Happy Friday! I woke up in Charleston to the nicest weather – 62 degrees! We’ve been living in an endless summer here so to finally wake up to a cool morning was such a treat! Read on below for a few of my favorite sales this weekend. With sales at Serena & Lily and West Elm this weekend is a great time to snag deals on your registry items!
In my opinion the combination of bright pink peonies and succulents will never go out of style. Bouquets and Bowties crafted a colorful wedding at McLeod Plantation for Charleston couple Baylye and Aaron. With a nod to tradition the mother of the bride’s milk glass collection was used throughout the decor and a sense of freshness was infused with bright peonies, eucalyptus, and succulents. Alex Thornton Photography captured every detail of the day to perfect from the bride’s blush gown to the couples sweet magnolia tree ceremony. Make sure to click here to also view this couples engagement session!
How did you meet? Aaron and I are from the same small hometown of LaFayette, GA. We never really connected until college when we decided to go for dinner and movie. We basically giggled and had googly eyes for each other the entire time, and we still do! We don’t really have a super romantic meeting story, but it was definitely love at first sight! If we’re not laughing and picking on each other, we’re sleeping.
What is your proposal story? Aaron proposed to me on August 21, 2017 during the Solar Eclipse in Charleston! Definitely a once in a lifetime moment of pure bliss! We kayaked to the beach from Grice Marine Lab with my friend Rachel in tow. Just before totality, Rachel offered to take some pictures of us out on the sandbar with the Ravenel bridge in the background. I knew something was fishy when Aaron grabbed my hand to hold on our way over and started squeezing it nervously. We struck a few classic couple poses, and then he hugged me and whispered in my ear that he loved me and didn’t want to live without me. He immediately got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I screamed YES! I couldn’t see because my eyes were filled with tears and sunscreen. It was the happiest day of my life, besides our wedding!!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding: SUPER cheesy, but when I envisioned my wedding, I saw something like the Twilight Saga wedding: Drippy trees, lots of flowers, and a statement gown! With my personality, the dress most certainly had to be blush pink! I wanted to compliment the pinky tones of bohemian chic with blue and green earthy tones of classic southern elegance. Complete with a flower crown and succulents everywhere as well as blue suits for the guys with sage ties to match the backdrop of those gorgeous live oaks. I dreamed of the dark stained farm tables with eucalyptus greenery and huge fluffy peonies, my favorite flower, sitting daintily in my mother’s milk glass vase collection. When choosing a venue, there had to be an “Avenue of Oaks”, hands down! McLeod Plantation on James Island was the perfect location on the water that didn’t cost a fortune. We live and breathe for James Island, and it was really important to us to show our friends and family what we love most about our Charleston home.
What were your favorite parts of the day? My favorite memory is seeing Aaron lose his cool when I walked down the aisle with both of my parents. There were so many tears! It was a truly magical and intimate experience. It started thundering during the ceremony, but it held off until cocktail hour where we were able to get the best couple shots in the rain while the sun was setting through the branches of the oaks. Aaron and I were pretty proud to show everyone our first dance, since we took lessons. The dips were SO exaggerated and everyone loved it! I designed our day-of materials myself, so it was really neat seeing the signs and program fans and knowing that they were exactly what I wanted; you can’t get more custom than that! We had the MacDaddy Food Truck cater the reception, so it was fantastic eating macaroni and cheese with fried chicken on top with the love of my life! It was THE perfect day.
Photographer: Alex Thornton Photography | Venue: McLeod Plantation | Planner: Bouquets and Bowties | Bridesmaids Robes: via Etsy | Bridesmaids Tops (similar) Bridesmaids Skirts (similar) | Dress shop: Gown Boutique of Charleston | Suits: Joseph A. Bank| Florist: Sweet Magnolia Flowers | Champagne Bucket: Wayfair | DJ: Island Sound | Videographer: Fig Jam Studio | Rentals: EventWorks | Cake: Publix | Raspberry Tarts: The Tenacious Tart | Getaway Car: Lowcountry Valet | Welcome Box Cookies: Bullfish Cookie Company | Hair and Makeup: Strawberry Blonde Salon | Bowtie: Brackish | Bar Service: Brand Bars and Events | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab
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Serena & Lily is one of my favorite home stores. If you’re a fan of the coastal, beachy home look then it’s the mothership! But, I will be honest that on an average day it is completely out of my budget. That’s why I am so excited to share that until 10/15 they are offering 20% off of EVERYTHING! That’s right, you can pick up this mirror, this chair, these stools, and this cozy throw for less! Now is the time to stock up and decorate your newlywed home. Just consider it an early holiday gift to yourself! Use code HOMELOVE for 20% off.
Today we’re teaming up with Rescue Flats to create DIY bridesmaid proposal boxes your friends will love! Filled with leather flats, champagne, and other goodies, these gifts are sure to be a hit! Rescue Flats are the perfect solution for tired wedding feet and their new leather flats make ideal bridesmaid gifts. So much so, that today we’re showing you how to create DIY bridesmaid proposal boxes featuring Rescue Flats! Made from premium gold leather with padded soles, these flats easily fold up making them the perfect shoe to travel with and are great to use before, during, and after a wedding! Read on to learn how to make these DIY bridesmaid proposal boxes for your girls. And as a special treat for Coastal Bride readers Rescue Flats is offering 40% OFF leather flats with the code DANCEON.There are many bridesmaid proposal boxes online that you can purchase pre-made. But it’s actually super easy to purchase a plain box and make the design yourself. (and it’s more budget-friendly!) I chose these square pink boxes with lids and ribbons to tie the box together. Decorating the lid of your box is as easy as printing your saying on vinyl with your Cricut or using a stencil and paint. I chose to use vinyl as it is faster and gives the box a polished look. Fill your box with crinkle shred up to the the lip. This will give your gift items a bed to sit in. Crinkle shred not only makes the gift more attractive but if you are shipping your DIY bridesmaid proposal box it will protect the items.One of my favorite things about Rescue Flats is that every pair of leather flats comes with a gold clutch. This clutch is perfect to carry your Rescue Flats in and when not filled with shoes is a perfect catch-all. I customized the gold clutches with iron-on in each bridesmaids name. This little added touch transforms the clutch into a customized gift and assures your bridesmaids won’t mix up their shoes!Once you are finished customizing your DIY bridesmaid proposal box it is time to fill it with goodies! Fill your gift box with fun items like champagne, nail polish, and a heartfelt card. And last but not least, don’t forget the star of the show – a pair of leather Rescue Flats!To complete your DIY bridesmaid proposal box print out our catchy free printable gift tags. (click here) Using a paper cutter slice along the black lines. Then attach to the pink ribbon on your gift boxes.
Looking to create your own wedding shoe bar? Don’t miss our DIY shoe bar with Rescue Flats here!
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Happy Friday! I’ve got some exciting online sales to share with you this week including 40% off at the GAP! I’m most excited about the Serena & Lily sale this weekend. I’m a huge fan of their home goods and with their high price tags, now is the time to buy!
Serena & Lily
Get 20% off everything with code HOMELOVE I love so much from this store it’s hard to pick but some favorites are this mirror, this chair, these stools, these sheets, and this cozy throw.
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If there’s one wedding that perfectly pulls off sophisticated beachside nuptials it’s this wedding from Justin DeMutiis Photography. The Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Florida was the perfect setting for this elegant beach wedding bursting with florals. Stonehouse Events transformed the reception space into a modern garden in shades of white, green, and pops of gold. To add a personal touch, the bride personally hand wrote each guests marble place card (learn how to make your own here). Just wait, because this wedding will leave you completely smitten over it’s unique touches and chic beach vibe!
Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Event Planning: Stonehouse Events | Venue: Casa Marina Resort | Gown Boutique: Malindy Elene | Makeup Artist: Bella Luxe Hair And Makeup | Florist: Duarte Floral Design | Bridesmaids Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Videographer: Jason Mize Photography | DJ: INPULSE Entertainment *This post contains affiliate links.
In September I had the pleasure of hosting a bridal calligraphy workshop in Charleston with Mixbook. We collaborated to create a fun girls night out in downtown Charleston with a calligraphy class led by Dawn Nicole Calligraphy. Calligraphy is one of those skills that really comes in handy when you’re planning a wedding so I was really excited to see lots of real brides at our event! Dawn taught our guests the basics you need to get started and everyone was sent home with Tombow pens – so there is no excuse not to practice! Mixbook is the easiest way to create fully customizable photo products like invitations, save the dates, prints, and wedding albums so they are the perfect site to use if you want to DIY your own calligraphy, but need help with design and printing. You can read more about their DIY save the dates – here! I am so excited to share the details of our Charleston calligraphy workshop and photos from Alex Thornton below!Here’s a peak at the gift bag guests received at our Charleston calligraphy workshop full of goodies from Mixbook, Cupcake Down South, Le Grande Courtage, and a print from By Dawn Nicole! Guests enjoyed desserts and snacks from Cookies by Emy, Cupcake Down South, and Poogan’s Porch. How fun are these cookies designed to look like our invites! Rather than choose from a generic pre-made template, Mixbook’s online design software gives you the freedom to customize your wedding suite in a matter of minutes and create something that represents your style. Mixbook is the perfect site to design your wedding stationery if you want to include custom calligraphy. It’s as easy as drawing out your custom logo or crest and uploading to their online templates! Then you can add more customization and let them do the printing. How pretty are these flowers? Heidi from on A Limb Floral Studio really out did herself with these centerpieces. I told her we were looking for feminine and pretty pieces and she completely ran with it. Proof that you should give your wedding vendors space to be creative, they know what they are doing!It was so fun catching up with some of my favorite blogger babes during the night. Make sure to follow Hillheady, Dannon K. Collard, Charleston Blonde, Coastal Kelder, Chasing Cinderella, and Pie Crust and Pixie Dust!
Sponsored by: Mixbook | Photography: Alex Thornton Photography | Florals: On A Limb Floral Studio | Calligraphy: By Dawn Nicole | Cookies: Cookies by Emy | Cupcakes: Cupcake Down South | Catering: Poogan’s Porch | Markers: Tombow | Gift Bag Items c/o Cupcake Down South and Le Grand Courtage
Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week here and it’s not looking like it will slow down this weekend. But I’m excited to share with you this weeks sales which include a discount on save the dates from Minted and a one day sale at Williams Sonoma you won’t want to miss!
This beachside couples session is giving us major vacation vibes! Lisa Silva captured Sarah and Brandon’s couples session at Guana River State Park, just outside of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Featuring a blue gown by Tatyana Merenyuk that echoed the colors of the sea and sky this beach session is everything coastal dreams are made of.
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Oh my gosh y’all what a fun week it has been! This week I hosted a free bridal calligraphy night in downtown Charleston with Mixbook and calligraphy by Dawn Nicole. It was such a fun night spent learning and making new friends. I will be sharing more in a blog post soon but until then you can see all the fun on my Instagram stories. This weeks online sales includes a huge discount on new J.Crew items and home goods from Urban Outfitters!
Up to 50% Off + 10% Off with code FALL18 – I love this botanical invite!
Get 30% off bedding purchases over $150 with code Bedding30
Save 80% off on wood prints
Help celebrate the night before with these rehearsal dinner favors from etsy! From these sweet totes to this salty treat and these fun cups, there’s no reason your rehearsal dinner can’t be a fun event! Favors aren’t just for wedding day anymore, in fact they are perfect for your rehearsal dinner as they start the weekend on the right foot. With favors this trendy and budget friendly there’s no reason why you shouldn’t treat your guests the night before your wedding as well!
Organic, modern, ethereal – these are just a few of the words I would use to describe this dreamy film wedding inspiration. But words are not enough, you need to see these images for yourself to really understand the beauty created by Luxe and Luna Couture Events and captured by Sons + Daughters Photography. The tablescape is a gorgeous study in modern design while the brides elegant lavender embellished gown accented with lush florals steals the show.
Photography: Sons + Daughters Photography | Ceremony Venue: Seven Springs VA | Event Planning: Luxe and Luna Couture Events | Floral: Mallory Joyce | Stationery: Isidore & Augustine | Rentals: Emerson James Rentals | Hair: Anna Breeding | Makeup: Anna Breeding | Workshop: Hybrid Atelier | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Headpiece: Mood and Muse | Candles: Creative Candles | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Submitted via: Matchology