Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wedding Themes and Styles

South Carolina
With three girls in their twenties we have been treated to some beautiful weddings. The best ones radiate a contagious happiness that launch the party ship. Multiple generations mix with comfortable affection creating intimacy with a distinct family signature unlike any other celebration.

In a large tent this bride, who is clearly a talented designer, created a great deal of variety and dimension united by predominant green and white accents. She achieved a more intimate space that draws the guests to explore. 

Rehearsal Dinner in the barn

A spectacular back drop dam faced in river rocks is holding up a 50 acre lake!  And yes, the owners had it checked by an engineering team to be sure family and friends were not going to "buy the ranch!"

North Carolina Farm Wedding

North Carolina Mountain Wedding
There is something very special when the bride wears her Mother's dress

The Surf Club Wedding Wilmington North Carolina
Photos by http://blog.brettjessica.com

Winston Salem North Carolina
We invited you to that wedding HERE
There are so many different wedding flavors on the menu but the common secret ingredient is a close-knit group of friends and killer dance music. Here are a few more touches that we have enjoyed from our wedding tour 2012-2013.

Groom's cakes just keep getting better. Can anyone guess this one? For Southerners, we can eliminate the Piggly Wiggly association. 

This clever bride surprised her new husband with a cake depicting cherished volumes from his library.

At the Texas wedding I spied these elegant pairs of bespoke slippers and snoop that I am, I  had to know their derivation. The narrative unfolded the tale of a Richmond bride who was married in her Grandmother's garden which possessed a famous old boxwood maze. For the uninitiated in boxwood freakdom, this subculture is eccentrically alive and well, especially in the South. Add ancient boxwood maze to the equation and you have a pavlovian cult. However, savvy children that we have today, sit down at their computers and create a design to represent a symbol of time and place that evokes a sense of continuity and timelessness--all the things of love and home that marriage means. I refuse to use the word logo because this is a symbol--two very different concepts.

On closer inspection, this symbol has an archetypal connection that invokes the sacred and elevates the message and reminds everyone that wears the shoes, carries a canvas bag among other artifacts of the event that this was an epic event that included Sacrament, friendship and I am sure--a whole lot of fun. 

Might I add, organizers will tell you to sell or donate any clothes you have not worn in two years. This is complete nonsense! Oscar de la Renta drapes, flows and flatters a rehearsal dinner dress that was her Aunt's 30 years ago. Of course there is a story. The dress is as beautiful today as it was 30 years ago. 

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  1. I'm not the biggest on weddings but I loved some of your ideas about them and the pictures - especially the first where the bridesmaids (I think they are bridesmaids?) looked like a delicious sorbet confection.

    My daughter, who is 21, on the other hand, constantly plans her own wedding despite having (so far) no-one to marry. She revises her bridesmaid list, her dress plans, the venue... I get my girlie fix through her.

  2. Actually, the picture I really love is the three distinguished gents and the little miss. That seems to sum up the intimacy and inter-generational mix you were talking about. And how lovely for all of them!

  3. Dear Liz,
    It is sure a pleasure to see so much love and happiness.
    No matter the size, scale, or cost of a wedding, underneath it all is the cherished bond of a couples union.
    Thank you for bringing us this kind of joy!

    Love and Hugs,
    2013 Artists Series

  4. The South certainly has its own culture.

  5. I love a wedding. It has been a while since I have been to one. My daughter is far away from getting married, and I have been married for a long time. This was fun, thanks for the happy pictures.

  6. Brides looking so beautiful and all the arrangements looking truly awesome.Everyone well dressed and looking dashing.
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