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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Since we are in the height of  Spring wedding season, 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.

photos by Melanie Mauer

Also, we’ve learned to embrace obstacles… for this wedding on the couple’s farm with wide open space, instead of spending money trying to create a big ceremony focal point, we turned the barn on site into a backdrop.

photo by Liz Banfield

It also doesn’t have to be a father that walks a bride down the aisle… for this bride, it made more sense for her mother to walk her down the aisle… For some it’s a brother, grandparent, etc.

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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!

11.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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photo by Corbin Gurkin 

With all of this crazy winter wedding so far, we needed a little warm fuzzy for our Monday morning. We’re sharing a roundup of our favorite ceremony set ups from the past couple of wedding seasons. Like this ceremony under the Oaks at Fenwick Plantation outside of Charleston, SC.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

Another of our favorites is from this ceremony overlooking the Harbor in Newport, RI. The bride and groom married under a floral arch after walking down a wooden boardwalk over the pool. Guests walked across the grand lawn before arriving at the spectacular site.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

This wedding took place in a historic chapel in Sea Island, GA. The antique wooden beams and floors needed little decor, so simple brightly colored floral pieces speckled the alter.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

We transformed this hotel ballroom into a glittering golden winter wonderland fit for a queen. Handmade golden orchid trees lined the aisle and walkway, and a confetti cannon even went off as a surprise to the couple after their first kiss.

photo by Melanie Mauer

An antique barn on the couple’s property set the backdrop for the ceremony. A large greenery wreath was hung to provide a lovely focal point.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

A floral archway mimicked the architectural window, while a handmade greenery covered cross was hung to create a true “altar”. A white carpeted aisle runner strategically laid a lovely walkway for a bride.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For another wedding at Fenwick Plantation, a carpeted walkway over the reflecting pond met a lush archway at the end of the aisle. The property’s palm trees made for perfectly natural pew markers.

11.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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photo by Liz Banfield

 There are so many ways to get creative and design an impact around the ceremony- whether in the seating, maybe a custom aisle runner, florals on the alter or arch, etc.  Even the simplest of details can make a difference. After all, that is what everyone is there to celebrate, there is already a beautiful couple, why not have some beautiful scenery? Today, we’re sharing a round up of some of our favorite aisles from weddings past, that may help inspire your wedding day!

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a ceremony overlooking a bluff into the Harbor in Newport, we built an aisle over the house pool, which we thought made a pretty dramatic look!

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photo by Liz Banfield

Another way we like to liven up a ceremony is with different seating. Here, large linen ottomans provided totally unexpected but still sophisticated seating for this river front wedding.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

To dress up and define a beachfront wedding, a white carpeted aisle runner is laid down.

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photo by Liz Banfield

Rustic wooden church pews, and a greenery covered chuppa were so simple and not fussy…and this is a great easy and inexpensive way to have a tailored and elegant ceremony.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

In order to keep this aisle blanketed with lush white rose petals pristine for the bride’s entrance, we had ushers seat the guests from the outside in… This is also way easier for guests and fills the rows so you don’t have an empty seat or two in the middle.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

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photos by Liz Banfield

Depending on your church’s rules and interiors, going super simple with a single bloom or ribbons may be all you need. Or for a more over the top romantic feel, candlelight lanterns, or boughs of greenery and flowers can transcend a drab sanctuary.

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photos by Liz Banfield

Of course, we’ve all seen the monogrammed aisle runners out there but embellished edges and shepherd’s hooks with matching ribbon swaying in the breeze, definitely helped elevate this ceremony’s look.

11.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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