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Happy Halloween, Darlings! We hope you have some fun plans for this weekend, whether it’s dressing up for a party, or snuggling on the couch with scary movies! Either way, today, we thought we get in the festive spirit with a feature from photographer Mariel Hannah

designer/floral/styling extraordinaires Mint Design with fashion styling by Kimberly Lawson. We are OBSESSED with the black stationery by Matinae Design Studio, black cake by De Coeur Bake Shop, the custom lace dress by Mary Rita and all things sexy in today’s feature!

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A few words from Mint Design:

For our Black Swan shoot we were drawn to deep sultry colors such as merlots, plums, charcoals, rose’ and black. Our florals were loose and romantic, flowing with purple cotinus, red ranuculus, black pin cushions, privett berry, seeded eucalyptus, red hanging amaranthus, caramel antike and romantik antike garden roses. We used a black circular table which we dressed with black candle sticks, bronze candle holders, florals, black plates, feather winged chargers and black drinking chalices. Our fabulous black fondant cake made by De Coeur Bakeshop was an absolute show stopper. We placed it on a table in in the lake, to give the cake the illusion that it was floating. This same table was later used to balance our Black Swan in the water making it seem as she was walking on water.

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Vendors: Photography: Mariel Hannah // Planning, Design & Florals: Mint Design // Fashion Styling: Kimberly Lawson // Luxurious Lace Robes: Girl With A Serious Dream // Hair Stylist: Carleen Murphy // Makeup Artist: Tricia Leigh // Custom Lace Dress: Mary Rita // Paper Goods: Matinae Design Studio // Cake: De Coeur Bake Shop // Lingerie: For Love and Lemons // Model: Natalie

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If you haven’t quite caught on yet, we’re working on bringing you hand picked international photographers on a weekly basis. We have so many readers that come to us from all over the world, so we feel like a little international flair is only right! Today’s feature by Europe based Esther and Gabe of Bell Studio is, well, absolutely beyond! We are so in love with that pretty red hue–whether it’s on the lips, adorning one’s feet, or in the form of a perfectly zippy little Vespa.

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Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway
Wedding Blog Vespa Getaway

Vendor: Photography: BELL STUDIO- ESTHER & GABE

After a long engagement, Victoria and Chase decided that an intimate elopement was the perfect fit for them. While they toyed with the idea of exotic locales like Italy, they ended up deciding that the bride’s family farm in Tennessee was the perfect fit. We are just obsessed with all the floral details by Soulflowers and the lovely images by Nathan Westerfield.

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Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement

What made the elopement special and unique?
We were engaged for a year and six months before we decided to elope. We both knew we wanted a very special and intimate ceremony that we could share just between us. The location was decided kind of by chance when we were visiting my parent’s farm in Tennessee. We had tossed around ideas from San Francisco to Italy, and when we were sitting up there looking at the view, it just felt right.

Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
Even though our wedding was just the two of us, it was a family effort. My mother and I spent hours searching for the perfect dress only to come up empty handed. I was looking for a dress with a bohemian feel, but not too over the top. I dreamed up what my perfect wedding dress would be, and she made it. It was a great experience getting to spend time together, and also create such a beautiful piece!

One of the most unique parts of the wedding was the floral arbor we had the ceremony under. I wanted my flowers to feel like an extension of nature, so my entire family gathered local Tennessee plants from the farm to construct the arbor.

Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement
Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement

What were some touches added to make it personal?
A special personal touch that was very important to us was our officiant. We wanted someone who knew us well and loved both of us. In the end we decided to go with my father. We read traditional vows, but we edited them to be a little more our style. The ceremony was only about 10 minutes long, but it was full of great advice to us, and lots of happy tears.

Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement

What was the most memorable part of the day?
The most memorable part of the wedding would be walking hand in hand together “down the aisle.” There wasn’t really and aisle, but when we got to the ceremony site he took my hand and said, “Lets go get married.”

Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement

Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met on my very first day of college. I was looking for the office to make my student i.d. , and got very lost in the basement of the building. He was the only person I had seen in ten minutes, so I flagged him down to give me directions. He walked me to the i.d. office and laughed at me while I was getting my photo taken. We parted ways, and didn’t meet up again for two years. I jokingly played footsy under the dinner table with him, and the rest is history.

Wedding Blog Chase and Victorias Tennesse Farm Elopement

Vendors: Photography: Nathan Westerfield // Florist: Jessica Davis of Soulflowers

Today, we are so excited to feature Sam and Dave’s perfect “Fall Hike” engagement by Britta Marie Photography. So dang cute, we can’t even handle!

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Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement
Wedding Blog Sam and Daves Fall Hike Engagement

Vendors: Photography: Britta Marie Photography // Location: Veteran’s Acres Woods, Illinois

Megan and Brian knew that they wanted their wedding celebration to be about bringing together their two families, so their invite list included only their 22 immediate members, and they used the opportunity to combine a long weekend vacation on the Isle of Palms with their wedding day. Their dockside ceremony and candlelit reception featured details that were as beautiful as they were personal. We absolutely adore Megan and Brian’s “joining of families” and know you will too.

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Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding

What made the wedding special and unique?

Everything about the wedding was special to us. We spent the long weekend of the wedding in a rental house on Isle of Palms with both of our families. That was such a special time for everyone to get to know each other better and for our two families to feel like one. The actual wedding day was filled with love and family. We only had our immediate family there so there were 22 guests. We were able to spend time with each and every person and truly enjoy the wedding. The most important part to me and Brian from the outset was the combining of our families. My son and Brian’s two daughters are our world and we really wanted to celebrate us all coming together. My son Ethan was Brian’s best man and Brian’s daughters Rylie and Erin were my maids of honor. It meant so much to us to have them up at the altar with us while we exchanged our vows.

Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding

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

The gown that I chose was one of the first ones that I tried on. I went with Brian’s sister to Evelyn’s bridal in Lugoff shortly after we got engaged. I loved the dress immediately- it was beautiful but completely comfortable too- I could picture dancing and having a great time in it. I was skeptical that I could find “the” dress that quickly so I kept looking but shortly after returned to the original dress and loved it. It was perfect for our wedding.

Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

RiverOaks went to a tremendous effort to make our wedding unique to our family. We had almost as many children as adults at the wedding and RiverOaks went to a huge effort to make them comfortable and involved in the wedding- we had a kids area where all the children could color, play ball and play croquet during cocktail hour and the kids all rang bells to announce our arrival from pictures. The overall feel of the wedding was similar to a French/Italian family wedding. Brian and I took a trip to Paris and throughout southern France the year before we got married and wanted to incorporate the beautiful flowers and lavender and overall feel of that trip.

Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day was when the five of us (Megan, Brian, Erin, Rylie and Ethan) went out on the dock to light the Thai lantern symbolizing the joining of our two families.  Marianne from RiverOaks brought the lantern back from a trip to Thailand and gave it to us as a wedding present.  We went down to the dock at dusk and Ethan and I lit the lantern while Brian and the girls held up the lantern. We knew that it was considered bad luck if the lantern landed in the water so we held our breath and finally let it go. The lantern dipped down and hovered over the water before taking off and sailing up into the sky. It was a beautiful thing to watch and such a special way to mark the creation of our new family.

Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding
Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged!

Brian and I met through mutual friends and dated for a year and a half before getting engaged. We got engaged in St. John, USVI when on vacation there in December. We had traveled to St. John the year before and our favorite day there we spent on Honeymoon beach. We hiked down, spent the afternoon on the beach and stayed to watch the sunset. We were the only people on the beach when a boat pulled up on the beach and the family walked straight up to us and asked us to move. It turns out they had gotten married under the exact palm tree where we were sitting and had come to renew their vows at sunset. It was such a special memory that Brian chose that exact spot to propose the next year.

Wedding Blog Megan and Brians RiverOaks Charleston Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Clay Austin Photography // Venue: RiverOaks Charleston // Hair: Jennifer Graffeo // Makeup: Dannon K. Collard // Decor/Planners/Florals: RiverOaks Charleston // Caterer: Lexie Webb // DJ:Dave Rushmore // Cake: Flying tricycle // Brides Gown: Evelyn’s Bridal // Grooms Apparel: Britton’s // Rings: Carolina fine jewelry