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Monday, September 24, 2018

Elegant Charleston Wedding

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As wedding planners, we are loving the modern trend of having mixed genders in couple’s bridal party! Olivia and Zac had an all female bridal party, with some male ushers! Olivia’s bridesmaids wore all purple while Zac’s groomswomen wore all black! The color combination was perfect for a winter wedding in December in Charleston, South Carolina. While all the bridesmaid and groomswomen got dressed in the bridal suite at Olivia’s hotel; Zac, the ushers, and Olivia’s father hung out in Zac’s groom’s quarters. While relaxing, the gentlemen shared some Jack Daniels in personalized glasses! Olivia shared a private moment with her father before having a first look with Zac at Rainbow Row!

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Zac and Olivia first met during their sophomore year at The College of Charleston during their Organic Chemistry class. The pair instantly became best friends and decided to take all of their classes together until Zac and Olivia in 2013. During their undergraduate study, Zac developed feelings for Olivia but never admitted them to her. After graduation, the pair drifted apart until 2017 when Olivia had broken up with her boyfriend and updated her status to single again. Zac and Olivia reconnected and that was the moment that Zac confessed that he had liked Olivia all throughout college! The couple have been together ever since!

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For Zac’s proposal, the couple had planned for dinner downtown, but arrived early for their reservations. Zac suggested that they should kill time by walking to the waterfront park first. Zac took Olivia to the pineapple fountain and gave her a pineapple Pandora charm so that she would remember their evening. While Olivia was admiring the charm, Zac popped the question! One of Zac’s colleagues does photography as a side business and was able to capture the proposal! After the proposal, the couple walked to dinner when the bride was surprised to find both of their families, as well as their closest friends, waiting for her!

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The couple loved the historic charm of the Rice Mill and thought it was perfect for their wedding! The Rice Mill features exposed brick, hardwood floors, tin ceiling, and a view of the water.

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We are obsessed with the color combination for Zac and Olivia’s wedding! With December weddings, it is pretty typical to choose ruby red, emerald green, gold, blacks, and silvers for a color palette. Instead, this couple chose a beautiful plum chiffon long dress with various necklines. The groomswomen followed suit in choosing the same style of dress, with the exception of changing the color to black. Olivia is simply stunning in a lace and chiffon A-line wedding gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline! Zac chose to wear a sleek three-piece black suit and he looks very debonair!

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There are so many personal touches that we are swooning over! Olivia borrowed a cameo from her mother to put on the ribbon of her bouquet. Olivia gave her parents embroidered personalize handkerchiefs as wedding presents. But our favorite is that Zac and Olivia took dance lessons for their first dance!

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Olivia and Zac have such great advice for couples who are planning their wedding! Olivia suggests that couples not worry about the little details and stress the day of. The bride also advised couples to put your phone away the day of the wedding! Throughout the day, your friends and photograph are taking amazing photos, so you can focus on everything that was happening!

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We are still dreaming of this romantic Charleston wedding and we hope that you will find inspiration!


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Photography: Catherine Ann Photography | Venue: Historic Rice Mill Building | Event Planning: Charleston Weddings by Allison | Floral: Pretty Petals of Charleston | Stationery: Dodeline Design | Videography: Film Anywhere Productions | Wedding Cake: Ashley Bakery | Band: Steel Toe Stiletto | Hair and Makeup: Paper Dolls | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta

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