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Bride Kelly drew inspiration from favorite movies and television shows—like Little Women and Downton Abbey—for the styling of her wedding her wedding to groom Matthew. So, the couple enlisted Cibi Events to turn Legare Warring House into an English garden and with the help of floral genius The Purple Magnolia, the result was spectacular. Every last detail is filled to the brim with roses and we’re loving it. Kelly’s minimalist gown is by Theia, letterpress invitations are by Aerialist Press and beautiful photographs are by Caroline Ro.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

It was important to Matthew and me that our wedding reflect our individual personalities and our interests as a couple. I drew a lot of inspiration from my childhood and favorite movies and television shows (including Little Women and Downton Abbey.) I wanted the wedding to feel as if our guests were strolling through an English garden, and I felt as if our ceremony and reception space perfectly reflected that! (All thanks to the fabulous CiBi Events and Purple Magnolia)

Another aspect of the wedding that was important to us was our dinner. Both Matthew and I enjoy sharing meals with our families and friends. Our family style dinner allowed us to recreate the feeling of a huge family dinner made even more special among candlelight, flowers, and drapery. It was so special to look out from the head table and watch our families laugh, chat, and mingle.

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

I was so excited to go shopping for my dress, and I had in mind a bohemian/loose fitting style dress. Everyone tells you that your wedding dress will never be what you initially have in mind, and it’s very true! I shopped at two stores in Charleston, SC, and I found my dress at the second store we visited.

After trying on multiple dresses, my sister picked a classic style dress with a sweetheart neckline. I was shocked at how much I liked the clean silhouette. The bridal consultant then pulled the unassuming Theia gown I chose. As soon as I slipped on the dress, I loved how elegant and sophisticated I felt. I felt like myself but older and more mature – in a good way. The very next day, I returned to the shop to ensure my first reaction held true, and it did! I would suggest to other brides that they have an open mind when trying on dresses. Also – don’t forget the ability to customize! I love that I wore a lace topper for the ceremony which made the dress feel even more bridal to me.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Matthew and I are lucky that so many women in our families are creative and artistically talented! My mom embroidered pillows with forget-me-nots to recognize my grandmother who battled Alzheimer’s disease. Matthew’s sister custom made two signs that were both showcase pieces for our ceremony and reception. Matthew’s mother painted and hand-drew many smaller signs for our wedding and rehearsal dinner. We also included family photos inside Legare Waring House which allowed us to remember our entire families. Now we are able to showcase these signs and photos in our home, and they will always remind us of our wedding day.

Additionally, Matthew and I love music, and it was important that our music choices reflected our personal interests. The song I walked down the aisle to (“For the Beauty of the Earth”) was one of my favorite church hymns and was also featured in Little Women. We also used the same DJ that our friends had used in their weddings, so it was great to relive those memories!

Another feature that became personal was the first layer of our wedding cake! Matthew’s parents also had Italian Creme Cake as their wedding cake.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many memorable parts! However, one sticks out in my mind. As soon as we finished family photos, Matthew and I sneaked back inside the house and went into the library which overlooked the courtyard. It was very special to peek out through the window and watch as our family and friends visited with each other and enjoyed cocktail hour. We loved having a quiet moment to ourselves prior to joining everyone. Our caterer spoiled us with some of our passed hors d’oeuvres which made the moment even better.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matthew and I met through Matthew’s sister SaraBeth. Matthew attended Clemson University, but he had an internship in Columbia, South Carolina my freshman year at the University of South Carolina. One night a few of my friends headed over to Matthew’s apartment to celebrate the end of the year, and the rest is history! We dated for seven years (many of those long distance) prior to becoming engaged.

Our engagement seemed like a dream to me! Matthew planned a date night in August during the middle of the week. He suggested we walk along Sullivan’s Island, SC (a place we frequented while we dated), and then afterwards we would get a drink at one of our favorite restaurants. The day he planned to ask me, my cat became seriously ill (he’s now recovered), and Matthew almost backed off his plan, but I’m glad he didn’t!

As we walked down the beach, I noticed a photographer taking photos of three young girls dancing. I mentioned to Matthew that my sister and I had our photographs taken on the beach as a Father’s Day gift when we were young. As we walked closer to the girls, I noticed a huge heart drawn in the sand with white flowers and three signs that said “Kelly, will you?” Just moments before Matthew proposed, his mom and dad set up everything for the surprise.

Everything around me disappeared, and I had a hard time paying attention to what he was saying! The photographer was actually for us, and the young girls dancing were visiting from France. I’ll never forget that moment.

kelly and matty from Gabrielle Powell on Vimeo.

Planning & Design: Cibi Events // Photographer: Caroline Ro // Flowers: The Purple Magnolia // Invitations: Aerialist Press // Venue: Legare Warring House // Dress Designer: Theia // Dress: Gown Collective (Formerly Fabulous Frocks) // Hair & Makeup: Ash & Co // Escort Cards: Candlefish // Cake: Cakes by Kasarda // Catering & Bar: Cru Catering // DJ: Dragon Entertainment // Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals // Rentals: Ooh Events // Ceremony Musicians: Charleston Virtuosi

 

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Izolda and Razvan’s Italian wedding is filled with old-world romance. The intimate celebration at Villa Le Due Torrette was planned by Fairy Italy and focused on the comfort and enjoyment of the family and guests. As with most Italian Villa weddings, the decor is built in and the team of vendors including florist FioriGraphia kept the details to a minimum introducing a just a sprinkle of lilac and lavender hues. The bride’s Berta gown and  cathedral length veil are a total show-stopper and we’re loving all the portraits of the couple on the grounds captured in the images of the day by photographer Slava Mishura.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

A special atmosphere was created by the chamber format of the wedding. It was a family celebration, where everyone met and talked to each other, and we were able to devote time to each guest. Many guests afterwards noted that there was a pleasant feeling that the celebration was organized for them. Chambery has created a very pleasant and comfortable atmosphere for everyone.

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

I found the dress in Italy, wedding salon “Le Spose Di Milano”. This was the second dress that I tried on, after I tried a few more but I did not want anything else and I did not go to any other salons. For fitting in Milan, I came from Monaco (where I lived) with my friends. The girls were crying during the fitting. Unfortunately on this day with me there was no mom. But my mother was able to come to the last fitting and she was very excited during it. And at that moment the first time I realized that I’m getting married, this is when I wore a dress and a salon employee dressed me with a veil. It was an extraordinary moment!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Little details, which we thought through with wedding planner, were very memorable to the guests. Little gifts, mirror seating chart, colors we used, dress for my girls, bow-tie for the guys. All details are joined together.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

The most memorable moment of the wedding for me was on my way out with Dad. He came to my room. We went down the stairs and I saw the two of us in the mirror. I started crying. And of course the moment with Razvan, when we stood during the ceremony. It seemed to us that we were alone together and there was no one around. The moment of our unity.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

This is very funny, because the first unofficial proposal I received by phone. At that time we lived in different countries and Razvan really wanted me to move closer. I took the offer by phone as a joke. Usually, we saw each other once a month and the next time I came to Amsterdam, I already guessed that he had prepared a ring for me. On the day of my arrival, we went for a walk. There were a lot of people in the city. But knowing that he is very shy and will not make the proposal in a public place, every time we were alone (in the garden full of bloomed sakura, on the Ferris Wheel on Dam Square), I always thought “Well, now!” Every moment turned out to be wrong and in the end, I was tired of thinking about it. We were in a public park and watched the ducks. At some point, he said “Look!” pointing to the family of ducklings. I turned away to look, and when I turned back to him, he was already holding the ring in his hands.

Despite the fact that I was waiting for this moment all day, it was unexpected!

Photographer: Slava Mishura // Wedding Planner: Fairy Italy // Floral Designer: FioriGraphia // Calligrapher: Anya Tsymbal // Wedding Venue: Villa Le Due Torrette // Makeup & Hair: Anna Konopleva // Rings: Cartier // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Dress: Berta // Showman: Serghei Abalin // Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab

 

“Marrying Justin is all I care about… I trust y’all and I’m just not sweating the small stuff!”  These were the words that Madison emailed to The Burlap Elephant during the wedding planning process and we couldn’t love them more. The couple, who have known each other since childhood, had their priorities straight and they ended up with a stunning event at Lowndes Grove in Charleston to prove it. The New Orleans natives kept this simple with a neutral palette and let the grounds of the plantation take center stage, while Out of the Garden added to the backdrop with an airy ceremony arch and classic white florals. The couple enlisted Brandon Lata to capture all the moments of their day in these lovely images.

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Tell us how and where you found the dress!

It was the second dress I put on. I did try on a few more during that appointment, but ended up putting that dress on again and it just felt right. I did not purchase that day because my mom didn’t think it was possible to buy a dress at my first wedding dress appointment (classic) so I did sleep on it. I went back two days later to put it on for my dad and there was no question to me that this was the dress I wanted to wear.

For the bridesmaids I wanted to do navy blue and figured it would be cooler weather on March 3, so the darker color made sense to me. I am not into chiffon or nudes, or plain dresses that just “blend in” and that’s pretty much what 90% of bridesmaids dresses are for some reason! I found Katie May on the internet one day and then I found them in a local store so I to went to see them in person. I loved the fit and the material. It was similar to my dress which I really loved. I decided I wanted my friends to pick out whichever dress they wanted. It was all the same material, color, and fit so I just let them pick out their favorites. I don’t like telling people what to wear or how to do their hair and makeup. I just wanted everyone to feel beautiful and like themselves instead of me telling them how be.

What made the wedding personal and unique?

What made the day personal for me wasn’t a thing or something I brought. It was honestly the wedding guests. It was so meaningful to have people get on a plane and travel to Charleston for Justin and I. 170 people that truly wanted to be there for us. That for us was a ‘wow’ moment. To know we have that many people that were there to support and celebrate us. It was special.

Is it unique to have groomsmen take their shirts off during the reception…? But really, Lowndes Grove made it unique for me. Working with the designers to pick out linens, chairs, chandeliers, etc. was amazing. It wasn’t just the standard items that came with the venue. It represented me and my style, not someone else’s.

My earrings were my mother’s diamond studs she gave me for the wedding. I had a ring you probably couldn’t see in the photos, but I was wearing my great grandmother;s wedding band which was really special to me. Kept it simple.

Walking down the aisle with my dad was really memorable for me. You see that moment repeatedly in movies so that moment was surreal for me.

How we met & became engaged:

I attended high school with Justin’s younger sister, Emma. We were, and still are, best friends. Justin was a few years older at the College of Charleston so I wouldn’t see him often. We did kiss after my high school graduation, but it was kind of an ongoing joke that he liked his younger sister’s friend. It wasn’t until he moved back to New Orleans after college that things kind of turned into something. I think I was 20 or 21 when we started dancing around this idea of liking one another, but he was not interested in having a girlfriend at the time. But I knew I was going to marry this person and kept persisting. We dated for 4 years before we became engaged.

He proposed last April 2017. It was a Thursday and I was on my way home from work, and he was annoying me all afternoon about when I was going to be home and what I was doing – I should have known by his weirdness what was going on. I walked in the house and our golden retriever, Haley, was sitting down with a ring box attached to her head and he was kneeling on the floor next to her. It caught me off guard and the dog sitting there with the ring was just such a sweet moment.

 

Design & Coordination: The Burlap Elephant // Photographer/Videographer: Brandon Lata // Floral: Out of the Garden // Invitation/Stationery: Scriptura and Calligraphy by Maria Helena // Venue: Lowndes Grove (Patrick Properties) // Dress Designer: Mikaella Bridal // Wedding Dress Salon: Town and Country Bridal // Hair & Makeup: Lashes and Lace // Cake/Catering/Bar: Patrick Properties // Tabletop Rentals: Polished Tabletop // Band: Crystal Clear Band // Ceremony Musician: Holy City Strings // Transportation: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle // Shoes: Chanel // Bridesmaids: Katie May Bridesmaids Collection // Bridal salon for bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids Mandeville // Groom tux: Brooks Brothers // Groomsmen: The Black Tux // Rentals: Ooh Events / Snyder Events / La Tavola Linen

 

Jeannine and Dan’s close friends set them up—TWICE—and upon their second meeting two years after the first it stuck. The rest is history—and a spectacular wedding, of course! The couple chose The Ritz Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation for the beautiful scenery and with the help of planner Drake Social and florist Andy Beach & Company they celebrated with a breathtaking tented reception decked out from peak-to-floor in florals and greenery. Anna Shackleford Photography was on hand to capture all the beauty in these stunning images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

One of the main goals of our wedding, aside from getting married of course, was that our friends and family have a wonderful time celebrating with us. We selected The Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee for many reasons including the amazingly beautiful setting and the fact that our guests had the option to stay on site or conveniently nearby in Reynolds Plantation. Having everyone stay within close proximity contributed to the overall sense of togetherness for the wedding weekend. Almost every guest was traveling from out of town, so making sure each person had a great visit was of utmost importance to us! Fortunately, many of our closest friends and family were able to be with us on our wedding day, making it all the more memorable.

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

My wedding gown was Romona Keveza and I knew it was “the dress” from the moment I put it on. It was also the dress that caused my mother to cry the hardest, which I took as a good sign! I wanted a classic and simple look with a modern touch and I think the dress fit that description perfectly. I purchased the dress from Carine’s Bridal Atelier in Georgetown, Washington DC.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Courtney Drake of Drake Social (planner), Andy Beach (floral and décor), and Anna and Daniel Shackleford (photography) were amazing. Courtney ensured that everything ran smoothly leading up to the wedding and on the day of, and also kept me sane throughout the planning process! Andy Beach transformed a standard wedding tent into the most beautiful romantic space with tons of greenery, fantastic florals, warm lighting and inviting seating areas for guests to take a break from dancing! Anna and Daniel did such a great job of making my husband Dan and I feel at ease during picture taking. Neither of us especially loves being photographed but Anna and Daniel’s coaching, reassurance and patience made the process fun and painless-not to mention the gorgeous photographs we will have forever.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many it’s difficult to narrow down to one moment! Safe to say we both had an absolute blast at the reception, partying and dancing with all of our friends and family. For me, I think walking down the aisle with my brother George, who kindly stood in for my father Fred who passed away in 2013, and seeing Dan, the church and our smiling guests, was an incredible feeling. For Dan, dancing with his mother Mary Pat for the Mother/Son dance, was a definite high point of the day.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Dan and I met the first time in 2013, when I was in DC visiting from New York City where I was working towards a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Our close friends in DC, Hillary and Brad Wilner, attempted to set us up, however the timing wasn’t right. Luckily Hillary and Brad were persistent and on another DC visit, which happened to be on Valentine’s Day 2015, they set us up again and this time, it stuck! I relocated from New York City to DC in December 2015 and Dan proposed during a Florida visit to see my mom in January 2017. I was caught completely off guard and as Dan likes to tell it, I almost got proposed to with curlers still in my hair!

Photography: Anna Shackleford Photography // Wedding Planner: Drake Social // Floral & Decor: Andy Beach & Company // Stationery: Paper Source, William Arthur // Ceremony Venue: Christ Our King and Savior Church // Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton Lodge Reynolds Plantation // Dress: Romona Keveza, Carine’s Bridal Atelier // Beauty: Jennifer C Nieman // Rentals: Lake Oconee Rental // Entertainment: Music Garden Bands,The Main Attraction Band // Transportation: Southeast Limo // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Tara and Adam took the reigns on their own wedding planning and—with some help from our friend Instagram—they perfectly customized their Hampton’s nuptials at Wolffer Estate. As luck would have it, it rained on the couple’s big day, but they “were determined to still embrace the beyond gorgeous vineyard setting which meant walking through the rain (and a little mud!)” Rain-or-shine, Tara and Adam’s day is lovely and their extensive vendor research paid off with beautiful paper by Sesame Letterpress, gathered florals by Roses & Rice and photography by Alexander Thomas who perfectly captured the serendipity of the rainy day in these images.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

First and foremost the location was very special to us as we have spent a lot of time together as a couple in the Hamptons and we both have childhood memories of Eastern Long Island.  One of our earliest trips together as a couple was New Years 2015/2016 that we spent out there … this was actually the weekend we “fell in love” and knew we were going to marry one another (even though we didn’t tell each other that weekend, ha!).  We spent New Years Day 2016 drinking champagne at Wolffer Estate, it was perfect.

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

The dress was from an up and coming French wedding designer Rime Arodaky.  Tara has worked in the fashion industry for 10+ years and never wanted a traditional style wedding dress.  After living in Paris for a short period of time, Tara holds all things French near and dear so when she came across Rime on a blog she knew she wanted to wear something from her collection.  Tara only went to one dress shop (The Mews showroom) and tried on 3 Rime dresses.  It took about 15 minutes and Tara instantly knew this was the dress.  She loved how it looked like a skirt and top … and the buttons down the front felt incredibly sophisticated and vintage.  It made her feel like the “bride” in a cool, laid-back, elegant way.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Everything!  Honestly Wolffer Estate hosts a lot of weddings (they are booked every weekend May, June, September and October) and has a long list of preferred vendors to work with … but we wanted it to feel like “our” wedding and not just another wedding out in the Hamptons.  So we spent a lot of time in the Instagram “black hole” researching vendors that looked and felt like our vibe starting with the photography and then followed by the flowers.  We did not have a wedding planner so every detail was our own.

Some of the personal highlights were the letter pressed coasters on everyone’s place setting that Tara’s mom individually wrapped with ribbon the week of the wedding and the laser cut menus hand crafted by a family friend.

Perhaps the best touch was the guests’ welcome bags … Tara used to work for Outdoor Voices and all of the guests received a pair of sweats in their welcome bag that many wore to the Sunday brunch (including Tara, Adam and Tara’s dad!) as well as a box of famous Tate’s Southhampton cookies.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

This is a tough question … the highlights include our vows that we wrote (Tara almost had a teary meltdown!), the speeches from Tara’s father, Adam’s brother and Tara’s best friend, and both of our parents crushing the hora.  We would both agree though the most memorable moment was walking from the Wolffer House (where we stayed with family) through the vineyard to the estate.  As luck would have it, it rained on our wedding day … but we were determined to still embrace the beyond gorgeous vineyard setting which meant walking through the rain (and a little mud!) to the wedding.  Good thing Tara ordered 20 large white umbrellas the week of the wedding … they look amazing in the photos :)

Coming full circle, we along with about 30 of our friends walked back to the Wolffer house after the wedding through the muddy, wet vineyard with nothing but the moonlight guiding the way.  The evening ended with us all jumping in the pool (Adam in his wedding gear!), drinking champagne and eating lots of pizza.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met on Bumble!  Funny enough Adam “extended” our match since it was about to expire and Tara had not messaged him within the 24 hour period (so many rules!).

Adam proposed about 15 months after we first met in Tribeca on a side street near the Greenwich Hotel.   Tara used to live in Tribeca and her parents still do so it is a place near and dear to her … Adam wanted it to be a surprise so he told Tara they had lunch reservations with a work colleague at Locanda Verdi (the restaurant in the hotel) although instead of having the cab drop us off in front, Adam stopped the car on a side street and popped the question.  We then went over to the hotel for the evening to celebrate and have a ‘staycation.’  Since both of our parents live in the city, they each came over to celebrate the big day.

Photography: Alexander Thomas // On Site Coordinator: Sue Calden (With Wolffer Estates) // Planning: All done by Adam & Tara // Stationery: Sesame Letterpress // Florals: Roses & Rice // Venue: Wolffer Estate // Dress: Rime Arodaky // Dress Salon: The Mews Bridal // Suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke // Catering/Cake: Fresh Flavors // DJ: DJ Dave from Jarrell Entertainment // Ceremony/Live Cocktail Music: Jason Liebman