There’s something inherently elegant about winter weddings, don’t you think? Kathleen and Josh tied the knot in January, and from the bride’s gauzy long-sleeved gown to the lush floral decorations, it will have you seriously considering a cold-weather wedding.

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“My something old was my mother’s veil,” says the bride. “And as a present to my mom, I got us matching gold chain bracelets with pearls on them to wear on the wedding day from a local jewelry designer, Elizabeth Adams of Ex Voto.”

 

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With marbled envelope liners and a custom drawing of the wedding venue (plus address calligraphy by the bride), Kathleen and Josh’s wedding invitations set the tone for an elegant winter wedding at The Clubhouse in Birmingham.

 

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The Ceremony

“We loved the dramatic staircase of The Clubhouse and since we weren’t getting married in a church I wanted that to be the focal point. We only had seating for immediate family and all the rest of our guests hovered around. I was very nervous about it at first but it turned into such an intimate and personal experience with our guests being so close and I wouldn’t have had it any other way! Our florist, Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden, nailed it with the dramatic staircase, and our wonderful wedding planner, Mariée Ami, perfectly coordinated our wedding party coming down the staircase with those long dresses and flowers!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, old world, romantic.

Who officiated your ceremony?  A Methodist minister and a family friend, which made it so special. My mom is also a Methodist minister and officiates countless weddings, but my sisters and I have always said we want our mother to actually be “the mother of the bride” on our wedding day so it was nice to have her do that.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Our ceremony was fairly traditional. We both grew up in traditional churches and liked keeping the ceremony that way, especially since it was not held in a church.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  My Father is from Nashville but our family grew up in Pennsylvania so my dad always made it a point to implement some “Southern traditions” in us. He loves the Tennessee Waltz, and although it’s actually a sad song (most country songs are!) I knew we had to have it played since we used a mandolin and guitar player for the ceremony music. I didn’t tell my dad they would be playing it for the prelude, and while we were standing together waiting to go down the stairs, they began playing it and he got very emotional – a very special moment. We played Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for our mothers and the bridesmaids, Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the bridal processional, and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March for the recessional.

What were your ceremony readings?  Since we had minimal seating we didn’t want to extend the ceremony too long, so we decided not to include any readings.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  How intimate it felt – it was like no one else but Josh and I were up there but you still felt the warmth and support of all our friends and family around us since it was smaller and we were so close together! And I love the photos walking down that staircase!

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted a warm atmosphere that wouldn’t need a whole lot of decorating. I grew up in a 1907 Victorian house and I guess I’ve just always had a soft spot for old historic homes. There was something so timeless and beautiful about The Clubhouse with its dramatic staircase, fireplaces, wood panelling, patterned tiles and deep front porch.

 

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The Reception

“The house was really the beginning of our inspiration. Since it was an old house we kept with a smaller band, a pianist and guitar player – but you would have thought it was a ten person brass band the way everyone danced! The piano music fit with the atmosphere and they played all the classics. I wanted the look of the reception to feel like the house did in its heyday. The bridesmaids wore long tulle dresses and the decor accents in the built ins around the fireplace were mostly antique pieces from our family – and I added in some custom pillows around the bay window. We served a champagne cocktail and blood orange Old Fashioned cocktails to fit!”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  So much dancing, fancy, delicious food and cocktails, furs, beautiful flowers and more dancing!

Special songs:
First Dance: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”
Father / Daughter Dance: “You Are So Beautiful”
Mother / Son Dance: “Wonderful World”

 

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Menu:
Mini Truffled Grilled Cheese: Porcini Duxelles, Crispy Ham, Tarragon and Persimmon Butter / Seasonal Flatbread with Fig Mostarda, Cambozola, Sausage, Arugula, Pecan and Preserved Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette / Beef Sliders Two Ways: “Philly” with Peppers, Onions and Provolone, “Southern” with Conecuh Pimento Cheese and Bacon / Smoked Chicken with White BBQ Sauce, Sherry and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Muscadine Brown Butter / Short Ribs and Grits with Wilted Spinach and Wild Mushroom / Truffled Sweet Potato fries with Rosemary Ketchup

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We have so many great local sweets in Birmingham that we couldn’t decide on just one thing! I wanted everything to be very seasonal for winter, so we had a small cake from one of my favorite bakeries, Dreamcakes: white velvet cake with peppermint cream cheese frosting; macarons from Magic City Macarons: cranberry mascarpone, maple bourbon and vanilla; salted chocolate chip cookies from our favorite local coffee shop; and for the grooms cake, “Baby Bites” from Pastry Arts: turtle, chocolate peanut butter and Italian cream pie flavors.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  We used my great-grandmother’s mirror to write the menu on (of course we made sure it would come off afterwards!) and we also had wedding photo from both our parents and grandparents in the built-in shelves around the fireplace. // I’m lucky to not only marry a wonderful guy but also into his great family. Josh’s mom knew I wanted all the bridesmaids to have fur stoles to wear and she found one for each girl! My uncle, who is an artist, drew the sketch of the venue that we used on the invitation and frosted cups, which was so special to me.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Just dancing with Josh and all our family and friends. It was also fun to see all of our family and friends from all over come together and have fun. Josh is from a small town in south Alabama and to watch them mesh with my mom’s family from Philadelphia was very fun. I think the northerners were pleasantly surprised to see how nice Birmingham was! Josh’s side always knows how to have a good time too and they can bring a good time anywhere. I’m also a Tennessee graduate and my Dad’s family from Nashville are all big UT fans, so when the band played “Rocky Top” I thought the dance floor would cave in from the excitement!

 

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Photography: Spindle Photography / Event Planning & Design: Mariée Ami / Venue: The Clubhouse on Highland in Birmingham, Alabama / Dress: Addie by Monique Lhuillier via Ivory & White Bridal Boutique / Shoes: Kate Spade / Sash, Earrings: J. Crew / Bracelet: Ex Voto / Blue Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Plum Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Mr. Burch Formal Wear / Stationery: Ragan House Lettering / Floral Design: Rosegolden / Hair: Beth, Morgan Ashley Salon / Makeup: Melanie Dobson, Fry Sauce and Grits / Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited / Ceremony Music: Jason Bailey / Reception Music: Tim Tyler Productions / Catering: Shindigs Catering / Cake: Dreamcakes Bakery / Macaroons: Magic City Macaroons / Cookies: Church Street Coffee and Books / Cake Bites: Pastry Art Bake Shoppe / Mirror Menu Lettering: Amy Stone

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  • Alabama Winter Wedding from Spindle Photography

    14 April 2015
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    Another beautiful wedding at Lowndes Grove in South Carolina! It’s easy to see why Sarah and Phil chose this historic venue to celebrate their big day, from its waterfront views to the grand lawn. We especially love the gorgeous garland ceremony backdrop, the chicken wire escort card display, and the dramatic four tier wedding cake. And that they included their pup in the day!

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    Sarah’s dress was a hybrid: “I combined an Anne Barge dress with Amsale sleeves!” She also had a very special something old: “My father gave me the most beautiful sapphire and diamond ring the week of the wedding – a family heirloom.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We had our ceremony on the front lawn at Lowndes Grove. We knew we wanted to have our ceremony in front of their amazing trees, and it was an almost surreal scene. The sun was directly behind us and in pictures looked like it was shining between us. We could not have dreamed up a more perfect setting.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Modern, Playful, Idyllic.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We knew we wanted our ceremony to reflect us as a couple. Our officiant, Christy Loftin, was so helpful in helping us craft a ceremony that was reflective of our personalities. She provided us with a number of templates and we ended up using a combination of the templates.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We kept our music traditional and had traditional vows.

    Ceremony music:
    Family – Sheep May Safely Graze, Bach
    Processional – Canon in D, Pachelbel
    Bride Processional – Trumpet Voluntary, Jeremiah Clarke
    Recessional – I’m Yours, Jason Mraz

    What were your ceremony readings?  ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  We were able to include our golden retriever, Jack! He walked down the aisle beside one of the groomsmen. He was such a trooper and had the cutest floral wreath (which we were thrilled he didn’t attempt to eat!).

     

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    The Reception

    “We wanted our reception to be classic and fun, and for everyone to have a great time. The sun was setting right over the water as we sat down to eat dinner, and it was utterly dreamlike – the best first dinner we could have asked for as husband and wife.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We knew we wanted to focus on the setting and have lots of soft lighting and greenery. We chose a clear top tent and bistro lights so that we could still see the beautiful trees.

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  I love Jo Malone candles and adore the Peonies and Blush Suede scent. We scattered the candles throughout the venue and now whenever I smell that fragrance I’m reminded of our wedding day!

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  One of my best friend’s husbands stopped us right before we were introduced at our reception and told us to try and take mental snapshots of everything we wanted to remember. It was such sweet advice and really helped us to stop and be thankful for each moment – it helped us slow everything down, and we don’t feel like the night went by too fast at all.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t get swept up in looking at thousands of blogs in the month or two leading up to your wedding. It’s so fun to look at blogs throughout the planning process, but once you have a vision and an understanding of what you want your day to look like, stop looking!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  We used Dog Tired as a wedding nanny for our dog. They were amazing – they took care of Jack all weekend. They took him to the rehearsal and then made sure he was tired (she played with him all morning!) so he would be calm for the wedding. They watched him while we took pictures, then we were able to have him in some pictures, and then they took him home after the wedding. Definitely worth the investment – even if just for the peace of mind.

     

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    What was your signature cocktail?  We had champagne and St. Germain with lavender sprigs. It was perfect!

    What was your wedding menu?  We had a three-course seated meal that we wanted to reflect our transition from the North to the South. We were both raised in New England (we met at boarding school in New Hampshire) and both went to college and graduate school in the South. Our first course was a lobster duo of lobster bisque and a mini lobster roll. Our second course was an arugula salad with cranberries and walnuts. Our third course was filet and grilled shrimp with gouda grits, cognac cream, maque choux, and chorizo gravy. We also had the most amazing late night snacks – mini chocolate shakes, chicken sandwiches, and the cutest chicken and waffles!

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Our cake was white chocolate and chocolate. We also had a layer with chocolate and peanut butter. We actually didn’t get to eat our cake other than when we fed it to each other – our one regret!

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. Our father/daughter dance was to “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. My father and I used to sing this song all the time growing up. It was just perfect. Phil and his mother danced to James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is”.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  There were so many great moments, it’s tough to pick one. I think our favorites would be the fathers’ toast, cutting the cake, then dancing with all our friends and family the rest of the night. The band was terrific and played songs that had the whole reception having a great time dancing. I think most people will remember Phil’s performance to AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long. The band got him up on stage and he went wild, lip synching the entire song.

     

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    Photography: Virgil Bunao / Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, / Event Planning & Design: Easton Events / Officiant: Christy Loftin / Dress: Anne Barge via White on Daniel Island / Sleeves: Amsale / Shoes: YSL / Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo / Suit, Tie, Shirt, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Black Tux / Floral Design: Charleston Stems / Stationery: Mac and Murphy / Calligraphy: Blue Glass Design / Hair, Makeup: Charlotte Belk / Groom’s Hair: Clubhouse for Men / Rentals: Snyder Events / Ceremony Music: Classical Charleston / Reception Music: The Dickens / Catering, Cake: Fish / Transportation: Absolutely Charleston / Nanny: Dog Tired / Honeymoon Planning: Ever After Honeymoons /
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  • Lowndes Grove Wedding by Virgil Bunao

    13 April 2015
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    After falling in love in the South Pacific, it was only natural that this Southern couple was drawn to the ocean on their wedding day. We’re smitten with their less-is-more approach to planning, the bride’s flowing silk chiffon gown (a last minute purchase!) and the stunning plantation where they said, “I do.”

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    “A wedding for us meant bringing our families together to celebrate love. We wanted our wedding celebration to be simple and inviting. Combining that inspiration with our love for natural beauty, Lowndes Grove was a perfect backdrop for our summer wedding.”

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  That you should feel beautiful in your dress. My first dress was just okay, but I kept telling myself it didn’t matter. I ended up at a local boutique “just to look”, and ended up getting a new dress a month before the wedding! When I tried it on, I just knew. I felt beautiful.

     

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    How did you go about planning your wedding?  I had a very hands-on approach to planning. I used Excel for budgeting, and used checklists to stay on track,

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  My only tip is to add an extra $5,000 for miscellaneous stuff. It’s so easy to forget to budget for the small stuff, and it does add up.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “I was living in Kentucky searching for a location in Charleston. I looked through hundreds of blogs, and every time I saw pictures of Lowndes Grove, I loved the feeling. The space is beautiful, natural and full of Southern charm. The oak trees against the Ashley River with a long dock in the background was the perfect backdrop for our wedding day.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Quick, easy, and meaningful.

    What was your ceremony music?  Joe’s best friend, Derek, played the guitar as our guests arrived. As I walked down the aisle, he played “Forever” by Ben Harper.

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  Joe’s father was our officiant. He is a Kentucky Supreme Court Judge, and having him marry us made the ceremony very special.

    What were your vows like?  Joe wrote the entire ceremony and our vows. They were based on our lives and our dreams, and as his father read them aloud to our guests, I was struck by how perfect it was.

     

     

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Our ceremony was as non-traditional as our parents could handle! In the end, it was simple, sweet, and meaningful, but not traditional.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  It was quick, beautiful, full of light, and involved only family and friends. I’ll never forget the way we felt that day.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I would have danced just a bit less so that I could socialize with our guests more. I also really wanted a photo booth, but couldn’t fit it into the budget. When I look back on our wedding day, I wish I’d worked harder to have one at our wedding

     

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    The Reception

    “We met working on a yacht, and our love blossomed in the South Pacific Islands. Two years to the date of crossing the equator together, Joe proposed and asked me to go on a lifelong journey with him. We were married in front of the best friends and family you could ask for. As a seasoned sailors, we know there’s never been a tighter knot tied.”

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My sister and I made our own centerpieces, which I think were simple but elegant. I left the natural beauty of Lowndes Grove do the rest. I also made all the place settings, name cards, and other day of details.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We served house-made gelato under oak trees draped with Spanish moss.

    What was your first dance song?  Our first song was written by Joe’s brother and his best man, Luke. He wrote the song about their childhood and dedicated it to their parents. It was so special to have our first dance to a song with so much meaning to Joe and his family.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I wanted our wedding to mirror our real life, so my advice would be to be yourself. Plan events and incorporate traditions that will make you feel at ease. It only happens once, so don’t sweat the small stuff and find joy in every moment. Breathe deeply, be present and then drink lots of rum while you dance the night away!

    How would you describe your reception?  The evening was easy going, and all about dancing and socializing. I wanted it to feel like home, so I set up the dance floor as the main attraction and there was a lounge area where people could relax, too.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  When Joe’s brothers and friends took over the mic after the DJ headed home. Everyone sang “Wagon Wheel” and danced under the stars. It was the perfect way to end the night.

     

    Photography: Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay / Venue: Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina / Event Planning: Jackie Willis / Officiant: Bill Cunningham, Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, Groom’s Father / Dress: Jenny Packham from White on Daniel Island / Shoes: Gianni Bini / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm / Suit, Shirt, Groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Banks / Tie: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Minted / Floral Design: Tiger Lily / Hair: Sabra Mizzell of Willow Salon / Makeup: Pamela Lesch Makeup / Rentals: Snyder Events / Ceremony Music: Derek McQuigg / Reception Music: Other Brother Entertainment / Catering, Cake: Fish / Luke Cunningham

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  • Simple Southern Wedding by Sean Money & Elizabeth Fay

    9 April 2015
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    Perry and Trey decided to tie the knot at Wyoming’s Snake River Ranch, and married the rustic setting with preppy details for a celebration you won’t be able to get enough of. Details we love include the bride’s pretty pink bouquet, the newlywed’s monogram stitched onto navy gingham napkins, and their fabulous dessert table – save a s’more for us!

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    “My sisters and I have charm bracelets we’ve been adding to since we were kids. On my wedding day, my parents gave me the sweetest gold barn engraved with our initials. I will always cherish that charm, and it’s the most beautiful memento from our wedding.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Trey and I met in Jackson Hole in 2009, and it’s our favorite place on earth. It’s where we fell in love, made incredible friends, and the only place we could imagine ourselves getting married. Snake River Ranch, which backs up to the Tetons, was stunning and the perfect place for our wedding.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Loving, spiritual, traditional.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  After the tragic loss of Trey’s sister to brain cancer in 2012, my in-laws grew very close with Ken Ruge of The Reformed Church of Bronxville, NY. Trey and I were so honored that he could come to Jackson Hole to marry us. After so much sadness, it was wonderful to celebrate a joyous occasion with him and both families.

     

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    What were your vows like?  As so many before us, we exchanged traditional vows.

    What were your ceremony readings?  We chose two readings that struck the perfect tone between casual and spiritual for our wedding day. We don’t consider ourselves to be religious people, but in those moments with the sun poking through, surrounded by our loved ones, it was a sacred moment.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Trey went in early for the kiss, and everybody got a big laugh out of it!

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We had a small, family-only bridal party, which felt very special. The joining of two families was important to us and Trey wanted to have our siblings by our side. In honor of Elizabeth, Trey’s sister who passed, there was a small log next to me with a bouquet of flowers. We loved this tribute and she was definitely with us on that day.

     

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    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your wedding.  It hailed all day long, and while we were getting ready, we were anticipating a downpour during the ceremony. But just as we arrived, the sun came out and I felt Elizabeth’s presence so strongly. Trey and I couldn’t stop smiling because we were so happy to be married to one another and celebrating with our families.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Put love and thought into your thank you notes. Those are the most important people in your life, and it’s an amazing opportunity to tell them how much they mean to you.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Our wedding planner would always sign off on her emails with “This is going to be fun!” It was the perfect way to keep planning light, and the best mantra for our wedding day.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I found it helpful not to get attached to any single idea, and remain open minded throughout the planning process.

     

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    The Reception

    “I’m a blue and white girl all the way, and can always use a pop of pink, so my favorite colors were incorporated into our reception. I wanted our wedding to be comfortable for everyone, and for our guests to feel at home in the place where we’d fallen in love.”

     

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    Your reception in three words. Rustic, playful, wild!

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My sister monogrammed our napkins at the head table – they were my favorite detail!

     

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    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We served Margaritas and Wyoming Whiskey Manhattans – our favorite cocktails, and a nod to Trey’s New York roots.

    What was your wedding menu?  We wanted our reception to be very casual, so instead of a formal dinner, we had slider, seafood and carving stations.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Persephone Bakery created the most amazing dessert table! The s’mores were out of this world and it went with our rustic feel. We had a small cake to cut as well, topped with a tiny monogrammed canoe I found on Etsy!

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “Home” by Edward Sharpe. Trey and his mom danced to an Otis Redding song, and my dad and I hit the dance floor with Louis Armstrong singing “What a Wonderful World.”

    How would you describe the music at your reception?  We had the best band – the Jerry Barnett Orchestra flew up from Denver and they were incredible! I couldn’t believe that a band could have all 270 guests on their feet the entire evening, but ours definitely did!

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Our Father-Daughter dance! My Dad picked me up and twirled me out of nowhere – it was a surreal moment and everyone got such a kick out of it!

     

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    Photography: Carrie Patterson / Venue: Snake River Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming / Event Planning & Design: In Any Event / Officiant: Ken Ruge of the Reformed Church, Bronxeville, NY / Dress: Lela Rose / Jewelry: Derco Fine Jewelers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Camilyn Beth / Suit: Bonobos Chinos / Shirt, Tie: Brooks Brothers / Stationery: XOWYO / Floral Design: Lily and Co. / Hair: Champu Jackson Hole / Makeup: Shayne Cosmetics / Rentals: Montana Party Rentals and Canvas Unlimited / Ceremony Music: Richard Brown Orchestra / Reception Music: Jerry Barnett Orchestra / Catering: Bistro Catering / Cake, Dessert: Persephone Bakery / Photo Booth: Silver Bullett Productions / Portable Bathrooms: Macys Services / Videography: Aprés Events

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  • Snake River Ranch Wedding by Carrie Patterson

    8 April 2015
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    Few brides wish for rain on their wedding day, but unexpected wet weather didn’t put a damper on Tally and Blake’s beautiful celebration at Middleton Place. We’re crazy about the lush setting (that Spanish moss!), the bride’s stunning garden rose and peony bouquet, and their incredible 6-foot wedding cake… but their grins beneath a big white umbrella at the ceremony are our very favorite part!

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    “We were inspired by the incredible historic surroundings of Middleton Place: camellia trees, manicured English gardens, giant azaleas, and lazy peacocks parading the grounds. We wanted our wedding to feel like a natural extension of Middleton, and tried to imagine the way they would have entertained there so long ago!”

     

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    Did you include any traditions at your wedding?  I carried a small Bible in my wedding bouquet that had been carried by all the women married before me in my family. Three generations of women have signed the Bible and have carried it down the aisle with them.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Although I was stressed about the one thing I could not control, the rain made for beautiful pictures under white umbrellas!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Spiritual, natural, musical.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We adore Charleston, South Carolina, and fell in love with Middleton Place at first sight! The grounds are a beautiful place to have a destination wedding, and we knew from the moment we saw the majestic Butterfly Lakes that it was the perfect setting for our ceremony.

     

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    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  I had help from the terrific team at Calder Clark. Calder is unbelievable, and her team took my vision and executed beyond my wildest dreams!

    Who officiated your ceremony?  A family friend and pastor married us.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  A string quartet played “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, “The Lord’s Prayer,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

    What were your vows like?  I love the simplicity of traditional vows. The thought that so many before us have spoken those same words and spent 50 or 60 years together is so beautiful!

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I think my favorite thing about our wedding ceremony was the scenery of the Butterfly Lakes at Middleton Place. It made for such a gorgeous backdrop, even though it was raining!

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was boisterous, lighthearted, and fun. We wanted everyone to dance and be merry, so we had small plates tasting stations instead of a seated dinner to keep the energy up and allow for great flow.”

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Planner Calder Clark had one thing to tell me before my wedding – take five minutes along with your new husband to see your reception and take it all in! Those are about the only five minutes I remember because the day was such a whirlwind, and I am so grateful we took those few moments to ourselves!

    What was your wedding menu?  Highlights included stone crab claw in a horseradish-black vinegar aioli, a seared strip steak with pomme frites, fried green tomatoes on chive biscuits with house-made pimento cheese and corn dogs with spicy yellow mustard. At the end of the night, we also served beignets with powdered sugar and a chipotle chocolate drizzle. 

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Joyful, nonstop, blissful

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  One of our favorite details was the two signature bars: the bourbon bar and the Champagne bar. There was something for everyone.

     

     

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  A spectacular 6-foot wedding cake in gold and pastels was the first thing you saw as you walked into the reception. We also had a marble slab bar that served Blue Bell ice cream!

    What was your first dance song?  We danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble.

    Please tell us about the music at your reception.  The Atlanta Party Band made our reception so much fun! Not only was I surrounded by my wonderful family and all my closest friends, I had the pleasure of spending the evening dancing to fabulous music.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My sweet groom singing “L.O.V.E.” by Michael Buble to me!

     

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    Tell us about your big exit.  A local gospel choir sang “Oh, Happy Day” as we left the reception. It was an absolutely amazing way to end the day.

     

    Photography: Trent and Dara, Trent Bailey Photography / Ceremony: The Butterfly Lakes at Middleton Place  / Reception Venue: The Greensward at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design: Calder Clark / Floral Design and Production: Blossom Events / Cake: Minette Rushing Cakes / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Suit: Dumas / Necktie: Collard Greens / Rentals, Tent: Snyder Event Rentals / Videography: Life Stage Films / Linens: La Tavola / Ceremony Musicians: Archer Music String Quartet / Band: Atlanta Party Band

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  • Elegant Southern Wedding by Trent Bailey + Calder Clark

    7 April 2015
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