Spalding + Dickinson – Rehearsal at Market Pavilion & Wedding at Magnolia Plantation

This couple from Kentucky chose Charleston as their destination wedding location due to John’s fond memories of family vacations in the Lowcountry. Their rehearsal dinner was held high atop the Market Pavilion at the rooftop bar providing beautiful night views of the city. A great location to introduce Charleston to family and friends and set the tone of an intimate love filled weekend. Their bulldog was “present” in the form of the groom’s cake created by the experts at Delicious Desserts.

JoLynne and John’s wedding day started with brunch and chilling out with family and friends at their ocean front beach house rental on the Isle Of Palms. Relaxed, quaffed (thanks to I DO Hair & Makeup) and ready for the day, it was time for the drive to Magnolia Plantation. Their intimate ceremony was held on one of the many lawns with beautiful views overlooking the Ashley River.

After John kissed his bride, it was time to celebrate! Guests journeyed over the Schoolhouse Pond and it’s cherished red bridge ending at The Conservatory. Guests enjoyed the best of Lowcountry cuisine provided by Food For The Southern Soul. With music by Palmetto Strings, flowers by OK Florist and rentals from EventHaus, the greenhouse became a magical garden filled with love and laughter shared with family and friends. The perfect start to a marriage!

For more photos of Charleston weddings, please visit www.rickdeanphotography.com.

Charleston wedding photography by Rick Dean Photography serving Charleston, SC and beyond.

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Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Spalding + Dickinson Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

 

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding

I moved from Chicago to Charleston in 2004. During the first couple of months, my mission was to “become a Charlestonian”. I subscripted to Charleston Magazine. I bought tea, wine & shrimp on Wadmalaw Island. I planted sweetgrass, confederate jasmine and azaleas in the yard. I loaded my home with every decorator item that screamed “Lowcountry”. I loved my new city and wanted to become one with it.

I tried not to go overboard but after bringing home the 100th shell and sand dollar from the beach I realized I was drowning in Lowcountry accents. After giving most of the stuff away to family and friends visiting from “up North”, I soon had an appropriate amount of Charleston decor throughout my home. I was settled in and lovin’ my Charleston.

If you are getting married in Charleston, it’s a safe bet that you like and want to incorporate the Lowcountry into your wedding. You want to expose your guests to the sights, sounds and smells of the area. Examples of why you wanted to get married here in the first place. Little reminders of the special place that is Charleston.

Here are a few suggestions regarding how to incorporate the Lowcountry into your wedding (and not go overboard!):

Joggling Board – First created in the midlands of South Carolina in the mid-19th century, the joggling board became a must have feature on the piazzas and porches of the Lowcountry.  Victorian morals meant young lovers should keep their distance, so the joggling board also called a “courting bench” was the perfect seat.  Sitting at the ends of the board kept one in the proper sitting position but as they moved closer and closer together the board would get closer and closer to the ground making for an uncomfortable and awkward position thus keeping the unmarried apart.  Today, it makes for a fun addition to your Lowcountry decor.  Your Charleston Wedding Photographer will love to pose you and your guests on this iconic Lowcountry bench. It also makes for a unique guest book at your reception.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

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Sweetgrass Baskets – The art of weaving baskets of sea grasses was brought to Charleston by West African slaves who worked on the local plantations. The skill and craftsmanship as been handed down through the generations.

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Palmetto Roses – Another example of weaving, these roses made of fronds from palmetto trees date back to the Civil War. The story goes that before going off to war, wives would give a palmetto rose to their husbands as a sign of their true love. The legend may just be marketing spin but it makes for a great love story. And these roses make a great takeaway for your guests.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

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From The Sea – Regardless of the setting of your wedding (beach, church, plantation, etc.) include sea shells, starfish, sand dollars and all your favorite things from the sea.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

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Local Spirits – Charleston is now the home of several distilleries proudly creating vodka, rum, gin, bourbon and very strong moonshine. And don’t forget Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka originally created on Wadmalaw Island.

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Fans – As we all know, it can be hot and buggy here in the Lowcountry. Your guests will surely appreciate a fan and is another great wedding favor.

 

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Southern Cuisine – Long before Charleston was know for it’s world class culinary scene, the Lowcountry was know for it’s classic southern cuisine. Fried green tomatoes, shrimps, chicken & waffles, crab cakes, pulled pork, and a Lowcountry boil to name a few. Your guests are sure to enjoy a taste of the old and often updated examples of Southern cooking.

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

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Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photographer Lowcountry Wedding Photography Rick Dean Photography

Lowcountry Accents For Your Charleston Wedding ©Rick Dean Photography

Ray + Brooks – Wedding at The Summerall Chapel & Reception at No. 5 Faber

Grandee Ray & Phil Brooks had been a couple for many years but never married. About the time they had decided to “tie the knot”, Grandee’s daughter Aryn announced she was engaged and plan to wed in the Summer of 2014.  Rick Dean Photography had the pleasure of photographing Aryn’s wedding. The family was so happy with the experience, they hired Rick Dean Photography to shoot Grandee and Phil’s wedding.

Phil, being a proud graduate of The Citadel, lead the couple to chose The Summerall Chapel on campus for their intimate ceremony. Their reception took place at one of Charleston’s newest event spaces, No. 5 Faber located in the heart of the French Quarter in Downtown Charleston.

The bride wore a Alyssa Devanny design. The Day Of planning provided by Katie Jean Events kept the day running on time and relaxed. Cru Catering did a spectacular job creating a delicious menu of passed apps and stand-alone food stations. The Flower Gallery & Gifts took advantage of the wide open spaces offered at the venue to create a warm inviting environment. Getting guests out on the dance floor during a mid-day reception is not easy but Super Deluxe got the job done.

For more photos of Charleston weddings, please visit www.rickdeanphotography.com.

Charleston wedding photography by Rick Dean Photography serving Charleston, SC and beyond.

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Ray + Brooks Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

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Ray + Brooks Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Ray + Brooks Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

Charleston Wedding Photography

Ray + Brooks Wedding © Rick Dean Photography

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