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When you combine the word “magnolia” with “plantation” and then throw in an adorable couple, it’s a very safe bet that I’m going to swoon over the wedding! And while I’m not a betting woman, maybe I should be, because McKenna and Matt’s wedding at Magnolia Plantation is the sort of Southern wedding sweetness I can’t get enough of. It might be partially due to their colorful blooms from Branch Design Studio, but while those are stunning, I’m pretty sure it’s their contagious smiles and how smitten they are with each other. I adore how head over heels in love these two are–just look at McKenna’s post-ceremony smile! Pure bliss!

Big hugs to Dana Cubbage for sharing this delightful day!

I found my beautiful wedding dress at J. Major’s Bridal boutique in Charlotte! I was with my mom and my sister, and it was my birthday weekend. I knew in my head what I wanted my dress to look like, but I tried on a few different styles as that was what I was told to do. When I explained what my vision was, CJ at J. Majors pulled the most perfect gown. It was the Dakota from Enzoani, and I LOVED it. I bought it on the spot…best birthday present ever!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes, we did! Our photographer highly recommended it for the timeline to go as smoothly as possible and she was absolutely right! My sweet hubby was so nervous as I walked up to him and tapped his shoulder…he said his knees were shaking! We both had immediate happy tears when we saw one another and it was one of the best moments of the day!

We love Charleston! I am from New Orleans, and Charleston has the historic charm and architectural beauty that reminds me of home. We fell in love with the breathtaking views at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. We truly wanted our guests to have a full experience at our wedding and this was the perfect venue for us!

Describe your wedding flowers. Perfect, stunning, classic, and elegant! I was absolutely obsessed. I even pressed all of the flowers from my bouquet so I wouldn’t have to throw them away! This was one of my splurges and I am so glad that I did….YAY for Branch Design Studios!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We both attended UNC-Asheville from 2006-2010. He played baseball and I played soccer in college, and the athletes tended to stick together! We became friends freshman year and two of my teammates (and later bridesmaids) and I were always hanging out with him and his group of friends. I always seemed to have a boyfriend, and Matt patiently waited until February of our senior year in college when I was finally single, to ask me to dinner for Valentine’s Day. We have been together for five years since then, and I am so lucky that I was able to call Matt my best friend for nine years, my boyfriend for five, my fiancé, and now my sweet hubby!
Tell us all about the proposal! We were spending New Year’s and celebrating a late Christmas in Miami with Matt’s family, as we usually do. Part of my Christmas present from Matt was a trip to Key West because I had never been there before, and he knew I would love it. We planned to go the morning of New Year’s Day. We got on the road early and had a three-and-a-half hour drive. During that drive, I recapped the conversation of the night before, which revolved around people getting engaged and married and so on and so forth. I said, “We just aren’t like everyone else I guess–we aren’t a traditional couple! We will just probably get married later in life.” He quickly changed the subject to our amazing dinner we had reservations for at Latitudes on Sunset Key (because the ring was in the back seat and he was starting to sweat!). We had the best seat in the house at Latitudes–a table about 20 yards from the water, overlooking the sunset and the beautiful sailboats passing by…pure bliss! Matt asked our waiter to take some pictures of us with the sunset.The waiter even told me to fix my hair because it was “sorta messed up” (he knew what was about to go down, thank God!). We took three pictures, and Matt asked him to take just one more. I turned to pose, and when I turned back around again, Matt was on one knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen in my life, saying “Will you marry me?” I was in absolute shock! Then the tears came. Finally, he got off his knee and said, “So, is that yes?” I said YES and he put that ring on my finger as the restaurant cheered us on.
When did y’all get married? February 27, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 100
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I can’t pick, but I loved our oyster shell escort cards because my mother and I had painted them all!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed my veil, which was made by my grandmother and worn by my mother and my sister–so special! I had my new monogram and wedding date sewed into my dress as a tag. I had it made with blue thread. All my jewelry was brand new, J. Crew perfection. For something old, I wore my favorite gold Target sandals–nothing special, but perfect for dancing!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? I just started a new job! We are just soaking up being married and loving every minute of it!

Photographer: Dana Cubbage | Videographer: Anchor Films | Planner: Jessica Cruz | Venue: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens | Florist: Branch Design Studio | Cake Baker: WildFlour Pastry | Caterer: B. Gourmet | Rentals: Event Works | Lighting: AV Connections | DJ: EPIC | Bride’s Gown: “Dakota” by Enzoani | Bride’s Jewelry and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew | Hair and Makeup: Paper Dolls | Bride’s Shoes: Betsy Johnson and Target | Menswear: Menguin | Getaway Car: LowCountry Valet

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    Growing up in Charleston, Lindsay knew she wanted to get married at a plantation home, and had her fair share of beautiful places to choose from. I’m sure we can all agree that most anywhere in the Lowcountry would have been simply lovely! In the end, Lindsay’s love for the Old South was the deciding factor, and she and Ty chose the Legare Waring House for their wedding. It not only made Lindsay feel completely at home, but its beautiful Spanish moss and plantation house porch also made the perfect backdrop for their classic Southern celebration. While their venue was just the right place for them to exchange their vows, their hearts were focused on tying together past family traditions with new traditions for their future family. Lindsay said that “focusing on the future that we were building kept the stress of the wedding low.”

    Big hugs to Dana Cubbage for sharing this lovely day!

    My something old was lace cut from mother’s wedding dress, which I wrapped around my bouquet. Something new was a bracelet and earrings from my mom. My something borrowed was my grandmother’s sapphire ring, originally given to her by her grandfather. My something blue was a necklace my papa had made for me from one of his baby rings. He had necklaces made for all four of his grandchildren when he got sick.

    What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Definitely walking down the aisle. That was a one of a kind moment–just knowing that we were about to cross a huge milestone was so overwhelming and exciting!

    About a year before the big day, I took my mom, grandmother, and sister dress shopping with me. It was the classic story of trying on those first few dresses, then trying on about 20 more before your gut tells you that first dress was the one. I fell in love with the simplicity of it and the light, flowy, breathable fabric that hugged all the right spots!

    What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I’ve always been in love with the Old South, so I knew I wanted a Charleston plantation wedding. I grew up here, and Legare-Waring House made me feel at home.

    What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The entire venue screamed “Southern,” thanks to the Spanish moss draped from the old oak trees, the plantation house porch, and the hanging vines.

    Describe your wedding flowers. We had white peonies, cream and sahara patience garden roses, sweet pea, jasmine vine, seeded eucalyptus, peach Juliet garden roses, dusty miller leaves, cream ranunculus, peach stock, and spirea.

    For my walk down the aisle, a string quartet played “A Thousand Years.” Our first dance was to the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” which is the song that my grandparents danced to on their wedding day.

    How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. According to Ty, he and I met long before I remember, back in 2008. I didn’t believe it until I found a random picture I took with my cousin, Callie, where Ty was in the background! Callie used to date Ty’s best friend, Chris, so they were always invited to the same events, and their paths always crossed. Ty constantly reminds me that the night we met, I did not speak to him, and ignored him on the way out. I still refuse to believe that was the case! A year passed, and Ty and I would see each other every now and then, but never truly got to know one another until 2009 when I came home for Christmas break. Callie invited me over to her new place, and when I arrived, I saw Ty sitting on the couch. I introduced myself, only for Ty to reply, “Yeah…we’ve met before…” Assuming any possibility for a friendship was lost, I just laughed it off and changed the subject. Later that night, Callie, Chris, Ty, and I decided to go to the infamous IBG (Island Bar and Grille). This is where the magic really happened. Callie came over to me what I thought of Ty, and before I could reply, Ty walked over and put his arm around me. Instead of asking me out, he said, “I need you to pretend to be my girlfriend for a minute, that biker lady over there is trying to ask me out.” Romantic right?! Needless to say, we kept in touch ever since that night. I returned to Columbia, but Ty began visiting Gamecock country all the time. We decided to become an official couple on March 16, 2010. We have been through a lot together since, and know, through our experiences, we will be able to get through anything. On December 15, 2013, Ty got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, forever.
    Tell us all about the proposal! I knew it was coming; I just wasn’t sure when. Every time a big event was coming up–birthday, graduation, surprise camping trip, etc.–I just knew Ty was going to pop the question, and I was wrong every time. Ty caught on quickly that I knew it was coming, so he knew he had to ask when I least expected it! Every year, Ty and I love going to the James Island County Christmas lights. We both enjoy the Christmas season so much, so we make a point to go every year, and this year was no different! Once we arrived, we decided to head to Santa’s Workshop and walk around, as we do every year, but first, we had to stop at the mistletoe light for a quick picture! When it came time for Ty and I to take our picture, we posed for a few shots, and then Ty looked at me and said, “Do you know how much I love you?” I responded, “Yes, I love you too, Ty!” Tyler said, “No, do you know how much I love you?” Confused, I remarked, “Umm, yes, I think so?” This is where is became a blur to me, as I saw him reach into his jacket pocket and pull something out. He then got down on one knee and asked me, “Will you do me the honor of being my wife, forever?” I was SHOCKED, and of course, said YES!” Although it was simple, it was perfect! I couldn’t imagine being asked any other way!
    When did y’all get married? May 22, 2015
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
    What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My uncle read “The Art of Marriage” and Ty’s father read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
    How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We bought a home together while engaged and started planning for the future, dreaming up holiday parties we could throw and traditions we would want to start for our future family. Focusing on the future that we were building kept the stress of the wedding low.
    If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
    What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? Prioritizing what I had always dreamed of including vs. things I had never given much thought to. Things on the bottom of that list needed the smallest budget–for us, the cake was low on the list because we aren’t cake people, so we opted out of extravagant cake and dessert options.
    What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? It’ll be special regardless of how much you spend, so keep it simple! If you’re creative enough, you can have a dream wedding without spending a fortune!

    Photographer: Dana Cubbage / Videographer: Finger Snappin’ Entertainment / Planner: Jacqueline Volz of Sweetgrass Social / Venue: Legare Waring House / Florist: Branch Design Studio / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Kait / Caterer: Crave Catering / Rentals: Eventworks / Lighting: Technical Event Company / DJ: DJ Y.Not / Band: Charleston Chamber Musicians / Bridal Salon and Accessories: Bridal House of Charleston / Hair Stylist: Madison Hughes / Makeup: Jonny Cosmetics / Bridesmaids’ Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaids / Vintage Decor: 428 Main

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    1. avatar Brianna reply

      Where can I find those bridesmaid dresses!? That is exactly what I’ve been searching for!?

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    There are few things we love more around here than seeing a wedding that reflects a couple and their love story. Even better, in the case of Carly and Spencer, their late spring celebration in Charleston not only nodded to their personalities and favorite things, but also, their dreams for their future! In his vows, Spencer told his bride, “I don’t know what the days to come hold, but I have a brighter outlook in sharing those days with you.” What could reinforce that idea more perfectly than a celebration full of sunshine colors, bright signature drinks, and a sparkling exit to top it all off? Y’all please enjoy this sunny celebration!

    Thanks so much to Dana Cubbage for sharing Carly and Spencer’s sweet day with us!

    I found my perfect dress at the second salon we went to. I wanted a dress that was vintage-inspired and simple, but elegant.

    Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We decided to do a first look so we would have more time to spend with our friends and family during cocktail hour.

    I was so impressed by our flowers! We had mostly white flowers with some yellow accents and lots of beautiful greenery.

    Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We wrote our own vows. My favorite line of his vows was, “I don’t know what the days to come hold, but I have a brighter outlook in sharing those days with you.”

    What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Some of the Southern details we included were hand fans, sweet tea, shrimp and grits as one of our dinner stations, and pralines as one of our favors. Our wedding was surrounded by great oaks with Spanish moss, and of course, it was full of love!

    Charleston, South Carolina is my favorite place in the whole world! Magnolia Plantation had the perfect combination of Southern charm and elegance that I was looking for in a wedding venue.

    We had a three-tiered, simple vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. We also had mini key lime pies, brownies, and cheesecakes. However, many of our guests said their favorite dessert was the s’mores they could make on the fire pit outside!

    How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Spencer’s brother-in-law, who was my co-worker, thought we’d be a good couple and decided to play matchmaker. Our relationship started out with us going on fun adventures together, and we eventually became best friends and fell in love.
    Tell us all about the proposal! The proposal was such a surprise, and one of my favorite memories! Spence and I went out for an evening boat ride, and on the way back, he was kneeling down pretending to check the engine when he pulled out a ring!
    When did y’all get married? June 7, 2015
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 86
    Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We had an amazing string trio for our ceremony. I walked down the aisle to “Falling in Love with You” by Elvis because we both like the song, and I thought I would be able to get down the aisle without crying if it was playing! We chose “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as our recessional song, because it fit our fun and loving relationship. We love live music, so we had a band for our reception. Our first dance was to “You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. It’s such a fun and sweet song!
    Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I wore a garter that was made from my mom’s wedding dress–it had a little blue bow on it, so it was both old and blue. My something borrowed was a small angel pin on the inside of my dress that one of my bridesmaids wore at her wedding. Pretty much everything else was new!
    What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We saved money by inviting only our closest friends and family members.
    What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My most memorable moment is probably just being on the dance floor with my new husband and almost everyone else that I love and care about in the world!
    What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy the planning, even though it is sometimes stressful!
    What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are enjoying time together and doing some traveling. We are looking forward to making memories together and having a family in the next couple of years.

    Photographer: Dana Cubbage Weddings / Planner: Cibi Events / Venue: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens / Florist: Miele Events / Cake Baker: Cakes by Kasarda / Caterer: Hamby / Rentals: EventHaus Rentals / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Charleston Virtuosi / Band: Emerald Empire Band / Bride’s Gown: Sincerity Bridal / Hair Stylist: Alayna of Serendipity Salon / Makeup Artist: Bellelina / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Menswear: Jos. A. Bank

    lisa Written with love by Lisa
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    1. avatar Tammy reply

      Beautiful! Makes you want to have a Southern Wedding!!!

    2. avatar Palak Doshi reply

      Where can I find a little chalkboard like that to write the drinks?

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