We adore real weddings around here! There is something special about seeing the personal style of a couple, reflected in their wedding day planning. Through details that can be found in the flowers of a bride’s wedding bouquet, right into the unique wedding reception cocktails and Instagram hashtags, we can see their personality shine through. Today’s wedding feature highlights a southern wedding that’s been sun drenched and framed by the Live Oak Trees and draping Spanish moss at The Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, SC. Top it off with a classic car and you’ve got yourself a southern wedding dream. Photographed by fine art wedding photographers, The Happy Bloom, this couple’s wedding day radiates with southern charm.
The Happy Bloom
From The Happy Bloom
“Catherine + Bryan’s wedding day could not have been a more perfect day. The couple decided to keep their wedding small so that they could truly celebrate their love without the hustle and bustle of a giant wedding. With her sister at her side and his brother at his, these two became husband and wife underneath a giant oak tree at Old Wide Awake Plantation.
From the bride:
1) What was your vision for your big day? Where did you find your inspiration?
I wanted something soft and romantic with an organic feel. Lots of greenery but with pops of eggplant as a nod to the fall season. Nothing too contrived or overdone. Our ceremony took place under the most stunning ancient oak tree by the river, which was so beautiful on its own. It was simply perfect and didn’t need anything else. Almost all of our reception took place outside or under the tent next to the plantation house, so there was still that romantic, natural feel carried through from the ceremony. I found so much inspiration on Pinterest, which I’d never used before getting engaged. I also scoured BHLDN’s website like a madwoman looking for ideas. They embodied the romantic and natural feel I wanted for our day. I also knew I wanted to exercise my creativity and lend a more personal touch to our wedding, so I enlisted Bryan’s help, and together, we made all of the signs used throughout the ceremony and reception. Bryan got use his power saw, and I got to practice my calligraphy. It was a win-win!
2) Any advice or suggestions for future brides?
After planning our wedding for 16 months, I probably worried much more than I should have about certain details. I would advise future brides to go with their gut and not agonize over small issues. We went back and forth over whether we should get a tent for the reception. We live in Charleston. The weather is completely unpredictable! A late October wedding could be 80 degrees and gorgeous or 50 degrees and rainy. We went ahead and secured the tent, which ended up being a blessing as it provided some shade from the warmer than usual sun. No regrets!
One thing that I’m so grateful for is that I made sure to enjoy the day. I knew that no matter what small detail might go awry, I was still marrying my best friend, and nothing else mattered.
3) What’s next for you guys?
After spending 16 days traveling through Italy sampling wine in Tuscany and limoncello along the Amalfi Coast for our honeymoon, we’ve definitely been bitten by the travel bug! We’re trying to figure out where our next destination will be, but, in the meantime, we’re also hoping to start expanding our family in the very near future. Some travel plans may have to wait.”
Wedding Design Artists
Photography – The Happy Bloom / Film Lab – Indie Film Lab / Venue – Old Wide Awake Plantation / Florist – Charleston Blooms / Hair – Studio M Salon / Makeup – Micheala Murtagh / Bridal Boutique – Gown Boutique of Charleston / Dress Designer – Martina Liana / Bridesmaid Dress – Jenny Yoo / Shoes – J. Crew / Jewelry – Marchesa / Reception Music – Rob Duren Productions / Rentals – Snyder Events / Catering – Salthouse Catering and Events / Cake – Elisabeth Tyree / Groom’s Details – The Tie Bar / Invitations – Shine Wedding Invitations / Getaway Car – Vintage Limousine Services / Planner – Elle Courtney Events