Real Weddings From This Week {May 1, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on May 01, 2015

In addition, our Real Weddings Editor is also busy featuring cute couples for our photo galleries! Each week, she’ll be sharing her favorite real weddings on Fridays at noon. Check out this roundup below:

Mediterranean-Inspired Belle Mer Wedding – Kirsten and Kyle were married at Belle Mer in Newport, R.I. on September 13. To pay respects to an Italian heritage, they opted for a crisp and clean, white theme with pops of citrus. Bonus: homemade limoncello favors!


Photos (from left to right): Gumula Photography

Modern New York Lounge Wedding –  Yvonelle and Keith were married at Above in Staten Island, N.Y. on June 13. Guests were wowed with the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Manhattan skyline.


Photo: Dreamlife Photos & Video

Eco-Friendly California Courtyard Wedding – Michelle and Adam were married at Seven4One in Laguna Beach, Calif. on August 2. The newlyweds’ best advice? “The decisions you make in planning the wedding should make YOU happy,” she said.


Photo: Nicolette Moku Photography

Charming Charleston River Wedding – Meg and Mike were married at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, S.C. on August 15. It doesn’t get more preppy the groom wearing a green seersucker suit and a pair of Sperry Top-Sider boat shoes.


Photos (from left to right): Reese Moore Weddings

Traditional Greek Terrace Wedding – Gemma and Mark were married in a ceremony at Dana Villas followed by a reception at Pyrgos Restaurant in Santorini, Greece on August 16. “The day itself couldn’t have gone any better,” she said. “We had lots of laughter, a few tears, but our wedding was the most magical moment we will forever be grateful for.”


Photo: Anna Roussos Photography & Video Creations 


Gina & Shawn 

May 17  

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina   


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It is unlike any venue I have ever been to. It is a perfect blend of southern charm, rustic, and chic.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Yellow

2. Burlap

3. Lace 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

Our maid of honors’ and best man’s speeches. One of my sisters did a rap, and it was absolutely hilarious. My other sister’s speech was so heartfelt that she started crying. The best man’s speech was perfect – thoughtful and loving, yet funny too.  I felt every possible emotion at one time; we were on cloud nine!


Don’t Forget…Your Vendors

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 17, 2013


Photo by: Reese Moore Weddings

This week on the blog, we’re reminding you to make a list and check it twice because you never know what you’ll forget. For example: vendors, who are with you ALL day long.

1. Check In and Confirm – Reiterate directions, emergency contact numbers and day-of schedule.

2. Prepare Final Payments – Pay your vendors ahead of time so you don’t have to remember what is owed to whom on your wedding day.

3. Save Receipts – After your vendors have collected your final payments, ask each of them to provide a receipt for your files.

4. Create Tip Envelopes  – Instead of pulling out a wad of cash from someone’s wallet, create envelopes with each vendors name on it and insert the correct amounts.

5. Don’t Let Them Go Hungry or Thirsty – Make sure your caterer can feed and hydrate your vendors, in addition to your guests, at a specific time. Normally, this is included in your contract, but double-check.

6. Thank Yous  – Let your vendor know that you appreciated their services with a review on WeddingWire.

Have you checked these items of your list? Share in the comments below!

Spring Lake House Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 25, 2013

Raquel & Gerard

March 17

Charleston, South Carolina


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

My husband, then fiance, loved it!  We had looked at dozens of venues, but his face absolutely lit up as we pulled onto the property.  I know that the wedding day is supposed to be about the bride, but I wanted to be sure his voice was heard in some of the details as well.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1.  Before the guests arrived, I had the opportunity to see the ceremony space, and I was blown away.  The ceremony was outside on a small, wooded island.  While it was naturally beautiful, I wanted to soften the space.  My planner, Kala, not only met my expectations, she exceeded them!  White details, delicate floral accents, a wooden altar draped with sheer fabric – etheral, simple, elegant!  It was a beautiful and powerful reminder that although our wedding was not in a church, it was, no less, a spiritual occasion.

2.  The music!  Music can make or break any event, especially a wedding.  But, being an intercultural union (I’m from southern Virginia, and he’s from Trinidad and Tobago), we were both concerned that the music would not translate well between our two sides.  Fortunately, my husband called in a favor from a DJ friend and his knowledge of Caribbean and American music was mixed to perfection.  Everyone danced the evening away!

3.  The dinner tables were another one of those details where I had this vision in my head.  I wanted the linens and place settings to be formal since it was wedding, yet the flowers to have a more natural, deconstructed feel.  And while I wanted eveything to flow, I didn’t want identical floral reproductions, or overly matchy-matchy.  As a greeted my guests at their seats, I was delighted that each centerpiece was unique!

3. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

Walking down the aisle towards my husband was the BEST MOMENT of my life.  Knowing how much I loved and was loved.  Feeling so blessed that the most important decision of my life had also been the easiest.  Knowing this was only the beginning our journey.  I experienced so many strong emotions in such a short span, I am constantly reflecting upon them.