When I say this winery wedding from Laura Ann Miller is beautiful, I’m not just talking about the details. Yes, the watercolored paper goods that the couple made together are gorgeous. And the bride’s gown is stunning. The most beautiful part of this wedding though is the couple’s love and the meaningful ways they let it shine on their day. The story with the gifts they gave each other seriously made me tear up a little it was so sweet (be sure to read the last paragraph).
We wanted a wedding that was meaningful and comfortable. One that would make friends and family feel at ease; like they were at a family backyard party. Being close to nature instead of in a stuffy ballroom was our number one priority when searching for a venue. The Barn has amazing views and surrounding, almost no need for extra decorations, and the food is the stuff dreams are made of! We went with soft, watercolor inspired colors with pops of gold to compliment the rustic charm of the Barn and surrounding beauty.
The most important thing for us was that everything in our wedding day have meaning to us and our relationship. We asked Daniel’s Aunt Jenny to be our officiant, and wrote our ceremony with her. We included a prayer for the family, as our one and only reading, from Daniel’s Grandfather’s prayer book in our ceremony. And it was actually the prayer his Grandfather was praying daily before he passed away. We wrote our own vows. We DIYed the majority of our decor and all of our paper goods together and with friends and family. Daniel walked our dog Penny down the aisle, who actually took the place of flower girls and ring bearers. The bride and her best friends spent weeks creating and taste testing signature cocktail recipes until they found the perfect one. Even our cookies, which we had instead of cake, were meaningful. They weren’t only our favorite cookie and dessert, but they came from the grocery store where we would buy and share cookies with each from the very beginning of our relationship 5 years ago.
Daniel and I watercolored hundreds of pieces of cardstock for all the invitation components, programs, table numbers, seating assignments, and bar menus. With the help of family and friends we printed and cut everything. We lined all the envelopes and assembled all the invitations together, along with glittering our menus. We personally designed all the paper goods, and my Maid of Honor Renee helped design our invitations. We spray painted hundreds of votive candle holders, and painted, glittered, and lettered our card crate. We glued together hundreds of wine corks for table number holders. The bride and her father stained wooden crates for the cookie jars to sit on, built, stained, and lettered the wooden welcome sign, and the wooden sign that sat behind the guestbook. The two also built, painted, and assembled the wine cork board; definitely way trickier than expected! Building a perfect frame is no easy task!
Our favorite memory was after the ceremony our photographer whisked us away to take more couple pictures. During this time I told Daniel there was a surprise in his ring. Engraved on the inside was “No, I love you more.” For years every night Daniel says “I love you more” with the hopes of hearing “No, I love you more.” But for years I wouldn’t say it, not even once. Having it engraved in his ring was the perfect way to finally say it, and say it forever. After seeing his little and total surprise Daniel pulled out his vows, because unbeknownst to me he had a hidden message in his vows just for me. His vows were broken down into four paragraphs, and each paragraph started with a very specific and bolded word. Looking down at the paper I realized his vows read vertically said I Love You More. So finally he said it and I responded.
Photography | Laura Ann Miller Photography | Venue | The Barn at Chaumette | Florist | Les Bouquets | Bakery | Schnucks Bakery | Caterer | Chaumette Winery | Gown | Liancarlo | Hair and Makeup | Style Me Beautiful | DJ | Rockstar DJs
Sharing this fun and whimsical engagement session from Retrospect Images. The first part of their shoot was themed after Disney’s Up. The bride handmade so many adorable details from the little house to their mailbox in front of their house. Then the bride made a cute paper pinwheel backdrop for some cute shots with their kitties. They are so adorable in their little bowties!
My favorite weddings are the ones where the couples really make it ‘them’. This Charleston plantation wedding from Taylor Rae Photography was inspired by the groom’s 1952 Ford Pickup that he spent the last year working on. They went with that relaxed retro theme with the bride’s pin-up styled hair and their vintage coca-cola bottle favors.
When it came to our wedding, Nick and I had one over-arching motto: keep it laid-back. We wanted everyone that was there to feel completely comfortable and that as hosts we weren’t required to have every single traditional wedding feature. A few examples of this include: calling the drinks and apps time Happy Hour, removing toasts from the wedding party, and having a joint Father-Daughter, Mother-Son dance.
We didn’t have a specific theme in mind but I did plan quite a bit around Nick’s 1952 Ford F1 Pickup that we placed front and center at the entrance to the Pavilion. Nick spent the last year putting his heart, soul, and body into getting the truck into tip-top shape and I wanted it to be the center of attention.
It inspired my desire to have a somewhat vintage-looking dress and pin-up girl hair as well as our rust-colored flowers and old Coca-Cola bottles with wedding favors. It was important to us to get married in Charleston, especially since we aren’t originally from here. We moved down here about 2 years ago and haven’t had the opportunity to host many guests from back home – the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C area.
We wanted to give all of our family and friends that Lowcountry, easy-living vibe that we’ve come to love since moving here and we wanted everyone to feel like one big happy family for the entire night. BBQ and backyard games were a must! Some of my favorite personalized touches of the day included our oversized Jenga game/guest book, BBQ sauce dispensers with our engagement shoot photos on them at each table, and our robot cake toppers sitting atop our pin-striped cake to match Nick’s truck.
If you asked Nick what his favorite part of the day was, I would venture to say it was watching countless guests jump into his truck for photos and showing them all the work he’d done to it. What I find most memorable was just the constant feeling all night that people seemed to be genuinely having so much fun and enjoying the company of family or close friends and also of people they’d never met before. I swear I blinked and the night was over, which I can only attest to it being the best night of my life!
Photography | Taylor Rae Photography | Venue | The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation | Florist | Charleston Flower Market | Cake | Abbie’s Bakery | Caterer | Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q | Bar | Icebox Bar | Rentals | EventHaus Rentals | Gown | Bridals by Jodi