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Erica and Jimmy tied the knot in the bride’s home state of South Carolina at Pawleys Island’s Litchfield Plantation. Erica’s family has been vacationing in Pawleys Island going back 100 years and the the couple felt the beach location was the perfect celebration of their love for each other and Southern Lowcountry. With the help of Meagan Warren Weddings they packed the weekend with events that showcased the best of the destination beach town and a wedding day filled to the brim with Southern elegance. Florals are by Fern Studio with stationery by Albertine Press and Brandon Lata Photography was on hand to capture all the lovely moments in these beautiful images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We chose to get married in my home state of South Carolina, at a very special place to both of us, Pawleys Island. It holds a special place in my heart, as it is my “happy place” and where I have vacationed every summer with my family since I was a kid. In fact, my mother’s side of the family has been going there for almost 100 years! Time here always means relaxing on the beach, spending time with family, soaking up the sunshine, eating delicious food, drinking wine on the deck, catching crabs in the creek, and watching the sunset over the marsh. It wasn’t hard for Jimmy to also fall in love with this special place after his first visit! We decided there was no better location to tie the knot. Since our guests would be traveling from near and far to be with us on our wedding day, we wanted to make sure the entire weekend was filled with fun and that everyone got to see the special place that Pawleys is. We kicked off the celebrations with family during a Lowcountry Boil, continued with a bridal luncheon at the charming Sea View Inn on the ocean, and welcomed all of our guests with a party at Wachesaw Plantation Club, where they got their first taste of the understated elegance of the South Carolina Lowcountry. During our wedding, we served a menu of traditional Southern Lowcountry cuisine at the historic Litchfield Plantation, surrounded by moss-covered oaks and a rice plantation, and finished the night with an after party at the locally infamous Pawleys Island Tavern. We concluded the weekend with a brunch overlooking the beach on a beautiful day, and we are so grateful that we were able to share so many new memories in our favorite place with all of our loved ones.

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

I hadn’t done any wedding dress shopping yet, but I had my eye on the style of Pronovias dresses. I ended up having to take a business trip to Milan, Italy just over a year out from our wedding, and was exploring the city when I realized that Pronovias had a flagship store there. I walked in, figuring it was a long shot for me to get an appointment, but as it turned out, they were having a special preview event for their new collection two days later and had just one available appointment left! I returned for the appointment by myself, not sure what to expect, and fell in love with the fifth dress I tried on- it was exactly what I had imagined! I FaceTimed my mom (it was 5:00am on the East Coast- she’s a trooper!), and was able to share the moment with her virtually. We even toasted to it – me with champagne and her with coffee!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

It was very important to us to make our wedding personal to our relationship and our families, so we infused many details to make it our own. On my side of the family, we always think it’s best to decide on a dessert (or three) first, and then plan the meal around that. So it was only fitting to have the best bakers I know (my mother, grandmothers, and aunt) whip up our favorite family recipes to serve! To go along with the cake, our guests were able to enjoy some very special sweet treats at our family dessert table, all served on my grandmother’s and mother’s silver. We are also very partial to our preferred beverages, and wanted to make sure we shared all of our favorite craft beers from our favorite places with everyone- some that we even had to bring down in our suitcases with us from Nantucket! We rounded out the bar with our favorite wines and three signature cocktails, while also inviting guests to a specialty station to enjoy my personal favorite, oysters and rosé. Aside from the edible details, we had a custom watercolor crest designed with our new monogram, accompanied by watercolor artwork of the iconic “Pawleys Island shell” that we used on everything from our stationery, signage, and welcome bags to custom pillows, koozies, and cocktail napkins. Finally, we chose to honor my late grandfather and his art through a special guest book. Poppop spent over 70 years of his life documenting scenes from all over the beautiful state of South Carolina and turning them into postcards, with his favorite of those places being Pawleys Island. We chose a selection of his postcards and asked our guests to pick their favorites to sign in lieu of a traditional guest book, which has resulted in such a special keepsake that we will forever treasure. I also attached his Navy anchor pin with lace from my mother’s wedding dress to my bouquet, adding a special touch to carry with me down the aisle.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

There are so many fun memories that stick out from this perfect day, thanks to all of our loved ones who were there to celebrate with us! If we have to pick, there are two that stick out most. One of these is the first look that we shared with each other. On a day that’s filled with so many emotions, anxiety, and people, we both agree that the moment we first saw each other when I walked out from behind the moss-covered oak trees was so incredibly special and calming and will stick in our minds forever. The moments that followed during which we were able to be alone and share our excitement for the day were our favorites, and they truly helped us relax and enjoy the festivities. Our other favorite memory comes later in the night, when my talented sister and maid of honor surprised everyone onstage with Mark Bryan from Hootie and the Blowfish to perform “Hold My Hand,” one of our favorite songs! This was such a shock, and we could not have had more fun singing and dancing along with our friends during such a special performance.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I moved to Boston for my first job after finishing graduate school at Clemson in South Carolina, not knowing anyone. In order to meet people, I joined the New England Clemson Alumni Club, and met Jimmy at one of the first football game watch parties of the season, just two months after moving! Although from Boston, he went to Clemson for school so we immediately had a common bond and it was somewhat a taste of home. He was there to help me through my first Boston winter and learn the ropes in Boston, and we quickly fostered a special relationship. Two years later, Jimmy planned a trip for the two of us to get out of the city and spend Labor Day Weekend enjoying Nantucket, one of our favorite places to go together. Before dinner on the first night, we decided to go grab a bottle of champagne and watch the sun go down at Steps Beach. Once there, Jimmy suggested that we set up a phone to take a time lapse of the sunset, as we had done on previous trips together. He then proceeded to lead me out towards the water so that this time we would appear in the time lapse video, champagne in hand. Next thing I knew, Jimmy had dropped down to one knee, and all I remember is saying “Yes!” before spending the rest of the night and weekend together in a whirlwind of excitement!

 

Planning and Design: Meagan Warren Weddings // Photography: Brandon Lata Photography // Florals: Fern Studio // Stationery: Albertine Press // Venue: Litchfield Plantation // Video: Reel Weddings // Gown: Pronovias // Wedding Crest & Custom Illustrations: Kearsley Lloyd // Calligraphy: Delighted Calligraphy // Bridesmaids: Hayley Paige Occasions // Groomsmen: Calvin Klein // Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery // Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co. // Rentals: Ooh Events // Linens: Party Reflections / La Tavola // Lighting: MCSound & Light // Entertainment: Strand Strings / The Midnight City Band // Trolleys: Lowcountry Loop

 

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The Maxwell House is a historic Spanish Revival venue located in Pasadena and XOXO Weddings led the team behind today’s inspiration shoot as they paid homage to the venue with a “Vintage Havana” theme. They paired tropical elements like the amazing florals by La Rosa que Crecio, with soft vintage textures to add romance. Paper goods and calligraphy are by Fiber & Dye and ice cream is from GourmeletasXO & Fetti Photography was behind the lens and—lucky for us—she captured all the happy vibes and inspiration in these lovely images.

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Photo: XO & Fetti Photography // Planning: XOXO Weddings // Florals: La Rosa que Crecio // Paper Goods/Calligraphy: Fiber & Dye // Venue: Maxwell House Pasadena // Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld // Veil: Julie Harris Designs // Jewelry: Audry Rose // Hair & Makeup: Vanessa Marquet // Ceremony: Arch La Pinata Party // Rentals: MTB Rentals // Ice Cream: Gourmeletas

 

Gretchen and Brett’s adorable Forth Worth wedding is filled to the brim with personalized touches designed and executed beautifully by Chancey Charm Dallas. The bright, industrial backdrop of BRIK Venue set the stage for all the cool details including scene-stealing white floral structures by Moss Floral Design, a candlelit dinner followed by a desert table and showpiece cake by Amuse Bake Shop and late-night sliders from retro food truck Easy Slider. The couple enlisted Charla Storey to capture their big day and RAVE about their keepsake photos—and we can all see why!

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

After a few strikeouts, I found the gown at Lovely Bride in Uptown Dallas. It was hanging in the window on display and I knew immediately that I wanted to try it on! Turns out, they had gotten it in that day and I was the first bride to try it on. It was destined to be mine!

I had every intention of wearing the gown all night, but I decided last minute (week of!) to change into a white jumpsuit that had a special meaning. A couple of summers before, I had worn the same jumpsuit (but in pink) to a friend’s wedding, which Brett says I looked so good that it made him realize he wanted to marry me! I bought it in white for the rehearsal, but decided it was the ultimate party outfit and had to break it out on our big day.

A few other touches that made our wedding personal/unique:

  • The welcome reception (before the ceremony) was definitely a big hit. It made people excited to be there, even for the ceremony, and really set the tone for the rest of the night!
  • We had a string quartet play some of our favorite, non-traditional tunes for the ceremony: the processional was Edelweiss from the Sound of Music (my all time favorite movie and a song my dad used to sing to me growing up), the wedding party entered to Sweet Child of Mine by Guns & Roses, I walked down to Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles, and we recessed to Bitter Sweet Symphony by the Verve!
  • Brett boogied down with both his mom AND his 85 year old grandmother during the mother/son dance.
  • We used a Wes Anderson coffee table book as our guest book. His movies are some of our all time faves and now we have the book on our coffee table and it’s so fun to flip back through and see everyone’s notes along with the movie photography!
  • We spent a lot of time crafting our program, especially our thank you/shout outs to everyone who helped make our day extra special. I’ve included a copy of it here because we loved it so much!
  • Those Easy Slider burgers are so freaking good!! It was the ultimate late night snack :)

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Looking around and seeing every person I care about in one room, having the absolute time of their lives! Brett and I set out to throw the most epic party ever, and I say we met and far surpassed that goal. Also, running through the sparklers into the Easy Sliders truck was pretty awesome…the looks and laugh-out-loud smiles on peoples’ faces were priceless!!

Tell us your story.

Brett and I met in Fayetteville, AR where I moved after college without knowing a single soul! We hung out as friends in group settings, which progressed into date nights, which ultimately led to him calling me his girlfriend at the horse races in Hot Springs, AR. From there, we enjoyed a year together in Arkansas getting to know each other while hiking, biking, floating, boating, camping, and all the other Natural State activities you can think of. We eventually followed each other to Dallas (the debate is still ongoing on who followed who exactly) to advance our careers and we continued to grow closer as we and our relationship matured. Then on Christmas Eve Eve 2016, with both of our families present, Brett got down one one knee and asked me to marry him!

We don’t have a video, but have LOTS of awesome photos from the lovely Charla Storey!

Also, shout out to Liz for being the MOST awesome planner I could have ever dreamed of!!!! I could NOT have done it without her. She was so incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and detail oriented, but had a relaxed demeanor about her that always put me at ease. 12/10 for sure.

Planning/Design: Liz Ise, Chancey Charm Dallas // Photographer: Charla Storey // Florals: Moss Floral Design // Venue: BRIK Venue // Gown: Kate McDonald // Bridal Salon: Lovely Bride Dallas // Beauty: Lip Service Makeup // Catering: Reata Restaurant // Entertainment: Royal Dukes Band // Bar: HD Liquid Catering // Dessert: Amuse Bake Shop // Photo Booth: The Photo Bus // Wedding PR: Something New for I Do // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Washington DC couple, Robyn and Jesse wanted their guests to fully experience the Arizona desert throughout their Scottsdale destination celebration planned by Imoni Events. The couple opted for an outdoor ceremony and reception at Four Seasons Scottsdale so guests could enjoy the warm evening air. Invitations by Celebrations in Paper featured a watercolor illustration of Pinnacle Peak, the desert backdrop at the venue which was decked out in stunning white flowers and greenery by The Wildflower. Robyn and Jesse even surprised their guests with a firework before heading into the ballroom after dinner—an amazing kick off to a killer dance party. Lucky for us, the couple enlisted the eye of Cameron Clark Photography  to capture all their special details—and stunning scenery—in these gorgeous images.

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From Cameron Clark and Sarrah from Imoni events: There were a lot of specials touches mixed in throughout Robyn and Jesse’s day. Since they live in Washington DC they wanted their guests to fully experience the Arizona desert. They opted for an outdoor ceremony and reception so guests could enjoy the warm evening air. For their invitations we incorporated a watercolor painting of Pinnacle Peak, the desert backdrop at Four Seasons. They also had a surprise firework show for all of their guests at the end of dinner before heading into the ballroom for dancing. The band played a Michael Jackson set where we handed out white sequined MJ gloves— the bride and groom love Michael Jackson!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Robyn carried a beaded purse that was her grandmother’s. Jesse surprised Robyn with a beautiful necklace. When the guests arrived to the ceremony, we had Jonah Littlesunday, a Navajo flautist, playing to incorporate the Native American heritage. At their head table the guests had monogrammed napkins at each place setting with the couples new monogram, and when the wedding ended the guests were presented with cake truffles shipped from Milk Bar, the bride and groom’s favorite bakery.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The surprise fireworks were a huge hit with all the guests and the couple really enjoyed that moment.

Photography: Cameron Clark Photography // Event Planning and Design: Imoni Events // Floral Designer: The Wildflower // Paper Stuff: Celebrations in Paper // Venue/Location: Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North // Dress: Lazaro Bridal // Videography: Bright Bokeh // Entertainment: The Instant Classics // Hair: Emily Hughes // Makeup: Phoenix Makeup Collective // Rentals: Glamour and Woods // Linens: BBJ Linens

 

Photographer Kristen Hendricks Photography brings us a palette of wintery pastels in this inspiration shoot set at Silver Oaks Chateau. Dusty blue details in the tablescape, textural florals by Roses & Mint and hand lettering by RSVPEAS add romance while mix-and-match china and Made by Lia‘s petite blue cake decked out in florals keep things feeling modern. Kristen Hendricks Photography captured all the details set against the seasonal backdrop of bare trees and we’re thrilled to share the beauty in these images.

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