, but Charleston has always been a priority vacation spot for my family.  I saw the William Aiken House years ago and always knew that’s where I would want to get married.  It has a beautiful, Southern charm about it that just screams “Charleston!”

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

First and foremost would be the DELICIOUS food.  Our guests are still raving about it. I really loved the décor in the house.  It was simple and perfect, and I felt it really showcased the beauty of the house itself. We loved how the outdoor area was set up with the tent and dance floor.  The hanging lanterns on the inside of the tent gave such an elegant touch and gorgeous ambiance for the whole evening.

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

My cousin and maid of honor had to undergo emergency open heart surgery a week before our wedding and was unable to attend because of this.  When I put my dress on the day of the wedding, there was a navy blue heart attached to the inside of my dress.  My mother then told me that my cousin asked the dress designer to attach this heart-shaped piece of my grandfather’s tie to the inside of my dress.  My grandfather passed away last November, and I was very close with him.  It was difficult planning our wedding knowing that he would not be there to watch me get married or to meet my husband.  It was such a sweet, special moment that really made me feel like he was with me that day!

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