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Tara and Jeremy’s wedding at Boone Hall Avenue of Oaks + Cotton Dock is all of it—romantic, southern, fresh, rustic, vintage, scenic, intimate, inviting, timeless….and the list goes on and on. The day, planned by Erin Altman of Ooh! Events, is truly a modern wedding dream in a beautiful palette of blues. Florals in white and tall greenery centerpieces are by Out of the Garden, monochromatic blue-on-blue letterpress stationery sets the tone and a lovely pantry blue cake is by Declare Cakes. We’re loving the bamboo chairs and the velvet touches but the bride’s smile truly lights up all these breathtaking images captured by Shauna Veasey.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Having our friends and family all in one place was what made it so special. Most of my family and friends are from New York and my husband’s family is from Georgia, so having them travel to Charleston, SC meant the world to us. Boone Hall Plantation was a dream venue and getting married under the oaks made it a perfect setting.

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

I found my gown at the very first boutique I visited, Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte, NC. It was actually the very first one I tried on and fell in love. It was exactly what I was looking for. Simple and elegant. I, of course, went to two other places and tried on more dresses just to make sure, but I knew the first one was the one. The designer was Modern Trousseau. It was deep V-neck with pearl beaded bodice and Italian crepe fit to flare skirt with chapel train.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Instead of a wedding guest book, we had a custom portrait made for guests to sign. It was an illustration of us in our wedding attire and we even had our two dogs included in the photo.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The entire day was amazing. However, I would say the most memorable moment was walking to the Cotton Dock for the first time with my husband and having our first dance with all our friends and family around us. The dance floor was outside on the Cotton Dock which reaches out over the tidal marsh. It was beautiful and one of my favorite moments.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met online and realized we had mutual friends so we went on a date and have been together ever since. We were dating for 3 years before we got engaged. My husband works in the racing industry so we went to Las Vegas for the NASCAR Awards Ceremony. Little did I know he had the ring with him the entire time. We went out to dinner and then headed back to the hotel and he proposed in the hotel. It was the sweetest proposal and brought me to tears. I definitely had no idea it was coming. It was the best surprise.

Coordinated + Designed by: Erin Altman of Ooh! Events // Photographer: Shauna Veasey // Floral: Out of the Garden // Venue: Boone Hall Avenue of Oaks + Cotton Dock // Dress Designer: Modern Trousseau // Boutique: Hayden Olivia in Charlotte, NC.  // Videographer: Hart to Heart // Cake: Declare Cakes // Ceremony Musicians: Palmetto Strings // Reception Entertainment: Darby Events with Stephen Darby // Catering + Bar: Cru Catering // Transportation: Marquee Limo // Dishware: Polished // Shoes: Jimmy Choo classic white satin pump // Suit:  Jos A Bank  // Officiant: Rick Burton // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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Jessica and Kelsey met online, both traveled to Seattle for their first date where dinner turned into four days and the rest is history! Just over a year later the lovebirds were engaged and enlisted Aranza Grant of White Event Studio to plan and design their wedding at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. Recognizing that their big day could be the only opportunity they might ever have to bring together all their loved ones, the couple worked with their vendors to craft a wedding that was centered around their guests, reflecting everything they love about each other and the wonderful city that they were asking everyone to visit. Garden florals by Thorn and Thistle are stunning in peachy, dusty hues. Wax seal details and calligraphy by Plume Calligraphy are timeless. An outdoor ceremony showcased the best of the orchard venue, while tented reception was both romantic and relaxed with a subtle French undertone. We’re loving all the gorgeous details on Jessica and Kelsey’s big day captured so beautifully in these images by Kelly Brown.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Jessica: With family and friends scattered all over the world, one of the things that we felt very acutely was not only that this would be a rare chance to spend time with our loved ones, but also that it might be the only time that all of these incredibly important people were able to come together. With this in mind, we worked with our vendors to craft a wedding that was centered around our guests, and reflected everything that we love about each other and this wonderful city that we were asking all of them to visit. We brought our bridesmaids to the Empress to get ready with us, in an effort to share one of our favorite local landmarks, and our ceremony was held at the farm where we had one of our first dates. Our officiant created an intimate, emotional ceremony that had our guests reading letters, issuing vows of their own, and holding hands. Our caterer worked with us for over a year to pull together a menu that featured local, seasonal, sustainable food, such as Fanny Bay oysters and cedar plank salmon, as well as dishes that were special to us, like a replication of the whiskey sauced steak that Jess cooked for Kelsey on an early date, and individual tiramisu. A local jazz band provided the music for our ceremony and reception, as well as a nod to my absent great grandfather. Our photographer helped us to schedule our photos in a way that allowed us to maximize our time with our guests, and our wedding planner kindly arranged for us to share a loveseat at our reception, so that we could hold hands under the table while talking to friends and family.

Tell us about the gown/suit and how/where you found them?

Jessica: When I was in college, my winter and summer breaks consisted of evenings spent with my mother, whipping up batches of brie fondue, sipping sparkling wine, and watching TLC wedding programming – high quality “girl time”. It was during one such evening that a Claire Pettibone dress was featured, and I fell in love. The vintage-inspired lace was elegant, refined, and timeless, the detailed back was architectural and dramatic, and the silhouette was both feminine and modest. My mother watched as I pinned nearly every Claire Pettibone dress on that “secret wedding” board that we all have, and when the time came to shop for my dress, she reminded me to make sure that I found a shop that carried her designs.

The Dress Theory was our first stop, and my dress (Eden, from the Couture collection, inspired by Gothic cathedral stained glass), was the second dress that I tried on. Everything about it felt perfect, from the hint of blue from the underlay, to the beautifully framed keyhole style back, to the “champagne” floral vine embroidery that shimmered alternating silver and gold in the light. I loved the lace so much that I asked The Dress Theory to order a little more, to make sleeves for me, and their seamstress did a lovely job with them.

Kelsey: The suit is from Indochino, a Vancouver company that makes made-to-measure suits. I appreciated the custom details on the inside lapel and embroidery on the shirt cuffs. Final tailoring was done in Victoria by The Russian Tailor. Of all the elements that were pulled together, I was most excited about the shoes. It is nearly impossible to find quality masculine shoes in small sizes, and I spent months searching before finding Tomboy Toes. I ended up with the perfect size 35 oxfords, and the local men’s store was able to source a matching belt and tie. My favorite elements were touches that Jess gifted the day we got married – vintage Tiffany cufflinks, and a cologne just for our wedding.

What were some touches added to make the wedding more personal.

Jessica: Everything about the day, from the food to the music, and even our flowers (one rose was a cultivar of a variety my parents had at their own wedding), was exceptionally personal. However, the ceremony really set the tone for the entire experience. Barb was wonderful, sharing snippets of things we had told her, like the fact that I had kept a list of 29 traits a potential partner would be required to have, and our mutual disdain for bananas. She even made room in the ceremony for my grandma to read a letter of blessing and advice from my great grandpa, whose marriage to my great grandmother was the model I had sought to emulate. Finally, our officiant also asked our immediate and then extended family to take vows in support of our marriage, and before we knew it, everyone was holding hands and had surrounded us. That was an incredibly powerful, spine-tingling moment.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jessica: I have three very sharp, very happy memories:

I woke up to a letter that Kelsey had slipped under my door the night before, detailing her excitement about the day ahead. She couldn’t have known, but I had arranged for her sister to deliver a gift while we were all getting ready – her “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”. Included in her gift were a bottle of cologne I knew she liked, my ugly doll from college, a journal that chronicled the last 100 days of our engagement, and some vintage Tiffany cufflinks for her to wear during the ceremony. I couldn’t be there to watch her open her gift, but the photos of her smiling are the next best thing, and all that I had wanted.

We had agreed to do a first look before heading up to the farm, and our photographer arranged for us to do so on the rooftop chef’s garden at the Empress. We hadn’t even known that garden existed, and it was the most perfect hidden Eden in the middle of the city, secluded but boasting an impressive view of Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. Having a couple of moments to ourselves, and being able to soak in that this was it, this was us, and we were actually getting married was so important. By the time our ceremony rolled around, I was so emotional that I don’t even remember hearing our jazz band playing – I had to ask Kelsey about it afterwards! I would highly recommend a first look, both for the privacy and for the chance to be together before everything really starts to happen.

And lastly, Kelsey tried to kiss me when my dad brought me up the aisle – I had to tell her “not yet!” By the time our officiant told us to kiss, she was REALLY ready for it, and she dipped me in her enthusiasm.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jessica: The events leading up to and during our first date would be the perfect set up for a romantic comedy. I had been having a very bitter evening at home, and was curled up with my computer, my roommate Christina, and a bottle of wine. I read OK Cupid profiles out loud to Chris, criticizing them the way someone who has had a bad day and three glasses of Syrah might, but I stopped short when I saw Kelsey’s. It was verbose, and littered with words I hadn’t usually seen outside a GRE exam guide. I found myself giggling at some of the things she had written, and perusing her photos more than a couple of times. With Chris teasing me gently, I sent a message. I didn’t think anything would come of it – and if it did, I reassured myself, she was far away (in Victoria, BC, while I lived in Seattle). The distance would keep us from developing anything too serious.

Much to my surprise, Kelsey responded. Two weeks later, we were meeting up for what was supposed to be “just dinner” at a tequila bar in Seattle…but dinner took three hours, and involved more talking than eating. Then we found ourselves singing karaoke at a gay bar, and staying the night…for three days. That distance that I had foolishly thought would keep us apart didn’t even give us pause – and we’ve been commuting internationally to see each other ever since.

Kelsey proposed a little over a year later, while we were exploring Hatley Castle and the nearby trails. A few weeks later, I proposed on my own, with a watch. The morning after my proposal, we awoke to marriage equality, and Justice Kennedy’s words: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.”

Photographer: Kelly Brown // Wedding Planner, furniture, and decor: Aranza Grant of White Event Studio // Flowers: Thorn and Thistle // Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy // Venue: Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse // “Getting ready” location: The Empress // Dress designer: Claire Pettibone // Dress shop: The Dress Theory (Seattle) // Suit: Indochino // Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo // Caterer: Toque Catering // Macarons: Bon Macaron // Cake: Ruth and Dean // Officiant: Barbara Densmore // Band: Mildly Wild // Rings: James Allen // Handfasting ribbons: Silk and Willow // Hair: Katie Maclean and Lauren Dejong from Copper and Ash Collective // Makeup: Melanie Baird // Cufflinks: Tiffany // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Grace and Scott’s wedding day was held at The Club, a venue known for it’s iconic views of downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The couple, who met on a local kickball team, recited their vows in front of a stunning floral arch by Edna K Design on a terrace that overlooked the exact location of Scott’s proposal to Grace. Invision Events planned the day filled with classic details like letterpress by Empress Stationery, calligraphy by The Refined Pen and romantic florals in blush, peach and deep pinks. We especially love the very southern monogrammed linens from Sassy Biscuit—adorable! No details was left un-personalized and lucky for us Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography was on hand to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special or unique?

Scott and I chose to have our ceremony and reception at The Club in Birmingham, Alabama. We knew early on in our engagement we wanted to get married outside. The Club is iconic for its views of the city, so we had our ceremony on the terrace. What made the terrace extra special is that you can see the overlook where Scott proposed from where we said our vows. In addition to the beautiful views, we wanted to have a focal point to help make the space feel intimate, so our florist created a beautiful arch with flowers and greenery. It was the perfect nod to our love of the outdoors, and helped make the terrace feel personal.

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

I searched and searched for the perfect gown and found elements I liked in a lot of dresses, but not everything all in one. When I went to Carriage House Weddings, my consultant explained how customizable Augusta Jones dresses were. I found two separate dress styles I loved: the shape of the Jessie, a fitted A-line, and the bodice of the Skyler. When combined, both dresses checked all the boxes. Even more, I was also able to select a lace pattern. At the end of the process, I had my own custom gown that was everything I had envisioned.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?  

In memory of my father, and as my “something blue”, my seamstress sewed a patch of his favorite blue shirt into a layer of my dress. A boutonniere was also placed in his chair during the ceremony. After a year of dating, Scott and I adopted a puppy  from the local humane society. Needless to say, he’s the center of both of our worlds, so we knew we wanted him to be a part of our day. While although he wasn’t present at the ceremony, a great friend of ours brought him to take photos with us and the wedding party beforehand. He was the only one with an outfit change that day – a floral collar and a bow tie!​

Scott loves to cook, so we wanted to be intentional about our menu. While neither one of us is Greek, we both love Greek food and went to a local Greek restaurant for our first date. We knew we had to have gyros as a menu item, and the chef at The Club was excited to prepare something atypical of the standard southern menu.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

I loved the moments Scott and I shared right after the ceremony. The ceremony was incredibly special, but it was such a fantastic feeling to be married and have some time just the two of us to take it all in. While we were excited to celebrate with our family and friends, we were able to sneak away and our photographers snapped some of our favorite wedding photos as the sun was setting.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.  

A mutual friend asked Scott and I to play on an adult kickball team. I’m not athletic in the slightest, but was new to the city and thought it would be a fun way to meet other post grads. Growing up, instead of sports, I took dance lessons, so the emphasis has always been to run pretty, more so than fast. Scott however, played team sports his entire childhood and is very competitive. Fortunately, he put my pointed toe kicks and graceful running aside. I never scored a run that season, but we became more than teammates by the end of summer. Then, on a Sunday in the middle of October, Scott asked me if I wanted to take our dog on a hike. I absolutely love the peak of the fall season, when all of the leaves are bright red, orange and gold. The fall foliage in Birmingham was at this point, so I was especially excited to get outside. We headed to Ruffner Mountain, a meaningful place to both of us, and hiked to the overlook that oversees downtown. I was checking out the cityscape, and when I turned back around, Scott was on bended knee. Extra special note: you can see the overlook where Scott proposed from the very spot we said our vows on the terrace of The Club.

Photography: Kelli + Daniel Taylor Photography // Planning: Invision Events // Florals: Edna K Design // Stationery + Custom Monogram: Empress Stationery // Venue + Catering: The Club // Getting Ready Venue: The Tutwiler // Dress Designer: Augusta Jones // Dress Boutique: Carriage House Weddings // Calligraphy: The Refined Pen // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Groom’s Tux: Mr. Burch Formalwear // Hair & Makeup: The Hair & Makeup Collective // Bride’s Cake: Barb’s Cakes // Groom’s Cake: Pastry Art // Monogrammed Details: Sassy Biscuit // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Entertainment: Creativity! via Music Garden Bands // Group Transportation: Rare Transportation // Newlywed Transportation: Coats Classic Cars

 

“It was a hot day and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. She was the most beautiful bride ever.” This moment was the most memorable for groom Cameron on his wedding day to bride Ashley. The couple wed at Calistoga Ranch in an intimate ceremony and reception filled with classic details in white, linen and lace. Miss Meliss Floral Design “over-delivered” Ashley’s vision of romantic white blooms and a classic wine country reception in The Wine Cave at the ranch capped off the festivities. We’re absolutely loving the sophisticated restraint on the day and it’s all captured in these beautiful film photographs by Meghan Mehan.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our wedding was small and intimate which made it really special. Calistoga Ranch was such a fantastic venue and is so naturally beautiful. Having our ceremony on the lawn and having our family close by was wonderful.  A good friend of ours was also able to officiate and his ceremony was so special and personal to the two of us.

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

My gown was a mix of two designers. The top was Reem Acra, and the skirt was by Watters. I found it at a small bridal boutique here in Dallas called Warren Barron. We went to a few other boutiques but nothing struck and the other boutiques seemed a little too prom style. Warren Barron was amazing. They carry specialty items and their staff is wonderfully knowledgeable. I was able to try on gowns with my mom, mother-in-law and grandma which was perfect!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Everything about our wedding was very personal. We chose wine country because Cameron and I hold the valley very near and dear. It was the first trip we took together, and many more followed after that. Our florist completely over-delivered in the BEST possible way. She took everything we said we wanted and made it perfect. We were also surrounded by close family and friends which was so special. My Grandparents were able to be in attendance with us which was also very personal and special to both of us. The wine we served was from our favorite local vineyard, Fleury. It was so fun to be able to share our favorite wine with our friends and family!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Ashley: I think the most memorable part of the day for me was our first look. It was so wonderful to have a few special moments alone with Cameron before our wedding started. Also, he was {is} the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. Cameron: Seeing Ashley in the wine vineyard for the first look was the most memorable part of the day that will never leave my mind. It was a hot day and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. She was the most beautiful bride ever.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met the old fashioned way…actually, we met via a dating app. It was kind of a one-shot wonder for both of us. We met for dinner and both instantly knew there was something there. I think by date three I knew I was going to marry him. We both knew very quickly that we were made for each other. After a few months, Cameron surprised me with breakfast in bed and a proposal!  To say that was one of the best days of my life would be an understatement. After he proposed, we jetted off to Canada where we spent a few days at Cameron’s family cottage in the Georgian Bay celebrating with family.

Photography: Meghan Mehan // Florals: Miss Meliss Floral Design // Invitations: Paperless Post // Venue: Calistoga Ranch // Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous // Dress (two-piece gown): WattersReem Acra // Catering: Calistoga Ranch // Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply // Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew // Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux

 

Aubrey and Tom celebrated their nuptials by taking a weeklong Hawaiian vacation with 100 of their closest friends and family. They filled their time at with fun and festivities and capped it off with this stunning ceremony and reception on the grounds.Alluring Events + Design enlisted local creatives and vendors to implement the fresh, tropical vision in a contemporary palette with hints of dusty blue and rich rusty, terracotta and punchy coral. Lucky for us, Rochelle Wilhelms Photography was on hand to capture all the beautiful details and special moments set against the stunning island backdrop.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Tom and I are big travelers, so it was amazing to take a vacation with 100 of our closest friends and family. We wanted to spend as much time with everyone as we could, and make it a fun wedding week, not just a day. We held a welcome party on a catamaran when everyone arrived and hosted a donut brunch the following day at the pool. All of the guys had a golf day, while the girls enjoyed a spa day. It was so fun to incorporate different events into the vacation.

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

I purchased my gown from Miosa Bride in Sacramento. I really wanted something simple and timeless.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We are big foodies so had really fun food stations at the wedding. Guests had their choice of things like hurricane fries, wok fried chowmein, taco stations and shaved ice. Food was important to both of us so we didn’t want to do anything traditional.

Also, my husband’s Mom hand dyed the ribbon for my bouquet, and she made all of our table runners.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The whole day was stress free thanks to our amazing team of vendors. Good vendors and a wedding coordinator are key to a relaxing day! We both felt really present for the wedding, which was so refreshing. Our sunset photos were pretty amazing, and the sunset in general that night was gorgeous. We ate delicious food, and danced the night away with our friends and family, I would say everything was memorable!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Tom and I met through mutual friends at a BBQ, about 7 years before we started dating. Then, 7 years later, at a friend’s wedding, we had a spark, shared a few dances and started dating. Tom proposed to me in Bodega Bay, on the beach. Bodega Bay is our favorite vacation spot, so it is very sweet and really special to share that memory with a place we will continue to vacation at for years. He even had a photographer (hiding) there to capture the moment.

Wedding Planner: Alluring Events + Design // Photography: Rochelle Wilhelms Photography // Florals: Blooms by Brooke // Wedding Planner: Couture Events // Invitations: Throne Invitations // Stationery: A Fabulous Fete // Venue: Olowalu Plantation House // Videography: Classic City Films // Calligraphy: Wild Precision // DJ: DJ Boomshot // Hair + Makeup: Heather Ellison Beauty // Rentals & Decor: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals / La Tavola // Catering: Three’s Catering // Dessert: Ululanis