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Fabulous Fête’s Styled Shoot “Charleston Bridal Inspiration” on Style Me Pretty

When you combine amazing headpieces from Treats for Tresses, adorable rentals from Snyder Event Rentals, stunning dresses from Gown Boutique of Charleston, flowers from Keepsakes Florist … all styled by Fabulous Fête – AND shot by the lovely Lauren Jonas at Legare Waring House – you have a recipe for a FABULOUS styled shoot appropriately named “Charleston Bridal Inspiration”

We chose four looks that are sure to catch any bride’s eye – earthy, whimsical, modern, and trendy.

Below are a few teaser pictures and check our gallery here.

Check out the rest of the feature on Style Me Pretty Little Black Book and in their South Carolina weddings section!

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Chris + Kaitlyn’s Charleston Engagement Shoot by Gideon Photo

Say hello to our fabulous couple – the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. Edington or “The Wedingtons” as they have been nicknamed. These two will have you feeling swept off your feet after looking at their stunning engagement photos. Their extraordinary photographer is a Utah based photographer – Jimmy at Gideon Photo –  who jumped at the opportunity of getting back to Charleston and we are so lucky to get the chance to work with him. We are all beyond excited for Chris and Kaitlyn’s upcoming wedding at Legare Waring House in March.

For now – let’s just swoon over these photos because I know if the engagement pictures turned out this great – their wedding photos are going to be to die for!

Congrats you two – looking forward to a fun year of planning!

 

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Meredith + Gary Featured on The Wedding Row

We were so honored to be a part of Meredith and Gary’s wedding day at the South Carolina Aquarium! These two were made for each other and their heartfelt vows were so beautiful and enough to bring anyone to tears. They were married outside with the harbor and Ravenel bridge as their backdrop, and they couldn’t have asked for a more fun setting as they danced the night away surrounded by sea life. Sposa Bella Photography did a phenomenal job capturing the beauty of the entire day!

Here is a sneak peek, but please check out the whole feature here or browse our gallery to see more pics of this special day.

 

 

Fabulous Fete, Sposa Bella Photography

Fabulous Fete, Sposa Bella Photography

Fabulous Fete, Sposa Bella Photography

 

Fabulous Fete Couple Ashley + Ruben

When asked to be a part of this intimate Folly Beach affair – we jumped at the opportunity! A rainy beach day did not stop these two from enjoying every second of their big day with their closest friends and family. You could feel the emotion and the love that these two had for each other and Lauren Jonas captured it perfectly. The bride was absolutely glowing and the smile on the groom’s face says it all. This fabulous couple announced on mother’s day that they will soon be welcoming a little bundle of joy and we could not be more excited for them!

Check out a few teaser pics from their special day below and don’t miss out on the whole gallery – which can be seen here.

Congratulations Ashley and Ruben and we can’t wait to hear all about your next adventure!

Lauren Jonas, Fabulous Fete

Lauren Jonas, Fabulous Fete

Lauren Jonas, Fabulous Fete

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Fete Couple Michelle + Bobby

We could not be more excited to share this adorable couple with you. These two are beautiful inside and out and Sarah Liz Photography did a phenomenal job capturing that! Michelle and Bobby didn’t want to spend any more time than they had to apart, so they had their first look downtown and were able to enjoy the entire day together and take photographs in all their favorite spots around Charleston. You can tell that their family and friends mean the world to them and we have never met a nicer group of people!

Please check out the sneak peak of this gorgeous wedding at Creek Club and definitely don’t miss the entire gallery which can be seen here. For an extra special treat – take a look at their video done by Reel Weddings.

A big thanks to Sarah Liz Photography for these stunning pictures and of course our fabulous couple Michelle and Bobby for letting us be a part of their special day!

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Fabulous Fete, Sarah Liz Photography

 

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14 Pieces of Actual, No-Bullsh*t Wedding Planning Advice

We are DYING over this amazing article listing 14 Pieces of Actual, No-Bullsh*t Wedding Planning Advice by Kelly Faircloth – we just had to feature it on our blog this week!  For the original article, click here.

14 Pieces of Actual, No-Bullsh*t Wedding Planning Advice

 

There’s a lot of wedding advice floating around the Internet. Problem is, a lot of it is useless fluff dreamed up by a) relatively well-heeled editors contractually obligated to spend their days inventing absurd nonsense to fill pages surrounded by advertisements b) people who’ve never planned a wedding/mistakenly think their very specific experience can be extrapolated. Or both!

Sure, those mason jars wrapped in polka-dotted ribbon are a cute idea on Pinterest, but it’s a good way to wind up sobbing in the middle of your local Michael’s two weeks before the big day. And all that money-saving advice? Yeah, the buffet’s going to save you $10 per person, tops.

Maybe you’re planning to tie the knot at a 50-person backyard barbecue. Or maybe you’re hosting 350 friends, family and business associates to some Gilded Age castle. Whatever. A month out from my own wedding, here are a few pieces of real-talk wedding advice that you can actually fucking use.

1. Maybe pay someone to do that. Are you supremely artistic and experienced in the ways of crafting? Is your great aunt Martha Stewart? Unless the answer to one of these questions is yes, think very carefully about any D.I.Y. projects. Examine your own abilities with a critical eye. For instance, I once tried to complete a “Cosmos manicure” and ended up looking like I’d let a four-year-old paint my nails. Face the music: Despite what Pinterest would have you believe, some of us are just shit at art. And your wedding is probably not the time to learn that lesson. It’ll only be more expensive when you have to replace everything at the last minute.

2. Not everyone gets a date, and that’s fine. Look, lots of us wanted everyone we’ve ever known and loved at the ceremony. But that’s just not feasible unless your daddy is a robber baron. You’ll want to invite as many significant others as possible, of course, and if someone is flying from Shanghai to Cleveland for your reception, you’d better allow them a date. But at some point, it’s time to hitch the caboose to the gravy train, and once you do, stick 100 percent to your guns. Consider preparing an email in advance for anyone who truly does not understand that money doesn’t grow on trees.

3. You are not the Lone Ranger. Perhaps you want to be the Stanley Kubrick of weddings, strictly controlling every single aspect of the entire production. But that way lies The Shining, my friend. When someone graciously offers to help, come up with some very specific detail they’re well-equipped to handle. (If you’ve got it covered or this person is an absolute incompetent, politely decline, but I urge you to consider the offer, even if it’s as simple as logging RSVPs.)

Also, on a more specific note, unless you’re wearing that $100 H&M dress, seriously consider having more than one bridesmaid. If I’d known how much work getting my girdle on was going to be, I’d have a bridal party of eight or nine really strapping gals.

4. Write thank-you notes as gifts come in. Do not get behind, unless you want to spend your honeymoon crafting odes to the lovely Waterford from Aunt Mildred.

5. Be ready to show some backbone. I’m willing to bet that most readers of this blog are very, very committed to not being a power-drunk nightmare-person Bridezilla during their planning process—and that’s great! Never, ever be nasty. But know that it’s perfectly okay to say no, no thanks, not gonna to happen when your florist tries to talk you into expensive hot-pink table overlays. (You’ll also need to be prepared to wield that NOPE like a broadsword if you’ve laid down a law like no kids or no cellphones, by the way.) Let’s practice together! And once you put down a deposit on something, don’t feel guilty about making sure that vendor gets her damn job done. If you’re paying for a wedding planner, don’t let her drop the ball. If your sample floral arrangements are the wrong color, speak up.

Now, a corollary: Pick your battles and save your emotional energy for the big stuff. Maybe you hate your cousin’s formal kilt, or your bridesmaid’s spray tan, or the best man’s habit of wearing lime-green socks with dress shoes. For God’s sake, just let it ride. Save your fury in case the limo never shows.

6. All you need is Google Docs. I’ve got a binder, a website, several notebooks and pieces of wedding-related paper lying all over my apartment. But the only tool I really needed to get through this without rending my garments and running screaming into the night was Google Docs. Sure, maybe your dad still hasn’t gotten the hang of the Internet. But that’s what the export to PDF function is for!

7. If you must give favors, give food. Don’t give your guests something they’re just going to throw away. No one in the history of party planning has ever gone wrong with a light snack. Definitely do not D.I.Y. anything. (See above.)

8. Limit your options. I couldn’t have any old thing that flitted into my brain, because I am a reporter and not the third employee of Google. A lot of things were simply out of budget. But honestly? THANK GOD. There are too damn many options out there, and limitations are your friend. The name of the game in wedding planning is eliminating as many possibilities as fast as possible. If you’re pretty sure you don’t want to get married in a barn, put your blinders on and stop looking at barns.

And for the love of God, do not let yourself get bogged down in any single decision. I spent weeks scouring New York City for wedding shoes and a hair comb. My mistake was ever considering more than five options in the first place.

9. Ask (politely!) for discounts. Hey, it can’t hurt.

10. Treat thy bridesmaids as thou would like to be treated. I’m not talking no diet commands and no haircut lectures. That’s table stakes. I mean don’t pick a bridesmaid dress that would look good on you but not them. There are more body types than stars in the sky; maybe give them a choice of five dresses and let each pick her fave. It’s not the end of the world if they don’t match. Don’t ask them to spend a fortune on something they’ll never wear again, and give them some sort of thank you at the end.

11. Stop trying to be so damn unique. Look, weddings are not original. They are a template, a form letter drawn up hundreds of years before we were born. No matter how much money you throw at the planning process, your wedding is not going to be one of a kind. You don’t need a special, hand-crafted symbol of your cosmic love on every escort card. Chill.

12. There is no perfect dress. You’re probably not a paragon, and you’re not marrying one, either. We live in the world of reality, not Platonic ideals. So do yourself a favor and pick a gown that’s beautiful and within budget. Don’t let the dress shopping drag on until the entire experience curdles.

13. Ask yourself: Who actually cares? Agonizing over whether to have a champagne toast, or pay for chiavari chairs, or (god forbid) shell out for peonies? Here’s a question you should seriously ask yourself: Are my guests really going to care? Because this is technically a celebration of you, but REALLY it’s an enormous party that you’re throwing for your friends and family. This is not your fifth birthday party at McDonalds. You are hosting these people that you love. Every decision should come down to whether the guests like it, appreciate it, or notice it at all.

Remind yourself (as others have reminded me) that people care about the dancing, the food and whether a good time was had by all. They don’t care about how much painstaking effort you put into the hand-aged programs and the very firm email you wrote to get the perfect amount of greenery in the centerpieces. You’re better off focusing on the broad strokes that best facilitate the party than bothering overmuch with piddly shit.

14. Have fun. Unless you are Olivia Pope and thrive on details and chaos, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. (Yes, even if your plan is simply to order 25 pizzas and surprise all your buds at a bar, you still have to write the ceremony, write up the invites, etc., etc.) But this is fun! It’s a happy occasion! Go forth and drink until you can’t feel your face! And remember, as long as you’re married at the end of the night, it was a success.

Kelly Faircloth

Erin + Jim Featured on A Lowcountry Wedding

We couldn’t be more excited to share our most recent feature on A Lowcountry Wedding!

Erin and Jim were such an adorable and sweet couple, and the way that they looked at each other was enough to make your heart melt. We couldn’t think of a better team to capture the beauty of Hyde Park Polo Club and this fabulous couple than the extremely talented Elisha Orin Photography – that cocktail hour spent in the field was well worth it!

Thanks to all the amazing vendors and our beautiful couple – we couldn’t be happier to have been included in this unforgettable day!

Check out some teaser pics below, for the whole feature click here or browse our gallery to see even more pics of this special day!

 

Elisha Orin Photography, Fabulous Fete

Elisha Orin Photography, Fabulous Fete

Elisha Orin Photography, Fabulous Fete

Elisha Orin Photography, Fabulous Fete

Elisha Orin Photography, Fabulous Fete
Elisha Orin Photography, Fabulous Fete

 

Erin + John Featured on Borrowed & Blue

We couldn’t be more excited to share our most recent feature on Borrowed & Blue! Erin and John were such an easy going couple, and the way that they looked and smiled at each other, was enough to make your heart melt. I couldn’t think of a better team to capture the beauty of Magnolia Plantation and this fabulous couple, than the extremely talented duo at Nuvo Images! Thanks to all the amazing vendors and our beautiful couple – we couldn’t be happier to have been included in this unforgettable day!

Check out some teaser pics below, but please check out the whole feature here or browse our gallery to see even more pics of this special day!

Nuvo Images, Fabulous Fête

Nuvo Images, Fabulous Fête

Nuvo Images, Fabulous Fête

10 Things Every Bride Should Have On Her Wedding Day

We couldn’t resist sharing this Fabulous article “10 Things… Every Bride Should Have On Her Wedding Day” from Wedding UK, enjoy!

1. A ‘right hand man’ (RHM)  ***Fabulous Fete add-on – OR hire a Day-Of Coordinator :-)

Your RHM doesn’t have to be a man: more likely it’s your chief bridesmaid or wedding planner . Whichever lucky soul has been nominated for the role will be in charge of sorting all of the little problems which crop up on the day (read: making sure you don’t have to deal with any of them).

 

2. Bobby pins

Whether you’re rocking a twirly-whirly up ‘do or a slick bun, bobby pins are a must. Regardless of your hairdresser’s skill, or the amount of hairspray let loose all over your bonce: the wind, dancing and excessive hugging mean a few pesky wisps are bound to break free. Classically, whenever you need a bobby pin you can never find them – so make sure you bring double, nay, triple supplies so as to make sure you can avoid any tendril dramas.

 

3. An evening dress

Even if you’re planning to wear your wedding dress all day long, it’s worth shopping around for a glamorous evening dress you also love, and having it to hand for the reception. That way, in a wedding dress emergency, you can whip it off and emerge resplendent in your backup gown like you’d planned it all along. If you don’t use it, you can always return it, or keep it for the honeymoon.

 

4. Waterproof mascara

If you cry regularly (over films, cute animals, spilt milk etc.) you probably already own a good waterproof mascara, but if not, it’s a sound investment for your wedding day. Emotions run high throughout the day and the champagne will be flowing freely, which can leave the bride feeling overwhelmed and dewy-eyed. Avoid those mascara streaks with Volum’ Express The Colossal by Maybelline.

 

5. The right deodorant

Test this well in advance of the big day, and bear in mind your regular deodorant might not cut the mustard where delicate white dresses are concerned. Opting for strapless? Don’t use anything which leaves powdery white marks, and, if you have sleeves, don’t use a deodorant which might rub off and leave patches on the material. When you’ve found something which works for you, apply liberally. After all, a nervous bride is a sweaty bride…

 

6. A needle and thread

…And someone who can use a needle and thread. Useful for all kinds of wardrobe malfunctions; after all, a stitch in nine does save time (or so we hear). If cousin Kate has put on a few pounds since the last bridesmaid dress fitting and popped all the buttons off of her gown, enter your nimble fingered seamstress to save the day.

 

7. Flat shoes

You’re probably in love with your gorgeous new bridal heels: white, encrusted with jewels and even red-soled! *Moment of reverential Louboutin silence.* “I’m never taking them off, ever!” you cry. But by the end of the night you will almost certainly change your mind in favor of busting your moves on the dance floor.

 

8. Sunscreen

Even if you’re getting married in the UK where the forecast is usually grey with a generous sprinkling of cloud, it’s still worth packing a decent SPF in the warmer months. What’s white, red and wed all over? An embarrassed bride who forgot to apply sunscreen, stood outside for pictures all day long, and now has lace tan lines to even out on her honeymoon.  See what we did there…?

 

9. Snacks

Jeez, looking fabulous all day long is hungry work, isn’t it? Keep some of your favorite snacks on hand to keep you going in between meals. We’d avoid anything with barbecue sauce…

 

10. Practical undies

With their strapless, backless, illusion neckline tendencies, a wedding dress is not your run of the mill outfit. Don’t assume your ol’ faithful nude bra will suffice on the day – and if you invest in a new strapless bra, don’t forget to give it a test run before the big day. Forget sexy first night lingerie in daylight hours; there’s always time for a quick change later. Seamless pants are the way forward with slinky dresses, or a whacking great pair of control pants. Think Bridget Jones does bridal.

For more from Weddings UK check out their amazing website!

Fabulous Fete couple Cheri + Grant

We could go on for days about the extraordinary detail of Cheri and Grant’s Fabulous Fete!

Our stunning bride, Cheri, is an interior designer and it certainly showed in all aspects of this wedding and in each intimate and personal touch that she included throughout the ceremony and reception.

The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation was the perfect setting for this couple! The venue was lit up with lanterns and chandeliers, and each centerpiece was handmade by our talented bride along with all of the floral décor. The customized cake could not have been more adorable and the couple could not have looked any happier! Love was certainly in the air and we could feel all the love and support that family and friends had for this one of a kind couple!

Below are a few teaser pictures from Hazel Eyes Photography, be sure to check out the gallery for more of our couple Cheri + Grant. Thanks again for letting us be a part of this amazing day – we couldn’t be happier for the two of you and your exciting news about a new addition coming to your family! Congrats!!!

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Hazel Eyes, Fabulous Fete

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