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With its big wraparound porch and brightly colored interior, Katie and Brett knew the William Aiken House would be the perfect venue to show their friends and family how beautiful Charleston historic houses can be. After nine years of living in downtown Charleston, I’d say these two could take us on quite the gorgeous tour! Katie and Brett complemented the classic Southern details of the home with the perfect neutral color palette of gold and taupe neutrals, plus a subtle pop of coral brought in with the bridesmaids’ dresses and florals. I especially love the floating floral installation that accented the gazebo ceremony backdrop!

Hugs to Dana Cubbage for sharing K + B’s big day!

My dress, Babs by Hayley Paige, was the first one I tried on at the first store I went to! A few weeks after Brett proposed, I went to try on dresses with some of my bridesmaids and absolutely loved the first dress. I tried on about twelve more, just to see, but I knew that Babs would be the one. I immediately called my mom and begged her to come to Charleston the next week to see it, so she happily drove down from Richmond!

Describe your wedding flowers. My bouquet included peonies, roses, and ranunculus, and was tied with an ivory ribbon. The boutonnieres were coral ranunculus with a touch of greenery, and Brett’s had a white flower in it as well. Each one was tied with twine. The bridesmaid bouquets were mostly white and ivory with a touch of color and greenery, finished with an ivory ribbon. The centerpieces were ivory, coral, and blush flowers in gold vases. We also attached greenery to the lounge chandeliers and tent poles.

We did decide to do a first look, as most of our married friends and our photographer recommended it. I had my doubts, as I wasn’t sure I wanted Brett to see me before the ceremony, but on the day of, I was thrilled we decided to do it. I was extremely nervous and it helped to be able to see Brett and calm my nerves. It was also nice to get the bridal party pictures finished so that after the ceremony, we could just enjoy our reception!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I’ve lived in Charleston for nine years now and have always lived downtown! It has a special place in my heart and I have walked past the William Aiken House tons of times. Once in college, I even said that I would love to get married there someday. After we toured a few other venues, we decided it was the best spot for our wedding. It had plenty of space, and we could do the ceremony and reception at the same venue, which was important to us.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The house itself is so Southern! It has a big wraparound porch and panel doors, and the interior is full of bright colors and antiques. It really reminded us and our guests how beautiful Charleston historic houses can be. We also had shrimp and grits with fried green tomatoes as one of our food stations!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We had a four-tiered lace cake with a ribbon on the third tier that matched the sash on my dress. It even had a real peony flower, just like the flower on my sash! The first and last layers were hummingbird, the second layer was red velvet, and the third layer was carrot cake, all finished with cream cheese frosting.

For our first dance, Brett suggested “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones, and when he played it for me, I knew that it was the one. Her voice is stunning and we both love the song! For the father/daughter dance, I let my dad choose the song, and he picked “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart–I’m the youngest!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Brett and I met at a mutual friend’s party when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore at the College of Charleston. We were good friends for almost a year and then started dating at then end of summer 2003. We graduated in 2005 and 2006 respectively and then moved to Greenville before moving back to Charleston in 2009–we missed it so much! We were together for nine years before we got engaged!
Tell us all about the proposal! Brett proposed the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend in 2013. He had asked about going to dinner at a new jazz club, The Mezz, earlier in the week, which I was excited about. On that Thursday, I was feeling tired, so I emailed Brett at work to suggest that we go over the weekend instead. Brett insisted that we go that night, because we had company coming in for the weekend. I have to admit, when he said this, I though, “Hmm, he’s never insistent on dinner plans…could this be the night??” Once that popped into my head, I finished work and went to get my nails done, just in case! :) When I got home, Brett asked me to come up to our rooftop patio for a pre-dinner drink. It was a gorgeous night and he started talking about how long we’d been together. We could even see my college dorm from where we were, and we laughed about the memories from that time in our life. After saying a lot of very sweet things, Brett got down on one knee and proposed!! I immediately said yes and was so happy! Afterwards, we called our friends and family and enjoyed a lovely dinner at The Mezz.
When did y’all get married? March 22, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? I borrowed the pearl necklace I wore from my mom (it was originally my great grandmother’s, and my sister also wore it at her wedding). My something blue was the blue “I Do” undergarment I wore. My something olds were my pearl bracelet and earrings, and my something new was my dress, of course!
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Walking down the aisle, I chose “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, because I think the song is so joyful and beautiful! Walking back up the aisle, we chose “The Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn. We had a string trio play the songs at both the ceremony and the cocktail hour.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I think the hardest thing about planning a wedding is picking out each little detail and then just hoping it all fits together! Hiring a wedding planner was the best decision we made.
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? The groomsmen bought suits from Jos. A. Bank during the buy three, get one free sale, so they were heavily discounted, which was especially great considering we needed ten of them! We also ordered ties from, which were beautiful silk ties for only $15!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Our band! They made the reception so much fun, it almost felt like a concert!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: We made a fun sign with our wedding hashtag on it. Not very traditional, but it allowed us to see everyone’s pictures so easily!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My most memorable moment was walking out the door towards the aisle and seeing all my friends and family smiling back at me. My heart was pounding–I was so nervous, but so excited. I can still picture everyones’ faces, including Brett’s!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We are hoping to buy a house in the near future, as we’ve been in our two-bedroom condo for almost five years. We are most looking forward to spending the holidays with each other–we have been together for nine years and have never seen each other on Thanksgiving or Christmas! I am now glad we kept holidays separate, because it gives us a lot to look forward to and we will be able to create our own memories and traditions together, as a married couple.

Photographer: Dana Cubbage Weddings /Videographer: KLC Video Productions / Planner: Alexandra Caldwell Fisher / Venue: The William Aiken House / Florist: Tiger Lily / Cake Baker: Ashley Bakery / Caterer: Fish / Rentals: Snyder and Event Works / Lighting: Innovative Event Services / Band: The Dickens Band / Bride’s Gown: “Babs” by Hayley Paige / Bridal Salon: White on Daniel Island / Paper Products: MerryMint Designs / Bride’s Hair Clip: Stella Nova / Hair Stylist: Shayla Battle of Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Make-up / Makeup Artist: Kristen Brown of Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Make-up / Bride’s Shoes: “Veny Wedge Pump” by Vince Camuto / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: “Zoe” in Terracotta Silk Shantung by Lula Kate / Men’s Attire: Jos. A. Banks / Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / String Trio: Classical Charleston / Calligrapher: Paige Tanenbaum / Save The Dates: Wedding Paper Divas

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marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    Such a stunning venue–perfect for this downtown Charleston couple!

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Did you know that I used to hate pink? I can’t pinpoint when, exactly, it became my now third favorite color (second only to orange and orange-red!), but I can’t get enough of it. I love how pink grants ordinary things either a fun and preppy demeanor or a romantic and wispy character. Somehow, Crystal + Trip’s wedding manages to do a little bit of both! The gorgeous bride met her handsome beau at the Oaks Plantation to say their “I do’s” and we love the pretty images from Kim Box and Josh Moates of Kim Box Photography that resulted.

P.S. Make sure you ladies check out the bridesmaid dresses – I know you’ll love them!

Hello gorgeous! Crystal’s favorite flowers are peonies, so they were found throughout the wedding. According to the bride, “My bouquet consisted of pink and white peonies and roses. We were married under a gorgeous archway adorned with pink peonies, roses, green hydrangeas, orchids, branches and hanging crystals. We had a variety of different centerpieces but these were the main flowers used throughout.”

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was definitely a process but I knew when I found it that my heart would melt as it did! After scouring various bridal boutiques, I thought I had found my dress at a place in Montgomery. I was not completely in love with it but I felt it was the closest to what I was looking for. I decided to put the dress on hold and drove to Birmingham with my mom to pick up a satin sash that I found while trying on dresses there. I thought it would give the dress more pizazz. We stopped into The White Room in Birmingham to purchase the sash and I told my mom I was going to just look at the dresses there one more time. Lo and behold, I saw it! Lace, lace and more lace! This Rivini gown was poking out of the rack like it knew I was headed its way. It was perfect so I picked it up and had to try it on. I knew when I put it on and began crying that this was my dress!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No. Trip was more adamant than I was about keeping that tradition. He wanted to be surprised.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Colossians 3:12-17
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. We had The Lamb Family play violins throughout the ceremony. They are amazingly talented! I also was so blessed to have my cousin sing two solos, “This is the Day” by Brown and The Lord’s Prayer.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I wanted a good mix of Southern yet whimsical flair. Our food was definitely Southern, as well as our venue. We had the ceremony and reception at an old, gorgeous plantation home in the country. With its mile-long driveway and beautiful oak trees, I felt that it definitely set the mood and tone I was looking for. We had a large hay bale placed at the entrance with our last initial made of pink peonies and branches. I wanted our food to be something that everyone would enjoy and that would give guests that Southern comfort feeling. We had fried green tomatoes, fried okra, fried chicken fingers, fresh fruits, vegetables and cheeses, a ham carving station, green bean bundles, cornbread in mini iron skillets, a mashed potato bar with sweet and regular potatoes with all the good fixin’s, chicken, shrimp and beef skewers, banana pudding shooters and much more. I wanted to do something different for guest gifts so I had a popcorn bar with all different flavors. From caramel to butter and even fun confetti popcorn in all different colors and flavors, guests had plenty to take home in personalized bags. Another Southern detail were the buckets of flip flops I had for guests, making sure they knew to kick off their shoes, relax, dance and have a good time.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Trip and I actually met in high school and began dating in the ninth grade when we were only 14. We stayed together throughout high school and both attended Auburn University, where we got engaged our senior year. I know you are probably wondering, but we have never broken up!
Describe the proposal. Trip’s family had planned a New Year’s Day lunch at his sister’s house in Birmingham and we were on our way there when he told me that we had to stop by their family farm in Clay County at the base of Mt. Cheaha to pick up something for his dad. When we arrived, he said he wanted to take me on a walk. We took a short walk up to the tallest point overlooking their property and the beautiful mountains of North Alabama. He got really silent once we reached the top and walked behind me. I turned around and he was down on one knee, saying the sweetest things. All I can remember is grabbing the ring from him ecstatically and saying, “YES!” We decided to wait until after our graduation in December to start planning our wedding.
In what month did you get married? June
How many guests attended your wedding? About 400
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Oh goodness, we loved every minute of it, from the flowers to the amazing food and our dance party reception! I absolutely love repurposing furniture, so I decided to take an old screen door, paint it and pin pictures of me and Trip, beginning with baby pictures all the way through college. It was so much fun going through old pictures of us when we were younger. Our friends and family loved seeing us through the years and how young we were when we started dating.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: I had a five-tiered white buttercream cake with raspberry filling laced with a pink and lime ribbon. Trip had the famous chocolate peanut butter fudge cake.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable was definitely seeing Trip for the first time as I walked down the aisle and hearing him tell me that I looked beautiful. Time just stood still. Another memorable moment was the poem that all of my girlfriends sang to me at my reception. It was hysterical and definitely something I will never forget!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy every minute of it! Do not get stressed over the little things. Anything goes nowadays so do exactly what you want to do!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are absolutely loving being married and just looking forward to what God has in store for us!

Photographer: Kim Box Photography // Videographer: Darren Freeman Videography // Planner: Jackie Bennett of Dana’s Floral Design and RSVP Montgomery // Venue: The Oaks Plantation // Florist: Jackie Bennett of Dana’s Floral Design // Wedding Cake Baker: Peggy McKinney // Caterer: Tammy Griffin of A Catered Affair // Rentals: Brendle Rentals // Linens: BBJ Linens // Lighting: Design Productions // Paper Products: invitations by Alan’s Invitations, programs by Lovett Printing // Bride’s Dress: Rivini “Aria” via The White Room // Veil and Earrings: The White Room // Bride’s Shoes: Gianni Bini // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Lula Kate via Bella Bridesmaid “Christy” in umber with pink flamingo sash // Hair and Makeup: Melissa Moore Bogardus // Music: The Lamb Family Violin Ensemble and 2nd Coming // Groom/Groomsmen attire: Jos A. Banks

Love pink? You might like these weddings, too!
Shelley + Greg’s preppy Charleston wedding here and here.
Katie + Nathan’s romantic Southern wedding here and here.
Katie + Clark’s pink + white beach wedding here + here (similar bridesmaid dresses!)

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  1. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I am loving this alabama wedding!! SO very pretty. The wreath with the monogrammed sash, the monogrammed hay bale, and the bridesmaid’s dresses are standouts! It’s all gorgeous :) War Eagle!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Yes, aren’t the bridesmaid dresses fabulous? I would totally wear that one again!!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    How beautiful!! I LOVE her bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses, and that monogrammed haybale–I’ve never seen that one before, and it’s amazing!

  3. avatar Jenny J Cook reply

    Gorgeous! Beautiful bride. Really loving those BM dresses too!

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    Wow, you’re right… I love the bridesmaids dresses! :) And that decor for the ceremony.. WOW!

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