by: Carlee

I am in a major swoon over this delightfully Southern peach wedding from Richard Bell Photography. Set in the most charming of cities – Charleston, South Carolina – today’s soiree features the softest palette of peach and white with hints of burlap and the most scrumptious looking dessert table (Peach whoopie pies! Yum!). The lovely bride, Ashleigh, is here to give her planning insight…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

To be honest, my husband! He was very supportive throughout the entire planning process and we really tried to have fun deciding on all the details. My mom and bridesmaids were also there every step of the way to give me honest opinions, calm me down if I got a little overwhelmed, and when I had to improvise when things didn’t turn out how I had planned. I also can’t leave out our wedding coordinator; she made sure everything went smoothly the week and day of our wedding so I didn’t have to worry about a thing except showing up and having a great time. I did have to remind myself everyday that the wedding should reflect us, and if we didn’t want to follow tradition and do something different – so be it!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

It was really important for us to find local vendors that loved being a part of weddings. Our stance the entire way was to let the professionals do their job, and try to not to get in their way. After all, we weren’t their first (and certainly not their last) wedding, so we took their advice and direction every chance we got!

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I really wanted our wedding to reflect us and the things we loved. From the day we got engaged, we knew we wanted a really romantic, soft look to our wedding. Living in Charleston, we also wanted our guests to experience the lowcountry way of life with amazing southern food and beautiful views; and at the end of the day, a party to help us celebrate our marriage! We couldn’t help but incorporate a little burlap, which added a little bit of a rustic feel to our design.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Having our family and closest friends with us on one of the biggest days of our lives! It meant so much for our guests to travel from as far as California and up and down the east coast to help us celebrate for the entire weekend. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Remember it is YOUR wedding day. You won’t be able to please everyone, but at the end of the day, do what makes you happy and have fun with it! 

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Great advice! I love all of the miniature details in this wedding. Specifically the mini-hearts used as a guest book. I think it would be so fun to open all of the heart notes on your first married Valentine’s Day! How about you? Are you planning a creative way to collect your guests’ signatures? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Planning!
Carlee

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Richard Bell Photography / Event Planner: Marry Me Weddings / Floral Designer: Branch Design Studio / Venue: Patriots Point Links / Catering: Relish Distinctive Catering / Cake Baker: P.I.E Bake Shop / DJ: Other Brother Entertainment / Transportation: Charleston Black Cab Company / Hairstylist: PR at Partners Salon / Hairstylist: Vanity Salon / Bridal Salon: Global Bridal Gallery


by: Lauren

Happy Friday everyone!  This pink and burlap wedding from Amy Little Photography is the perfect way to start off our Real Wedding features for 2014! A rustic chic style event at the gorgeous Florida beachfront venue Palazzo Del Sol was the perfect option for high school sweethearts Shelbi and Blake, who wanted a destination beach wedding without the usual “beachy” theme. Shelbi is here to share her amazing insight with us… (and she has some great advice, because she is an Every Last Detail reader herself!)

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Our wedding planner, Jessica Miller with Serene Occasions, helped to make our wedding day absolutely perfect! Jessica honestly coordinated everything from start to finish, and connected us with incredible vendors through her wedding planning studio, The Wedding House. I told her what our vision was and she made it come to life! It was really great to have someone that knew exactly what to do for all of the big plans concerning the wedding, and left me with plenty of time to really focus on the smaller, personal details.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

My husband and I live in Texas and although I started out attempting to plan our “destination wedding” in Florida from afar, I quickly realized just how difficult it was going to be. After realizing I needed some professional help, I immediately turned to the Internet and looked through tons of event planners in the Destin, FL area. I knew I wanted someone who I believed could help me put together a beautiful wedding in the exact style that I wanted while also staying within our budget. We needed someone who could take care of everything for us (catering, rentals, music, the ceremony, etc) since we were too far away to make enough trips to meet with many different vendors. When I came across Jessica, I could tell from her portfolio that she was the perfect match for what I wanted and what we needed! And I was right, she helped us put together a wedding that was our own, making it beautiful while helping us keep it intimate and remaining in our comfort zone just the way that we wanted to. Not to mention, the one time we were actually able to make a trip down to Florida prior to the wedding we were able to meet with Jessica for a full day at The Wedding House, where we had the opportunity to discuss all of the wedding plans in detail, do the cake tasting, and meet with the caterer all in one place!

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

My husband and I knew for a long time before the planning ever began that we wanted a small wedding on the beach. However, while we wanted a wedding at the beach, I knew I didn’t want to stick with a “beachy” theme and instead was drawn to a more rustic feel with burlap and lace with light, romantic colors. So with that in mind, we just began planning the design by attempting to bring that style out in a way that was fitting on a beach setting. And it was actually in the middle of planning that I thought adding a bit of a “love bird” theme could be cute and fitting for us, and that helped with inspiration for a lot of the little decorations here and there at our reception! 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

It’s hard to say!! The whole day and night just went perfectly. Getting ready with my bridesmaids was exciting, our photographer Amy Little had us having a great time while taking tons of amazing pictures, the ceremony was beautiful, and the reception was so much fun! One specific thing I could say was one of my favorite moments would definitely be the first look J we read letters that we wrote to one another before seeing each other for the first time and of course that ended up being an emotional but amazing moment for both of us!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

 I would recommend using a great wedding planner, if you are able to. Specifically one that you believe is right for your style! I always hear about brides having crazy wedding stress, but Jessica just made it so easy for us and when it came to planning I hardly had to deal with any wedding stress at all… and the day of she took care of every detail without a hitch and Blake and I didn’t have any worries from start to finish! And I have to say, I would also recommend investing in photography because the pictures on your wedding day are really special and always will be! The day goes by so fast and it’s great to have amazing pictures captured of both the big and little moments.

See, what did I say- amazing advice and insight, right? I love the way that Shelbi used burlap and lace to create her own “non-beachy” style. And with a gorgeous beachfront venue like Palazzo Del Sol, you don’t need much else!

Shelbi and Blake’s wedding was a style that wasn’t typical for their wedding location… are any of you doing the same? What kind of location will your wedding be taking place at, and what style of wedding are you having? I’d love to hear!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Amy Little Photography / Reception Venue: Palazzo Del Sol / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Serene Occasions / Catering: Pascalli Foods


by: Lauren

Filled with burlap accents, gorgeous florals by Myrtie Blue, and a beautiful green and blue color palette, this southern wedding from Meg Baisden Photography is absolutely stunning! Of course with a fun couple, southern details, and the beautiful Rosemary Beach as the setting, you absolutely can’t go wrong! [PS- I’m kind of in love with the bride’s lace wedding dress!]

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The color palette is bright and fun, but still has plenty of elegance too. And how great is their exit with shakers in their Alma Mater’s colors?! I love that!

Are any of you going to be incorporating your Alma Mater- or something else of significance- in your own wedding? What will you be doing?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Meg Baisden Photography / Flowers & Decor: Myrtie Blue / Reception Venue: Rosemary Beach Lawn / Catering: Dine by Design Catering, LLC / Planner & Designer: Christina Gillon Events / Invitations & Stationery: Be True Designs / Cake Baker: Cakes by Tanis


by: Joelle

Who doesn’t love a wedding full of handmade details? This bride obviously had fun with all the DIY projects, really infusing her and her fiance’s style into their wedding! Not to mention that the photography from Dixie Pixel is absolutely gorgeous!

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From the bride…

What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

I had a wonderful planner! Heather Holder with Simplicity Event Planning made my wedding everything I could have dreamed of! My mother was also a HUGE help with the planning process and spent countless hours/sleepless nights helping make all of the handmade goodies we used throughout the ceremony and reception. 

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

When choosing vendors for our wedding it was most important for Ryan and I to reflect our personalities in every little detail. 

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

We bought a historic home a couple of months before we started the planning process. I would have to say when it came to picking a venue that was our biggest inspiration. The House on the Hill venue had many characteristics that were familiar to our home! When it came down to the details I was very inspired by Pinterest. I wanted my guest to feel the our love for each other and appreciation for them sharing our special day with the handmade decor and favors.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My favorite thing was once the reception started we were able to let our hair down after 6 months of planning. It felt so good to be able to celebrate with our friends and family but know everything was in good hands with my wonderful coordinator! 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

I would have to say don’t stress and get upset when something doesn’t go as planned. It inevitable and will happen but at the end of the day or night when the wedding is over it will much less important than it seemed before the big day! And as my planner reminded me and my husband multiple times when we were stressing “This is your day, don’t let ANYONE ruin it for you!” 

I may not know this couple, but it really does seem like they incorporated themselves into every element of their wedding. I love all of their rustic touches especially, and I think it’s so sweet that they used their own home as inspiration!

xoxo, Joelle

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Dixie Pixel / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Heather Holder / Reception Venue: House On The Hill / Catering: Dead End BBQ / Rental Furniture: Anderson Rentals / Flowers & Decor: Mulberries