Don’t you just love a man in a tux? Janie and Jason’s South Carolina wedding is just full of classic elegance, including tuxedos, calligraphy, and a confetti sendoff…
Welcome bags included a custom watercolor map of Columbia. Says Janie, “Robin Egg Blue Baskets is my aunt’s Southern gift basket company. She illustrated the map for us as part of our wedding gift, which made this detail very meaningful.” Jute tote bags from Go Jute.
A favorite part of the day? “Our church only performs weddings at a certain time (2:30 on Saturdays), but we really wanted a night-time reception. So, we ended up having about a 2-hour gap in between, and we decided to use this time to take some photos. My brother and sister offered to stay with us and help out during our bride and groom photos, and after taking some pictures at a quaint bar/cafe, the four of us had time to relax and enjoy a drink before heading to the reception. Because my brother and sister live a few states away, I cherished this rare opportunity to just hang out and laugh with them, and enjoy a moment with my new husband! We both look back on this unplanned ‘break’ as our favorite part of the day. What we thought was an inconvenient gap in our wedding day timeline, turned out to be a blessing.”
In addition to an Italian Cream wedding cake, guests enjoyed English toffee from Morgan Price Candy Company in Decatur, Alabama. Says the bride, “This quaint candy shop with handmade chocolates, candies, and gift baskets has been a staple of my hometown for 25 years. My mom works at the shop, and I wanted to share this piece of home with our guests, so we had English toffee, the company’s most popular candy, out on the dessert table at our reception.”
Some details from the bride:
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Even though most of my family lives in Alabama, we chose to have our wedding in Columbia, South Carolina (my groom’s home state), because it is where we met and currently live. We knew it would make planning the event much easier and would allow us to share a part of our lives and some of our local favorites with our friends and family. Jason and I feel that our faith is the most important thing we share, so we knew we wanted to be married in a church. The beautiful and historic Catholic church where we are members was the perfect place to begin our married life.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? With no shortage of gorgeous wedding inspiration available in magazines, websites and blogs (such as this!), I found myself overwhelmed at times. So many great ideas out there and so many directions one could go. In fact, for me, it was more difficult to narrow down my inspiration and find a focus. We mainly wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and for our loved ones to be able to relax and enjoy themselves. Choosing a wedding gown finally gave me a starting point. The dress I picked was unlike anything else I’d seen, and the more I thought about it, the more I knew it was ‘me.’ The dress is vintage in style, sleek and comfortable, but with romantic, elegant touches. I think this could be an accurate description of our wedding as well. Once Jason and I established the look and feel we wanted – rustic, elegant, classic, Southern, comfortable – it became so much easier to choose a venue, decorations, and entertainment to fit.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Most couples are working within a budget, so part of the process is deciding what elements of the wedding are most important to you both and what you will be able to forego or DIY. We were blessed to have some of our family members offer to help out with expenses as a wedding gift to us. Not only did it help us stick to our budget, but it made those details of the wedding that much more special and was a great way to involve our family in the big day. For example, when our plan for renting a vintage ‘getaway car’ for the end of the night fell through, Jason and I decided we would just save money and have a family member or friend drive us away. My older brother stepped up to the task, it made for a very fun, personal memory. I wouldn’t change it!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Overall, we had a pretty traditional wedding and reception, but one special custom stands out. Jason’s fraternity brothers remain a very close-knit group even though their graduation was several years ago. When one of the ‘brothers’ gets married, all the guys get together and serenade the bride during the reception, with their rendition of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Top Gun style. Everyone loved it!
What advice do you have for other brides? Even though it’s easy to get pulled in different directions at the reception, try to spend as much time by each others’ side as possible. You’ll be so glad you experienced it all together. Remember that the wedding is a celebration of the marriage – don’t let the wedding become more of a focus than your marriage. Also, one thing I found helpful as I was planning: Watching quirky or light-hearted wedding movies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” helped remind me that no wedding is perfect and that you can’t control everything. Embrace the funny moments and people that make your wedding unique, and have fun with it! At the end of the day, you’ll be married to your best friend and that’s all that matters.
Photography: Stephen DeVries Weddings / Ceremony Venue: St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia, South Carolina / Week-of Coordinator: Overflow Events / Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Tuxedo: Granger Owings / Bow Ties: Lionel Smith, Ltd. / Engraved Cufflinks: Cufflink Headquarters / Calligraphy: Sarah Robins Design / Letterpress: Copperdog Press / Welcome Bag Watercolor Map: Robin Egg Blue / Rentals: Palmetto Party Rental / Band: Big Band Baby / Cake: Burghardt’s Custom Cakes / Favors: Morgan Price Candy Company