Whimsical South Carolina Island Wedding: Bette + Blake

Maxi floral bridesmaid dresses

With one look at those floor-length floral bridesmaid dresses above, we knew we’d be smitten with Bette + Blake’s big day. These guys tied the knot at Kiawah Island Club – off the coast of South Carolina – and their wedding was filled with gorge florals (thanks to Sara York Grimshaw) and so many stylish, fun touches throughout. They also put emphasis on really great music that would ensure their guests would party their hearts out! Between the beautiful environment and B + B’s conscious decision to let the day unfold naturally + stress free, it all sounds like a recipe for an incredibly good time to us!

Bette says, Our vision for our wedding weekend was to create an organic feel that would inspire epic partying and infectious love … a damn good time was had by all and the love we felt flowing in all directions was truly life changing. We knew we would have a large wedding given both of our families are on the small side of massive so we did our best to create the intimate feel we had hopes for despite the large guest list. We tried to keep our focus on inspiring an infectious feel of love and celebration throughout so that our family and friends would feel uplifted. We will be forever grateful to all of our incredible vendors for making us feel as if we were their only wedding of the year and to our truly amazing family and friends for allowing us to feel a love so strong it still takes our breath away.

Let’s check out how designer Ellen of WED brought Bette + Blake’s wedding vision to life in Caroline Ghetes‘ gorgeous images below…

lace dress

floral accent invitation

gold bracelet gift

Blake surprised Bette with the most thoughtful gift: a gold bracelet inscribed with some of her favorite Mumford & Sons lyrics.

Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

giant peony bouquet

spanish moss

floral peony chuppah

What a dream to be married underneath such a pretty, floral-adorned arbor!

floral peony chuppah

hanging glass terrarium

candle vase terrarium

candle vase terrarium

South Carolina ceremony

South Carolina ceremony

South Carolina ceremony

South Carolina ceremony

South Carolina ceremony

Processional: Stubborn Love – The Lumineers + The Cave – Mumford and Sons (Both Instrumental Versions)

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (String Quartet Version)

First Dance: Not with Haste – Mumford and Sons

South Carolina ceremony

floral print bridal party

i freaking love you ring dish

Maxi floral bridesmaid dresses

Guys, we seriously can’t get over these dresses (can you?)! The ones pictured here are from Show Me Your Mumu (as well as a variety of eBay finds) but don’t sweat it if you want to see what else is out there for floral print gowns for your best gals. We pulled together a round up of our current faves featuring this super fun trend:

Maxi floral bridesmaid dresses

loose green bouquets

loose green bouquets

Maxi floral bridesmaid dresses

South Carolina wedding

South Carolina wedding

green boutonniere

Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

What a perfect, wild bouquet!

loose whimsical peony bouquet

South Carolina wedding

Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

South Carolina wedding

terrarium centerpiece

hanging garland with peonies

terrarium centerpiece

hanging peony cake table

dancing

garland backdrop

A few closing words from Bette + Blake, The LOVE we felt our wedding weekend from all of our family and friends was like nothing either of us have ever felt before. We will strive to hold onto that feeling for the rest of our lives. We thank our amazing family and friends for allowing us to feel such a crazy, crazy love and are beyond grateful to each and everyone one of our vendors for their incredible dedication to bringing our vision for intimacy mixed with wildness alive.

Congrats, you two! And all the best from GWS!

photography: Caroline Ghetes // planning + design: Ellen Robinson of WED // venue: Kiawah Island Club Kiawah Island, South Carolina // florals: Sara York Grimshaw // videography: Zomei Film Stories // second photographer: Bryan Dale // hair + makeup: Sasanqua Spa // wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier from Maddison Row // veil: Mother’s veil restored by Maddison Row // bride’s engagement ring: Kiawah Fine Jewelry // bride’s wedding band: Croghan’s Jewel Box // groom’s wedding band: Ann Ladson // earrings: Filigree // bracelet: Ann Ladson // bride’s shoes: Tsubo // matron of honor dress: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids // bridemaid’s dresses: Show Me Your Mumu & variety of eBay finds // groom’s suit: Banana Republic // groom’s shoes: Allen Edmonds // groomsmen’s suits: A Variety of mixed suits // cake: Sugar Bakeshop // stationery: Studio R Design // catering: The River Course // officiant: Jimmy Morrow (Groom’s Best Friend) // ceremony musicians: The Loyales with Charleston Virtuosi // rehearsal dinner band: Green Levels // rehearsal after party band: The Rivertown Band // wedding reception band: The Loyales  // wedding reception afterparty: Tony Mele a.k.a “DJ BirdFlu” & DJ JeffET // transportation: Absolutely Charleston

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2015 Bridal Collection from Saja

Saja wedding collection

What do you say we start this day off right with a look at the gorgeous 2015 bridal collection from Saja? Their newest collection embodies refinement, yet complexity, with a focus on ethereal fabrics like silk chiffon and weightless silk organza alongside lustrous and glowing heavy silk satin. The dresses are artfully accented by hand with pearls and glass beads, as well as embroideries that were created to emulate a one-of-a-kind lace motif. Each dress’ design was carefully thoughtout and brought to life with meticulous precision + expert craft. The end result is timeless, effortless, and oh-so-beautiful.

Let’s have a look…

Saja wedding collection

Saja wedding collection

We love the sleeve details + overall simplicity of the gowns…

Saja wedding collection

Saja wedding collection

Saja wedding collection

Saja wedding collection

Saja wedding collection

Such pretty silhouettes + detailing…

Saja wedding collection

Saja wedding collection

The loveliest, right?! To see even more of the 2015 collection from Saja, be sure to visit their website. And for updates on collection releases + for more dress eye candy, be sure to follow Saja on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook!

photographer: Kevin Kunstadt // dresses: Saja // makeup: Fumi Nagai // hair: Tomo Nakamoto // model: Jessica at Ford Model Management

* This post is sponsored by Saja. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Romantic Scottish Wedding Inspiration from the “Outlander”

Outlander inspired wedding

Fans of Diana Galbaldon’s Outlander books (which is currently a hit series on Starz), today’s dreamy editorial is for you! We weren’t ourselves familiar with the plot, but it follows James Alexander Malcohm Fraser and his beloved Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp in a whirlwind love story set in Scotland in 1743. The premise was the perfect inspiration for stylist, Joyce of La Vie Le Gage Couture Events, and photographer, Lisa O’Dwyer, to collaborate on a setting that would bring pieces of the novel to life. We love how this editorial stays true to Outlander, yet also offers couples tons of beautiful wedding ideas, no matter what the theme of their day might be. The florals (by Flowers Forever Design), tablescape, and other dreamy details are sure to completely win you over.

Joyce shares, The venue, Cherokee Castle & Ranch, was a great fit for an inspired Highlander ceremony and reception feast. A stunning fragment of architecture built on a hill overlooking the Castle venue, characterized the small enchanting chapel as written in the book where Jamie and Claire recited their vows. Our goal was to have the ‘feel’ of 1743 fit into a brides’ thoughts in present time as well. A glimpse of Jamie and Claire’s story is revealed here to be enjoyed…

Outlander inspired wedding

Outlander inspired wedding

berry scroll invitation

berry scroll invitation

Fall colored crown over veil

Our new favorite look? A flower crown topped veil!

Fall colored crown over veil

Outlander inspired groom

Outlander inspired groom

old english calligraphy

berry colored floral ceremony piece

Outlander inspired wedding

The Castle views, where the reception table was set up, were incredibly breathtaking! Implementing researched components concerning 1743 were scotch, pewter, period clothing, and simple rustic fare. I decided on a color palette to bring historical richness of that era and reflect today’s brides as well.

outlander tablescape

lavender plate setting

floral chair garland

naked cake with berries

silver goblets

vintage bottles

Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp was known in Outlander as a healer in 1743. To convey this point of Claire’s character, I thought of displaying an apothecary table. Setting this mood for Claire, I donned the table with a mocha brown table linen effectively highlighting the lavender vials, apothecary scale, and written apothecary notes along with a personal missive from Jamie executed by calligrapher Jillian of 2 Hearts B 1 Designs. By adding very old books I acquired from an auction gave reference to Jamie being an educated Highlander when, most were not. Colored lavender apothecary vials filled with fresh lavender and other selected herbs would connect with brides today. These vials linked the color palette to the floral.

outlander guest book table

vintage bottles

berry flower crown

Outlander berry inspired bouquet

Outlander inspired wedding

Outlander inspired wedding

Outlander inspired wedding

Outlander inspired wedding

Outlander inspired wedding

Outlander inspired wedding

They even had a few wet plate collodion prints (a historic process) made by Denver Wetplate Studio,Dylan Burr (seen below). He is offering this service now for weddings.

wet plate photography

Outlander inspired wedding

Outlander inspired wedding

Such perfect inspiration for those with Scottish heritage, or fans of the Outlander novels + series, to incorporate into their day! Thanks so much to the following creatives for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Lisa O’Dwyer Photography // event design + styling: Joyce Goeppinger of La Vie Le Gage Couture Events // venue: Cherokee Castle & Ranch Sedalia, Colorado // wet plate collodian photography: Dylan Burr // florals: Flowers Forever Design // cake: Astonishing Cakes, LLC // hair + makeup: Allison Beach // wedding dress: Rebecca Schoneveld // veil: Blue Bridal Boutique // heirloom pearls: Lisa O’Dwyer // full kilt regalia: Kilt Rental USA // men’s poet shirt: Joyful By Design // invitation, book mark favors + labels on vials: Karen Bartolomei // calligraphy on apothecary notes + vows: Jillian Yee-Pham // chairs , table props + staging decor: La Vie Le Gage Couture Events // linens: La Tavola // tables: Event Rents Denver // scottish bonnet: Scottish And Moor // lavender books: Calhoun Book Store // apothecary scale: Austin Metro Retro

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