Congrats to Matt & Brittany on their Wildberry Farms wedding this past weekend!!  Matt & Brittany met in February of 2014 at a softball tournament. Softball is a big part of their life, which was reflected in their adorable engagement pictures!  After falling in love, Matt decided to propose in a way he knew Brittany would love!  He had promised to propose before the end of 2015, which had become an ongoing joke between the two of them throughout the year.  About a week before the end of the year, Matt gave Brittany a huge present to unwrap.  Inside that box was 9 more beautifully wrapped boxes.  When she finally got to the last box….20 minutes later, she found a coffee mug with a fake diamond ring handle…and a note.  The note said, “I still have seven days! Haha! – Matt”  A shocked Brittany threw the note at Matt and called him a jerk, which everyone found hilarious!  Matt then got on one knee with the real ring and asked Brittany to spend the rest of her life with him!  This gorgeous ring is unique in that it has diamonds from both of their deceased grandmothers, which is so incredibly touching and meaningful!

Matt & Brittany got married this past weekend at the gorgeous Wildberry Farms in Marion, SC.  Brittany and her mom are huge fans of JoAnna Gaines and Fixer Upper, so Magnolia became a theme.  This gorgeous white barn was the perfect backdrop for a rustic chic wedding.  Gigi Strong from Smells Like Peonies Events along with Brittany’s family worked their magic creating art installations and many DIY decorations.  The white pumpkins and cotton decorations are so perfect!!  Sunflowers set the stage for the blue and yellow color palette, which is carried over in to the inviting lounge areas, the blue ribbons draping from the bouquets, and the guys blue and white checked shirts.  As you look through the images, you can’t help but be inspired!!  I’m so happy for these guys!!  Congratulations!!!  What a fun way to usher in the first week of fall!!!
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Vendors:

Venue:  Wildberry Farms
Planning/Design:  Smells Like Peonies Events
Favors:  Handmade with Love
DJ: DJ Butch Barnes
Makeup & Hair:  Ashley Hobgood Ellis
Catering:  ART Catering
Gown:  James Clifford from Palmetto Bridal

 

 

By Ava Moore

Charleston Wedding Photography
Wildberry Farms Wedding

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I’m so thrilled to share this gorgeous Hopsewee Plantation wedding feature designed by the truly talented Gigi Strong of Smells Like Peonies Events and featured today by The Perfect Palette!! We are so happy to have gotten the opportunity to experience the charm of Hopsewee Plantation! What a gem of the lowcountry with its breathtaking views of the river, it’s historic home, and the amazing River Oak Cottage tea room! Guests can have “Southern Tea” served with southern hospitality! The plantation is open for weddings, private events, dinners and lunch!! I was also thrilled to photograph this exquisite gown by Edith-Elan, a Charleston designer who’s talents are unmatched! These gorgeous florals were designed by someone I call a floral artist, Beth of Wildflowers, Inc. And a big thanks to our calligrapher, Cami Monet Miller and desserts and cake by Sweet Rhi. Enjoy!!
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Vendors:
Venue: Hopsewee Plantation
Desserts:  Sweet Rhi
Gown:  Edith-Elan
Floral Design:  Wildflowers, Inc.
Calligraphy: Cami Monet Calligraphy
Bride:  Sarah Ware
Groom: Alex Botello
Hair & Makeup:  Silvia’s Salon and Spa

By Ava Moore
Charleston Wedding Photographer

 

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Congrats to Jarrod & Manda on their marriage, which took place in the heart of Charleston’s french quarter followed by their stunning Cedar Room wedding reception!!

Jarrod & Manda met in Toledo, Ohio fresh out of college thanks to Manda’s close friend Shayna and Manda’s mother, Suzette.  Like any proud mom, Suzette showed Jarrod pictures of her daughter.  Unfortunately for Jarrod, Manda was not single at the time!   He had to wait….  Listening to Jarrod’s touching and comical tales of getting his timing right was one of the highlights of the evening.  Finally after many years of failed attempts, Jarrod succeeded in taking Manda out on their first date!  It was at a French restaurant in Toledo where they both discovered they were meant to be together.  After moving to Charleston several years later, Jarrod decided to propose to Manda at a French Restaurant here in Charleston named Gigi’s.  He had them recreate the same dishes they enjoyed  on their first date together in Toledo.  It was then that they started planning their wedding that would take place in Charleston’s French quarter!

I met Jarrod & Manda for the first time at the Cedar Room for a lovely tasting party!  The Cedar Room at Mercantile and Mash is located in the Cigar Factory.  It’s an open and airy space, featuring historic wood columns, hardwood floors and original elements of the circa 1881 building.  Ashley with Fraiche Event Design did the most amazing design for the reception space.   The rustic backdrop of the Cedar Room paired with the floor to ceiling, coral, pink draping gave the space that perfect southern rustic chic feel!  Their were lots of fun touches to their wedding day which started with the fun invitations mapping out Charleston’s french quarter.  Another vintage touch was Lucy, the coral pink bus from Lowcountry Valet, which shuttled us around in the afternoon!

It was so much fun to see this couple’s happiness as their perfect day unfolded.  Congratulations Jarrod & Manda!!

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Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: French Hugueonot Church
Reception Venue:  The Cedar Room
Wedding Planning: Fraiche Event Design, Ashley Garrett
Florals: Fraiche Event Design, Ashley Garrett
Cake: Mercantile & Mash, Chef Charles
DJ: Phil Constantin
Videography: Francis West Studios
Catering: Mercantile & Mash
Hair & Makeup Artist: Lashes and Lace
Gown:  Gown Boutique of Charleston
Vintage Bus: Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co., Lucy
Accomodations:  Belmond Charleston Place Hotel
Drapery & Lighting:  Lowcountry Entertainment
Rentals:  Snyder Events
Rolls Royce: ACW Limo

 

 

 

By Ava Moore
Charleston Wedding Photos

  • September 14, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    Fabi - Love how you truly captured their effervescent joy!ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2016 - 4:06 pm

    Leena A - Beautiful wedding pictures! They’re so light and romantic! I love the color scheme of the peachy/coral with gold accents!ReplyCancel

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This past spring, Jess reached out to me for a little help planning a Boone Hall bachelorette weekend for her girlfriends and bridesmaids.  Jess and her girls came to Charleston in May for a bachelorette getaway weekend! We reached out to the very talented Gigi Strong from Smells Like Peonies Events to design a beautiful lunch in the most perfect spot under the 300+ year old Avenue of Oaks that grace this property!  The theme was florals…and we were blessed to have a true floral artist turn this lunch into something heavenly.  Thank you Beth from Wildflowers, Inc.!!  You can read about the entire weekend on the Dressed by Jess blog to get ideas for planning your perfect bachelorette getaway!

I appreciate her kind words, ” I wanted to surprise the girls with a sweet and very southern-inspired lunch at Boone Hall. I was dying to visit the plantation and thought this would be the perfect place to organize a lunch. I reached out to Ava Moore Photography and Gigi of Smells Like Peonies Events to pull it off. With the help of Corsivo Calligraphy, Wildflowers Inc, Event Works, & Swank Desserts, it turned out to be one epic lunch date with my girls.”

And if the weekend itself couldn’t have been more perfect for these girls, we are even more thrilled to have the details of the weekend featured on Style Me Pretty this week!!!  So hop over and check out each and every detail!  Everything from the oreo macaroon cake and the notebook inspired gifts to the amazing florals was just perfect!  Enjoy all the ideas!!!

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Planner & Designer: Gigi of Smells Like Peonies 
Rentals: Event Works
Calligraphy: Corsivo Calligraphy
Bachelorette Planning Guide & Inspiration: The Bach Party
Dress: Eliza J

By Ava Moore

Charleston Wedding Photography

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Congrats to Maggie & Chase on their engagement! These guys came to Charleston last week with their incredibly sweet and photogenic golden doodle, Lucy, for their Boone Hall Plantation engagement session! Three years ago, Chase proposed to Maggie on the beach hiding her ring in the perfect oyster shell!  Lucy, who will melt your heart in an instant, was there for the proposal, the engagement pictures, and (fingers crossed) the wedding as well!  I fell so in love with her that I’ll be sad if I don’t see her again!  Maggie did an amazing job styling her engagement session!  Her blue and white prints pop so brilliantly amid the romantic greenery of resurrection fern that grows so lushly in the summer time on the Live Oak trees in the background.  And my heart literally skipped a beat when I saw Lucy’s pink floral garland!  How amazing is this couple and their precious Lucy!!!

I love Maggie’s own description of the day she and Chase met each other, “”Did I see y’all at Trader Joe’s earlier today?” It was a Friday night at White Horse Tavern in 2011, and that’s all it took. Perhaps it was the subtlety of my approach amplified by the romantic setting and fueled by the fireball, but not only had I just won a bet with my sorority girlfriends, but also his heart. That chance encounter has made for a great story and led to beautiful friendship–one built on a shared love for cooking and wine, the bond of parenthood to our goofy goldendoodle, and mutual aversion to ice skating. We’ve become quite the little family already and after a long three-year engagement, we’re excited to make things official. We hope we’ll see y’all in Charleston later this year.”

They will be getting married at Lowndes Grove next year, which will be planned by the very talented Lauren Miller of ELM Events!  I’m absolutely honored to be part of this special time in their life!  Congrats guys!!

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By Ava Moore

Charleston Engagement Photos
Boone Hall Plantation Engagement

Venue:  Boone Hall Plantation

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