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Lindsay and Giles​ hosted the most gorgeous wedding ever at 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina! Friends and family traveled from afar to be there, so the pair pulled out all the stops not only with a crazy beautiful day, but also with a party that was literally planned around their absolute favorite band ever: The Hackensaw Boys. I can’t even imagine the delight of the couple, as well as their friends, to join in such a fun night!! There’s so much more to the big day, that we’re letting Lindsay take over and tell you all about it! Le sigh!

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

What made the wedding special and unique?

Since moving to Columbia, whenever we have out of town visitors it always rains. Literally always. We really wanted an outdoor wedding but since we were cursed and all of our guests would be traveling from out of town, we would bring the garden inside! Fern Studios is an absolute genius! The overflowing centerpieces in vintage boxes to the ladder overflowing with greens, the reception felt like being in a garden. I told Sarah, owner of Fern Studios, to design whatever she wanted and to be as creative as possible, and it was the best decision ever. After all, she is the professional so I wanted her creativeness to run wild. To complete the look, Meagan Warren, my wedding planner, suggested we use farm tables and vintage china. To top it off, we rented vintage furniture from 428Main in Charleston. It was my big splurge and it was worth it! I took all of Meagan’s suggestions and let her run with her imagination! Best lesson I learned is to find vendors with similar styles, take their advice, and let them be creative!

We absolutely love live music. And we especially LOVE bluegrass music. One of our favorite bands, that we’ve seen so many times and traveled many miles to see, is The Hackensaw Boys. It had always been a joke that we were going to have the Hackensaw Boys play at our wedding. Once we finally got engaged, we decided to see if we could make this little joke into a reality. After a little Google-ing, I got a hold of The Hackensaw Boys‘ booking manager. To our complete surprise, they agreed to play a private event. Since we hadn’t set a date, we booked our wedding around when the Hackensaw Boys were available to play. We debated on having them play at the reception, but decided having an after-party was the best idea. The wedding and reception were over, so at the after-party we really got to let loose and enjoy having a private show by our favorite band. It still feels like a dream thinking back at it!!

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Tell us about the dress and where/how you found it!

When my sister, Beth, got married in 2013, my mother and I traveled to DC (where my sister lives) to go wedding dress shopping. I wanted to share the same experience with them. So we traveled to DC and went to many of the same bridal salons. On the second day of shopping, we went to a boutique that my sister’s best friend, who is like a sister to me, got her wedding dress. Mom knew instantly that was my dress because I started swaying and spinning like I was dancing. It was the perfect dress because it was whimsical but classic and most importantly…did not require lots of squats to fit into! Since we found the dress so easily, we had some extra time for the weekend in DC. Beth somehow convinced me to get glitter Kate Spade shoes. I have never owned anything like these shoes and are not typically my style. I figured you are only a bride once, so heck, you might as wear gold glitter shoes!

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Our family and friends are scattered throughout the US, so we figured whatever city we decided to have the wedding in, the majority of our guests would have to travel. Many of the guests had never been to Columbia, SC so wanted to stay as southern as possible. We decided to stay as southern as possible, having a low-country boil for the rehearsal dinner, and things like fried green tomatoes and deep-fried catfish at the reception.

We love to drink craft beer so we wanted to feature that at our wedding. Giles’ favorite beer is from a local brewery in Nashville, TN. Since it was the city we met and fell in love in, we definitely had to have it at the wedding. The only problem was they do not sell Yazoo in South Carolina. And its legal to ship across state lines. So to solve this problem, we ordered a keg of Yazoo’s Pale Ale and had a friend bring it with her from Nashville. Not only was it fun to feature Giles’ favorite beer, but also to share a Nashville favorite in South Carolina.

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Besides the vows and getting to marry Giles, I have one memory that always sticks in my mind. It was when my Dad first saw me in my wedding dress. My family means the world to me and having the moment with my Dad was so special. I had accidently sent him a picture of the wedding dress and he was very upset that the surprise might be ruined. (My mom caught the email before he saw it!) Those were probably the hardest tears to hold back. I’ll always be his little girl but he looked so happy for Giles and I to start our new life together.

Giles says his most memorable party of the day is getting to see the Hackensaw Boys!

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

Tell us how you met and became engaged!

Giles and I were set up by a mutual friend while living in Nashville, TN. She knew of our shared love of great music and being outdoors, so she knew we would be a good match. Giles and his friends had weekly Sunday night dinner which I was invited to one night. It was actually at his apartment. Following the dinner, our mutual friend organized the group to go see “The Muppets Movie” later that week. Conveniently everyone in the group cancelled (probably because its The Muppets and we were almost 30 haha) so it was only Giles and I. We left halfway through the movie and went to a bar for dinner and a drink. We talked all night and have spent almost every day together since.

Giles proposed in August of 2013. One Saturday we decided to go kayaking on Deher Island at Lake Murray. When we go kayaking, we take both of our dogs, Hogan, an old beagle and Banjo, a yellow lab puppy. We paddled to one of the many small islands on Lake Murray to let the dogs swim. Giles asked me to turn around because he had a surprise for me. The whole time I thought he had gotten some new toy for the dogs (I kept thinking, did he really buy an inflatable kayak for the dogs?!). But when I turned around, he was on one knee holding a ring box. He had a blanket laid out with champagne and candles. Plus he had both dogs on each side dressed in their finest clothes–Banjo had on a pink princess dress and Hogan had on a bowtie. Of course I said yes! We drank champagne, swam with the dogs in the lake, and then paddled back to call our parents.

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

 

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Vendors: Photography: Landon Jacob Productions // Wedding Planning & Event Design: Meagan Warren Weddings // Floral Design: Fern Studio // Ceremony & Reception Venue: 701 Whaley // Linens: Creative Coverings // Rentals: Party Reflections, Inc. // Ceremony Musicians: Simply Strings // Cocktail Hour & Reception Music: Partytime Djs // Cake & Desserts: Christie Richardson, The Southern Gourmet // Caterer & Bar: Southern Way Catering // After Party Venue: Pearlz Upstairs // After Party Band: The Hackensaw Boys // Bridesmaids Attire: BHLDN // Departure Transportation: 1953 Blue Alpine Sunbeam // Makeup & Hair: MiKel Rumsey // Honeymoon: Breckinridge, CO // Invitations: Poeme, Ohio // Lighting: Ambient Media of SC // Officiant: Rev. Kevin Roberts of VOW // Rehearsal Dinner: City Roots // Lounge: 428 Main // Guest Transportation: Southern Valet // Videographer: Cinema Weddings 

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Luttrellstown Castle is a modern fairytale with architecture, gardens, and furnishings that seem to have materialized from a book. It’s no surprise then, that photographer, Paula O’Hara was able to capture the charm and romance that comes with…well…a castle. Pulling from the old world inspiration, stylist Alise Taggart put together a feature that we are completely smitten with! The gowns! The florals (by A New Leaf Floral Design)! It’s all so beautiful!!!!

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Wedding Blog Luttrellstown Castle

Vendors: Photography: Paula O’Hara Photography //Creative Direction, Styling & Props: Alise Taggart // Location: Luttrellstown Castle // Floral: A New Leaf Floral Design // Stationery: Dusty Boy Designs // Hair: Danielle Dignam for Dylan Bradshaw // Makeup: Stacey & Apryl for Makings Faces // Cakes: Cocoa Moiselle // Jewelry: Rhinestones Boutique, 18 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2 // Models: Fara Courtney for Assets & Dylan for Lockdown Models // Editorial Shoot for Confetti Magazine //

Today, we are overwhelmed with joy to welcome Perry Vaile Photography to our Grey Collective family. Her work is absolutely beyond, so we couldn’t think of a more perfect way to prove our prowess for spotting talent than to share some of Perry’s images with you today. This wedding at The Graylyn Estate is one for the record books!!! Pale blue bridesmaid gowns and stationery (by Rebecca Rose Creative) are paired with bountiful pink flowers by Amy Lynne Originals. We could not be more in love with the absolute romance of it all, designed by Rebecca Rose Events. We know you are going to become obsessed, not only with this wedding, but also with Perry Vaile. Not to pat ourselves on the back or anything, but seriously…we are so dang proud to share her with you.

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Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Vendors: Photography: Perry Vaile Photography // Planning & Design: Rebecca Rose Events // Lighting: Sound Illusions // Rentals: Hauser Rentals // Florals: Amy Lynne Originals // Reception & Catering: The Graylyn Estate // Ceremony Venue: Highland Presbyterian Church // Linens: La Tavola // Invitations and Paper Goods: Rebecca Rose Creative // Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Carole // Band: ANITA (East Coast Entertainment) // Cake: Cakes by Chloe // Hair: Ego Hour Hair Designers

Roanna and Rob and a super gorgeous couple that have Facebook to thank for their reconnection! Roanna shared their modern lover story with us below and we couldn’t help but feel totally smitten–especially because their engagement images are so insanely gorgeous, thanks to Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her.

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Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

How Rob and I met:

Rob and I met 10 years prior to being engaged. We were in high school and knew mutual acquaintances. Fast-forward 4 years later, Rob found me on Facebook and eventually had the guts to message me. We basically caught up with each others’ life stories and he visited me at work and we have been inseparable ever since. From that day when we saw each other again after many years, we just could not get enough of each other.

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

The Engagement:

Rob and I were born four days apart and because we love to travel, we usually go on vacations for our birthdays. This particular time around we went on a cruise. The moment happened at Turks and Caicos where Rob chartered a private boat. I hate swimming, I am not very good at it, so when he told me he chartered a boat and we were going to go snorkeling, I was having a slight panic attack. As I saw Rob in the water waiting for me what other choice did I have but to jump in? After snorkeling we went to Gibbs Cay where we could get up close and encounter stingrays! Overall we survived both parts of the private excursion. On the same island where the stingrays were, he took me for a walk to the other side of the island where he began nervously telling me the reasons I’ve made his life that much better. As I saw him kicking the sand, I knew what he was trying to do; I have never seen him this nervous around me before. He finally grabbed my hand then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, where of course I said YES! We then had a private picnic on the beach toasting to our future.

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Wedding Blog Roanna and Robs Engagement

Vendor: Photography: Reid Lambshead of When He Found Her

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Today, a little poetic inspiration for you, from stylist Jessica Sloane and Abigail Bobo Photography.

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Poetic Inspired Wedding Ideas

Vendors: Photography: Abigail Bobo Photography // Styling: Jessica Sloane // Calligraphy: Early June // Catering: Beyond Details // Florals: Rosemary and Finch // Gown and Crown: The Dress Theory // Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros // Rentals: Southern Events Party Rentals // Venue: Carnton Plantation