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I can only imagine how much Haley and Dylan’s wedding from V6 inspired not only countless brides, thanks to the bright color palette and unique design elements, but also, many Southern grooms, thanks to the delectable-looking bacon bar! This fun Charleston wedding is a feast to the eyes, as well as a fabulous representation of Haley and Dylan’s self-proclaimed “over the top” personalities. They chose the bold colors and details to reflect their belief in living life to the fullest. Considering how much fun it sounds like everyone had, I’m sure the night was a wonderful reminder of this for their guests as well!

We’re so glad Tim of Timwill Photography was on hand to capture this special day and share it with us!

A Charleston Bride does such a great job with florals, I didn’t have to give much direction. Our flowers were bright red, pinks and corals, and most were displayed in a variety of gold containers. They were a mix of spray roses, cymbidium orchids, tulips, dahlia, hydrangea, peonies, ranunculus, celosia and lisianthus.

Being in the wedding industry, I always wanted to choose a time of year that was considered “off-season.” However, Dylan proposed in November and I didn’t want to wait until the winter of 2014, so summer it was! Lowndes Grove is my most favorite spot in Charleston, so there was no doubt with that choice!

We chose our ceremony music based on the music we both loved, and we were okay with not being super traditional. We chose a string duo to play some more modern songs. I walked down the aisle to “Imagine” by John Lennon and we recessed to “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles. Our officiant was also the president of our college–it was very important to us for him to be included in our big day. He is the most inspirational speaker and was very special to us.

Did you have a cocktail hour? If so, what was it like? Our cocktail hour was on the front lawn of Lowndes Grove. We served a specialty cocktail made of champagne, St Germain, and brandied cherries. The glass was rimmed with edible gold glitter! The weather was absolutely perfect and the sun was just starting to set on the Ashley River.

What was the design inspiration for your reception? To put it mildly, we are pretty over-the-top people. Dylan and I love making a statement and we wanted the room to be filled with color and truly embody us as a couple and how we live our lives to the fullest. With the help of our planner, Melissa, we chose a palette of red, pink, and metallic gold! We also wanted the lighting in the tent to be insane–Technical Event Company used a mix of amber uplighting and gold chandeliers to really amp up the natural beauty of the plantation.

Who was your favorite vendor and why? Melissa, our wedding planner. She really kept us sane the entire time. Her attention to detail is unrivaled and I had never met someone more organized than me until I met her! I rarely meet someone that can fully read my mind (especially when it is going in a million directions) but then rein me in at the same time. I remember at one point she said, “No Haley, we cannot have a fully gold confetti wall, edible gold glitter, gold cakes, gold chandeliers and a gold dance floor”–and sometimes I needed that!

What kind of food did you serve? Custom hors d’oeuvres were passed along with oysters on the half shell during cocktail hour. Chef Nico Romo of Fish Restaurant catered an entire custom menu based on our favorite meals and family recipes. Some of our favorites were “Dylan’s Bacon Bar” that included pork belly sandwiches, “piggy pops,” and even bacon-infused bourbon. We also served fried catfish and gravy with horseradish mashed potatoes, which is a staple in the Harper home! My parents wrote a cookbook together based on family recipes, so it was important to us that we shared some of our favorites with everyone. Having amazing food was probably most important thing to us. That is one of the reasons we chose Lowndes Grove–so we could use their caterer!!

We chose to have three different cakes! All were beautifully done with various gold designs. My favorite cake had gold polka dots and a fondant bow that mimicked the bow on my wedding dress. We had three flavors: chocolate with honey buttercream, lemon with passion fruit mousse, and raspberry jam and almond cake with cinnamon cream cheese.

Best advice or most memorable comment someone made to you during the wedding celebration: “Hold hands, look both ways and stay together.” My dad said this in his toast. It is something he has told me since I was a little girl and I never realized until that night how important it really was.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Dylan and I met mainly because my college roommate and one of my best friends had a huge crush on him. While I was out of town one of the first weekends of our freshmen year of college, he and his friends decided to play a prank on her! I came home to a completely turned upside down room–drawers flipped upside down, sheets off the bed, and everything a complete mess!! The next time I saw him, I told him he was never allowed in our room again. Our love story is definitely a little slower–we started as inseparable friends and our foundation is based on that friendship. It wasn’t until a year later that we decided to take that risk of turning our friendship into something romantic. After that, we never turned back.
Tell us all about the proposal! Dylan told me that we had a work dinner to go to at one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston, Charleston Grill. We arrived about ten minutes late. They served us a glass of champagne and let us know that our party was late as well, which seemed odd to me. We were escorted to the courtyard area, and not a minute later, Dylan was down on one knee asking the most important question of my life! He had also booked a photographer to capture every moment of the proposal! I wanted to call my parents immediately, but Dylan told me that he had a surprise outside and to not get on the phone. I was then surprised by my very best friend and maid of honor, Ashley, and our best friend Clarke on rickshaws draped in string lights with a “JUST ENGAGED” sign! The rickshaws then drove us to Fish Restaurant, where we were greeted by family and friends. It truly was the most magical night and we’ve never felt so loved!
Tell us about your beautiful engagement ring and how/why your husband (or the two of you!) chose it: I always thought I knew what I wanted in an engagement ring, but found I was so wrong when I actually went and tried them on! Dylan ended up getting a ring made for me that included some family stones, which made it very special for us. It is a five-stone round diamond ring, and it is stunning! My wedding band is all rubies and family stones from my grandmother. Dylan’s wedding band is a gold band engraved with lyrics from our wedding song, “The Best is Yet to Come,” and our wedding date.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fabulous, romantic, unforgettable.
How many friends, family, and loved ones attended your wedding? 180
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. What was your favorite thing about it? My wedding dress was beautiful, and the second I tried it on, I knew it was the one. My mother, mother-in-law, and one of my friends came dress shopping with me over Thanksgiving, and our last stop was Maddison Row. Lindsey, the store manager, made me feel 100 percent comfortable throughout the entire process and we still see each other often. My favorite part of my dress was the horsehair bow with lace ends that was around the waist. We also incorporated this design on our cake.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We used a mix of traditional and contemporary vows. We thought it was important to focus on the words and what we were promising to one another, so we worked really hard to make sure each line was something we would and could live by for the rest of our lives. Our favorite line was “All that I am, I give to you and all that I have, I share with you.”
Were there any family traditions you included in the ceremony? My mom gave me her penny that she wore in her shoe for good luck the day of her wedding.
What was the most memorable or touching moment about your wedding day? The morning of my wedding, I started the day having breakfast alone with my parents. Being both only children, this was a big day for us! Afterwards, my dad dropped my mom and I off at Lowndes Grove to start getting ready, and not much later, I received a flower arrangement with a note that read “I love you, Ms. Harper!!! Love, Daddy.”
Did you toss the garter or bouquet? Yes! We had too. You don’t see it too much at weddings anymore, but I swear, it is the most fun part! Something funny always happens. At our wedding, Dylan totally missed everyone during the garter toss, so he had to do it again!
Tell us about your grand exit. We had a sparkler exit, which I think always looks the most magical in pictures! Then we left in a 1966 red Pontiac GTO!!.
What was Southern about your wedding? We are both from the South, so we definitely included some Southern traditions. Dylan gave his best guy friends monogrammed rocks glasses with our wedding date and bourbon and coke in a cigar box. Dylan’s fraternity brothers did their traditional “round up,” which is where they basically all sing in a circle and pour beer on one another. We nixed the beer throwing for our wedding though! During the ceremony, my dad walked me down the aisle, Dylan’s dad was his best man, and we both had a house party instead having a bridal party. My high school girlfriends and I have a hanky that we are passing down with our new initials on it to wrap around our bouquets. I was the second person to use it and it was really special. Before the ceremony, we opted not to see each other at all–I think that may be where all the nerves came from, but it was so worth it once the doors opened and I walked onto the front lawn at Lowndes Grove.
Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where? We decided to go to San Francisco and wine country. Dylan and I are total foodies and love a great glass of vino. We wanted to go somewhere that would get us out of the heat a bit and allow us to really enjoy our time together.
What advice would you give to someone currently planning his or her wedding? Two things: have a welcome party, even if it is something small or a get together at a local spot. It really helped us make our rounds and say hello to everyone so we didn’t feel pressure on our big day. Second, hire a planner. They make your life way easier throughout the whole process so that you feel 100 percent carefree during your wedding week and while you are away for your honeymoon.

Photographer: Tim Willoughby / Videographer: Film Anywhere Productions / Planner: Melissa Barton with A Charleston Bride / Designer and Florist: A Charleston Bride / Venue: Lowndes Grove / Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group / Wedding Cake: Susie Ieronomo / Bride’s Gown: “Promise” by Monique Lhuillier / Bridal Salon: Maddison Row / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride’s Earrings: Croghan’s Jewel Box / Bride’s Veil: Vera Wang / Hair Stylist: Paper Dolls, Carrie McLeod / Makeup Artist: Elina Mille / Groom’s Fashion: Ben Silver / Paper Products: Lytle Cannon / Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals / Linens: Snyder Events Rentals and Nuage Designs / Transportation: Lowcountry Loop / Lighting: Technical Event Company / Band: Charleston Groove Factory / Ceremony Music: Other Brother Entertainment / Calligraphy: Paige Tanenbaum / Officiant: Dr. John Griffith

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Amanda {Planning It All} reply

    I love all of the thought that went into crafting a menu that was meaningful to the couple and their families!

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  3. avatar Lindsay {Everistta} reply

    Love all the colors in this stunning wedding! The multiple cakes so pretty!

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  5. avatar Andrea Follman reply

    Can you tell me where you ordered the koozies from?!

  6. avatar Brittany reply

    Please tell me where you ordered the koozies from

  7. avatar Dana reply

    Where did you order your drink koozies from?

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Aside from the fact that my roommate spent hours baking Valentine’s Day goodies last night, there are many things I love about this holiday. The love in the air, the cheery hearts and the lovely colors all make me happy — and I’ll be the first to admit that I miss decorating those paper bags in grade school to collect Valentines.

Thankfully, this gorgeous red extravaganza blows all those missed princess and superhero Valentines out of the water. I’d take Blair + Luke’s calligraphy-adorned invitations and fluffy white blooms any day. (Fun Southern fact: the flower arrangements were all done by family and friends Blair had grown up with.) We’re so grateful that B’s dad insisted on installing the black and white checkerboard floor at the reception — what a sight! I think you’ll agree with me when I say that with the addition of the bold flooring, the red-piped tent lining, coconut-covered cake and cheery confetti, this wedding is Valentine’s Day perfection.

A huge Valentine’s Day hug to Adam Barnes for sharing this beauty with us! And speaking of sharing, Blair and Luke’s wedding was just too good to keep to ourselves: go visit our friend Summer to see even more photos from this wedding!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. During the summer of 2008, I was living in Virginia and Luke was in Manhattan. I planned a trip to New York for a weekend to see my best friend from home and my dear friends from college — a real girl’s weekend that included a trip to the Hamptons. Saturday afternoon found us at Cyril’s and there I saw him – tall and handsome. Although we had gone to college an hour away from one another in Virginia, had both attended the Carolina Cup horse races for years in his South Carolina hometown, and had a zillion friends in common, it was not until then that we actually met one another. It was love at first sight.
Describe the proposal. Luke proposed on a Tuesday evening. Just us. It was the best surprise of my life and the reason that I now love Tuesdays the most. Later that evening, we met all of our friends at the Soho Grand Hotel to celebrate. They all knew and had been waiting for the announcement—it was such a dear surprise and one of the best memories.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Joyous, happy and bright.
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 350
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Seeing all of the people that mean the most to us in one spot.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? “Southern” in my mind is synonymous with generosity and kindness. Having 350 of our closest friends and family come from all over the country to my parent’s home to support our marriage exemplifies this Southern characteristic. Also, as many Southerners know, as nice as the décor and food might be at a reception, all of the guests are just waiting for the band to start. Our very Southern, soulful, INCREDIBLE band, Mo’Sol from Atlanta did not disappoint and the dance floor was packed all night.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I found my dress at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. As a girl who essentially only wears dresses, I knew that I was going to be in seventh heaven. Saks made the experience so incredible – dress after dress came out, but when I tried on the Oscar de la Renta number that I ultimately wore, we all knew it was the one. It was lovely, feminine and perfect for the venue.
Describe your wedding flowers: I came home from the day-of brunch to find that all of the flowers had been placed while I was out. Seeing them for the first time from my childhood bedroom window was a moment I will never forget. The ceremony flowers were all white so as to enhance and not detract from the yard in which we were getting married. The flowers in the reception tent were large sculptural arrangements with shocking red, fuchsia and ballet pink blooms. Although the flowers would stop you in your tracks with their beauty, the most touching part to me was that they were arranged by people I had known my entire life – from my former Sunday School teacher to a bridesmaid’s mother.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: Made by the man who has baked every birthday cake that I can ever remember receiving, our cake was a seven-foot masterpiece of alternating chocolate and almond cake with fresh raspberries. The entire confection was covered with shaved coconut and sat atop a table completely covered in lush pink flowers.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Flooring for the tent. My sweet father made the call and decided that this must be done. When the temperature unexpectedly dropped 20 degrees and the rain started on Thursday and stopped on Saturday morning, we were all so happy to see that fabulous flooring.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Looking at Luke while we said our vows. The sun was shining through the russet and orange oak leaves and for those few moments, it was like everyone else disappeared and it was just us, making those promises to one another.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We did have a first look and seeing Luke for the first time, just us, was perfect. I would recommend this to all brides — walking down the aisle is so exciting and there are so many people, flowers, sights, and sounds that I imagine you might not get to focus on your fiancé at the end of the aisle, which is why you are there in the first place.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Your wedding day is not about the flowers, the cake, or the dress. It is about you as a couple coming together and declaring yourself as a new family amongst this community that you have been a part of your whole life. Your vows are promises that you will better one another and the lives of all around you who are there that day. Rarely do you have a chance to assume such an amazing and wonderful responsibility. Enjoy it, mean it and make it last. Also, wear comfortable shoes.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are enjoying our life here in Manhattan looking forward to years of love and happiness.

Photographer: Adam Barnes // Videographer: Meet + Cute Films // Planner: Easton Events // Venue: Private residence // Florist: Rod Meek // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Magnolia Foods // Caterer: Avenue Foods // Rentals: Skyline // Linens: Festive Fare and La Tavola // Lighting: Skyline // Paper Products: Rock Paper Scissors // Calligraphy: Kendall Rose // Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil/Jewelry: Veil by Oscar de la Renta and jewelry by Kiss the Ring New York // Bride’s Shoes: Valentino // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ciarla // Furniture: Avista // Band: Mo’Sol // Chairs and stools: AFR // Vintage car: Albemarle Vintage

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    Wow wow wow! That gigantic heart is fabulous!!

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    LOVE this wedding! It’s so elegant and romantic. The gorgeous red bridesmaids, the elegant calligraphy, those stunning centerpieces… AH-MAZING!

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  5. avatar Ashley reply

    Blair is the SWEETEST girl in the whole world, and her wedding was so positively stunning! So many congratulations to one of the sweetest couples ever. xx

  6. avatar annabella charles reply

    Oh my god!! every inch of this wedding is PERFECT!!! well done.

  7. avatar adam barnes reply

    thank you ladies so kindly for showcasing Blair + Luke…. thank you… thank you!!

  8. avatar Vanessa reply

    Wow! I’m in love with the big, bold pops of color! The bridesmaid dresses aren’t my usual style but I love them! And the confetti at the end – perfect!

  9. avatar Marissa reply

    That giant heart makes me flip! I LOVE it! I kind of want one in my house! Such an awesome wedding!

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    Insanely beautiful wedding! Amazing work capturing so many great moments!

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    what a FABULOUS night! love every detail – from the cake to the bar to the ‘maids dresses. gorgeous!

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    Love this!! Beautiful images by Adam Barnes and amazing design by Easton Events! So fun!!

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