Recently one Sunday as I was wandering downtown Charleston I decided to stop into Pink Dot Beauty Bar. I had heard about the space from my friend Lacey Reeves at Luxe Beat Mag and I recently worked on a wedding with one of their main makeup guru’s Andrew Petersen. Upon entering I immediately noticed the bright, warm space. Housed in a two story building on Meeting St. the beauty bar has beautiful exposed brick walls and a white and mint interior. Walking in you immediately feel comfortable, like you are entering your best friends amazing powder room. For a girl like me who isn’t a makeup maestro and feels more than uncomfortable at department store beauty counters, Pink Dot was a breath of fresh air. Demetrius could not have been sweeter and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time chatting with him as he showed me makeup techniques. Owner Meghan Walker founded the Pink Dot Beauty Bar as a makeup store specializing in smaller “Indie” brands. The laid-back space is full of high-end labels like Susan Posnick, Ellis Faas and Sunday Riley. In addition to the first floor boutique Pink Dot Beauty Bar also offers an upstairs room, perfect as a bridal party getting ready space or a venue to hold your next girls night makeover party! So the next time you are in town, stop into Pink Dot Beauty Bar. Who knows, you might pick up some new beauty tips or a new shade of gloss!
Today’s engagement features the cutest couple whom you will fall even more in love with when you hear their sweet story! Kelly and Gareth met on a blind date just three days after he returned from deployment in Afghanistan. After an almost four hour coffee date at Starbucks, Kelly knew it was love at first site. Flash forward six months later as Kelly and Gareth grab a quick coffee on their way to dinner with their parents. Gareth sits Kelly down on the same Starbuck’s couch where they met only a few months ago and surprises her by popping the question! Angela Newton Roy photographed their engagement an Wilmington, NC where they combined the romantic scenery of Airlie Gardens with the carefree seaside of Wilmington.
Photography: Angela Newton Roy Photography
With Valentine’s this week I thought I would do something a little different. I asked a few of my favorite wedding professionals and two bride’s to be to write something short and sweet about love. Their words of wisdom, thoughtful advice and sweet anecdotes speak to the true beauty that is love. So without further ado I am turning over my blog to these professionals and their words of wisdom below! “Love, for me, is a constant state of evolution. It begins with that pitter-patter of the heart. It grows into I care about your well-being. It slides into comfort and care-taking. Then, it rolls gently back into pitter-patter and What-would-I-be-without-You.” Pamela Lesch, Pamela Lesch Makeup
“To love someone is to see all of their magic and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.” Dee Ruel Jewelry“Love is admiration and completion, it is to discover a new piece of yourself you never knew existed, the one that makes you better, smarter and stronger.” Morgan Harris, Bride “Love is giggling together. Telling your loved one, repeatedly, “Thank you” for the life you have given me! Don’t forget date night, or a simple gesture of a single bloom, placed where she will find it. Knowing her favorite flower and surprising her with it! Or better yet, the flower she used on your wedding day!!” Gayla Harvey, Tiger Lily“Love can make you do really stupid things, but it is worth taking the risk. You learn from past breakups, and strengthen your heart from these experiences. With patience, you will find the ONE that you chose to share your strong heart with, and in return, they will love doing stupid things with you.” Berna Ivy Mazon, Bride“If you aren’t growing together, you are growing apart!” Lindsey Shanks, A Charleston Bride
“New love is shiny, its easy to see yourself with this person…lasting love is being there even when that person is a bit tarnished. Being a good partner means you pull out the silver polished and shine them back up.” Lizz Akerman, Southern Protocol
“Love is the most wonderful and essential part of life and should be celebrated, not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day of the year! Valentine’s is a wonderful opportunity to send a card, share a meal, give a small gift and remind those around you that you love them. Enjoy this Valentine’s and carry over the celebration of love throughout 2014!” Emilie Dulles, Dulles Designs
Photography credits Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Top images both Jen Huang Photography // Katelyn James Photography via Southern Weddings // via Pinterest // via Camille Styles // O’Malley Photographers via 100 Layer Cake // Adam Barnes via Grey Likes Weddings // Jessica Lorren via Elizabeth Anne Designs // Erich McVey via Once Wed // O’Malley Photographers via 100 Layer Cake // Harwell Photography via 100 Layer Cake // Delbarr Moradi Photography via 100 Layer Cake // Jessica Loren via Snippet & Ink // The Nichols via Style Me Pretty // Amanda McMahon Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs // Jen Huang Photography via Poppies & Posies // Steve Steinhardt Photography via Southern Weddings // via Dreamy Wedding Ideas // Lee Bird Photography via Little Big Company // via Craftberry Bush
Happy Weekend! Are you excited for the Olympics to start? I’m looking forward to watching Saun White and Bode Miller, they’re two of my favorites. I’ve got lots of great links for you this weekend and starting Monday we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day all week!
A beautiful, simple outdoor wedding on Once Wed.
I made this recipe this week and it was so delicious I just had to share!
The sweetest post about getting “butterflies” on a first date.
Two of my favorite artists are returning to Charleston for an exhibit at my alma mater and I can’t wait!
16 Festive ideas for a Valentine’s Day party!
A song for your weekend.
Today’s engagement from Annabella Charles Photography takes place among the palm fronds and blooming tropical landscape of Watercolor, Florida. And with a name like Watercolor, how can the landscape not be perfect for a sweet engagement such as this! Melissa and Michael’s relaxed engagement style of white and cool green hues is the perfect compliment to this tropical oasis.
Photography: Annabella Charles Photography
You may have a special hairpin or vintage comb that you want to include in your wedding day, but sometimes it’s tough to know how to incorporate it in your hairstyle. Well take a tip from these eight stylish ladies below. They used hairpins to accent their wedding hairstyles adding a classic to dramatic touch! And if your looking for some updo inspiration I’ve got you covered here. via Jen Huang Photography // via Joe VillaAnn-Katherin Koch Photography via Snippet & Ink // Tec Petaja via Jordan Byers Jen Huang Photography via Southern Weddingsvia Sibo Designs // Tec Petaja via Once Wed
Happy Weekend! I don’t know about you but I am completely over the cold weather. This week Charleston was hit with an ice and snow storm. We didn’t have it as bad as other parts of the South but it effectively closed our major bridges and all businesses mid-week. Having lived in the South for almost 8 years now I was at a complete loss as to what to do. I threw away most of my snow gear, including my dreaded window scraper years ago. Needless to say my car has remained parked, icicles and all for the past three days. But all this time at home left me with lots of time to scour the internet and I’ve collected some great links for you below!
Yum, a sweet recipe for your weekend.
A song for your weekend.
With a winter storm watch in effect over most of the country and the fact that it’s currently snowing in Charleston (unheard of!) I thought Alison and Cory’s Seaside, FL affair would be just the fix for such a blustery day! From the pastel bridesmaids dresses to the couples yellow convertible this wedding is full of thoughtful details. (The groom even sent his bride a love note in a bottle!) So curl up by the fire and warm up with these dreamy images from Lauren Kinsey Photography!
Photography: Lauren Kinsey Photography // Planner: Heather Archdeacon Williams, Defining Moments Wedding & Events // Ceremony Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel // Reception Venue: Cafe Thirty-A Restaurant, Seaside, FL // Flowers + Decor: Bella Flora // Videography: Diva Productions // Hair: Rolland’s Beauty Bar // Makeup: Two Fishes Artistry // Minister: Rev. Martin Gilliand // Ceremony Guitarist: Jason Grandy, GTS Entertainment // Reception Band: Nash- Vegas All Stars // Vintage Car: A Bride’s Ride
Watch out flowers there’s a new kid in town and it’s name is Protea! The Protea has made a huge splash in weddings this year and it’s no wonder why. This exotic South African flower adds a fun pop to bouquets and centerpieces and is personally my favorite flower right now. Protea’s look great alone as a single bud or arranged with roses and greenery. But no matter how you choose to arrange them Protea’s are sure to add a unique touch to your wedding! via Jose Villa Lauren Kinsey Photography via Style Me Pretty // Byron Loves Fawn via Love Wed Bliss Louisa Bailey Photography via 100 Layer Cakevia Ellis Photo StudioBrandon Chesbro Photography via Wedding Chicks via Kevin Charlie PhotographyJoielala Photographie via Love and LavenderRobyn Preston Photography via Green Wedding ShoesJose Villa via Style Me Pretty // Brancoprata via Style Me Prettyvia Wedding Chicks
A destination wedding in Barcelona in a castle, need I say more?
Funny Valentine’s Cards.
The perfect accessory for the future Mrs.
Colorful confetti wands for your wedding exit!
Whip up a batch of these pre-Valentine’s treats!
A song for your weekend.
Ellis Photo Studio is filling our screens with pretty today and we couldn’t be more happy about it! Ann’s portraits are the quintessential image of a perfect bridal portrait. The bride’s elegant look paired with the stunning backdrop of Charleston makes for an ideal match and we are hoping these stunning images from Ellis Photo Studio brighten your chilly Wednesday as they have ours!
Out-of-towners Margie and Matt are planning a wedding this spring in Charleston. The two made a special trip down South to take their engagement portraits along the lowcountry’s historic tree lined cobblestone streets with Dana Cubbage Weddings there to capture every moment.
Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings
Well we made it, it’s finally Friday! I hope you have a weekend full of fun plans ahead. It’s Charleston restaurant week and I will be hitting up my favorite Thai place with some friends. My inbox has been full this week with lots of fun submissions that I can’t wait to get on the blog for you to see. Hope you have a great weekend!
A beautiful shoot from Southern Weddings V6 on the art of canning.
These gold tumblers are so cute I may need to attempt the DIY project this weekend!
I love small, intimate affairs and this backyard Montecito wedding is just perfect!
A song for your weekend.
Today’s mid week wedding inspiration is such a treat as it is full of fun DIY details and the bride and groom have quite the romantic story! Joel and Amy met overseas and dated long-distance – she was living in Rome and he in Ohio. After months of handwritten letters and Skype sessions the two found themselves in love and Joel quickly relocated to Rome. Joel and Amy planned a sweet DIY wedding in the brides hometown of New Hampshire. Their ceremony at the Valley Bible Church was an intimate one, as this is the church the bride attended growing up. The couples reception was held in an old stone barn near the Enfield Shaker Museum. Guests were served on vintage china collected by the bride and treated to buckeyes and mini maple syrup, a nod to the couples hometowns of Ohio and Vermont. The bride handcrafted the majority of the reception decor giving the space an intimate and personal feel. Enjoy all of the images below from Ampersand Photography!
Photography: Ampersand Photography // Ceremony: Valley Bible Church // Getting Ready + Reception: Enfield Shaker Museum // Wedding Gown: Ann Taylor // Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew // Bakery: EmoBen Bakery
Lately I’m loving weddings infused with copper details. Sometimes all you need to make your wedding pop is a fun new element. Copper is the perfect addition and makes even the tiniest of details shine. And if your signature drink is a Moscow Mule (my personal favorite!) You could have copper mugs engraved with your wedding date for guests to take home! Karen Buckle Photography via Style Me Pretty // via 91 MagazineRachel Peters Photography via Wedding ChicksShe Wanders via Grey Likes Weddings // Bryan Miller Photo via Valley & Co. via Carrie Patterson PhotographyDocuvitae via Style Me Pretty // via Bride To BeThe Nichols via Style Me Pretty Ben Lowry Photography via House of EarnestCameron Ingalls Photography via Ruffledvia One Wed // Brian Leahy Photography via 100 Layer Cakevia Elisa Bricker Photography
Happy Weekend! I thought I’d close out the week with this adorable image. Have you ever seen a tinier kilt or a cuter little guy wearing it? I hope you all survived this brutally cold week and have fun plans for the weekend. I’m skipping town and heading to Savannah for a day trip with my girlfriends. I’m looking forward to sightseeing but I would be lying if I didn’t admit my main goal is to visit their extra-large Anthropologie! Hope you have a great weekend!
I don’t know about you, but I think this is just about the cutest ring bearer I’ve ever seen!
Pomegranates and calligraphy make a perfect combo at this woodsy party.
I’m obsessed with all of the fun and creative cakes from this San Diego bakery.
Speaking of cakes here is a yummy chocolate cake recipe for your weekend!
A song and dance for your weekend.