Found My Checkmate

checkmate wedding inspiration

For this fun Found My Checkmate shoot, Carly Rae Weddings and Michelle Kim Photography teamed up to blend two bold ideas (a bold checker pattern and bright artistic flowers!) into one stunning unique wedding concept. Loving all the bright colors and gorgeous flowers from this shoot!

checkered invitation

bright bouquet


Gorgeous bouquet by Primary Petals with anemones, king protea, ranunculus and poppies – love the sequin ribbon too!

red dress

boutonniere

found my checkmate

checkered place setting

checkered place setting

bright florals

tassle chair decor

checkered cake

bright bouquets

found my checkmate

black and white drink straws

confetti


Thanks so much to all these creative artists for sharing their talents with us today!

concept, wardrobe + photography: Michelle Kim Photography // co-concept, set styling + coordination: Carly Rae Weddings // florals: Primary Petals // videography: Martin Franco Vielma II // paper goods: Goodheart Design // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // rentals: Choura Events // hair + makeup: Designed Elegance // models: Anthony Warne, Kiana Scott // red dress: Sincerely Sweet Boutique // “Found My Checkmate” sign: Design by Goodheart Design and execution by The Laster Cutting Shop // paper straws: Go Against The Grain

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGoodheart Design, Carly Rae Weddings, Primary Petals, and Sweet and Saucy Shop are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Bohemian Wedding in Charleston with Spanish Moss: Honna + Patrick

bride and groom

Honna + Patrick wanted a low-key, outdoor wedding with a bohemian feel in their favorite city: Charleston, South Carolina! I love Honna’s gorgeous Claire Pettibone gown and pretty fishtail braid. And wait until you see the giant tree they were married under with so much lovely spanish moss!

“We brought elements of our hometowns (including soil from Riceville, TN and Rogersville, AL) and incorporated them into our unity symbol. We each poured the soil into a potted jade plant and poured water from the Ashley River there on the plantation. Patrick also had cufflinks made for the groomsmen that reflected where they each were from. The groom’s cufflinks bore the image of a magnolia (MS state flower) and a yellow hammer (state bird of AL). Our awesome Reverend (Peter Lanzillotta) allowed us to put our own beliefs and traditions into a very personal ceremony. We were so blessed that so many of our friends and family were willing to make the trip to take part in our destination wedding and ‘buddymoon’.”

Big thanks to Simply Bloom Photography for sending this one my way and congrats to Honna + Patrick!

bridal braid

bouquet

bridesmaids

bow tie

bridesmaids

groomsmen

wedding party

sandals

bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

tree

flower girls

ceremony

bride

bride

Processional: Ashokan Farewell – Jay Ungar

Recessional: Paradise – Coldplay

First Dance: Green Eyes – Coldplay

flower girls

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

Honna: Walking down the aisle with my dad looking out at all our family and friends with Patrick waiting for me by the river under the oak tree. I couldn't help but get emotional.

Patrick: Walking into the reception and hearing the band announce us as Mr. and Mrs. Bryan for the first time.

bride and groom signs

cake

bride and groom

bride and groom

Enjoy the time with all your family and friends. For us it was so amazing to have all our favorite people in one place at the same time. Soak up all the love. And definitely invest in photography and cinematography. You won't be sorry that you did.

photography: Simply Bloom Photography // venue: Runnymede Plantation, Vendue Inn Rooftop Charleston, South Carolina // event design, planning, florals: Ooh Events // wedding dress: Claire Pettibone ‘Kristene‘ from Kelly’s Closet // hairpieces: Sakura Halo from BHLDN // shoes: Ivanka Trump ‘Pepin’ Sandal // hair: Tanesha Dupree // makeup: Pamela Lesch Makeup // groom suit: Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald suit // paper goods: Vintage Invites // catering: Vendue Inn Library // cake: Bakehouse Charleston // music: Ceremony by Other Brotherent, Reception by Charleston Groove Factory // reverend: Peter Lanzilotta

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Bohemian with an Edge

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Totally loving the bohemian rocker vibe of this lovely shoot from Jen of Birds of a Feather! Inspired by Palm Springs and the amazing light there, she came up with this edgy bohemian shoot. A bit more behind her inspiration from Jen:

I’ve also always been inspired by this sort of “edgy bohemian” look. It reminds me a little of C.C. and Company, a movie from 1970 with Ann Margaret as a fashion journalist and Joe Namath as C.C, an outlaw biker who rescues her when her car breaks down in the desert. She’s very soft and feminine, but surrounded by black leather and motorcycles. I also took the idea of “edgy” and started thinking a little more specifically “rock and roll”. The dress with the gold sequin top as well as the hot pink eyeliner added to her rocker vibe. I then wanted everything else about her to be soft, flowing, and bohemian…It’s the juxtaposition that I think makes it interesting. 

pink bouquet

bride

gold bracelet


I’m in major love with her dress! And best part? It was rented from Rent the Runway! If you are looking to save money on a dress and don’t need to own your wedding dress, Rent the Runway is a great option! :)

bride

desert bouquet


How gorgeous is this bouquet by Honey & Poppies!? Love the romantic + edgy feeling of it. And the eye makeup by Fiore Beauty is so perfect!

pink makeup

desert bride

invitations

pink boho tablescape

protea tablescape


I really wanted the flowers to be bold and gestural but also soft and feminine. I chose pampas grass as the star of the centerpiece because it’s so soft and flowing but also very striking. The pampas grass was combined with unusual flowers that have a lot of visual interest like king protea, snake head frittilaria, clematis, and hellebores and then the container was wrapped in custom printed marbled paper that reminded me of desert highways and rock formations. 

table numbers

succulent and feather place setting

protea

pink desert tablescape

gold deco glasses


Amazing cake with gold succulents by Sweet & Saucy

gold flower tiered cake

leather jacket bride

leather jacket bride

colored smoke

desert bride

desert bride


Thanks so much to all of these creative artists for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Birds of a Feather // florals: Honey & Poppies // hair + make up: Fiore Beauty // cake: Sweet & Saucy // chair + cake table rentals: Yeah! Rentals // paper goods: Diamond and Rust // napkins: rachel from Heart of Light // dress: Mark & James by Badgley Mischka // earrings: Kate Spade // gold studded cuff: av max

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