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Just like Tuesday was all about our Paper, Cotton, and Flour feature, today is all about our fabulous Charleston polo shoot! Before we reveal the final images, photographer Leigh Webber is here to give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of a print feature on a hot and sticky August day!

How about the SUV corral? There’s a reason wedding vendors (and editors) drive big cars — we have a lot of stuff to haul around!

We had a much bigger crew than usual at this shoot, which meant lots of consultations amongst different groups. Which kind of translates to lots of standing around in photos, but I promise, we were working hard!

Meanwhile, Barry from Blossoms Events, our florist for the day, was hard at work pulling together gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces.

In another corner of the polo field, Emilie Dulles, Nicole, and a few other helpers were prepping the escort card display.

A selection of sparkling flatware and glassware was lined up and waiting. We typically bring more than we can use in order to have options!

When the table was finally ready to set, we had one highly unusual step: dirtying the polo balls. Yes, Caitlin, Calder’s intrepid assistant, actually spit on our polo balls then rolled them in the mud to give them an authentic layer of dirt and dust. All in a day’s work, folks!

With all the pretties prepped and ready, it was time to begin shooting! Yes, these were two of the actual cameras Bryan was using:

Pretty neat, huh? Here’s the man himself in action:

Meanwhile, inside the house, our professional model (the bride for the day) as well as two lovely Southern Weddings readers were getting prepped by Pamela Lesch and Tanesha Dupree.

Once the gals were beautified, we headed out to the field to shoot!

Everything was going great until we had to climb over a fence… and one of us was in a ball gown. Our model handled it like a champ, though! Still, these might be my favorite behind-the-scenes images :)

A half an hour or so later, and we were ready to call it quits! Here’s a small portion of our shoot crew, and the SW ladies on the bottom.

A HUGE thank you to Leigh Webber for coming out and taking these amazing behind-the-scenes images!! Be sure to check back soon for the full feature. In the meantime, check out this fun BTS video, also put together by Leigh!

P.S. Want more behind-the-scenes fun?

Paper, Cotton, and Flour BTS film
Southern Meets Southern California BTS film
V3 behind the scenes in photos

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    This looks like an incredible day!! So fun to see everything going on behind the scenes. All your hard work pays off in the most beautiful way! :)

  2. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    These bridesmaid’s outfits are probably the cutest ones I have EVER seen. I was so sad that I didn’t discover that back in March when we picked out what my girls are wearing!

  3. avatar Amy reply

    What a beautiful shoot! What china pattern was used?

  4. avatar Melissa Schollaert reply

    IT’S MY GIRLS FROM MY V3 SHOOT – Pamela & Tanesha! They work their magic – love them. Love this shoot too – so elegant and beautiful! Bravo to all!!!

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  6. avatar Kristina reply

    Thank you for sharing! Love the details!

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  8. avatar Kristen reply

    Hi! I wanted to know where you got those polo balls. Let me know as soon as you can, they’re perfect

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Sometimes I look at the images for these Real Weddings and I don’t know how to start talking about them. Take Beverly + Curtis’s wedding, for example. Their green and white color scheme and pecan orchard setting can’t justly describe how intimate, yet grand, their ceremony was. The tall trees of the orchard enveloped the bridal party and guests while providing a vast amount of space for their vows to be heard. It’s an appropriate venue for B + C’s wedding, since Beverly’s father planted the orchard the year she was born. Even more nods to the family’s Southern roots come in with the flowers. Beverly’s beautiful bouquet and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres included cotton bolls, which subtly highlighted her father’s cotton farming background. Big thanks go out to photographer Josh Moates with Kim Box Photography for sharing this wedding. Come back for Part II, because we can’t wait to share more of it with you!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met at a party in Auburn when we were 19. We had been friends for a long time but only started dating when we were 27.
Describe the proposal. We were getting ready to go watch a play with my parents. Curtis asked right as my parents pulled up to my house to pick us up.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fresh, Southern, touching.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: My father is a cotton farmer, so I have grown up with it my whole life and asked our florist put cotton from my father’s farm in our bouquets and in the boutonnieres. I couldn’t find shoes in a color I liked, so my aunt, who is a faux finisher in Louisiana, painted my shoes. My father planted the pecan orchard we got married in the year I was born and the same jeweler that set my engagement ring also set my mother’s. It was also very touching how many incredibly nice things people did for us. I am convinced I have the best family and bridesmaids I could possibly ask for my wedding.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had cotton in the bouquets and were married in a pecan orchard. Guests were given fans and we had cheese grits at the reception. The majority of the logs and stumps used in decorating came off of my father’s farm, and our groomsmen wore seersucker suits.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I knew my wedding dress the minute I saw it on the hanger, even though I tried on many. It came from Denson’s in Montgomery, Alabama and was made by Allure Bridals.

Photographer: Kim Box Photography // Videographer: Drew Woods // Planner: Mary Me // Venue: Brides parents’ home // Florist: Southern Wedding Designs // Wedding Cake Baker: Cake Designs // Caterer: Southern Hospitality // Bride’s Dress: Denson’s, Montgomery, AL // Jewelry: Deans Jewelers // Bride’s Shoes: Zappos, hand painted by bride’s aunt // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal // Brides hair: Doug’s 2 Salon // Brides Makeup: Bella

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Desiree reply

    I want to see more images of that altar! how awesome :)

  2. avatar Taylor reply

    LOVING the cotton accents!

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  8. avatar robbin chamberlain reply

    Hi Kim! Fantastic pictures. Your bridal bouquet is absolutely wonderful! But, WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE GREEN SHOES???????? My daughter is getting married in 4 weeks and she’d love to find those shoes, so give it up, Girl!

    Good luck and God bless!
    Robbin C.

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Beautiful scenery and fresh colors and details make Katie + Charlie’s wedding stand out as sophisticated and refined among super-glamorous or super-themed beach weddings. White flowers from The Perfect Settings, a white cake topped with roses and baby’s breath by Thompson Cakes and a fantastic venue (including a porch overlooking the water!) at Limefish made me want to jump into these pictures by Clary Photo so I could party with the newlyweds. Katie + Charlie even had their first dance overlooking the sunset–can it get any better than that?

See all the photos from Katie + Charlie’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Good Southern food! We served chicken New Orleans, garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus. Our signature drink was a mojito served with a green and white paper straw. Other details included mason jars that were used as flower vases and candle votives, country music, DIY programs and menu cards, and LOTS of raffia!
Describe your wedding cake: It was an all white, three-tiered round Italian crème cake decorated with lemon leaves and flowers. We displayed it on an antique wood table.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000 to $25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The table settings – everything was perfect and just how I imagined.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Our first dance overlooking the ocean at sunset and dancing with my dad to “My Girl.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to our big move to Georgia from Chicago where I will begin my first job as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Photographer: Clary Photo // Planner: The Perfect Settings // Ceremony venue: Roser Memorial Community Church // Reception venue: Limefish // Florist: The Perfect Settings // Wedding Cake Baker: Thompson Cakes // Caterer: Simply Gourmet // Paper Products: With Grace // Bride’s Dress: Candice’s Bridal // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Candice’s Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Kelly & Katie // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid // Accessories: La Mariee // Hair and Makeup: Ana Molinari Salon

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Pam Archer reply

    This proves that it doesn’t have to be over-the-top to be elegant and beautiful. So lovely!

  2. avatar Katie B reply

    I could sum up this wedding in one word. . .Fresh. Ahh, it just looks so breathy and effortless and elegant. Love love love.

  3. avatar Clary reply

    Katie and Charlie’s wedding looks so pretty here! Thank you for the feature!

  4. avatar Amanda Gillihan reply

    The pictures are breathtaking!

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