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The simplicity and spontaneity of an elopement can help to strip away some of the “stuff” that surrounds weddings, leaving just the essence of a marriage: committing yourself to the one you love in front of the people who matter most. For this editorial, we imagined a couple who wanted to elope in Charleston, but still celebrate with their very closest family and friends. Though we tucked in lots of special details focused on hospitality, whether you have five or 500 guests in attendance, gracious hospitality can always by the centerpiece.

Big hugs to the supremely talented KT Merry for these photos and to the ladies of A Charleston Bride for pulling together the details. Purchase your copy of V7 (and her BFF, our brand new wedding planner!) here!

To shy to exchange personal vows in front of your guests? We love the idea of writing each other promises in letter form to exchange the morning of the wedding or at your first look. Having a calligrapher letter them for you makes for a beautiful keepsake.

Charleston City Hall was the perfect spot for these beautiful, light-filled photos! They’re some of my favorites in the magazine!

This editorial was inspired in part by one of our friend Kathryn’s inspiration boards. She imagined the scene set at the William Aiken House, and we agreed that the venue’s yellow walls could not have been more perfect to bring this scene to life!

Special glassware can instantly transform a table. We loved the combination of sleek black wine glasses and vintage tumblers!

Photographer: KT Merry | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Designer and Florals: A Charleston Bride | Venues: Charleston City Hall and the William Aiken House | Caterer and Baker: Fish | Cake stand: Country Kitchen SweetArt | Rentals: Snyder Rental, Ooh! Events, Event Haus | Ticking napkins: Un Original Americain | Flatware: West Elm | Hair and makeup: Carrie McLeod of Paper Dolls | Getaway car: Charleston Rickshaw | Invitations and stationery: Smitten on Paper | Calligraphy: Blue Glass Design | Custom sewing: Behind the Seams | Palm fans: Favors and Flowers | Wrapping paper: Sugar Paper, Ann Page, Snow & Graham, Linda & Harriet | Welcome bags: A Signature Welcome | Bass player: Other Brother Entertainment | Bride’s gown: “Lucille” by Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s cuff: Modcloth | Bride’s shoes: Nina | Bride’s clutch: Mar y Sol | Other jewelry: Perfect Details | Menswear: J. Crew | Bow tie: TieMart | Bridesmaid dresses: Rent the Runway and Modcloth | Pineapple dress: Townsen | Overnight bag: Mark & Graham

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Love this shoot so much. I must say, the image of the man with the standup bass in the grass caught my eye. The light, the composition – just beautiful. All of the images are stunning, but it’s always fun to see one unexpected image stand out. Beautiful work as always, KT!

  3. avatar Winifred Paper reply

    That tablescape is absolutely to die for!

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  7. avatar Tyra reply

    This is beautiful! Anyone know if you can actually get married in Charleston City Hall? Thanks!

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One of my favorite things to see is when couples like Rebecca + Colin take design elements that are meaningful and incorporate it into their big day. The scrolled iron gates characteristic of Charleston made an appearance on the couple’s invitation suite and the rest of the wedding was filled with that Southern town charm. Among the lush white flowers and greenery, elegant details set the scene. (For instance, that gorgeous tent?!) I’m the biggest fan of textured cakes and Rebecca + Colin’s sweet treat complete with their monogram has become one of my favorites. Biggest thanks to Virgil Bunao for sharing this wedding with us!

From the bride:

When Colin and I were debating where to get married, we decided pretty quickly on Charleston. Since we met in New York and are each from different states (Texas and South Carolina), we knew our family and friends would be traveling from all over the country for our wedding. For this very reason, we wanted somewhere easy to get to, easy to get around and most importantly, somewhere fun and unique that would be like a mini vacation for our guests. Charleston is all of these things and when you add in the fabulous lowcountry cuisine, stunning waterfront views and the historical beauty and charm – you get the perfect location for a wedding celebration!

Our Save the Date and Invitation, which mimicked the scrolled iron gates so popular in Charleston, really set the tone for our wedding – simple and elegant with a Southern feel. When it came to the colors of the wedding, I knew that I wanted to use a deep plum, my favorite color for fall, which we highlighted with shades of green, ivory and champagne and lots of mercury glass accents! The day of the wedding was luckily just as beautiful as when we visited the year before. Throughout the evening, guests dined on local favorites such as shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes and fresh seafood. The lounge area under the tent created the perfect place to rest your feet after boogying down on the dance floor and the hanging lanterns in the trees cast a magical glow on the celebration. We ended the night with a showering of lavender and a getaway on a Charleston rickshaw. Our wedding day was perfect and far exceeded our expectations. Thanks to all of our fabulous vendors for helping to create such a memorable day!

Photographer: Virgil Bunao // Hair & Makeup: Allure Salon // Paper Products: Bella Figura // Transportation: Charleston Rickshaw // Wedding Coordinator: Luke Wilson Special Events // Venue: The William Aiken House // Florist: Timeless Designs // Caterer: Fish // Wedding Cake Baker: Elaine’s Events // Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta via Stardust Celebrations, Dallas, TX // Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew // Band: Loose Chain // Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Totally agree with you about incorporating personal elements into their big day! This is very sweet!

  2. avatar lisa reply

    Love the Brides Shoes!! Do we know where she got them from?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lisa! We don’t have the exact source for Rebecca’s shoes, but they remind me of Aruna Seth’s: Best of luck!

    • avatar Rebecca reply

      Hi Lisa!
      My shoes are from Neiman Marcus…they are Vera Wang Lavender Label. They are so comfortable! Hope this helps :)

  3. avatar Nichole reply

    I’m getting married at the William Aiken House next spring! So nice to see such a lovely wedding that took place there to draw inspiration from :)

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  5. avatar Dianne Thompson reply

    In the photo with the shoes of the bridesmaids and bride- I love the middle bridesmaid’s shoes. Where can I find them? Thanks!

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Utter gorgeousness from Bryan Johnson and Calder Clark? Why, I never would have guessed! Throw in the William Aiken House, a confection by Elaine’s Events, an unusual palette of gray blue, yellow, and orange, and a pom pom exit, and you have Emily + Monty’s big day. Check back tomorrow for a few more behind-the-scenes details, including inside tips on how to recreate this look for yourself!

See all the photos from Emily + Monty’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Now that we’ve set the scene, let’s take a look at the actual party!

Once more for good measure, the talented slate of vendors:

Photography: Bryan Johnson // Videography: Brandon Lower of A Bryan Photo // Planning: Calder Clark Designs // Ceremony Venue: The French Huguenot Church // Reception Venue: The William Aiken House // Florals: Blossoms Events // Wedding Cake Baker: Elaine’s Events // Caterer: Fish // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew // Bride’s Dress: Ana Hernandez // Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Dulles Designs // Rentals: Calder Clark Designs // Linens: DC Rental // Groom’s Fashion: Joseph & Feiss for Men’s Wearhouse // Lighting: PDA // Music: Voices of Deliverance (choir), Deas Guyz (band) // Gate Banners and Aisle Runner: Anne Girault // Trolley Transportation: Absolutely Charleston

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Amber reply

    I love so many of these details, very original and personal touches. I especially love the getaway pom poms, such a cute idea!

  2. avatar Jessica reply

    So pretty! I just love the pom-pom toss <3

  3. avatar Amy @ Branching Out Events reply

    I love love this palette. It is a bit unusual but so refreshing. Too many cute and fresh ideas. I can’t wait for the behind-the-scenes details and tips. Saving this to my inspirations folder.

  4. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    The DIY lampshades look gorgeous! and the lanterns strewn all over the tree is so romantic!

  5. avatar Sarah reply

    I love the key place cards, what a cute idea!

  6. avatar Joanna reply

    I’m planning a pom pom toss too! I was wondering about how many it would take per guest. Their photos turned out splendidly!

  7. avatar jomygoodness reply

    I love this wedding. I’m swooning over all the details… especially the keys! I’m in love.

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