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Modern Weddings – Kim & JD’s Culture Inspired Plantation Wedding

Lisa & JD, just married!

The Bride: Kim, 29, Online Advertising

The Groom: JD, 32, Marketing

The Location: Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

Wedding Colors: Summer Pastels – pale blue, muted pink, white and gray

Budget: $30k

What made this wedding modern: JD and Lisa come from two very different backgrounds, so they created their own modern style by “marrying” their two cultures – Korean & southern.  Lisa and JD  incorporated traditional hand-made fans from South Korea as favors, which were perfect for the southern heat; served southern style and Korean style barbecue during the reception; and had a traditional Korean bowing ceremony during their welcome/rehearsal dinner.


During the bowing ceremony

Kim and JD during the Korean bowing ceremony

As Lisa puts it, “JD is a southern boy from Charlotte, NC who grew up with an American childhood and I am a Korean-American gal who was born and raised in NY, but with a traditional Korean upbringing raised by parents who came to the states in search of the American dream! So we were glad to share elements of our roots with our guests on our day.”

Lisa and her mother

Where they splurged: Lisa and JD’s big splurge was the venue. “It was beyond our budget even with the reduced costs that came with our off-season wedding date and smaller guest count, but I loved how the plantation evoked that old-school charm and grandeur of what the south had been. It was very “Gone With the Wind,” and every time we saw it I had the movie’s song singing in my head!”

The Lowndes Plantation.. I'm with Lisa, I hear the Gone With the Wind song!

The Lowndes Plantation.. I'm with Lisa, I can hear the Gone With the Wind theme song loud and clear!

The Bridesmaids in blue!

Where they saved: The photography (believe it or not)! “I searched Craigslist.com to find photographers – and found an amazing one in Joelle Maki, who offered a very low-cost “a la carte” option where we were able to select certain items versus a bigger package that included things I didn’t find necessary. Our videography was done by a friend, who is a documentary film maker, and he captured our day in that very cool cinematic fashion! “


Inside the Plantation

Postcards

Favorite Part of the Wedding: “My favorite part was the venue! I really, really, really loved being inside the plantation – a house, really – there were so many beautiful rooms and each had a different theme and color palette, with very traditional details from the crown moldings to the regal, sweeping drapes that you don’t really see in homes today. I couldn’t get enough of it! We spent our wedding night inside the plantation, too – which functions as an inn, as well.”

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The Bouquet!


Looking back, what you would change:

“I tried saving on everything – including very very small things such as sparklers for our getaway. Well, I didn’t know how much of a difference the size of the sparklers would
make so I ended up buying 100 of the small, 7” kind (thinking I was scoring a deal) – which burned out in 10 seconds! So I would probably spring for the longer ones 🙂 “

The Getaway!

Despite any regret on the sparklers, this bride and groom getaway still sparkled! I also *love* the dress change!

Her Advice:

“Everyone will have an opinion, go with your gut and at the end of the day remember that no matter what happens, no matter what does or doesn’t happen right, nothing will ever replace the feeling you will have on that day and you will never forget it!”

Korean fan favors

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Modern Weddings – Nicole and Jon’s Champagne Wedding

Nicole and Jon

The Bride: Nicole, 27, Social Worker

The Groom: Jon, 26, Visual Arts Teacher

The Location: Linden Hall Mansion in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Wedding Colors: Champagne and white with hints of pink.

Budget: $20-25k

Where they splurged: Awesome food and great entertainment were important to both Jon and Nicole, so they splurged on a great DJ who used a music video screen and had surf and turf for dinner.

Where they saved: Nicole loved her dress, and loved even more that it was less than $500 from David’s Bridal.  The couple also decided to skip the favors, and instead put a “question and answer” game sheet about the bride and groom on each table.  They made the sheets themselves on their home printer and stuffed them into silver envelopes they picked up from Target for an elegant feel.

What made this wedding modern: Jon is Filipino, while Nicole has eastern European heritage, so traditions were incorporated from both cultures to make sure both families felt included.


The girls wore champagne bridesmaids dress in different styles and carried white and pink roses.

The girls wore champagne bridesmaids dresses in different styles and carried white and pink roses.

Nicole's gown featured champagne gold embroidery that tied together their color theme.

Nicole's gown featured champagne gold embroidery that tied together their champagne color theme

The best part of the wedding:

Nicole and Jon had a blast at the reception and were glad they spent the extra cash on the DJ video screen.  “The main thing Jon and I wanted out of our wedding was to get all of friends together and to have a great time.  We would have done that anyways, but our DJ definitely helped!”

Looking back, what they would have changed:

Nicole said that a lot of vendors that she worked with were not very accommodating.  If she had to do it again, she would have dumped the vendors she didn’t like and gone with vendors that were friendlier and more flexible, even if they didn’t offer exactly what she wanted.  “It just wasn’t worth the stress!”

Her Advice:

“When the wedding day comes, relax, quit worrying, and have a good time.  If you’ve done all your planning, everything will come together.  Even if a few things go wrong, there isn’t anything you can really do about them, so might as well let loose and just have a good time!”


The rain decided to hold out for the ceremony.

The rain decided to hold out for the ceremony.

The Linden Hall Mansion provided a gorgeous backdrop for the photos and complemented the color scheme.

The Linden Hall Mansion provided a gorgeous backdrop for the photos and complemented the color scheme.

Georgeous peep toes completed the look.

Gorgeous peep toes completed the look.

The mansion interior went perfectly with the champagne color scheme as well.

The mansion interior went perfectly with the champagne color scheme as well.

The DJ was well worth the splurge!

The DJ was well worth the splurge!


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