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I’ve always wanted to get married in September, if only so that I can recreate the perfect outdoor temperatures and happy energy that fill Nicki + Adam’s wedding. Though we see a lot of weddings that take place at Boone Hall, we love that the newlyweds took advantage of the the view that the Cotton Dock afforded them (and some shade, too), and then transformed the space into an waterside lounge area for the reception, complete with a bit of fishing! Nicki + Adam loved adding a bit of the low country into their big day, but don’t be fooled! They also brought along some West Coast goodies for Adam, a California native.

We’re thrilled that Charlotte Elizabeth Photography shared this big day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I first spotted the dress in Washington and then luckily found a boutique that carried it in Augusta, Georgia. When I made a trip home, my MOH went with me to try it on. I had always imagined that my wedding dress would be fitted, not poufy and definitely not strapless. Turns out, I fell in love with a strapless, poufy dress! You never know what will make you feel like a bride until you put it on!

Look closely and you’ll see sweet words stamped by those flowers. N + A’s planner, Katherine Miller, surprised the couple by stamping the words to “At Last,” the song Nicki walked down the aisle to, on the canvas ribbons adorning Adam’s boutonniere and Nicki’s bouquet. So sweet!

Don’t Nicki’s lovely bridesmaids remind you a bit of Beverly + Craig’s wedding? I love the bright yellow accessories that both brides are keen on!

Did you decide to do a “first look”? We did and it was great! Most of our guests had to fly in for our wedding so we wanted the whole reception to be about them, making it a great party. Taking time away from the reception for pictures was not ideal for us. With the first look, all the pictures are out of the way and you can feel free to really enjoy yourself after the ceremony. It did not detract at all from the feelings we had as I walked down the aisle.

We had an a cappella gospel choir sing during the ceremony and into the cocktail hour. They were AWESOME!! I came down the aisle to “At Last” and we walked back up to “Oh Happy Day.” Later, our first dance was to Adele’s cover of “Make You Feel My Love.”

Did you write your own vows? We did. A simple set of phrases that each began with “I promise.” One of the funniest ones: my groom promised to put as much effort into the honeymoon planning as I did into the wedding planning! Stay tuned for results…
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? None. We did have a moment of silence to remember those family members that could not be there with us. We lost my Nana in June and she would have been so happy to be there that day!!

The setting could not have been more Southern. Boone Hall embodies everything I love about the low country. The river, the marsh, the huge oak trees, the rocking chairs and fishing poles on the dock, the cotton blossom décor, our welcome bags and the food (shrimp and grits, pulled pork and fried green tomato sliders, boiled peanut hummus and a late night biscuit bar) were all completely Southern!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: This is hard since my fabulous wedding planner, floral designer and graphic designer included so many wonderful details and it really was very personal for Adam and me. But I would have to say my favorite detail was the escort sign and table name cards. Our pets are very important to us, so we named each of the tables after a family pet (past or present) and then Sarah of Dodeline Design made silhouette sketches of each of them for the table signs. It was like having our pups with us even though they had to stay home!

We wanted the wedding to feel casual and fun, so Adam and I worked with our wedding planner and our florist, Branch Design Studio to decorate the Cotton Dock. Then we mixed bright yellow flowers with grey dusty miller, white garden roses, feverfew and fresh, green herbs to create cheerful, natural bouquets and boutonnieres. Cotton blossoms hung everywhere — over the ceremony, on the barn doors and we even made a chandelier of it over the bar. We also turned wine bottles into candleholders and used as many wine barrels as we could (bringing a bit of Washington State with us to the low country, since we served west coast wines, too).

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I grew up in Walterboro, South Carolina (not too far from Charleston) and Adam is from the Bay Area of California. Randomly, we ended up at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University for different training programs. Our little family, with our 3 dogs (Ellie Mae, Clementine and Banjo), bought a house this year and are finally getting used to the winters here…well sort of! He and I are both still employed as veterinarians at WSU.
Describe the proposal. It was a TOTAL surprise! We were on a mini vacation at my Dad’s cabin in Plum Branch SC. He asked my father for my hand the day we arrived and, first thing in the morning on our last day there, he asked me to go for a walk with him around the pond. I was reluctant since it was chilly and I was not even out of my pajamas yet! But when we walked onto to the dock, he totally shocked me by getting down on one knee and asking! We quickly moved off the dock since the ring was way too big and he was worried it might fall in the water!
In what month did you get married? September
How many guests attended your wedding? 70
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We do not really like cake, so we ordered a selection of miniature desserts from Wildflour Pastry, a local bakery. These sweets were some of our favorites: lemon bars, mini pecan pies and salted caramel chocolate cupcakes! So delicious!!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Staying on budget is always a challenge but for me, living 3,000 miles away was also very difficult! My wedding planner, Katherine, was instrumental in making the wedding as perfect as it was!!!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The gospel choir and our photographer Charlotte.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Standing in front of our closest family and friends, reciting our vows to each other, looking into the crowd and knowing that all these people are here to support us and our lives together. The love was overwhelming!
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Hire a planner! And keep the guest list as small as possible. I was actually able to really enjoy myself!!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are still in the middle of our respective training programs but when we finish, we hope to move somewhere warmer and start a family!

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
14 Comments
  1. avatar Alexa reply

    What a beautiful wedding1 I’d love to see a bigger pic of that RSVP card – I’m thinking about doing something similar and would like to see what their says on the ad lib!

  2. avatar kelly @ honor courage commitment reply

    Beautiful! I love everything about this wedding. I will definitely have to take notes for future planning of our Charleston wedding :)

    -kelly
    sweettea-lemonade.blogspot.com

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    I’ve always thought yellow was such a charming color for weddings, especially when done as beautifully as this! So sweet and lovely.

  4. avatar kat reply

    i love how they incorporated their pets! so unique and fun! and fishing?! you can’t get much southern than that :)

  5. avatar Dee Shore reply

    I loooooooooooooooove this color scheme. Looks beautiful.

  6. avatar Katie Coley reply

    Please tell me which Alyne Dress this is !! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE it.

  7. avatar Katherine Miller reply

    Hi ladies! Thank you for these compliments! It was truly my pleasure to help Nicki & Adam–you can tell they’re a very sweet couple.

    Katie, Nicki wore the Alyne’s Adelaide gown. Its pockets were beyond necessary!

    And Alexa, her RSVP was a lot of fun to write. There’s a larger photo on my blog (where I interview Nicki’s graphic designer): http://katherinemillerevents.com/dodeline-design/.

    Let me know if you have any other questions about N&A’s day! — Katherine

  8. avatar Liz reply

    Where are the cute bridesmaid pajamas from?!

    • avatar Nicki reply

      Liz: I got them from Victoria’s Secret (Cotton Mayfair Boxer PJs). They run small so keep that in mind if you order for your ladies!

  9. avatar Siobhan Scott reply

    What caterer did you use??

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Siobhan! Nicki + Adam used Cru Catering (http://www.crucatering.com/). We’ve worked with them before, too, and they’re delicious!

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If you’re avoiding the mobs of determined shoppers like I am today, then I think this post will help. We downright adore this behind the scenes video from our Yellow Rose of Texas shoot that Eleven 29 Films created for us. Little kids running around in yellow outfits, a beautiful real life couple and the sweetest details make our hearts happy every time we watch this.



Too cute, right? I love the song Eleven 29 Films used, too! We danced around the office a bit when we first heard it.

Now y’all know how we do it in the Southern Weddings office. This shoot was full of way too many cute details for us to keep them to ourselves. It’s giveaway time!

We’re giving away an adorable gingham ring bearer’s pillow from The Happy Couple, a boy’s bow tie from The Happy Couple, white 1-inch wide suspenders from The Suspender Store, the snappy Yellow Canary pocket square from Pierrepont Hicks, a sweet boy’s bow tie from xoelle and the lovely yellow rose tablecloth from House 8810 that we used for the kid’s table.

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite part of this feature is and which item you’d love to win.

Win: Six lucky people will win the item of their choosing!

Now that’s better than Black Friday mobs, isn’t it? Good luck, y’all!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
18 Comments
  1. avatar Hailey reply

    Oh my stars, that tablecloth is amazing! I am from the great state of Texas and actually collect tablecloths, so this is an easy choice for me. Thanks for the opportunity and Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

  2. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I love how happy the bride and groom are! My favorite item is the tablecloth.

  3. avatar Sara reply

    I love the suspenders and the table cloth!

  4. avatar Jessica Clinch reply

    Aside from the love between the couple (it’s so great that they are actually newlyweds!) and the adorable joy of the kids, my favorite aspect of this feature was the wall of yellow roses on that fence! It’s marvelous. I would be thrilled to have that cute yellow gingham bow tie. I know I’m a girl, but I’m obsessed with bow ties!

  5. avatar Sandryte reply

    Wow, I loved EVERYTHING: the mixed couple, the music, behind-the-scene preparations, bouquets, the yellow color, photoshoot with the couple and the children.. It has such a harmonious feeling!

  6. avatar Sandryte reply

    Every single item for the giveaway would find a nice place at my house! The tablecloth I could use immediately for birthday!

  7. avatar Kristy reply

    ALL the yellow!!! And of course the cute children :)! Love the tablecloth :)

  8. avatar Lorraine reply

    Love the tablecloth and white suspenders!

  9. avatar Taylor J reply

    I LOVED this shoot!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why? Most of all because of the awesome yellow gingham!! Our wedding is going to be full of yellow gingham…I love how bright and cheery it is, and this shoot really helped envision what our wedding will actually look like! Since we’ve already bought a yellow gingham bow tie for our little ring bearer, that ring pillow would just be the cutest! If not that, then the pocket square! Adorable!

  10. avatar Linden reply

    I love that wedding dress!!! Gorgeous! And As a Texan, yellow roses hold a special place in my heart! Love the table cloth!

  11. avatar Parker reply

    I am in awe of all of the thought that goes into all of your work – the attention you ladies give to the small details always produces such stellar work! Keep it up! :)

  12. avatar Kelsey reply

    My favorite part is seeing all the yellow- perfect ideas for my sister in law and brother’s May wedding! Makes me so excited for their big day!

  13. avatar Lisa reply

    As a florist, I love the flowers and their use. Gorgeous and the yellow is just perfection!

  14. avatar Samantha S. reply

    I LOVED the venue and color scheme! Not to mention the bride and groom are completely adorable together! I like all of the choices but if I had to choose one it’d definitely be the ring bearer pillow. :)

  15. avatar Gina reply

    I am OBSESSED with yellow and each item shown screams happy to me!!! I adore the ring bearer pillow the most. Not only is it yellow, but it is gigham too. What girl doesn’t love gigham? I think this pillow will be the perfect accessory to my southern wedding!

  16. avatar Kathryn reply

    I’m a fan of the boots and the florals. I’d love to win the tablecloth!

  17. avatar Laura reply

    Ah! I love the tablecloth! Not to mention all the Texas love!

  18. avatar Kelly E. reply

    I love the yellow rose table cloth!

    I also love the Boy’s Bow Tie from the Happy Couple. Simply darling!

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After yesterday’s bright and colorful editorial, I’m so happy to bring you yet another sunny shoot. You’ll recognize it instantly, of course, since it’s the one from which we plucked our cover image! Photographer Ryan Ray and planner + stylist Stefanie Miles are the duo that pulled together this shoot — with lots of help from a few Texan pals!

I adore this shoot’s super clean palette of yellow and white. The stationery suite from The Creative Parasol kicked things off on the right note, with sunny hues and a snappy gingham pattern.

This shoot benefited from a few serendipitous finds, including the vintage yellow rose locket from Rhonda’s Treasures, below.

Alright, we’ve passed by enough floral photos to make it almost a crime to not have mentioned Bows + Arrows yet. They gathered and arranged all of the yellow blooms in this shoot, including the overflowing bouquet, the table centerpieces, and this stunning floral fence!

Hello, ladies! None models, all gorgeous. One of these gals is photographer Ryan Ray’s wife!

Last year we debuted a beau bar, and this year, we switched it up with a boutonniere bar! I love the sentiment behind making every guest feel like a VIP, and for a shoot focused on blooms, nothing could be more appropriate.

Isn’t this wood wall amazing? I also love that those rental chairs are super common and affordable – no chivaris needed!

Stefanie found the yellow plates at a local flea market, and made the patterned napkins herself! Talented lady, that one!

Alright, y’all, get ready for a squeal fest. Not only did this team put together an adult reception table, they put together a pint-size one, too! Remember what I said about those serendipitous finds? This yellow rose tablecloth (just $35!) falls under that category, too! And I LOVE that they used wooden crates for the kids’ seating!

Oh my word — there are no words!

Straight up love, wouldn’t you say? Be sure to check out the story of our beautiful bride and groom — a real couple! — in the print edition!

Lavender Joy Weddings is a a fabulous member of the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory, and a Southern Weddings advertiser!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jen reply

    I love the colours, photography and styling! All totally gorgeous :) x

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    The flowers, the linens, the bridesmaid dresses, the sweet little ones…everything is perfect!

  3. avatar Cheri {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    Ahhh…everything about this sweet lemonade-colored shoot makes me happy. :)

  4. avatar Ryan Ray reply

    This shoot was so much fun! It was a huge honor to shoot for y’all..

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    Hi
    I was trying to find out where the children’s clothes are from? I clicked on the link and couldn’t open it. (Baby CZ)
    Thanks!
    Ann

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  25. avatar Stephanie reply

    The yellow dress featured in this post on the right side of the bride…where is this dress from? I love it!

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    Where can I find these dresses? Especially the floral one?

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