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Spring Lake House Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 25, 2013

Raquel & Gerard

March 17

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 husband, then fiance, loved it!  We had looked at dozens of venues, but his face absolutely lit up as we pulled onto the property.  I know that the wedding day is supposed to be about the bride, but I wanted to be sure his voice was heard in some of the details as well.

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

1.  Before the guests arrived, I had the opportunity to see the ceremony space, and I was blown away.  The ceremony was outside on a small, wooded island.  While it was naturally beautiful, I wanted to soften the space.  My planner, Kala, not only met my expectations, she exceeded them!  White details, delicate floral accents, a wooden altar draped with sheer fabric – etheral, simple, elegant!  It was a beautiful and powerful reminder that although our wedding was not in a church, it was, no less, a spiritual occasion.

2.  The music!  Music can make or break any event, especially a wedding.  But, being an intercultural union (I’m from southern Virginia, and he’s from Trinidad and Tobago), we were both concerned that the music would not translate well between our two sides.  Fortunately, my husband called in a favor from a DJ friend and his knowledge of Caribbean and American music was mixed to perfection.  Everyone danced the evening away!

3.  The dinner tables were another one of those details where I had this vision in my head.  I wanted the linens and place settings to be formal since it was wedding, yet the flowers to have a more natural, deconstructed feel.  And while I wanted eveything to flow, I didn’t want identical floral reproductions, or overly matchy-matchy.  As a greeted my guests at their seats, I was delighted that each centerpiece was unique!

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

Walking down the aisle towards my husband was the BEST MOMENT of my life.  Knowing how much I loved and was loved.  Feeling so blessed that the most important decision of my life had also been the easiest.  Knowing this was only the beginning our journey.  I experienced so many strong emotions in such a short span, I am constantly reflecting upon them. 

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Jackie & JJ

March 16

Charleston, South Carolina

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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?

It’s hard to pick just one! It was the perfect size and feel for the small family wedding we wanted, and the location in Charleston allowed all our guests to explore during the weekend. Also, everyone who worked there was so helpful and friendly.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Cake pulls in cupcakes  for the single girls, my grandfather’s pocket watch on my bouquet, and the surprise magnum of champagne engraved with our names and the date.

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

Plan what makes you happy, but don’t worry if things don’t go exactly the way you planned.  The “problems” make the best stories!

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

The one thing we can’t stop thinking about is the beautiful song one of our family friends played for us at the reception. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

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Vintage 1920s-Inspired Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 08, 2013

Charla & Chris  

November 10

Johns Island, 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 love the water and go out on the boat every weekend when it’s warm. On the water one afternoon, we noticed a wedding at the Island House. We knew immediately that it was the place. Our engagements as well as many other memories have been made on the Stono River. The location was not only gorgeous, but represented who we are as a couple.

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

1. 1920s style clothing – Everyone including my guests wore 1920s-inspired clothing. It was not only fun picking out my wedding dress and what my wedding party would wear, but it also made it fun for my guests as well. Involving everyone brought a special feel and uniqueness that made our wedding special.

2. Invitations- Our invitations were art deco, and the inlay of the envelopes had an imprint with our names. We hired a calligrapher to make it even more authentic and bought awesome 1920s style stamps from Zazzle.

3. 1920s decor- I bought a working phonograph that winds and plays actual records from the 1920s along with 1920s sheet music that I used as decor. My even planner Stephanie even made cool chandeliers out of them!

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

My dad walking me down the aisle was a moment that I will never forget. We bought top hats for all of the guys to wear. I didn’t want the guys to wear them during the ceremony because I knew I couldn’t take Chris seriously. Last minute, I asked my dad to wear his. It looked great on him, and in a way, it was as if he was giving Chris and the rest of the groomsmen permission to wear theirs.

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Kristy & Tim

September 15

Isle of Palms, South Carolina

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It’s been so cold here at WeddingWire HQ (“Hello, Mother Nature? It’s April!”) that we’re ready to just skip over spring and head into the heat of summer. This wedding had us dreaming of lounging in the sunshine – plus we absolutely adore the cowboy hats, the cake, and the bride’s high-low hemline dress (so ideal for a wedding in the sand!).

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Gillian & Tom

March 9

Charleston, South Carolina

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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?

Historic charm – we both have southern roots with grandparents from the south.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to attend the wedding.  Having our wedding at a historic southern venue was somewhat of a way to honor our heritage and to embrace our appreciation for history.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The garden ceremony setting – it was a special sunny day.  A fountain with peaceful running water served as our “altar” and our guests had a great view of the house at our historic venue.
  2. Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen– fun Charleston tradition and style.
  3. Chandeliers hung in our tent for the reception – they were a small detail that really added romance and charm.      

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

Don’t leave the details for the last minute.  We were so happy to have all of our planning done in advance so that the week before the wedding we really weren’t stressed at all.  We had time to spend and enjoy with family in the last few days leading up to the wedding.

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

Seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony.  We didn’t do first look photos and it made it so much more exciting to see each other at that big moment.  We couldn’t stop smiling! 

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