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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!

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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.

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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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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

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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

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

 

Mai and Aaron first met in an organic chemistry class in college and after a few conversations, they instantly bonded. They chose to have their wedding at the beautiful ROYAL OAKS COUNTRY CLUB where the couple fell in love with the scenery. The couple personalized their wedding with neat geometric shapes and hints of nerdy Zelda references (see if you can spot them). We’re obsessed with the fresh and summery palette of pale aqua and bright yellow! This is absolutely the happiest of weddings, but with POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE as the design team behind the big day, it’s no surprise! Kimberly Chau Photography captured all these gorgeous images, and we know you’ll love!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One thing that made the wedding special and unique is that it reflects Aaron’s and my personality in the truest way. Aaron is a geek and I’m the kind of non-traditional lady who wants to share everything with him so we got some Zelda accessories for Aaron and I let Aaron help me pick out my wedding dress and reception dress. Yes I took him on wedding dress hunt with me!

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

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

I got the dress at Misora Bridal Boutique after Aaron told me “This is the one I like the most.” It was a La Sposa dress with white tulle and sequins.

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Definitely the Zelda pin and cuff-links. In addition, the yellow color is Aaron’s all time favorite color. He likes everything yellow. He owns more than ten yellow shirts and countless yellow items so there’s no doubt yellow was the theme of the day!

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable part of the day is when Aaron said his vows. I almost burst out hearing it. It was very long (almost 5 minutes), sweet and funny at the same time.

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Tell us how you met and became engaged

We met each other for the first time in summer 2012 at an Organic Chemistry class at Houston Community College for our schools’ prerequisite. I almost picked another professor and Aaron almost missed the registration deadline but we made it at last. After the class ended we started dating. Aaron’s proposal was nothing fancy or romantic by definition but rather surprising to me. One night before we went to bed he just told me “Baby I want to marry you.” No ring, no flowers or candles or kneeling but I happily accepted knowing I wouldn’t marry anyone but him and he is the one I love, not the ring.

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Wedding Blog Royal Oaks Country Club Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Kimberly Chau Photography // Event Planner: Pomp & Circumstance // Floral Designer: Maxit Flower Design // Venue: Royal Oaks Country Club // DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Paper Floral Artistry by Balushka // Cake: CAKES BY GINA // Programs: Lavender & Mint // Makeup Artist: Pink Palette Artists // Bride’s Dress: La Sposa // Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group // Dress Designer: Pronovias // Dress Store: Victoria’s Secret // Linens and Coverings: Elegant Beginnings Inc. // Shoes: Ivanka Trump //  DJ: LG Entertainment //  Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Veils and Headpieces: Nordstrom //  Other: West Elm

 

Brittany and Tanner are two Clemson grads whose wedding was a a lovely southern soiree at Honey Horn Plantation. The bride wore Augusta Jones and Badgley Mischka and carried an overflowing bouquet of vibrant peonies. The bride’s father, who received deployment orders only a month after the couple’s engagement, was lucky enough to secure leave so he could be at his daughter’s wedding. We just adore Brittany and Tanner’s love of family and their incredibly sweet story that goes along with these gorgeous images by Loren Routhier!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

About a month after Tanner and I got engaged, my father was deployed for a year which would mean he would miss the wedding. Luckily he was able to take leave which allowed him to be back for the wedding. So for me, just having my father there to walk me down the aisle and then to celebrate with Tanner and I was incredibly special.

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Tanner and I both wanted to focus on making the ceremony really reflective of our values and relationship. One way we did this was to incorporate a ring-warming into our ceremony. Prior to the ring exchange, our wedding bands were tied to my mother’s first bible and passed to each guest starting with my mother and ending with Tanner’s mother. As the rings were passed, each guest was asked to say a prayer or blessing for our marriage. We loved knowing that by the time the rings made it to us they were filled with the love and blessings of all of our family and friends.

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Tell us about your dress and how/where you found it.

Oh my goodness the dress…I am still so obsessed with my dress. Some of my family, my bridesmaids and I all took a weekend trip to Charleston to go dress shopping. I actually ended up finding the dress at the first shop that we visited. I have never been the kind of person to get a “feeling” when I try on dresses and that was true of my wedding dress as well. This made dress shopping a little difficult for me, but all of my family says that they could tell the instant I came out in my dress because instead of looking at them for opinions I couldn’t stop looking at the dress in the mirror. I absolutely loved the delicate lace and scalloped trim on the sweetheart neckline and the around the skirt. I could not be happier with the dress I picked; it is was absolutely beautiful and perfect for me.

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

What were some touches added to make it personal?

Tanner and I both wanted the wedding to echo our relaxed and fun relationship while honoring the traditions and beauty of the low country of South Carolina. I don’t even know where to start. All of the groomsmen wore boutonnieres made from palmetto sweetgrass roses crafted by local artists in the low country. This touch was not only beautiful but it allowed us to honor the history and people of the low-country.

We were also able to incorporate our own handiwork and the handiwork of family and friends. Tanner built a beautiful bar that really fit and accentuated our venue. Also, we were gifted a beautiful and rustic Cornhole yard game set that was a fun addition to our cocktail hour and reception. Additionally, my mother made all the favors for the wedding which were little handmade bags full of grits complete with a family recipe for low-country shrimp and grits.

Tanner is also an avid outdoorsman and was really excited to have his own little touches on the wedding. Some of his favorites were: the guinea feather Brackish bowtie that he wore, the shotgun shell cufflinks that he gifted his groomsmen, and his wedding band that has deer antler incorporated into it.

One of my favorite touches of the wedding day involves our wedding monogram which is BLT. During our cocktail hour we had several southern style passed hors d’oeuvres including mini bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches that were decorate with a flag bearing our wedding monogram. I loved being able to embrace our wedding monogram in such a unique and fun way.

We absolutely adored all of the special touches that we were able to weave throughout the ceremony and reception, they helped make the day truly reflect us both.

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The day as a whole was absolutely perfect and there are so many moments that we will both cherish forever, but for both of us one of our favorites was when were introduced for the first time as a couple at the end of the ceremony. Hearing our names together with the same last name for the first time was a special moment we will both cherish forever.

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Tell us how you met and became engaged. 

Tanner and I met in January of 2011 at a birthday party for a friend. We ended up sitting beside each other at dinner and hit it off immediately. By the end of the night we had exchanged phone numbers and a few short weeks later we were officially a couple.

Tanner knew that I wanted to be surrounded by our family and closest friends when we got engaged, but he needed some kind of cover to get all of our family and friends together. Turns out my graduation from Clemson University provided him with the perfect opportunity. One of my favorite Clemson traditions is having an alumni “turn” your ring to face the world after you graduate. I thought it would be special to have Tanner turn my ring in front of Howard’s Rock at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. So, after the ceremony we made our way to the football stadium where Tanner hurriedly turned my Clemson ring and quickly proceeded to drop to one knee for the most perfect proposal. We then had a celebratory dinner with all of our family. It meant the world to both of us that we were able to celebrate such a milestone with our family and friends.

Wedding Blog Brittany and Tanners Wedding at Honey Horn Plantation

Vendors: Photography: Loren Routhier // Reception Venue: Honey Horn Plantation // Equipment Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals // Favors & Gifts: Brackish Bow Ties // Floral Designer: Branches // Bakery: Brown Sugar Custom Cakes // Caterer: Downtown Catering Company // Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston // Hair and Makeup: Lauren Fetter with Wedding Hair by Charlotte Agency