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Bride Lilly shares her Charleston plantation wedding to Bobby!

One of my favorite wedding details to check out is how the bride and groom choose to create a guest book! I’ve seen some pretty creative keepsakes, but never had I heard of Lilly and Bobby’s idea! “Instead of doing a typical guest book, we decided to collect post cards from places that we traveled throughout our engagement and have guests write little notes or advice on them. My mother-in-law has them all and she is sending them to us throughout the whole first year of our marriage. It is a great way to extend the wedding fun throughout the whole year and we love being reminded of all the fun memories when we get one in the mail!” I absolutely love this idea! Not only are the postcards themselves keepsakes from their travels, but now they are full of love and advice from their wedding guests!

I’m so thrilled to hand it off to Lilly to share all the meaningful details of their day, and I know you’ll especially love the wedding favor that is now a family tradition!

Thanks to Rach loves Troy for these lovely images!

When did y’all get married? April 15, 2017.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 143.

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. I knew that I wanted to shop for my wedding dress at 1-2 places in Charlotte, NC and that I wanted to only bring my mom and my best friend to keep from having too many opinions. The first stop was Hayden Olivia and I thought it was such a beautiful spot – we felt so special! I tried on 7 or 8 dresses, but I knew I wanted a dress that had lace sleeves and I ended up choosing the 2nd or 3rd dress I tried on. I didn’t cry at first, but as soon as we put the veil on, I looked at my mom and started crying and we all knew it was the one!

My something new, borrowed, old, and blue: My something new was the earrings my husband gave me on our wedding day, my something borrowed was my mom’s pearl bracelet, my something old was the lace from my mom’s wedding dress that I wrapped around my bouquet, and my something blue was my mom’s garter from her own wedding.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look in order to save time after the ceremony for celebrating and mingling with our guests that had come from near and far to share our special day with us. We are so happy that we did this because it really helped to calm our nerves and it even gave us some extra time to take a few cute pictures with our sweet dog!

What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? Did you write your own vows? (If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line?) Have any special readings, traditions, or participants? Our ceremony felt so magical because it was set in the middle of the Avenue of Oaks with all of this beautiful moss blowing in the wind – it was such a peaceful setting. We both felt it was really important to write our own vows so that we could really make them unique to us as a couple. My favorite line from his vows was: “I will forever be your biggest fan, supporting your passions and desires, because I know that the world is a better place with you by my side.” His favorite line from my vows was: “I promise to build a home and a family with you that is full of laughter, patience, acceptance, and love so that our children can witness firsthand how wonderful life can be if you have your best friend by your side.” My cousin also gave a beautiful reading of “The Art of Marriage” by Wilferd Arlan Peterson. We thought the words really served as important lessons and reminders of the type of marriage we wanted to create together.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Instead of doing a champagne toast for all of our guests, we brought a few bottles of champagne to have the bartenders hold on to just for us and our wedding party to use during the toasts. This was a great way to save money because often whenever the toasts start, people already have a drink in hand and the champagne goes to waste. But of course as the newlywed couple, we still wanted to have a little champagne on hand to celebrate!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? There were a few reasons that we thought Legare was the perfect spot for us. I am from North Carolina and Bobby is from New Hampshire, and we live in Boston now. I grew up vacationing in Charleston and it really felt like my home away from home. Once Bobby and I started dating, he would visit Charleston with me and he fell in love with it too. I knew I wanted to have a Southern wedding, and we wanted to share one of our favorite places with all of our friends and family. As soon as we saw Legare Waring House with its beautiful landscape and stunning oak trees, we knew we had found the perfect place!

What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? My favorite memory is the feeling I felt when we were all seated at dinner and the light was just turning to dusk, and I saw all of our family and friends talking and laughing. Having my new husband by my side and seeing all of our favorite people in the same place getting to know one another was a feeling and a memory I will never forget.

Tell us your love story in one sentence. We met our freshman year at UNC on my birthday (of all nights) and our friendship eventually turned into something more because we were always seated next to each other in classes (both our names begin with H), and we also played on the same intramural soccer team. It was fate!
Tell us all about the proposal! Bobby proposed on a beautiful fall day in October 2015 when we were in town for UNC’s homecoming football weekend, which we’ve been going to every year since we graduated. We live in Boston now, and I had actually flown down early on Friday to meet up with a friend and have lunch on campus. I didn’t think he was arriving until later that night because he had been gone all week on a work trip. My friend and I were walking around campus and as we approached the Old Well, he came up behind me and surprised me! He proposed in front of the Old Well and I can barely remember anything he said because I was so surprised. The best part about it (other than the proposal) was that my parents and a lot of our friends were in town so we had the whole weekend to celebrate with them!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. The songs that we used for the ceremony and first dances were really important to me because I wanted them all to have sentimental value. For the seating of the grandmothers and mothers, the musicians played “Your Song” by Elton John. I loved this choice because my dad used to play that song for my mom on the piano when I was growing up. I walked down the aisle to “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol (a personal favorite) and for the recessional we chose “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles because it had a great lively beat to it which indicated to our guests at the end of the ceremony that it was time to celebrate! For our first dance, we danced to “You and I” by John Legend which my husband suggested and I absolutely loved. And for the father-daughter dance, we picked “My Girl” by the Temptations. I’ve been dancing with my dad to that song all my life after seeing “Father of the Bride” with him and it only made sense to dance to it together on our wedding day!
What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? Why did you choose it? For our wedding cake, we wanted something classic, Southern, and a little unique. One of my favorite Southern desserts is banana pudding so when our cake baker offered that flavor as one of our choices, we had to say yes! It had real bananas and vanilla wafers inside it and was absolutely delicious. And the presentation of the cake could not have been more lovely with its classic white icing and beautiful sugar magnolia blooms. It was perfection!
What was your favorite detail from your wedding? My favorite detail was the favors for our guests. My mom baked homemade pecan chewies for each of our guests with the pecans from my great-uncle’s pecan farm. This was a nod to my great-grandmother who gave my mom and dad homemade pecan chewies on their wedding day as they were leaving for their honeymoon “so that they wouldn’t go hungry.” So we wanted to pass that same sentiment and tradition on to our guests!
What was your favorite thing about wedding planning? My favorite thing about wedding planning was all the special moments I got to share with my parents and my in-laws. Putting on my wedding dress for the first time with my mom, practicing the first dance with my dad, and making welcome bags with my mother-in-law were truly wonderful memories that I will always treasure. My husband and I also took dance lessons and it was a great way for us to make time as a couple during our busy week and just have fun together!
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? The hardest part of planning our wedding was having to do it from afar. Since we live in Boston and the wedding was in Charleston, SC, we really had to rely on our planner and our family to help us stay organized and get through all of the logistics. We even picked out our venue by having my parents visit it and take videos – we didn’t see it in person until 10 months into the planning process!
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? It is very easy to get caught up in the details of planning a wedding and forget why you’re getting married in the first place. Make time for yourself, your family, and your significant other because those are the people that make this special time so memorable. Your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye, and what you end up remembering the most are the moments you shared with all of the people you love and care about – not the little details that go into planning a wedding.

Photographer and Videographer: Rach Loves Troy | Planner: A.Caldwell Events | Venue: Legare Waring House | Florist: Tiger Lily | Wedding Cake: Sugar Magnolia Cake Boutique | Caterer: B. Gourmet Catering | Bar: MIX Bartending | Rentals: EventWorks | Lighting: Innovative Event Services | Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston | DJ: DJ Josh via OtherBrother Entertainment | Invitation Suite: Scotti Cline Designs | Bride’s Gown: “Estelle” by Modern Trousseau | Bridal Salon: Hayden Olivia Bridal | Bride’s Veil: Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils | Hair and Makeup: Paper Dolls | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Annabelle” in Ciel Blue by Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Tuxedo: Loro Piana from Julian Style | Groom’s Shoes: Tom Ford | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Getaway Car: Lowcountry Valet and Shuttle | Wedding Nanny for Dog: Dog Tired

Written with love by Catherine
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Bride Molly shares her playful oceanfront wedding to Austin!

Today’s wedding is just a breath of beachy fresh air full of playful, glam details, and I couldn’t love it more. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to today’s bride, Molly, whose beau, Austin, proposed in a pink library on the same darling island where they hosted their wedding. Fittingly, their big day was full of touches of pink complemented by gorgeous watercolor paper goods, tassel details, and lots of blue and white ginger jars!

Everything about these photos is just plain fun, which is why it doesn’t surprise me that not even a power outage could dampen the mood. Molly says, “A huge storm rolled through as we were all on the dance floor that caused the power to go out. It ended up getting resolved, and we had power soon after, but even without lights and music, our guests were still having a blast.” Read on to see the rest of this oceanfront fete!

Thanks to Shannon Kirsten for these lovely photos!

When did y’all get married? May 13th, 2017.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 190.

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. My mom, one of my sisters, and two of my best friends joined me on the hunt. I am very particular, so when I saw my dress, I knew it was the one. It ended up being a pretty easy task for me!

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Our wedding fell on Mother’s Day weekend so florists were few and far between. We ordered our flowers from Fifty Flowers and our amazing day-of planner (who also doubles as a florist) was able to create all of the floral arrangements the day before. Also, the wedding cake. Since we went simple, it kept the cost down.

What was Southern about your wedding? I loved the traditional children’s wear that we used for the ring bearers and flower girls (all 7 of them) and monogramming anything we could get away with.

What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? I loved walking down the aisle with my veil over my face and having my father lift it up once I met Austin at the end. I also loved the cross that was the backdrop of our ceremony, representing faith in Jesus as the foundation of our marriage.

What was your favorite thing about wedding planning? I loved the design aspect and seeing everything coming together from beginning to end. From the invitation suite, to the centerpieces, to the welcome bags and paper products…making sure it all fit the look and feel we were going for.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? I’ve always loved the Boca Bay Pass Club as a venue. The beautiful Gulf of Mexico in the background, the blue & white chinoiserie wallpaper in the bathroom, the green lawn where we pitched our reception tent…the list goes on. It was perfect for us. We also loved the fact that it felt like a “destination” wedding even though it’s not far from where we are from.

Our first dance was to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.” Austin and I love Van Morrison’s music and always knew we wanted to use one of his songs for our first dance. The lyrics of this song are so sweet and meaningful. It was perfect for us. The father-daughter dance was to James Taylor’s “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You.” My dad and I had so much fun dancing to this song. At one point he picked me up and twirled me in his arms. The mother-son dance was to Van Morrison’s “Days like This.” Austin and his mom are both great dancers and love this song.

Tell us your love story in one sentence. Austin and I were high school sweethearts that went our separate ways (but stayed friends) during college and then immediately following my college graduation, we knew we were “the one” for each other.
Tell us all about the proposal! Austin asked if I wanted to go to Boca Grande, FL for the weekend. Since that’s one of my favorite getaway spots, of course I said yes. On Saturday, I was in my bathing suit and cover-up ready to hit the beach, but Austin had different plans. He rented a golf cart for the day and asked if I wanted to take a ride around the [adorable] island. Sounded good to me. We made a little stop at what I’ve always told him was my favorite library. It’s painted pink with huge front doors made of coral with a lush courtyard in the back. We took a stroll through the library, and before I knew it, he was on one knee. of course I said yes, so we popped some champagne and spent the day basking in our excitement and spreading the news. That night Austin took me to my favorite restaurant on the island, The Temptation (aka “the temp”), and low and behold our parents were nestled up in a cozy round booth in the corner of the restaurant. He had invited them down to dinner to help us celebrate!
Did you decide to do a first look? We went back and forth on our decision but ended up doing a first look. I am so happy we did. It was a special moment [and one of the only moments] we had with just us. Plus, it gave us more time to celebrate with everyone at our wedding and more time for pictures.
What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? Dessert wasn’t a huge priority of ours so we kept it easy and went with a simple wedding cake from Publix. It was vanilla with a strawberry cream filling and cream cheese icing…delicious!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? Don’t worry about everyone’s opinion, because everyone will want to share theirs. Whether it be positive or negative. Focus on the positive and that your best, most fun and special day ever is right around the corner!

Photographer: Shannon Kirsten Photography | Planner and Florist: Caroline Ruth Designs | Additional Planning: Sarah Tucker | Venue and Caterer: Boca Bay Pass Club | Flowers: Fifty Flowers | Wedding Cake Baker: Publix Bakery | Lighting and Rentals: US Tent Rental | Specialty Linens: La Tavola | Farm Tables and Vintage Furniture: The Reserve Vintage Rentals | Band: The Atlanta Funk Society | Paper Products: Shannon Kirsten | Bride’s Gown: “Teresa” by Hayley Paige | Earrings: Ann Taylor | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Ali Pullen & Heather Jo Herman from Acqua Aveda Salon | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Lauren,” “Newbury,” “Lacey,” “DC,” “Lolo,” “Riggs,” and “Amber” in “Going to the Chapel” by Joanna August | Groom’s Attire: Mr. Porter and Burberry | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux

Written with love by Catherine
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  1. avatar Priscilla Henriques reply

    Wow, what a stunning wedding! Amazing wedding for an amazing couple! Honored to have been a small part! – Priscilla (The Reserve Vintage Rentals)

  2. avatar Lucy Clarke reply

    A fun and special day indeed for Molly and Austin! Love how all the details came together to create a light, fun and breathtaking moment!

  3. avatar Shannon Kirsten reply

    My favorite wedding thus far! Thank you for featuring us! – Shannon Kirsten

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Bride Kate shares her wintery Austin wedding!

Friends, I’m delighted to introduce you to today’s bride, Kate! Reading through her interview, it seems like a lot of things fell into place effortlessly for her wintery Austin wedding to Damon — she found her dress after visiting one store, and they fell in love with their venue the minute they walked in the door. Makes sense for a couple whose relationship seems equally easy (“We are two native Austinites who found each other and were instantly inseparable,” she says when asked about their love story!)

But Kate is also clear about the value her vendors, especially her wedding planner, brought to the table: “I did not think I was going to enjoy wedding planning at all. Thankfully, I had the most wonderful planner, Emily Leach, who made me feel at ease about every decision and was so helpful throughout the entire process. I could not have done it without her!” Together, these two created something truly beautiful. (And not without help from Damon, who built the arch they were married under – keep reading for more!)

Thanks to Sophie Epton for these lovely photos!

Tell us your love story in one sentence. We are two native Austinites who found each other and were instantly inseparable.
Tell us all about the proposal! Damon took me out to Hamilton Pool at the crack of dawn when no one else was there. I thought we were just going for a hike and then he got down on one knee!
When did y’all get married? January 14, 2017.
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150.

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. I only went to one store, and when I tried the dress on I instantly knew it was the right one. The ladies from Linyage just happened to be at Unbridaled and overheard me talking about what I wanted. They had the top just for me! They pulled it out of their car, and I tried it on and fell in love.
Did you decide to do a first look? Damon is very traditional and wanted his first time seeing me to be walking down the aisle.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? We fell in love with the feel of The Union on Eighth the minute we walked in. It had a warm feel while still being a bit industrial. It is just a short walk away from the Georgetown town square which is so charming as well.
What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? My best friend’s father is a judge and was able to marry us. It was very nice to have someone who knew us to be able to do that.
What was your favorite detail from your wedding? My favorite detail about the wedding was our arch. Damon didn’t want to have any run-of-the-mill arch for us to get married under, so he built one. It came out better than I could have ever imagined, and Clementine Floral just made it over the top with the incredible flowers.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I had always wanted to walk down the aisle to “That Dress Looks Nice on You” by Sufjan Stevens. I had thought, though, that this wouldn’t be possible because we hired a fiddler and guitar player for our ceremony, and they didn’t know the song. As I started walking down the aisle, I heard the song playing. Damon had gotten the guys to learn the song! It was such a special part of the ceremony to me, and I will always remember it.

What was Southern about your wedding? Our wedding was Southern in that it was a family affair. We wanted all of our big families to be there celebrating with us. The farm tables allowed everyone to sit as a family and enjoy the night.
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? The budget was the hardest part, even when you think you have a high enough budget it still seems to need to be more.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000

What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? We had a traditional bridal cake, but Damon doesn’t really like cake and his favorite dessert is root beer floats. So we had a root beer float bar! The peached tortilla worked with Amy’s Ice Cream and it was so fun and delicious.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We used Paperless Post for our invitations and just used Boarding School Collective for our day-of paper products. It saved us a quite a bit on invitations. And, we still loved the invitations we got from Paperless Post!
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? It is hard to pick just one moment. We left, and in the car we just looked at each other and said that it was the most fun night of our lives. Our venders just put the night over the top for us. We had so much fun taking pictures with Sophie and Jordan. Emily and her team made everything so easy for us that we didn’t have to worry about a thing. The Peached Tortilla gave us INCREDIBLE food. And all we had to do was dance the night away with our family and friends.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? My biggest advice would be get a wedding planner if you can fit it into the budget. I would have never made it through without Emily. It was the best money we spent on the wedding.

Photographer: Sophie Epton | Planner: Emily Leach with Bird Dog Wedding | Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Union on Eighth | Florist: Clementine | Wedding Cake: Green Lily Bakery Caterer: The Peached Tortilla | Rentals: Loot Vintage and Marquee Rentals | DJ: Bradley with Live Oak DJ | Ceremony Musician: Andy Lentz | Paper Products: Boarding School Collective | Bride’s Gown: Unbridaled | Bridal Overlay: Linyage | Hair Stylist: Katie Scott | Makeup Artist: Shannon Nicole | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids |

Written with love by Catherine
3 Comments
  1. avatar Emily // Bird Dog Wedding reply

    Lovely couple, lovely day! Thanks so much for sharing, can’t beat a cozy winter wedding.

  2. avatar Nan castello reply

    This is a lovely tribute to a beautiful day! Thank you Southern Weddings! I’m Kate’s mom and hadn’t heard the story of the song…I guess in all the busyness she never told me. Her vendors were THE BEST. Sophie and her husband not only caught the beauty of the day for us, but they themselves were so much fun.

  3. avatar Andy Lentz reply

    It was an honor to be part of this wedding, and so fun to surprise Kate with the processional that Damon had requested on her behalf!

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