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When it comes to the many things that make a wedding Southern, the most obvious one is the geographical location, of course! Kara and Philip had that in the bag when they chose to tie the knot at Colleton River Plantation on Hilton Head Island. Though a Pennsylvania native, Kara grew up traveling to her family’s vacation home on the island, so to her, it is a place “that signifies family, joy, memories, and endless beauty.” Kara and Philip worked with their planner, Embellished Events, to create an open-air party where no walls could block the beautiful views. I’m sure this day began a whole new chapter of joyful memories on Hilton Head for this sweet couple!

We’re sure happy Tim Will was there to capture this lovely day!

Describe your wedding flowers. My flowers were untamed and gorgeous! They had an English garden feel, and were full of peaches, sages, and pinks, grounded in soft whites and finished with ribbon I found during my travels to India. The ribbons were used in all the bouquets, garlands, and table arrangements. Branches on Hilton Head Island captured my vision so beautifully.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not; we chose to say the traditional vows instead. We felt these timeless words captured all we wanted to say.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We had beautiful readings from the Bible. I particularly loved the Gospel reading from Mark, that included the verse, “They are no longer two but one flesh, therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Wow, those words have gravity!

On our wedding day, we surprised our guests with the sounds of local Gullah singers harmonizing with joy to “Oh Happy Day” as we departed the church. We also hand-dipped oyster shells in gold and embellished each with a pearl for our escort cards. Guests could take these home as a way to remember the place and the day.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? I grew up traveling to my family’s vacation home on Hilton Head Island, so it has always been a place that signifies family, joy, memories, and endless beauty to me.

We chose to avoid the cost of a tent, and with the suggestion of my planner, Jennifer Leiti, we chose to have an open-air party under café lighting. We were so happy we did because the environment was the reason I picked this location. There were no walls to block the beautiful, expansive views of the sunset over the river. Thankfully, despite some early morning rain, we were blessed with good weather that day.

My wedding cake was a simple, white, tiered cake with ruffled fondant and some pretty flowers in the colors of my bouquet placed up each tier. The best part was really what was inside–it was decadent! Each layer had a different filling. Minette Rushing from Savannah Custom Cakes is a baking genius!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met in college. We lived in the same dorm, and then in the same apartment building. Two years after college, only after a big separation, did we realize our friendship was actually love. This has been true ever since and will be for the rest of our lives!
Tell us all about the proposal! We first talked about getting married around a year or so ago while on a trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It was the first time Phil had ever been there, and I was overjoyed to be talking about our future marriage in this very special place. However, it was not until a very cold visit to Cape May, New Jersey that Phil decided to sneak a ring into my purse to be found at any time. We were sitting in a crowded bar and I was fishing around in my bag for something or other when I felt a little box…I think I knew what it was right away, and quickly looked up at Phil’s smiling face. I told him I wanted to move to our room for some privacy, where, conveniently, there was a bottle of champagne awaiting our arrival. Phil got down on one knee as I had always envisioned and the rest is history.
When did y’all get married? May 30, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 125
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I found my dress in a shop called Elizabeth Johns Ardmore, Pennsylvania, right outside of my home city of Philadelphia. The dress was designed by Lela Rose and I felt it reflected me and my style, and it would complement the beautiful surroundings and climate of my Southern wedding.
Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did not. Seeing my soon-to-be spouse for the first time at the end of the aisle is a beautiful tradition we wanted to experience.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My shoes had blue soles, I wore a delicate strand of pearls that were given to me as a baby, I borrowed my sister’s wedding garter, and everything else was new.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Communicate with each other early and often, and don’t lose sight of what is important.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We would love to move to a new home, plant some deeper roots there, and start a family.

Photographer: Tim Willoughby | Videographer: Hart to Heart | Planner: Embellished Events | Ceremony Venue: St. Gregory the Great | Reception Venue and Catering: Colleton River Plantation | Florist: Branches | Cake Baker: Savannah Custom Cakes | Rentals: Event Haus | Band: Fantastic Voyage Band | Gospel Choir: Voices of El Shaddai Ensemble | Bride’s Gown: Lela Rose | Hair and Makeup: Christine Stephens | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    Belles, we have a treat for you today, because Spencer Special Events and Landon Jacob combined to create a gilded editorial that is simply beautiful. We’re especially fond of this inspiration because it was drawn from what’s proven to be an endless well of inspiration for us, too — the beautiful landscape of the South itself. From the oyster details to the soft white, cream, gold, and green color palette, every piece was inspired by the hues of South Carolina’s tidal creeks.

    This beautiful bouquet by Garden on the Square is made up of Patience garden roses, white Majolika spray roses, gold Queen Anne’s Lace, gold seeded eucalyptus, white lisianthus, and succulents. Gorgeous!

    Our friend Annette from Chaviano Couture supplied this palest peach gown!

    Love gorgeous wreaths? Take a peek at our Blackberry Beauty and Song of the South editorials!

    Event design, planning and coordination: Spencer Special Events | Photography: Landon Jacob Photography | Linens and draping: Party Tables | Lighting: TEC | Gold chivari chair and chargers: Amazing Event Rentals | Flowers: Garden on the Square | Wedding cakes: Minette Rushing, Savannah Custom Cakes | Paper details: Emma J. Design | Hair: Megan Wayt, Hautelocks for SSE | Gown: Chaviano Couture | Hand-painted oysters: Bluffton Bell Creations | Event location, catering services, and pastry design: Colleton River Plantation Club

    Landon Jacob is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

    emily Written with love by Emily
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    1. avatar Dana reply

      Seriously, I thought I would faint. This is the most beautiful wedding!!! Great post!

    2. avatar Emily Alice reply

      GORGEOUS! This is so beautiful! Gotta love the SC coast :)

    3. avatar Stephanie reply

      LOVE the invitations!!!

    4. avatar Jacquelyn reply

      This is all beyond gorgeous!

    5. avatar Natalia reply

      There was a lot of swooning going on looking through this editorial! The gilded oyster shell details are perfection. Never have I ever seen such a pretty hors d’oeuvre!

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      It is always such an honor to be featured on Southern Weddings. Love you ladies SO much! Thank you so Landon Jacob for this amazing shoot!

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