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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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Kalpana and Matt’s favorite part about their wedding at Villa Verano was that it was actually two weddings in one day! First, a vibrant Hindu ceremony  and brunch complete with cultural tradition, henna, parasols and a gorgeous pink palette. Second, a romantic Christian ceremony in the villa courtyard followed by a dinner filled with pared back metallic details. We’re loving the way Trina Schmidt Weddings totally transformed the lush venue into two different celebrations with the help of Coco Rose Flowers. The couple enlisted Elizabeth Burgi Photography to capture their celebration and you can see all the beautiful images here!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

That it was two weddings in one day! For the Hindu ceremony we wanted people to have fun, so we had bright colors on our mandap, brought some fun colored parasols which were great since it was so hot and of course started the day with a horse ride and party which I think was a great way to kick off the day. For the Christian ceremony we wanted low key, romantic which I think we got from not bringing in too many flowers but using the beautiful landscape already there and then getting married in a little courtyard made it more intimate.

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

I had been planning this wedding in my head for a while (thanks Pinterest) so I knew I wanted a long sleeve, low back dress. I found Dreamers and Lovers and they designed the kind of dresses I wanted and after trying on maybe 5 dresses I knew the “Kristen” was it.

How did you find your FIRST wedding dress?

Matt and I had been dating for about 6 years and I knew that he’d eventually pop the question, so when my mom and I traveled to India, I figured I’d go ahead and do some shopping. Four months later I got the ring!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Bride (Kalpana)- My favorite part was in the morning at the Baraat, I sneaked into the kitchen and watched the festivities, hidden in the corner. It was fun to see both families having so much fun and seeing Matt on the horse. Groom (Matt)- Marrying Kalpana. Or riding in on the horse at the Baraat.

Tell us how you met.

We met on Match. I was on the site for maybe 2 days before Matt emailed me. We set up a date at a bar a week later. I showed up about 10 min late and when I got there he was nowhere to be seen. I was on my way out when I saw him on the phone. After that date it was happily ever after.

How did you get engaged? 

We were on a Christmas trip to Sedona and on the last day there we went on a hike. When we got to the top, Matt sort of dropped to one knee (it was super muddy from the rain) and popped the question!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Since my dad passed away 20+ years ago, I wanted to make sure to remember him as I was walking down the aisle, so I attached a photo of him on my bouquet and sewed a piece of his shirt onto my white dress. Matt is the last of his siblings to get married, so I wanted everyone to know there’s a new “Mrs. Hull” in town and got a jacket embroidered with my new name on the back of it.

Villa Verano Wedding – Matthew and Kalpana from TSI Video Productions on Vimeo.

Photography: Elizabeth Burgi Photography // Wedding Planner and Design: Trina Schmidt Weddings // Florist: Coco Rose Flowers // Venue: Villa Verano // Hair and Make-up: Unveiled Make-up & Hair // Lunch Caterer: Chennai Tippin // Dinner Caterer: Pure Joy Catering // Videographer: TSI Video Productions // Rentals: Town and Country Rentals // Baraat White Horse: Enchanted Carriages // Shuttle Service: EOS Santa Barbara // Hindu Ceremony Priest: Ramesh Hebbala // Christian Ceremony Priest: Father Kearney // Luncheon linens: La Tavola Linens // Henna: Henna Me Beautiful

 

Alison and John’s St. Patrick’s day wedding is a perfect example of how to have a classy—not kitschy—holiday wedding. Once Alison picked her floral dress, she and her event planner sister ran with a floral, garden party theme for the event at Daniel Island Club. The floral Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses, patterned linens, bouquets and arrangements by Suzanne’s Floral Studio delicate flowers on the cake, and the white iron lounge furniture played up the garden vibes. Since the wedding fell on St. Patrick’s day, they subtly included green ties with the groomsmen, green beer, Irish coffee and green sendoff bubbles. Alison and John certainly had the “luck of the Irish” for their wedding day…despite rain showers all morning, the rain stopped just in time for their first look and Wild Cotton Photography was on hand to capture all the sun-filled beauty that ensued.

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

From the Bride: Shortly after we got engaged and before I even started looking at dresses, my mother in law, Betty Lou told me she heard the bridal shop in town, The White Room in Lebanon Tennessee, was having a sample sale the upcoming weekend. She suggested we go but thought it would be a good idea to get a lay of the land beforehand so made an appointment for us the Tuesday before the sale. As we walked in the front lobby my dress was on a mannequin and was the very first dress we saw that day! Betty Lou actually convinced me to try it on and there was no question after that. And to top it off The White Room gave me the sample sale price that day!

 

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

A truly personal part of the entire wedding process was the fact that my sister, Erin, was the event coordinator. It could not have been more fun to have our nightly chats about how the wedding plans were coming along. Our mother passed away twelve years ago so I feel like planning this wedding with my sister we almost planned it with our mother in spirit as well. We honored my mother with a picture pendant on my bouquet and honored my husband’s family and grandmother by wearing her mink shawl later that night. It was important to us to remember all of our family and friends and celebrate our love with everyone, even if they could not be there.

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It is hard to choose just one part of the day but John and I both really love the time we had together just after the ceremony. We signed the marriage license and then had about ten minutes alone in the bridal suite before getting introduced. I have never felt so happy. Any and all pressure was gone, we were married and ahead was just a fun night with our family and friends. Plus we had a whole platter of appetizers to ourselves!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when we both moved there to attend a residency in general dentistry. As co-residents we quickly fell for each other and as the residency neared an end we decided to make the move back to John’s hometown in Lebanon, Tennessee. We bought a home that we love with our miniature dachshund, Lola and started a life there. In March of 2016, John expressed an interest in getting away for a weekend trip and we came up with Gatlinburg and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. We went hiking early that next Saturday morning when we reached a peak and John took a detour to an even higher spot. I followed to see the view and turned around to find him on his knees! I truly thought I may fall off that mountain! Super glad I didn’t obviously but it was such a perfect moment because it was just us and beautiful.

Photography: Wild Cotton Photography // Event Design/Planning: Erin Dudley at Daniel Island Club // Florals: Suzanne’s Floral Studio // Paper Goods: Minted // Venue: Daniel Island Club // Dress: Pronovias from The White Room // Hair and Makeup: Lashes and Lace // Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids // Groomsmen: Mens Wearhouse // Cake: Daniel Island Club // Rentals: Snyder // Linens: BBJ Linen // Band: Midnight City // Harpist: Lisa McKeachie // Lighting: A/V Connections // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Caroline had always joked that she didn’t want to get engaged until she was 25, so on her twenty-fifth birthday—after dating for ten years—Mike proposed on their camping trip in Yosemite. The couple celebrated their nuptials at Triunfo Creek Vineyards—a bright and happy event planned by Wish Wonder Dream. Lush and colorful floral by Enchanted Garden Floral Design in coral, pink, red and purple are pure happiness in the simple ceremony on the grounds and courtyard reception under cafe lights. Photographer Jenny Smith & Co. was behind the lens capturing the high school sweethearts as they joyfully embarked on their next adventure in love.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

My grandmother is a retired federal judge, so it’s always been a dream of mine for her to officiate our wedding. Between my grandmother officiating the ceremony and special readings that both of our best friends recited, the ceremony was so personal. We also used our music selections throughout the day to help tell our own story. Music for the ceremony, first dance and reception intros all reflected songs that are special to us and represent different points in our relationship. I also think that our drop dead gorgeous wedding venue made the day hugely special. The grounds are truly magical.

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

It was actually equal parts fate and fire drill! I’d previously purchased another dress early on in the planning process and ended up regretting the purchase as the wedding came together and evolved stylistically. At the last minute, I ended up reselling the other dress and starting over. I went to a bridal salon to shop the available samples since timing was so tight and was feeling discouraged because nothing was calling my name. As we were about to leave, the stylist mentioned that they were having a RIVINI trunk sale and that the designer was on site. All of the Rivini dresses were exactly the classic, simple, timeless style I was looking for and once I tried on my dress, that was it! The Rivini team was amazing in helping me to rush and get the dress in time. Fate!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

One of our favorite parts of the wedding was the thank you gift for guests. Mike’s mom is a very talented artist and potter and made custom mugs for everyone to take home with them. She has made a special piece of pottery for each of her kids’ weddings and I love knowing that our guests have a homemade gift that will remind them of our day whenever they use it. We also wrote our own vows, which was an incredible moment. Mike’s vows floored me, they were SO good. We both unknowingly mentioned adopting a dog within our vows, and did so within days of getting home from our honeymoon!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This is truly impossible! The day was perfect from start to finish. But for both of us, the first few moments immediately following the ceremony where it sank in that we were finally married was one of the most joyful feelings of all time.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met senior year of high school and weathered the storm of going to separate colleges. After graduation we settled in Los Angeles and have been together for ten years. I used to joke that I didn’t want to get engaged until we were 25, so Mike took this to heart and proposed on my 25th birthday on a camping trip in Yosemite. It was a total surprise and I accidentally & unknowingly almost foiled his plan at numerous points, but he pulled it off in the end. A perfect engagement to precurse a perfect wedding.

 

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planner: Wish Wonder Dream // Florals: Enchanted Garden Floral Design // Paper Goods: Minted // Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards // Dress: Rivini by Rita Vinieris // Paper Goods: Minted // Makeup & Hair: Be.NYLA // Cake: Sheila Mae // Band: Downbeat LA // Rentals & Lighting: A Rental Connection // Catering: LA Roots // Bar: Liquid Catering

 

 

“Today is the day I marry you, my best friend” read the banner—in lovely brush lettering— behind Hannah and Isaac as they said their vows in front of 72 of their closest family and friends at Crabtree’s Kittle House. The bed and breakfast and it’s lovely gardens are set just 30 miles outside of New York city and created the perfect venue for the couple’s intimate wedding celebration. Rainstorms only accentuated the beauty of the grounds and the details of the day planned by Fitting Fêtes. The soft color palette and incredibly romantic florals by Heart and Soil Flowers are beyond photogenic and thankfully, Grey Collective member Katherine Ridgely was on hand to capture the details and lovely couple in her signature film style.

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What made your wedding special and unique?

What made the wedding special and unique is that we were surrounded by a small group of people who truly loved us. We were determined from the start to only abide to traditions that had special meaning to us as a couple, and because of this we were able to keep our guest list small and intimate.

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

I found my gown while working at Lovely Bride – I actually put it on a client and in that very moment knew it was for me!

Tell us about your venue and why it was memorable?

Answer: We only visited a few other venues before our visit to Crabtree’s Kittle House. We loved the beautiful space and how fitting it would be for our intimate gathering, but what really sealed the deal was talking to the team there. Unlike many other venues, they were flexible and open to customizing the experience for us and we really loved that.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

There’s a part in that day that I’ll always remember – Isaac was walking around, talking to guests, and I was sitting at my seat. I took a moment to look around and everyone was happy, smiling, and there because they genuinely loved us and were happy for us. It was just maybe fifteen seconds or so, but I’m so glad I remembered to soak in that moment because it’s a memory I cherish every day. The other special moment was our first look! We hadn’t seen each other all day and right as I was walking up to Isaac, I felt so nervous! When he turned around I couldn’t help but shed a few tears – there were so many emotions running through me!

 

Photography: Katherine Ridgely // Coordinator: Justina Michaels of Fitting Fêtes // Floral Design: Heart and Soil Flowers // Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Song and Pen // Venue: Crabtree’s Kittle House // Film Lab: PhotoVision // Textiles: Bayith // Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box