This gorgeous wedding inspiration was richly warm, luxuriously rustic and an inviting celebration incorporating the colors, materials and textures found in a mountain lodge. Plush furs, traditional tartans, rich leather, antlers and hardwoods complemented this simple color palette perfectly to round out this masculine wintry wedding at the gorgeous Coleman Hall & Chapel in Charleston, SC.Read More
i love her, and that's the beginning and the end of everything. - f. scott fitzgerald
We had an absolute blast working with Shaun and Will. It's no secret that we love our clients, but every now and then we hit the jackpot with hilarious, champagne guzzling, trusting, laid-back couples. And that's exactly what happened with Shaun & Will! From laughing hysterically on our planning calls, to boozing about the city before their wedding together, laughing so hard champagne was shooting out of our noses, the hilarity was nonstop with these two!Read More
Addressing your wedding invitations is kind of a big deal. And although there are about a million super fun ways to address your envelopes for your wedding invites and more fonts and envelope choices than I can count, there are some rules of etiquette that simply cannot be broken when it comes to HOW the titles are worded.Read More
"Who should we feed?"
We answer this question a lot and more often than not, couples just aren't sure who to include in their headcount. Short answer: any vendor who is on site for the duration of the wedding should be fed a hot meal. That means you feed:
- the wedding planner and their team,
- the photographer and their assistants,
- the DJ or the band,
- the videographer,
- the people working the photo booth,
- is hair/makeup staying to keep you looking fresh? is there live entertainment like dancers or cigar rollers? a fabulous henna artist painting hands and feet all night? anyone staying for the duration of your wedding should be on the list for meals.
Preppy nautical weddings abound in the Lowcountry but Scarlet Plan & Design and The Click Chick Photography rocked the boat with this wedding coastal inspiration!
When Mackenzie, THE Click Chick, and I first started talking about doing a shoot together we knew it had to be nautical and it had to be at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina (aka CHRM). We're both obsessed with all things coastal so it was a natural fit and the perfect venue for our Nautical South Shoot.
We started with the very nautical navy and white as our base colors in the palette and used a fun citron green and a deeper emerald green as an unexpected pop of color throughout the entire shoot. After the color choices were made we started assembling a team of awesome, creative vendors perfect for pulling off the incredible shoot we're about to share with you!
Catering and mixology was done on site and was mouth watering to say the least! With the stunning Kristen Cook (AKA the real Miss Charleston!) as our bride and Citadel alum Ben Hebel as our handsome groom and professional ballet dancer Crystal Wellman as our Maid of Honor, our fake wedding party was ready to go! Can you believe how gorgeous they all look together?
My biggest piece of advice given to all my couples is to look into your own lives for inspiration and to stay true to yourselves to create a memorable and unique wedding that is completely YOU!
as always, happy planning my loves!
Shoot Design & Coordination :: Sara Skinner with Regis Byrd of Scarlet Plan & Design | Photographer :: The Click Chick Photography | Venue :: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | Accessories :: Simply Southern Wedding | Accessories & Home Decor :: C. Wonder (now closed) | Cake :: Delicious Desserts | Boat :: The OM Sailing Charter | Bridal Attire :: designed by Sara Skinner of Scarlet Plan & Design, (skirt) Gown Boutique of Charleston, (top) Target | Bridesmaid's Attire :: LulaKate | Catering :: On site by CHRM | Customized Dockers :: Sperry Topsiders | Florist :: On A Limb Floral Design | Groom's Attire :: (jacket) Charleston Tuxedo | Linens :: Ultrapom | Makeup :: Hana Mohalo | Hair :: Hair by Takeshia | Live Sketch Artist :: C. Ellis Designs | Oyster Knives :: Custom Coastal Knives | Rentals :: Snyder Events | Stationery :: The Silver Starfish | Styling & Jewelry Curating :: Alden deHart for Scarlet Plan & Design | Vintage Trunk :: 428 Main | Welcome Bag :: A Signature Welcome
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Custom made oyster knives make the perfect bride & groom gifts for the nautical couple!
Custom designed invitations sporting real compasses were absolutely perfect for helping guests find their way to the wedding!
We opted to skip the traditional flower boutonniere and use a nautical knot instead. Believe it or knot (see what I did there? ha!) that gold anchor is an earring!
The gals at A Signature Welcome worked with us to craft a welcome bag we'd LOVE to give our own guests! They used our color palette paired with perfectly curated gifts sure to make your guests feel welcomed and at ease during their weekend in the sun with you at your wedding!
The morning of your wedding don't forget to bring one of your fiance's button down shirts to wear while you're getting your hair and makeup done and for all those sweet "getting ready" shots with your ladies!
Ah, the details...the stunning engagement ring with the citron stone was on loan from a private collection and is unavailable for purchase at this time (insert sad face here!), but everything else seen here can be yours! All jewelry was curated by Bridal Stylist Alden deHart for our shoot and can be yours simply by booking her services! See our Styling page for more info.
I wanted to do something completely off the wall but still wearable for the bride's gown so I paired a huge tulle ball-gown skirt from Gown Boutique of Charleston with a navy and white striped top from Target! When we started getting Kristen dressed we realized that we needed a belt around her waist so Alden used a fabulous pearl necklace wrapped in a grosgrain navy and white striped ribbon and it was perfect! And don't even get me started on how much I adore that rope necklace!
In sticking with our nontraditional wedding attire, we had Ben rock dark washed jeans paired with a pale blue button-down and a crisp white tuxedo jacket. It was the perfect choice for our seafaring couple!
This is probably one of my favorite images from the entire shoot. All 3 of the models wore custom navy and white Sperrys and they could not have been more perfect! I mean, boat shoes for a nautical wedding?! Obvi! And wouldn't they make the perfect gifts for your wedding party?
A live sketch artist to capture your wedding day and provide a little entertainment for the guests is one way to go when you want to stray from the expected at your wedding!
Y'all, that's a real working cannon from the 1800's that my sweet hubby's buddy let us borrow. That little thing must weigh about 70 freaking pounds! Thanks for helping us get that out there, Snyder! And thanks for letting us borrow it, Chris!
See that beautiful catamaran in the background? We shot our next (and final) scene aboard her and you're going to love the unique Grand Exit "vehicle" we chose for this faux wedding!
For our Grand Exit aboard the OM catamaran we took Kristen out of the boatnecked 3/4 sleeved shirt and rope necklace and put her in a fun white and blue tank top and a more casual anchor necklace. We changed Ben's solid blue shirt to a fun floral printed shirt from Banana Republic. Captain Banff Luther sailed us out around the peninsula, around the harbor and all over Charleston treating us to a KILLER sunset and unparalleled views of the Battery and all the way up to Fort Sumter. I'd highly recommend booking a cruise on his cat with your friends ASAP!
What boat trip would be complete without someone pretending to be King of the World?
Could these two be any more gorgeous together?!
I spy the Charleston Battery in the background!
Bollywood met Birmingham at Middleton Place for Revolution Wedding Tour's Charleston Mega Tour. Our Indian Summer design was jam-packed with vibrant colors, exotic accents, luxurious South Asian touches and filled with tons of inspiration for the perfect fusion wedding. Talk about a dream come true!Read More
Oftentimes I hear brides and grooms telling me all the reasons they can't afford a wedding planner and I just want to BEG them to reconsider that stance for sooooooo many reasons. You can't afford NOT to have a competent wedding planner on the ground handling all the details you've worked so long and so hard to put together. Here are just a few reasons why you should think twice before skipping a planner. I'm likely going to repeat myself a few times here, but trust me, I speak the truth!
I'm not going to touch on Destination Weddings in this post because we've got one specifically dedicated to that in the works so just stay tuned!
1. Peace of mind!
This is the biggest and the most important reason you should have a wedding planner that is both competent (and I stress that word) and professional (another word that deserves much emphasis) handling all the details of your big day. A real true event planner will have a whole team with her (or him!) so that no detail goes unnoticed.
Oh, what's that? Your auntie used to work at a flower shop in college back in '87 and she's going to do all the planning AND the flowers? Oh, your mom's cousin's best friend's step-brother's nephew's girlfriend does planning on the side? First of all, no. Second, do you really want your loved ones or some random person "working" your wedding instead of enjoying it? Don't you want to spend that wonderful day WITH your friends and family versus ordering everyone around and making sure people have done their "jobs" as well as making sure the vendors are on point? Wouldn't it be brilliant to have someone there to make sure all that happens while you get to be the Bride and not the Planner?
Furthermore, that person is more than likely not a professional wedding planner. Without the experience of a seasoned planning professional, when the average person gets hit with a high-stress, highly unpredictable day things can go very wrong. I'm not trying to scare you, but if things get hairy, can your mom/sister/cousin/aunt/friend handle the stress? And do you even want to expose her to that? Don't put the people you love to work at your wedding. The margin for error, stress and drama is exceptionally high when you do that!
Event & Wedding Planner jobs have landed on the top 5 lists of most stressful jobs for the last 5+ years. Simply put, we're used to this shit!
2. You will get access to our connections!
We've spent years carefully curating a list of vendors* we trust and highly recommend. We've built relationships with people and we know how they operate, we know that they are true professionals and we can attest to their abilities to deliver on their promises. We know exactly who to match you up with to fit your design and budget. We know who to guide you toward and who to steer you away from.
And even aside from discounts, we can open doors to vendors that may only work with clients that have wedding planners. That's right, there are many venues and vendors that will only work with people that have a planner. Without one of us, you'd likely never even know about them!
*PLEASE know that our Preferred Vendor list is not built on kickbacks, charging vendors commissions or referral fees. We find kickbacks to be not only dishonest, but wholly unethical and would never suggest a vendor based on them paying us to do so.
3. We can help you SAVE money!
Yes, you heard me right. We can save you money by helping you spend it smarter and negotiating better terms with your vendors. And sometimes our Preferred Vendors will offer discounted rates or throw in a little something extra for Scarlet brides. I'm not saying we will definitely be able to get you discounts and freebies with every single vendor, but sometimes it will happen. We work very closely with our preferred list for many reasons and occasionally they'll toss in a little lagniappe (a little something extra) for our clients. Let me reiterate that, we cannot guarantee discounts from everyone, but sometimes they will be offered. Do not go into a relationship with a planner simply because you think she's going to get you bajillions of discounts and get you a free wedding because you will be sorely disappointed, but certain vendors are able to extend discounts and upgrades for the clients of a planner they love.
We can also help you spend your money smarter by showing you where you can source things for less, talking you OUT of wasting $250 on a custom aisle runner you will probably trip on, and introducing you to the wonderful world of new talent! Love a high-end designer's flowers but can't afford it? We can introduce you to new talent that is very similar to their design aesthetic for a fraction of the cost. Bringing me right back to point #2 again, we know people!
Did you know it takes roughly 250-300 hours to plan a wedding for 125 people? Do you really have that much time on your hands? We do!
5. We can handle the drama!
If we know beforehand that Aunt Carol and Uncle Victor don't get along we can make sure they don't have any run-ins during the wedding. We can help you with the seating chart and make sure to seat them far, far away from each other at the reception (and we even keep an eye for trouble!) instead of them accidentally ending up at the same table and someone getting stabbed. This has legit happened. Buy me a margarita and I might just tell you that story!
6. We are your new, super organized, wedding loving best friends!
In addition to all the normal stuff like putting your timeline together and creating floorplans, we are one of the only people you know who will never get sick of your wedding! We spend hours gathering all your important personal belongings, helping you make your seating chart, putting together and delivering your Welcome Bags, helping keep you calm when your future sister-in-law gets a mad classy, monstrous new skull & crossbones tattoo right across her throat 2 days before your super traditional cathedral wedding (airbrushing isn't that expensive and works really well!), performing amateur relationship counseling when the groom insists on wearing his ratty old beat up Chucks with his custom Vera Wang tux (just let it slide!), coming with you to fittings, helping you pick out just the right shoes and earrings and then helping you again when you change your mind, keeping you hydrated & fed the day of the wedding, and answering every call and text you send our way. We keep track of payments for your vendors, help the best man and the MOH write their speeches if they need us, hand out all the tips, and we keep your event running seamlessly, handling whatever gets thrown our way.
And, honestly, the only thing we want at the end of the night is for you to hug us and tell us that you love us before you head off into Happily Ever After. That's the stuff we live for. Make your planner feel like she's loved and we will move mountains for you. Always.
7. We have brilliant ideas!
What? It's true Sure, you've seen all kinds of cool stuff on Pinterest but so have 100 million other Pinners. Most wedding planners & event designers strive to create unique events customized to the exact taste & budget of each client. And that means we get to know you as a couple and then come up with truly unique ideas for just y'all. We don't just copy our other weddings or another designer's work.
Or maybe you want to do something completely wild? We have crazy out of the box ideas (and the right connections!) to take your event to the next level! Want to hear more? Schedule your complimentary consultation with a Scarlet Wedding Planner today!
I know some of y'all are still worried that you cant afford a planner, but here's one last piece of advice, the ages old saying: "You'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar" is one that will never go out of style. There is not one client that's been genuinely being kind and honest about their needs that has walked away without us finding a way to help them.
One of my absolute favorite past clients was on a tight budget and totally overwhelmed with planning, but she reminded me so much of my little sister, and on top of it she was absolutely delightful and gave me all the warm fuzzies when we talked for the first time that I knew I had to work with her and she's become one of my dearest friends (love you, Em!). So don't let your idea of what you can and can't afford stand in your way of at least talking to a wedding planner!
Happy planning, my loves!
enjoy a few photos of the SPD crew in action!
OK, so this might come off as a tad ranty, but hear me out! I'm soooooo tired of looking at wedding photos and all I see are guests hidden behind their damn cellphones. Where is the bride walking down the aisle with her father? Hidden behind Auntie Carol's gigantic friggin' iPad, 17 cellphones, Uncle Bob squatting in the aisle because he has a DSLR and now fancies himself a photographer, and even a couple of disposable cameras. Seriously? Where did you even get that fossil?
Y'all, stop! For the love of all things sacred and sugar-glazed, please stop it! Tell me this has not become the norm.
Oh, but it has! Everyone thinks they are entitled to get that special shot. But let me clarify this for you, you're not entitled to any such thing. You were invited by the happy couple to take part in witnessing and celebrating their union and the only thing you're entitled to is that, so feel free to just enjoy the moment and make memories. I'm not telling you not to take any photos...oh, wait, that's exactly what I'm telling you. PUT THE PHONE/CAMERA/IPAD (really? you carry an iPad around with you in real life situations?) DOWN AND ENJOY THE MOMENT. At least wait until after the ceremony to break out the devices again.
If the happy couple hasn't already decided to make their wedding unplugged, let me break down why you, my dear guests, should just go ahead and turn off your devices for a hot second.
Now let's have a chat about "Uncle Bob"
Uncle Bob is the cousin/uncle/father/friend with the "fancy" camera and the eye for ruining a pros shot. (That's what we folks in the wedding biz call "that guy".) Believe it or not, the happy couple actually hired a professional to take their wedding photos. Can you imagine the nerve?! They had the gall to spend thousands of dollars on a professional photographer and, in some cases a videographer, to capture images of the most important day of their lives. And you, my overly eager - ahem, obnoxious - friend, are in their way!
Let me repeat myself. You are in their way. When you hold up your camera while they are having their first dance, everyone who looks at the wedding photos will see that bright little light in your hand or (worse) you blocking the photographer. When you lean into the aisle when they are exchanging vows, having their first kiss, entering the church, you are blocking the photographer. And more often than not, churches have very specific rules when it comes to where the photographer can be. The photographer will painstakingly research the best place for them to set up their cameras and then most of the time they cannot leave that location for the duration of the ceremony. But if you decide to hop into the aisle, you will be the only thing people will focus on when they see the photos. And I hate to break it to you, but the only images the couple will really and truly care about come from the photographer they hired. Your photos, while appreciated, are not the ones they are most looking forward to. Sorry.
Now, about the flash.
And, no, I don't mean a super fun flash mob! The photos are trashed when you use the flash. That flash and the awful red dot that accompanies it can be seen like a beacon fire on a mountaintop! Yes, that's how it looks. That cannot be edited out. Once the flash goes off, the photo is ruined.
Bruh, we need to talk about social media etiquette.
I can't even count how many times we've seen overly excited bridesmaids or random guests/family members post a photo of the bride in her gown on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram before the ceremony. I actually had a bride tell her wedding party that if they posted a pic of her online before the ceremony that she would smash their phone with a hammer! I kid you not, she pulled out an actual hammer. Don't even ask me where she found a hammer at the beach...
But seriously, y'all, it's not OK to post photos of the bride or groom on the internet before the ceremony or First Look. We get it, you're super excited about your bestie getting hitched, and OMG she really does look totes fabs, but just slow down, tiger, this isn't your moment to share. We've had many grooms see their brides beforehand and it's really heartbreaking for that special moment to be ruined. Please just don't do it.
And now what you've been waiting for...the photobombers in action! Enjoy the awfulness.
I have a feeling this blog is going to ruffle a few feathers but I'm ok with that. This has been on my mind for quite some time and I feel like I need to just go ahead and get it out in the open. I'll likely lose a few friends and a few likes on our Facebook page, but, again, I'm ok with that.
I've been working with this one wedding vendor for years and years and absolutely adored working with them. I recently inquired about a date for one of my couples and they were totally available...until they found out I had a same-sex couple. Then all of a sudden the convo got super awkward and they had to "check their schedule" and would have to get back to me. Ultimately they passed on the wedding without any real explanation.
Now, I'm not here to point any elbows or start any drama, but I do feel like I need to get something out there.
We don't do "gay" weddings. There, I said it. Now hold up a second, before you go and get all bajiggity about it, you should also know that we don't do "straight" weddings, "white" weddings, "black" weddings, "Chinese" weddings, "Jewish" weddings or any other wedding you're tempted to label.
You know what we do?
We do weddings. Period.
We do big weddings. We do small weddings. We do medium sized weddings. We do weddings with two grooms. We do weddings with a bride & a groom and weddings with two brides, too. We do pop up weddings and elopements. We do incredible, authentic, unique, breathtaking, heartfelt, swoon-worthy weddings. We do weddings so filled with love and heartfelt joy that our entire team straight up Ugly Cries as the couple exchanges their handwritten vows. We do super unique, weird, quirky weddings. We do weddings steeped in tradition. We do Muslim nikkahs. We do fusion weddings combining time honored traditions with new traditions that our couple has created. We do weddings where the clients want to hang cakes from the ceiling with circus performers swinging around it. We do weddings with food trucks and ultra luxe weddings with seven course meals presented by white gloved servers in tuxedos. We do weddings where instead of exchanging rings, they both get tattoos. We do weddings where the bride is escorted down the aisle by her children and they have a "family ceremony" where they all pledge to love one another and to go forth as more than just a husband and a wife, they go forth as a family. We do weddings where it's just the couple, their officiant, me and a killer photographer on a cliff overlooking the sea. We do weddings where the couple has their best friend in the entire world get ordained so he can legally marry them using a ceremony script the three of them wrote together. (That wedding hit us right in the feels.)
I guess my point is, yes, of course we do same-sex weddings (and straight ones and black ones and white ones and all the other ones too)! And for us it's really about everything but the orientation of our couples, cuz let's be honest, that's none of our damn business anyway. #amiright?!
We don't care how you love, the only thing we care about is that you love.
We love love! We love it in all its many forms. We love helping our couples celebrate their love for one another more than anything and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank the good Lord for allowing me to do what I love.
And speaking of Him, I believe with all my heart that the greatest commandment we were ever given was to love one another (Matthew 22:36-40) and that's exactly what I intend to do. I'm confident that when I'm called to account for my life in front of my Creator, all He's really going to care about is that I did my best to love folks without judgement and helped them celebrate their love for one another.
Now how about we all enjoy some photos of a few weddings that just make us happy, happy, happy?! You can't tell me that seeing people this happy makes you do anything but smile!
Our first and last stop on the Scarlet Wedding Tour was the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, arguably one of my absolute favorite venues in all of Charleston. With several impressive venues right on site for weddings and events, CHRM and their amazing event team are my first stop when venue hunting for clients or working on one of our many editorial shoots. Shannon Hartman, the director of sales at CHRM, was one of the first people I spoke with when we first started planning the Tour and she went above and beyond for us in the months that followed.
We used the Yacht Club above the Fish House for the afterparty. With enormous windows and panoramic views of the Charleston Harbor, the Ravenel Bridge and most of downtown Charleston, the Yacht Club is absolutely breathtaking. The last time we were at CHRM we put together an amazing nautical wedding inspired photo shoot (recently seen in Charleston Weddings Magazine) but wanted to stray from Nautical and show that although the space is perfect for that design theme, you're not limited to only that!
Our design was inspired by Kate Spade, all things elegant, clean and fun. We started with black, white and gold as our base colors and added an array of blush pink, peach, fuchsia, lilac, dusty rose, and lots of greens to round out our stunning and fresh color palette. It was the perfect setting for the private after party! We used elegant black sequined linens on the high top tables, black and white chevron sequined runners on our white farm table estate tables, paired with square plates, perfect gold flatware and used Riedel red wine glasses with delicate Kate Spade polka dotted white wine glasses to finish off our tablescape.
venue :: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | planning & design :: Scarlet Plan & Design | photography :: The Click Chick Photography | rentals :: EventHaus | florals :: Tiger Lily Weddings | catering :: CHRM | cakes & cupcakes :: Sablee & Gardenia's Custom Cakes & Catering | table top rentals :: Polished | linens :: La Tavola & Ultrapom | paper suite :: By Brydon Fine Paper Design | mixology :: Firefly Vodka | music :: Ampd Entertainment
Gorgeous Gayla of Tiger Lily Weddings putting the finishing touches on their stunning floral design!
Try moving the table runners from the center of the table to either side tucked under your plates for a fun, fresh take on tradition! Black and white keeps it elegant while the chevron and the pop of pink in the napkins keep it light and unexpected! Gold flatware on square plates were the perfect finishing touches for this tablescape.
How perfect are these invitations?! Brydon Holsey & I collaborated on the design and it came out incredible! All I had to do was give Brydon my inspiration and color palette and she just absolutely nailed it!
This cake by Monica at Sablee might be my most favorite part of the entire design! I mean, how can you go wrong with polka dots, stripes, gold confetti and our very own Scarlet ampersand?!
The cakes Monica makes are absolutely outstanding and we just love taking our clients to do tastings at her West Ashley bakery.
The catering provided by Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina was outstanding...as always!
Local favorite Firefly Vodka sponsored the tasty cocktails our guests enjoyed!
Ampd Entertainment played remixed tunes and kept the party bumping! They're easily one of our favorite DJ's in the South and one of the first vendors we recommend to clients that want to get the party started and keep it going!
Gorgeous cakes and outstanding tastings by Gardenia's Custom Cakes and Catering. Bit of trivia for ya, the owner of Gardenia's, Desmond Pringle, and I go waaaaay back to my pastry days in Atlanta when we were on the same pastry team. Working with him was probably my favorite part of being a pastry chef! Desmond even made my wedding cake when Tony & I got married back in 2011. Love me some Desmond!
From now until The Scarlet Wedding Tour happens in January, we're going to be featuring a different SWT sponsor every Friday. We're calling it Friendor Fridays! (Friend + Vendor = Friendor for all of those who don't know wedding industry lingo)
This week we're featuring a vendor I absolutely adore and a whole fleet of incredible vintage vehicles that I would happily take off their hands if they ever needed a new home! I can't really get over the unique and amazing vehicles Lowcountry Valet has in their fleet! From vintage buses from the 50's to VW buses turned into gorgeous luxury vehicles to adorable tandem bicycles, these guys have it all! And it's not limited to just funky modes of transportation. They've got all the normal limos and party buses, but vintage cars? That's their thing and we're legit excited about it.
And guess what? Guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour get to experience their vehicles firsthand on January 31, 2015! That's right, Lowcountry Valet is our transportation sponsor for the Tour and we can't wait for couples to check out their fleet in person!
Take a peek at just a few of their amazing vehicles below and see the rest of the collection here.
for more info on how you can become a sponsor contact Sara Skinner
With this amazing summer drawing to a close and dates still open on our calendar for Fall and Winter 2014, we're offering Takeover Coordination (similar to the Day Of Coordination packages most people are familiar with) for only $1400 for couples getting married in Charleston, SC and Atlanta, GA! What a deal, right?! Only one catch, you must book or inquire about our services by September 30th to secure your date at this rate.
Happy planning, my loves!
The only thing hotter than a well dressed man is two well dressed men! Here we've culled some of our favorite looks for tying the knot in style. Some of them are matching, some of them are complete opposites and some are just too dope (do the cool kids still say that?) not to include!
The one piece of advice I give all my couples is to be true to themselves and to make sure your attire is well tailored. If you're not comfortable wearing a tuxedo, then don't do it. However, if you're the sort of couple the adores being matchy-matchy then absolutely match one another for your wedding. This is your day and you should feel your absolute best while letting your personalities shine through!
Why not have one of you wear a bowtie and the other can wear a necktie in coordinating colors like the couple below? I honestly just can't handle how much I love the light gray suits sans jacket and just the vests!
Matching tuxes will never be wrong in my book either! Good gracious, men in well fitted tuxes just make your heart go pitter-patter...
And matching brown designer suits with matching socks? That's a done deal!
I just love these handsome fellas in blue and navy blue suits that really compliment each other perfectly. You really can't go wrong!
There is nothing I don't love about everything in the photo below! Super dark jeans with white tux jackets and the Happily Ever After jump? Adore!
Maegan & Phillip were some of my favorite clients right from the start. At my very first meeting with Maegan, her sweet mom, Missy, and sister, Paige, I instantly connected with their entire family and knew I wanted to be a part of their wedding!
Maegan & Phillip met while both working for Macy's and their quiet office romance turned into a beautiful love story. They got married at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, the same church where her parents wed many years before, and had their reception at Piedmont Estate, the same place where her parents had their own wedding reception back when it was Anthony's. How sweet is that?!
Blush pink and gold were their colors with the girls in floor length blush gowns and the groom and groomsmen in dashing, classic black tuxedos and bowties. The bride wore a lovely lace confection from Joan Pillow Salon. Her veil was her "Something Borrowed" from her best friend, newlywed Kimmie.
Their wedding was absolutely brimming with touching personal details and they made me cry more than once. Missy gave Maegan her wedding veil and Maegan's bouquet was wrapped in it to carry down the aisle with her. Missy also kept a piece of the lace from the veil and had it embroidered with Maegan's initials and had the piece sewn inside the gown right above her heart. I almost lost it when I saw that in there! Especially since I was the one who suggested it. Maegan and her dad did a First Look, normally reserved for just the groom and the bride, but the first time a dad sees his little girl in her wedding gown the tears usually fall and this was no exception! Even their beloved dog, Molly, was present...in the form of a KILLER groom's cake, that is! I've never seen a more amazing (and tasty) groom's cake!
With 11 lovely bridesmaids and 6 handsome groomsmen, their wedding party was one of the largest I've had in awhile! They were so fun! Groom, Phillip, and his gents got ready at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead. The Ritz offers a super fun event called Bourbon and Bowties for gentlemen monthly and was good enough to host a private B&B event just for them! They were treated to samples of different bourbons and then given a lesson on how to tie their own bowties. How fun is that?!
Legendary Events knocked the ball out of the park at 3109 Piedmont Estate with killer food stations and bars, serving up a super fun menu in different parts of the house encouraging guests to mingle, enjoy the art and explore their surroundings. With a chef attended action stations and mixologists turning out the couple's signature cocktails, there was no shortage of tasty concoctions!
Mo Soul Band had the crowd absolutely rocking! I couldn't give them a higher recommendation. If you're on the hunt for a great band to keep your guests dancing until the very end, look no further than Mo Soul!
Enjoy the photos from Maegan & Phillip's incredible wedding!
planning- sara skinner, scarlet plan & design | photographer- VUE | videography- michael mann | reception venue- 3109 piedmont estate | ceremony location- peachtree road united methodist church | catering, floral design, wedding cake, linens- kate stone, legendary events | bridal attire- joan pilow salon | bride's shoes- badgley mischka | groom's attire- vera wang | transportation- atlantic limo | hair & makeup- the moore agency | getaway car- 1935 rolls royce phantom, special day limos | groom's cake- abby ryland
One of the best ways to set the stage for the mood and style of your event is through the escort cards. They are one of the first things your guests will see before entering the reception and it's a great chance to show off your personalities. Between unique cards and even more unique displays, the opportunities to do something completely out of the ordinary are endless! We hope the following images inspire and ignite your imaginations to let your personalities shine through at your wedding!
With watercolors making a huge impact on weddings right now it's safe to say we're utterly smitten with these amazing escort card displays found on Ruffled! How perfect would they be for a wedding in a museum or lovely garden fete?
And aren't we all a little obsessed with gold right now? I can't even contain my excitement over these gorgeous gilded farm animals!
What do you do when you've only got a small space to display your escort cards? Utilize the wall! Why not incorporate flowers from your bouquet and the tables into one of the most unique displays we've ever seen?
Even if you're not having a nautical wedding, using a boat to display your escort cards is super fun!
Who could resist the rustic charm of these?
I can honestly say with all certainty that if I found a portrait of my own face as my place card I'd be over the freaking moon!!
And all it takes for this little gem is matchbox cars and tiny Christmas trees! Stop. The. Madness. I'm utterly obsessed. If someone would like to make these for me I will love you forever! Please & Thank You!
photo credits: style me pretty, ruffled blog, craft gawker, the knot, southbound bride
Rarely have a couple touched me as deeply as Emerald & David Wick. The first time I chatted with Emerald she was so stressed out over planning their wedding that I could tell she was starting to lose the joy and the happiness that should be there throughout the process. She was so worried and concerned about all the details and wasn't sure what direction she was supposed to be going in, but knew she really just wanted her guests to have a great time. She reminded me so much of my sister that I simply had to sign her as a client! I just wanted to reach through the phone, hug her, and tell her every little thing was going to be alright. I just fell in love with them as clients. Em & David are so sweet, kind, funny, genuine and very much in love. They were the kind of people I wanted to be friends with.
Over the next few months, I'd like to think Emerald and David's wedding planning became fun for them again. We first decided on a cohesive vision and pulled all of Emerald's inspiration together for their event and came up with "Garden Chic" as their "theme" at Heritage Sandy Springs. They were going to get married on Good Friday under the Sandy Springs Shelter in their gorgeous garden. Their colors were dusty shale (like a minty green), gold and light blush pinks. Once we had their vision nailed down, we started gathering the right vendors to pull off the look.
I think the flowers and decor were probably my favorite parts of the entire wedding. Megan Dunlap of Victory Blooms absolutely nailed it! We decided to hang a 25 foot long garland of greenery and blooms from the Shelter and then reuse it to act as a runner on the estate table. We used mercury glass all over the place, wine boxes from Emerald's sommelier sister, Chantelle, and got a gray vintage vanity dresser from Crush Event Rentals. The dresser was a surprise for Emerald and we didn't even tell her we got it for her until the day before the wedding...I'm a really bad surprise keeper and couldn't wait to tell her all about it!
All of their very personal details just made my heart melt. They had one of their best friends, Alan, get ordained so he could officiate their heartfelt and total tearjerker ceremony. The three of them wrote the entire ceremony together and it was just lovely! I mean, I usually cry at weddings, but this time it was a full-on horrifying Kim Kardashian Ugly Cry. I couldn't help it! I especially loved the wine box ceremony during which they added letters to one another and an incredible bottle of wine to a box to be opened and the letters exchanged on their fifth anniversary. The flower girls blew bubbles down the aisle and we gave the ringbearer a chalkboard sign that read Best Day Ever for him to carry down the aisle. He eventually went rogue 20 minutes before the wedding so we had to scratch that one, but at least the sign got used all over the place. Emerald carried her mom's handkerchief in her bouquet that she carried at her own wedding decades before. Watching her use it throughout the day just made me melt! Even the date was significant. David's mother lost her battle with breast cancer before their wedding so they chose her birthday as their wedding date to honor her. That one kind of sticks in your throat...and in lieu of favors they made a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
However, our best laid plans were no match for the rain storm Mother Nature threw at us that morning. It rained all day and all night. We were so sad that we couldn't do a single thing in the garden but thankfully that vintage dresser from Crush was the perfect thing to use as the ceremony backdrop in the ballroom. It was quite the challenge to turn a blank slate ballroom into something even slightly resembling the gorgeous garden wedding Emerald and David had been planning, but in the end it came out lovely!
Their First Look went off without a hitch allowing Em & David to breeze through family photos after the ceremony so they could participate in Cocktail Hour with their guests. I would highly encourage other couples to consider doing a First Look at their own weddings!
Their friends, family and beloved guests danced the night away and partied it up with an amazing bar designed by the bride's sommelier sister, a fantastic DJ and killer photobooth! And the afterparty was not to be missed!
Emerald & David, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding and I'm so happy to call you my friends! I love planning weddings and I adored planning yours. You've become a part of my life now and I can't wait for y'all to come visit us in Charleston! Am I sappy, or what?! Love the hell out of y'all!
vendor credits: planning- sara skinner, scarlet plan & design | photography- achor & eden | catering- sally's catering | cake & groom's cake- confection perfection | floral design- victory blooms | DJ- complete dj's | photobooth- famous william's | mixology- lyghthouse cocktails | rentals-event rentals unlimited, nuage designs, crush event rentals
When choosing your wedding decor, never think for a second that you're limited to only traditional options. If you're getting hitched outside a church, the only thing that you are limited by is your, or your planner's, imagination.
Backdrops can be used for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you'd like to add some extra color or a fun focal point for your guests. Or perhaps you'd like to show off your wedding vows on a massive handpainted canvas. No matter your reason, if you can dream it up, it can be done! So be brave and go for something that really speaks to you.
This gorgeous floral backdrop would look just as at home in a lovely garden wedding as it would in a barn. It would even look incredible in an art gallery!
If you're getting married in a garden and want something outside the traditional flower route but still want to add a bit of whimsy, check out these amazing hedges in the initials of the newlyweds!
Or this eco-friendly living backdrop!
Love books? We do!
These wooden doors are just amazing too!
I'm especially smitten with the idea of writing your wedding vows or a favorite passage on a giant backdrop!
Or upcycle an old wooden pallet with a lovely garland.
So go have some fun with your ceremony decor!
So we haven't gone completely mad when we say you should "lose" the wedding cake. We really mean that you shouldn't feel like you HAVE to go the traditional route when it comes to choosing your sweets for your guests. There are no rules when it comes to having (or not having) the big old wedding cake for 250 people. If you don't like cake, you don't have to serve cake. Or at least not an entire cake for everyone.
One of my favorite new trends I've been seeing pop up in several of my weddings is the smaller sized cake simply for cutting purposes and a huge dessert bar filled with all their favorite goodies. I mean, what do you do if neither of you really enjoy cake? I suggest tossing it out the window (not literally!) and serving your dearly beloved something you both actually enjoy.
What if your first date was at a fabulous little coffee shop and you shared an incredible little donut and would love to share that special moment with everyone? Get your "cake" made out of donuts!
And who says pie is just for picnics? We beg to differ! Go for something outside the box and serve up adorable little miniature pies. Or feel free to go even crazier with pies on a stick!
Or do what Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds did when they got hitched in Charleston at Boone Hall Plantation just last year, serve a little bit of everything! They had the cake flown in from Virginia and had tons of amazing local bakeries put an incredible dessert station together for them with everything from strawberry shortcakes to s'mores bars to tiny little tartlets.
The possibilities are really quite limitless when you realize that your wedding is all about you and your new spouse. There is nothing holding you back from serving what you want how you want it! So be brave and throw that wedding cake out the window!