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For Jana, a wedding photographer herself, finding her dream gown posed to be a bit more challenging than she had initially expected. With the help of the sweet ladies at Blue Ribbon Vendor bridal salon Coast Knot Bridal, she was able to find exactly what she was looking for…as well as 63 runners up! However, having gowns in waiting turned out to be helpful when working through her and Bailey’s decision to do a first look. The week of the wedding, Jana made a last-minute decision to wear her reception dress to their first look instead of her “real” wedding gown! It was a sneaky way to compromise by calming their nerves with a first look, while still preserving that special moment of Bailey seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress when she was walking down the aisle. I love seeing a couple use the tools that are needed in marriage during their wedding planning–compromise is a perfect example!

Big hugs to Blue Ribbon Vendor Cynthia Rose for sharing this sweet coastal day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. This was no easy task. Being a wedding photographer, I was searching for a dress that not only fit well, but that would photograph well. 63 dresses later, I finally found my perfect dress at Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique. I could never thank the girls there enough for all of their patience!

For our flowers, we chose a mix of greens and creams, and added a hint of color with parrot tulips and David Austin roses. I loved how they complemented the linens on the tables, as well as the colors used for the bridesmaid dresses. Hands down, they were one of my favorite details from the day!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Kinda. I wanted to do a first look, Bailey did not. After finally talking him into it, I changed my mind the week before by choosing to wear my reception dress to our first look instead of my ceremony dress. To me, it was the prefect way to get all the nerves out without spoiling the surprise of my actual wedding dress.

We added the live painting as a last-minute decision, so our guests could experience something a little different during our ceremony and cocktail hour. It is one of our most treasured items from our wedding, and while I love photographs, I am excited to have a piece of custom art for our new home!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Documentation of our wedding day! This was, hands down, our priority from the beginning. Our wedding day was such a whirlwind. While we remember bits and pieces of it, just seeing our pictures made us realize that we didn’t really remember as much as we thought. Bailey did not originally see the importance of having a videographer, but the second we walked away from our ceremony, his exact words were, “I am so glad you made us get the video, because I don’t remember anything I just said!”

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our logo and branding! We worked with our designer, Elizabeth, for almost a year and a half, and we couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. From our invitations to our bar signage, our life logo really added a personal touch to our wedding day. We are excited to still be using it throughout our thank you cards and additional paper products.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We buried the bourbon! You are supposed to do this a month before the wedding, but we did it the night before. In honor of Bailey’s grandfather, I had a handkerchief made from his shirt to give to Bailey at the wedding. It was embroidered with his initials and our wedding date. We also used heirloom silver pieces from Bailey’s great grandmother for our communion during our ceremony.

Choosing desserts for our wedding was a no-brainer. After eating wedding cake almost every weekend, I knew it would be hard to find one that would stick out to me. All of our wedding pound cakes were made by my aunt Gina. Her chocolate pound cake has always been my favorite, so I knew that would be the one we actually cut into! The pies were provided by our caterer, and they were absolutely divine.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Bailey and I met at my 16th birthday party. As we joke, he showed up uninvited and never left!
Tell us all about the proposal! We got engaged at the Biltmore in August 2013. As a wedding photographer, my schedule limits our vacations together to either the extreme hot or cold months, and boy, was it hot! After walking around the entire property, Bailey convinced me to hike to the highest point, overlooking the house. He asked me to marry him there, and, of course, I said yes!
When did y’all get married? May 16, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The trees and the Southern charm! We knew Litchfield was everything we had ever envisioned for our day, and I liked that we had the house for the entire weekend.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. There was no sentimental meaning behind this for us; however, it is a classic and we knew we wanted something that would never go out of style!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Honestly, the budget and more specifically, the guest list. These two secretly go hand in hand. We had many, many people RSVP telling us that they were attending, and then they did not show up. For each person “attending,” you have to consider the cost of renting a chair, silverware, plates, a ceremony chair, glassware (usually three per person), a napkin, and then food and drink. Most people don’t even consider these things when building a guest list, or as a guest responding to an event. Choose your guests wisely if you want the wedding you have always dreamed of.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Do your research and fully look into your venue before booking. While we loved our venue and wouldn’t change it for the world, we were not fully prepared for some of the costs that we didn’t know about when we booked it. Before touring any venue, research images of past weddings there and ask questions about them. Hidden cost can throw a huge bend in any wedding budget, so it’s better to know upfront and be able to adjust your budget accordingly.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are excited to finally settle into our new home, which we purchased two weeks before our wedding. We are excited to finally have a place of our own!

Photographer: Cynthia Rose Photography / Videographer: Low Country Wedding Films / Planner: Kelly Catron of Gigi Noelle Events and Elizabeth Curl of Palmetto Pearl Designs / Venue: Litchfield Plantation / Florist: Blossoms Events / Caterer and Dessert Baker: Art Catering / Rentals: Hotz Rentals and Eventworks / Lighting: MC Sound Light and Video / DJ: Paul Matthews / Logo, Branding, and Paper Products: Palmetto Pearl Designs / Custom Shell Wreaths: Simply Shells Rentals / Bride’s Gown: Pronovias / Bridal Salon and Accessories: Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique / Hair Stylist: Emette Tedder of Hair FETish Salon / Makeup Artist: Tiffany Long / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Stephanie” in Spearmint by Donna Morgan / Menswear: Calvin Klein / Live Painting: Kelly Bollman / Harpist: Becky Nissen / Rings: Robisons Jewelers / Officiant: Rev. Wesley Peyton

Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique and Cynthia Rose are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Rachel Wells reply

    Wow- I’m obsessed with the oyster details!! So pretty!

  2. avatar elenison reply

    Where did you order the oyster knives?!?!

  3. avatar Karen reply

    Where did the oyster knives come from? I want to order them. Thanks

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V4 Feature :: Polo Shoot

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You’ve seen all the behind-the-scenes goodness, and if you’ve picked up your copy of the magazine, you’ve seen the beautiful spreads! (If you haven’t picked up your copy of the magazine yet, my goodness, do so now!) I’m so happy to share the final images crafted by Bryan Johnson from our day at the Hyde Park Polo Club. Enjoy!

YUM! Look at all these goodies Cru Catering prepared:

The talented vendors who brought this shoot to life:

Photography: A Bryan Photo // Film processing: Richard Photo Lab // Design and styling: Calder Clark Designs // Floral design: Blossoms Events // Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha // Makeup: Pamela Lesch // Menu cards, jotters, invitation, monogram trays: Dulles Designs // Calligraphy and custom monogram: Allison R. Banks Designs // Food and drink: Cru Catering // All bridal gowns: from Maddison Row // Textured ballgown: “Bellflower” by Monique Lhuillier // Off-the-shoulder gown: “L810” by Romona Keveza Legends // “L8151” by Romona Keveza Legends // Bridesmaid skirts: Anne M. Cramer // Chivari chairs and table rental: Snyder Event Rentals // Custom table linen: Blossoms Events // Table runner screenprinting: Griffin Screenprinting // Tabletop items: Vieuxtemps // Flower girl and ringbearer accessories: Blossoms Events // Venue and polo items: Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club // Cocktail and dinner napkins and serving trays: Calder Clark Designs

emily Written with love by Emily
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    I think Calder is a genius + A Bryan is too = love, love, love everything about this!

  4. avatar Christine reply

    The food presentation looks great!

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  7. avatar jessica reply

    I came across your website from pinterest! I loved the moss flynn skirt so much I just ordered them for my bridesmaids. I absolutely love the one shoulder tank you have in the picture about. Can you please tell me where you found it? It is exactly what I am looking for and I can’t find it on the web anywhere!

  8. avatar Erin reply

    I am also trying to order the Moss Flynn skirts for my bridesmaids but wanted to know who makes the one shoulder tank y’all have paired with the skirt. I love it but can’t find it anywhere. Please help!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Erin! Those tanks are from Victoria’s Secret, of all places! Best of luck with your search, and please send us photos if you go this route!!

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  17. avatar Mary Beth reply

    Love every bit of this photo shoot!!! Please tell me where the green striped tie is from. It is darling.

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  20. avatar Morgan reply

    I was wondering if you could please tell me the designer or the green and white striped bridesmaid dress.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Morgan! It’s actually not a dress, it’s a skirt + top! The skirt is from Anne M. Cramer, and the top is from Victoria’s Secret.

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  22. avatar Jessica reply

    I absolutely love the green and white striped skirts, and I found them at, but I can’t find the top. Can you tell me where the top in that picture is from? Thanks so much!!

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    Probably the most gorgeous decor and food ideas for a small wedding! Absolutely beautiful.

  27. avatar Ruth Rososuw reply

    How on earth do i get hold of the material used to make the stipped bridesmaid’s dresses. i live in South Africa and i would love to do something similar for my bridesmaids. I will do anything possible to get that material. And how do you think this still would suit a plus sized bridesmaid? Or something similar as long as the stripes stay.
    Thanx so much :-) !

  28. avatar Ally reply

    Where did you find those bridesmaids dresses?!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Ally! It’s actually not a dress, it’s a skirt + top! The skirt is from Anne M. Cramer, and the top is from Victoria’s Secret.

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  30. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the bridesmaid dress that is one shoulder, short, white with the green stripes. Do you know who the maker is? Where I could find that dress?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! It’s actually not a dress, it’s a skirt + top! The skirt is from Anne M. Cramer, and the top is from Victoria’s Secret.

  31. avatar Katie reply

    I just HAVE to know where she got her dress! Stunning!

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  41. avatar Kristin reply

    Where is the short white dress from? The one on the girl standing between the two girls in the green and white striped skirts? Thanks.

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Just like Tuesday was all about our Paper, Cotton, and Flour feature, today is all about our fabulous Charleston polo shoot! Before we reveal the final images, photographer Leigh Webber is here to give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of a print feature on a hot and sticky August day!

How about the SUV corral? There’s a reason wedding vendors (and editors) drive big cars — we have a lot of stuff to haul around!

We had a much bigger crew than usual at this shoot, which meant lots of consultations amongst different groups. Which kind of translates to lots of standing around in photos, but I promise, we were working hard!

Meanwhile, Barry from Blossoms Events, our florist for the day, was hard at work pulling together gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces.

In another corner of the polo field, Emilie Dulles, Nicole, and a few other helpers were prepping the escort card display.

A selection of sparkling flatware and glassware was lined up and waiting. We typically bring more than we can use in order to have options!

When the table was finally ready to set, we had one highly unusual step: dirtying the polo balls. Yes, Caitlin, Calder’s intrepid assistant, actually spit on our polo balls then rolled them in the mud to give them an authentic layer of dirt and dust. All in a day’s work, folks!

With all the pretties prepped and ready, it was time to begin shooting! Yes, these were two of the actual cameras Bryan was using:

Pretty neat, huh? Here’s the man himself in action:

Meanwhile, inside the house, our professional model (the bride for the day) as well as two lovely Southern Weddings readers were getting prepped by Pamela Lesch and Tanesha Dupree.

Once the gals were beautified, we headed out to the field to shoot!

Everything was going great until we had to climb over a fence… and one of us was in a ball gown. Our model handled it like a champ, though! Still, these might be my favorite behind-the-scenes images :)

A half an hour or so later, and we were ready to call it quits! Here’s a small portion of our shoot crew, and the SW ladies on the bottom.

A HUGE thank you to Leigh Webber for coming out and taking these amazing behind-the-scenes images!! Be sure to check back soon for the full feature. In the meantime, check out this fun BTS video, also put together by Leigh!

P.S. Want more behind-the-scenes fun?

Paper, Cotton, and Flour BTS film
Southern Meets Southern California BTS film
V3 behind the scenes in photos

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    This looks like an incredible day!! So fun to see everything going on behind the scenes. All your hard work pays off in the most beautiful way! :)

  2. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    These bridesmaid’s outfits are probably the cutest ones I have EVER seen. I was so sad that I didn’t discover that back in March when we picked out what my girls are wearing!

  3. avatar Amy reply

    What a beautiful shoot! What china pattern was used?

  4. avatar Melissa Schollaert reply

    IT’S MY GIRLS FROM MY V3 SHOOT – Pamela & Tanesha! They work their magic – love them. Love this shoot too – so elegant and beautiful! Bravo to all!!!

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  6. avatar Kristina reply

    Thank you for sharing! Love the details!

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  8. avatar Kristen reply

    Hi! I wanted to know where you got those polo balls. Let me know as soon as you can, they’re perfect

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