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Katie is a girl after my own heart! She’s a bit addicted to monograms, believes pockets in a dress make everything better, and wanted to create a wedding full of love and sweet Southern hospitality. Katie and David were married at the beautiful Governor Thomas Bennett House in front of 225 of their very favorite people in the world! I must admit I am completely smitten with their pretty preppy day, including fun pops of color, gold pineapples (and a pineapple bow tie!), and monograms galore! But, the very best part, in my opinion, is how many of the details were made my Katie’s mama, godmother, and aunt — it makes them just that much more special.

We’re so delighted Blue Ribbon Vendor Dana Cubbage was on hand to capture their sweet celebration!

Since I worked for Lilly Pulitzer for years, I am accustomed to LOTS of bright colors! We went for bright pink peonies, yellow ranunculus, light pink sweet peas, garden roses, pink astilbe, and dusty miller. We also had pineapples spray painted gold to use as candlesticks and mini pineapples added into the florals on the tables!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. We went EVERYWHERE! We shopped in Charleston twice and all over Charlotte and the surrounding area. Finally, we went to J.Majors, the bridal salon less than a mile from my house. There was one dress that I tried on and everyone said I was smiling from ear to ear when I walked out of the fitting room. It was so simple, classic, and HAD POCKETS! (Pockets in a dress just make everything better!) After swishing around for a bit, we were told it was called the “Mimi” dress. Cue the tears! My grandmother, Mimi, who had passed away 15 years before, loved wedding planning and it was the sign we all needed to stop looking.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? Yes! And it was the best decision we made! It took a little convincing for David, the traditionalist, but I was totally on board from the beginning! With a little help from our photographer and a friend of David’s, we finally convinced him. We didn’t feel rushed and actually got to spend some time together during the day. We couldn’t stop smiling and laughing the whole time!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? We definitely wanted to have a Southern-style Charleston Wedding, so we looked at just about every venue in Charleston. We finally had it narrowed down to the last few when one of my maids of honor, Kacie, mentioned the Governor Thomas Bennett House. It had everything: a beautiful semi-circle garden, a large covered porch (with a blue ceiling, of course), ivy-covered arches, spiral staircases, a large oak tree with Spanish moss (a MUST for me!), a secret garden, and more!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows, but took our favorite lines and verbiage from different traditional religious vows and combined them in our own way. David was very adamant on not saying the word “death” on our wedding day, so at the conclusion of our vows we made sure to use “as long as we both shall live.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? 1 Corinthians. We both know that it is used all the time, but it made us feel like we were REALLY getting married! (Plus, it reminds us of our wedding when we hear it!)
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. The bridal party walked down to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers, followed by a guitar and string version of “Here Comes the Bride.” Once we were announced as husband and wife, we walked up the aisle to “This will be (an Everlasting Love).”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? So many, including pineapples (a sign of welcome and hospitality), monograms (we own a family monogram business, after all)!, and Southern cooking (including fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, a mac and cheese bar, shrimp and grits, and late-night chicken and waffle sliders with french fries!).

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Dana Cubbage is the BEST! She was able to capture every moment and every detail of the wedding. She was so relaxed the entire day, which made me extremely relaxed, too! She was always an arms distance away to grab a photo and was all over the dance floor snapping away. The next day, our family and friends couldn’t stop talking about how amazing she was! We cannot wait to find another excuse for more pictures! Also, Meredith and her team were behind the scenes the entire day. I know I only know a small percentage of everything they went through, which means a ton! She would sneak in at the last second to save the day by taking David’s sunglasses out of his pocket before our first dance, making sure we had a fresh glass of champagne for toasts, offering dryer sheets for when the bugs came out at night, and putting my getaway tote in the getaway rickshaw!

What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? I would make a list of the things that are truly important to you and your fiance. If it’s food and band, that is great. If it’s open bar and a DJ, that is great, too! Definitely learn where you want to make cuts and which things you have your heart set on! Also, there are so many ways that you can get the look but at a fraction of the cost! We made our own table runners for less than 1/3 of the original cost. We also reused the bridesmaid bouquets at the reception and aisle markers on cocktail tables!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had a three-tiered red velvet cake with buttercream icing as our main cake. The aqua bow had our married monogram! We also had two mini cakes that were white chocolate with buttercream icing and a groom’s cake with a VT logo on top and vintage camo sides – a great surprise!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. One of my co-workers went on a blind date with David and texted me at the end of the date saying that I needed to meet this guy. So the next few times they hung out, I was invited to tag along, as well. After a few weeks went by, I was encouraged to reach out to David, so I did! (VERY unlike me!)
Tell us all about the proposal! On December 24th, David woke me up super early! He convinced me to go on a walk with our Golden Retriever, Shelby, in the park across from our house. Begrudgingly, in sweats, Uggs, no makeup (and friends joke – no monograms) we went on our early morning walk. I knew something was up, but I had expected something to happen later on in the day when our two families would all be together. Almost all the way around the lake, he talked about the first time he knew he fell in love with me, caught in a rainstorm, hanging out underneath a tree, walking Shelby. At that, he was down on his knee! (Shelby was pawing at the ring, too!) I freaked out and apparently never actually said yes!
When did y’all get married? March 14, 2015 (3.14.15!)
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 225 of our favorite people in the world!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! YES! Borrowed: my gold Claddagh Ring borrowed from my sister. I also borrowed a pearl necklace from my mom. Blue: I wore aqua Jack Rogers to match the bridesmaids and not sink into the grass! Old: The monogram on my sash (my maiden monogram) was my something old. It was also the last time I would be able to wear my maiden monogram! New: my new dress, earrings, and shoes!
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? While planning for our wedding, we definitely had opportunities to talk about our faith, our beliefs, and our family values. We also had challenges and were able to work through our wedding budget together, as well. Also, halfway through the wedding planning process, we got a puppy! (While it might not seem like the best idea, it was great to “practice” our paternal roles, as well!)
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I would have to say the ceremony. We were so relaxed going into our ceremony (where I thought I would be stressed and nervous) because we had a “dance party” with the entire bridal party and then the music went off and we were sent down the aisle! Once we made it down the aisle (which is a bit of a blur) I don’t know if I have ever laughed so hard in my life! David’s cousin was our minister and was able to tell our story in a way that had everyone laughing.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your wedding? My uncle Dom made us a Beautiful Bench,made from the wood of my grandfathers work bench, for us to use as our “guest book!” Mom & Aunt Mo painted a monogram on it & the guest were able to sign it in gold & navy sharpies! We cannot wait to find a special place in our house to display it!

Photographer: Dana Cubbage | Planner: Meredith Tanton from Sweetgrass Social | Venue: The Governor Thomas Bennett House | Florist: Branch Design Studio | Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Ashley Bakery | Caterer: Cru Catering | Rentals: Snyder Events and Event Works | Lighting: Technical Event Company | Band or DJ: Jim Bowers | Monogrammed items: It’s a Girl Thing | Invitations: Blue Glass Design | Signage: Bride’s Godmother | Bride’s Gown: “Mimi” by Wtoo | Bridal Salon, Veil, and Earrigns: J.Majors Bridal Boutique | Bracelet: Beads Inc. | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Shayla with Paper Dolls | Bride’s Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Coren Moore from Bella Bridesmaids Charlotte | Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A Bank | Bow Ties: High Cotton

Dana Cubbage is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Zookbinders Wedding Albums reply

    Wow! This is a beautiful wedding! Love the color

  2. avatar Kirsti reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this wedding!! I love the southern prep theme and of course, the pineapples!!

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  5. avatar Kat reply

    SO much color! Gold, fuchsia, prints…what a fun day. I think my favorite thing is you can tell how authentic the couple stayed to themselves throughout every aspect of their wedding.

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It’s been awhile since we introduced a few Blue Ribbon Vendors to y’all, and in the meantime, their numbers have been growing! So without further ado, meet a few very talented and very kind wedding artists who would love to lend a hand at your celebration…

You can tell that Abigail Bobo, based in Tennessee, has a background in journalism — we love how well her images from a wedding day flow together, and how well, taken in whole, they tell the true story of your day.

Becca Lea’s work is clean, beautiful, soft, and honest. Her heart for her clients and for creating timeless images for them shines in everything she does! She is based in Texas.

It’s hard to describe Ben & Colleen’s work, but we know we adore it — colorful, filled with light, a little bit dreamy, and very atmospheric. They are based in Georgia.

Josh and Rachel’s photos are light-filled and love-filled. We think their priorities in life shine through in their photos, and know you will love working with them! Best Photography is based in Florida.

Dana Cubbage’s work is colorful and joyful, just like her personality. We love her talent for capturing the tiniest details of each wedding day, and for forming strong relationships with her couples! She is based in South Carolina.

Emily Chidester’s photos are beautifully dreamy and ethereal, but at the same time, 100% authentic and truthful. You can tell her couples feel comfortable just being themselves in front of her lens! She is based in North Carolina.

Jennifer’s genuine adoration for flowers shows through in her work — she truly loves what she does, and delights in sharing it with happy brides! Freshly Picked is based in Florida.

Andrea’s work is personal, detailed, and as individual as the guys and gals she works with. We love her creative approach to design and love for her couples’ stories! Gray Harper Event Maker is based in Georgia.

The details that Jennifer Laraia creates are absolutely lovely — that much is clear. But what we love even more is how rooted in her clients’ love stories they are, something we find truly beautiful. She is based in Tennessee.

Stacey and her team turn out some of the loveliest bouquets and floral creations we’ve ever seen. We love their commitment to exceeding their couples’ expectations! Petal Pushers is based in Texas.

You can see all of our delightful Blue Ribbon Vendors in our newly revamped Directory! Have a vendor you love? Be sure to email us!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Abigail Bobo Photography reply

    Thank you so much for the sweet mention and kind words Southern Weddings! You are some classy women and I love working with you. Can’t wait to team up with even more Southern Weddings brides! <3

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Yummy Southern food (like friend green tomatoes!), a gorgeous oak trees backing both the ceremony and reception, and fun colorful details! Stacey + Patrick’s big day was a sweet reflection of their love of the outdoors (be sure to read their engagement story, even snow and a hurricane couldn’t stop Patrick from getting his girl!), heritage, and Stacey’s affinity to bright colors. She said she “wanted to have a whimsical feel to the wedding”, and I’d say that the mix-n-match centerpieces and colorful chevron runners completely fit the bill!

We’re delighted to share this fun day from Dana Cubbage!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I’m not one of those women who has known from childhood exactly what my dress, or even my wedding would be like. I consider myself a bit of a tomboy and until the last few years, I didn’t even like wearing dresses unless I was forced to do so! Needless to say, dress shopping was very intimidating for me at the outset. I visited maybe two shops before stopping in to the place where my sister had bought her dress eight years before. There was a dress on display in the window when I walked in, and I said “That looks like a fun dress!” I tried on a few, didn’t love any of them and finally said, “I want to try that one in the window.” I put it on and instantly loved it! I found myself playing with the ruffles while in the dress shop–it was so fun to wear! I wanted to be comfortable in my dress and wanted to have a good time at the wedding. This dress fit the profile perfectly for me.

By the look of this glamorous bride we see here, I don’t believe you were ever a tomboy, Stacey! : )

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did go with a first look. From the beginning of our wedding planning, we tried our best to make the wedding what we truly wanted, and not just what was expected, typical, or considered “traditional.” We realized that this would be a great opportunity to spend a few moments alone together and really focus on each other. We knew how crazy and busy the day could get (it went by so fast!) and we truly cherished those few moments we had alone together.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did write our own vows, and we shared them with each other during our first look. There can be a tendency to forget about private, special moments for the bride and groom on the wedding day. Having a first look allowed us to spend a few moments together, but also allowed us to share our vows without having the pressure of “being on stage” in front of all our family and friends. I don’t do well with speaking in front of a lot of people!

I love bright colors and wanted to have a whimsical feel to the wedding. My bouquet had coral peonies, bright pink peonies, dusty miller, burgundy scabiosa, blush astilbe, red ball dahlias, red gloriosa lilies, bupleurum, white phalenopsis orchids with fuchsia centers and red anemones, hand-tied with a ribbon. Branch Designs did a fabulous job taking my thoughts and ideas and making beautiful floral arrangements. I would’ve been lost without them!!

What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We didn’t have any readings, but we did have a great family friend, who was our pre-marital counselor, say a personal prayer for us during the ceremony, which was truly special. We had “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman playing in the background while he was praying.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We used instrumental versions of our favorites played by the Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) for a few of the songs during our ceremony, and also at our cocktail hour. We played “1,2,3,4” by the Plain White T’s (VSQ version) for the wedding party procession, “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s (VSQ version) for the Bridal Procession, “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman during the prayer given by our good friend and pre-marital counselor, “M79” by Vampire Weekend for wedding recessional, “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole for mother/son dance, “Sunrise Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof for father/daughter dance, and “All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch for our first dance

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Considering that Patrick and I live in Maryland and are from that area, I’d say the entire wedding was Southern in that it was in Charleston, SC! We probably best represented the South in the food we served. We had passed hors d’oeuvres of fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits, a mac’n’cheese station, and pan-seared local wreck fish (a South Carolina specialty) with succotash.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The venue was probably our favorite. Jacqueline at Sweetgrass Social Event and Design did a fabulous job finding the perfect venue, Legare Waring House, for us. I have a huge love of trees and wanted both the ceremony and reception to be outside. This venue couldn’t have been more perfect for us!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in college playing soccer. I played for a friend of mine as a favor, since his team never had enough girl players. Patrick was playing on the team that day. He asked me for my number after the game so that I could be on the next team he put together. He never did put a team together, but different circumstances brought us together over the next year and a half and we became best friends. We started dating and dated for five years before getting married!
Tell us all about the proposal! The weekend before the proposal, we were supposed to go camping in Shenandoah Valley, but Hurricane Sally hit the East Coast and covered our campground in multiple feet of snow! We both love adventures and trying new things, se weren’t going to let some snow ruin our camping trip! We had never snow camped before, and although we enjoyed the experience, it was freezing cold. We slept as well as we could in our tent that night, and the next morning, we planned on going for a hike. Since there was quite a bit of cloud cover, it was even colder than the night before. I suggested we just pack up and go home, but he insisted we go on a hike…my suspicions were piqued! We began our hike, walking along in the snow, stopping here and there to look at waterfalls and streams. We stopped on a bridge to pray and get something to eat. Patrick knelt down and began rummaging around in his backpack. I could hear plastic wrappers and I excitedly said, “Oh! Snacks!” He replied, “I think you’ll like what I have for you more than snacks.” He opened the ring box and proposed, and I instantly said yes!! I was so happy to be marrying my best friend and the love of my life!
When did y’all get married? June 14, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 90
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Instead of serving wedding cake to our guests, we wanted to have other small desserts to offer. Cru Catering provided our food and desserts and it was all so delicious! We decided to go with strawberry shortcake with fresh whipped cream and bourbon spiced pecan pie. For people who stayed late to dance and mingle, we supplied a s’mores station. Patrick really wanted to have a cake to cut, so we also had a small chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting supplied by Wildflour. We liked the cake so much during our tasting session that we ordered a number of cupcakes in various flavors for our honeymoon. They didn’t last long!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge was making choices! Although I dearly love Pinterest, it made it very difficult for me to settle on making decisions. I kept thinking that if I kept looking, I’d find something even better than what I had settled on previously. There are just so many cute things and ideas out there that it can easily become overwhelming! I had friends and family around to remind me that the wedding would come together one way or another, and that God had brought us together and I was going to be marrying my best friend!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Honestly, everything came together so well and we loved every vendor that played a part. Dana at Dana Cubbage Wedding Photography did a fabulous job of capturing our day. We feel like we not only have great memories of our day, but we have wonderful pictures to prove it. She and her team truly heard what was most important to us, and made those things possible without a hitch.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There were a few minutes after the ceremony and before our arrival at cocktail hour where Patrick and I were sitting in the house that overlooked the wedding. We were able to look down and see our family and friends and the beautiful set up of our wedding and kind of get a bird’s eye view of our day. It was an unplanned moment alone, but it was so fun seeing all of our hard work and planning come together and everyone enjoying themselves.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Before you start planning, sit down with your fiancé and discuss what top three things are important to each of you. I feel that if you have that figured out, you can spend your time and money on those things, and the rest will fall into place a lot easier. Also, I don’t know how I would’ve planned this wedding without Jacqueline at Sweetgrass Social Event and Design. She was invaluable throughout the process and she and her team allowed my husband and I to truly enjoy our wedding day without a single worry. I would highly recommend having a wedding planner!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We’re looking forward to getting to know each other as husband and wife, which has a whole new set of responsibilities and roles for each of us. We love spending every minute together and thank God every day for the gift he’s given us in each other. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us. :)

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Rose { Rose and Ruby Paper Co. } reply

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! x

  2. avatar Caitlyn | The Aerialist Press reply

    Her dress is absolutely stunning! And I die over that venue :)

  3. avatar Charlene reply

    I just love the combination of the phalaenopsis orchids and the pink peonies! Super gorgeous!

  4. avatar Jacqueline – Sweetgrass Social reply

    We had so much fun designing and planning this wedding!! Thanks for featuring!!!

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  9. avatar M reply

    OMG can you provide more info about the dress?!!! Designer, etc?

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