I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off New Years Eve than with this lace wedding in Lake Lure, NC. Gina and Chad said their vows overlooking the pristine blue waters of Lake Lure nestled within the mountains of North Carolina. An outdoor reception awaited their guests including a cozy s’mores bar, twinkling fairy lights, lace details, and a romantic midnight wish balloon sendoff. JoPhotos captured this couples magical day to perfection documenting every beautiful moment. Looking for more New Years Eve wedding inspiration? Click Here for this gold and black New Years wedding featuring a confetti bar!
You might remember these cuties from their brewery engagement I featured back in the spring. Well these two lovebirds threw an equally cute wedding at Lighthouse on the Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The bride’s family owns a salad dressing company and the family gifted mini jars of the grandmother’s secret recipe of Sully’s Blue Cheese Vinaigrette to guests. The bride designed the wedding invites and fresh blooms from Whole Foods adored tables named for beaches in the Lowcountry. Enjoy all of the warm and happy images from Sara Logan Photography below!
Photographer: Sara Logan Photography // Second Photographer: April Lambert Photography // Venue: Lighthouse on the Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC // Caterer: Fresh Foods Market Catering // Cake + Flowers: Whole Foods // Invitations: Designed by bride // Rentals: EventHaus // DJ + Lighting: Pinnacle Light and Sound // Gown: Alfred Angelo style 2457 // Bride’s Shoes: J. Crew // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung, color: seaside // Groom + Groomsmen Suits: Jos. A. Banks // Bow Ties: HoBo Ties // Favors: Sully’s Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Happy Weekend! I don’t know about you, but I sure have been to a lot of holiday parties this week and I don’t hate it! I’d have to say my favorite was a candle making event at Candlefish. They hosted several Charleston bloggers in their Wentworth shop to make holiday scented candles. Not only was their shop adorable and completely festive but we learned how to make soy based candles and left with two professional looking candles – perfect, one to keep and one to gift! If you are interested in signing up for one of their upcoming classes they are offering a special 20% discount if you use the code “CHASBLOGGER14.” So check out their class schedule by visiting their site here!
The most darling Christmas engagement photos.
A romantic Fall wedding in Florida.
An adorable Etsy shop find.
I love these coastal ornaments and they’re such an easy DIY!
A fun gift wrap party!
A song for your weekend.
I am so excited to share with you these Thanksgiving table settings I created for Wedding Paper Divas. They provided wonderful paper goods that I based each place setting on. Don’t forget to also visit The Everygirl where these were shared last week! The best part about these place settings is they are super simple to create yet will make a splash with your guests! For the first setting I decided to work with a purple color palette. I chose the eggplant ribbon from Wedding Paper Divas collection as well as the Midnight Beauty place cards in Amethyst. I kept the florals simple and organic by using fresh greenery, which gives the table a pop while letting the décor shine. I created a gold wishbone that doubles as a place setting and a favor for guests to take home.The second place setting has a pink undertone. Thanksgiving is a time of harvest so I kept the décor natural with wheat husks serving as place settings tied off with elegant wine colored ribbon. The Krafted Love menu cards in copper foil are the perfect contrast to the bold tones of the protea centerpiece.I repurposed the wheat husks to create the centerpiece for the third tablescape and added a navy table runner for a pop of color. I decided to keep this setting simple so that the Thanksgiving greeting card could take center stage.
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Photography + Styling: Gillian Ellis Photography // Plates: Anthropologie // Silverware: Pier 1 “Collier Flatware” // Placecards: c/o Wedding Paper Divas // Menu: Wedding Paper Divas // Ribbon: c/o Wedding Paper Divas // Clay, Gold Foil and Wheat Husks: Michaels
Purple is one of those colors that lends itself perfectly to an autumn or winter affair and today’s Dunham Farms wedding has it in spades. Making sure their loved ones felt appreciated was top priority for this couple and Posh Petals and Pearls could not have done a better job at creating a wedding full of thoughtful details. Guests were greeted with custom chalkboard signs full of fun tidbits while love knots also played a huge role in the decor. Pashminas were provided for guests to keep cozy and a midnight snack of boiled peanuts paid homage to the couples Southern roots. Warm up and enjoy all of these sweet images from Izzy Hudgins Photography on this freezing cold day!
Photographer: Izzy Hudgins Photography // Venue: Dunham Farms // Wedding Planning + Styling: Posh Petals and Pearls // Hair + Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather // Rentals: Beachview Rentals // Bartender: Charlie Ganem & Sons // Officiant: Rev. Cherie Baker // Lounge Furniture: CRUSH Event Rentals // Signage: JLeslie Wedding Décor // Cake: Tier Luxury Cakes // Florist: Jennifer Melear // Caterer: Chef Nick Mueller & Co. // Ceremony Music: Classical South // DJ: All About You Entertainment // Transportation: Coastal Georgia Trailways
I have a special treat for all of you today. I have asked my friend Sarah to do a little guest post. Sarah runs one of my favorite wedding blogs, Classic Bride which is chock full of gorgeous wedding inspiration. Classic Bride was a huge inspiration for me long before I even owned a blog and I am very excited to be hosting Sarah here today!
Hello! I’m Sarah, from Classic Bride blog, and I’m so excited that Gillian asked me to come and chat with you all today! Over at CB, we celebrate preppy and polished wedding style (much like Coastal Bride!) with an emphasis on incorporating heirloom antiques. Since I also have an online wedding boutique filled with preppy/vintage finds, I thought it would be fun to share some of my top antiquing tips with you (plus a few of my favorite finds)!
TOP 5 ANTIQUING TIPS (FOR YOUR WEDDING!)
Tip No. 1 | Have a game plan. Before you ever step foot in an antique shop, mall or market, know your wedding style inside and out. If possible, carry a wish list of items you’re specifically on the hunt for. Basically, this means that you need to do your homework: create some Pinterest boards to define your wedding style; surf wedding blogs for inspiration and tear out pages from wedding magazines that fit your style. Once you have a cohesive idea of the look you want, start zero-ing in on actual antique pieces or collections that you’d like to source for your wedding. From my own experience, I knew I wanted to collect gobs of milk glass to act as compotes and vases at my wedding. I started collecting a year out and was able to collect more than enough by our wedding date. But I was only able to do this because I had my “eagle eyes” on whenever I’d go scouting – my milkglass radar was on and I was ready to pounce.
Tip No. 2 | Don’t settle. So you have your list and you know what you want. You head into a shop or market and see a piece that’s on your list … except it’s not quite what you wanted. Don’t settle for something that doesn’t make you 100% happy because chances are, you’ll later regret the purchase. In this day and age, you have the Internet on your side in addition to scouting out local antique venues so finding exactly what you want shouldn’t be too hard. Start early so you have time to be picky and choosy.
Tip No. 3 | Bring your friends! I antiqued several times a week during the year leading up to my wedding and if it hadn’t have been for my Mom (AKA my BFF!) and several wonderful friends who would go with me, antiquing would have been way less fun. Instead, those antiquing trips became some of my fondest wedding-planning memories. My Mom and I made a vacation out of a New Orleans antiquing weekend and another time, I met up with one of my besties in South Carolina to hit some shops – and I found our gorge silver cake stand with her!
Tip No. 4 | Know your budget. The last thing you want to happen is to spy a piece you want but have the price be out of your budget … but it will happen, I promise you. And you’ll have to decide if it’s worth the splurge or if you should pass. Instead of being caught in the crosshairs and making a choice you’ll later regret, go over your budget before you go shopping so you know your limits and aren’t tempted to go over them.
Tip No. 5 | Coordinate with your vendors. If you’re planing on collecting vintage wares to go with floral decor or as a cake topper, etc., convey that information to the proper vendors at your very first meeting (or at least as soon as you know). Even if you don’t have the pieces yet, let them know that you intend on having them and set things up so you know your deadline of when you need to drop the items off with your respective vendors.
I hope these tips are helpful and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer in the comments! And if you’re craving more tips, check out the antiquing series I wrote earlier this year on my blog. Plus, the best French flea markets – ooh la la!
And here’s a few of my favorite [wedding] vintage finds that are currently available in my wedding boutique, CBV: Retro and vintage cameras will always pull at my heart as I love dabbling in photography so it was only natural that I’d start collecting the little cuties. I have quite a few for sale in my shop, ranging in colors and styles but this mint one is definitely my favorite! They would be adorable in engagement and wedding shoots! Maybe it’s because I love to write or because I have a journalism degree … but I can’t stifle my love for typewriters. They’ve been on the wedding scene for years as creative guestbooks or for the bride and groom to write love notes to each other but the trend hasn’t died on me – I think these darlings are here to stay. I have several typewriters for sale in varying shades. I purchased many of the finds in my shop while I was living in Germany – we’d flea market in Germany, Belgium and France frequently. I picked this champagne drying rack up in Metz, France, and while it’s intended purpose is to dry champagne bottles (duh!), it’s also cute to hang tea cups and, as illustrated, it makes a fantastic flowering display for weddings! These are rare so they are a bit of an investment piece. I only have the one for sale! Last but not least, I love the idea of incorporating old French baskets overflowing with flowers in a wedding. Whether they are flanking the aisle or serving as reception decor, they lend the perfect essence of easy elegance.
Finally, as a thank you to those of you who have it made it this far, I’d love to extend an exclusive 25% discount on all items in my shop through the end of December 2014 (excluding wedding attire and items already on sale). Just mention the code CBxCB when you e-mail me with your order information.
Thank you so much for sharing your tips on wedding antiquing with us today Sarah! Make sure to visit Sarah’s gorgeous blog, Classic Bride and following along on all of her antiquing adventures via her Instagram!
Take a deep breath because today’s wedding is so gorgeous it might just take it away! Sawyer Baird Photography captured this intimate woodland wedding on a private residence in Illinois. Each image is so romantic that it’s hard not to fall in love with every little detail. Kelly Lenard of Intertwine transformed the open, woodsy space into a fairytale setting. Candles and plush lounge chairs created a warm, inviting space while a sangria bar and fun lawn games provided a memorable, laid-back experience for guests.
Photographer: Sawyer Baird // Venue: Private Residence // Event Design + Florals: Kelly Lenard of Intertwine // Linens: Jill Walser // Band: Kel // Beer Labels & Cornhole: The Art Press // Bride’s Dress: BHLDN // Headpiece: Ti Adoro // Shoes: Anthropologie // Purse: Vintage // Groom’s Suit: H&M // Shirt: J.Crew // Shoes: Goodwill // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Free People // Ring Bearers & Flower Girls: Zara Kids
When it came time for the ladies at The Perfect Match Wedding Library (I think you’ll remember them from this feature!) to redesign their storefront the two turned to the queen of beach chic, designer Trina Turk for style inspiration. Trina Turk is known for her bright colors, bold patterns and modern tropical look. Isn’t She Lovely Florals draped the tabletop in modern linens from Nuage Designs with with sea oats, bamboo and woven lanterns completing the look, resulting in the perfect inspiration for a beach wedding!
Happy Friday! It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend here in Charleston. I’m hoping to head to the farmer’s market tomorrow and then essentially take the weekend off! Hope you enjoy the weekend!
This wedding might be the prettiest thing you see all day!
It doesn’t get more lovely than this English garden wedding inspiration.
You won’t want to miss this sweet proposal!
I’m obsessed with this gorgeous airstream renovation.
Beauty buys that won’t break the bank!
Gem inspiration for your wedding decor.
A cozy autumn New England shoot that will leave you craving pie!
A song for your weekend.
When you think of Tennessee, sailboats and water are not usually the first thoughts that come to mind. But after today’s styled shoot from Ian Riley Photography and Kelly Dellinger Events that might just change! This styled elopement at Harbor Island Yacht Club in Old Hickory, TN evokes the colors and feeling of a coastal town. Southern Events Party Rental provided a rustic farm table that was decorated with blue crystal place settings atop mother-of-pearl shell chargers. By keeping the decor minimal the natural surroundings took center stage.
Photographer: Ian Riley Photography // Designer: Kelly Dellinger Events // Location: Harbor Island Yacht Club in Old Hickory, TN // Table, Linens, Dishware: Southern Events Party Rental // Gown Boutique: The Bride Room // Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Veil: Toni Federici // Jewelry: Paris by Debra Moreland // Grooms Attire: Street Tuxedo // Florals: LMA Designs // Makeup and Hair: Katie Russo Beauty // Processing: Filmbox Lab
This past August I gathered a few of my girlfriends and we attended a Sip and Design floral class at Frampton’s Flowers. What started out as a night drinking wine and gossiping turned into one of the most creative and fun girls nights. We learned how to properly de-thorn roses, create a flower grid and how to easily create a centerpiece. The best part is we left the night with an arrangement that left our homes smelling good for weeks. I wanted to share this fun experience with you and have collaborated with Elaine of Frampton’s Flowers to create a DIY Fall Floral arrangement that you can easily create at home!
Flowers: Lavender Snapdragons, Red Hypericum Berries, Hot pink Ranunculus, Yellow Aster, and Rust Pom Poms. Greenery: Ming Fern and Scented Geranium
First add the Ming Fern as a base.
Then and the scented geranium and the snapdragons to establish height and shape. Make sure to keep in mind your arrangement will be viewed from all directions and arrange the florals with this in mind.
Add in the main flower, hot pink ranunculus and the red hypericum Berries as an accent.
Add in the remaining florals to fill in gaps (aster, hypericum, and pom poms). Evenly distribute the flowers so that the colors are dispersed well.
And voila! An easy Fall arrangement!
Today’s romantic Savannah, GA wedding is filled to the brim with vintage details and sweet personal touches! The bride and groom held an intimate ceremony in the quaint Washington Square Park. The bride collected vintage handkerchief’s for guests to use during the ceremony and gifted unique vintage purses to each of her bridesmaids. The couple started their reception on a high note as musicians lead the entire wedding through the historic treelined streets of downtown Savannah. Enjoy all of the images below captured by Jade and Matthew Take Pictures of this intimate and thoughtful wedding!