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Whether you’re clicking through wedding blogs on your lunch break or catching up with us once you get home from work and switch gears to planning mode, consider today’s post a little breather. We’re all about the practical and the pretty around these parts, but sometimes, we don’t want you to worry about filing away important info or looking for details to pin…we just want you to get excited for your big day! Besides, when else in your life do you get to wear a stunning gown, dance the night away with both your sorority sisters and your grandparents, AND (last but far from least!) commit your life to your best friend? Jaicee and Kolton’s wedding film by Hampton Road Studios will hopefully be a sweet reminder of all of the above and more. We loved this peek into their special day beneath the most gorgeous Spanish moss!

P.S. See more from Jaicee and Kolton’s wedding here!

From the bride:

We had originally planned to have our ceremony and reception on St. Simons Island, Georgia, but after visiting my grandparent’s coastal house so much and remembering why we loved that location, we couldn’t pass up the beautiful Spanish moss-covered oak trees and the chance for a waterfront reception.

Southern grace and God’s presence are so important to us, so the prayer before the ceremony (instead of a first look) was so special! The emotion of seeing each other for the first time down the aisle was simply breathtaking. We also decided to write our own vows, which we will cherish forever.

A Southern wedding is not complete without a long farm table, so we chose that as our head table. The tables were lined with driftwood, English roses, oyster shells, succulents and Spanish moss. My mom takes pride in her beautiful ferns, so we had to include those, too! We served two of our favorite Southern hors d’oeuvres; crab cake balls and chicken salad pastries. My dad hand made our dance floor out of wooden pallets. I also took up calligraphy in my spare time and designed each of our signs at our wedding. It was so special to see each of those in the photos and video knowing that I did them myself!

Venue: Sutherland Bluff Plantation | Videography: Hampton Road Studios | Photography: Chloé Giancola Photography | Planner: Ally Moline Events | Florals and design: RAZZ Jackson Design | Hair & Makeup: Kelsey Kinsman, Kate Davis, Natalie Scarborough, Fonda Davis Salon | Dress: Alyne Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Tasteful Temptations Catering | Rentals: Tasteful Temptations and Carlson’s Premier Events & Rentals | DJ: Island Sound

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  1. avatar Ashley Hampton reply

    We are so in love with Jaicee and Kolton’s wedding! Thank you for featuring their sweet wedding!

  2. avatar Cali reply

    LOVE!! What a great video, love this feature. Thanks for sharing!

  3. avatar Meg Simone reply

    Ashley! This is a beautiful film! Your story telling never fails to give goosies! Love love love :) Even better the video is featured solo! Nothing is lost in all the details :) Congrats :)

  4. avatar Shire reply

    What a beautiful wedding film!!!

  5. avatar Rebecca reply

    Such a beautiful wedding! Great job Hampton Roads Studios!

    Thanks for being willing to publish stand-alone video features like this! I love it!

  6. avatar Naomi reply

    This video is absolutely stunning! What a treasure for the bride and groom to keep! This is why videography is so important on wedding days! ❤️

  7. avatar Maura reply

    What a beautiful video! Capturing those words from Dad and so many beautiful emotions with a video just can’t be compared! LOVELY!

  8. avatar Brittany reply

    This is so beautiful!!!

  9. avatar Angela Burch Brewton reply

    Mom of the Bride here!!!! This wedding was amazing and everything Jaicee wanted it to be! All things Southern!
    Thanks for featuring them!

  10. avatar Paul A Drawdy reply

    Possibly the best wedding video I’ve seen. No, it is the best wedding video I’ve seen. Great job Hampton Road

  11. avatar Tammy reply

    Oh my goodness!! I absolutely LOVE this wedding film. What a great way to capture the day. I love the audio in this film and it is beautifully shot and edited. Great job!!! Please feature more wedding films….I could just sit here and binge watch them all day long.

  12. avatar Amy Cheree reply

    BEAUTIFUL wedding and BEAUTIFUL film!! There are so many special moments captured that I know will serve as a lifelong keepsake. Great job Hampton Roads Studio and congrats to the happy couple! <3

  13. avatar Shayna Banfe reply

    I love all the beauty and sweetness of the day that was captured!!! So dreamy.

  14. avatar vicky reply

    Jaicee, i love your earrings! if you don’t mind me asking, where did you get them? thanks in advance!

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Grab a tissue, friends–it has been a little while since we had a wedding film on the blog, but I promise it has been worth the wait! I couldn’t get through Meredith and Tate’s highlights film (beautifully captured and created by our Blue Ribbon Vendor, PenWeddings) without some serious tears, thanks to their loving families and friends, their emotional ceremony, and the joy that was evident at every moment. I also love the way PenWeddings was on hand to capture moments from the rehearsal dinner, too–I remember the entirety of my wedding weekend just as fondly as I remember the day itself, so it was especially touching to witness how magical each part of this gorgeous Charleston weekend was for Meredith and Tate!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story! We met on a blind date! Our vet (who is now one of our good friends) set us up. Tate had just gotten a boxer puppy and was at an appointment for the puppy shots when she just flat out asked him if he was single. He said yes and then she gave him my number. I guess you could call it puppy love! :)
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Since we got married in the deep South, Charleston, South Carolina, I guess that is the biggest detail! We did a carriage ride for our bridesmaid luncheon, and getting married in the very first church established in the South was pretty cool!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I remember so much from the wedding and I am so glad I took advice from friends to step away every 30 minutes or so to take it all in. But, I think the most memorable part was walking down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” sung by my dad’s very best friend, and seeing my handsome groom waiting for me. I just stared at him the whole way down the aisle!

Cinematography: PenWeddings | Photography: Corbin Gurkin | Design, Florals, and Linens: Tara Guerard Soiree | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church | Reception Venue: William Aiken House | Rehearsal Dinner: McCrady’s Restaurant | Wedding Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal | Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Ceremony Strings: Charleston Virtuosi | Ceremony Choir: Voices of Deliverance | Band/MC: Simply Irresistible | Tents and Furniture: Snyder Event Rentals | Lighting and Sound: Production Design Associates | Hair Stylist: Kristy Cuthbert of Sola Salon | Makeup Artist: Diedre Outlaw of Studio M Charleston | Bride’s Gown and Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang | Bridal Attendant: Cacky’s Bride Aid | Bridesmaid Dresses: Kate McDonald | Stationery: Lettered Olive | Calligraphers: Claudia Engle Lettering & Design and Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Transportation: Absolutely Charleston, Marquee Limo, Palmetto Carriage | Getaway Vehicle: ACW Limo

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I haven’t made it to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina yet, but judging by the number of sweet proposals we’ve seen there, I daresay it must be one of the most romantic places in the South! We were delighted when this dreamy video (and photos!) of one of our good friends, Austin of Blueberry Creative, came through our inboxes–Austin’s teammate, Adam, sneakily captured his and Megan’s engagement on Super 8 video, and then did a mini portrait session with them around the Biltmore grounds. I love thinking about the fact that Austin and Megan will be able to return to the Biltmore any time they want, and always be reminded of this special day!

From Austin:

I wanted to do something memorable and special, but my options were limited (you don’t get too many free weekends as a wedding photographer and I knew I needed to make my move before wedding season started). We never need much of a reason to take a trip to Asheville, and we had talked about touring the Biltmore Estate on many occasions. My birthday was coming up, so I had a convenient excuse to book a weekend trip at a cute bed and breakfast, The Sweet Biscuit Inn. On the outside, I was cool and collected and everything was “normal.” Inside, though, my heart was pounding when my mind drifted to what I had planned. After I booked a last minute, super-secret flight to Ohio to ask for her parents’ blessing, the stage was set!

On the big day, we were treated to a delicious three-course breakfast prepared by Claudia and Christian (the owners of the bed and breakfast). With full bellies, we made our way to the Biltmore Estate and started our tour. My plan was to tour the house and pop the question in the garden that afternoon. What I didn’t plan for was the hundreds of people touring the gardens at the exact same time! This made it super challenging to find the perfect spot without Megan becoming suspicious. I was a nervous wreck and we spent far too long walking around the gardens. I knew I had to make my move soon, so I led her over to a gorgeous arbor and took a few polaroid selfies before kneeling down and telling her all the things that were on my heart.

We spent the rest of the afternoon taking photos around the estate, grinning from ear to ear, soaking up the bright beginning to the rest of our lives.

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