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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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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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Bold and Bright Spring Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Kim on May 24, 2013

Brianna & Avery

March 24

Charleston, South Carolina

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We just love how this wedding mixes unique, bold, and modern details (a bright color scheme, the bride’s pink gown) with a historic venue and Southern charm. And can we just talk about that gown for a moment? It truly proves that you don’t have to wear wedding white to look like the star of the show – and still completely bridal-appropriate. We’re also loving the lush florals, the cool cupcake arrangement, and the scenic ceremony spot.

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Preppy Pink and Blue Beach Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on May 03, 2013

Sara & Nick

September 28

Isle of Palms, 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?

I searched and searched for a wedding venue. My family and I drove past the Citadel Beach House and we said, “Let’s just go look.” The house was locked so we walked around back. As soon as I turned the corner around the beach house, I saw the green lawn, the tall beach grass and the bright blue ocean. I turned around to my family and said, “This is it, no question.”

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

1. Gorgeous flowers

2. Delicious food

3. Super fun photo booth

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

Walking out of the Citadel Beach House doors and seeing all of our friends and family supporting us and passing them down the aisle and making eye contact with my very soon-to-be husband. Seeing him for the first time on our wedding day surrounded with all of the people we love.

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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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