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Judging from the happy troupe of attendants parading down the aisle, Lizzie + Miles’ wedding at the Crane Cottage really must have been an all-out celebration. (And that’s precisely what we love most about Southern weddings!) Open Light Studio photographed the Jekyll Island Club wedding in Georgia, and Mardee Morris of Blooming Branches designed the sweet pastel-colored blooms. Lizzie added a little oomph to her tiered Modern Trousseau gown with a custom-made lace bolero – love! Another love? The bright pop of blue in the bridesmaids’ J. Crew dresses.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Miles and I met at our favorite dive bar in New Orleans, The Saint. We stayed up talking until the sun rose. We became good friends, but it took Hurricane Ivan in 2004 to bring us together. We ended up evacuating (separately) to Austin, TX. Miles, who didn’t own a cell phone at the time, spent the first two days using pay phones as he tried to track me down at the Austin City Limits Festival. He must have gone through handfuls of quarters! I was playing hard to get, but by the end of the festival, I was smitten.
Describe the proposal. Miles proposed to me in South China, a small town in Maine, where my family has owned a lake cottage for several generations. Growing up, I spent most of my summers there. One of my fondest childhood memories was going on “treasure hunts,” in which the adults would hide a treasure on one of the little islands in the middle of the lake for us kids to find. Fast-forward to August 2009: Miles, with the help of my parents, came up with a plan to propose to me in South China. Knowing how much I loved the treasure hunts as a child, they tricked me into thinking that Miles and I were boating out to bury a box of treasures for the kids in the community. Little did I know what was actually in the box.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Charming, vintage, effervescent. Our friends called it the “Southern Gatsby wedding.”
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Picking one detail is too hard! One: We loved the location! The Crane Cottage at the Jekyll Island Club made it possible for my whole family to be together under one roof. Miles’ family had a similar setup at the Cherokee Cottage, right next door. The close proximity made it so easy for our families to stroll back and forth between the two houses. Two: I loved that our six “flower girls” carried page wands with ribbons and skipped down the aisle to the beat of our “pied drummer” Dave, one of our groomsmen. Three: The flowers, graphics and photo booth, equipped with vintage costumes, created a whole turn-of-the-century vibe that Miles and I wanted to create.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The location was key to keeping the Southern feel of the wedding. The Jekyll Island Club, on the Intracoastal Waterway, is filled with beautiful old southern homes and magnificent oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Also, I loved that we used a lot of family heirlooms and antiques like my great-grandmother’s linens, my grandmother’s blue and white Canton teacups, and my aunts’ blue and white porcelain.

Written with love by Katharine
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Happy Thursday, y’all! It’s starting to get chilly here in North Carolina, but Elizabeth + Klas’ sunny beach wedding almost makes us forget that it’s no longer summer. We love South Carolina weddings, and can’t think of too many venues more perfect for an oceanfront ceremony that the famed Kiawah Resort. Heather Forsythe documented the happy couple’s big day, and OOH! Events planned + styled the nuptials to Southern perfection. I’m a total sucker for the bride’s traditional v-neck gown and cathedral-length veil (both from Modern Trousseau), and like that she opted for a clean, sophisticated chocolate brown for her maids. To complement the brown and aqua color palette, OOH! Events opted for all-white blooms and plenty of greenery. Boy, do I miss summer!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Klas and I met at a social function in uptown Charlotte sponsored by the Young Affiliates of the Mint (the Mint Museum in Charlotte). I will never forget driving home from work on that Friday evening in September of 2007. I was on the phone with my mom, lamenting the fact that I was supposed to meet some girlfriends at this Young Affiliates event that night but all I really wanted to do was go home, put on my PJs, and spend the evening on the couch! Her advice was invaluable, “Oh, just go!” So I went. Klas is actually very shy. I noticed him early on in the evening from a distance, but to be perfectly honest, since he was so handsome, I just assumed he was either taken or not very nice, so I dismissed it. However, later that evening, I was walking to say goodbye to a friend. As I was walking to chat with her before she left, I happened to be passing by Klas and one of his friends. As I passed, his friend Carlos grabbed my arm and said, “Hey, my friend would like to meet you!” Klas and I chatted briefly, got on the subject of tennis, joked that he should give me a lesson sometime (he is a phenomenal player), and then he asked me for my number. I did not think I would hear from him. Fast forward to the very next day and, lo and behold, I heard from him! It was a text, but I responded anyway. He then called, and we set up our first date…on the tennis courts!
Describe the proposal. Klas proposed at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island. We realized that we were going to be late for our 8:30 dinner reservation so Klas made a call downstairs to let them know we might be late, and he suggested that we enjoy a drink on the balcony before we headed downstairs for dinner. We were out on the balcony with candlelight and a bottle of Dom Perignon. As we toasted, we got up to give each other a hug. Suddenly, Klas was on one knee, opening a little box, and asking if I wanted to marry him. I did, and I do! And here we are.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Intimate, Swedish and American
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It was really important to both of us that our wedding weekend reflect who we were as a couple and the things we value. Part of that was to honor our heritages – his Swedish and mine American – and bring the two together just as we were coming together as a couple. We wove this theme throughout the weekend, incorporating Swedish and American traditions in to all of our events. We ended up inviting more guests than our goal but we were surrounded by those closest to us, and that’s what mattered.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our Oysters, BBQ and beach music rehearsal dinner started the weekend off in southern style! And I really tried to bring in the feel of the beautiful Southern island town of Kiawah, one of our favorite places! Kiawah was where 1) Klas first told me he loved me, 2) it’s where he proposed, and it just felt natural that Kiawah should also be the place we said, 3) “I do!” In fact, our tagline on the website was “I love you…Yes…I do!” symbolizing the three steps in our relationship. Our appetizers incorporated several of our Southern favorites: fried green tomatoes, grilled shrimp cocktail, lollipop lamb chops, and mushroom pastries.

Written with love by Katharine
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We love the western elements infused throughout Kjersten + Alex’s Jackson Hole celebration.  The wooden cake stand, horseshoe placeholders and animal skin “gastbok” are fun and authentic without being at all hokey.  The Jackson Cake Company designed the bride + groom’s simply stunning confection, and Lily & Co. styled the understated blooms.  (Thumbs up for the handpicked look!)  Want to see more from Carrie Patterson?  Check out her blog post from K + A’s Wyoming wedding!

Describe your wedding flowers: Mostly white, big poofy shapes (peonies, dahlias, ranunculus) with turquoise ribbons on the bouquets. The centerpieces had grayish foliage, chocolate cosmo, and accents of red. Vases were barnwood, incorporating the rustic style.
Describe your wedding cake:
Classic, all white, with draping and flowers that matched my dress.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?
We had a destination wedding, so finding all the vendors in one week’s time while on vacation in Jackson was a challenge. We had lots of meetings to go to and pricing to figure out in a short amount of time!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
A big mountain storm came through right before our ceremony. After the rain stopped, the sun shone through and hit the Grand Teton behind us while we were saying our vows. It was magical.

Written with love by Katharine
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    Incredible and with so many beautiful details to pull together for a destination wedding… great job. I adore Kjersten's hairstyle as well as the exquisite wedding cake and gorgeous bouquet!

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