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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    Intimate weddings are something special, and this celebration off the coast of Washington has absolutely enchanted us. Details we love include the modern and romantic apple cake, the lush flower arrangements, and the spectacular setting where Ashley and Christopher became husband and wife!

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    “When Chris proposed, we knew we wanted a small wedding and a short engagement. Our laid back approach made every step of planning enjoyable. After we decided on the San Juan Island, we found a cute hotel, and a lovely restaurant online. My parents and our dear friends made up our wedding party, and we were surrounded by people we love and who love us. We wouldn’t have had it any other way!”

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make it your dream wedding by holding true to the best reflection of your relationship and love!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Our budget advice is simple: don’t figure out how much you can spend, but rather what you are comfortable spending.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “When we got engaged, we quickly decided that we wanted a small intimate affair and to wed on the coast. Planning the wedding in a month and a half from Salt Lake City did not leave time to visit the island prior to the wedding, so we arrived a few days early to find a ceremony location. Our first stop on our tour of the island was Cattle Point Lighthouse, and we fell for the location. It signified everything that we love about the Pacific Northwest – we were on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca where seal lions were playing and where orca pods frequent, and you can see other islands and the Olympic Mountains across the water.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Ashley: Intimate, beautiful, us. // Chris: Joyous, amazing, and gorgeous.

    What was your ceremony music?  Chris played my father’s guitar and sang the Neil Young song, “Dance, Dance, Dance.” When Chris asked me to marry him, I asked if he would play in our ceremony. We love Neil Young in our house, so I wasn’t surprised when he chose one of his songs to play. It was a perfect fit, as a rainbow appeared over the water just before our ceremony began.

    Chris, what was your favorite moment of the ceremony?  Ashley being escorted by her dad down to the spot we exchanged vows, no question. The natural beauty of the setting, the love from our friends and family, and the rainbow behind her made for the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, and I was overwhelmed! It was just the perfect moment.

     

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    Ashley, what was your favorite moment during the ceremony?  There were so many beautiful moments. One of my favorites was walking towards Chris while he was singing and playing my father’s guitar. When my father and I reached him, Chris got choked up and couldn’t finish the song. I couldn’t help it – I had to give him a smooch before we could continue on! Then, just before my father pronounced us husband and wife, he got teared up. He was sharing his hopes and wishes for our marriage, and it was such a tender moment.

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked my father to officiate our ceremony. My father and I are extremely close, and I could not imagine asking anyone else. Having my dad not only walk me towards my groom, but also preside over our ceremony was definitely one of the most special moments from our day.

     

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    What were your vows like?  We both loved the idea of using traditional vows, but as we started writing our ceremony, we decided it would be so special to write our own vows to each other. We each wrote our own, not following any templates, and keeping them a secret until our ceremony. They were so tender and loving, and I think we both felt as though we’d never been more loved in our whole lives than in that moment.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We chose to have cake and champagne at the lighthouse directly after the ceremony to celebrate! We knew we would be so excited afterwards, so why wait for dessert after dinner? It was so fun and sweet to have a cocktail hour of sorts at the lighthouse before heading off to a delicious dinner.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Since Chris’ parents were unable to travel for the wedding, it was important to include a piece of Appalachia, where he is from, on our wedding day. When I first met his family, his father introduced me to a regional treat called an apple stack cake. Traditionally, Appalachian families would each bring a layer of the cake to an event, like a wedding, and the cake would slowly be complied. Knowing it would make my father-in-law smile, it meant so much to my groom and his family to carry that tradition with us!

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our inspiration for our wedding was simple – we wanted it to be outdoors and to be a reflection of our love and relationship.

     

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    The Reception

    “We loved the idea of the ceremony on the beach, and then heading inland to a cabin in the woods for a delicious dinner. We were sold on Duck Soup Inn by reading about the owners story and the way they described the mission of their business.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception? Intimate and delicious!

    Chris, what was your favorite moment of the reception?  Sitting next to my wife, and looking around the table at our friends and family. It was a moment of completeness for me. I felt so privileged.

     

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    Ashley, what was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  When the wine arrived, Chris raised his glass and thanked everyone for being a part of our first dinner as a married couple. The joy on everyone’s face and the love we all felt was incredible.

     

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    Photography: S’Wonderful Photography / Venue: Cattle Point Lighthouse, San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, Washington / Dress: Anthropologie / Necklace: Sarah Safavi via Mineral and Matter / Shoes: Frye Boots / Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Nordstrom / Boots: Steve Madden / Floral Design: Heirloom Design House / Catering: Duck Soup Inn / Cake: Cakes by Felicitations

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