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It really feels like spring is here already in Charleston, so today we’re celebrating Wedding Wednesday with this springlike classic Charleston wedding.  This adorable couple were seriously the sweetest, and we had done the sister of the groom’s wedding a few years back, so it was a great reunion of sorts. The prettiest images come from Corbin Gurkin.

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The invitations by Lettered Olive, had a more traditional feel but by no means were boring. An update to black and white with the navy ink and all hand calligraphy, and a custom logo for the stamps made them feel posh and modern.  Luxurious custom boxes filled to the brim welcomed guests in style.  Printed T shirts, recovery kits, champagne, and treats were coordinated in every aspect to tailor the details setting off the weekend.

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The bride wore an Issa gown, shoes by Jimmy Choo, and heirloom jewels.

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The bride and groom opted for a pre ceremony “first sight” photo session in a nearby downtown park. The groom’s tartan tuxedo is by Tom James.

Car Collage

The bride and groom enjoyed a ride together to the ceremony in a vintage car. Love that they had this time together to reflect on the emotion of the day.

Floral Collage

The bride’s bouquet with pops of pale color was tied with with a wide taffeta ribbon in in navy and white- couldn’t be more perfect! We had the custom monogram Lettered Olive designed embroidered on the ribbon. Each bridesmaid had their initial monogramed on their bouquet ribbon.

Church Collage

The wedding took place at First Scots Presbyterian Church. Lush greenery adorned the gates, while planted boxwoods anchored the alter. Bouquets of greenery tied with navy ribbon gave a glamorous look to the long aisle.

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After the ceremony, the bride and groom led the guests on a stroll from the church to Hibernian Hall for the reception.

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 Matching greenery and draping on the front gates at Hibernian greeted guests and was topped off by a custom flag with the couple’s monogram. Glowing candle lanterns and planter boxes of boxwood were clustered on the front stairs, and seating nooks graced the grand piazza for guests to enjoy cocktails.

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Food Collage

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Cru Catering provided the creative food throughout the evening. Tailored on point small plates and individual snacks made for part of the decor at this reception.

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Detail Collage

Cake Collage

A full dessert display complimented the classic wedding cake by Jim Smeal. Printed cocktail napkins bearing the couples namesake in caligraphy were a great way to tie in some more detail.

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During the first dance, the groom revealed to his bride the location of the surprise honeymoon- love that this moment was perfectly captured!

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In lieu of a traditional guest book signing, guests signed boat oars that the couple could hang in their home. Late night iced coffee and cronuts were a hit!!!!

Getaway Collage

A custom confetti popper send off saw the bride and groom depart in a classic convertible waiting their monogramed flag.

2.26.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Since Valentine’s Day was sure to spark the second round of engagements for the year, we’re sharing some takeaways on a variety of subjects that will hopefully make your wedding planning process easy and thoughtful.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

One thing we’ve started doing (and our photographers are thankful for it) is nicely tying off the ceremony aisle, and seating guests from the outside. Of course, we don’t ask which side anymore and guests are seated evenly on both sides of the aisle. But, we are having our ushers seat from the outside in- it’s easier to fill in, you aren’t having to step over people already seated, and keeps the aisle in pristine condition for the wedding party and bride’s entrance.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Speaking of wedding parties, we are also seeing the thought that both sides have to match up is ending. People are asking the ones they are closest to to standup with them, whether their partner has an equal number or not.

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photo by Perry Vaile

Another big factor couple take into account for during their wedding ceremony is music. Some of our very favorite musicians, Charleston Virtuosi offer many different instrument combos, and are able to play a wide array of music from Classical/Traditional to Jazz to modern Pop covers.  Some of our non traditional favorites for ceremony music – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, All You Need is Love by The Beatles, and Viva La Vida by Coldplay.

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photo by Perry Vaile

Another more popular musical component we see for a lot of our Southern weddings are gospel choirs and singers. From cheerful praise songs celebrating the end of the ceremony, to as seen here a vocalist singing an a capella version of the Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony. It’s a stunning and moving way to add more to the emotion of the day.

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photo by Liz Banfield

One last takeaway for you… We have done this trick for a couple of our weddings with large guest counts, to avoid a line or perhaps missing the “guest book” we place bags with the printed ceremony programs, a blank card, and pen for guests to write a note to the bride and groom. We’ve hung birdcages from branches for guests to drop the notes in, or designed custom boxes for the notes, but it’s a great way to ensure everyone has the opportunity while you are waiting for the ceremony to start!

2.26.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We are so proud and thrilled to introduce the passion project of our friend, photographer, Lucy Cuneo.  We asked Lucy to talk to us about her new line of fine art floral photography where she walks us through her process and the beginning of an idea.

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“I am so pleased to be able to introduce our Fine Art Flower Series; it has been absolutely amazing to realize this vision which has been stuck in my head for a number of years.   I graduated with a masters in photography from SCAD in 2012 and have wanted to expand our wedding photography business to include Fine Art for quite some time; I was of course so nervous to release these and am totally overwhelmed by their reception, I cannot wait to share more.”

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“As a photographer, I am particularly interested in texture and color.  This series is an exploration of natural abundance; using traditional photographic film has afforded the images a greater depth, softness and sense of luxury, all which are necessary to create inviting, cloud-like images.  Armed with only my cameras and a vision, I reached out to Kiana Underwood of Tulipina Designs; her appreciation of color I truly admire and she was invaluable in bringing this series to life.”

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“The photographs really shine in their largest size — 36×48.  The idea of the series was to fill a frame with life-size flower “heads” and have it be an unmatched sea of color and beauty.  “Charlotte Rose” our first piece is a 9 foot installation which we put together our first day in San Francisco.  We hammered out the series in three long days in a natural light studio there; I am so grateful to Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, and her team, for their efforts in helping to achieve these shots that bring us so much joy. It’s only the beginning, we have so much more to come!!”

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To add a print to your home or see more head over Lucy’s  print shop.

2.26.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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