Lauren + Maxwell’s Preppy Casual Wedding

This preppy casual affair is complete with Bermuda shorts and bowties- all which ties together the kelly green and white color scheme the couple has chosen. The bride and groom chose this theme because it describes their personalities and their goal for the wedding is for their guests to have a fun and memorable night.

Lauren and Maxwell made Charleston their destination! Lauren is the assistant Vice President at an insurance company in Atlanta.  Maxwell is an industrial engineer, but his current occupation is as a stay-at-home dad to their son Dean. Lauren and Maxwell met at their local watering hole after a wine festival. They became fast friends and this eventually grew into something more. Before they knew it, Maxwell was proposing to her in her hometown of Port Jefferson Harbor, NY. The two love birds enjoy staying active together. Bike riding, cooking, playing sports, and boating are just a few of the things that the share a passion for.

This event took place at Seaside Point at Wild Dunes. This added to the very southern preppy feeling to it. The event was casual, but still very well put together and executed. Lauren’s beautifully stark white David’s Bridal gown was stunning and fit the theme perfectly. Lauren and Maxwell opted for a first look and it was so sweet, these two are head over heels for each other! Their I-do’s took place with a clear view of the Atlantic. This was a great location because it was at the beach, but not in the sand. It was nice to give off the beach vibe without having to worry about getting sandy. The couple did get some great shots on the beach at sunset. Back at the reception, there were preppy touches everywhere. Custom sunglasses, gift bags with pineapple stickers, King of Pops ice pops, and the list goes on! All of the guests had a blast dancing to DJ Alan Brown, and being united as one big, happy, family. At the end of the night, Lauren and Maxwell were sent off with colorful glow sticks. This also made for some great shots.

This was a fantastic night. Weddings can sometimes feel very prim and proper, but this is an example of one that was all about classy comfort. A special thanks to Jennifer fox at JW Weddings for the coordination, Justin Wham of JW Weddings for the decor and florals, Harris Teeter Isle of Palms for all of the baked goods, and Kacie Faulling of Lashes and Lace for hair and makeup.

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Nancy + Haniel’s Harbor Side Wedding

This destination harbor side wedding was one of culture and class. Nancy and Haniel are from Atlanta, Georgia, but originally hail from Kenya. This made for a great guest turn out from family and friends from overseas. The great Kenyan culture was palpable in the air and made this wedding ceremony and reception really special!

The Charleston Harbor and Resort and Marina made a delightful backdrop for these noteworthy nuptials. The couple passionately exchanged their vows on the pier amid the stunning views of the Charleston harbor. What a romantic sight to behold! The bridesmaids donned flattering pink colored dresses. A memorable moment was when the family sang some traditional Kenyan songs during the ceremony. This was a great touch that surely reminded the bride and groom of their home country. All of these great moments were captured by Surrender Films videography.  

The reception was at the same location, but inside of the resort. There was still an amazing view of the harbor and bridge from the reception area. The color pallette for this event was mostly pink and white, but bright blue accents were added to emulate the feeling of the water in the harbor. The reception space was elegantly decorated with blush and cream florals by Loluma. This also tied in with the sweet cake by Cakes by Kasarda. The couple and their guests were having a ball while dancing the night away… just look how happy they are in these pictures! This day truly emulated the great love that the couple feels for one another. 

This harbor side day was one to remember. Thank you to Snyder for the rentals, DJ Moo-Moo for the entertainment, Two Beautiful Hands of Atlanta for the hair and makeup, and finally to Kayla Turpin of MOD Events Charleston for the day of coordination.

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Dana + Casey’s Seahawks Inspired Nuptials

These two brides wanted to show their love for one another and for the Seattle Seahawks on this wedding day to remember. Rick Dean was able to capture some great shots of the brides wrapped in a #12 Seahawks flag that represents all Seahawks fans.

Dana and Casey are both Charleston County school teachers. Their love affair blossomed one summer while teaching summer school together. Both women love to entertain- which is what really prompted this fun filled wedding. For their first dance, they have choreographed an elaborate hip-hop dance routine. The guests loved all of the entertainment at the reception provided by D & M Productions. Dana and Casey are avid Seattle Seahawks fans, which is what inspired the color scheme of lime green, navy blue, and stone gray for this momentous wedding day. Both brides also enjoy outdoor activities such as paddle boarding and lounging as the beach. This played into their proposal because Casey took Dana on a romantic scavenger hunt that included all of their favorite things. They went paddle boarding and to lunch downtown at their first date spot before going to the beach where Casey got down on one knee. Little did Casey know that Dana had a ring for her too so they were able to romantically propose to each other.

The venue where the blushing brides will say their vows is lovely The Historic Rice Mill on the Ashley River. It was very important to these two women to honor their fathers who passed away before the wedding day. The bridal bouquet was adorned with a “J” charm symbolizing their fathers’ initials and two separate birthstone charms. Their fathers’ presence would surely be felt as they say their “I-do’s.” Keeping with the theme, the bridesmaids wore classy navy blue dresses. The cutest flower girl ever got all dressed up in a striped lime green dress. Dana’s full lace Mori Lee gown was purchased from Bridals by Jodi. Casey’s dashing outfit is from Express and was customized by Sig Rothschild. A really cool aspect of Casey’s outfit was custom Chuck Taylors in the wedding colors and the wedding date on the side of them. This is such a great personal touch- and one that is a keepsake for long after the wedding day. The exquisite wedding cake by Dolce tied in the wedding theme colors and flowers.

After all of the cake was cut and the dancing was done, Dana and Casey were whisked away in a vintage powder blue Ford. This wedding day was one of Dana and Casey’s wildest dreams. A special thanks goes out to Good Food Catering, Jennifer of JW Weddings as the wedding coordinator, and Justin and Jaqe of JW Weddings for floral and decor!

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Amber + Matt’s Kate Spade Meets Nautical Greenville Nuptials

Amber & Matt wanted to marry the Kate Spade theme with nautical to create one cohesively preppy aesthetic. Complete with monograms, anchors, and a lot of pink, the couple truly establishes such a cohesive theme for this Greenville wedding.

Amber and Matthew met through Matthew’s fraternity while the two were attending college at Clemson. Amber works for a nonprofit and loves crafting, shopping, Pinterest, and monograms. Matthew is a computer nerd with a software engineering degree. Amber says Matthew is a man of very few words, so the couple really compliments each other in that respect. Amber and Matthew find common ground and connect in their similar sense of humor. Even though they currently reside in Charleston, Amber and Matt decided to have a Greenville wedding at the Greenville Commerce Club to cater to all of their friends and family in that area. Amber was originally set to wed in Charleston, but due to issues beyond her control, had to re-plan her wedding in a matter of months. She already had Rick Dean Photography as her Charleston wedding photographer, and Rick Dean actually found this new venue for her.

Amber knew exactly what she wanted in her wedding, with the Pinterest boards to prove it! Amber’s wedding goal was for all of her guests to have fun, so the entire day was engineered with that specific goal in mind. Matthew let her take the reigns, requesting only magnetic save the dates and no formal seating. The color scheme was coral, gold, and navy with some sparkle. Matthew’s best man was his father and the rest of the groomsmen were close college friends and fraternity brothers. They wore dashing gray suits with coral ties. Amber wore a wedding dress that was originally strapless, but Jodi White on Daniel Island added a keyhole back from handpicked french lace in ivory. The result was stunning! Amber had her hometown friends as her bridesmaids. They wore coral Kate Spade inspired dresses, complete with pleats and bows. Something unique Amber wanted her bridesmaids to have was bouquets tied together with monogrammed bows. This personal touch added some southern flair and made for some really great shots.

Amber’s only living family member is her mother so she walked Amber down the aisle. The couple lit a memory candle for those family members lost before the wedding day. Another special touch was the mother-daughter dance being to the Carrie Underwood’s “Mama”, because it was her father’s favorite song. It really felt like her father was there with her in that moment. Matthew surprised Amber and signed them up for choreographed dance lessons. This was such a sweet gesture. Frazier of Elite Dance Studio worked wonders. They took a man with two left feet and taught him how to dance like a pro in a matter of days. Amber achieved her goal in having a fun wedding- a DJ from Upstate Entertainment, delicious food stations, and multiple open bars. A really special aspect of this day was the cake creations from Jonathan Caleb Cakes. Amber opted to go with five separate specialty cakes in all different flavors, her favorite being gluten free lemon cake with raspberry mascarpone icing. Each cake was decorated differently, most notably the gold fox cake topper that represented an inside joke between the couple. Amber and Matt lovingly fed each other their first bites of cake off of a giant spoon and fork, that they will later use to decorate their kitchen as a reminder of their wedding day. Amber designed koozies as wedding favors for her guests. There are great because they are so functional and guests are sure to use them often.

This day was filled to the brim with love, laughter, and friends. The Kate Spade meet nautical theme came together so well. Amber was such a fun bride to work with. She leaves us with some words of wisdom. She says her wedding preparations were filled with “lots of struggles”, but was worth it. Amber concludes that “every bride needs a Gary.” (Rick Dean’s awesome assistant who went above and beyond). 

A special thank you to everyone who made this day possible, including Ally from Upstate I Do wedding planning service, Statice Florals, and Palmetto Pout Makeup Artistry.

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Katlyn’s Beautiful Bridal Portraits: A “Do It” Case Study

When we first met with Katlyn and Ryan we discussed both bridal and engagement portrait sessions.  I honestly do not remember why they did not want an engagement session but it was off the table quickly and I was fine with that.  But then we talked about what she hoped for on her wedding day and it became clear that she really wanted to spend most of the cocktail hour with her guests so I put on a full court press for two things…a bridal portrait and a first look.  Her mom wanted the bridal portrait as well so that helped but it still took some convincing and she had to think about it but she came around and we did it with a couple conditions. 1) She was doing it to have greater variety of images of her in her wedding day not to have a 20×24 framed enlargement on display at her reception; 2) Her dress would not be ready until a few weeks before the wedding so it would be close to the wedding date.  That was easy… done and done! (by the way she and Ryan also agreed on the first look and that made her day one of the most awesome days for us (cause we could get more of what we needed and wanted and for them because they did not feel rushed or felt that time was getting away from them all day!).

The wedding is to be held at The Island House so she chose Folly Beach for the bridal portrait.  Folly means a lot to her and Ryan so it would feel significant as well.  Check these out!  So thrilled!   And that sunset….OMG!

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Some of our other reasons to do a bridal portrait include 1) Bride is camera shy.  This is a quiet and private opportunity to get images and take the time needed for you to relax and enjoy the process.  2) You can have multiple locations to enhance the look and feel of your wedding imagery. 2) You get a true “trial run” wearing your wedding dress outside of the showroom.  You are in it for 2 to three hours.  You are walking around.  If the fit is not perfect you will know and have time to get it corrected.  If there is a “wardrobe malfunction” it “should happen during the portrait. (did I ever mention that I had to sew a bride into her wedding dress when the 24 inch long zipper snapped).  3)  This is also a great day to test your hair and make-up.  Sounds to me like a win-win.  Now some brides will say they do not want to get the dress dirty and I can acknowledge that issue but it is truly not a factor.  I tell every bride after the bridal to hang the dress on the shower rod at home as soon as she takes it off and not to look at it for 24 hours.  Then with a soft bristled brush, lightly whisk any sand, grass or other organic matter from the dress.  So far… we have never had an issue.  It’s not that it can’t happen but we take every precaution so it does not.  Some brides will take it back to the showroom for a steam and a once over but in most cases that is just to make them feel better versus a true spot clean.

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Chace Bridal Portrait
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Chace Bridal Portrait
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Chace Bridal Portrait
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