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Jelena and Andrew had become smitten with the coastal beauty of Charleston on a road trip taken in the early stages of their courtship. So, when it came time to choose a wedding location, the couple wanted to share their love for the city with all their family and friends. The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation offered the perfect backdrop to their intimate celebration and Ooh! Events helped tie all the details together including lush florals and garlands of California bay leaves, seeded eucalyptus and magnolia leaves by Out of the GardenSean Money + Elizabeth Fay worked their magic behind the lens to capture all the lovely details in these beautiful images.

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How did you meet?

We met at a bar in Boston! Andrew was doing his residency at MGH and I was finishing my first year of dental school. I ended up leaving town a few days after our initial meeting for a summer externship, but we reconnected at the end of summer and went on our first date. The evening of our first date was also the eve of Hurricane Irene in Boston. It was only fitting that Hurricane Hermine made landfall the weekend of our wedding. Luckily, the storm passed just in time for the most beautiful weather you could imagine on the actual wedding day.

Why Charleston/Boone Hall Cotton Dock?

Andrew and I did a year of long distance while dating. We drove his belongings from Boston to Atlanta and stopped in Charleston for two nights on our roadtrip. We fell in love with the coastal beauty, the amazing food and the southern culture. After we finished school we moved to Dallas together and got engaged. Once we started planning the wedding we decided that we wanted our family and friends to have an excuse to visit our favorite city and experience a little taste of the south. We had visited Boone Hall before and were in love with the beautiful plantation, the alley of oak trees and the sense of history on the property. We immediately knew we had to book it for our venue!

What was the planning process like? 

Before we even secured the venue, I had started the planning process. I used several wedding blogs. Grey Likes especially, and sites to research vendors and got in touch with them for availability and quotes. I had to make sure that the vision in my head was attainable on our budget before making any commitments. Once I confirmed that the venue and photographers were available, the rest came together one by one. Because I lived in Dallas and worked full-time, all my planning was done long distance, which was definitely a challenge. I had several photos and examples of what I was envisioning and I referred all the vendors to my Pinterest board to get a feel for the aesthetic/vibe I wanted. We made two trips to Charleston during the planning process. The first trip was to meet potential vendors for planning, rentals, florals, catering and hair & makeup. The second trip was for the food tasting (this was the only part Andrew was involved in) and to meet our coordinator.

How did the idea process flow back and forth with the planner and the bride?

Candice from Ooh! Events came into the planning process as our “day of coordinator” sixty days prior to the wedding. It was a major relief for me to finally have someone to take over all the vendors I had booked and begin the final stages of putting all the details together. We emailed back and forth almost daily. Because our first meeting was so great, I felt very comfortable letting her take over.

What did you want for your big day? What was especially important to the bride/the groom/the families?

We wanted to incorporate our personal style with the existing beauty of Boone Hall. We chose the venue because we felt something special walking around the plantation, and we didn’t want to distract from that feeling with too much additional decor. The ceremony took place at the front gate with no additional decor necessary other than the back drop of oak trees. We wanted an intimate celebration where guests would be swept away by the moss on the oak trees, the summer breeze on the water and the timeless beauty of the plantation. It was important for us to have an intimate and personalized event, but to also let the venue shine. We wanted our guests to leave with a memory of the way they felt when they were at Boone Hall, not just a memory of a party.

Can you describe some of the details (flowers, palette, invitations, welcome bag, favors, food, cake, special touches…what did you love and why?)

Our palette was very neutral. We chose white, ivory, gold and green. One of the ways we wanted to create an intimate experience was to seat the guests at long farm tables all connected in a U shape. We had lush greenery runners of California bay leaves, seeded eucalyptus and magnolia leaves on the tables with tapered candles and white flowers throughout. We used our own collection of old wine corks to create the place card holders. Sitting at the table during dinner and seeing all of our family and friends so close during the most beautiful time of day (golden hour) was one of the most memorable moments for us. The candlelight, greenery runner and the unique table arrangement all contributed to the intimacy and warmth of the reception. As an added touch Capri Blue Volcano scented votives were scattered throughout the entire reception area so that the scent would always remind us of this special day!

We placed a round bar on the dock to encourage people to interact and be outside near the water. White drapes, gold chandeliers, gold mirrors and lots of candles helped to create a timeless look that didn’t take away from the venue’s existing beauty and style. We really wanted our wedding to be timeless, so the decor was elegant and neutral and simply there as a compliment to the venue’s own charm and beauty.

We had so many comments on the amazing passed hors d’oeuvres! This is where we incorporated a taste of the south. We chose fried okra, shrimp and grits and fried chicken in waffle cones – a guest favorite which also came out for an encore late night on the dance floor.

When it came to the party, we had a mix of American and Serbian music (my side of the family) and the guests were up dancing the entire night. We had traditional “rakija” shots and had everyone dancing until the sparkler sendoff in a vintage mustang. The sendoff car was another memorable moment for us. We drove off in the back of the convertible listening to the breeze in the oak trees and smelling the sweet coastal air. We had the entire drive back into town to be alone and take in all the magical moments of the day. Alone with no cameras, it was a perfect end to a perfect day.

Design & Coordination & Rentals: Ooh! Events // Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay // Floral: Out of the Garden // Venue: The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation // Dress Brand/Designer: Enzoani // Boutique: Bridal Boutique Lewisville // Hair/Makeup: Dannon Collard // Tabletop Rentals: Polished Tabletop  // Catering: CRU Catering // DJ: Lucas the DJ // Ceremony Entertainment: Charleston Strings

 

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You guys are going to love Lizzy and Andy’s wedding from designer and planner Shelly Fortune Event Design. It’s a  perfect blend of all the pretty things—a classic cathedral ceremony, scenic portraits on location in Louisville, feminine florals by Forage & Fleur, a white tent reception on the groom’s family farm and tablescapes with that relaxed elegance we can’t seem to get enough of. The Lizzy’s Inbal Dror gown is smashing and Andy is dapper in his white dinner jacket and together they exude joy and romance at every turn in these images by Nina & Wes Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was so special to both us to have the wedding reception on Andy’s family farm, at the same place he proposed. I’m from Buffalo, NY and we had been to several weddings recently there (including my sisters!) so it was fun to have a unique location for our wedding. His paternal grandfather, and maternal grandmother who are both 97 were able to attend, having them there meant the world to us.

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

I found the gown in Toronto, where my sister lives. I had looked all over London & New York and didn’t find anything I loved. I’m from Buffalo which is two hours from Toronto – my mom, sister, and even my dad were all there when I found it – a true family affair!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

I loved the copper mugs we had made as party favors for everyone.  They had the fleur de lis engraved on them (representative of Louisville & one of my mom’s favorite symbols). My mom also purchased straw fans from Etsy that were given out on the wedding day in case it was a hot day. They’re great looking fans and I still see them hanging in family and friend houses. My mom was battling cancer while I was planning the wedding so she wasn’t able to be involved as much as she had hoped, however it was these few touches she did help with that I will never forget.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The speeches given at the reception were incredible. Our maid of honor, best man, my father, and husband all gave hilarious and touching speeches that I will never forget (even though I’d like to forget my husband publicly thanking John Calipari for leading Kentucky to the 2012 NCAA Basketball National Championship). Our ceremony was also very memorable. The deacon was a long time friend of my husband’s family, we really enjoyed getting to know him better through our pre-cana work, he made the ceremony feel very personal & special.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in New York City at one of our favorite bars, we had both lived there for a few years and wondered how we hadn’t crossed paths before as we frequented a lot of the same places. My husband had just moved to London, but that didn’t stop us from seeing each other at least two times a month. A year after we met, I moved to London, a year later he proposed while we were home for the holidays. Afterwards, we were able to celebrate with both of our families, which was so special.

Lizzy & Andy, Long Super 8mm from lynnesy catron on Vimeo.

Photographer: Nina & Wes Photography // Designer/Planner: Shelly Fortune Event Design // Florals: Forage & Fleur // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville) // Reception Venue: Groom’s Family Farm // Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Photobooth: Magbooth // Cinematography: Lynnesy Catron // Beauty: Hali B & Co. & Sloan Winters // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Guest Favors: Copper Mug Co. // Catering: Wilshire Pantry // Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental // Transportation: Royal Transportation of Louisville / Miller Transportation // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Hog Operation Bluegrass Band // Reception Entertainment: The Time of Your Life Band // Hotel: The Seelbach

 

We’re keeping the Galentine’s love going this Valentine’s day! We’re celebrating all your best girls with this adorable citrus bridal brunch designed by Ivory & Grace. We’re loving the bold, citrus-inspired palette in the graphic florals by My Sun and Stars Co and complimented by subtle pops of blue in the tablescapes set beneath sweeping trees at the gorgeous Whispering Rose Ranch. Check out all the fun in these dreamy, film images captured by the always-amazing Natalie Schutt Photography.

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Design & Styling: Ivory & Grace // Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography // Coordination: Crowned Events // Florals: My Sun and Stars Co // Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch // Invitations, Menus & Signage: Ink and Fable // Placecards: Roar Design Co // Tabletop Rentals: Otis and Pearl // Bar Cart: To Be Designed // Model: Lauren Lebouef // Hair & Makeup: Style Me Kristi // Jewelry: Rachel Keppeler Designs // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Naturally, we’re thinking pink over there right now and this blushing shoot from Jane Alexandra Events is fueling our pink flames. The stationery by Kelly Patrice is such a fun blend of pink torn-edge paper, whimsical calligraphy, watercolor ombre and vintage stamps—we’re obsessed. It definitely sets the tone for a rosy-hued day filled with florals by Velvet Blooms and coral cake designs by Katherine’s SweetsCheck is all our in these images by Jenny Quicksall.

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Concept and Design: Jane Alexandra Events // Photography: Jenny Quicksall // Florals: Velvet Blooms // Calligraphy: Kelly Patrice // Venue: The Cottages at Polo Run // Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige // Dress Boutique: JLM Boutique // Cake: Katherine’s Sweets // Table Runner: Frou Frou Chic // Hair and Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry // Tux: Friar Tux Shop // Tableware: DishWish // Rentals: MTB Event Rentals // Groom Model: Jackson Marshall // Bride Model: Kori Michelle // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Earrings: Maria Elena // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

YOU GUYS. this Moody Magnolia Inspiration shoot from planners Magnolia & Grace Events is stunning. The team set out with a goal to give the shoot more of a romantic, moody aesthetic, so they decided to go with a deep and inviting color palette of deep burgundies, purples and greens, offset with softer shades of blush, cream and grey. The overgrown florals by Pine State Flowers are show-stopping. Balance was key in all aspects of the shoot, but especially in the design of the table setting: the flowing linen large floral centerpieces were offset by the sleek lines of the modern silverware and the minimalistic nature of the place settings. We’re loving all the textures and layers throughout the shoot and it’s all captured in these beautiful images by Koral Bleu Photography.

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We all long for the kind of love that is deeply rooted, much like a magnolia tree. A love that is unwavering and unshakeable. For this beautiful love story is about two lovers who’s souls connected, and who shared a love that was as delicate as a plucked magnolia flower. Magnolias were the key element for this Moody romantic inspiration. Flowers and leaves were delicately incorporated in each element of the story.

Photographer: Koral Bleu Photography // Event Designer & Planner: Magnolia & Grace Events // Florist: Pine State Flowers // Stationery: Pretty Together // Location: Private Estate // Southern Magnolia: Weston Farms // Bridal Gown: Gilded Bridal // Rings: By Angeline // Makeup: Makeup by Erin Alice // Hair: Catherine Ashley // Models: Vaeda McGarr / Gabriel Hines // Cakes: Simply Cakes NC // Plates, Silverware, Chairs and Votives: Cottage Luxe // Linen: La Tavola Linen // Napkins: Silk & Willow // Wine Bottles: American Brewmaster