When the Bridal Library educates others on the art of planning and design, we try to encompass all the elements of the 'from this day forward' concept. The pre-ceremony setup, the ceremony itself and of course all those little extra touches for the reception that combines the personalities of the couple as well as those loved ones they wish involved. It's what we love most about the Bridal Library course segment, "It's all about the details". Students learn how to look for components that will work as well as how to add in the extra special touches that are unexpected and yet so appreciated.
When Caila and Bill decided to hold their Destination Wedding in Charleston, they also had specific ideas about the theme. As you can tell, the bride loved pink tones. She also loved vintage lace, doilies and antique touches. The sweet southern backdrop of a local plantation home provided the beautiful setting that incorporated items from the bride and groom's childhood and family memories.
The bride supplied antique candelabras. Childhood photos of the couple and family members adorned the guest book table along with other keepsakes.
The groom's grandmother crocheted the beautiful doilies that were placed throughout the reception site as well as the gorgeous pin cushion pictured above. Even the antique pin was added to bring an extra cherished element.
The bride's gown was made of English Lace. Designer Elyn Rahman pulled left over fabric from the bride's alterations on her wedding gown and used the left over fabric to wrap the bride's bouquet. Extra lace was incorporated into the handle of the bridal bouquet and matching pedestal floral arrangements were created with similar lace fabric to carry out the theme into the guest seating area at the reception. These were used on each table alongside the bridesmaid's bouquets in different vintage glassware to provide a dramatic effect to each table.
The couple are big sweet lovers. It was no surprise that they chose Artistic Cakes by Linda to create their wedding cake with three layers of different cake flavors. If you look real close, you'll note the lace design on the cake that is also made up of B's and C's (for Bill and Caila). Very subtle and special. The hanging chandelier in the background mimicked the upside down shape of the cake and held a matching cake-topper.
Antique Mason Jars held whimsical flowers in them with streaming color coordinated ribbon that were used to line the ceremony aisle on shepherd's hooks. They were later pulled, had lights dropped in and used to line the staircase to light the way up and down the stairs at the venue. To break up the florals, peacock feathers were put in every other jar going up the steps.
We love happy endings. Caila & Bill were just adorable and we remember fondly your day and loved being a part of it all.
Captured by Kate Photography for the gorgeous images captured during the wedding day
Elyn Rahman Design and decor
Artistic Cakes by Linda - Wedding Cake
The Bridal Library - Planning & Coordination
We had such fun with this outdoor wedding. Fuchsia dominated, even with the bridesmaids shoes. Best advice we can give is don't be afraid of using color once you've decided on the right one for the bride. Bringing out the couple's personalities in other elements is what its all about.
Photos copyrighted and courtesy of the Bridal Library.
Elyn Rahman has been designing beautiful weddings for two decades. In her design series, she gives insight, ideas and practical advice for those who wish to plan weddings as a career. In this blog, she shares just a few of her creations. She shares some of her personal favorites during her hands-on workshops in the design series.