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Morgan and Chris had, what looks to us, like the most fun wedding ever. The bride, Morgan, had a head start on all of us because of her job as the Production Sweetheart for Milou + Olin Photography (who naturally jumped in to photographer her big day!!!). With her toes in the wedding industry already, Morgan dove head first into wedding planning with coordinator, Yelena Johnson of The Stylish Soiree alongside their floral designer, Asiel Design. We just can’t get over all the fun details, ideas, and personality that shine through their big day, which took place at The Sainte Claire Hotel. I mean, the flowers, the aisle runner, those invites from The Aerialist Press, the striped linens from La Tavola Linens, and the cake from Sweet Tooth Confections!!! We are dying! We also decided to include a chance for you to “shop the post” because we really can’t get enough of the details! Are you ready to be bowled over?!?

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Tell us about finding the dress!

The dress was a magical serendipitous moment that fell in my lap! I have loved Lazaro’s dresses since I first knew what wedding dresses were, and had subscribed to his trunk show schedule a few years earlier. Right before Chris and I were set to go on vacation to Disneyland for a few days, I got an email that a trunk show was going on only a few minutes away – I dropped in for an appointment and immediately fell in love with a “sherbert” colored light peach tulle creation that was unique from anything I’d seen before. I even got to meet Lazaro Perez (he’s a really nice guy!), and he gave me a signed sketch of my dress! The alterations team at the Mon Amie bridal salon in Santa Ana are so talented; they made small changes that made the dress fit like a glove! They also somehow tackled hemming those yards and yards of tulle!

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

How did decide on your wedding look?

What we weren’t expecting was how much our friends and family had looked forward to having a giant celebration like this! My parents wanted to jump immediately into wedding planning, and we were off on a venue hunt before we knew it. We searched wineries in the central coast, hotels in Monterey, country clubs in the Bay Area, but nothing really struck either of us as “the one”. Around the time we wanted to call it quits and elope, I was narrowing down my years of Pinterest wedding inspiration boards, and defining the theme – I noticed that my favorites all were a sort of homage to my long standing love of Kate Spade, and succumbed to poppy brights and black and white stripes with gold polka dots.

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

How did you find your venue?

We decided to visit The Sainte Claire Hotel on a whim; its adjoining restaurant Il Fornaio had black and white striped valances and had popped up in a search for wedding photos. We walked in to glorious 1920′s architectural details and an amazing ballroom space that could easily accommodate our guest count. (bonus: it was also two blocks away from our first “date” together; ice skating at the San Jose rink!) We knew it was too perfect, and booked it immediately.

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Tell us about the details that came together for the big day.

This wedding was a product of so many years of love and support from both sides of our families. I had an incredible team of vendors sourced from personal contacts I’ve made in the wedding industry, so the entire event felt like I was surrounded by nothing but friends and family.

I knew my coordinator, Yelena Johnson, through some drop dead gorgeous styled shoots we’d done with her at Milou + Olin, and we are essentially style twins. She was in love with my theme even before I was done describing it, and I knew she would design my wedding with a personal touch. Her eye for detail was everywhere – even down to the adorable striped and polka dotted cocktail straws! She took everything I wanted and made it even more magical than I could have ever hoped for. Our florist, Linnea of Asiel, was so smitten with my theme that I gave her the reigns; all the flowers on our wedding day were a surprise! I’d seen her incredible work with Milou + Olin on shoots before, so I had full confidence in her, and I wasn’t let down! I am still in love with the photos of my bouquet, and the flower hedge at our ceremony was perfection.

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

What were some of your favorite highlights?

If you didn’t know yet, I work for Milou + Olin Photography as a production assistant, and have seen Caroline shoot some seriously gorgeous weddings in the two years I’ve been here. I knew from the beginning that she was going to be my photographer, and she didn’t disappoint. Caroline told me she was really nervous since I know the business in and out, but you would never know it – she and our assistant photographer Don were like photo ninjas all day; they are so quick to catch all the perfect moments!

Live music was something Chris and I really were passionate about, and thankfully we were able to find a little extra in our budget, because it was our favorite element of the wedding. Our band, put together by Fil Lorenz , exceeded all expectations. They provided a pianist for the ceremony, two-piece for the cocktail hour, and a full “little big band” for our reception, and our guests were raving the entire night about how amazing they were. We had a combination of jazz, blues, and a little funk that kept everyone on the dance floor all night!

I have to mention the food as well – Il Fornaio, who runs all the events at the Sainte Claire, had the most delicious options for us! They even created special entrees for my mom, who is gluten intolerant, and our guests could choose between beef tenderloin, sea bass, rack of lamb, and mushroom crepes (they were all amazing at the tasting). They also served a peach Bellini sorbetto as an intermezzo, and it was such a big hit! Peach Bellinis are my signature drink, so needless to say, it was my favorite.

The biggest surprise hit of the night was the Giggle and Riot photo booth! It was an awesome way for our guests to get instant, high-quality images from the wedding, and for the next week they were busy sharing them via Facebook and e-mail talking about how much fun the event was. Some of Chris’s favorite photos are the ones he got with family friends and the groomsmen in the booth; they are priceless!

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

How did you two meet?

Chris and I met in 2005 at college in San Luis Obispo, and immediately fell into a whirl-wind best friendship! We adventured around the central coast, spending endless hours tide pooling and taking long drives in the gorgeous countryside in an attempt to get lost and end up somewhere new. After a year we gave in and became an “official” couple, and since then we’ve finished college together, supported each other through multiple jobs and moves, and have only ever grown closer.

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

How did the engagement happen?

After seven years of dating, I wasn’t necessarily itching to get married, but it seemed like a natural next step. Chris, however, kept insisting that marriage was a social construct that didn’t apply to us; we were happy, stable, and neither of our parents were pressuring us. I put the idea aside for a while, thinking that maybe he’d come around, or we’d have a small elopement somewhere someday. Chris made a big deal out of his “secret” valentines day plans for 2013, but I brushed it aside; he had set up great surprises before for my birthday or our anniversary previously. It turns out he had made reservations at The Firehouse – a historic, Zagat rated restaurant in Old Sacramento with an incredible romantic ambiance and even more incredible food. We had an unforgettable meal, and walked the docks on the Sacramento River afterward like we had hundreds of times before. He pulled a ring out of his jacket pocket when I wasn’t looking, and I don’t think I fully believed him, because it took me a minute to say “yes, of course!” I shouldn’t be surprised after seven years, but he chose the most perfect ring without anyone’s help – it’s a gorgeous rose gold filigreed band with rows of diamonds leading to a beautiful peach sapphire in the center. It’s traditional and unique all at once!

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

What was your favorite moment?

Overall the wedding was a huge love fest of all our family and friends who have supported and cared for us for years, and it was bucketloads of fun. We danced, we schmoozed, we talked with friends we hadn’t seen in far too long, and it was perfect and magical. I’ll be reliving the best day ever with Chris for years to come.

Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding


Wedding Blog Kate Spade Inspired Ballroom Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Milou + Olin // Coordinator: Yelena Johnson of The Stylish Soiree // Venue: The Sainte Claire Hotel // Florist: Linnea of Asiel Design // Makeup + Hair: Nicole Nguyen of Blush SF // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Cake + Desserts: Sweet Tooth Confections // Band: Fil Lorenz Orchestra // Catering: Il Fornaio // Photo Booth: Giggle and Riot // Dress and Belt: Lazaro, via Mon Amie bridal salon // Veil: Bridal Galleria San Francisco // Shoes: Valentino // Earrings: Haute Bridal Couture // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and A Party Place // Tuxedo Rentals: Men’s Wearhouse // Rings (both): Shane Co. // Groom’s Bowtie: Brackish // Save the Dates: Minted // Invitations: The Aerialist Press // LOVE sign: DIY (bride’s parents did it!)

Shop the Wedding Details: Chris’s Bow Tie // Morgan’s Shoes // Morgan’s Earrings // Polka Dot Straws // Kate Spade Place Cards // Kate Spade Bottle Stopper // Gold animal sculptures // Ceramic Owl Canister // Bridesmaid Earrings // Turquoise Pillar Candleholder // Turquoise Gallery Frames // Marquee Letters

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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.

Wedding Blog Lindsay and Giles Wedding at 701 Whaley

 

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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 

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

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

Wedding Blog Perry Vaile Photography

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

We are on board with blue, ladies! This gorgeous shoot put together by Live View Studios and Rebecca Rose Events  is one for the books! We are seriously obsessed, not only with the color, the style, and the ideas, but also the gorgeous location–River Oaks Charleston–a beautiful home and venue set amid beautiful towering oak trees and dripping southern moss, right on the banks of the Wando River. The inspiration for this shoot came entirely from nature–the organic textures and colors found on land, in the water and the vast blue sky.  Some of the greenery and flowers were foraged from the property and everything was shot just before dusk to capture the warmth and glow of sunlight streaming through the trees, dancing on the water, and spilling over the wooden dock.

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas
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Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Wedding Blog Land and Water: Blue Wedding Ideas

Vendors: Photography: Live View Studios // Location: River Oaks Charleston // Creative Direction, Styling & Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events // Film Lab: PhotoVision // Wedding & Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo for BHLDN // Shoes: BHLDN // Hair & Makeup: Charleston Events Hair & Makeup // Graphic Design/Paper Suite & Lettering: Rebecca Rose Creative // Rentals (Glassware, flatware and farm chairs): Snyder  Events Rentals // Table Linen: La Tavola // Blue Chairs Upholstered Chairs: World Market // China: Johnson Brothers // Model: Becky Boggs, Tout Talent