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2014 Most Memorable: Bouquets

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From bright and overflowing to elegant and simple, we featured some beautiful flowers this year. Here are a few of the most memorable bouquets!

Elizabeth’s bouquet of peonies, tree peonies, peach Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, dusty miller, and craspedia pods by Branch Design Studio (photo by Amelia + Dan)

Becca’s bouquet of eucalyptus, dusty miller, brasilia berries, peach astible, peach roses, and white hydrangeas by Dyson Designs (photo by Britt Croft)

Lindsay’s bouquet of deep red dinner plate dahlias, coral amaryllis, deep red clematis, Romantic Antik garden roses, Cinnamon garden roses, red astilbe, gold amaranthus, pokeberries, and smokebush foliage by Southern Blooms (photo by Jen Fariello)

Heather’s single magnolia bouquet by Southern Posies (photo by Caroline Joy)

Jessica’s bouquet of ivory and blush peonies with dusty miller by The Plantation Florist (photo by Leslie Hollingsworth)

Sara’s bouquet of garden roses, sweetheart roses, ranunculus, stock, sweet pea, and jasmine vine by Hey Gorgeous Events (photo by Love, The Nelsons)

Rachel’s bouquet of ranunculus, garden roses, stock, and feverfew by Tulip Blooming Creations (photo by Melissa Schollaert)

Courtney’s bouquet of peonies, garden roses, lily of the valley, and ranunculus by The Southern Table (photo by Matt and Julie)

Victoria’s bouquet of garden roses, tweedia, seed pods, and greenery by In Bloom Again (photo by Whitney Neal)

Laura’s bouquet of garden roses, raspberry clematis, ranunculus, dahlias, smoke bush and maple foliage, and seeded eucalyptus by TULIP (photo by Paige Reaux)

Leslie Hollingsworth and Hey Gorgeous Events are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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  1. avatar mexican wedding traditions reply

    what a marvelous theme, i fall in love with it

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Sadly, yesterday marked the unofficial the end of summer (pack up your white pants and bring out your monogrammed scarf!), but the good news is that Tate and Davis’ cheerful wedding will make summer feel a little bit longer! While Tate and Davis only lived in Charleston for a year, their time spent on the Charleston Harbor made the Historic Rice Mill the perfect venue for a sweet celebration with their family and friends. I’d have to agree with Tate on her favorite element of their wedding–she loved their family-style meal because it reminded her of her favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! I know our own Kristin would be tickled, since she also had a Thanksgiving-inspired wedding day meal!

Big thank you’s and a pumpkin spiced latte to Aaron and Jillian Photography for sharing this wedding with us!

People fail to warn you how crazy stressful dress shopping can be! Trying on ill-fitting sample dresses to find the perfect one that makes your body look bangin’, fits your price range, is timeless, AND wins the approval of your family is super challenging. I wanted something a little different, but still classic, that wouldn’t dwarf my petite figure. My Wentworth Street gown by Carol Hannah was exactly that. I even got a discount because I asked to buy the sample.

While we are always so smitten with the father/daughter moments at weddings, I love this sweet father/son moment too!

We did a first look because I am not superstitious and I loved the opportunity for more photos. I think waiting to see each other until you walk down the aisle can be a little more stressful than it needs to be. Seeing each other beforehand ensured that we both stayed present during the ceremony.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Davis and I love Charleston! It is a wonderfully romantic city and holds a special place in our hearts. We lived in Charleston from 2011 to 2012 and spent our weekends and afternoons on the boat in Charleston Harbor. The Rice Mill, being right by the marina, was a perfect fit!

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows, but we did design our own ceremony that was performed by my father. My favorite part of our vows was: “Do you pledge to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration, and wisdom as you age and undergo the various ups and downs of life, and to transform them into the path of love, compassion, joy, and equanimity?”

We chose our reading from The Irrational Season By Madeleine L’Engle because it very much represents our relationship and how we view our marriage commitment. “But ultimately there comes a moment when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. It is indeed a fearful gamble. Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature. To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take. If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation. It takes a lifetime to learn another person. When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling, and which implies such risk that it is often rejected.”

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Dodeline Design created a custom monogram that incorporated our initials and elements of Davis’ family crest. It looks kind of like a harp, and no one could really figure it out, but I thought it was kind of cool. We were also THRILLED about our joggling board guest book that is covered with the sweetest notes and sentiments from our loved ones. Joggling boards are so Southern and SO Charleston. I love the cool history behind them. One of our artsy friends even painted our monogram on it and made it exceptionally special!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My favorite element of our wedding was the family-style meal. Enjoying a meal with your closest friends and family is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It also reminds me of Thanksgiving (my all-time favorite holiday) because it is a time you can tell your friends and family how grateful you are for them. I also liked the “thank you haikus” we displayed at each place setting. It was super dorky, but after thinking about it, we knew that if we were to thank our friends and family in letters, we could end up writing pages! Keeping our thank you notes to short haikus allowed us to say what we wanted with just enough words.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had the most fabulous pink ombre cake! I love pink and anything ombre, so the cake was a delicious dream with three layers of red velvet, lemon, and dulce de leche cake. I was a little nervous that Davis wouldn’t like it because it was on the girly side, but he said “it tasted really good!”

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Davis and I first met at a friend’s concert in 2006–Davis grew up with the band’s lead singer (who was later a a groomsman in our wedding). The band would let Davis ham it up on stage and play the tambourine, while my friends and I loved “front-rowing it” (i.e. dancing as close to the stage as possible), so we inevitably ran into each other. We both attended North Carolina State University and share a love for the Wolfpack, adventures, and of course, our friends.
Tell us all about the proposal! Davis began shopping for the engagement ring three years before he proposed. In the spring of 2013, right before our seven-year anniversary, we took a last-minute trip to New York City, where Davis proposed early on a Thursday morning in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Needless to say, my girlfriends knew exactly why I was calling so early, before they even picked up the phone!
When did y’all get married? June 21, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 110
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We had a challenging time keeping our guest list small, because we knew our budget couldn’t handle a large party. Our rule of thumb was that if we could write each guest a letter telling them exactly why we wanted them to attend our wedding, then they would be invited–that idea is where our letter-style invitation came from.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I saved a lot on my wedding dress by buying the sample. We also didn’t get a fancy getaway vehicle because we preferred spending money on things that our guests would enjoy. We kept the contents of the welcome bags to strictly “consumables” (snacks and waters), because the last thing people need is extra “stuff.” I fell in love with a vintage consignment wedding band at Croghan’s Jewelry Box in Charleston–Davis actually purchased my wedding band months before he bought my engagement ring.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? After interviewing four other Charleston wedding photographers, we hired Jill and Aaron after an eight-minute phone conversation. We clicked instantly! They asked the right questions and really seemed to care about our event. Every interaction with them was extremely positive and fun! I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Davis says our first look. I’d say the moments after the ceremony taking photos on the dock and dancing to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” with all my best friends.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Always try to remember what is most important to you as a couple. The first thing Davis and I did when we got engaged was to make a list of the ten most important things we wanted in our wedding. When one of the 100+ random things that weren’t in the original budget came up, we could refer back to that list to help keep the budget under control. I would also recommend making a list of all the random things you want to do on the wedding day, because things move so quickly. Give the list to a trusted person who will be with you on the day of. For example, I planned to give my dad a gift and get a few father-daughter photos pre-wedding, but I never found the time to do it.

Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography / Videographer: Life in Rewind / Planner: Southern Protocol / Venue: Historic Rice Mill / Florist: Charleston Stems / Wedding Cake: Charleston Cakes / Caterer: Good Food Catering / Rentals: EventWorks / Band: Unkle Funkle / Paper Products: Dodeline Design / Bride’s Gown: “Wentworth Street” by Carol Hannah / Hair Stylist: Katherine Bailey / Makeup Artist: Stuart Laurence / Bride’s Shoes: “Gilda” by Kotur / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Style 418” by Wtoo / Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  2. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    Her dress fits her beautifully and I love how it gathers at her hip.

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Emily and I both think that today’s groom look a bit like Ryan Gosling — what do y’all think? We just adore his smart cardigan and necktie combo, but what’s really making us smile is the bride herself. How infectious is her big grin? Though Ana + Kent planned a beautiful wedding full of details we love, like a Funfetti cake and those lovely leafy arrangements, their favorite part of their big day wasn’t caught on camera. A + K’s most memorable moment of the day came before the “I Do’s,” when they snuck away from the pre-wedding hubbub to get breakfast together at Waffle House. “Best decision we made,” said Ana.

We’re doling out big hugs to Landon Jacob for sharing Ana + Kent’s day with us!

I found my dress in the second store I went to, Evelyn’s Bridal. When I first grabbed my dress off of the rack, I loved the fabric but not the neckline — the dress was originally a halter style. I loved everything else about it, so I had a tailor convert the dress into a strapless gown.

I LOVE flowers. I wanted to have a lot of different flower details in the wedding. We ordered a lot of greenery and filled the tables with beautiful white flowers. I wanted the bouquets to look wild and whimsical and Jordan did a phenomenal job making that happen.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did! We decided that we wanted a few minutes before the wedding that were just our own. I loved the time that we got to spend together.

Did you write your own vows? We modified our vows from ones that the pastors in our church use often in weddings. My favorite phrase said, “In every way I fail, I will pray for Jesus to sustain us by his grace.”
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We actually didn’t have any. We had our friends sing “Nothing but the Blood,” arranged by All Sons & Daughters, while we took communion, which communicated exactly what we would have wanted read.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We thought a lot about what music we wanted to play during the ceremony. We both love music, and Kent is a musician, so we carefully chose songs with lyrics that we love. My bridesmaids’ processional was “Beautiful” by Phil Wickham and I walked in to “Divine Romance” by Phil Wickham. We left to “Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser, one of our favorites. Our first dance was to “Maybe I’m Just Tired” by As Tall as Lions. It’s our song.

Describe the proposal. We had our first date at an awesome little restaurant in downtown Columbia called Cafe Strudel. We went there quite a few times while we were dating, and there was one booth in the back that quickly became “our spot,” as cheesy as it is. Cafe Strudel had plans to move locations, and we wanted to be able to make it back there one last time before they did. One Thursday night in early August, we went to dinner at Five Guys, and then Kent suggested we go get a cup of coffee at Cafe Strudel. I knew that we’d get engaged soon, but I was more than sure that it wasn’t going to be that night! We walked in to Strudel and I was the one who led the way up the stairs to our booth. There were a few picture frames on the wall and on the table, as well as tea lights and flowers. I still didn’t suspect a thing! Kent led me to the first frame, which held a small note about our first date. The next frame had a note about our first kiss, and the last frame had a note about the last time he came to visit me in NC — and how he had asked my parents for their permission to marry me. At this point, I was still embarrassingly oblivious and remember , “How in the world is he going to top this to propose?!” He then grinned like a fool, got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife. We celebrated for a bit, and then went down to the back patio where he had our close friends and families waiting to celebrate with us! After, we went back to his house, drank some wine, and prayed for a while about our lives. It was a perfect night.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The time frame! We got engaged and decided to get married 3 months later, almost to the day. I had to prioritize which projects were most important to me and see what I could get done before the wedding. There were some details that I wasn’t able to incorporate, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

A good friend of ours made all of the dessert for the wedding, including our two-tiered cake. We both wanted Funfetti for our wedding cake (the obvious choice) and had a few other options (red velvet, chocolate) as well. She also made Kent’s groom’s cake. Kent is a graphic designer, and uses Adobe’s Creative Suite often. Alice made two cakes that represented Adobe’s icons as a surprise for him.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Kent and I met at Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC, during my senior year of college while he was interning there. We had mutual friends whom we hung out with on several occasions (I found out later that he’d planned some of those hang outs so that we could spend some time together). I had planned on moving back to NC after graduation so, despite thinking he was all kinds of cute, I didn’t think anything would happen. I did move up to NC that fall, but after getting to see each other during a few week-long visits to my best friend in Columbia in the fall, he asked me out to breakfast in December of 2011, to which I responded “ABSOLUTELY!” Later, I called to turn him down because I’d made commitments and didn’t have time that week. Luckily, he didn’t give up and we made plans to go on our first date the next time I was in Columbia in January. We started dating, made many trips back and forth to and from NC and SC during the spring, and I moved back to Columbia in June of 2012. We got engaged after 6 months, and three months later, we were married.
In what month did you get married? November
How many guests attended your wedding? 230
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The “stage.” We loved the tree stumps.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? One of my favorite parts of the wedding was actually the day before. My aunt and cousin threw me a bridal luncheon for all of my bridesmaids and the women in our families. I so enjoyed getting to share that time with them.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Flowers! I live for the outdoors and wanted to have a bunch of flowers.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Honestly? My husband and I went to Waffle House for breakfast that morning, just the two of us, to hang out before all of the festivities started. Best decision we made.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t stress. Decide what’s most important to you and focus on that. Make the goal of your wedding day to get married, and if that happens, congratulations! You did it. Everything else is secondary.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Right now we’re just settling into marriage, enjoying being roommates. We’ll be in Columbia for a good long while–Kent works for Midtown Fellowship Church and I’m working at Cline’s Salon in the Vista. We eventually want to church plant somewhere in the southeast.

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar M reply

    I think the groom definitely looks like Ry-Gos! Even though he has a full beard in these pictures, I can’t help but wonder what he’d look like with just a soul patch…

    This wedding looks awesome. Great job Landon Jacob Productions!

  2. avatar Gina Basin reply

    Love the red.
    Just beautiful.

  3. avatar Bridget reply

    I think that is the first groom I have ever seen in a cardigan – it seems to work for him!

  4. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    Such a unique color palette and I love the reception venue! So cute!

  5. avatar {The NotWedding} reply

    The color scheme is beautiful!

  6. avatar Lori reply

    Would you please please share your budget break-down with us? Your wedding is so gorgeous, I can’t believe you spent less than 10k on it and had 250 people there! I would love to learn your tricks!

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