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Charleston is a magical city, so it’s no wonder why Bethel and Magnus chose it for their intimate destination wedding. “Magnus’s family is from Norway, my family is from Wisconsin, and we have close friends from all over the globe so there was going to be traveling involved no matter what location we chose,” says the bride. “We considered a number of places before stumbling upon Charleston, but once I started researching the city I knew it would be the perfect place! The historical downtown is adorable, it’s on the water, and I knew that our guests would be able to explore and have fun while visiting. That was really important for me. Plus it’s quite the foodie city – so many amazing restaurants, wine houses, bakeries and cafes.”

Truly, such a spectacular setting to tie the knot – you’re going to love these images that photographer Ken Kienow sent over from the day…

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Another reason the couple loved Charleston? “There were so many oak trees with Spanish moss and I loved the idea of getting married under a huge tree.”

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Bethel shares her favorite moments from the day: “There are three moments that stand out as favorites. First, was standing under the tree during the ceremony with Magnus – once I walked down the path to him and he held my hands in his. We stood under the tree together during the ceremony and it almost felt like we were there alone. Second was during the ceremony when we asked all of the guests to join us under the oak tree in a big prayer circle. Our family and friends prayed for us and that moment was incredibly real and sincere. I was so happy we chose to include that in our wedding! Third, was after the ceremony. Magnus and I walked down the path together and my little sister, Mercy, gave me a huge, tearful, but joyful embrace! I will never forget the love that I felt as she squeezed me. We didn’t have to say goodbye yet, but it was a goodbye hug – a big, heartfelt, sad-happy embrace. Then she hugged Magnus as well. It was a lovely moment.”

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Despite having a destination wedding, Bethel and Magnus were able to incorporate a number of DIY details, including their favors. “I wanted to give little succulents as wedding favors since they can grow and are easy to maintain. I found the most adorable little pots at a family-owned grocer. They had pale pink hearts on one side and the words ‘I love you’ on the other side. I knew they’d be perfect for the succulents! I ordered the succulents from the Irwin Family on Etsy and had them sent to the pastors home in Charleston. When Magnus and I arrived, we picked up the succulents and potted them at Zero George.”

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Menu:  Baby Greens, Local Strawberries, Spiced Nuts, Shaved Pecorino, Merlot Vinaigrette // Herb Crusted Atlantic Salmon, Creamed Leeks, Oven Dried Tomatoes and Scallion Pistou / Muscovy Duck Breast with Sweet Potato Puree, Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Pickled Cherries / Spring Pea Risotto with Summer Tomatoes and Essence of Truffle // Fresh Strawberry Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Swiss Buttercream

 

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I was really set on an outdoor wedding but we wanted to get married in March and it’s certainly not warm enough in Wisconsin to have an outdoor wedding in March! We had already decided that we would have it somewhere in the states, we just weren’t sure where. We considered California, Florida, New Orleans… but nothing stood out until we started looking at Charleston. I went to visit with my mom and we loved walking around the city and looking at all the beautiful houses, cute boutiques, old chapels, and historical landmarks. We started planning a March wedding in Charleston immediately!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I drew inspiration from so many wedding blogs – I loved seeing what people had thought of and how each couple has such unique ideas. I found pictures of floral arrangements I liked from various weddings, tabletop arrangements from others, ceremony ideas, planning advice… there is so much information and inspiration out there!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  In Norway, it is traditional for a couple to get matching gold bands when they get engaged – the couple wears the rings on their left ring finger when they’re engaged, then moves the ring to their right ring finger when they get married. I loved the idea of simple matching wedding bands, probably because I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but also because of the simplicity and equality it signifies. Magnus proposed to me while we were visiting Cyprus and we have both worn the matching bands since then. Instead of exchanging rings during the ceremony we switched each other’s rings from the left hand to the right, while saying our vows. I was glad we could include a Norwegian tradition in the ceremony – and we kept the rings on our right hands since we moved to Oslo after our honeymoon.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Magnus and I chose to ask a mentor of ours to give the message for our ceremony. Since he is not ordained as a pastor, we asked a pastor we knew from Charleston to do our vows. I loved how the ceremony went so seamlessly, even though the two hadn’t met before the wedding weekend. They switched off with reading and speaking and it was such a blessing to have them both be a part of our wedding. // On one of the wedding blogs I visited, I had seen a couple include a prayer circle in their ceremony. I loved the idea of having all the guests participate in the ceremony. Magnus and I decided to incorporate it into the ceremony by having our mentor invite everyone to join us under the oak tree and pray for us following the vows. It was an amazing moment!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Relax and enjoy your own wedding! Everything will work out, and if anything does goes wrong, someone else will fix it. Also, accept help from others. One of my dear friends offered to drop by while I was getting ready and help me, my mom, and my sister with anything that came up. I was so glad she did! She made morning mimosas and relieved any lingering stress with her cheerful attitude and assistance.

What advice do you have for other brides?  When I was planning the wedding I noticed that a lot of brides on various blogs said not to concentrate too much on the little details of the wedding. However, I think if you have something in mind and it’s attainable and affordable (and even better, if you can do it yourself) then go for it! I was really happy with the way all the little creative pieces came together – and so thankful for the moments I spent making everything with my mom and sister! Don’t lose sight of what’s most important, but if you have the time to get creative, then do so, and enjoy the process.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Magnus and I both agreed that the photographer was important and should be what we spend the most money on (although I argued that both the food and the photographer were quite important. We were very happy with our decision and stuck by it… other details are important, but you’ll have the photos forever. And you can always look back at the pictures to remember every little thing!

Are there any other details from the day you’d like to share?  My mom helped me make two small signs to place on the favor table – one was for date night ideas, and we placed it next to an old blue glass mason jar (also from my grandma) with extra paper hearts so guests could drops their ideas into the jar. The other sign asked guests to share their favorite Bible verses about life and love with us – we clipped it onto an open Bible and laid a pen out so guests could underline or circle what they wanted to share.

Photography: Ken Kienow / Ceremony Venue: Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina / Reception Venue: Zero George / Dress: Catherine Deane, BHLDN / Shoes: Klub Nico, BHLDN /Bracelet, Shawl: BHLDN / Suit: J.Crew / Shirt: Ljung / Tie: Michaelis / Shoes: Aldo / Tie Clip: BellaMantra / Flower Girl Dresses: Candela NYC / Stationery: Paperless Post / Floral Design, Floral Crown: Out of the Garden / Rentals: The Art of Creating, Polished Tabletop / Music: Classical Charleston / Catering: Zero George / Cake: Dlish Dessert / Hair, Makeup: Bellelina / Hair: Patrick Navarro / Officiant: Pastor Chuck Mayo
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    29 May 2014
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    Today’s wedding takes us to a castle in Wales! How romantic is that?! With a stunning backdrop and timeless photos from Depict Photography, I know you’re going to love this one…

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    The bride shares a bit about the choice of venue: “We chose to be married in the castle ruins on the hill above the house I grew up in. I had played there as a child and the setting is stunning, overlooking the Welsh countryside. We then held the reception in the garden of my parent’s house which is a short walk from the castle through a wooded pathway. Because we met at the age of 13, my husband, Alex, was also attached to the house. My two sisters had their weddings in the garden as well and so the tradition could not be broken.”

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    All of the ladies carried bouquets of baby’s breath, with the addition of roses to the bride’s.

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    I asked the bride if they included any traditions in their wedding: “We didn’t stick entirely with tradition. For example, we had no top table; I also forgot to throw my bouquet and Alex did not want a first dance. But much of the wedding was traditional and we did not see each other on the morning of the wedding and my father walked me down the aisle in the castle ruins.”

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    “A home wedding meant a serious amount of organization,” says the bride. “From the generator to decorations, everything had to be done by us. We created a picnic theme with hundreds of paper lanterns floating from above. This involved hoisting a huge net up to the ceiling of the marquee from which to hang the lanterns. All our friends and family came to the house to help set up in the days and weeks before the wedding. It really was a team effort which made it all the more special.”

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the wedding to be very informal and relaxed. That was the most important element to the wedding planning. We wanted it to be fun and homely which prompted a picnic themed wedding breakfast with a buffet style dessert table and fish and chips served at midnight.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our favorite part of the wedding was the speeches. I have not laughed so much. I was also blown away by the effort made by our friends and family in the run up to the wedding and on the day. Walking down the aisle and seeing all our nearest and dearest there to share our day was the best feeling in the world.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy every minute of your day. Ask your bridesmaids to every so often keep an eye on your glass in case you need refills of champagne because you don’t have time to get your own drinks and also let your guests come to you as you will spend so much time trying to speak to everyone.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Spend money on a good photographer. The photographs are a constant reminder of how beautiful and special your day was.

    Photography: Depict Photography / Venue: Usk Castle, Plas Newydd in Usk, Wales, United Kingdom / Dress: Shanna Melville / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Earrings: Basia Zarzycka / Hair Flower: Legeron / Suit, Tie: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Karen Millen / Floral Design: Floralia Flowers of Caerleon / Music: Bluesy Susie / Catering: EJ Catering / Cake: groom’s sister / Officiant: Registrar from Monmouthshire Registry Office
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  • Castle Wedding from Depict Photography

    28 May 2014
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    What is it about city elopements that’s so totally romantic? I love them! And guys, you are going to love this NYC elopement from photographer Emilia Jane

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    Says Alexandra of their destination elopement: “When we started to think about the best location for the wedding we wanted it to be very special for both of us. And we love to travel! (Konstantin proposed in a very authentic small Italian village Dolce Aqua.) We decided to have a small and warm wedding party just for the closest relatives, to enjoy this day with people who really care about us and give us unlimited support. We wanted to have an elopement and a family dinner. And we wanted it to be outside of Russia (where we live). It is always so good to have a special place to come back for your anniversary, so the idea to get married in one of the most fantastic cities in the world came to us! We both visited NYC before we met, and got absolutely in love with the energy of this city. It is so similar to Moscow, and at the same time it is so different! To have a wedding in a movie setting, isn’t it a beautiful dream?”

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    “I was inspired by New York and its timeless architecture and beautiful views, and the absolutely unforgettable atmosphere,” says the bride. “When I visited NYC for the first time in my life, I had a feeling that I’d been there before, and I knew everything – déjà vu! It was because of the movie scenes and Sinatra songs playing in my mind all the time. I was inspired by black and white wedding photos of my parents and was absolutely amazed how timeless they looked. I didn’t want to have a long princess dress. It is still gorgeous but just not my choice for the simple elopement and wedding party for 10 people. So I told Konstantin my idea of having a classic and simple wedding like in black and white movies, and he absolutely loved it.”

     

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    “Konstantin said his favorite moment was when he saw me in my wedding dress. He had not seen the dress before this moment. We both really enjoyed the fact that during all day there were so many people in the streets of New York who were congratulating us! That was absolutely amazing! We didn’t get used to it – in Moscow people are not so communicative with strangers, even if they are a bride and groom. We felt like movie stars!”

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    “We wanted our wedding to take place in mid-April when spring is blossoming and after the long winter you started to feel something different as a new season comes. We wanted to celebrate the beginning of our new life together with the spring.”

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    Planning their wedding from across the world meant that Alexandra and Konstantin didn’t know exactly how things would turn out. Says Alexandra, “It was a day full of good surprises! When I ordered my wedding bouquet and the centerpieces, I just named the flowers and the colors, sent a couple of pictures – and I was so amazed how beautiful it was!”

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    The couple and their eight guests enjoyed an oyster bar before dinner.

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    The romantic pink cake and wedding favors came from Ladurée.

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  During the dinner, Konstantin asked me to join him on the balcony. We had a special moment together looking at the stars, at our families having a good time together, at the New York streets, breathing its air and trying to capture our happiness and remember that moment.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We have very similar traditions as Americans except for one sweet Russian tradition. During dinner guests say “bitter, bitter, bitter.” It means they are asking the groom and the bride to kiss. The longer the kiss takes, the sweeter their future life will be!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  If you are planning a destination wedding somewhere far away from your home and you have no idea about the vendors and the photographers there, you should have an absolutely clear idea of what you want. I have some experience in event planning and working with suppliers because it is a part of my job, and I like this part. But it was not easy to be in charge of every part of the day and to relax and enjoy it! So if you don’t speak the language of the country and have no experience in event planning, I definitely recommend hiring a professional.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The personnel of the Marlton Hotel was so helpful with everything we needed. We’d never had a dinner at BoBo before, we had some pictures of the room where dinner would take place, and that’s more or less it. And when we got there, we were in love with the atmosphere and the cuisine. I enjoyed every minute of our photo session with Emilia, because she is brilliant and she was perfect for us. I am so happy I was able to trust my vendors. They sensed that and exceeded our expectations.

    Photography: Emilia Jane / Ceremony Venue: Manhattan Bureau in New York, New York / Reception Venue: Bobo / Bride’s Dress: Miu Miu / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Tights: La Perla / Shirt: Calvin Klein / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Floral Design: Designs by Yahn / Favors, Dessert: Ladurée
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  • New York City Elopement from Emilia Jane

    27 May 2014
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    Before heading out for the long weekend, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week!

    Talk about timeless style – I almost didn’t realize this photo was from the 1930s!

    Love these sweet note cards, via Eat Drink Chic.

    Tiny Coca-Cola sold from tiny kiosks.

    Love the look of this dragonfruit margarita, via Camille Styles.

    A concrete moon.

    This Facebook post from Anne Lamott was just what I needed this week.

    I know it’s time for berries and we’re even starting to see some peaches here, but I just can’t live without chocolate.

    Origami street art.

    Customized temporary tattoos – wedding favor anyone?!

    How to choose strawberries.

    This Spiderman ring bearer is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

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