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Hi y’all! After the wedding of my dreams and an amazing first two weeks of marriage, I’m excited to be back in the SW office–I’ve missed y’all! :) And I can’t imagine a lovelier way to get back into the swing of things than Lindsay and Walker’s Charleston wedding. As the setting for this new chapter of their love story, they chose two venues with incredible histories–the first Baptist church in the South, and Hibernian Hall, a historic venue that dates back to 1840. With the help of their talented vendors, they added simple and classic details that made their venues even more personal, but never distracted from what mattered most on that day–their love and joy of becoming husband and wife!

Thanks so much to Jennings King for sharing this special day with us!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was earrings that I borrowed from my best friend, who had worn them in her wedding. My something blue was my grandmother’s sapphire and diamond ring that I have always loved. My something old was lace taken from my mother and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses, which was wrapped around my bouquet. My something new was my pearl bracelet my father surprised me with on my wedding day.

I was not expecting to find my dress when I did! I had just left an appointment at another dress shop and was headed to lunch. We were meeting a few people for lunch, but got there early. The restaurant was located next to another dress shop, so we peeked our heads in to look around while we waited. I looked through the dresses and didn’t find one that I wanted to try on, but as we were leaving, I saw a dress hanging by itself that just spoke to me! I tried it on for my mom and couldn’t stop smiling…I didn’t want to take it off! The one thing holding me back from getting it right then was the fact that my twin sister was not with me to give me the okay. I wanted her opinion and reassurance before making the big decision, so I took her back and tried it on for her the next week, and purchased it before I left the store.

We got married at First Baptist Church, which is one of our favorite churches. We love the history behind it (it was the earliest Baptist church in the South), as well as its simplicity.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Our vows were traditional, Christian vows that we decided on prior to the wedding. However, we did write handwritten letters that we exchanged before the wedding, that included with our personal vows to one another.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Even though we loved every second of our wedding day, we both agree that the most memorable moment, hands down, was the moment when the church doors opened and we saw each other for the first time that day. We were both overwhelmed with emotion and couldn’t stop smiling. We locked eyes and it was like we were the only two people in the entire church. It was truly the most amazing feeling.

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? While we were extremely happy with all of our vendors, the two that we are extra happy we chose to be a part of our wedding were our photographer, Jennings King Photography, and our videographer, Artistic Eye Productions. They were both excellent to work with and did an amazing job. They were able to capture every single moment perfectly, as well as all of the details of our wedding.

We had three cakes! The middle cake had three tiers and the cakes on each side had two tiers. Each cake was a different flavor: dulce de leche, carrot cake, and coconut cream.

The reception was at Hibernian Hall, which was perfect for the reception we had always dreamed of. It had beautiful gold chandeliers, a stage for a live band, and a huge dance floor for all of our guest to dance the night away on. What else could you ask for?

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. I first noticed Walker when he came to the office where I was working at the time for an interview. I was the only single one in the office, so when he, a good lookin’ single guy, walked in, everyone immediately started scheming. Later that week, I was at Midtown Bar and Grill celebrating a friend’s birthday when I spotted Walker across the bar. My best friend, Morgan, talked me into going over and talking to him (even though Morgan did all the talking). This was our official meeting and as fate would have it, Walker began working at my place of employment two weeks later. We were hesitant to take things to the next level, and it wasn’t until December 18, 2010 at the company’s annual Christmas party that we hit it off. Thankfully, I was ending my time working there and starting dental hygiene school that January. The rest was history!
Tell us all about the proposal! Dewees Island, where my parents have a place, is where we have shared birthdays, holidays, weekend getaways, and lots of memorable family time. Over the years, Walker explored many areas of the island to find the best fishing spots. He came across a dock that extends into the waterway and has a view that could never get old, and it has become our favorite go-to spot. When Walker decided that I was the girl he wanted to call his wife, there wasn’t a doubt in his mind where he wanted to propose. It was an extremely windy Saturday in February, the day after Valentine’s Day, when he decided to pop the big question. I thought that some friends were coming to town, and we were going to take them to Dewees Island to go fishing (or rather, the boys were going to go fishing while the girls caught up). Matt and Allison ended up “not being able to come,” but Walker and I decided to go to the island anyway. My mother had arranged for a friend to take pictures and capture the moment, and family awaited us at the ferry dock to celebrate.
When did y’all get married? March 28, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? The main way we planned for our marriage while planning our wedding was going to pre-marital counseling. This is something we both wanted to do before the wedding and we are glad we did it!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Stay calm and do not stress about the little things. This is such a special time in your life, so enjoy it! Also, have fun the day of your wedding. You will be a little anxious the day of, but don’t let that prevent you from being yourself, relaxing, and having fun with your bridesmaids. Figure out what means the most to you and make your budget around those things. For me, it was the photographer/videographer, entertainment, and food. We originally were not going to have a videographer, but changed our minds closer to the wedding and we are so glad we did! Having a video to watch allows you to relive the best day of your life over and over again. We have watched our video so many times!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are looking forward to so many things…we definitely hope to do some traveling during the next few years, and we plan to start a family down the road. We want to focus on growing our relationship together and enjoying the fruits of marriage.

Photographer: Jennings King Photography / Videographer: Artistic Eye Productions / Planner: Katie Foreman / Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church / Reception Venue: Hibernian Hall / Florist: Pat Irvine / Cake Baker: Charleston Cakes Etc. / Caterer: Aberdeen Catery / Rentals: Snyder Events / Band: The Mighty Kicks / Calligraphy: Page Palmer / Paper Products: Lytle Fober / Bride’s Gown: “6319” by Justin Alexander / Bride’s Veil: Bridal House of Charleston / Bride’s Bracelet: Berlins / Hair Stylist: Jenelle Gordon at Fix Salon Studio / Makeup Artist: Jonny Cosmetics / Bride’s Shoes: “Jutte” by Rsvp / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August / Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Papell / Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaid Charleston / Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  2. avatar Andreina – Fly Away Bride reply

    Love the bride’s dress. So elegant!

  3. avatar Bridget reply

    Ooh, those cakes! That lattice cake is perfection.

  4. avatar Earcandy reply

    What a wonderful love story! I think my favourite thing about this wedding is that everything seemed to be so easy, smooth and fun loving. I love that everything is white including the cake and flowers. It’s simple, it’s elegant, and it’s beautiful.

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Although Ashley + Alex went to high school together, their courtship didn’t begin until “re-meeting” at a lake house party after college. Soon this playful duo was making plans to spend the rest of their lives together (be sure to read Alex’s adorable proposal that even included a card from their pup!). After reading their interview, I knew they’d have fun and sweet Southern details galore. Boy, was that an understatement! Just based off their koozie caption “sure as cornbread goes with greens, you’re the answer to my dreams!” I wish I’d been a guest at their big day! Then hearing how the entire crown at the ceremony enthusiastically responded with with “WE WILL!” after the preacher asked “Who would bless this marriage?” I am so thankful Reese Moore was there to capture all the joy since I wasn’t invited! ; )

I love these ruffly bridesmaids dresses — they even have a bow!!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mom and I walked into a local bridal store in Irmo, SC (Jo-Lin’s Bridal) and my dress was hanging on the mannequin. I told the ladies in the store that THAT would be my dress, because it was perfect for dancing. After trying on a few others, I was finally able to try on “the one.” After what seemed like hours of staring at myself in the dress, we decided this was defiantly THE ONE.

We decided to do a first look to have a few moments for just the two of us before the ceremony began. It helped to calm our nerves and get excited about the ceremony. It was a very intimate moment, with our closest friends (my bridesmaids, mom, and mother-in-law) watching from the windows inside. We were also able to get more pictures of the two of us together before the party began!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, but the preacher asked both sets of parents and the crowd, “Who would bless this marriage?” and the crowd responded with an enthusiastic “WE WILL!” What an exciting and awesome feeling to start our married life together. We were able to look at the crowd of family and friends and see all the faces of people who loved and cared about us and our marriage.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Yes, Ruth 1:16-17 was read by my grandfather, who is known as “Papa.”

On the lawn at the reception, guests could play on corn hole boards, which were made by the groom and decorated with our favorite football team, the Carolina Gamecocks. We gave away hot boiled peanuts as the favor, along with homemade dog treats, glow sticks, sparklers, and huggers (koozies). Our huggers said “Sure as cornbread goes with greens, You’re the answer to my dreams.” We had monograms everywhere: my dress, the cake, the programs, signs, etc. From the wraparound porch at the reception, guest could enjoy a beautiful atmosphere of the creek with a backdrop of Charleston.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We invited a friend from our home church in Lexington to travel with us to the wedding in Sullivan’s Island. He played the guitar and sang “God Gave Me You.” The words perfectly describe how we feel about each other. At the reception, Alex picked our song. He chose “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore, because he said the first time he heard it, all he could think about was me. We have loved the song ever since it became a hit and he knew I would love to have our first dance be to “Hey Pretty Girl.”

Our cake was not only beautiful, but delicious. Molly from D’lish on Daniel Island created our cake. It was white tiers with small pearl accents on the bottom of each tier. On the second tier, Molly created our monogram in a circle with a pearl border. We had three favors for the guests: chocolate with chocolate buttercream, red velvet with cream cheese buttercream, and carrot with cream cheese buttercream. Our cake sat on a sweetgrass basket made by a very talented lady at the market in Charleston.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The groom and groomsmen wore cotton boutonnieres. I wore my sorority pin by my heart on the inside of my dress. My grandfather read a Bible verse and blessed us during our ceremony. My dad and our ring bearer wore seersucker suits with pink bow ties. Our flower girl went barefoot down the aisle. We served Firefly and Lemonade during the cocktail hour. At the cocktail hour, the guests were entertained by a gospel choir. We served BBQ, macaroni and cheese, rice, ribs, fried chicken, and many other Southern delicacies. My dad and I started with a slow dance and surprised the crowd with a shag to “Carolina Girls.”

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We attended high school together in Lexington, South Carolina, but it wasn’t until June 2010—after we had both graduated from college and returned to our hometown—that our romance began. We “re-met” at a mutual friend’s lake lot on Lake Murray while celebrating Alex’s birthday.
Tell us all about the proposal! Alex gave me two cards and a bag full of gumballs to help me celebrate my 25th birthday. Since we had a long-running joke that Alex would propose with 25-cent ring, I suspected it was all a setup. The first card was from our Golden doodle pup Jax, but the second card instructed me to root around in the bag of bubble gum carefully. After some digging, I uncovered a ring box—with a genuine diamond ring inside—and I knew Alex’s proposal was the real deal. After asking “Does my dad know?” and receiving an affirmation, I said “Yes!”
When did y’all get married? July 27, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 180
Describe your wedding flowers. Our wedding flowers were very light and simple. I carried a bouquet with white hydrangeas, pink garden roses, and pink mini roses. The bridesmaids carried bouquets with white hydrangea. The father of the bride wore pink mini roses with his seersucker suit and the groom and groomsmen wore cotton boutonnieres. At the reception, we decorated with white hydrangeas and baby’s breath.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Our favorite details of the wedding were the simple, laid back decorations. We loved the cotton and burlap touches around the ceremony and reception. I also love monograms so adding the simple detail of the monogram to everything was great!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed and old was my grandmother’s brooch that I attached to my bouquet. My something blue was my monogram sewn into the skirt of my wedding dress. My something new was a diamond necklace that Alex gave me before the ceremony began.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We wanted to make sure everybody was happy! While planning, we worked very hard to plan so that each guest would have a great time, no matter where they were or what they were doing!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our photographer! Reese Moore was absolutely wonderful. She was very professional while making me feel like she was my best friend. She was so easy to work with and took ALL the pictures we talked about before the actual day. I can’t imagine our wedding day without her there.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable moment from our wedding day was standing in front of the packed church and hearing the crowd yell “WE WILL” after asked who would bless our marriage. We could feel the love for us as a couple through each loud yell in the church! What an amazing feeling knowing so many people care about you!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Sit back and enjoy the ride. It all goes by so fast, so enjoy every moment. These are the times you will look back on and think about how loved you are by all your family members and close friends.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are loving everything about it. It is great to have somebody to come home to every night and just talk about your daily adventures. We are looking forward to buying land and building a house together in the near future. As one of the my kindergarten students said, “Love is when you follow someone around and you don’t know why.”

Photographer: Reese Moore / Ceremony Venue: Sunrise Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: I’On Creek Club / Florist: Diane Thrower / Wedding Cake: D’lish / Rentals: Event Works / Band: Permanent Vacation / Bride’s Gown and Accessories: Jo-Lin’s Bridal from Allure Bridal / Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Stella Nova / Bride’s Shoes: Jean’s Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jo-Lin’s Bridal / Men’s Attire: Jos. A Bank / Get-Away Car: Matt Buero’s Convertible 1950 Lincoln

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Patty reply

    Hello! I attended the Influence Conference where Laura spoke and was so envious of those who received the magazine. I have searched for the magazine and haven’t found it in stores. During her session, Laura told us we could see it online somewhere. Could you tell me where? Or how I could get my hands on a copy of your amazing magazine? It was very inspirational to see you at the Influence Conference!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Patty! You can order a copy of V5 and past issues here: http://www.southernweddingshop.com/ You can also see V5 online here: http://issuu.com/southernweddings/docs/southern_weddings_v5

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    I can’t stop giggling at that last line from Ashley’s student! Too cute!!

  3. avatar Ashley reply

    Thank you SO MUCH for featuring OUR southern wedding! I was so excited to see this today! We love Reese Moore for taking these wonderful pictures. Thank YOU!

    • avatar Kaylan Simms reply

      Could you please tell me the brand of your bridesmaid dresses. I have been searching high and low for that dress in brown!

    • avatar Holly reply

      Please! Please ! Please! Let me know where and how you ordered your koozies! Please!!!!? Thank you!

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  6. avatar Annie reply

    Where did the huggers come from?

  7. avatar Lindsay reply

    I have been searching everywhere to find these koozies or something similar! Can you please tell me where you found them?!

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Erin + Michael buried a bottle of bourbon in the backyard before the wedding in order to bring good weather. It worked! The couple was greeted with temperatures in the mid 70s and sunny skies — the perfect setting for their designed and delightful reception. A game of cornhole and a koozie-wrapped beverage are infinitely better when the sun shines, in my opinion. Of course, after partying away at Erin’s parents’ home, the newlyweds dug up the bottle and brought it with them to the after party!

We are thankful for Melissa Schollaert for sharing this wedding this us and capturing the many happy part of the big day. I won’t spoil it all for you — scroll down and fall in love!

We held the reception under a tent on the property and carried over the concepts we established at the cocktail hour and ceremony with more natural and personal details. Each dining table had its own identity with centerpieces consisting of quirky thrift store and “attic” finds like candleholders, lanterns, old tins, bottles and other chotchkies. As a nod to my interior design background, guests found their table by fabric swatches which were used in the laser-cut table numbers and custom runners under each place setting that were made of the same fabric pattern. To tie in the outdoor setting, we used burlap potato and coffee sacks as chair covers and created a lighting installation with paper lanterns and tree limbs we found in the surrounding woods. Michael and I also have a huge connection through music. We spend so much time together enjoying live shows, so we knew that we had to have a live band — they had to ROCK and that they did! Nationwide Coverage kept the party going and people on the dance floor. Of course, it wouldn’t be a rocking party without a full bar and beer boat. Guests were able to self-serve beer and wine, and hi note created custom bottle openers and koozies as grab-and-go favors. With the help of our friend and officiant, Adam, we were able to have our very own bottled brew at the wedding. I absolutely loved custom the branding and label Michael created for it – it was a huge hit!

Briefly describe your wedding flowers: I wanted really bold, graphic florals for my wedding, but I also wanted them to feel very wild, like you picked them out of your backyard and stuck them in an old coffee tin. Angie from Birch Blooms overwhelmed me with her stunning work! Not only is she the cutest, sweetest and most excited florist I know, but she even surprised me by draping florals from the ceiling — I still tear up when I think about it. The flowers were the icing on the cake. They made all of our hard work designing and planning come to life!

What was Southern about your wedding? For starters, it was in Alabama! Alabama is a really beautiful, lush state, so having it outdoors overlooking Lake Logan Martin really capitalized on the Southern charm of our venue. The South is known for its hospitality, and our wedding was no exception. We were really fortunate to have family members and friends who contributed time, money and a whole lot of elbow-grease to our wedding day.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when planning your wedding? The VENUE! It is not easy planning a wedding at a private home. There are so many things you have to think about in addition to all the other details a wedding would have at a traditional venue — power circuits, garbage, restrooms and cleaning up the next day! It was a great accomplishment to pull it all off!

Tell us a bit about your first dance. (From the groom) Our song was ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young. We both love his music and definitely have a musical connection with this tune.

We paid homage to our love for food with a custom menu from Alan Singleton that consisted of our favorite family recipes. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, we asked our talented friend, Betsy Distler to create a small personal cake for us. Then, guests were able to enjoy bite-sized versions of our cake flavor and other delicious pastries, as well as our favorite childhood candies.

Bride’s favorite detail of the wedding: I was really proud of how the laser-cut doilies turned out. They made such an impact underneath each guest’s plate.
Who was one of the most special guests at your wedding? My Aunt Beth. She lives in Australia and was unable to attend, so several of my friends who helped with the wedding Skyped her in so she could be a part of our special day.
What range did your budget fall into? $25,000
Did you have a cocktail hour? (From the groom) Because the sun sets so late in May, we opted to have our cocktail hour prior to the ceremony, so folks could have a snack and cold beverage before the festivities began. Our good friend Felix created a Brat and Burrito bar to honor two of my favorite foods. We also had Erin’s mom’s famous margaritas by the pool. Guests were able to enjoy themselves lounging by the water or playing games in the yard. Our main goal was for everyone to have a blast!
What was the funniest moment? What was the scariest? (From the groom) One of the funniest and also scariest moments was when we read our vows to one another. We both couldn’t even look at them before the ceremony without getting emotional. When the time came, we were both really nervous, but after the first laugh, we were great. Our guests’ dance moves came in a close second for funniest moment.
Were there any family traditions you included in the reception? No traditions per se, but we did have an amazing caterer who took our favorite family recipes and recreated them into a fantastic spread for our buffet.
Did you try anything new or untraditional? Our whole wedding event was the epitome of untraditional, but everything we did was extremely personal and thoughtful, so with that, we created our own traditions.
Tell us about your grand exit. Having our ceremony and reception overlooking the lake, there was no better way to exit than by boat with a little fireworks show to send us off into the night.
What is the one thing that made your wedding different from anyone else’s wedding? It was at the home I grew up in. No one else has ever been married there and probably never will – that is pretty special.
Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where? (From the groom) We are saving up for a first anniversary trip to Italy and Sicily. Erin studied there for a semester in college and it is where I trace my roots back to, so it will be a special place for both of us to visit.
What advice would you give to someone planning his or her wedding? Have a plan, have a budget and STICK TO IT! You will enjoy your big day so much more if you heed this advice.
Who was your favorite vendor and why? All of my vendors are close colleagues and friends, so they are all my favorites, but the one person other than Michael that was integral to making it all happen was my mom. She worked with me every weekend for months designing and planning, tackling the biggest challenge of our lives: to pull off a wedding at her house. I also have to give kudos to Melissa, our photographer. She is one of my very best friends and she spent so much time and effort, weeks at a time, coming to help me work on the wedding.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kristin reply

    I still die over those lovely personalized corn-hole boards. I love the idea of yard games at a reception! So relaxed and so fun.

  2. avatar Ashleigh from Marry Me Metro reply

    I adore all of the state pride details in this wedding! Too bad between my fiancé and I we have four awesome states that mean something significant to us lol.

  3. avatar Dee Shore reply

    Ok… this is officially my new favorite wedding. The bar. The bar pulls the strings at my heart. The potato sack chair backs, genius!

  4. avatar Sarah reply

    Beautiful! Where was the burlap table runner purchased?

    • avatar Erin reply

      Sarah: Hi Sarah! My company, hi note, specializes in custom stationery and laser cut graphics, so we made custom cut our own stencil out of plastic and painted them ourselves.

  5. avatar liz reply

    Awesome koozies! What company did you use for them? I love how your initials are on the bottom!

  6. avatar Elma Mercer reply

    I loved this spread in V5! I’m a HUGE fan of bouquets… in my mind they are the centerpiece for the wedding! Midnight in the Garden is by far my fav :) The deep red, blush & creme are so rich & warm together. I’m also a huge fan of Mint Julep!

  7. avatar Joya reply

    Where can I purchase the coozie? It is The. Perfect. One!

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