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Born a northerner and the daughter of a Coast Guard captain, I usually think of seaside weddings and their nautical flag palettes as the province of New England nuptials. But that’s not quite right, because the South has miles and miles of coastline, and a boating culture all its own! Rachel Red Photography and Lindsay Bishop Events chose to embrace the bold colors and simple style of Charleston Harbor for this elopement inspiration shoot, and I must say, it’s a breath of fresh (salty sea) air.

A few words from Lindsay on the inspiration behind this shoot:

When they began planning their wedding, the two of them knew that they didn’t want a grand gathering; it just didn’t feel like them. Madeline and Chandler wanted to celebrate the beginning of their marriage surrounded with only the people that meant the most to them, in the place that they felt most at home. Eloping on a sailboat at sunset just felt right! The Schooner Pride was the perfect vessel for their nuptials. Modeled after an 18th century coastal trading schooner, the 84’ tall ship embodied all of the romantic, historic elements that Madeline loves so much about Charleston. They used signal flags to frame their quaint ceremony space, spelling “Forever” in the colorful emblems. With a color palette inspired by the signal flags they love so much, their distinctly nautical style was reflected in every detail. A beautifully textured blue and white striped linen adorned the main dining table, and weathered wood boards were paired with shining gold flatware to evoke feelings of an old ship. Soft Turkish towels made lovely accents for a number of food displays.

After the ceremony, their intimate group enjoyed an enormous farmer’s snack board filled with charcuterie and cheese, accompanied by savory shrimp salad boats and succulent pickled shrimp, paying homage to the low country’s abundance with tons of local ingredients. No Charleston party is complete without oysters, and Madeline and Chandler didn’t disappoint with a giant clam shell full of raw oysters paired with lemon slices and adorable mini bottles of Tabasco sauce!

Ship: Schooner Pride | Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Planning and floral design: Lindsay Bishop Events | Rentals: Ooh Events and Polished Tabletop | Linens: La Tavola | Bride’s dress: Lovely Bride | Jewelry: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Menswer: Menguin and Banana Republic | Hair and makeup: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup | Paper goods: The Silver Starfish | Food: Cru Catering | Turkish towels: Charleston Weekender | Signal flags: My Signal Flags

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  1. avatar Renee reply

    Who is the floral desogner

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If there’s a recurring struggle among our newlywed home tour couples, it’s this: how to combine households when two become one. What stays? What goes? What new items need to be added to create a space that’s reflective of your personalities, and warm and comfy for hosting friends? There’s no easy answer (and probably several long conversations in your future about which sports posters and/or Lilly Pulitzer pillows will make the cut!), but we’re excited to share a shop filled with personalized home picks and wedding gift ideas that would all be welcome additions.

Love to entertain? Things Remembered has you covered with drinkware for all occasions, including cozy dinners at home with just the two of you. A personalized cheeseboard and monogrammed wine glasses make even a random Tuesday feel like a celebration!

They also have sweet options for remembering your wedding in your home, like picture frames and shadow boxes. Any of these would make lovely wedding gifts, too!

Using a universal wedding registry like Amazon? Add a few of Things Remembered’s personalized gifts to your list. We can’t help you with every decorating decision, but their classic pieces will get you started off on the right foot!

See their full selection of wedding gifts and personalized home items on the Things Remembered site. Happy shopping, and happy decorating! :)

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Hi friends! I’m popping in today to share a few kind words about the Southern Weddings Planner! You’ve heard me sing its praises before (and I have no shame there – it is without a doubt the project I am most proud of from my time at Southern Weddings, and I think every bride should buy one!!). But, I can also understand that you might feel I’m a teensy bit biased, and that’s probably true :) So instead of telling you again why I love our planner, I wanted to share our friend Erin Lindsey’s review. She bought the planner herself and wrote the review of her own accord, and as someone who meets with so many brides, I think she has a great perspective. Here’s what she had to say:

I’ll be honest, I don’t normally love wedding planner binders one finds at bookstores, etc. Why? Because I feel like often the information is outdated, numbers are off, and many books will give brides a list of obscure questions that they “should be asking their vendors,” when really the questions have no relevance to their 2016/2017 wedding. A 1998 wedding, maybe… but not a current one.

Anyway, what I just LOVE about this planner is that they also include budgeting tools, countdown checkboxes, and the information all throughout the binder is actually accurate!! And helpful! And realistic! And genius! And fun! The tips they give are for you gorgeous Southern brides of today. And on top of the great information inside the binder, it is freaking adorable, too!! On the inside and out!! And it’s such high quality. I was blown away when I opened it.

I love that something this adorable and wonderful exists for my brides and I’m excited to be putting these beauties into their hands when I meet them!

What I love about Erin’s review is that it gets at EXACTLY what we were hoping to achieve with our Planner: sharing information with you that is TRUE, realistic, accurate, and helpful, not written with some wedding industry ulterior motive. It’s exactly what we would tell our sisters, cousins, and best friends.

Have I convinced you? Go pick up your planner in our shop. Still on the fence? You can read more reviews. And, if you already have a planner and would like to submit a review, please email me directly!

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  1. avatar Kelly reply

    Ordered one yesterday for a friend that just got engaged to put in our traditional engagement basket. So excited for her to get her hands on this!

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